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15 Aug 2013 Last updated at 06:01

Thursday 15 August

The security forces in Egypt have enforced an overnight curfew after the country's worst day of violence since the pro-democracy uprising two years ago. A Level results are being released this morning. Rule changes will allow prestigious universities to offer more places through the clearing system.
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    Running order

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    Business news with Andy Verity including the news that official numbers on what was sold in the shops in July will be published on Thursday. The figures that from the Office for National Statistics are expected to show a jump.
    There has been strong international condemnation of the deadly crackdown against protest camps in the Egyptian capital Cairo. The Conservative MP Douglas Carswell and the former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ming Campbell discuss the whether the international community will be able to use their influence to prevent a calamity.

    Cyclists claim that some drivers do appear to think that road tax - vehicle excise duty - is linked directly to the roads, which it is not. The BBC's Roger Harrabin reports.

    Business news with Andy Verity.

    The two women arrested for drug smuggling in Peru - one from Scotland and one from Northern Ireland - are awaiting questioning by police. Sandra Gregory, who was jailed in Thailand in 1993 for trying to smuggle heroin, outlines what may be in store for the two suspects.

    The government has decided to allow doctors, dentists and other health workers who have HIV to be allowed to treat patients - reversing restrictions that have been in place for 20 years. Allan Reid, a former dentist who had to give up clinical practice in 2000 when he was diagnosed with HIV, and Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, discuss the decision. 

    The paper review. 

    Security forces in Egypt have carried out a day-long operation to break up camps of supporters loyal to the ousted president, Mohammed Morsi. The Today programme's Mike Thomson reports.

    Thought for the Day with Abdal Hakim Murad, Muslim chaplain at the University of Cambridge.

    Thousands of students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will find out their A-level results later. Bill Rammell, vice chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire, and David Eastwood, vice chancellor of Birmingham University, discuss the results.

    Egypt's interim PM Hazem Beblawi has defended the deadly operation to break up protest camps in Cairo, saying the authorities had to restore security. The BBC's Hugh Sykes reports on the situation from Egypt and the Egyptian ambassador, Ashraf El Kholy, gives his analysis from London.

    The V&A Museum has acquired thousands of items of correspondence, diaries, and photographs that belonged to the actress Vivien Leigh. Keith Lodwick, curator at the V&A, Jo Botting, curator of the upcoming Vivian Leigh retrospective season at the British Film Institute, discuss what the articles reveal.

    The number of Romanians and Bulgarians working in the UK rose by a quarter in three months, figures from the Office for National Statistics says. The Today programme hears analysis. 

    The number of organ transplants carried out in the UK has reached a record high. Sally Johnson, director of organ donation at the NHS Blood and Transplant service, explains that donations ensured that for the eighth year in succession, the number of people benefiting from an organ transplant increased.

    Seagull attacks have been particularly rife this summer because of a late breeding season and the unusually hot weather. The Today programme's Sima Kotecha reports from St Ives in Cornwall.

    Business news with Andy Verity.

    The latest study of genetic changes and the onset of cancer is causing excitement among researchers looking for better ways of treating the disease. Professor Paul Workman, department chief executive of the Institute for Cancer Research, explains that a study of 7,000 patients worldwide, reported in the journal Nature, identified a number of changes in an individual's DNA that shed light on how some of the most common cancers develop. 

    There has been strong international condemnation of the deadly crackdown against protest camps in the Egyptian capital Cairo. Jeremy Bowen, the BBC's Middle East editor gives the latest from Cairo.

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