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Today: Saturday 4 April 2009

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Tough challenges in Afghanistan look set to dominate as Nato leaders meet for summit talks in France. And a senior British judge has accused the European Court of Human Rights of going beyond its jurisdiction and trying to create a "federal law of Europe".


Tough challenges in Afghanistan look set to dominate as Nato leaders meet for summit talks in France. Defence correspondent Rob Watson reports on the summit, used to mark the 60th anniversary of Nato.


One of the most senior law lords has accused the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg of trying to lay down a "federal law of Europe" and interfering unnecessarily in national jurisdictions. Home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw reports on the comments of Lord Hoffman.

Today's papers.


Charities in the UK that lost millions of pounds when the Icelandic banking system collapsed should get a bail-out, according to a committee of MPs. Political correspondent Terry Stiasny reports on the people and organisations excluded from this compensation scheme.


The Liberal Democrats have written to the Metropolitan Police to complain at some police tactics during the G20 demonstrations. Med Hughes, public order spokesman for the Association of Chief Police Officers, and Dr Clifford Stott, a social psychology lecturer at the University of Liverpool, discuss if too much "heavy force" was used.


The World Bank has warned the Russian government that millions of its people could be thrown into poverty as the economy shrinks by more than 4%. Correspondent Richard Galpin reports on the millions of Russian workers who have been laid off or sacked in recent months.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Preparations in North Korea for a satellite launch are complete and lift-off will take place "soon", state media have reported. Correspondent Roland Buerk reports on claims that it is a covert missile test. Aidan Foster-Carter, an expert in North Korean politics, discusses the launch of the experimental communications satellite.

Toady's papers.


It is 500 years since Henry VIII ascended to the throne of England. Reporter Nicola Stanbridge visits Hampton Court to watch preparations for celebrations to mark the occasion.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Bob Marshall, an Anglican priest.


The Treasury Select Committee has recommended a one-off compensation package for charities which lost an estimated £120m of deposits with the Icelandic banks. Chairman of the committee John McFall and Richard Kemp, deputy chairman of the Local Government Association, discuss why charities should receive assistance - ahead of local authorities.


The European Court of Human Rights is going beyond its jurisdiction and trying to create a "federal law of Europe", a senior British judge says. Former Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer and Stephen Hockman QC, former chairman of the Bar Council, discuss the way the court operates.


A gunman has killed 13 people after taking dozens hostage in the US state of New York. Reporter Matthew Price examines the attack, which, according to reports, was carried out by a man who then took his own life.


The BBC drama State of Play, which was first broadcast in 2003, told the story of a politician whose research assistant is murdered. The series - which featured Bill Nighy and John Simm - is now being turned into a big budget blockbuster film starring Russell Crowe. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones reports on the recent trend of giving British television dramas the Hollywood treatment.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


US President Barack Obama called for better use of Nato resources in Afghanistan. North America editor Justin Webb reports on the Nato summit in Strasbourg, France. Defence secretary John Hutton discusses the call for more troops and funds to be committed by European countries in Afghanistan.

Today's papers.


The number of birds surviving the epic annual migration is falling. Science correspondent Tom Feilden talks to author Mike McCarthy about why the UK might have to say goodbye to the cuckoo.


The US boxer Jack Johnson, the first black man to become heavyweight champion of the world, should be given a posthumous pardon, the former US presidential candidate John McCain says. Former boxing champion Barry McGuigan explains the career of Mr Johnson and why he ended up in jail.


Was Gordon Brown right when he said at the end of the G20 summit that he thought a new world order was emerging? Former foreign secretaries Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Lord Owen discuss how much will change in the aftermath of the summit.


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