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Wednesday 4 June 2008

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Barack Obama has claimed victory in the battle to be the Democratic presidential candidate at a rally in Minnesota. But Hillary Clinton still has not conceded defeat. Our North America editor Justin Webb reports.

The government thinks it is a good idea to let private companies run hospitals that are performing badly. Nigel Edwards, from the NHS Confederation, explains the thinking behind the proposal.

Business with Adam Shaw.


The UN's food summit in Rome has seen Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe and Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attack their enemies. Adam LeBor, author of Complicity With Evil, is a critic of the UN and he discusses how to deal with rogue member states.

Why are councils telling cyclists they can go the wrong way down one way streets? Tiff Needell, former racing driver, and Kevin Maine, director of the Cycling Touring Club, give us their views.

Sport with Rob Nothman.


As part of our special series on the care elderly people receive, we have been hearing from a 70-year-old woman who agreed to spend some time in a nursing home for us. Our reporter Jon Manel arranged for her to go into a care home for five days and she recorded her experiences.

Today's papers.

Thought for the day with Anne Atkins, novelist and columnist.

The latest from Iraq as the military there report a massive reduction in levels of violence. Brigadier Julian Free has just returned from six months as Britain's second most senior commander in Iraq and he reports on developments there.


Barack Obama has won the support he needs to clinch the Democrats' presidential nomination. Hillary Clinton has not - yet - formally conceded defeat. William Barnard, who is the chair of the British branch of Democrats Abroad, examines last night's results.


The government is proposing that struggling hospitals could be run by private companies. The shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley says the answer is within the NHS; while the health minister, Ben Bradshaw says not every failing hospital would be affected.


Should there be a public holiday celebrating all things Polish? Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski thinks there should.

Sports news with Rob Nothman.

What role GM crops could play, if any, in alleviating the world food shortage? Science correspondent, Tom Fielden, reports on the issue; while Dr Giles Oldroyd, who works with GM technology, and Patrick Mulvany, adviser at Practical Action, a group which works on technology issues in the developing world, discuss why "quick fixes" are not the answer.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


The US is running a special programme to take people from France's Islamic community on free trips to the States, in an attempt to change their somewhat hostile opinion of America. Paris correspondent Emma Jane Kirby reports.

England star Paul Gascoigne was last night sectioned under the mental health act. Football agent Eric Hall talks about his friendship with the footballer.

Martin Green, chief executive of the association that represents care homes in England, tells us what lessons can be learnt.


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