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Today: Saturday 2 May 2009

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An independent review is under way in to how Haringey social services dealt with the case of a girl raped by one of the men responsible for Baby P's death. And health chiefs are awaiting the results of more than 600 tests for swine flu as the number of confirmed cases in the UK has reached 13.


The man responsible for the death of Baby P has been found guilty of raping a two-year-old girl. Wes Cuell, of the NSPCC, discusses the independent review into Haringey social services which is now underway.


Senior Labour MPs have discussed defecting to the Liberal Democrats if the party loses the election, Lord Ashdown has said. Political correspondent Ross Hawkins considers if talk of defections rather than discontent is overblown.


Head teachers are to vote on whether to ballot members over a possible boycott of the examinations Sats for 11-year-olds. Education correspondent Kim Catcheside reports on claims that a boycott of the tests would be "irresponsible and illegal".

Today's papers.


Hundreds of thousands of people in Burma's Irrawaddy Delta still need assistance - a year after a deadly cyclone, the UN and aid agencies warn. Correspondent Jonathan Head reports on the aftermath of the cyclone which ripped across the fertile delta of the Irrawaddy. Mark Canning, British Ambassador to Burma, discusses the UK's involvement in providing support.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


A second British man has fallen ill with swine flu without travelling to Mexico, officials have announced. Health correspondent Jane Dreaper reports on the newly confirmed cases. Gabriel Scally, regional director of public health for the southwest of England, explains the balance between being proactive and not overreacting.

Today's papers.


Exactly 20 years ago Hungarian border guards began dismantling the physical barrier along the Hungarian-Austrian border known as the Iron Curtain. Novelist Tibor Fischer, whose family is from Hungary, discusses the collapse of the communist system in the region.


The way farmers operate has been revolutionised but while all enjoy the benefits of cheaper food all year round, there has been a cost to farmland birds. Numbers of lapwing, turtle dove and tree sparrows have declined dramatically. Correspondent Alex Bushill discovers why that could be about to change.

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


British troops have begun their final withdrawal from Iraq as military operations in the country have come to an end. Iraqi foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari discusses the situation in the region.


An independent review of how Haringey social services dealt with the case of a girl raped by one of the men responsible for Baby P's death has begun. Lord Laming, who was chairman of a review into social services in England, discusses what this case shows about the scale of the challenge facing children's services.


A sequel to the 1987 film Wall Street is being made. The original proclaimed that "greed is good". Screenwriter Stanley Weiser, who wrote the original, discusses how the morals of today's financial sector compare with the culture of the 1980s and if, as stated in the original, greed is still good.


Prices of food and water have rocketed in Mexico, fuelled by a "black market" around the swine flu virus outbreak. Correspondent Stephen Gibbs reports on the partial shutdown of the Mexican economy for five days.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Former Home Secretary Charles Clarke has told the BBC recent events have made him "ashamed" to be a Labour MP. Former deputy Prime Minister John Prescott says he is staggered by the actions of Labour MPs Charles Clarke and David Blunkett, who have criticised the situation Labour is in.

Today's papers.


In Sri Lanka, Tamil Tiger rebels are on the verge of defeat. Reporter Andrew Hosken considers what a defeat could mean for most Tamils, who live peacefully and have complained for decades of discrimination at the hands of the Sinhalese majority.


The 32-year-old boyfriend of Baby P's mother has been convicted of raping a two-year-old girl in north London. Baroness Morgan, Lords minister for the Department for Children, Schools and Families, discusses what an independent review about the case could discover.


The global success of Twenty20 cricket has prompted another attempt at trying to get the US to like the game. Jay Mir, president of the American Cricket League, and author Joseph O'Neil discuss if the so-called "cricket revolution" will be more successful than other attempts.


There are some forms of punctuation some people just can't stand - the dash for example. A best-selling author has now called on writers to stop using it. The writer in question, Lionel Shriver, and Erica Wagner, literary editor of The Times, discuss if the dash is a useful tool - or if it is just used by writers who don't quite understand the semi-colon.


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