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Today: Saturday 11 July 2009

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Five more British soldiers have died in Afghanistan, bringing to eight the total killed in 24 hours, the Ministry of Defence has said. And Barack Obama has arrived in Ghana on his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa since becoming US president.


Eight people have been killed in Afghanistan in 24 hours. Defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt considers the UK's involvement in Operation Panchai Palang, or Panther's Claw, a major assault against the Taliban in Helmand ahead of Afghan elections.


The News of the World has rejected claims that its reporters regularly hack into the phones of celebrities and politicians to get stories. Media correspondent Torin Douglas reports on the reaction to allegations in the Guardian that private investigators were hired to illegally intercept voicemails on mobile phones.

Today's papers.


The first death from swine flu in the UK of a patient who was otherwise healthy has been reported. The victim lived in Essex and died in hospital on Friday. Science correspondent Tom Feilden explains why the UK is third in the international league table for the illness.

Yesterday in Parliament with Mark D'Arcy

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


Since 2001, 184 British soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan - more than those killed in the Iraq war. Foreign Secretary David Miliband reacts to news of the death of eight British soldiers in 24 hours.

Today's papers.


More than 40 British cinemas will show a film called VJ Burma. It has been put together from footage shot by a group of Burmese journalists during the pro-democracy demonstrations of 2007. Correspondent Mike Thomson talks to one of those who helped organise the covert filming.

Thought for the day with Brian Draper, associate lecturer at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.


Sir Liam Donaldson, England's chief medical officer, says further deaths from swine flu without underlying health problems cannot be ruled out but will be rare. He considers whether stockpiling anti-virals and preparing a vaccine will minimise further casualties.


Barack Obama has arrived in Ghana on his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa since becoming US president. Correspondent Will Ross and Richard Dowden, director of the Royal African Society, discuss what can be achieved by his visit.


British Airways cabin crew have offered to take a 2.6% pay cut and have no salary rise until February 2011 to help achieve millions of pounds in savings. Steve Turner, of the trade union Unite, discusses if this deal will be agreed by the airline.


The Belfast skyline will be lit with the glow of bonfires as Protestants mark the start of Orange celebrations in traditional fashion. Correspondent Mark Simpson watches the preparation for a new style of bonfire that is being created - with more thought to the environment and no political flags.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


Five more British soldiers have died in Afghanistan, bringing to eight the total killed in 24 hours, the MoD has said. Trevor and Jane Ford, the parents of Private Ben Ford - who was killed in Afghanistan in 2007, describe their feelings about the military offensive. Correspondent Ian Pannell and Lieutenant Colonel Nick Richardson, British Army spokesman in Helmand, discuss Operation Panchai Palang, or Panther's Claw, which is taking place in the country.

Today's papers.


A night-time curfew has been reimposed in the restive western Chinese city of Urumqi, officials have announced. Dr Kerry Brown, of the Asia programme at Chatham House, and author Jonathan Fenby discuss whether the unrest in the region that killed 156 people and wounded more than 1,000 is at an end.


The News of the World has denied allegations in The Guardian that its journalists have been routinely hacking into mobile phones and listening to private messages, seriously infringing the privacy of perhaps thousands of people. Donald Trelford, professor of journalism at Sheffield University, and author Chris Horrie discuss how far the newspapers will go to get a story.



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