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Today: Monday 13 April 2009

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Bangkok is tense after a night of clashes between troops and anti-government protesters which left scores injured. Gordon Brown is facing pressure to distance himself further from e-mails which discussed smearing senior Conservatives.


Gordon Brown is facing increasing pressure to distance himself from e-mails which discussed smearing senior Tories. Derek Scott, a former economic advisor to the Government, explains the implications this email affair has had on Downing Street.


The local newspaper industry is facing tough times, with many papers having to merge or be closed altogether. Reporter Andrew Hosken examines the struggle for survival at one local newspaper.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


The Prison Officers Association is calling for a public inquiry into the riot at HMP Ashwell. Glyn Travis, assistant general secretary of the Prison Officer's Association, explains what caused the riot in which up to 75% of the jail has reportedly been damaged.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Thai soldiers have opened fire on a crowd of anti-government protesters on the streets of Bangkok. BBC Correspondent Jonathan Head reports on the latest clashes between the army and anti-government protesters, and Sir James Hodge, former British ambassador to Thailand, discusses the genesis of the riots.

Today's papers.


The Prince of Wales has asked the owners of a site in Chelsea, where modern flats are due to be built, to change their plans. Senior fellow at The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment, Professor Robert Adam and Sunand Prasad, President of the Royal Institute of British Architects, discuss whether the prince's intervention is warranted.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Dr Giles Fraser.


In a dramatic rescue operation, US navy snipers have shot dead three pirates holding a US captain in a boat off the coast of Somalia. Commander Chris Davies, from the Nato Shipping Centre in Northwood, discusses what is being done to stop future pirate attacks.


Gordon Brown is facing increasing pressure to personally apologise for e-mails in which senior Conservative MPs were smeared and set up an independent inquiry into the incident. Health Secretary Alan Johnson says he was "shocked and disgusted" by the e-mails but that the prime minister could not be held personally responsible.


The recent case in Edlington, where two young boys have been charged with attempted murder, raises questions as to what kind of secure accommodation is appropriate for children who have committed a crime. Winifred Robinson visited a secure unit for children for a Radio 4 documentary and describes the conditions under which young offenders are being held.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


The riot at Ashwell Prison over the weekend has been blamed on inmates being wrongly downgraded from category B to category C prisoners. Prisons Minister David Hanson discusses whether measures to alleviate overcrowding and cut costs in the prison system can be blamed for the riot.


The local Italian mafia made millions in construction contracts when an earthquake hit close to Naples in 1980. David Lane, the Economist's Italian business and finance correspondent, explains what the mafia may gain after the earthquake in L'Aquila.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Scientists in China claim that they have created new eggs in mice using stem cells. Professor Robin Lovell-Badge from the National Institute for Medical Research explains the research and its significance to fertility treatment.


Dwindling advertising revenue and alternative sources of news is having a disastrous effect on the local newspaper industry. Paul Bradshaw of Birmingham City University and Will Hutton, former editor at large of the Observer, discuss the future of local journalism.


The government is seeking to distance itself from Damian McBride's emails, which discussed Tory smearing. Editor of the Spectator Matthew D'Ancona and Guardian columnist Martin Kettle, discuss what the affair says about Labour's approach to blogging and its strategy for the next general election.


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