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Today: Friday 10 April 2009

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Gordon Brown says Pakistan needs to do more to root out terrorism after police thwart a suspected al-Qaeda bomb plot. And teachers are expected to back a boycott of Sats tests for children aged seven and 11 in England - unless ministers agree to scrap the exams.


Ten of the 12 terrorist suspects arrested on terror allegations were in the UK on student visas from Pakistan. Jason Burke, of the Observer, discusses recent admissions by the immigration minister Phil Woolas that student visas were "the major loophole in Britain's border controls".


National Union of Teachers members, meeting in Cardiff for their annual conference, are preparing to vote on whether they will boycott the national school tests Sats. Education correspondent James Westhead reports on the growing revolt in the classroom.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Four leading UK organisations have called on the Chancellor Alistair Darling to invest in a national house building programme to save thousands of jobs, maintain skills and "stave off the worst of the recession". Designer Wayne Hemingway and Gavin Smart, of the National Housing Federation, discuss the £6.3bn plan to build 100,000 new homes.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Police mistakes meant a chance to charge Baby P's mother with assault was missed several weeks before his death, an unpublished report says. Lib Dem MP Lynne Featherstone and shadow education minister Michael Gove, discuss the delays securing an independent medical opinion.

Today's papers.


An egg collected by Charles Darwin during his voyage on HMS Beagle has been rediscovered at Cambridge University's zoology museum. Prof Michael Akam, director of the Museum, tells the story of how it was identified.

Thought for the day with the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams.


Teachers are threatening to boycott the national school tests Sats for seven and 11-year-olds in England. Christine Blower, acting general secretary of the NUT, and Professor Alan Smithers, of the University of Buckingham, discuss what teachers believe is wrong with the tests.


Twelve men - 11 of them Pakistani and most of them students - are still being questioned over an alleged terrorism plot. Correspondent Daniel Sandford, John Tincey, chairman of the Immigration Service Union, and Prof Michael Clarke, director of the Royal United Services Institute, discuss if student visas are "a major loophole in Britain's border controls".


The incoming Archbishop of Westminster has called on Catholics to oppose proposals to allow pregnancy advisory services to advertise on TV and radio. The Most Rev Vincent Nichols discusses his new role and his claims that existing condom adverts "demean" young people.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Tens of thousands of Iraqis have demonstrated in Baghdad, calling for an end to US "occupation", despite assertions that all US troops will be out of the region by 2011. Correspondent Jim Muir gives details of the protests and the aftermath of six bombs in Baghdad that killed more than 34 people and injured about 110.


Recent news has been dominated by the conduct of the police - with Ian Tomlinson's death during the G20 protests and Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick's security blunder. Ian Johnston, president of the Superintendents' Association of England and Wales, and filmmaker Roger Graef discuss if police officers are held in lower esteem than a generation ago.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


The recent bus advert "war" between the British Humanist Association and Christian Voice - arguing the existence of God - has demonstrated the increasingly polarised debate between believers and atheists. Mark Vernon, a former Church of England priest, and physician, philosopher and poet Raymond Tallis discuss if there is a grey area between the two views.


US military chiefs are bolstering their forces around the Horn of Africa to help tackle Somali pirates holding a US captain hostage in a drifting lifeboat. Classicist Dr Peter Jones and Andrew Lambert, professor of naval history at Kings College, London, discuss how the problem of piracy was tackled in the past.


Archaeologists have discovered the earliest evidence of human beings ever found in Scotland. Correspondent Huw Williams reports on the flints unearthed in a ploughed field near Biggar in South Lanarkshire.


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