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Today: Tuesday 9 June 2009

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Gordon Brown is to hold a meeting with his reshuffled cabinet for the first time, following a difficult week for the Labour Party. And Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to pay $15.5m to settle a lawsuit which accused the oil firm of complicity in rights abuses in Nigeria.


Gordon Brown will chair the first meeting of his reshuffled cabinet this after surviving a challenge to his leadership which many predicted would end his premiership. John McFall, chairman of the Commons Treasury Committee, discusses if the Labour Party is now united behind Mr Brown.


Under the Taliban, everyday life for women in the Swat Valley in Pakistan became difficult. Many have been forced to give up their jobs and education and to cover themselves from head to foot. One woman who continued to teach her pupils despite the presence of the Taliban described the situation to reporter Zubeida Malik.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Nearly one in five deaths in the UK in 2005 could be attributed to smoking, a report says. Co-author of the report Stephen Allender, of the Department of Public Health at Oxford University, discusses figures that suggest that in the same year, smoking cost the NHS more than £5bn - around 5% of its budget.


Powerful reformists and conservatives have join forces to unseat President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran. Correspondent Jon Leyne spends time in traditional Iranian villages and with those embodying the new modern elite in Tehran, to investigate the gulf between political views.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Former cabinet minister Stephen Byers has added his voice to calls for Prime Minister Gordon Brown to stand down. Mr Byers said Labour needed a leader who could win a general election "and not take us to a humiliating defeat - Gordon Brown is not that leader".

Today's papers.


The governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has announced plans to scrap traditional textbooks in the state's public schools and replace them with online versions. John Dunford, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, discusses whether the idea would work in schools in the UK.


Dozens of wallabies living on an island in the middle of Loch Lomond could be culled to protect native wildlife. Reporter Huw Williams reports on the plight of the marsupials introduced to Scotland in the 1920s by a local land-owner.

Thought for the day with The Right Reverend Tom Butler, Bishop of Southwark.


There are warnings that Zimbabwe could be heading towards a new wave of violence. Correspondent Mike Thomson, in the first of five undercover reports from the country, examines a claim by a government minister that she and other MDC leaders are receiving daily threats and warnings that their names are on an assassination hit list.

Note - The BBC is not allowed to operate legally in Zimbabwe, so some names and places have been changed or omitted in Mike's report to protect some of the people he has spoken to.


Gordon Brown is to meet with his reshuffled cabinet for the first time, following a dire set of European election results. Foreign Secretary David Miliband discusses whether rebels calling for the prime minister to go have widespread support.


Lloyds Banking Group is to close all 160 branches of Cheltenham and Gloucester, with up to 1,500 jobs lost. Business editor Robert Peston reports on the decision, which will see C&G continue as a mortgages and savings brand.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


There are reports that there has been a small breakthrough on the five British hostages held in Iraq since May 2007. Security correspondent Frank Gardner outlines the latest developments.


Seven British pensioners have been awarded Spanish citizenship in recognition of their fighting for the Republicans against Franco in the civil war. One of the pensioners, Sam Lesser, and Spain's Ambassador to London Carles Casajuana discuss the 30,000 men and women from around the world who joined the battle against fascism in Spain.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to pay $15.5m to settle a lawsuit which accused the oil firm of complicity in rights abuses in Nigeria. The company has not accepted any responsibility for what happened. Correspondent David Loyn explains the background to the case.


Has Gordon Brown staved off any challenge there might have been to his leadership? Political editor Nick Robinson and Peter Riddell, assistant editor of the Times, discuss if his meeting with the Parliamentary Labour Party means that Mr Brown will remain leader until at least the next general election.


The use of soft balls in school cricket is jeopardising the future of the English game, Conservative MP Tony Baldry says. He discusses his view with former professional cricketer Wasim Khan, of the campaign Chance to Shine.



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