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Today: Friday 13 March 2009

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A UK resident freed from Guantanamo Bay tells the BBC he would never have faced torture but for alleged British involvement in his case. And the funeral of a police officer murdered by dissident republicans in County Armagh on Monday is to take place.

China's Premier Wen Jiabao says he expects that China and the rest of the world will be better off by next year. Correspondent James Reynolds reports on Mr Wen's assurance that China had enough resources to boost its $585bn (£413bn) economic stimulus plan if needed.

Many people of Northern Ireland see the events of the past week as a dark reminder of the Troubles in the country. Today presenter Ed Stourton gauges the response from the "new Belfast" and considers how attitudes in the region have changed.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Emails released under the Freedom of Information act have provided more information about how the government produced its dossier on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesman Ed Davey discusses how the government made the case for going to war.

Air accident investigators in the United States have said there is a "high probability" that a fault which apparently caused a British Airways jet to crash land at Heathrow a year ago could affect other Boeing 777s. Aviation expert David Gleave discusses the steps that will be taken to ensure that future flights are safe.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

What has happened in the past week in Northern Ireland - not only the murders but also the Sinn Fein response - has focused attention on how much support Sinn Fein still has among Republicans. Ed Stourton talks to people on the streets of Londonderry and discovers a nervous public fearful of a return to the past.

Former head of the National Union of Mineworkers Arthur Scargill has reappeared at a rally in London, 25 years after the dispute that led to the miners' strike went national. Nicholas Jones, who covered the strike for the BBC, returned to Conway Hall in Red Lion Square in London - the scene many past strike meetings and rallies - to listen to Mr Scargill speak.

Thought for the day with Lord Harries of Pentregarth, the Gresham Professor of Divinity.

A UK resident freed from Guantanamo Bay has told the BBC that he would never have faced torture but for alleged British involvement in his case. Reporter Jon Manel talks to the former detainee Binyam Mohamed about whether he had any involvement in terrorist activity.

The funeral of a police officer murdered by dissident republicans in County Armagh on Monday is to take place in Banbridge, County Down. Retired Chief Superintendent Brian McCargo, a friend of Constable Stephen Carroll, describes the "quiet, unassuming, gentle sort of a guy" and speaks of his hope that the public will help in tracking down the killers.

Today's papers.

The final ever episode of television drama ER has been broadcast in the US. Stuart Levine, TV editor at Variety magazine in LA, and British TV and film director Tom Hooper discuss if the medical drama has changed the way programmes are made.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Bernie Madoff has spent his first night behind bars after pleading guilty to the biggest financial fraud in Wall Street's history. Vanity Fair journalist Mark Seal and Jeremy Cole, a fraud litigation partner at Lovells, discusses Mr Madoff's admission that he was "deeply sorry and ashamed" of what he had done.

It is nearly 1,000 days since Gilad Shalit, a young Israeli soldier, was captured by Hamas on the Gaza border. Middle East correspondent Tim Franks reports on the campaign of Mr Shalit's parents, who have moved into a tent outside the Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's official residence, to keep pressure on the government to find their son.

Has science fiction moved on from aliens, viruses and spaceships in the last 50 years? Toby Litt, who has just written his first sci-fi novel, and Brian Aldiss, a veteran of the genre, discuss the republishing of the seminal 1950s science fiction novel The Death Of Grass.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Personal records gathered by the Red Cross in Geneva may help identify thousands of British soldiers killed during World War I. Correspondent Robert Hall visits Geneva and reports on the plan to digitise and release documents about the remains that were virtually untouched for decades.

A memorial service has been held at Massereene barracks in Antrim in honour of the two soldiers murdered by dissident republicans at the weekend. Irish journalists Eamonn McCann and Roy Garland discuss the week's events.



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