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Today: Saturday 22nd May

Dozens of people are feared dead as a passenger plane crashes near the Indian city of Mangalore. And Defence Secretary Liam Fox says British forces should return from Afghanistan "as soon as possible".

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Defence Secretary Liam Fox has said that British troops should return from Afghanistan "as soon as possible." The comments, made to The Times, come as Mr Fox and Shadow Foreign Secretary arrive in Afghanistan for their first government visit. Correspondent Ian Pannell analyses whether the government plans to limit UK troops' role in the country.

Two of the candidates for the Labour leadership, Ed Balls and Ed Miliband, have criticised the decision to invade Iraq. Correspondent Tim Reid comments on the recent developments in the leadership race.

The paper review.

Biodiversity policies to help save and maintain the number of species in the UK have failed, according to a new report. Five per cent of the species listed have been declared extinct since the start of the process in 1994. The findings coincide with International Biodiversity Day today. Matt Shardlow, chief executive of Buglife, explains the dangers of further extinctions.

Earlier this week Chancellor Angela Merkel declared war on speculators by announcing a ban on short selling. Chief economist at GLC Hedge Fund Steven Bell, examines whether the move will worsen the eurozone's financial problems.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

160 people are believed to have died in an air crash in the southern Indian city of Mangalore. Sanjoy Majumder reports from Delhi.

British Airways and the Unite union are to hold fresh talks today, ahead of a planned five-day strike by BA cabin crew staff due to begin on Monday. On the Today programme yesterday, BA chief executive Willie Walsh accused the branch of the union which represents cabin crew, known as Bassa, of being "out of touch with reality". Bassa's secretary Duncan Holley responds to the comments.

The paper review.

The first Patois Bible is being launched in an audio form the UK after years of campaigning by the Jamaican Bible Society. The prospect of its creation has outraged traditionalists including Lord Hastings and Ann Widdecombe. Reverend Courtney Stewart, general secretary of the Bible Society of the West Indies, describes the Patois Bible's importance for Jamaicans.

Thought for the day with Canon David Winter.

Both Facebook and Google are under fresh attack for their online privacy rules, reviving fears that online privacy is being disregarded for commercial gain. Julian Ranger, business investor and founder of Social Safe, and Peter Barron, Google's director of communications for North and Central Europe, outlines their privacy policies.

Defence Secretary Liam Fox has told the Times that he wants British forces to return from Afghanistan "as soon as possible". He is currently on a visit to Kabul with Foreign Secretary William Hague and International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell. The visit comes as Nato has announced a major shake-up of its command structure in southern Afghanistan. Colonel Richard Kemp, a former commander in Afghanistan, examines the UK's long-term strategy in the country.

Do you understand how the new coalition government works? Lord Hurd, a former foreign secretary and author of a biography of Robert Peel, and Dr Sarah Richardson, Associate Professor of history at Warwick University, describe their ideal summer reading list for trying to get to grips with new politics and the historical parallels we need to be reading about.

British Airways and the Unite union are to hold fresh talks today, ahead of a planned five-day strike by BA cabin crew staff due to begin on Monday. Correspondent Joe Lynam outlines the latest on the negotiations.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Eight survivors are said to have been pulled from the wreckage of an Air India Express aeroplane carrying 160 passengers, which has crashed in southern India. Correspondent Sanjoy Majumder has the latest on the rescue effort.

The Greek financial crisis and the risk of contagion are threatening the stability and future of the eurozone. Former vice-president of the European Commission Lord Brittan, and historian and author Timothy Garton Ash, examine whether European unity can survive its current strains.

Floyd Landis, the disgraced Tour de France winner, has made a series of allegations of doping and corruption in the sport of cycling, claiming that former team-mates, including Lance Armstrong, used performance enhancing drugs. Cycling correspondent for the Guardian William Fotheringham, comments on the allegations.

The paper review.

Can gay actors portray straight characters convincingly on screen or on stage? A recent article in Newsweek magazine by a gay writer has suggested that homosexual performers are less than plausible in heterosexual roles. Peter Bowes reports from Los Angeles.

Blackpool and Cardiff City are set for their winner-takes-all battle for promotion to the premiership division later this afternoon. Glenn Bowley of the Blackpool Supporters' Association, and Lord Mayor of Cardiff Keith Hyde, discuss their teams' dreams of glory.



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