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Today: Saturday 30 May 2009

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Business Secretary Lord Mandelson has said he is optimistic that Vauxhall can be saved, as a deal to rescue GM's European businesses has been reached. And Tory leader David Cameron has said MPs who claimed for "phantom" mortgages on expenses should be investigated by the police, and prosecuted if warranted.

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Lord Mandelson says he is optimistic that Vauxhall can be saved, as a deal to rescue GM in Europe is reached. Berlin correspondent Steve Rosenberg explains the details of the deal agreed with Canadian car parts maker Magna International.

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Today's papers.

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Tory leader David Cameron has said MPs who claimed for "phantom" mortgages on expenses should be investigated by the police, and prosecuted if warranted. Correspondent Ross Hawkins explains why Mr Cameron has called for MPs to "face the full force of the law". Campaigner Michael Taylor explains why he is working towards making sure former minister Elliot Morley resigns.

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US music producer Phil Spector has been jailed for at least 19 years for murdering an actress in 2003. Correspondent Peter Bowes explained what happened in the court in Los Angeles.

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Israel's ability to wage another war against the militant Shiite movement Hezbollah in Lebanon may have been compromised by an unprecedented wave of arrests of people in Lebanon alleged to have been spying for Israel. Correspondent Jim Muir reports on those detained on suspicion of providing Israel with information enabling it to strike Hezbollah targets and leaders.

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UKIP will get more votes than the Labour Party in the European election, an opinion poll in the Times says. Europe editor Mark Mardell looks at how an increased vote for the party would affect the UK's future in the EU. UKIP leader Nigel Farage discusses if an increased share of the vote could transfer to success in domestic elections.

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The life of Moondog, the unusual American composer who died in 1999 is to be celebrated in a special event. Nicola Stanbridge meets those involved in the show to discuss the man who chose to live on the streets of New York - wearing clothes he made himself with a Viking helmet and spear - yet influenced a generation of artists.

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Today's papers.

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Thought for the day with Canon David Winter.

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Germany has agreed a deal with Canadian car parts maker Magna International to take over Opel, the European wing of US carmaker GM. Russian economy expert Chris Weafer, of Uralsib financial corporation, and Derek Simpson, joint general secretary of Unite, discuss the deal backed by a Russian bank and Russian truckmaker Gaz, which, Magna says, will invest more than 500m euros into Opel.

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Sri Lankan officials have strongly denied allegations that more than 20,000 civilians were killed in recent fighting against Tamil rebels. Human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC discusses if the UN should hold some sort of investigation to find out what really happened.

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All week, MPs have been going back to their constituencies to face the music over their expenses claims. Reporter Sarah Moore visits the constituency of Conservative backbencher Stephen Crabb, who explained himself at a public meeting in south Wales.

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Sports news with George Riley.

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Does it matter if UK railway stations and the areas surrounding many of them are seen as being so dull? Reporter Jack Izzard visits Euston and St Pancras stations in London to ask what impression commuters get from the station. Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, president of the Royal Academy, and architecture critic Jonathan Glancey, of the Guardian, discuss if station regeneration is a positive thing.

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Why are voters equally agitated about MPs who claimed for buying duck houses as those who "flip" their properties to make a profit? Journalists Matthew Parris and Andrew Pierce discuss if perspective has been lost. Political editor Nick Robinson reports on the continuing saga of expenses.

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Today's papers.

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Satellite images of a North Korean military base show parts of what looks to be a long range missile loaded on a freight train, US officials say. Correspondent Chris Hogg reports from the South Korean town of Munsan, close to the border with the North, on how the claims have added to the tension that has built up over the pariah state.

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The live final of Britain's Got Talent is to take place. It used to be that entertainers would spend their whole career working towards getting on television on a Saturday night. Magician Paul Daniels and comedian Jimmy Cricket discuss if instant celebrity is a good thing.




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