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Today: Wednesday 12th September

A report published today could shed more light on the Hillsborough stadium disaster, bereaved families say they are hoping for the truth at last. An American official has been killed in an attack on the US consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi. Also on the programme, should there be greater controls on CCTV cameras in schools?

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 on plans for a new European banking union which will be unveiled later today.


The highest court in Germany will deliver its judgement this morning on whether the eurozone bailout fund is allowed under Germany's constitution, and it if rules that it is not, it de-rails the whole European rescue plan and would cause upheaval in the markets. Michael Stuermer, chief correspondent of Die Welt newspaper, gives his thoughts ahead of the announcement.

The families of the 96 who died in Sheffield in 1989 in the Hillsborough disaster are convinced that the hundreds of thousands of pages of police documents released today will demonstrate that after the event, police accounts were doctored to protect the south Yorkshire force. As Nick Ravenscroft reports, the feeling of grievance in Liverpool has simmered for 23 years. Maria Eagle, MP for Garston and Halewood in Liverpool, gives her thoughts on what she things the documents will reveal.

Business news with Simon Jack.


The Law Commission is starting a consultation on the question of what should happen to property in a divorce case owned by the individual partners before they are married, in an effort to come up with guidelines for England and Wales. Ayesha Vardag, a leading divorce lawyer, and Prof Elizabeth Cooke, one of the law commissioners, discuss the question of divorce and property.

The paper review.

The last vestiges of old BBC equipment at Bush House are to be sold in the final auction at the former World Service headquarters over the coming week. To mark the building's place in BBC history, the musician and director of the new online Radiophonic Workshop Matthew Herbert composed a sonic memorial to Bush. He spoke to the Today programme's Nicola Stanbridge.

Thought for the day with Anglican priest Reverend Rob Marshall.


The privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch claims there are now 24 cameras in each secondary school in England, Scotland and Wales, and at least 200 schools have cameras in toilets or changing rooms. Liam Nolan, head of Perry Beeches Academy in Birmingham, and Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, debate whether there are too many CCTV cameras in schools.


Hundreds of thousands of previously unseen official documents about the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 are being released today. Trevor Hicks, who chairs the Hillsborough family support group, and Pamela Dix, executive director of Disaster Action, discuss what is hoped the documents will reveal.

Newspaper reports in Israel have carried an account of a visit to Jerusalem by a "senior British official", said by the Daily Mail to be the head of MI6, Sir John Sawers, to warn Israel against a military strike on Iran. The BBC's Gordon Corera has more details.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso is making his annual state of the union address, outlining his vision for the EU, including the creation of a banking union set to be implemented in January 2013. Lord Myners, former City minister, gives his view on the measure.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Apple unveils the latest incarnation of the iphone today, the iphone 5. Matthew Howett, a telecoms expert at Ovum, gives his verdict.

The growth in tertiary education in the UK has helped social mobility, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (the OECD) in an annual report which has considerable international standing as a measure of different countries' attainments. Chris Husbands, director of the Institute of Education, and Andreas Schleicher, Advisor to the Secretary-General on Education Policy, debate education in the UK and global league tables.

An Investigation by the BBC World Service and Newsnight revealed that law enforcement agencies in Iraq are involved in the ongoing systematic persecution of homosexuals. Natalia Antelava reports.


There is a small but growing fashion in the United States for "mirror-fasting", deliberately shunning the use of any mirror and those who have done it say that if you stop looking at yourself you become more confident. Dr Kate Fox, an anthropologist at the Social Issues Research Centre, and columnist Mary-Ann Sieghart, discuss whether this is advisable practice.

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