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Today: Monday 11 May 2009

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David Cameron says MPs must say sorry as expenses of leading Conservatives are revealed in the latest disclosures by The Daily Telegraph. And the King of Jordan has said there could be war in the Middle East next year if peace talks are delayed.


The chairman of the House of Commons Commission - which oversees the working of the Commons - will propose that its system of expenses and allowances should be overseen by an outside body. Tony Wright MP, chairman of the Commons public administration committee, discusses how expenses should be validated.


At least 378 people have been killed by fierce shelling from the Sri Lankan army in the past 24 hours, a health official has told the BBC. Reporter Andrew Hosken considers if this figure could be accurate.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


As the number of bee numbers continues to decline, an increase in the amount of bee theft has been reported. Tim Lovett, president of the Beekeepers' Association explains how much a hive could be worth to criminals.


Pope Benedict XVI is due to arrive in Israel, on the second leg of his tour of the Middle East. Today presenter Edward Stourton reports on continuing tensions between the Church and Israel over the role of the Vatican in World War II.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


The government has failed to tackle the causes of crime, as it pledged to do when it came into power, says a world expert on crime reduction. Home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw reports on claims that crime would cost the UK £78bn this year. Author of the report Professor Irwin Waller, of the University of Ottawa, discusses if UK policy neglected crime prevention measures.

Today's papers.


The Royal Geographical Society (RGS) has not sent out a major expedition for 10 years. Explorer Robin Hanbury-Tenison and the Earl of Selborne, former president of the RGS, discuss the campaign calling for the society to return to the kind of expeditions that made its name.

Thought for the day with the religious commentator Clifford Longley.


Tens of thousands of people in the Swat Valley of Pakistan have been fleeing their homes as the Pakistani army continues its offensive against Taleban militants in the region. John Butt, Muslim Chaplain of Cambridge University, and Graham Strong, Pakistan director for the aid agency World Vision, discuss the relief operation planned in the area.


Leading Conservatives have been criticised as details of their expenses are published by the Daily Telegraph. Shadow defence secretary Liam Fox and political editor Nick Robinson discuss "another bad day for Parliament".


The Sony Radio Academy Awards - the Oscars of the radio industry - will be particularly memorable for one radio station. Electric Radio Brixton, which is a prison radio station, is nominated for four awards. Media correspondent Torin Douglas and Paul McDowell, governor of Brixton Prison, discuss the station which has been on air for a little over a year.


Will Pike escaped the terrorist attacks on the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai last November. He was badly injured and has been told he will face a lifetime in a wheelchair as a result. He discusses the gap in compensation arrangements for those caught in foreign terrorist attacks.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


A London bus is taking to the streets equipped with technology which automatically keeps its speed to local limits. Motoring journalist Quentin Wilson and Chris Lines, head of Transport for London's Road Safety Unit, discuss the newly-introduced digital speed limit map of the city.


Pope Benedict is to touch down at Tel Aviv airport in Israel. David Horowitz, of the Jerusalem Post, and political analyst Dr George Giacaman, of Birzeit University, discuss the main aims of the Pope's visit.


Has the Daily Telegraph been responsible in its reporting of MPs' expenses? Labour MP Bob Marshall-Andrews and Andrew Porter, political editor of the Telegraph, consider if the reports are in the public interest.



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