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Today: Saturday 9 May 2009

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Tourism minister Barbara Follett has claimed more than £25,000 for security patrols at her London home, the Daily Telegraph claims. Authorities in Pakistan say they are mobilising to receive as many as half a million people displaced by fighting in the Swat Valley. And a senior White House aide has quit over his role in a presidential plane's low-level fly-past that caused panic among New York office workers.


More details from leaked MPs' expenses have appeared in the Daily Telegraph. Political correspondent Iain Watson reports on the claims, which include suggestions that some junior ministers were pushing the Commons system to the limit in claiming their allowances.


Jacob Zuma is to be inaugurated as South Africa's president. Correspondent Peter Biles considers what changes will be made when Mr Zuma, the fourth president of the republic since the end of Apartheid, is sworn into office.

Today's papers.

Yesterday in Parliament with Mark D'Arcy.


Authorities in Pakistan say they are mobilising to receive as many as half a million people displaced by fighting in the Swat Valley. Reporter Zubeida Malik speaks to Jamal Nasir Khan, the Nazim of Swat - effectively the local mayor, about how the city of Mingora, the main town in the valley, is now almost completely deserted as the Pakistani army closes in.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Loyalist organisations the UVF and UDA in Northern Ireland have yet to decommission their guns and explosives. The IRA decommissioned its weapons four years ago. Ireland correspondent Mark Simpson reports on whether the organisations will meet the deadline of August given by the government. Martin McGuinness, deputy first minister of Northern Ireland, discusses the importance of putting weapons out of use.

Today's papers.


Labour's deputy leader Harriet Harman has suggested that it was the responsibility of the House of Commons' authorities to decide on the validity of MPs' expense claims before they are paid out. Reporter Jack Izzard explains how the so-called "fees office" operates. Chartered accountant Richard Murphy discusses how expenses are taxed.

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


Exploitation of food supply workers could be combated by a joint plan from the UK's main supermarkets and the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA). Chairman of the authority Paul Whitehouse discusses how the strategy aims to unearth cases of abuse of vulnerable workers.


Is the economic crisis all over? The US stock market index the S&P 500 has risen 37% and in the UK, the FTSE 100 has risen almost 1,000 points since early March. Graham Turner, of GFC Economics, and Jim O'Neill, of Goldman Sachs, discuss how long it takes to recover from a banking crisis.


The Pope is in Jordan on the second day of his Middle East tour. Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen reports on the Pope's visit to the largest mosque in the country and his address to Muslim leaders.


The death of the feminist author Marilyn French has reminded people of a novel that is often thought to have been one of the most influential of the 1970s - The Women's Room. Novelist Sarah Dunant and writer Christina Odone discuss if fewer young women today are interested in gender politics.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Pakistan's president has promised all-out war against militants in the Swat Valley. Correspondent Barbara Plett visits the region of Swabi, where many of the people displaced by fighting have taken shelter. Bruce Riedel, who chaired a review of US policy on Afghanistan and Pakistan for President Obama, discusses the Pakistani offensive.

Today's papers.


The Daily Telegraph has been accused of "absolutely disgusting" reporting and engaging in "chequebook journalism" by publishing details of MPs' expenses. Columnists Peter Preston, of the Observer, and Daniel Finkelstein, of the Times, discuss if the paper did the right thing by running the story.


There was a time when every city in the US had at least two major newspapers competing furiously for the loyalty of readers. North America business correspondent Greg Wood reports on an industry confronting the worst crisis in its history, with once famous titles now disappearing for good.


Jacob Zuma is to be inaugurated as South Africa's president amid fears that the ruling party, the ANC, is trying to restrict press liberties in the country. South African cartoonist and satirist Zapiro and historian Saul DuBow, of Sussex University, discuss Mr Zuma's attempt to sue over a cartoon published in a leading newspaper.


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