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Joint operations between coalition troops and Afghan forces are being scaled back as a result of the number of so-called "green on blue" attacks, like the ones in which two British soldiers died this week.Complaints about doctors are rising very quickly, the General Medical Council says they are up 23 per cent in the last year. The government is considering a plan to end the system under which welfare benefits rise with the cost of living. Also on the programme, can anyone ever top Richard Burton's War of the Worlds?

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, including an analysis of the latest inflation figures from August, to be published later today.


Joint operations between coalition troops and Afghan forces are being scaled back as a result of the number of so-called "green on blue" attacks, like the ones in which two British soldiers died this week. Jawed Ludin, Afghan deputy foreign minister of Afghanistan, gives his reaction.


The General Medical Council (GMC) has produced a statistical snapshot that shows a fast rising trend of people complaining about their doctor. Niall Dickson, the GMC's chief executive, gives his reaction to the findings.

Business news with Simon Jack.


David Crystal, author of Spell it Out, is talking at the British Library tonight on what he calls "the singular story of English spelling". He speaks to Jim Naughtie about spelling and the English language.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

This morning, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) will pass judgement on a practice in English and Welsh courts of passing down indeterminate sentences of imprisonment for public protection (IPP). Criminal defence barrister Jeremy Dean, and Pete Weatherby QC, who is representing a case where IPP is involved, give their thoughts on the specifics of the ECHR case.

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There has been what seems to be a major change in strategy in Afghanistan in response to the surge in attacks on coalition troops by Afghan soldiers and police. Michael Clarke, director general of the Royal United Services Institute, gives his analysis.

Thought for the day with John Bell of the Iona Community.

BBC News has learned that the government is considering breaking the link between inflation and the automatic annual increase in benefits, as it seeks to cut the £80bn welfare budget. Political editor Nick Robinson reports and Christian Guy of the Centre for Social Justice, gives his view.


Nato-led forces in Afghanistan says they are sharply scaling back joint operations with the Afghan army, in response to the big rise in attacks on Nato troops by their Afghan colleagues. A Nato spokesman said that in future, such joint working would normally only be at battalion level -- that is large operations involving several hundred troops. BBC defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt analyses the move and Colonel Tim Collins, a former commanding officer in the Royal Irish Regiment, gives his thoughts.

Complaints about doctors are rising very quickly, the General Medical Council says they are up 23% in the last year. Dr Mike Smith, vice chair of the Patients Association, and Dr Clare Gerada, who chairs the Royal College of GPs, debate what this says about doctors, British people and their expectations of healthcare.


It is more than three decades since the composer Jeff Wayne transformed H G Wells' science fiction novel, The War of the Worlds, into an award-winning rock opera The album has been now been updated and re-recorded with a new cast. The BBC's Rebecca Jones has been given a preview.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

In Libya investigations are continuing to determine who was behind the attacks on the US consulate in Benghazi last week in which the US ambassador and three other Americans were killed. Our correspondent Wyre Davies is there.


It is the last day of London Fashion Week, and a good moment to take stock of the state of the industry, which has been enjoying some ups, but also faces a difficult climate with China's economy slowing down. Fashion writer Karen Kay and designer Patrick Grant debate the state of British fashion.

Shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander gives his reaction to the decision by Nato troops in Afghanistan to stop routine patrols with their Afghan counterparts, following "green on blue" attacks.

Business news with Simon Jack.

An ambitious plan to double the number of ponds in the UK is launched today.The BBC's environment analyst Roger Harrabin reports from Hampshire.

A number of big Japanese companies have suspended manufacturing in some of their Chinese plants after anti-Japan demonstrations, provoked by the long-running dispute over the Senkaku islands, which are claimed by both countries. Tomohiko Taniguchi, former spokesman at the Japanese foreign ministry, and Linda Yueh, economics editor for Bloomberg television, discuss the situation.

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