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Today: Tuesday 5 May 2009

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Parents in England could get the power to force councils to improve the quality of local schools under new plans to be announced by Gordon Brown. And at least 45 people have been killed in an attack on a wedding party in south-eastern Turkey, officials say.


The civil war in Sri Lanka is apparently in its final days. Former military commander of the Tamil Tiger rebels Karuna Amman talks to reporter Andrew Hosken why he believes disillusionment with the Tiger's leader Velupillai Prabhakaran has led to the group's demise.


Names of some people banned from entering the UK because it is feared their views will foster hatred or encourage violence have been released. Home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw reports on the more notable names on the list.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


English cathedral choir schools will discuss a project aimed at alleviating the effects of poverty and deprivation through choral music at their annual conference. Religious affairs correspondent Robert Pigott reports on why less affluent primary schools are being offered the opportunity to sing up.


Chinese state employees have been told they have got to smoke for the good of the country. James Reynolds explains why the local government is hoping to retrieve losses from cigarette income tax.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


Head teachers will write to parents to explain why they support a boycott of Sats tests for 11-year-olds in England. Reporter Jack Izzard examines the call for the so-called "tyranny of testing". Barry Sheerman, chairman of the Commons Committee on Children Schools and Families, discusses the future of Sats.

Today's papers.


A team of archaeologists and forensic experts is to begin recovering bodies from a mass grave of up to 400 British and Australian servicemen who died during World War I. Reporter Phil Mackie reports on the use of genetic testing to allow some of the men to be identified to their surviving relatives.

Thought for the day with Canon Dr Alan Billings, an Anglican priest.


A British woman held in jail in Laos accused of smuggling heroin will be visited by a British lawyer and a diplomat. Lawyer Clare Algar, of law firm Reprieve, discusses the fate of Samantha Orobator, who is facing the death penalty.


Downing Street has rejected claims that it is considering an alternative to the part privatisation of Royal Mail, put forward by left-wing campaign group Compass. Neal Lawson, of Compass, and employment minister Pat McFadden discuss if a change in approach is needed to avoid a Labour revolt when the issue is taken to a vote.


Leaflets giving information about swine flu and advice on how to prevent its spread are to start being delivered to all households in the UK. Sir Liam Donaldson, the chief medical officer, discusses if a second, more serious wave of cases could be expected later in the year.


The preachers wear Stetsons and cowboy boots and the faithful - often in their hundreds - gather around open wagons in stables and rodeo arenas to hear them. Correspondent Kevin Connolly visits Lawton, Oklahoma to discover why The Cowboy Church is thriving in the hard lands of the Old West around Texas.

Sports new with Garry Richardson.


Israel has dispatched top officials to the US and Europe in a diplomatic offensive aimed at softening the image of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new government. Middle East expert Dr Rosemary Hollis, of City University, and Zalman Shoval, former Israeli ambassador to the US, discuss what can be achieved by the meetings.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Is it time to form a "national government" of the three main parties to help Britain recover from its economic problems? Historians Professor Kevin Jefferys, of the University of Plymouth, and Dr Anthony Seldon, of Wellington College, discuss the history of coalition governments.


A racing car made from potatoes, steered by carrots and powered by chocolate is to be unveiled. James Meredith, project leader of the World First Project which has designed and built the F3 car, discusses if motor sport could be more environmentally friendly.


It is 50 years since the novelist and scientist CP Snow delivered the influential lecture titled The Two Cultures. Marcus du Sautoy, maths professor at Oxford University and Stefan Collini, of Cambridge University, discuss what the term means.


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