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Today: Tuesday 3 March 2009

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At least five members of the Sri Lankan cricket team have been injured in a shooting incident in the Pakistani city of Lahore. And Gordon Brown has arrived in the United States for his first meeting with Barack Obama.

Unidentified gunmen have fired on a convoy of Sri Lankan and Pakistani cricketers, injuring at least five of the Sri Lankan squad, a Sri Lankan minister says. At least five policemen have been killed in the attack. Freelance journalist Graham Usher describes the scene of the attack in Pakistan and Anbarasan Ethirajan reports on the reaction from Sri Lanka.

Thousands of social workers who have recently left the profession are being urged to return by council leaders. Joanna Nicolas, an independent social worker, discusses if current shortages among those working with young people in the sector will increase the risk of child abuse.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Original masters of recordings made in the early 1900s by Dame Nellie Melba, the biggest singing star of her day, have been discovered. Roger Neill, of Historic Masters - who discovered the recordings - discusses the significance of the uncovered work.

Five Sri Lankan cricketers have been injured as gunmen opened fire. Former England cricketer Dominic Cork says six gunmen are responsible for the shooting.

Gordon Brown has arrived in Washington as he makes his first visit to President Barack Obama. Political editor Nick Robinson considers whether the first visit by a European leader since Mr Obama took office confirms the UK's special relationship with the US.

Today's papers.

The winning team of University Challenge, Corpus Chrsti, Oxford, has been disqualified from the competition and stripped of the title after it emerged one of the team was ineligible. Author and screenwriter David Nicholls discusses if the episode is just "mildly embarrassing" - as presenter Jeremy Paxman has described - or something more serious.

Thought for the day with ReverendDrGilesFraser,VicarofPutney.

The secondary school admissions process in England is still too complex for many parents, research claims. One of the authors of the report Anne West, director of the Education Research Group at the LSE, discusses the research, which is being released as families receive letters telling them where their children will be going to school next year.

City Minister Lord Myners denies "endorsing" the 693,000-a-year pension of former Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) boss Sir Fred Goodwin. John McFall, chairman of the Treasury select committee, discusses if Sir Fred will receive his pension.

Unidentified gunmen have attacked a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team on its way to play in the city of Lahore. Eye witness Ahmad Hassan describes the attack. Sports editor Mihir Bose analyses the repercussions for international cricket and Dr Farzana Shaikh, of Chatham House, discusses the political instability in Pakistan.

The British Security Service MI5 is releasing more of its archive. Reporter Sanchia Berg looks over the file of Lee Miller, the renowned war photographer, who was believed to be a communist, and talks to her son about the information contained in her file.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Councils are launching a recruitment campaign to tempt the 5,000 people who have left social work over the last few years to return to the profession. Richard Kemp, of the Local Government Association, and Helga Pile, of Unison, discuss if this scheme will be successful.

Authorities have been increasing their efforts to crack down on pirate radio stations in the UK. Crime reporter Ben Ando examines the 25% increase on raids and considers the damage caused by more than 150 pirate radio stations operating across the UK.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Around 60% of people around the world now have mobile phone subscriptions, the UN says. Tom Standage, a technology correspondent for the Economist magazine, discusses why mobile phones have become the communication technology of choice - particularly in poor countries.

The government is launching a Stop Loan Sharks hotline and website. Heather Keates, head of Community Money Advice, discusses the initiative which offers advice on getting out of debt problems using normal channels and allows information on loan sharks to be given anonymously.

MPs on the Commons Schools Committee want to investigate the allegations that are made against teachers in England. Reporter Julian O'Halloran considers claims that careers of teachers are being blighted or destroyed as they struggle to keep order in schools.

A history hidden in buried archives about the Warsaw Ghetto, where Jews were forced into crowded areas of the city during World War II, has been unearthed. Author Samuel D Kassow discusses the story of how Jewish people led their lives in the city under Nazi rule.


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