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Today: Thursday 2 April 2009

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World leaders at the G20 summit will strive for an agreement on how to confront the worst financial crisis since the 1930s. And 16 people are feared dead after a helicopter crashed into the North Sea off Aberdeenshire. The bodies of eight people have been recovered after the Bond Super Puma came down about 15 miles off Peterhead.


World leaders will strive to reach an agreement on how to confront the global financial crisis at the G20 summit in London. Diplomatic correspondent Bridget Kendall reports on the areas of discussion that could still lead to disagreement. Vince Cable, treasury spokesman for the Liberal Democrats, discusses Gordon Brown's handling of the G20 meeting.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Sixteen people are feared dead after a helicopter crashed into the North Sea off Aberdeenshire. Chris Allen, director of health and safety at industry trade body Oil and Gas UK, discusses why the crash could have occurred.


The national curriculum for five to 16-year-olds in England is too heavily controlled by government, the Commons schools select committee has said. Labour chairman of the committee Barry Sheerman and Conservative MP Graham Stuart discuss if schools should be allowed to opt out of the curriculum entirely if they want to.

Sports news with Arlo White.


A second day of protests are expected as world leaders gather for the G20 summit at the ExCel Centre in London. Reporter Andrew Hosken spent the day with the protesters and reports on the largely peaceful protests and the flashes of violence that led to 87 arrests.


The Obama administration has renewed Washington's commitment to a two-state solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Gil Hoffman, political correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, discusses claims by new Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman that previous agreements between the two sides "had no validity".

Today's papers.


The British retailer Topshop is opening its first shop outside the UK in downtown Manhattan, New York. North America business correspondent Greg Wood gets given a tour of the new store with Topshop's chief executive Sir Philip Green, who is confident that this US venture will be a success.

Thought for the day with Dom Anthony Sutch.


The founder of Swiss right-to-die organisation Dignitas, Ludwig Minelli, has told the BBC that suicide is a "marvellous possibility". Simon Cox, of Radio 4's The Report - the programme which interviewed Mr Minelli - discusses his call for the assisted suicide law to be clarified.


Global leaders are at the G20 summit in London to strive for an agreement on the financial crisis. Political editor Nick Robinson reports on what sort of progress could be seen by the end of the day. Business Secretary Lord Mandelson discusses if the divisions between countries with different solutions to the economic turmoil can be resolved.


Nervous parents are making the countryside "out of bounds" for their children, a survey has suggested. Reporter Sanchia Berg visits one primary school to speak to children about their experience of the countryside. Tom Hodgkinson, editor of magazine The Idler, discusses if the idea of play is being taken out of childhood.

Sports news with Arlo White.


When the leaders of the world's most powerful countries sit down together at the G20, how much will they be thinking about the world's poor? Economist Professor Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth institute, discusses to what extent the G20 should address the concerns of the developing world.


What do the Conservative Party think about the G20 summit? Shadow chancellor George Osborne discusses if Conservative policy would allow a quicker recovery from the global economic slowdown.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


New adverts are praising film fans for helping to cut piracy - as the industry shifts its tactics in the battle against the illegal downloading of films. Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones explains the different methods being used to deal with the same problem.


Between April and July 1994, in scenes of almost unparalleled brutality, 800,000 people were murdered in Rwanda by Hutu soldiers and machete wielding mobs. Correspondent Mike Thomson reports on the special memorial service held yesterday in the House of Commons for MPs, diplomats and survivors to pay their respects.


The Lady - England's oldest weekly magazine for women - has been revamped and re-launched in an attempt to update its image. Sarah Kennedy, new editor-at-large of the magazine, and Rowan Pelling, former editor of the Erotic Review, discuss how the magazine can compete when many other weekly titles are in trouble.



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