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Today: Saturday 13 December 2008

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Four British Royal Marines have been killed in two separate explosions in Afghanistan, the MoD says. EU leaders have agreed package to tackle climate change, but critics say concessions made to some nations will reduce its impact.

The jury in the Jean Charles de Menezes inquest decided the police had not shouted a warning as they claimed; that he had not moved towards one of the officers on the train before they shot him. They also highlighted failures in the police operation on the day. Correspondent Danny Shaw reports on why an open verdict was given.

Four British Royal Marines have been killed in two separate explosions in southern Afghanistan, the MoD has said. Correspondent Martin Patience reports on the three Royal Marines from 45 Commando and one from Commando Logistics Regiment who have lost their lives.

Today's papers.

European Union leaders have reached a deal on a package of measures to fight global warming. Environment analyst Roger Harrabin discusses if something "quite historic" has happened in Brussels.

Yesterday in Parliament with Mark D'Arcy.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

A review on education has advocated replacing a curriculum of traditional subjects with six broad areas of understanding. And putting IT at the heart of teaching. Stephen Heppell, a consultant in the education field, says "the world has gone learning mad" in preparing legislation within the education sector.

The Special Operations Executive - Churchill's "secret army" - was not disbanded at the end of the Second World War, as is commonly thought. Reporter Sanchia Berg looks at files released this autumn at the National Archives in Kew, which reveal some startling information.

Today's papers.

Retailers in the United States are facing the longest decline in sales for 16 years. But in the depths of economic despair, should they be worried about the long term damage to the American brand? North America editor Justin Webb considers how long it will take for the US to return to previous levels of growth.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Bob Marshall, an Anglican priest.

The UK Statistics authority was set up as an independent body to stop government spinning figures for its own ends. Labour MP, Dr Tony Wright, chairman of the Commons Public Administration Committee, and Jill Leyland, of the Royal Statistical Society, discuss why Downing Street released data on knife crime despite objections from statisticians.

A jury has returned an open verdict at the inquest into the death of Jean Charles de Menezes, whom police mistook for a suicide bomber. Ken Livingstone says the police officer in charge has the "potential" to be a future Met Police Commissioner. Gareth Pierce, part of the legal team who represented the de Menezes family, discusses if the operation was "total chaos".

"We don't do God" said Alastair Campbell on behalf of Tony Blair when he was prime minister. But now, with Mr Blair a confirmed Roman Catholic, he has given a lengthy interview to the BBC Christmas Voices programme to talk about his faith. Matthew D'Ancona, editor of the Spectator, and Lance Price, former media adviser to Tony Blair, discuss why, in the current political climate, religion and politics rarely go together.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

EU leaders have agreed a package to fight global warming, but critics say concessions made to some nations will reduce its impact. The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Miliband, discusses if the new package goes far enough.

The White House says it is considering using money earmarked to rescue the US banking industry to bail out the country's struggling carmakers. Matthew Price visits Detroit, the car industry's heartland, and considers the safety of jobs in the area.

Today's papers.

Despite a number of world leaders condemning the Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe, it seems he will remain in power for the foreseeable future. Jendayi Frazer, who leads the Bureau of African Affairs in the US State Department, discusses if Robert Mugabe will ever step down as leader willingly.

It is the 90th anniversary of the election of the first female MP. Former Labour minister Tony Benn and his granddaughter Emily, who is a prospective Labour Party candidate, discuss if the number of female MPs will increase from 125.



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