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Today: Saturday 18 April 2009

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Campaigning is entering the final stages ahead of South Africa's 22 April elections. And a woman who was filmed being struck by a police sergeant at the G20 protests has described his actions as "very violent and unnecessary".


The South African army has been called in to the eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal to prevent violence from flaring up over the elections next week. Correspondent Peter Biles reports on the possible outcomes of the election. Political scientist Dr Adam Habib explains South Africa's wider role within the continent and the world.


The Labour Party has called off a hustings to choose a parliamentary candidate after discovering a ballot box had apparently been tampered with. Correspondent Tim Iredale reports on the contest in the Erith and Thamesmead constituency in south east London.

Today's papers.


The UK Independence Party (UKIP) is holding a spring rally ahead of the European elections in June. UKIP leader Nigel Farage explains what the party represents and discusses the forthcoming elections.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


South Africa's ruling ANC party has condemned Archbishop Desmond Tutu's criticism of the organisation as "sacrilege". Mr Tutu explains why he is not looking forward to having ANC leader Jacob Zuma as president.

Today's papers.


Britain's Got Talent star Susan Boyle has received nearly 40 million hits on YouTube, an invitation to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and US TV network CBS has launched a search for "America's Susan Boyle" in the space of a week. Writer AL Kennedy considers why she has caught the public's imagination.


Richard Phillips - the American sea captain who had been held for several days by Somali pirates - has returned to his home town Underhill, Vermont. Beth Racine, a volunteer worker at the United Church of Underhill discusses how the town - and she herself - had welcomed him back.

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


A woman who was filmed being struck by a police sergeant at the G20 protests has described his actions as "very violent and unnecessary". Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone discusses the difficulties of policing a protest.


Across South Africa, final rallies are being held before the elections on 22 April. Former president of South Africa FW de Klerk discusses if the country should be worried about the leadership of Jacob Zuma.


The Duke of Edinburgh has becomes the longest ever serving royal consort. He has stood by the Queen for 57 years and 70 days. Alice Thompson, of The Times, and Guardian columnist Zoe Williams discuss what attributes make for a good consort and how - if at all - the role is affected by gender.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


The tragic events of the Hillsborough disaster 20 years ago are often told from the viewpoint of fans or by journalists. Brendan Pakenham, then a volunteer special police constable, explains his memories of the tragedy.

Today's papers.


Zimbabwe is still feeling the effects of cholera, starvation, hyperinflation and 80% unemployment. Today presenter John Humphrys reports on the refugees who have made their way from the country to South Africa.


Barack Obama has released memos detailing techniques of interrogation used during the previous administration. Jonathan Parris, of Kings College, London, and Michael Mansfield QC discuss if these methods - which includes confinement in boxes for hours and depriving people of sleep for a week - can be legally justified.


Leeds Carnegie will face Moseley in Rugby Union's EDF National Trophy final at Twickenham. The Tykes, as they are known, have already won the division one title - earning promotion to the Premiership. Science correspondent Tom Feilden visits the team to discover the science that is at the heart of their success.


What will be the outcome of the South African election? Journalist Mark Gevisser and political commentator Rhoda Kadalie discuss what will be expected after the polls close and the result is announced.


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