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Today: Saturday 25th August

Samsung, the South Korean IT giant, has been found guilty of stealing technology from Apple and fined a million dollars. A teachers union is calling for an independent inquiry into the marking of this summer's GCSE exams. What now for Britain's relationship with Latin America - has the Assange affair done Britain harm? And we hear about the man who is building a near-replica of the Titanic.

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

The Education Secretary Michael Gove is facing growing anger over the decision by exam boards to raise grade boundaries in the English GCSE exam at the last minute. BBC political correspondent Susana Mendonca explains.

The Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras arrives in Paris later this morning for talks with the French President, Francois Hollande. He is expected to repeat his plea for more time to implement the cuts needed to reduce the Greek deficit - a message he aired with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin yesterday. The BBC's Mark Lowen reports from Athens.

The British government is organising an emergency response to a cholera epidemic in Sierra Leone, which has killed more than 200 people. The UK is using a new Rapid Response Facility, designed to get in early to local problems and help sort them out quickly. Claire Seward, Campaigns Director at Oxfam explains how this facility works.

This year Manchester City Council plans to make its largest burial ground into a nature reserve. At 135 acres and with almost 120,000 graves, Southern Cemetery is one of Europe's largest. Our reporter Victoria Gill set out to discover just how wild this very urban cemetery could be.


A report published by the House of Lords EU Committee for External Affairs this week has praised progress made by the EU task force on piracy off the coast of Somalia but warned that if lasting change is to be made, the operation needs to be extended past the current deadline of December 2014. Commodore Bruce Bellveau, Deputy Chief of Staff for Nato's Operation Open Shield (OOS) and Peter Hinchcliffe, Secretary General of International Chamber of Shipping, debate.

Sports news with Rob Nothman.


Things are getting more difficult for home-owners and first time buyers. Lloyds has announced this morning that the second time buyer market is still at its toughest for decades. And earlier this week Santander became latest mortgage lender to up its rates. The BBC's business correspondent Dominic Laurie, Martin Ellis, chief housing economist at Lloyds and Ray Boulger, Senior Technical Manager at John Charcol, an independent mortgage and remortgage adviser, examine this issues.

Paper review.

This weekend will mark a year since the kidnapping of Shahbaz Taseer who is still being held captive. He is the son of the governor of Punjab in Pakistan, Salmaan Taseer, who was assassinated by militants in January 2011 after speaking out against his country's blasphemy laws. His killing was followed by the murder of another prominent politician, Shahbaz Bhatti, who also spoke out against the blasphemy law. The issue still looms large today, with the news that a young girl with learning difficulties is being detained for allegedly committing blasphemy. Owen Bennett-Jones is the BBC's former Pakistan correspondent, and author of a new play called Blasphemy and the Governor of Punjab.

Thought of the day with Canon Dr Alan Billings - an Anglican priest.


GCSE results fell for the first time in the exam's 24-year history on Thursday, prompting a furious backlash from teachers, who claimed that grades had been deliberately suppressed by exam boards under pressure from the government. They are now planning to appeal hundreds of results as they say grade boundaries had been "very substantially" raised at the last minute. What will happen to the schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland whose pass rate fell below the standards set by the Government? Professor Alan Smithers, Director of the Centre for Education and Employment Research at the University of Buckingham and Tracy Hemming, Headteacher at Clacton Coastal Academy, debate the effect of the downgrade.

The diplomatic row over Julian Assange "could be ended tomorrow" if Britain gave him safe passage to Ecuador, the country's president, Rafael Correa, has told the BBC.

The BBC's diplomatic correspondent, Bridget Kendall and professor Victor Bulmer-Thomas, former director of Chatham House, question whether there are there key strategic and trading relationships at stake if the UK pushes the issue too far.


The US Anti-Doping Agency has stripped Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles (although there are questions over whether they can do this) and banned him from professional cycling for life after the American decided not to fight charges that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his career. How does the scale of the scandal sit within the Tour's long and sometimes controversial history? Geoffrey Wheatcroft, author of Le Tour - A history of the Tour de France, gives his view of the scandal.

The BBC has been given an exclusive interview with the Australian billionaire who is in the process of building a replica of the Titanic.

Clive Palmer, who made his money in mining and property, is at an advanced stage of design, with work on Titanic 2 due to start in China by the end of this year. The new vessel will be 98% the same as the original, which sank a hundred years ago. The only differences are safety related, plus things like air conditioning in the cabins. Our Correspondent Duncan Kennedy has been to his home in Queensland to meet him.

Sports news with Rob Nothman.


GCSE results fell for the first time in the exam's 24-year history on Thursday, prompting a furious backlash from teachers, who claimed that grades had been deliberately suppressed. According to an analysis in the Daily Telegraph, up to 10,000 pupils are believed to have missed out on C grades in English. How will the Government seek to revamp GCSEs, as promised by Michael Gove earlier this year? Former education secretary Charles Clarke and Baroness Pauline Perry, speaker on education in the Lords, former chief inspector of Schools and co-chairman of the Conservative Party's review of education in opposition, debate.

Paper review.

A court has adjourned the right-to-live case of a man who was thought to be in a vegetative state, because of evidence which suggested that he may in fact, not be. Can you tell for certain if someone is in a permanent vegetative state or not? And what does the term mean? Colin Blakemore, professor of neuroscience at the University of Oxford explains.

Apple versus Samsung is becoming one of the great global corporate battles. Samsung have lost a patent argument in a court in California, told to pay Apple $1bn. Ina Fried of the website All Things Digital explains what exactly Samsung been found to have stolen from Apple.

Is the brand of the Royal Family damaged or enhanced by Prince Harry's antics? at least one of the papers suggests that we might get to see more naked photos of him soon as one of his Las Vegas friends is hawking them around. Kate Williams is a royal historian and Mary Ellen Field is head of Intellectual Property at Brand Finance, which is a company who have tried to assess the value of the Royal Brand.


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