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Today: Friday 12 September 2008

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Tens of thousands of Britons are likely to be stranded after package holiday firm XL files for administration. US Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin is quizzed by ABC's Charles Gibson about her views on faith and US involvement in Iraq.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

The government is being urged to introduce US-style yellow school buses for primary schools across Britain. The Yellow School Bus Commission, chaired by the former education secretary, David Blunkett, said it could "revolutionise" the school run.

Poland's last communist leader, General Wojciech Jaruzelski, has appeared in court where he will be charged with imposing martial law in 1981. Eight other former officials will also be tried for the clampdown against the opposition Solidarity movement, during which dozens of people were killed. Edward Lucas, of The Economist, says he was a student in Poland during these events and discusses what happened.

Tens of thousands of Britons could find themselves stranded abroad after the country's third largest package holiday group went into administration. The XL Leisure Group, which operates XL airlines, flies to 50 destinations, mainly in the Mediterranean. Business correspondent Nick Cosgrove, reports how XL entered into administration having suffered as a result of volatile fuel prices.

The job of regulating the travel industry falls to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which manages the Air Travel Organisers' Licensing (ATOL). David Clover, a spokesperson for the CAA, explains what this means for the travel industry and its customers.

US Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has given her first interview to a US TV network. Correspondent Kevin Connolly reports on how she fared.

Creationism should be discussed in science lessons, according to the professor in charge of education at the Royal Society. He says that with more children coming into class who do not accept the scientific version of the history of the universe, creationism should not be treated as taboo. Professor Michael Reiss, of the Royal Society, and Dr Simon Underdown, of Oxford Brookes University, discuss whether creationism has a place in the science classroom.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

A power sharing deal between Robert Mugabe and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change has been announced. Former Zimbabwean Lieutenant Colonel Martin Rupiya discusses what has brought Mugabe to do this after 28 years and what are the dangers ahead?

Today's papers.

Pope Benedict XVI begins his first visit to France, hoping to strengthen President Nicolas Sarkozy's call for a more positive view of Christian values in Europe. The 81-year-old pontiff will be personally greeted by Sarkozy and his wife. Paris correspondent Emma Jane Kirby reports on the visit.

Thought for the day with Rhidian Brook, the writer.

Volunteers are being asked to help draw up the first ever map of traditional English apple orchards. The conservation charity, The People's Trust for Endangered Species, says it has no idea how many orchards are left. It is hoped the map will benefit wildlife, as well as linking orchard owners with surplus fruit, to cider makers who rely on imports. Environment Correspondent Sarah Mukherjee reports from an apple orchard in Cambridgeshire.

One of Britain's top prosecutors has said victims of fraud have to be "lucky" to get it investigated. David Kirk, director of the Fraud Prosecution Service for England and Wales, said the crime was increasing because of the credit crunch. Mike Bowron, commissioner for the City of London Police, discuses whether the creation of a National Fraud Strategic Authority will reinforce the policing response.

The latest bout in the ongoing spat between Virgin Atlantic and British Airways has erupted. Virgin is launching a new campaign against the proposed partnership between BA, American Airlines and Iberian Airlines. Virgin says BA have not revealed a complete picture of their passenger numbers in their submission to the US authorities over the tie-up. Sir Richard Branson goes head-to-head with BA chief executive Willie Walsh after weeks of feuding between the pair.

Devastation caused by the four hurricanes which have swept across Haiti has rendered parts of the country extremely difficult to reach by those trying to deliver aid to the hundreds of thousands of people who desperately need it. Even in towns and villages close to the capital, and accessible by road, there are many who as yet have received no help at all. Correspondent Mike Thomson reports on how many are getting hungrier - and angrier.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Gordon Brown has unveiled measures to try to help the collapsing housing market and announced plans to help people save energy. So has he managed to put an end to disquiet among his MPs over his leadership? Our political editor Nick Robinson weighs up his prospects.

Knitting is no longer a pastime for old ladies and is increasingly popular, according to the UK Hand Knitting Association which has had a 50% increase in the last three years. Andrew Salmon of Creative Exhibitions and knitwear designer Lotte Lystrup discuss why people started picking up their needles.

The five-year conflict in Sudan has led to the deaths of more than 300,000 people and the displacement of two million others, according to UN estimates. General Martin L Agwai, force commander of the UN African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), discusses the realities of the ongoing challenges and the activities of the mission in Western Sudan.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Some of the leading names in British theatre are out to prove that in a West End dominated by musicals that there is still a flourishing audience for straight plays. Under the the leadership of the director Michael Grandage, the fringe venue the Donmar Warehouse is launching a season of plays at the much larger Wyndham's Theatre in London, featuring Judi Dench, Derek Jacobi and culminating in Jude Law playing Hamlet next year. It all kicks off with Chekhov's Ivanov, in a new version by Tom Stoppard starring Kenneth Branagh. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones reports.

In July 1518, a terrifying and mysterious plague struck the medieval city of Strasbourg. Hundreds of men and women danced wildly, day after day, in the punishing summer heat. Some of them even died. In his book A Time to Dance A Time To Die, just published, a British historian of medicine based at Michigan State University has uncovered fresh evidence into why this so called dancing plague took place. The author John Waller explains what exactly the dancing plague was.



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