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Today: Monday 31st May

At least 10 people have been killed during an operation by Israeli commandos to board ships trying to break Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip, according to reports. And BP is to try a new tactic to block a leaking oil well after its latest attempt failed.

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The Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Laws has resigned after admitting he claimed expenses to pay rent to his partner. Reporter Alex Bushell visited Mr Laws' constituency to gauge the reaction to the resignation. Liberal Democrat MP for Lewes, Norman Baker, comments on whether Mr Laws should have resigned.

0715
The business news with Lesley Curwen.

0717
The chief executive of the Centre for Economic and Business Research, Prof Douglas McWilliams, has said that Greece's exit from the euro is "practically inevitable". Prof McWilliams was speaking at a conference in Athens. Prof McWilliams comments on Greece's future in the eurozone and whether other countries may be forced to exit.

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali first rose to prominence in the UK after the murder of Dutch film maker Theo Van Gogh, who's controversial film Submission, based on her script, provoked the ire of some Islamist groups. Ms Ali, who is a Somalian refugee and a former Dutch MP, outlines her views on on Islamic extremism and discusses her new book, Nomad.

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More than 10 people have been killed after Israeli commandos stormed a convoy of ships carrying aid to the Gaza Strip. Correspondent Wyre Davies reports from Ashdod, in Israel.

0732
Sports news with Chris Dennis.

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The White House says it expects the Gulf of Mexico oil leak to continue until August after BP failed to seal the well. Professor Simon Boxall, an oceanographer at the National Oceanography Centre, examines BP's new tactics. Holly Pattenden, head oil analyst at Business Monitor International, analyses the impact of the Gulf oil spill on BP.

0738
The paper review.

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Hollywood actor Dennis Hopper died at the weekend, aged 74, after battling prostate cancer. Mr Hopper was best known for his role in the 1960s film Easy Rider. Listen again to reporter Nicola Stanbridge's interview with Mr Hopper who, 40 years after the film's release, still enjoyed riding motorbikes.

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From today, the ITV soap Coronation Street goes high definition, and the BBC has said that BBC One will soon be available as an HD channel. Make-up artist John Woodbridge, describes how he tackles the unflattering traits which can accompany HD's detailed picture quality.

0748
Thought for the day with Canon Dr Alan Billings.

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Danny Alexander MP is to replace David Laws as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, following Mr Laws' resignation after admitting he claimed expenses to pay rent to his partner. Times journalist Oliver Kamm, and former second permanent secretary at the Treasury Sir Steve Robson, discuss whether Mr Alexander is suitable for the role.

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At least 10 people have been killed during an operation by Israeli commandos to board ships trying to break Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip, according to reports. Israeli spokesman Mark Regev explains why the ships were boarded and Dr Rosemary Hollis, director of the Olive Tree Scholarship at City University, examines the wider issues behind the Gaza blockade.

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The former editor of The Sun, David Yelland, has written a children's novel on the dangers of alcoholism. Today presenter Evan Davis spoke to Mr Yelland about his alcoholism and whether journalists have a problem with drink.

0827
Sports news with Chris Dennis.

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Former deputy prime minister John Prescott and opponent to the House of Lords, has accepted a accepted a peerage in the Dissolution Honours List. Mr Prescott discusses if his attitudes towards titles and pomp have now changed.

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More than 10 people have been killed after Israeli commandos stormed a convoy of ships carrying aid to the Gaza Strip. Audrey Bomse, spokesperson for the Free Gaza movement, reacts to the attacks.

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The business news with Lesley Curwen.

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The Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Laws has resigned after admitting he claimed expenses to pay rent to his partner, which he claims he did to hide his homosexuality. Tory Blogger Iain Dale, and former editor of The Sun Kelvin MacKenzie, give their opinion of what role Mr Laws' sexuality played in the affair.

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Buckingham Palace is reportedly pushing for an extra £6m a year on the Civil List, to cover the decline in the budget surplus. Labour MP Ian Davidson comments on whether the country can afford the current level of Royal funding.

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The policy of being able to re-take A-levels has been banned under new rules at the prestigious UCL Medical School and Bath University Architectural department. The departments have stated that any grades obtained in a resit exam will be ignored, saying that the policy will help to identify students who are able to deal with the pressures of exams. Civitas's Anastasia de Waal and Newcastle Univ's Rev Bryan Vernon debate the value of A-Level resits.




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