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Today: Saturday 28 March 2009

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Thousands of people are to join protests in London to demand action on poverty and climate change ahead of the G20 summit. President Obama has announced plans to spend $1.5 bn developing the infrastructures of both Afghanistan and Pakistan as part of a new strategy for beating al-Qaeda. And why do people want to believe in ghosts?


President Obama has outlined a new strategy for fighting al-Qaeda and Taleban militants. It involves spending billions of dollars building up both countries' infrastructures in return for cooperation in eliminating terrorist safe-havens. Correspondent Barbara Plett describes the reaction in Pakistan.


Thousands of people will march through London to demand "jobs, justice and climate" ahead of the G20 summit. Jane Hadden reports from central London.

Today's papers.


Morgan Tsvangirai, the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, has issued a warning that anyone who invades the country's commercial farms will be arrested and prosecuted for "an act of theft". The statement is a direct challenge to one of Robert Mugabe's key policies of seizing white-owned farms to give to poor black Zimbabweans. Wilf Mbanga, editor of The Zimbabwean newspaper, based in the UK, discusses whether or not the comments will bring conflict.


Liberal Democrat MP Evan Harris has put forward a bill to amend the laws of succession, so that men would no longer be given precedence and heirs to the throne could marry a Roman Catholic. Correspondent Mark D'Arcy reports on the reaction in parliament.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


The Governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King caused controversy this week when he advised against more government spending on fiscal stimulus packages. Dr Sushil Wadhwani CBE, former full-time external member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee, and Sir Howard Davies, director of the LSE discuss Mr King's performance as governor during the downturn.

Today's papers.


There has been an upsurge in the popularity of classic children's books such as 'Harry the Dirty Dog' and 'Le Petit Nicolas' in France. Reporter Sanchia Berg examines the reasons behind the nostalgia.

Thought for the day with Catherine Pepinster.


The exams watchdog Ofqual has criticised GCSE science exams for being 'too easy', particularly Physics. Professor Andrew Hunt, who developed the new GCSE qualifications says that the exams don't reflect the content of the new courses, which is "about communicating science and being able to use and apply scientific terms and language".


President Obama has announced his new strategy for Afghanistan, which includes providing funds to develop the country's infrastructure, as well as deploying 4000 extra troops. Jason Burke, correspondent for the Observer speaks to some of the troops there.


A coalition of campaigners from a variety of charities and unions will march through London to demand action on poverty and climate change ahead of the G20 summit. 'Put People First' will urge world leaders to come up with a "fair, sustainable route out of recession" that also factors in environmental issues. Brendan Barber, General Secretary of TUC discusses the policy changes that 'Put People First' would like to see implemented after G20.


It's been 30 years since James Callaghan's Labour government was defeated in the Commons by Margaret Thatcher. Presenter James Naughtie looks back at the events that led to Mrs Thatcher's victory.


The Musicians' Union has urged the Government to "move heaven and earth" to extend copyright protection for recording artists after talks on a deal broke down in Brussels. Mike Batt - Deputy Chairman of the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) discusses the problems faced by musicians due to lack of copyright protection.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


The handling by the police of cases involving serial rapists John Worboys and Kirk Reid have led to accusations of institutional prejudice when dealing with crimes against women. 'Rebecca' was raped in 2005 and her case became the subject of an IPCC report which found serious failings in the way Southwark police operated. She describes how she was treated by police and Brian Paddick, former Deputy Assistant Chief Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police discusses the reasons for police failings in dealing with rape cases.


President Obama has announced that it will send funds to Pakistan to help build up the country's infrastructure in exchange for help in tackling terrorism. Tariq Ali, author of 'The Duel; Pakistan on the Flight Path of American power' discusses whether or not the money will have the impact intended by the US.


Gordon Brown has been on a five-day, three-continent trip ahead of the G20 summit with the intention of drumming up support for his economic policies. Political editor Nick Robinson considers how successful he has been.


Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has hinted on television that Russian "anti-terror" operations in Chechnya, which many Chechens regard as an effective occupation, will soon come to an end. Professor Mark Almond, lecturer in Modern Russian History at Oxford University discusses the President's remarks.


There has been huge response to an online survey asking people to send in their pictures of ghosts, with over 300 photos sent in and over 500,000 people voting for the one they think is the most convincing. Professor Richard Wiseman, who conducted the survey and Dr Ciaran O'Keeffe, presenter of "Most Haunted" discuss people's enduring belief in ghosts.


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