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Today: Saturday 25 April 2009

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A Conservative government would give primary schools more control over the way they are run - in a similar way as city academies, the Tories say. And police are using hundreds of paid informants inside protest groups to "feed them intelligence", according to evidence handed to the Guardian.

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There have been a series of bomb attacks in Iraq that have raised fears the security situation is getting worse again. Baghdad correspondent Jim Muir reports on the arrival of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the region.

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Financial chiefs from the G7 have said there are signs the contraction in the global economy may have eased, but warned this did not signal a recovery. Correspondent Andrew Walker reports on if the world economy shows "some signs of stabilisation".

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Today's papers.

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The Mexican authorities have closed schools, museums, libraries and theatres to try to contain an outbreak of swine flu that's suspected of killing dozens of people. Mexico correspondent Stephen Gibbs explains what is known about the virus.

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Yesterday in Parliament with Mark D'Arcy.

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Martin McGuinness, the deputy first minister of Northern Ireland, has said he's been warned by police that dissident republicans are plotting to kill him. Journalist Tommy McKearney, a former member of the IRA, discusses why Mr McGuinness has been targeted.

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Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

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A Tory government would give primary schools in England more control over the way they are run - in a similar way to city academies, the party has said. Education spokesman Michael Gove discusses how he believes schools can become genuinely accountable to parents. Tim Montgomerie, of ConservativeHome, discusses a poll on the future of grammar schools.

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Today's papers

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It is 40 years since Robin Knox-Johnston became the first person to sail around the world solo, non-stop. Author Michael Hutchinson meets Sir Robin and looks around the boat on which he completed that record-breaking voyage.

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Thought for the day with the novelist and columnist Anne Atkins.

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What lies behind the apparent expansion of Taleban influence in Pakistan? Jason Burke, of the Observer, and Farzana Shaikh, of the foreign affairs think tank Chatham House, discuss accusations from US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that Pakistan is "abdicating to the Taleban".

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Police are using hundreds of paid informants inside protest groups to "feed them intelligence", recordings handed to the Guardian suggest. Member of the protest group Plane Stupid Matilda Gifford, who made the recordings, and John O'Connor, a former commander of Scotland Yard's flying squad, discuss if the police have "a responsibility to gather intelligence".

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The Middle East is playing host to the international music festival Womad for the first time. Reporter Nicola Stanbridge talks to Juldeh Camara, one of the headline acts at the festival, about his skills as a Griot - or traditional story teller - and master of the Ritti - the African forerunner to the violin.

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The Open University is celebrating its 40th birthday. The university's pro-vice chancellor David Vincent and graduate Vera Baird MP, the solicitor general, discuss the success of the world's first real "distance learning" university.

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Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

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Are we on the verge of a fundamental shift in the way the government approaches public finances? Peter Kellner, of the polling organisation YouGov, Geoff Mulgan, of the Young Foundation and former Chancellor Lord Lamont discuss if public spending should be cut.

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Jack Jones - the former trade union boss who died this week - was one of the last remaining veterans of the International Brigade in the Spanish Civil War. There are now only six left alive. Sam Lesser, one of the first Britons to go out to Spain in 1936, makes a visit to the Imperial War Museum in London with Today presenter Sarah Montague.

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Today's papers.

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) is to hold an emergency meeting to consider how it should respond to the outbreak of swine flu in Mexico which so far has killed 60 people. Influenza expert Professor John Watson, of the Health Protection Agency Centre, discusses how - or if - the outbreak can be contained.

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Expensive running shoes are a waste of money, the journalist and runner Christopher McDougall says. As the 35,000 runners prepare for the London Marathon, he discusses his controversial statement with David Newman, general manager of Runners Need.




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