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Today: Thursday 30 April 2009

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The UN's World Health Organization has raised the alert over swine flu to level five - one short of a full-blown global epidemic, or pandemic. And a review of England's primary school curriculum is expected to emphasise the importance of new technologies.


An advertising campaign promoting good hygiene to help combat the threat of swine flu is being launched in the UK. World Health Organization (WHO) spokesperson Dick Thompson and correspondent Fergus Walsh explain why the WHO is calling for action.


A major review of teaching in English primary schools will say that teachers should spend more time encouraging pupils to talk. Correspondent Kim Catcheside visits a school in Reading to discover how they they teach children to communicate.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


The number of parking tickets being issued is rising and the number of successful appeals against the tickets have fallen, figures show. Caroline Sheppard, of the Traffic Penalty Tribunal, discusses some of the excuses given in failed appeals.


Barack Obama has been speaking about his first 100 days in office. North America editor Justin Webb explains how the president has been marking the occasion.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki is to speak at a business conference in London - telling companies why it is a good idea to invest in his country. Correspondent Hugh Sykes reports on the current situation in Iraq. Business secretary Lord Mandelson discusses if UK firms should invest in the country.

Today's papers.


The Cabinet of Dr Caligari is one of the earliest horror films, and has inspired directors for decades. Its portrayal of a terrifying travelling magician and his fortune telling, sleepwalking fairground act is still scaring people today. Reporter Nicola Stanbridge explains why it is about to get even scarier.

Thought for the day with the Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, from Alyth Gardens Synagogue.


When Tendai Biti took on the role of Zimbabwe's finance minister as a member of the country's new power-sharing government, he faced the legacy of an inflation rate which at one point hit 500,000,000,000%. Mr Biti explains how he hopes to receive help from the UK government.


Gordon Brown's plans to reform the system of MPs' expenses will go to a series of House of Commons votes. Political editor Nick Robinson explains if this vote is seen as a test of Mr Brown's authority.


A review of England's primary school curriculum is expected to emphasise the importance of new technologies. Former head of Ofsted Sir Jim Rose, who carried out the review, and language therapist Mary Hartshorne discuss the findings of the report.


The people of Mumbai are voting in the third round of India's general election. Correspondent Chris Morris speaks to a woman banker from the city who decided to run as an independent candidate in the wake of last November's terrorist attacks.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


A memorial service being held in Basra as British troops prepare to leave the city. Defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt reports on the ceremony which remembers the 179 British servicemen and women who have lost their lives in Southern Iraq.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


There is a minor worry to add to the anxieties many people have about the current flu pandemic - what should the virus be called? Stewart Houston, chairman of the National Pig Association, and author Steven Poole debate whether swine are being hard done by with the current definition.


After the House of Commons vote on Gurkhas, calls of "resign" were heard from the opposition benches towards Gordon Brown. Matthew D'Ancona, of the Spectator, and Steve Richards, of the Independent, discuss how bad things are for the government.


The final report of the Independent Review of Primary Education tackled - among many other things - what it describes as "word poverty". Trevor Averre-Beeson, who has served as head of three London secondary schools, and Peter Tymms, of Durham University's School of Education, discuss what the term means and how it can be tackled.


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