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Presented by John Humphrys and Evan Davis.

BBC business editor Robert Peston explains the details of the government's banking White Paper. Vince Cable MP gives his analysis.

The Chinese government blames an organisation called the World Uyghur Congress for orchestrating the violence in Xinjiang. The organisation's president Rebiya Kadeer discusses whether the organisation has played a part.

Karen Allen in Johannesburg and Chris Morris in Delhi report on whether the G8 have delivered on their promises to developing and emerging economies.

David Willis describes how Michael Jackson's commercial legacy may be larger in death than it was in life.

Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth discusses the purpose of a war in Afghanistan in which six British soldiers have been killed in the past week.

Nick Bryant reports on the Australian cricket team's foray into the world of fashion.

Thought for the Day with The Right Reverend James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool.

The government is considering plans to allow students in England to go to university without paying tuition fees. Wes Streeting of the NUS and Maggie Scott of the Association of Colleges discuss the plans.

UK forces are on a major offensive against the Taliban ahead of presidential elections in Afghanistan. Ian Pannell reports from the front line in Helmand province. Lt Col Nick Richardson discusses whether the offensive has been a success.

Avinash Persaud, a member of the UN commission of experts on financial reform, and former Chief Executive of Lloyds TSB Sir Brian Pitman discuss whether banks can be prevented from lending too much in future economic booms.

Scientists in Newcastle say they have achieved a world first by creating human sperm in a laboratory. Professor Karim Nayernia, who has been leading the research, and Dr Allan Pacey discuss the viability of the research.

Conservative MP David Davis has accused MI5 of being involved in torturing a terrorist suspect who was being questioned in Pakistan. Mr Davis discusses his evidence for the allegation.

Cathedral treasurer Canon Martin Warner and installation artist Bill Viola discuss the placement of video art in St Paul's Cathedral.

Sir Christopher Frayling, rector of the Royal College of Art, describes some of the designs on display at the New Designers exhibition in London.

Economists Dambisa Moyo and Paul Collier discuss whether aid is a solution or problem for developing countries.

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