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Today: Friday 14th May

The British embassy in Thailand has closed because of continuing violence between anti-government protesters and troops. And MPs have condemned the government's new plans for dissolving parliament.

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Britain's new Foreign Secretary, William Hague, is set to hold talks about Afghanistan with his US counterpart Hillary Clinton. The Evening Standard's defence correspondent Robert Fox comments on whether the new government will change its direction on Afghanistan.

A Dutch boy by the name of Reuben is the sole survivor of an aeroplane crash in the Libyan capital Tripoli which killed more than 100 people. Dr Sedig Bandala, one of the doctors treating Reuben, describes his condition.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

As David Cameron experiences his first week as prime minister, a new Radio 4 documentary gives an insight into the protocol of a leader's first day in office. Peter Hennessy, the constitutional and government expert from Queen Mary University, gives a glimpse behind the door of Number Ten.

After losing power for the first time in 13 years, is the New Labour project finally over? Two newly-elected Labour MPs, Rachel Reeves and Chris Williamson, discuss how the party is trying to re-invent itself.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The new coalition government is setting up an independent commission to look at separating retail and investment banking in an overhaul of the banking system, and will report in one year. Business editor Robert Peston spoke to some of the biggest names in finance about whether banks should be broken up.

The paper review.

Actor Russell Crowe has been both lauded and mocked for his attempt at an English accent in the new Hollywood remake of Robin Hood. Crowe is said to have based his accent on Sir Michael Parkinson's Yorkshire tones. Andrew Jack, one of the dialect coaches from the film, gave Evan Davis a quick lesson in authentic Robin Hood Yorkshire.

Thought for the day with Professor Mona Siddiqui from the University of Glasgow.

Scotland Yard has been urged to kill thousands of seized dangerous dogs because of the high cost of taking care of them. Over four years, £10m will be spent on keeping dogs in kennels while their future is being decided. Lord Toby Harris, a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority, and Alison Green of DDA Watch, debate whether police should have responsibility for dangerous dogs.

Foreign Secretary William Hague has arrived in Washington for talks with the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, with the conflict in Afghanistan heading their agenda. Kabul correspondent Ian Pannell outlines the current strategic situation for British forces in Afghanistan. General Sir Richard Dannatt, former Chief of the General Staff, assesses the state of the conflict and how long UK troops should remain in combat in the country.

MPs have condemned the new government's plans to introduce fixed-term five-year parliaments and raise the threshold at which parliament can be dissolved to 55 percent of a Commons vote. Professor Robert Hazell, director of the Constitution Unit, UCL, and John Gummer, a former Tory minister and party chairman, examine the pros and cons of the proposals.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

There have been further clashes between anti-government protesters and the police in the Thai capital, Bangkok, with reports that a Thai policeman has fired live rounds at soldiers. Correspondent Alastair Leithead reports from Bangkok.

A new commission has been set up by the new coalition government to decide whether or not to break up the big banks. Professor John Kay from the London School of Economics examines whether the policy constitutes a true reform of the banking system or will merely delegate the big economic decisions.

With its perennial excesses, and celebrity razzamatazz, the Cannes Film Festival is underway and this year the Rolling Stones will be strutting up the red carpet with a new documentary about the making of their classic album, Exile on Main Street. Arts editor Will Gompertz spoke to the band's infamous frontman, Sir Mick Jagger.

World War Two veterans have been successful in their campaign for a memorial in London's Green Park to honour more than 50,000 men of RAF Bomber Command who lost their lives during the six-year conflict. Until now, the collective role of Bomber Command has never been publicly recognised. Sir Michael Beetham, Marshal of the Royal Air Force and President of the Bomber Command Association, looks back on his experiences in Bomber Command.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

The Russell Group of leading UK universities is proposing that graduates should have to start paying back their student loans earlier and at a higher rate of interest. It says the money would help to plug a shortfall in university funding of more than £1bn over the next three years. Professor Michael Arthur, chair of the Russell Group and vice-chancellor of Leeds University, and Aaron Porter, president-elect of the National Union of Students, consider the effect of the new recommendations on graduates.

A film about the influential American comedian Bill Hicks opens in cinemas tonight. Hicks died from pancreatic cancer at the age of just 32 in 1994. Nick Doody, a stand-up comic who once supported Hicks reflect on why Hicks' comedy is still relevant today.



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