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Today: Thursday 5th May

President Obama has said he is certain that Osama bin Laden was killed in a US raid, but has refused to allow photographs of his body to be released. The last known combat veteran of the First World War, Claude Choules, has died. And the former Python, Terry Gilliam, directs a new version of Berlioz's opera Faust.

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Mohamed Ahmed Noor left the internet cafe he ran in London to become the mayor of Somali capital Mogadishu. He told reporter Zubeida Malik what he hopes to achieve.

Lloyds Banking Group has announced a loss of £3.47bn for the first three months of the year. Banking analyst Ralph Silva looks at the figures.

Fire-fighters are damping down forest fires across the country. In Berkshire police investigating a forest fire at Swinley arrested two youths on suspicion of starting fires. Correspondent Jeremy Cooke reports from Berkshire.

Terry Gilliam, who directed Hollywood films such as Brazil and the Adventures of Baron Munchausen, is directing his first opera. The opera, Berlioz's The Damnation of Faust, opens at the Coliseum in London on Friday. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones reports.

The Syrian uprising has been growing and the authorities have been responding with force. Evan Davis spoke to an anonymous journalist in the country about the current situation in the country.

According to a new report from the Wolfson Institute of Preventative Medicine, people over 55 should take statins and blood pressure pills to cut their risk of heart attacks and strokes. Report author Professor Sir Nicholas Wald explains why prescribing pills on age alone would be easier and quicker than the current system, saving thousands of lives.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The police misconduct hearing for PC Simon Harwood, who pushed Ian Tomlinson to the ground during the G20 protests two years ago, is to be held in public. Sir Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) explains the challenges facing police at public protests.

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A British born man who was thought to be the last living combat veteran of WWI has died in Australia at the age of 110. Claude Choules signed up for the Royal Navy when he was just fourteen and watched the surrender of the German High Seas Fleet in 1918. Correspondent Nick Bryant was among the last people to interview Mr Choules about his experiences.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Angela Tilby, Vicar of St Benet's Church in Cambridge.

What sort of precedent has the killing of Osama Bin Laden set? Although there has been widespread praise for President Obama's order, will we now see a free-for-all, where any country feels it is legitimate to take out their enemies wherever they are? Human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC and Danny Yatom, former head of Mossad, debate the limits of international law.

The unrest in Syria has moved into its eighth week with no end in sight. Jim Muir reports from Beirut on the continuing crisis and Professor George Jabbour, a former member of the Syrian government, and human rights activist Wissam Tarif discuss the continuing violence in the country.

Lloyds Banking Group, which is part-owned by the tax payer, has gone back into the red, posting a £3.47bn first quarter loss. The BBC's Business editor Robert Peston looks behind the figures.

Why is the city of Glasgow so good at producing Premiership managers? Former footballer Pat Nevin and Glaswegian comedian and writer Janey Godley try to work it out.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Foreign Secretary William Hague used his annual Mansion House speech to call for a new partnership between the EU and the countries of the middle east and north Africa. Former British ambassador to Libya Oliver Miles and Chatham House director Dr Robin Niblett analyse Mr Hague's vision.

The inquests into the deaths that occurred in the 7/7 attacks are to be released tomorrow. PC Dave Hill responded to the Edgware Road bombing and David Gardner is the man whose life he helped to save. Home Affairs Correspondent June Kelly brought the two men together, once more, to relive their experiences.
Business news with Adam Shaw.

Over in the US, the first TV debate occurs tonight for the 2012 Presidential election, between a number of Republican candidates - or potential candidates. It is taking place in a week that has potentially transformed the prospects for the election, President Obama's best week since he came to power. On the day the president visits Ground Zero, the BBC's North America editor Mark Mardell reflects on the transformation of the Obama presidency.

According to a new report by the United Nations, this autumn the world's population is expected to hit seven billion, and will reach 10 billion or more by the end of the century. Roger Martin, Chairman of Population Matters, and Brendan O'Neill, editor of the online magazine, Spiked, debate what the scale of population means for the way we live.



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