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Today: Friday 11th June

The chairman of BP has been invited to the White House. David Cameron has told British troops in Afghanistan that they are there to ensure national security at home. And what impact will an increasing number of old men have on our society?

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Scientists are now claiming that the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was greater than originally estimated - up to 40,000 barrels a day. Professor of Oceanography Ian MacDonald says his initial estimates were proved correct.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg calls for openness in the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war. Andrew Hosken reports on how the inquiry can be made more open at this stage and what difference it will make.

Europe is at the heart of a new phase in the global economic crisis emerging over the past few months. John Humphrys investigates whether the economic crisis crippling Europe is bringing on a wider political crisis.

The business news with Nick Cosgrove.

The World Cup gets underway today in Johannesburg with the opening match between the host South Africa and Mexico. Sports editor David Bond reports on Africa's big moment.

Sports news with Jon Myers.

The President of Kyrgyzstan is warning of the dangers 'Talibanisation' and Islamic extremism, spreading over the region of central Asia if the Nato campaign in Afghanistan fails. Correspondent Edward Stourton describes the situation in the Kyrgyz capital.

EU environment ministers will consider today whether Europe should adopt a stricter target for reducing carbon emissions. Environment Secretary Chris Huhne outlines the suggested plans.

The paper review.

Thought for the day with the Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks.

David Cameron has said on a visit to Afghanistan that Britain will not send any more troops into the country. Former head of the army, General Sir Richard Dannatt comments on the implication of the new government's policies for troops in Afghanistan.

Barack Obama has summoned BP chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg to a meeting over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. James Bevan, chief investment officer with CCLA, and the BBC's business editor Robert Peston examine whether the oil giant will delay paying dividends to shareholders to help pay for the oil spill.

The world cup kicks off in South Africa today. Economics professor Stefan Szymanski, former England cricketer Ed Smith, and Damon Buffini of the private equity firm Permira discuss the expectations for the event.

Sports news with Jon Myers.

Lord Falconer, the former Lord Chancellor, discusses whether there will be a change of focus in the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war now with the new government.

Lord Patten is going to make a speech today about the situation in Gaza and what the outside world can do about it. He outlines his ideas to the Today programme.

During his visit to Afghanistan, David Cameron has underlined how much the British government believes is at stake in the region. Correspondent Edward Stourton talks to the president of Kyrgyzstan, Roza Otunbayeva , who believes the whole region might be in danger of Islamic extremism if the Nato campaign in Afghanistan fails.

The business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Soldiers have been buried in the wrong graves at the Arlington National Cemetery. Ryan Gallucci, from the veterans' association AMVETS, describes the reaction to the mix up.

David Cameron is continuing his trip in Afghanistan this morning. Deputy political editor James Landale who has been travelling with him, reflects on the visit.

What impact will an increasing number of old men have on our society? Demographer Emily Grundy and author Kathy Lette discuss why men are living increasingly longer and what it will mean for older women.



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