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Today: Saturday 11 April 2009

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Air accident investigators have called for improved safety systems on Super Puma helicopters, following the North Sea crash which killed 16 people. And the US captain taken hostage by Somali pirates managed to jump off their lifeboat overnight but was recaptured, according to US media reports.


Accident investigators say that inspections should be carried out on Super Puma helicopters. Scotland correspondent Huw Williams reports on the discovery that the crash which killed 16 people in the North Sea was caused by what is described as a "catastrophic gearbox failure".


Downing Street has apologised for e-mails sent by one of Gordon Brown's senior officials which reportedly discussed smearing top Conservatives. Political correspondent Ross Hawkins discusses the emails - believed to be authored by Damian McBride, the prime minister's ex-political press officer.

Today's papers.


French marines have stormed a yacht captured by Somali pirates - freeing four of the five hostages; the fifth hostage was killed during the operation. Correspondent Emma Jane Kirby reports on the yacht which was one of almost 20 vessels held by pirates in the region.


The US captain taken hostage by Somali pirates managed to jump off their lifeboat overnight but was recaptured, according to US media reports. Washington correspondent Kevin Connolly considers the unlikely challenge for the Obama administration.


The recession is hurting rural areas as much as urban ones - if not more, the Commission for Rural Communities says. Correspondent Alex Bushill reports from Cornwall on the calls for more government help for people to find jobs.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


A radical Imam is due to address an audience in a pre-recorded video message in the Brady Arts Centre in Tower Hamlets, East London - a taxpayer-funded community centre. Shadow home secretary Chris Grayling discusses the speech from Anwar al-Awlaki.

Today's papers.


London is attempting to tackle its pigeon problem with the help of a new birdman. Reporter Nicola Stanbridge investigates the story of Gary Railton and his Harris Hawk - George.

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


Thousands are to march through central London later in protest at Sri Lanka's offensive against the Tamil Tigers. Reporter Jack Izzard explains why hundreds have been camping outside parliament and two have gone on hunger strike.


All Super Puma helicopters should be grounded following the North Sea crash which killed 16 people, a union representing many North Sea oil workers says. Bob Crow, general secretary of the union RMT, and Chris Allen, health and safety director of Oil and Gas UK, discuss what has been described as a "catastrophic failure".


How can young people be persuaded to listen to classical music? The Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra from Venezuela returns to London for two concerts at the South Bank. Tom Service, of The Guardian, and Christina Coker, chief executive of Youth Music, discuss why more young people don't get involved.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


A French sailor has been killed after commandos stormed a yacht on which he was a hostage, nearly a week after its capture by Somali pirates. The other four hostages were rescued. French MP Herve Mariton and Dr Lee Willett, head of maritime studies at the Royal United Services Institute, discuss the decision to storm the yacht.


Downing Street has had to apologise for what it describes as "juvenile and inappropriate" emails sent by Damian McBride, an aide of the Prime Minister, which have fallen into the hands of a political blogger and - it's said - at least one Sunday newspaper. Correspondent Ross Hawkins and Paul Staines, better known as blogger Guido Fawkes, explain what is contained in the emails.

Today's papers.


After a number of high-profile incidents, the police force is coming under increased scrutiny and criticism. Fiona Mactaggart, a former Home Office minister, and Liberal Democrat peer Lord Carlile discuss if the force is no longer properly accountable.


The MCC is to relax regulations on attire at Lord's Cricket Ground during the Twenty20 World Cup to allow fancy dress. Political writer Peter Oborne, who's also mad about cricket, and David Frith, cricket writer and historian, discuss if this idea is Superman or just a bit Mickey Mouse.


The Crown Prosecution Service is paying a £250 bonus to staff who made it in to work in London on the first day of the heavy snow in February. Mark Wallace, of the Taxpayers Alliance, discusses the money, which a spokesman says came from a fund to recognise staff who "went the extra mile."



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