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Today: Friday 12 June 2009

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Iranians have begun to cast their votes in the country's closely fought presidential election. And the incoming US general in charge of troops in Afghanistan says his priority will be to review all Nato operations in a bid to reduce civilian casualties.


The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global flu pandemic after holding an emergency meeting. Epidemiologist Sir Roy Anderson, of Imperial College, London, discusses if this decision means the risk of more severe illnesses is increasing.


Education inspectors are bringing in tougher standards for England's schools which will require higher results for them to be rated good or outstanding. Mick Brookes, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, considers if a new emphasis on raw exam results would make things harder for schools in deprived areas.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


How often have you seen a blue plaque on a building in London, where a famous figure from the past once lived, and wanted to know more? Reporter Sanchia Berg meets Emily Cole, of English Heritage, to be shown around some of the more memorable sites.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


Zimbabwe's education system used to be one of the finest in Africa. But in 2008 only around a fifth of Zimbabwe's children went to school and the number of teachers fell by 70%. Correspondent Mike Thomson, in the fourth of his undercover reports from the country, examines the repercussions of the collapse of Zimbabwe's education system.

The BBC is not allowed to operate legally in Zimbabwe so many of the names of people Mike interviewed have been changed and some locations omitted in order to protect those he spoke to.

Today's papers.


The Pacific nation of Palau has said it has agreed to a US request to temporarily resettle up to 17 Chinese Muslims. Palau President Johnson Toribiong discusses why the tiny country has agreed to assist the US.


The Bristol-born graffiti artist Banksy is returning to his home city where, amid great secrecy, he is holding his biggest UK exhibition. Correspondent Jon Kay reports on the exhibition and why the artist is returning to his roots.

Thought for the day with John Bell, of the Iona Community.


Ministers are making it a legal duty for the government, local authorities and other organisations to help to end child poverty across the UK. Work and Pensions Secretary Yvette Cooper discuss if, as targeted by the government, child poverty can be eradicated by 2020.


Iranians have begun voting in the presidential election, after unprecedented televised debates between candidates and rallies attended by thousands. Correspondent Jon Leyne and Sir Richard Dalton, a former British Ambassador to Tehran, consider the outcome of the poll.


Britain's highest café is to open on the summit of Mount Snowdon in Wales. Reporter Mark Hutchings reflects on the project which has cost several million pounds, replacing the previous building described as "Britain's highest slum" by Prince Charles.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


The incoming US general in charge of troops in Afghanistan says his priority will be to review all Nato operations in a bid to reduce civilian casualties. General Stanley McChrystal talks to North America editor Justin Webb about why the population needed protection not only from the enemy, but also "from the unintended consequences of [the] operation".

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Global financial leaders are to discuss the way the financial sector should be regulated when they attend a G8 meeting in southern Italy. CBI Director General Richard Lambert and Nicholas Vernon, of the Brussels-based think tank Bruegel, consider what new ideas about regulation are being proposed.


Supporters of the death penalty in New Mexico in the US are planning a last-ditch attempt to overturn the decision of the state legislature to scrap the right to execute prisoners. Correspondent Kevin Connolly reports from Albuquerque about the powerful emotions still aroused by the issue around the US where the abolitionist movement is gaining ground.


Why was the UK the seat of the Industrial Revolution? Professor Robert Allen, of Nuffield College, Oxford, and historian Tristram Hunt, of Queen Mary, University of London, discuss if was simply high wages that meant the rural poor left the countryside for the city.


The world's first City of Film has been announced by Unesco, the arm of the United Nations which promotes culture. It is not Los Angeles, Mumbai or Cannes, but Bradford. Classics made in the Yorkshire city include Monty Python's Meaning of Life and the Railway Children. Film producer Steve Abbott, who chaired the bid, discusses the city's film heritage.



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