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Today: Saturday 29th May

Chief Treasury Secretary David Laws has apologised after it emerged he had been claiming MPs' expenses to rent rooms in homes owned by his partner. And US President Barack Obama has ordered a tripling of manpower in coastal areas where oil has washed ashore or threatens to within 24 hours.

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BP chief executive Tony Hayward has said the outcome of the operation to seal the oil leak would not be clear for another 48 hours. His comments come as President Obama visited the affected areas and said the US would do "whatever it takes" to help those affected. Correspondent Andy Gallacher reports on the current situation in the Gulf of Mexico.

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More than 80 people have been killed while praying in two mosques in Pakistan. Correspondent Orla Guerin reports from Lahore.

0715
The paper review.

0717
As part of the US's bid to host the World Cup, attempts are being made to increase the sport's profile in the country where football is not widely played. Rajesh Mirchandani reports on how soccer is being promoted in the home of the brave.

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A three-way summit between South Korea, Japan and China is taking place today to discuss North Korea's alleged torpedoing of a South Korean naval warship. Dr Kerry Brown, a senior fellow at Chatham House, comments on how the relationship between the countries has changed since the incident.

0726
Sports news with Chris Dennis.

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Chief Treasury Secretary David Laws has apologised after it emerged he had been claiming MPs' expenses to rent rooms in homes owned by his partner. Political correspondent Robin Brant outlines the investigation into Mr Laws' expenses and Labour MP Alan Whitehead, who sat on the Standards and Privileges Committee in the last parliament, explains the rules.

0738
The paper review.

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Palestinians who are seen to "co-operate" with Israel are regarded by their own people as collaborators, and some of them have been killed. A former collaborator, Mohammad Sa'ad, describes how he infiltrated Palestinian militant groups and says he deserves more protection and help from the Israeli state.

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Prime Minister David Cameron has called for calm over the coalition government's plans to raise non-business capital gains tax. The reforms, instigated by the Liberal Democrats, and due to be set out in next month's budget and have caused alarm on the Tory backbenches. Tax policy director at the Chartered Institute of Taxation, John Whiting, analyses the proposed CGT changes and who will suffer most from the tax rises.

0748
Thought for the day with Canon David Winter.

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The Arts Council of England says it is being penalised for being a prudent saver after the Culture Department announced it would be making extra cuts to the organisation because of its £18.4m savings. Arts editor Will Gompertz outlines the cuts to the arts sector. Sir Gerry Robinson, former chairman of the Arts Council for England, comments on whether the move sets a negative precedent to other prudent institutions.

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The Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Laws has apologised and referred himself to the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner after claiming thousands of pounds in MPs' expenses to rent rooms in homes owned by his male partner. Political correspondent Norman Smith outlines the investigation into Mr Laws. Liberal Democrat MP for Taunton Deane, Jeremy Browne, comments on how the story will affect his friend.

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The Prime Minister has signalled his intention to "get tough" on kerb crawling, following the disappearance of three women who worked as prostitutes in Bradford. Richard McCann, the son of Wilma McCann - the first publicly acknowledged victim of the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe - discusses whether the reporting of the murders is dehumanising the dead women.

0829
Sports news with Chris Dennis.

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Prime Minister David Cameron has called for calm over the coalition government's plans to raise non-business capital gains tax. The reforms, instigated by the Liberal Democrats, and due to be set out in next month's budget and have caused alarm on the Tory backbenches. Correspondent Mike Thomson spoke to estate agents in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, about how the changes to CGT will impact on their businesses, and Lord Lawson gives his opinion on the government's proposals.

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The paper review.

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A new book has revealed that the BBC pressed MI5 to vet its staff, in addition to the senior staff already being vetted, in the 1960s. Professor Christopher Andrew of Cambridge University and author of The Defence of the Realm, reflects on why the BBC wanted strict security measures.

0848
President Obama has said he will do whatever it takes to deal with the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico - now officially the worst in US history. On a visit to the Louisiana coast, he responded to criticism of the clean-up operation by saying the number of people tackling the disaster would be trebled. But patience in the area is wearing thin. North America editor Mark Mardell spoke to residents affected by the spill.

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Many primary schools do give homework, but should they? One children's writer, Eleanor Updale, has written a piece in the Times Educational supplement arguing that they should not. She debates the issue with Julie Robinson, vice-chairman, of the Independent Association of Prep Schools and head of Vine Hall School in Sussex.

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The Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Laws has apologised and referred himself to the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner after claiming thousands of pounds in MPs' expenses to rent rooms in homes owned by his male partner. Sunday Telegraph columnist Matthew D'Ancona comments on the political implications of the revelations.




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