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Today: Thursday 3rd June

A taxi driver may have embarked on a killing spree in Cumbria after a family row, reports suggest. Hundreds of activists from the Gaza-bound flotilla have been welcomed in Turkey after being expelled by Israel. And what the Romans could teach us about cutting the budget deficit.

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Detectives in West Cumbria are working to identify the precise sequence of events that led to Derrick Bird shooting dead 12 people and wounding 11 others yesterday. Reporter Andrew Hosken investigates the aftermath of the shootings.

A Chatham House report out today says the emphasis on aid for Africa is outdated and that there should be a refocus on investment and trade with the continent. Tom Cargill, assistant head of Chatham House's Africa programme discusses the new government's approach.

The business news with Lesley Curwen.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Former Liberal Democrats MP, Lembit Opik has launched his new career as a comedian with his first stand- up attempt last night. He performed a ten-minute gig in a comedy club in Leicester Square. Labour MP Stephen Pound and arts editor Will Gompertz were both in the audience.

Deputy Chief Constable Stuart Hyde of Cumbria Police outlines the events which led to Derrick Bird's killing spree.

Vince Cable gives his first major speech as Business Secretary later today. He will use this opportunity to set out his priorities for the coming months to build a more 'balanced' economy. He joins John to discuss his policies.

The paper review.

Thought for the day with Canon Alan Billings.

Hundreds of foreign activists who tried to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza arrive in Istanbul early this morning after being deported from Israel. Reporter Ed Stourton is in Istanbul to gauge Turkish reaction to the boat raid.

Cumbrian GP Barry Walker, who tended to the victims of yesterday's shooting, tells Today reporter Andrew Hosken about his experiences. Lord Mackenzie, former head of the Police Superintendents Association, and Mike Eveleigh, former firearms licensing officer, discuss whether tougher vetting could have prevented Derrick Bird's killing spree in Cumbria.

Professor Jonathan Ashmore, of University College London, discusses whether 17th century scientists were correct in predicting what the world would look like in our time.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

International Development Secretary, Andrew Mitchell, discusses the effectiveness of aid spending and how he would like to withdraw it from emerging economies like China and focus on poorer countries, especially those in Africa.

Andrew Burnett, deputy director of the British Museum, looks at what the Romans could teach us about cutting the budget deficit.

The business news with Lesley Curwen.

In the aftermath of the raid on a flotilla carrying aid to Gaza, what effect will the event have on the US policy towards Israel? Daniel Kurtzer, former US Ambassador to Israel, discusses the current state of relations between the two countries.

The England football team will arrive in South Africa today, just over a week before the Football World Cup kicks off. BBC correspondent Karen Allen examines the security threats facing the tournament.

Are journalists telling the real story of the Middle East? Dutch journalist Joris Luyendijk and Patrick Cockburn, of The Independent, debate the way the media give their own version of reality in the Middle East.



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