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Today: Monday 15 June 2009

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A woman patient at a hospital in Glasgow has become the first person in Britain to die while suffering from swine flu. And Washington has welcomed a speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accepting the possibility of a Palestinian state, but Palestinian officials have accused him of sabotaging peace efforts.


The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has announced that he would be prepared to endorse the creation of a Palestinian state, provided it is demilitarised and that the Palestinians recognise Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people. Middle East correspondent Tim Franks reports from Jerusalem.


Supporters of Iran's defeated presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi are planning a rally in Tehran today to protest against the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Correspondent Jon Leyne reports from Tehran.

Today's papers.

The business news with Nick Cosgrove.


Men are almost 40% more likely than women to die from any type of cancer, according to a report published by Cancer Research. The same research also found that men are more likely to develop the disease in the first place. Professor Alan White, of the Centre for Men's Health at Leeds Metropolitan University, and Professor Mike Richards, national cancer director at the Department of Health, discuss the findings of the report.


Disused railway lines and stations that were closed more than forty years ago could be reopened to increase capacity on the rail network. More than 4000 miles of track and 3000 stations were closed in the 1960s and 1970s as a result of Dr Richard Beeching's report on rail modernisation. Michael Roberts, chief executive of the Association of Train Operators discusses how they are considering reconnecting 40 of the stations that were closed.

Sports news with Jon Myers.


Ben Kinsella was stabbed to death one year ago. His killers did not know him - he was just a sixteen-year-old in the wrong place at the wrong time. Last week, three men were convicted of his murder. Ben's parents George and Deborah Kinsella discuss what should be done to halt the knife crime that they say is "embedded in the very heart of Great Britain".

Today's papers.

Thought for the day with Rev Dr Colin Morris, a Methodist Minister.


In just over two weeks time, US combat troops will be off the streets of Iraqi cities. The home-grown security forces will take over sole responsibility for safety in some of the most dangerous areas of Iraq. Correspondent Nicholas Witchell reports from Baghdad on one of the last US foot patrols with the fifth cavalry.


The swine flu virus has claimed its first victim in the UK, after a female patient died in a Scottish hospital. The patient, who had underlying health problems, was one of 10 people being treated for swine flu in the greater Glasgow area. The death is the first outside the Americas, where more than 140 people have died since the pandemic began. Correspondent James Cook reports on the scale of the problem in Scotland and Professor John Oxford, virologist at Queen Mary University, London debates the implications of the death.


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has, for the first time, endorsed the creation of a Palestinian state. But the attached criteria - complete demilitarisation and the recognition of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people - have angered Palestinian officials. Middle East correspondent Jeremy Bowen, Aaron David Miller, who served six US secretaries of state as an advisor on Arab-Israeli negotiations, and Ron Prosor, Israeli ambassador in London, discusses what the speech means for the peace process.


The new owner of the Erotic Review magazine says she is not going to let the magazine be "drowned in oestrogen" by women who rarely write well about sex. The magazine is being re-launched this month with its 100th edition. New owner of Erotic Review Kate Copstick and novelist Kathy Lette discuss whether men are better at writing about sex than women.

Sports news with Jon Myers


A commission which has been examining Scottish devolution is expected to recommend major changes in the way government in Scotland is funded. Chairman of the commission, Sir Kenneth Calman, discusses what should be done to improve devolution in Scotland.


The Treasury's decision to pump an extra £2bn of taxpayers' money into recession-hit Private Finance Initiative (PFI) projects is "throwing good money after bad," says the public sector union Unison. Chief economics correspondent Hugh Pym reports on how the recession has affected the government's PFI plans.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.


The brutal murder of two French students by Dano Sonnex and Nigel Farmer highlighted a series of failings by agencies in the criminal justice system. Sonnex would have been in jail at the time of the killings, had it not been mistakes, particularly in the probation system. Home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw reports on how probation staff monitor violent and high-risk offenders.


The siege of Tobruk lasted for most of 1941, a defence of the Libyan port by British and Australian troops that frustrated Field Marshal Rommel and his Afrika Korps and turned the tide of World War II in north Africa. John Rigg, who was with the British forces in Tobruk, Rudolf Schneider, who was a member of Rommel's personal battle squadron, and historian Robert Lyman discuss the importance of the battle.


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