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Today: Tuesday 28 April 2009

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A deadly swine flu virus first detected in Mexico can no longer be contained, a World Health Organization (WHO) official has said. And the government has abandoned plans for a vote on scrapping MPs' second homes allowance.


How are GPs going to cope with the outbreak of the deadly swine flu virus first detected in Mexico? Dr Maureen Baker, honorary secretary of the Royal College of GPs, discusses if "today is one of those days when family doctors want to retire to a darkened room". Chief economics correspondent Hugh Pym reports on the implications for business and the lessons from previous disease scares.


An Asian jewellery store in Glasgow says it has been forced to turn away people wearing Muslim veils because of a robbery. BBC Asian Network reporter Catrin Nye explains the events that provoked this reaction.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


One of the latest ideas for beating the MRSA bug is to use specially designed furniture. Health correspondent Jane Dreaper visits the Design Council in Central London to find out more.

Sports news with Arlo White.


The Prime Minister has abandoned plans for a vote to reform rules on MPs' second homes allowance. Correspondent Norman Smith reports on why the plan failed to win support from many MPs.

Today's papers.


A teenage boy has been killed and another injured during a stabbing in a park in south London. Reporter Andy Moore gives details of the case, the seventh violent death of a teenager in the capital this year.


A British woman is among the nominees for the European Inventor of the Year Awards. The nominee, Fiona Fairhurst, discusses her invention - a swim suit based on a shark skin.

Thought for the day with Dr Indarjit Singh, director of the network of Sikh organisations.


Family courts across England and Wales are being opened up to journalists as part of a government bid to boost public confidence in the system. Reporter Sanchia Berg spends the day at the High Court. Lawyer Sarah Harman discusses how the new rules will work in practice.


The World Health Organization (WHO) has increased its alert level for a deadly swine flu virus. Professor Neil Ferguson, of the WHO, and science writer Vivienne Parry discuss if the outbreak can be contained.


To mark a decade since the creation of the post of Children's Laureate, the five writers who have held the position have each chosen their favourite books. Two of the authors - Michael Morpurgo and Anne Fine - discuss their choices.

Sports news with Arlo White.


The reform of MP expenses is back to square one after Gordon Brown's plan for a flat-rate daily allowance for MPs had to be abandoned for lack of support. Labour MPs Stuart Bell and Mark Fisher debate whether the Prime Minister's authority has taken a knock.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


One of the main themes of Barack Obama's first 100 days as US president has been his focus on tackling climate change - a distinct shift from the previous administration. Mike Hulme, of the University of East Anglia, discusses why experts still disagree about how the challenge of global warming should be met.


Sri Lankan troops will no longer use heavy weapons or air strikes in fighting against Tamil Tiger rebels in the north-east, the government says. International development minister Mike Foster discusses if, as the Tamil Tigers claim, artillery and jet bomber attacks are continuing.


There will be food riots unless new ways to increase food production are found, a UK scientist warns. Professor Douglas Kell, of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, discusses why he believes £100m should be spent on research into how farmers can produce more food.


Are the benefits of breastfeeding oversold? Guardian columnist Zoe Williams and blogger Morgan Gallagher, who describes herself as a "lactivist", discuss if mothers face too much pressure to breastfeed.



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