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Today: Wednesday 29 April 2009

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Gordon Brown is to outline to the Commons the government's revised strategy for the war in Afghanistan, following his visit to the country. And leaflets about the swine flu outbreak and how to prevent its spread are to be delivered to every UK household.


The US, Canada, New Zealand, Spain, Israel and the UK have all said swine flu cases have been confirmed in their country. Reporter Matthew Price visits Oaxaca in Mexico where the first fatal case of the disease is believed to have been contracted.


Gordon Brown is to tell MPs that the government has a new policy for Afghanistan. Rory Stewart, of Harvard University, discusses if the policy is likely to echo the new American policy unveiled last month, which acknowledged that Pakistan is key to countering the threat from terrorists.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


It was Franklin Roosevelt who invented the idea of the first 100 days of fast and furious action upon which a presidency can be judged. Current US President Barack Obama has now been in office for exactly 100 days. North America editor Justin Webb discovers if Obamaism can yet be defined.


The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) received a record number of complaints in the past year. Christopher Graham, director general of the ASA, discusses what has caused the increase in complaints.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


MPs are to debate the government's decision to limit the number of Gurkha veterans allowed to settle in the UK. Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats, explains why his party has put forward a Parliamentary motion calling for an easing of the rules and is urging Labour MPs to vote against ministers. Actress Joanna Lumley, who has been campaigning for greater awareness of the Gurkha's plight, discusses why she is angered by the government's decision.

Today's papers.


In a matter of months, British combat operations in Iraq will effectively have ended. Correspondent Hugh Sykes, who first went to Basra six years ago, returns to the city to reflect on the years of conflict.

Thought for the day with the Right Reverend James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool.


Samples of the swine flu virus are expected to arrive at a UK laboratory in the hope of producing a vaccine. Reporter Sanchia Berg visits the National Institute for Biological Standards in Hertfordshire to discover the sort of work staff there are about to undertake. Professor of virology John Oxford, of Barts and the Royal Hospital London, discusses how dangerous the virus could be.


Prime Minister Gordon Brown is to outline a revised government strategy for the war in Afghanistan. Security correspondent Gordon Corera examines the importance of Pakistan in the new strategy. Philip Bobbitt, former director of the US National Security Council under Bill Clinton, and Lord Ashdown, former EU diplomat and leader of the Liberal Democrats, discuss what Mr Brown will announce.


Avant-garde classical composers are less recognisable that their fine art contemporaries. Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin have become household names whereas David Stubbs has not. He discusses why people get Rothko but don't get Stockhausen with composer and producer Gabriel Prokofiev.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said he does not regret proposing sweeping changes to MPs' expenses, insisting it was the "right thing to do". Kevin Barron MP, of the Standards and Privileges Committee, discusses the committee's request that no decision should be made on MPs' expenses until Sir Christopher Kelly's report is published.


Could life have evolved without some sort of "guiding hand"? In an alternate view to either Darwinism or Creationism, Professor Ken Miller, of Brown University, explains the theory of intelligent design.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Scientists have produced the most compelling evidence to date that genetics play a key role in autism. Science correspondent Tom Feilden explains the tiny genetic changes that appear to impact the likelihood of developing the disorder.


Something must be done to stop the BBC becoming the only supplier of local news, the head of the media regulator Ofcom says. Chief executive Ed Richards explains why he believes a new way of delivering regional news needs to be established.


Nearly a third of breakfast cereals contain more than four teaspoons of sugar in one recommended serving, consumers' organisation Which? says. Miranda Watson, of Which?, and nutritionist Dr Clare Leonard discuss how much sugar is too much.


Test results expected to reveal if swine flu has begun to spread within the UK are set to be released. Dr Alan Hay, director of the World Influenza Centre, and Dr Richard Coker, professor of Public Health at the London School of Tropical Medicine, discuss if this is the beginning of something really serious.


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