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Today: Saturday 16 May 2009

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Another Labour MP faces allegations that he claimed thousands of pounds for a mortgage he had already cleared. And the army in Sri Lanka has said it has captured the last section of coastline held by Tamil Tiger rebels in the north-east of the country.

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Sri Lanka's army captures the last section of coastline held by Tamil Tiger rebels in the north-east of the country, the military says. Correspondent Charles Haviland considers speculation that the rebels would launch suicide attacks against the army.

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Another Labour MP faces allegations that he claimed thousands of pounds for a mortgage he had already cleared. Political correspondent Terry Stiasny explains yet more revelations in the Daily Telegraph.

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Today's papers.

0717
Yesterday in Parliament with Mark D'Arcy

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The head of the Army has said UK armed forces risk becoming "increasingly irrelevant" if the Ministry of Defence does not "adapt across the board". Former Navy officer Lewis Page, now a defence correspondent for the online news service Register, discusses if a "Cold War mentality" to combating other states still remains.

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India - the world's largest democracy - is waiting to hear the results of its 15th general election since the country won its independence in 1947. Sports editor Mihir Bose goes back to Mumbai, the city he grew up in, to report on the changes taking place in the city.

0728
Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

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The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, has called for a massive aid operation to help those displaced in north-west Pakistan. He discusses if those fleeing fighting will become a huge factor of destabilisation in the country.

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Today's papers.

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Carrie Prejean is to be allowed to keep her Miss California title, in spite of allegations that she broke her contract by posing for semi-nude photographs. Correspondent Peter Bowes explains the controversy surrounding Ms Prejean.

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The world premiere of Jane Campion's new film, Bright Star, about the poet John Keats has taken place in Cannes. Campion is the only woman to have won the Palme D'Or. Arts correspondent Razia Iqbal reports on the progress female directors have made in international cinema.

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Thought for the day with Canon David Winter.

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The army in Sri Lanka has said it has captured the last section of coastline held by Tamil Tiger rebels in the north-east of the country. Paul Castella, of the international committee of the Red Cross, and the Sri Lankan high commissioner in London, Nichal Jayasinghe, discuss if this will be the end of military operations.

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Thousands of workers from across the UK are set to take part in a protest march in Birmingham to call on the government to "halt the jobs crisis". Former trade minister Lord Jones and Tony Woodley, joint general secretary of the union Unite, discuss if ministers can do more to help workers weather the recession.

0817

Civil liberties groups have reacted angrily to US President Barack Obama's decision to revive military trials for some Guantanamo Bay detainees. North America editor Justin Webb considers what the decision reveals about the president's approach to this and other problems he faces.

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A heavily pregnant 66-year-old woman has appeared on the front of the Daily Mail. Dr Gillian Lockwood, of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology, discusses the woman four years older than Britain's current oldest mother.

0824
Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

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MP David Chaytor is expected to return to the UK later amid allegations he claimed for a 'paid-off' mortgage. Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian, Lord Baker, former Tory home secretary, and Martin Bell, a former independent MP, discuss if there any further revelations to come.

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Today's papers.

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The dulcet and reassuring tones of Garrison Keillor have been entertaining US and British radio audiences for decades with the old fashioned variety show A Prairie Home Companion. Nicola Stanbridge catches up with him as he arrives in London for a performance.

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The bells of Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral are to ring out to John Lennon's anti-religious anthem Imagine. Justin Welby, Dean of Liverpool Cathedral, explains why a version of the 1971 song, which begins "imagine there's no Heaven", will be played.

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The history of the poet laureate is being uncovered in a new documentary. Broadcaster and journalist Ian Hislop, who is presenting the programme, explains what compelled him to learn more about the post.

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Early counting trends show the ruling Congress-led alliance well ahead of the opposition BJP coalition in India's general election. Labour politician Lord Desai, correspondent Chris Morris and South Asian specialist Sharmila Bose discuss the possible outcome of the poll.




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