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Today: Friday 19 June 2009

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As the EU meets with Pakistani President Asif Zardari, John Humphrys is in Karachi to report on how Pakistan is conducting the fight against terrorism. And nearly 900 workers at the Lindsey oil refinery in Lincolnshire have been sacked, following unofficial strike action at the plant.


Nearly 900 workers at a Lincolnshire oil refinery have been sacked, following unofficial strike action at the plant. Reporter Paul Murphy reports from the Lindsey oil refinery on how the former workers have reacted. General Secretary of the union GMB Paul Kenny says Total, which owns the plant, has sought to escalate the problem by victimising workers and refusing to meet unions.


At least 2.5 million people were forced from their homes when the army of Pakistan began their military assault in the Swat valley. John Humphrys talks to Pakistani journalist and writer Ahmed Rashid about whether the refugees can soon start returning to their homes.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.


Iran's supreme leader is to address the nation for the first time since disputed election results sparked huge protests in the capital, Tehran. Sadeq Saba, the BBC's Iranian affairs analyst, considers what the speech might contain.


The southern Chinese city of Guangzhou - formerly known as Canton - is to introduce a one-dog policy. Correspondent Chris Hogg reports on why it is joining a long list of Chinese cities - including Beijing - which have chosen to introduce the policy.

Sports news with Jon Myers.


Around 60% of Pakistan's national wealth each year is spent on defence. Another 30% goes to pay off the national debt. What is left has to pay for everything else. John Humphrys examines whether the education system in the country is under-funded and, if so, what this would mean for a country under threat from extremists.

Today's papers.

Thought for the day with the Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks.


BBC News has seen an official letter which appears to cast doubt on claims by Justice Secretary Jack Straw that probation failings in the Dano Sonnex case were due to staff mismanaging their resources. Mr Straw and Harry Fletcher, assistant general secretary of the National Association of Probation Officers (NAPO), consider new evidence which suggests probation services were actively encouraged to under-spend.


How can the government of Pakistan deal with terrorists living within the country? John Humphrys reports on whether internal problems facing leaders are affecting the fight against terrorism.


Nearly 900 contract workers who walked out in a dispute over 51 redundancies at the Lindsey oil refinery in Lincolnshire have been sacked. The action at Lindsey has spread over the past few days to other power stations at Drax and Eggborough in Yorkshire, Ratcliffe in Nottinghamshire and BP's Saltend refinery near Hull. Sacked worker John McEwan says the conduct towards him and his colleagues "is a disgrace". Bob Emmerson, general services manager of Total UK, discusses if a resolution can be reached.

Sports news with Jon Myers.


More than 100,000 people attended a "day of mourning" rally in Tehran, called by presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi to commemorate up to eight people killed during protests. Correspondent Jon Leyne and Abdel Bari Atwan, editor of the Al-Quds newspaper based in London, discuss how the media in the Middle East is reporting the situation in Iran.


A journalist does not have to hand over her notes to the police, the High Court in Belfast has ruled. The PSNI was trying to force Suzanne Breen to hand over material linked to articles she had written on the Real IRA. She discusses how important this judgement is to the protection of sources.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.


The song Lili Marleen was a war time hit among both Germany and British troops. Now the song is being used to help raise money for veterans with a play being staged in Porthcawl in Wales based on the life of five women who recorded the song. Writer of the musical, Oscar Fovarge, explains why this is such a fascinating story.


One in six homes in England is at risk of flooding, the Environment Agency says. Environment correspondent Sarah Mukherjee, who is on the seafront at Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, reports on warnings that climate change could increase that figure still further.


It is nearly 30 years since the military ruler of Pakistan, General Zia ul Haq, decreed that the country should be an Islamic state. Writer and journalist Mohammed Hanif considers the effect on a country whose founder, the revered Mohammed Ali Jinnah, dreamed of turning into a liberal democracy.


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