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Today: Saturday 11th June

The United States has strongly condemned Syria for its violent crackdown on anti-government protesters -- and has called for an immediate end to the brutality. And also in the programme, as the UK's main care home provider, Southern Cross, struggles to stay solvent, we'll hear the concerns of carers and relatives.

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More of Ed Balls' private papers are being published today, with the new leaks concerning the issue of public spending. Political correspondent Louise Stewart analyses the latest revelations.

Syrian activists are claiming that the regime is using air power against pro-democracy protesters for the first time, whilst the White House has accused President Assad's forces of using "appalling violence" against citizens. The BBC's Owen Bennett Jones reports from just over the border in Turkey.

Paper review.

In another perceived U-turn, it seems the government is set to change its policy on academy schools and their funding, albeit modestly. Chief political correspondent Norman Smith explains.

President Obama is expected to announce later this month how many American troops will leave Afghanistan in July, but so far he has yet to decide. North America editor Mark Mardell reports on a tense situation in Washington.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

In the midst of a bad time for the economy, the labour market has been performing better than expected. Chief economics correspondent Hugh Pym shares the, relative, good news. Nicola Smith, head of economics and social affairs at the TUC, and John Philpott, Chief economics adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, debate how bright the future of the job market really is.

Paper review.

The European Commission says it has completed membership negotiations with Croatia, clearing the way for the EU to welcome its 28th member state. Europe Correspondent Chris Morris charts the bumpy journey towards what David Cameron has described as "a historic day" for Croatia.

Thought for the Day with The Reverend Rob Marshall, an Anglican priest.

The Obama administration is deciding how fast to start pulling troops out of Afghanistan, with perceived differences between President Obama and the Pentagon. Lucy Morgan Edwards, former political adviser to the EU ambassador in Kabul and author of The Afghan Solution, joins Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, former British ambassador and author of Cables from Kabul, to consider a significant moment for the Afghan campaign.

The troubled care home provider Southern Cross says it has not made any final decisions yet to close care homes, but it seems clear that some of the 750 they run will have a change of ownership or will close. But how is the current unclear situation affecting staff, residents and their relatives? A care worker at a Southern Cross home in the Midlands, and Beverley Taylor, whose mother lives in a Southern Cross home, outline their fears.

It looks certain that the Bahrain Grand Prix will now not go ahead, despite the hopes of some that it would succeed in uniting Bahrainis. Sports correspondent Tim Franks considers whether sport can be used as an instrument of peace.

The Queen's Birthday Honours have been announced, recognising nearly a thousand people from all walks of life. The BBC's David Sillito reports on an honourable day for Sir Bruce Forsyth, Dame Jenni Murray and many others.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Colonel Gaddafi's forces have been targeting the outskirts of Misrata, the rebel-controlled port in the West of Libya, with one doctor in the city saying 31 people were killed in the assault yesterday. The BBC's David Loyn reports from the city.

Paper review.

It's unclear what exactly is happening in Syria, with foreign journalists being banned from the country and forced to rely on the reports of those involved in the violence. The BBC's Owen Bennett-Jones and Malik al-Abdeh, chief editor of Syrian opposition satellite channel Barada TV, try to decipher recent events in the troubled nation.

Indian surgeon Dr Devi Shetty is called "the Henry Ford of heart surgery", having made complicated operations more affordable and more available. Today's Sanchia Berg has been to meet him to find out how. And Stephen Dorrell, chair of the Health Select Committee, assesses how Dr Shetty's work could impact on the NHS.

Voters will go to the polls in Turkey tomorrow, with the ruling conservative Islamist party likely to win. In a week when the country has faced an influx of Syrian refugees, the Turkish writer and journalist Kaya Genc and Dr Gulnur Aybet, from the University of Kent, discuss the future for a nation caught between Europe and the Arab world.

Amongst those featured in the Queen's Birthday Honours, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor, of the much loved comedy troop The Goodies and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, have been made OBEs. Garden reveals what it means to be recognised by Her Majesty.



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