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Today: Thursday 14 May 2009

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A former minister has admitted he claimed £16,000 on expenses for a mortgage that had been paid off. And Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is to be charged in connection with an uninvited visit by a US national, her party has said.


Network Rail's chief executive is to give up his annual bonus for this year, saying he does not want it to cloud discussion of the firm's performance. Iain Coucher explains what he has taken this decision.


Could the expenses row increase the share of the vote smaller parties gain in European elections? Correspondent Nick Ravenscroft reports on how the British National Party is trying to capitalise on public discontent and win enough votes to get a seat for the North West.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


MPs have made the argument that £24,000 - the allowance given to them for second homes - is not that much to live in London. Ed Mitchell, of Pinnacle Property, explains how much renting a house near Westminster should cost.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


The US has promised to send an extra 21,000 troops to Afghanistan this year. President Obama has admitted that international forces are not winning the war against the Taleban. In the first of his reports, correspondent Ian Pannell spends time with the 10th Mountain Division of the US Army in Wardak province near Kabul.

Today's papers.


Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is to be charged in connection with an uninvited visit by a US national, her party has said. Dr Maung Zarni, coordinator of the Burma Research programme at the London School of Economics, discusses if the charges are legitimate.


Europe's biggest space project to date - a rocket launch carrying two large telescopes - is to get underway. Science correspondent Tom Feilden reports on the telescopes, just under four metres across, which will study the birth and evolution of stars and galaxies.

Thought for the day with Reverend Roy Jenkins - Baptist Minister in Cardiff.


US President Barack Obama has said the release of more photos of prisoner abuse by US soldiers is "of no benefit" and may inflame opinion against the US. Mel Goodman, a fellow at the Centre for International Policy, discusses if Mr Obama is, as US civil liberties activists accuse, adopting Bush-era politics.


It has been revealed that a former minister claimed £16,000 on expenses for a mortgage that had already been paid off. Crime and fraud lawyer Steven Barker, of Barker Gillette, discusses what would happen if this mistake took place in the private sector. Political editor Nick Robinson reports on more than 20 MPs who have said they will pay back claims totalling nearly £130,000.


Despite some optimistic talk of signs of economic recovery - optimism not shared by the Bank of England in its latest assessment of things - unemployment is continuing to rise. Lord Layard, director of the London School of Economics Centre for Economic Performance, discusses if there is a dramatic deterioration in job prospects for young people.


Pet owners should be allowed to take their animals onto the Eurostar, the pressure group Passport for Pets says. Lady Fretwell, head of the organisation, explains why she wants the rules to change.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century, a new report says. Report author Professor Anthony Costello, of UCL's Institute for Global Health, discusses if patterns of diseases are already changing because of the climate.


Specialist investigators should look into fatal road crashes in a similar way to when there is an air crash, the RAC Foundation says. Engineer Dr Chris Elliot, the author of the report, discusses why he believes further investigation could reduce road casualties.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


The true, untold story of Bonnie and Clyde - the well known outlaws of the early 20th Century - is that they were in fact desperately poor and incompetent criminals, a new book alleges. Author Jeff Guinn discusses the contrast between the picture most of us have and the real Bonnie and Clyde.


What have other countries made of the expenses scandal? Patrizio Nissirio, of the Italian news agency Ansa, and Sebastian Berger, of the German newspaper Rheinischer Merkur, discuss if politicians in other countries face similar scrutiny.


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