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Today: Monday 30 March 2009

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The UK government hopes a deal will be reached with potential buyers of collapsed Dunfermline Building Society. And opposition MPs question the home secretary's credibility after she "mistakenly" claimed the cost of two adult films on expenses.


Three new, separate reports have urged G20 world leaders meeting in London to use financial stimulus to generate huge sums of money they believe is needed to tackle the crises in climate, food and water. Environment analyst Roger Harrabin examines the reports, released just before the G20 summit begins.


Gunmen armed with assault rifles and hand grenades have attacked a police training academy in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore. Correspondent Jill McGivering reports from Lahore - where at least eight people have been killed and dozens have been wounded.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


"Near universal" water metering should be introduced in England and Wales to help protect supplies, the Environment Agency has recommended. Agency Chairman Lord Smith discusses claims that 25 million people in England and Wales are already living in areas where there is less water available per person than in Spain or Morocco.


The wreckage of a German U-boat has been found off the coast of Berwickshire by a diving firm, 94 years after it was sunk. Iain Easingwood, who runs the diving firm which made the discovery, and history writer Christy Campbell discuss the archaeological significance of the find.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Statutory maternity leave should be cut and time off for parents of young children should be more evenly balanced between fathers and mothers, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has proposed. Deputy chairman of the commission Baroness Prosser discusses claims that the UK has the most unequal arrangements in Europe.

Today's papers.


The Today programme is following three people throughout the year as "Faces of Recession" to see how they succeed in their search for employment. Sanchia Berg reports on architect Lucy Bennett, who has managed to find work at a small practice on public sector projects.


President Obama is due to outline what kind of help the giant US carmakers might get from the government. Stephen Pope, analyst at the brokerage firm Cantor Fitzgerald, discusses if more money can solve the serious problems facing the US car industry.

Thought for the day with Reverend Dr Colin Morris.


The Dunfermline Building Society is the latest financial institution to ask for government help. Business editor Robert Peston gives details of the deal and chairman of the society Jim Faulds discusses why ministers have rejected the ideas to keeping the firm running in its current form.


Jake Fahri has begun a life sentence after being convicted of the murder of teenager Jimmy Mizen. Jimmy's parents, Barry and Margaret, discuss why they believe the UK is losing its feeling for "civility, fair play, fairness and safety" and becoming a place of anger, selfishness and fear.


US television programme The Wire has become one of the most critically acclaimed crime dramas ever. Star of the programme Dominic West and Times TV critic Andrew Billen discuss why it has taken so long for the drama to be shown on British terrestrial television.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Opposition MPs have questioned Home Secretary Jacqui Smith's credibility after she "mistakenly" claimed the cost of two adult films on expenses. Peter Riddell, assistant editor of the Times, discusses if the current system of expenses for MPs is working. Political editor Nick Robinson examines the future of expenses for MPs.


Soon after President Kennedy imposed a trade blockade on Castro's Cuba, the British firm Leyland sold Havana fleets of buses in a multi-million pound deal, recently unearthed papers reveal. Reporter Mike Thomson investigates claims of sabotage, after the buses sank to the bottom of the Thames following a mysterious collision with a Japanese tanker.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


French composer Maurice Jarre, best known for his music for Hollywood films, has died in Los Angeles at 84, after suffering from cancer. His breakthrough came in 1962 when he wrote the score for Lawrence of Arabia, for which he was awarded an Oscar. Film composer and conductor Debbie Wiseman discusses the man who composed music for more than 150 films.


Prosecutors are outlining the case against a former Khmer Rouge leader in Cambodia for the first time, 30 years after the brutal Maoist regime fell. Correspondent Alastair Leithead reports on the UN-backed trial of Kaing Guek Eav - known as Comrade Duch - which opened in Phnom Penh last month but is now hearing from prosecution lawyers and witnesses.


The parents of murdered teenager Jimmy Mizen have said that the UK has "become a country of anger". Ray Mallon, chairman of the Centre for Social Justice, and Richard Garside, director of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies at Kings College, London, discuss if the feeling of "anger, selfishness and fear" is increasing.


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