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Today: Tuesday 10 June 2008

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The government is launching its latest attempt to turn around failing schools. The strategy is aimed at the 638 schools in England where fewer than 30% of pupils get five A* to C grades at GCSE. Professor Peter Early, from the Institute of Education, gives an overview of the many previous government attempts to solve the problem.

Ireland will soon be voting on the Lisbon treaty. The three biggest parties are all campaigning for a yes vote, as are the trade unions, business organisations and even the once reluctant farmers. Is it a done deal? On the contrary, the no campaign looks to be gaining ground.

A public inquiry begins into plans by Donald Trump for a 1bn golf resort on the coast north of Aberdeen. Environmental groups say the proposals would destroy a protected sand dune system and local opinion is divided. Reporter Colin Blane looks across Balmedie beach to the dunes which may soon become a construction site.

Business with Adam Shaw.

Twenty-three dolphins have died after becoming stranded on the Cornish coast; an RNLI lifeboat man described the sight as a "scene of carnage". How did they get there?

Sport with Garry Richardson.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission says it may use its legal powers to seek a judicial review if the government extends pre-charge detention limit to 42-days. The commission's chairman Trevor Phillips says he is not persuaded that the government has provided compelling evidence that a change in the law is needed.

Today's papers.

The Royal Society of Chemistry has discovered the identity of a forgotten hero of World War I: the chemist who invented the gas mask. Brian Emsley, of the Royal Society, made the discovery.

Thought for the day with the Rev Tom Butler, Bishop of Southwark.

The public accounts committee is accusing senior management of a former state-owned research company, QinetiQ, of "profiteering at the expense of the taxpayer". Sir John Chisholm, chairman of QinetiQ, says the privatisation has been beneficial to the taxpayer.

Following a series on looking at care for the elderly, reporter Jon Manel talks to people who do not want to spend their final years incapable of looking after themselves, but advocate the right to choose the time of their death. British doctor Sheila Cassidy, who is known for her work in the hospice movement, discusses the issue.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The government will tell more than 600 of the worst performing schools in England that they must improve within three years or be closed. Schools Secretary Ed Balls has told local authorities to come up with action plans and he suggests that if councils want a real transformation, they may choose to commission an academy.

At the height of summer there are more bees than people in the capital but John Chappel, who chairs the London Beekeepers' Association, says beekeepers are concerned as half of London's bees have vanished.

Business with Adam Shaw.

A BBC investigation has found that an estimated $23bn of the money which should have been used for the reconstruction of Iraq is unaccounted for.

At least 23 dolphins have died in a river near Falmouth in Cornwall. Dave Jarvis, Cornwall area coordinator for the British Divers Marine Life Rescue, says how they died is a mystery, but 40 other stranded dolphins were rescued.

When it comes to the Middle East, what place is there for comedy? Our Middle East correspondent Tim Franks speaks to comic Maysoon Zayid, a Palestinian woman who's promoting a big-budget Hollywood film she appears in, possibly the first comedy film to deal with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

President Bush is meeting European Union leaders in Slovenia for their twice-yearly summit. What kind of relationship will he leave behind and how might it change under a President Obama or President McCain? Robert Lieber, professor of government at Georgetown University, says he would like to see the EU work with a new regime to deal with the dangers of nuclear proliferation.


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