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Today: Tuesday 2 June 2009

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President Obama, who is setting off for the Middle East, has told the BBC that the US can help kick-start meaningful peace talks. And rescuers are searching waters deep in the Atlantic for an airliner carrying 228 passengers and crew which disappeared in a storm on Monday.


French and Brazilian authorities are searching an area of the Atlantic for any sign of the Air France plane which disappeared in a thunder storm. Commander Christophe Prazuck, a spokesman for the French military joint staff, discusses the possibility that any of the 228 people on board have survived.


MPs' fears about their standing with the public appear to be justified, an Ipsos Mori survey for the BBC says. Home editor Mark Easton explains the results, which suggest a big majority believe that Parliament's ability to regulate itself should be taken away.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


The scale of the war damage to the main city in the Swat valley has become clear, as fears are expressed about the humanitarian situation in the region. Correspondent Barbara Plett looks at whether the military operation is receiving widespread support.


A woman with multiple sclerosis is urging the House of Lords to clarify the law on assisted suicide. Former Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer and George Pitcher, of the Telegraph, discuss if the threat of prosecution for those who help somebody kill themselves overseas should be lifted.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


US President Barack Obama has been trying to stop expanding Jewish settlements on Palestinian land. Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen discusses how Mr Obama believes he will be able to "get serious negotiations back on track".

Today's papers.


Scientists have located 38 emperor penguin colonies in Antarctica by using satellites to look for stains from the animals' droppings. Peter Fretwell, lead author of the research, discusses the identification of 10 previously unknown colonies.

Thought for the day with Canon Lucy Winkett, of St Paul's Cathedral.


A substantial majority of the electorate believe that MPs have forfeited the right to regulate themselves, a survey for the BBC suggests. Conservative leader David Cameron discusses how faith can be restored in politicians.


President Obama, before his trip to the Middle East, has said the US can help kick-start meaningful peace talks. North America editor Justin Webb talks to the US president about how the situation in the area can be stabilised.


Growing enthusiasm for allotments means there are now more than 80,000 people in the UK who have their names down for a plot. Reporter Dil Neiyyar talks to Andrew Nesbitt, chairman of Richmond Allotment Holders Association, and David Allister, head of parks for Richmond Council, about how long the wait could be.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Calls to clarify the law on assisted suicide will be heard in the House of Lords. Sir Ken Macdonald, former director of public prosecutions, discusses whether those involved in assisted suicide abroad are likely to be prosecuted.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Carrying knives is becoming the norm for young people in some parts of England and Wales, the Home Affairs Select Committee says. Labour MP Keith Vaz, chairman of the committee, and Alf Hitchcock, of the Association of Chief Police Officers, discuss if there has been a kind of "arms race" that has resulted in youngsters carrying a knife.


The United States has been absorbing the news that one of its largest corporations, General Motors, was seeking the protection of its bankruptcy laws. Correspondent Kevin Connolly discovers what happens to the dealers GM is dumping in New Mexico.


Why did Air France's airbus disappear over the Atlantic? Kieran Daly, editor of airline news service Air Transport Intelligence, discusses what could have caused the aircraft to vanish.



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