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Today: Tuesday 4th September

MPs on the Public Accounts Committee say tougher controls on students from outside the EU were poorly planned and implemented, leaving universities struggling to cope with a raft of complex rules. David Cameron is reshuffling his government today with, among the changes, Ken Clarke leaving the Justice Department and Andrew Mitchell becoming the new chief whip. Also on the programme, could Mexico be the latest country to ban bull fights?

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: The credit ratings agency Moody's warns of possible downgrades for the European Union, and all eyes are again resting on the European Central Bank.


One in seven of all Nato deaths this year in Afghanistan has been caused by Afghan troops or police. The latest attack was last week: an Afghan soldier shot dead three Australian soldiers inside a military base. Patrick Hennessey, a soldier and author, analyses the current tensions between Afghan and British troops.

There has been more trouble on the streets of Belfast last night with nine police officers injured and three having to go to hospital. The BBC's Mark Simpson was there.


According to MPs on the Public Accounts Committee, the UK Border Agency, rather than the universities, is to blame for letting so many foreigners get visas to live in the UK as students when they are not really students at all. Margaret Hodge, the Labour MP who chairs the committee, explains why they came to this conclusion.

Campaigners against bullfighting want the biggest bullring in the world, in Mexico City, to close. As the BBC's Will Grant reports, this is something which could happen as some countries in Latin America are following the lead of Catalonia in Spain and have already placed restrictions on bullfighting.

Business news with Simon Jack.


A study by researchers at the University of Aberdeen seems to suggest that frozen embryos, when they result in pregnancy, create healthier pregnancies for mother and child than non-frozen ones. Dr Abha Maheshwari, senior lecturer in reproductive medicine, explains what the research has shown, and Dr Allan Pacey, chair of the British Fertility Society, gives his thoughts on the findings.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

More shops in towns and cities are becoming vacant, and the situation could remain for some time, according to a Local Data Company report published today. Liz Peace, chief executive of the British Property Federation, and Caroline Jackson, who used to own the Pink and Lilly clothes shop in Nottingham before it went bust in January, debate the findings of the report.

The paper review.

Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones reports on a new film adaptation of Tolstoy's epic novel of love and loss, Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightley, which is challenging the traditional idea of how to make a period drama.

Thought for the day with the Right Reverend Graham James, Bishop of Norwich.


The European Court of Human Rights is hearing today the cases of four British Christians who say they have been discriminated against at work because of their faith. One of them, Gary McFarlane, who was sacked by a marriage counselling service because they said they could not be sure he would provide proper sex advice to gay couples, debates the issue with Keith Porteous Wood, executive director of the National Secular Society.


London Metropolitan University is challenging a ruling effectively banning it from taking students from outside the EU. The Today programme's Andy Hosken reports on a memo which suggests there was some confusion at the university as to what it was meant to do to monitor the status of the students. Prof Malcolm Gillies, vice-chancellor of the university, gives his reaction.

Peter Riddell, director of the Institute of Government, and political editor Nick Robinson, discuss who is likely to win and lose in David Cameron's reshuffle later today.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

Are British Christians being persecuted, singled out and forced to accept things that their beliefs suggest to them are wrong?

Bishop Michael Nazir Ali, the former Bishop of Rochester who is supporting the four Christians going to the European Court of Human Rights today, gives his thoughts on the issue.


Lord Adonis has published a new book in which he argues that independent schools should do more to justify their charitable status. He discusses the issue with Dr William Richardson, general secretary of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference, the body that represents independent schools across the country.

Business news with Simon Jack.

America's first lady Michelle Obama will make her speech to the Democratic convention later today, but just how important are the role of the wives speeches in political campaigns? Author Natasha Walter and Robin Abcarian, national reporter for the Los Angeles Times, debate.

Fraser Nelson, editor of the Spectator, looks ahead to the David Cameron's cabinet reshuffle.

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