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For the first time festival goers are being offered the chance to have illegal drugs tested for strength and composition. Supporters say it is a public health issue but critics argue it encourages drug taking. Professor Fiona Measham founded The Loop – an organisation that carries out forensic testing of drugs at festivals.


The US Democratic Party chair Debbi Wasserman Schults says she will resign as a row over leaked emails threatens efforts for party unity at the presidential nominating convention. Jon Sopel reports.


Investigations are continuing after an explosion in the German city of Ansbach killed one and injured others. The Bavarian Interior Minister says the suicide bomber was a 20-year-old Syrian man who had been refused asylum in Germany but had been allowed to stay temporarily because of the war. Oliver Bendixen is the police reporter for Bavarian Public Radio.


There will be no blanket ban on Russian athletes at the Olympic Games next month. The IOC has been accused of failing to show leadership in the face of allegations of state sponsored doping by the Russians. Michelle Verroken is former director of ethics and anti-doping at UK Sport and founding director of Sporting Integrity.


MPs lay into the demise of BHS as “the unacceptable face of capitalism”.  Eleven thousand jobs and 20,000 people’s pensions are at risk while Sir Philip Green, Dominic Chappell and the respective directors all got richer, say the MPs. Dave Gill is UDSAW National Officer.


Motorists heading to the port of Dover are being told to expect further delays. Kent Police say waiting times are currently down to about half an hour - but that tailbacks are likely to re-appear, due to heavy holiday traffic. John Vine is former chief inspector of border and immigration and Jean-Marc Puissessaeau is CEO of the Port of Calais.


The Bolshoi returns to London today - the 60th anniversary of the ballet company's first visit and it has a new artistic director. The previous one is still recovering after a dancer arranged for acid to be thrown in his face. Reporter David Sillito went to meet the new man in charge - Makhar Vaziev.


More on the decision not to ban Russian athletes at the Olympic Games next month: Anna Antseliovich is director of Russia’s anti-doping agency, Rusada.


More on MPs accusing Sir Philip Green for the collapse of BHS: Frank Field MP is chair of the work and pensions select committee.


The British cyclist, Chris Froome, has won his third Tour de France in four years. He is the first British cyclist to successfully defend the title.


Can Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump and become the first woman president of the United States? The Democrats gather in Philadelphia for their convention and it is fair to say that the polls suggest Mrs Clinton is ahead - but not comfortably. James Naughtie reports.


Every summer the ice in the Arctic retreats as the sea warms but in recent years the extent of the summer melt has been alarming scientists. Dr Ed Blockley is head of Met Arctic monitoring programme.


The migrant crisis that was so visible last summer is still bringing 750 migrants a day to the shores of Italy. Gino Strada is an Italian surgeon who set up the NGO ‘Emergency’. She provides free health care to victims of war.


Prince Harry has spoken of his regret that he took so long to talk about the impact of his mother's death. Diana, Princess of Wales was killed in a car crash in 1997 when her younger son was aged 12. Gena Mour-Barrett is a writer for Buzzfeed UK and Alison Baum is from the Heads Together campaign led by Prince Harry alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.  


MPs say the demise of BHS reveals “the unacceptable face of capitalism”.  Has capitalism always had an ugly side or are we seeing a new and more business climate emerge? Digby Jones is former business minister and former chair of the CBI. Dawn Foster is an economics writer for the Guardian and author of Lean Out, a book on feminism, austerity and corporate culture.


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