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Today: Friday 18th June

An online application form is being published for teachers and parents who want to set up their own schools. BP boss Tony Hayward has faced further criticism from American politicians over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. And robotic porters are now working in an NHS hospital.

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The government will tell parents today how to set up their own schools. Reporter Sanchia Berg explores a similar system in Sweden. Education Secretary Michael Gove describes how the system will work in Britain.

The business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Iraqi asylum seekers who were deported to Baghdad by the UK Border Agency on Wednesday night have accused the UKBA of beating them up to get them on and off the flight. Correspondent Jim Muir talked to one of the men who made the accusations.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Convicted murderer Ronnie Lee Gardner was executed by firing squad in Utah this morning. He may have been one of the last people executed in this way in the US. Jenny Brundin reports on the events earlier this morning.

At least three guide dogs are attacked and injured by other dogs every month in Britain, according to a study. The report's author Alan Brooks and Gary Wickett, whose dog was savaged by a rottweiler, discuss the findings.

The paper review

Medics have brought back to life an American soldier who was shot in Iraq and died for 15 minutes. Captain Joshua Mantz describes his remarkable experience.

Thought for the day with Reverend Roy Jenkins.

BP boss Tony Hayward has faced further withering criticism from American politicians over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Professor Jody Freeman, former White House advisor on energy and climate change, analyses the consequences of the oil spill on the company.

An online application form is being published for teachers and parents who want to set up their own schools. Mick Brookes of the National Association of Head Teachers, Mark Lehain a teacher from Bradford, and Lesley Surman a mother of three from West Yorkshire, outline their ideas on free schools.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife will today visit London to take part in celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the radio appeal made from the BBC by general Charles de Gaulle to Nazi-occupied France. Stephane Hessel, who was in De Gaulle's team in 1940, and author Julian Jackson discuss the significance of the broadcast.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The United Nations have condemned US drone attacks in Pakistan warning they create "playstation mentality" towards killing. Zubeida Malik reports on the use of drone attack and UN's Philip Alston explains why he thinks the attacks are so worrying.

England take on Algeria in the football World Cup today. Sports editor David Bond reports on what effect the World Cup is having on South Africa. Author RW Johnson talks about whether building new football stadiums was a good move for the country.

Ronnie Lee Gardner, a convicted murderer in Utah, has been executed by firing squad. It is the first time the method has been used to execute a prisoner in the US for at least 14 years. His lawyer lawyer Andrew Parnes describes why he chose to die by this method.

The business news with Nick Cosgrove.

John Lennon's handwritten notes lyrics for the song A Day In The Life go on sale in New York today. Author Steve Turner tells the story behind the song.



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