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Today: Monday 6 July 2009

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President Obama is on his way to Moscow for talks aimed at repairing relations between the US and Russia. The Conservative leader David Cameron wants to cut the number of quangos to save money. And the world's oldest surviving Bible has been pieced together and made available on the internet.


The ousted President of the Central American state of Honduras has failed in an attempt to return home. Troops blocked a runway with trucks to stop Manuel Zelaya's plane landing. At least one person is reported to have been killed in clashes between the military and thousands of his supporters. Latin America expert Victor Bulmer-Thomas discusses whether the interim government will eventually have to accept Zalaya's return.


Up to 140 people are reported to have been killed and hundreds more injured during ethnic violence in western China. Correspondent Chris Hogg reports on the latest from Shanghai.


The sad deaths of three children and three adults in a fire in Camberwell in south London has raised concerns about the safety of Britain's tower blocks. Correspondent Tom Feilden reports from Camberwell where officials are examining escape routes and fire prevention measures at the scene of the fire.


A Conservative government would cut the number of unelected quangos in "a massive shift in power from bureaucracy to democracy", David Cameron is to promise. Correspondent Andrew Hosken and political editor Nick Robinson discuss the current state of quangos, and examine efforts by previous governments to cut their numbers.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Sports news with Gary Richardson.


Public sector pay should be frozen or at least subject to "severe" restraint to help rebalance the public finances, according to the head of spending watchdog the Audit Commission. TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber discusses whether a freeze on public sector staff would help Britain's economic recovery.

Today's papers


US President Barack Obama is due to arrive in Moscow for a summit which the US hopes will reset its relationship with Russia. Moscow correspondent Richard Galpin reports on how, with new presidents in both the Kremlin and the White House, there are hopes of a diplomatic step forward following recent years in which the relationship has deteriorated.

Thought for the day with Rabbi Lionel Blue.


A local politician has called for an investigation into the safety of tower blocks across the country following the death of six people in a fire at a south London high-rise. Jenny Jones, chair of the London Assembly planning and housing committee and Sunand Prasad, president of the Royal Institute of British Architects, discuss the concerns about the safety of tower blocks of similar design.


Conservative leader David Cameron is to pledge to reduce the number of unelected quangos in a speech to the Reform think tank. He discusses how a Conservative government would cut the 790 quangos, which currently cost £35bn a year.


Chinese authorities say at least 140 people have been killed and hundreds injured in rioting by Muslim Uighurs in the capital of the country's Xinjiang region. Michael Dillon, author of Xinjiang, China's Muslim Far North West, discusses the historical background to the riots.


Every hour, 24 hours a day, for 100 days without a break, randomly picked participants are to make Fourth Plinth, in the north-west of Trafalgar Square, their own. Arts Correspondent Rebecca Jones reports on Antony Gormley's One and Other project.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


Tony Blair is to urge rich nations to use existing clean technologies to meet short term emissions targets on climate change. In a report published in conjunction with the business-led Climate Group ahead of the G8 being held in Italy this week, Mr Blair also says that poor countries should be paid to protect their forests. Environment analyst Roger Harrabin discusses the report with the former British prime minister.


The UK is to rethink its aid and development priorities and target money at security and job creation rather than traditional aid areas like health and education. International development correspondent David Loyn reports on the the change in priorities expected in the government White Paper, also thought to provide aid for fragile countries that have recently emerged from conflict.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


US President Barack Obama is visiting Moscow for what is being billed as a "reset" summit with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev. The future size of both countries' nuclear arsenals is expected to be near the top of the agenda, as is how to improve bilateral relations. Russian ambassador to the UK Yuri Fedotov, discusses what Russians are looking for from the summit.


In the 17th century pilgrims flocked to America where they started to build what would become the world's greatest superpower. But new research suggests that a great many more pilgrims than was previously thought gave up after a few years and came home. Dr Susan Hardman Moore discusses her thesis that one in four pilgrims gave up on the new world to return to the old.


The world's oldest surviving bound Bible, written onto animal skin pages more than 1600 years ago, has been digitised and is being offered online to the public for the first time. Religious Affairs correspondent Robert Pigott reports on how the text, which goes on show at the British Library, presents a snap-shot of how Christianity was understood as the Bible was compiled for the first time.


The economic effects of population changes in the in the UK and Europe could be far worse than the effects of the credit crunch, according to new book The Power of Numbers. Author Richard Ehrman, deputy chairman of the think-tank Policy Exchange, discusses the idea of a demographic crunch caused by an increasingly aged population combined with a low birth rate.


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