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Today: Wednesday 6 May 2009

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Manchester will be the first city where people can voluntarily sign up for an ID card, ministers are set to confirm. And the UK government is lending £5m to Malaysian firm Weststar, which has agreed to take over struggling UK van maker LDV.


Ministers are set to confirm a voluntary scheme for controversial ID cards will launch in Manchester. Dr Edgar Whitley, of the London School of Economics, explains why he has been warning about the cost of the scheme for the past four years.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


The dummies used to train medics are getting an update. Far from the plastic torso of old, the new mannequin aims to mimic more accurately what the human body actually does. Dr Jonathan Smart, managing director of Laerdal Medical, shows just what it can do.


US radio "shock-jock" Michael Alan Weiner, also known as Michael Savage, has reacted to his name appearing on a list of some of the people barred from entering the UK for fostering extremism or hatred. Correspondent Peter Bowes explains Mr Savage's outburst.


Thousands of people are reported to be moving out of areas in Taleban control in north-west Pakistan. There is talk of a government offensive in the area. Zubeida Malik reports on her interview with a spokesman for the Taleban.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


The government is to give its first response to the report into the death of Baby P. Home affairs editor Mark Easton explains what is contained within the report. Children's Secretary Ed Balls discusses how children at risk can be better protected by the state.

Today's papers.


The post for "the best job in the world" - caretaker at the blissful Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef with a six-month contract worth Aus $150,000 (£73,000) - has been filled. Author Chloe Hooper discusses another island off the coast of Queensland with a rather different story.

Thought for the day with Oliver McTernan, director of the NGO Forward Thinking.


Washington's special representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan has said the US must put more pressure on Islamabad to counter the Taleban. Correspondent Barbara Plett reports on what life has been like in the Swat Valley in Pakistan. US Ambassador to Nato Kurt Volker discusses what the US strategy for the region is.


Manchester will be the first city where people can voluntarily sign up for an ID card, ministers are set to confirm. Home affairs correspondent Rory Maclean reports on how the pilot will work. Shadow home secretary Chris Grayling and Chris Fox, former head of the Association of Chief Police Officers, discuss if the entire scheme should be scrapped.


The Ministry of Defence is helping to launch a range of toys based on British soldiers, sailors and airmen. Former SAS soldier Andy McNab discusses the 10" tall articulated dolls.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


London's Evening Standard newspaper is saying sorry. Sorry for losing touch; sorry for being negative and sorry for taking its readers for granted. Peter Sands, former editor of the Northern Echo, and Roy Greenslade, professor of journalism at City University, discuss if this idea is something other regional publications should copy in their attempts to stay alive.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


A play based around the murder of James Bulger - the toddler beaten to death by two boys 16 years ago - is opening in London. Reporter Jack Izzard attends the rehearsals to consider objections to the play from the charity Mothers Against Murder and Aggression, who say it is in very bad taste. Author Blake Morrison discusses the background of the murder.


Synthetic biology - the idea of manipulating DNA and building novel organisms from scratch - is a vital area of research and more money is needed to reap the rewards of its findings, a report claims. Author of the report Professor Richard Kitney, of Imperial College, London, discusses why he believes this research is important.


Swine flu has filled an awful lot of column inches in the papers and an awful lot of minutes in the news programmes. It has even inspired some poetry. The poet responsible, Felix Dennis, explains why flu is a good subject for a poem.


Amos Oz is one of Israel's most celebrated living authors. He is renowned not just for his novels, but also for his searing critiques of Israeli government policy. Middle East correspondent Tim Franks talks to Mr Oz about why Israelis must have other proclivities beyond the conflict in the region.



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