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Today: Friday 10th June

An official drought order has been imposed in parts of eastern England after one of the driest springs on record. And also in the programme, the story of a British-born Bahraini woman whose husband has been placed under arrest.

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Business news with Dominic Laurie: Today is the last day to apply to be the new head of the IMF. Stephanie Rickard from the London School of Economics considers the runners and riders. And the Friday boss is Paul Hearn, chief executive of Mizuho International.

Bordeaux wine producers are claiming that this year's crop is a "vintage of the century". Tim Atkin, Master of Wine and wine critic, deciphers whether, with four vintages in the last eleven years, growers are overdoing the hype.

Letters from Ed Balls, published by the Telegraph, reveal how Gordon Brown's allies led what the paper describes as a "brutal" plot to remove Tony Blair from office. Deputy political editor James Landale looks at what the letters contain.

A drought has been officially declared in parts of England. Peter Kendall, president of the National Farmers Union, explains the frustration this dry weather causes for farmers.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

About two and half thousand Syrian citizens have fled across the border into Turkey from the violent disturbances in the north west of the country, after government repression the UN human rights commissioner has described as "atrocious". The BBC's Jim Muir gives the latest picture, and Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Selcuk Unal presents his country's perspective.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The government is launching its Work Programme, paying companies and charities to create jobs. Home editor Mark Easton examines the scheme, and employment minister Chris Grayling explains how it will get people off benefits and into a career.

Paper review.

A team of archaeologists is about to begin one of the largest investigations ever mounted on the battlefields of World War I. The BBC's Robert Hall reports from the section of trenches know as the Lochnagar Crater.

Thought for the Day with Lord Harries of Pentregarth, Gresham Professor of Divinity.

Authorities in Bahrain are continuing to suppress pro-democracy protestors. Ala'a Shehabi, a British-born woman whose husband has been arrested and is awaiting sentence in Bahrain, shares her story.

The government has declared that some areas of England now are officially in a state of drought. Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman and Craig Bennett of Friends of the Earth debate what measures need to be taken.

A collection of private memos belonging to Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, published by The Daily Telegraph, reveal how he, Gordon Brown and their allies began what the paper describes as a "brutal" plot to remove Tony Blair from office after 2007. Blair's biographer Anthony Seldon and Observer columnist Andrew Rawnsley, author of The End of the Party, consider the latest revelations of New Labour infighting.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Britain's biggest care home provider Southern Cross is planning to surrender control of 132 of its 752 properties in a bid to stay solvent, according to reports in the Financial Times today. Business editor Robert Peston responds to more bad news for the troubled company.

The Duke of Edinburgh is ninety today. His cousin Lady Butter and biographer Philip Eade look back at the life of a man celebrated both for his sense of duty and habit of speaking his mind.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

It is 44 years to the day since the guns fell silent in the six day war between Israel and its Arab enemies, with the consequences of that conflict rarely out of the news ever since. The BBC's Kevin Connolly has been on the ground in Israel to assess the likelihood of a border agreement.

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The government's radical plan for transferring up to a million people from benefits to work, the Work Programme, is launched today. Senior economist at The Work Foundation Neil Lee and Roy O'Shaughnessey, chief executive of the Careers Development Group, try and answer the big question: will it work?

With Fifa mired in controversy and corruption, has the time come for tennis to steal football's crown as the "beautiful game"? Writer Geoff Dyer, whose piece in Prospect magazine claims just this, and writer Hunter Davies, debate whether the baton of beauty must be passed.


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