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British Airways has said it hopes to operate just over half its flights from Heathrow, after a cabin crew strike was ruled illegal by the High Court. And the Labour backbencher and leading left winger, Jon Cruddas, has said he will not stand for the party leadership.

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A planned strike by BA cabin crew due to begin today has been called off after the company won an injunction in the High Court. BA argued that the Unite union had not "properly complied" with balloting requirements. Marc Meryon, industrial relations partner at legal firm Bircham Dyson Bell, explains the ruling.

At least seven people have been killed in a suicide car bomb attack targeting Nato in Kabul. Correspondent Ian Pannell reports from the Afghan capital.

Europe's first artificial surf reef has been built at Boscombe, Dorset. Tim Muffet reports from the coast.

The business news with Adam Shaw.

European finance ministers are meeting today to discuss new curbs on hedge funds. The European parliament approved new regulations yesterday. The tighter controls are expected to highlight differences between the new Chancellor George Osborne and his European counterparts on financial regulation. Antonio Borges, chairman of the Hedge Fund Standards Board, outlines why the industry is opposed to the legislation.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

A new report examining the future role of Nato, led by former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, has been published. Ms Albright explains the report's conclusions. Michael Clarke, director of the Royal United Services Institute (Rusi), comments on whether Nato's military alliance still has a purpose.

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"Dear Chief Secretary, I'm afraid to tell you there's no money left." So read a note according to the incoming Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Laws, from his predecessor Liam Byrne. Former MP Gyles Brandreth, describes the best and worst words of wisdom left by departing ministers.

Thought for the day with Bishop Tom Butler.

Leaders of the anti-government red-shirts in Thailand have said they are willing to negotiate with the country's authorities after five days of violent protests. At least 37 people have been killed in clashes between protesters and troops. Danny Pruce, deputy head of mission at the British Embassy in Bangkok, explains the latest in the crisis.

A planned strike by British Airways cabin crew has been called off after the company won an injunction in the High Court. BA argued that the strike action was "unlawful", accusing the Unite union of failing to "properly compile" with balloting requirements. Richard Buxton, head of UK equities at Schroders, examines whether unions have lost some of their striking powers. Unite's joint-General Secretary Derek Simpson, outlines the union's planned appeal against the ruling.

Barack Obama has created a presidential commission to investigate the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He said it would study industry practices and the government's role in the disaster. North America editor Mark Mardell reports from the Mississippi Delta.

The television satire The Thick Of It came to characterise the New Labour years just as Yes Minister had done previously for Thatcher. So what will we see now that David Cameron is in Downing Street with Nick Clegg alongside him? Sir Antony Jay, writer of a stage version of Yes Minister, debates how comedy reflects political trends.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The House of Commons will today sit for the first time following the General Election. George Eustice, Conservative MP for Camborne and Redruth, Tessa Munt, Liberal Democrat MP for Wells, and Tristram Hunt, Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, consider what impact the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition will have on their new jobs in parliament. 0843
The business news with Adam Shaw.

European finance ministers will be meeting today to discuss the current economic crisis in Europe which saw the euro trade at its lowest levels against the dollar in four years. Professor Nouriel Roubini, who has earned the nickname Dr doom after accurately predicted the credit crunch, examines whether Europe will recover from its economic crisis.

The libertarian Heartland Institute in Chicago is holding what it describes as the world's biggest conference of climate change sceptics. Environment analyst Roger Harrabin examines whether scepticism about climate change is becoming more widespread among experts.

Is high-speed rail a green way to travel? One of the UK's most active environmental campaigners, George Monbiot, is arguing that plans to develop Britain's railways should be re-examined. Mr Monbiot, and Sir Richard Leese the leader of Manchester City Council, discuss the future of high-speed rail.



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