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Today: Wednesday 2nd June

Israel has started deporting hundreds of activists who were detained after trying to break a sea blockade of Gaza. The American government has ordered a criminal investigation into the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. The deputy prime minister, an ex prime minister, and an Iraqi prime minister in waiting. And would it affect you, if wine had to cost at least £4 a bottle?

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Should US government take over BP following the biggest environmental disaster in Gulf of Mexico? Professor Robert Reich, from the public policy school at Berkeley and labour secretary under President Clinton, has advocated government intervention.

Can minimum pricing for alcohol confront excessive drinking? Nice, the NHS advisory body, recommends a minimum price on every unit of 40p. The effect of that would be to raise the prices of more than half of the current alcohol product lines. Dr Robin Purshouse of Sheffield University outlines the effect of alcohol pricing on consumption.

A man from Staffordshire is facing a 16-year jail term in Italy for a murder committed when, evidence suggests, he was not in the country. Edmond Arapi, an Albanian man who lives in Leek with his British wife and three young children, claims he is the victim of mistaken identity. BBC's home affairs correspondent, Danny Shaw, has been been to meet the Arapis to hear their disturbing story.

The business news with Lesley Curwen.

Britain's first water desalination plant, serving London, opens today. Thames Water's sustainability director Richard Aylard and Darren Johnson, Green Party member of the London Assembly, discuss whether the capital actually needs the new plant.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Israel has said it will deport all those held after its military operation against the Gaza aid flotilla. Many of those killed and injured during the incident were Turkish. Turkey has sent three planes to Israel to bring back some of the dead and injured. Unal Cevikoz, undersecretary at the Turkish foreign affairs ministry, gives his government's reaction to the incident.

The paper review.

It is now just ten days to the start of the World Cup in South Africa. When England take on the United States at Rustenburg it will be the first time they have met at the tournament since a team of American part-timers beat one of England's best-ever sides 1-0 in the tournament in Brazil 60 years ago. The BBC's Kevin Connolly asks if such an upset could happen again.

Thought for the day with Dr Indarjit Singh.

Would it affect your drinking if a bottle of wine would cost about £4? The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, Nice, has said public health measures are needed to prevent alcohol abuse. Professor Mike Kelly, Nice's public health director, explains how the minimum price per unit would work. Gavin Partington gives the views of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

David Cameron will face his first Prime Minister's question time today, after a difficult few days for the coalition he leads. Conservatives. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg reveals his hopes for the coalition's future.

An enormous sale of Churchill memorabilia goes on sale at Christie's today. Thomas Venning, director of books and manuscripts at Christies and Phil Read, director of the Churchill War Rooms, discuss the great leader's legacy.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Shares in BP closed down 13% yesterday. The sell-offs came as the firm's so-called "top kill" bid failed to plug the massive spill from its leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico. Business editor Robert Peston has the latest on the financial fallout from the Gulf spillage.

1,600 Afghans are gathering in Kabul to discuss reconciliation with the Taliban. Afghanistan correspondent Martin Patience reports if human rights campaigners should fear that the gains of past years may be wiped out and women's rights eroded.

The business news with Lesley Curwen.

A leading academic has resigned from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in protest at what he claims is the use of public money to promote pro-GM propaganda. Professor Brian Wynne from Lancaster University was vice-chairman of a group set up by the FSA to assess opinion on genetically modified food.

One of the world's most ancient and bizarre mammals is on the brink of extinction. The solenodon is 76 million years old, dating from the time of the dinosaurs. BBC's science reporter Rebecca Morelle joined scientists in the Dominican Republic on the quest to save the unique creature.

The names of 172 civil servants who have higher salaries than the Prime Minister have been revealed. How far should such transparency go, in both the public and the private sector? Ron Drake, a partner in employment law at Cobbetts analyses the issue.

An Israeli poll shows 61% approval for its raid on a flotilla carrying aid to Gaza. But the Turkish government, normally a close ally, has cut its ties with Israel following the incident. The BBC's Jeremy Bowen and Bridget Kendall discuss the diplomatic fallout from the incident.


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