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Today: Saturday 27 June 2009

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A cabinet minister has said cuts in public spending will be unavoidable after the next general election. And a gunman wearing a motorbike helmet and carrying two pistols chased another man into a packed restaurant and opened fire, hitting him in the leg.


The government is to set out plans to reduce Whitehall targets and extend new rights to the users of public services. Correspondent Terry Stiasny explains how the government plans to "build Britain's future".


An escaped prisoner who strangled a 73-year-old man while on the run has been convicted of murder. Reporter Sally Chidzoy explains the case of 39-year-old Terrence O'Keefe.

Today's papers.

Yesterday in Parliament with Mark D'Arcy.


Fresh claims have emerged of people being attacked in Darfur. A student at Khartoum University has told the Today programme that she and 30 other women were attacked on the university campus by men wielding metal bars. Correspondent Mike Thomson talks to one of the students, who has asked for her name not to be broadcast.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


Determining the cause of Michael Jackson's death could take several weeks, a coroner has said, as fans continued to pay tribute to the singer. Correspondent David Willis explains the coroners' initial assessment - which rules out any foul play or trauma.


The government is expected to change its policy on the use of centralised national literacy and numeracy strategies in England's primary schools. Peter Hyman, deputy head of Greenford High School in Ealing, London, discusses how he believes the system should be reformed.

Today's papers.


Kenyan politicians have been warned they must set up a tribunal to investigate post election violence in 2008 or the names of perpetrators - including ministers - will be handed over to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Correspondent Will Ross reports from Nairobi on the rich pickings the country's satirists have had to work from in recent times.


It seems "there's no place left to hide" from traditional all American rock at the Glastonbury festival - with both Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen headlining the Pyramid Stage. Reporter Colin Patterson explains why this style of music is suited to the current economic climate.

Thought for the day with Reverend Rob Marshall, an Anglican priest.


Celebrations for the UK's first Armed Forces Day - formerly known as Veteran's Day - are to take place. Defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt reports from Southern Afghanistan on how the contribution made by the military to all areas of society will be celebrated.


How will the government regulate the banking industry to avoid another financial crisis? Shadow chancellor George Osborne and Gillian Tett, of the Financial Times, consider if current plans are tough enough on the financial sector.


The release of an Iranian arthouse film is receiving more attention as a result of political events in the country. Film lecturer Dr Saaed Zeydabadi-Nejad, of the School of Oriental and African Studies, and Sukhdev Sandhu, chief film critic of the Daily Telegraph, discuss the film which simply shows the faces of women in a cinema audience watching what we're told is a mythical Iranian story - tracking their emotions.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


The government is to set out plans to reduce Whitehall targets and extend new rights to the users of public services. Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liam Byrne explains why he believes there is a need for a "power shift" away from civil servants and towards the public.

Today's papers.


Huge US neighbourhoods left neglected or abandoned by people who lost their jobs and moved away have become the subject of a scheme which involves demolishing entire districts and returning the land to nature. Leader of the project Dan Kildee, treasurer of Genesee County, considers whether some cities need to shrink substantially to cope with their declining fortunes.


Has the death of Michael Jackson been overplayed by the media? David Yelland, former editor of the Sun, considers if there are more deserving stories for the media to focus its attention towards.


More than 150 new cases of swine flu have been diagnosed in the West Midlands as the figure across England jumped by nearly 20% in a single day. Medical Correspondent Fergus Walsh reflects on warnings that the UK could soon expect to see a surge of new cases.


Primary schools in England are going to be given more powers to decide for themselves how they teach children literacy and numeracy. Former education secretaries Estelle Morris and Kenneth Baker discuss whether big decisions about schools should be made locally or nationally.


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