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Today: Thursday 9th August

Five years ago to the day, the credit crunch started as a result of banks beginning to worry about lending and the global financial system started to seize up. One of the most politically sensitive trials in China for years is under way, with the wife of a former Communist Party chief accused of murdering a British businessman. Also on today's programme, how tuition fees are affecting university application figures in England.

We are no longer providing clips of every part of the programme but you will be able to listen via the BBC iPlayer .

Business news with Simon Jack: Today marks five years since the start of the credit crunch.


Money could be saved in the NHS in England if alternatives were found to some emergency admissions to hospitals, according to the Kings Fund. Candace Imison, deputy director of policy at the Kings Fund, explains her belief that this could be a positive thing for patients.

The Egyptian president has sacked his intelligence chief and the governor of North Sinai after the killing of 20 people by militants at the weekend in the Sinai peninsula. Yossi Mekelberg, of independent analysts Chatham House, and Dr Alia Brahimi, research fellow at the LSE, debate the issue.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The chief executive of scandal-hit Standard Chartered has said it "fundamentally rejects" accusations that it laundered as much as $250bn (£161bn) for Iran. Jeff Horwitz, of the American Banker journal, shares his thoughts on the accusations from the New York State Department of Financial Services.

The largest operation mounted to monitor pollution in London is under way, a city which is repeatedly in breach of international standards for air quality and scientists are keeping track of hundreds of pollutants during the Olympic Games. The BBC's David Shukman joined a team of scientists in the air.

Find out more: The pollution plane monitoring Britain's smog

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

The trial of the wife of a former Communist Party chief accused of murdering British businessman Neil Heywood is getting underway. Correspondent Jonathan Sudworth reports from Hefei in China and author Jonathan Fenby gives his thoughts on one of the most politically sensitive trials in China for years.

The paper review.

When Iceland won handball silver at the last Olympic Games, the president called it "the greatest moment in Iceland's sporting history". Correspondent Tim Franks reports from the all-important quarter final handball match against Hungary in London.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James Piccadilly.


The number of students applying for places in English universities for the 2011-12 academic year dropped by 10% compared to the same time last year. Will Hutton, chairman of the Independent Commission on Fees, and Universities Minister David Willetts, debate whether there is a connection between the figures and the rise in tuition fees.


Five years ago to the day, the credit crunch started as a result of banks beginning to worry about lending. Sir John Gieve, former deputy governor of the Bank of England, economist Frances Cairncross and Danny Gabay, who runs Fathom Financial Consulting, look back at five years of global economic uncertainty.


Prime Minister David Cameron is hosting a "hunger summit" this weekend, hoping to secure commitments on tackling malnutrition and so a wide reaching Olympic legacy. Presenter Sarah Montague, who was in Liberia recently where she saw the problems of chronic malnutrition and the attempts at tackling it, reports on a programme to make the country self sufficient in rice within five years.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.


A Labour candidate in the forthcoming elections for Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales has pulled out of the race. Bob Ashford has a criminal conviction dating back 46 years to when he was a boy. Mr Ashford discusses the many years he spent as a senior director at the Youth Justice Board.

Business news with Simon Jack.


Dame Tessa Jowell, the former Labour Olympics minister, explains her suggestion of a cross party agreement on the future of school sport to try to produce a 10-year plan.

Members of the Treasury Select Committee have accused New York's Dept of Financial Services of pursuing an anti-City agenda. John Mann, a Labour MP on the Treasury Select Committee, and Landon Thomas, financial correspondent for the New York Times, discuss whether this is a case of the US trying to pick on high profile UK targets following accusations against the bank Standard Chartered.

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