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Today: Tuesday 30 June 2009

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US troops are withdrawing from towns and cities in Iraq, six years after the invasion, having formally handed over security duties to new Iraqi forces. And the UK should consider slashing defence spending by up to £24bn and revisit plans to renew its Trident nuclear deterrent, a think-tank report says.


The UK should consider slashing defence spending by up to £24bn and revisit plans to renew its Trident nuclear deterrent, a report from think-tank the IPPR says. Business editor Robert Peston and Armed Forces minister Bill Rammell discuss if Britain can afford the defence equipment it intends to buy.


The Guardian council in Iran has declared, after a partial recount of votes, that the election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was fair. BBC Iranian affairs analyst Sadeq Saba considers if this will mean an end to dissident protests.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Plans to boost the supply of social housing outlined by Gordon Brown are to be explained in more detail by housing minister John Healey. Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone discusses where the £1.5bn needed to pay for 110,000 new affordable homes by 2011 will come from.


The Harlequin ladybird is putting over 1,000 species in the UK in peril, scientists have warned. Dr Helen Roy, of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, discusses the danger of the "dramatic and unprecedented spread of the top predator".

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


A girl, thought to be six years old, has died at Birmingham Children's Hospital after contracting swine flu. Justine Roberts, co-founder of the website Mumsnet and Dr Richard Jarvis, chairman of the BMA's public health committee, discuss doctor's warnings that throwing "swine flu parties" in an attempt to get immunity against the virus while in a fairly mild form could be dangerous.

Today's papers.


It was 10.38pm, with the roof - for the first time - lighting up Wimbledon's Centre Court when Andy Murray finally reached his second successive quarter final. Sports presenter Garry Richardson reflects on the latest ever Wimbledon finish.

Thought for the day with Rev Rosemary Lain-Priestly, of the Women's Ministry in London.


Parents will have more rights over their children's education - and the best heads will run chains of schools, under new government education plans. Children's Secretary Ed Balls explains the last major education legislation for England before the next general election.


Six years after the Iraq invasion, US troops are withdrawing from the country's towns and cities. Correspondent Jim Muir reflects on the celebrations to mark the occasion. US foreign affairs adviser Lawrence Korb discusses if the US is on target to have all troops gone from the country by the end of 2011.


All the British seem to talk about is the weather, whether it's too wet, too dry, too cold or - as appears to be the case currently - too hot. Explorer Benedict Allen and Sunand Prasad, president of the Royal Institute of British Architects, explain how to keep cool in temperatures expected to reach 32 degrees Celsius.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


The mission in Afghanistan is on course for possible failure, Britain cannot afford much of the defence equipment it plans to buy and many of the MoD's new equipment programmes are "irrelevant" to modern warfare, an Institute for Public Policy Research report says. Lord Ashdown, co-author of the report, explains the basis for the claims.


Are the protests in Iran going to calm down following the confirmation of victory for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the presidential election? Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen considers what could happen next.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Andy Murray kept his campaign on track with a dramatic late-night win over Stanislas Wawrinka as Wimbledon witnessed its first floodlit match. Broadcaster and journalist Ian Hislop explains his view on "indoor" tennis at the championships.


Does art have a role in helping countries deal with conflict? South African judge Albie Sachs and Roisin McDonough, chief executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, discuss the launch of a digital archive of art from the Troubles.


There will be "riots on the streets" if the next government made public spending cuts having failed to prepare the public for them, Conservative leader David Cameron says. Shadow schools secretary Michael Gove and Independent columnist Steve Richards discuss if the prime minister is being dishonest about future public spending policy.



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