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Today: Saturday 12th May

Labour is stepping up the pressure on the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt to resign after an email suggested he sought advice from News Corporation on phone hacking.The Greek President is expected to make a final appeal to the country's politicians to form a Coalition government. And, will the fallout from a £1.2bn trading loss at JP Morgan have implications for other Wall Street banks?

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The Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt is standing by his assertion that a mistaken interpretation is being put on the emails sent to News International in connection with the proposed takeover of BSkyB and revealed at the Leveson inquiry. Our political correspondent Alan Soady reports.

The leader of Greece's socialist party, Evangelos Venizelos, has abandoned efforts to form a new government. Mark Lowen reports form Athens to explain the implications.

The United States is resuming the export of some military equipment to Bahrain despite the Obama Administration saying that it is not yet satisfied with the progress on reform by the government there. Jonathan Blake reports from Washington on how the policy was being justified.


One of the most noteworthy aspects of the Arab Spring uprisings has been the role of women in the protests. They followed in the footsteps of Wadad Makdisi Cortas, who became a campaigner for Arab independence during WWI . Vanessa Redgrave will read from her memoirs at Brighton's Royal Theatre tonight - alongside Wadad's daughter Mariam Said. Nicola Stanbridge went to meet them.

The government's so-called "curry colleges" have started recruiting. Aimed at plugging the gap in the Asian restaurant sector caused by tougher immigration rules, they will offer training and an apprenticeship. The aim is to get more British people working in this sector to curb UK unemployment and immigration at the same time. Catrin Nye from the BBC Asian Network investigates.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Earlier this week 55 people died in two explosions in Damascus, which the Syrian government attributed to "foreign backed terrorists" using two cars "loaded with more than 1,000kg of explosives and driven by suicide bombers". Opposition figures have accused the government of President Bashar al-Assad of staging bomb attacks in an attempt to discredit them. Rime Allaf, Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, examines what we can deduce about what is going on and whether these fears are justified?

Paper review.


On Sunday, the British Library is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Edward Lear, author of The Owl and The Pussycat. Michael Rosen, author and Children's Laureate 2007-09 is taking part in the event at the British Library tomorrow. 0745
It's the 50th anniversary of the launch of HM submarine Ocelot. It was the last warship built for the Royal Navy at the Chatham Dockyard in Kent. Admiral Sir Trevor Soar was commanding officer in some of its later years and Alan Rayner helped to build it.

Thought for the day with Canon David Winter.


Leaders of Nato are meeting in Chicago in the coming week. Afghanistan will be one of the items at the top of the agenda. American and British troops are being drawn down and the process of withdrawal has, in effect, begun. So what will be left? Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Secretary General of Nato outlines the organisation's intentions.


JP Morgan shocked the market on Thursday evening with its disclosure that it had made a net loss in the past six weeks of $800m as a result of $2bn of trading losses. On Friday the company's shares plunged 9% and its credit rating was downgraded by one ratings agency. Chris Orndorff, a fund manager at Western Asset Management in California explains his view that the problems were caused by failures in Morgan's risk management structures.

Will Michael Gove's remarks about private education have any effect on government policy? The education secretary said that he found the extent to which those who were privately educated dominated our society "morally indefensible." Dr Anthony Seldon is headmaster of Wellington College, a private school which is setting up partnerships with state schools and columnist George Monbiot, named by Mr Gove as an example of someone privately educated who had become a prominent voice, debate.

For four decades, a British military train ran daily from West Germany through East Germany to West Berlin. It was locked but British officers were allowed out at stops on the way to have the paperwork checked by Soviet officers. It was important as an assertion of the British right to have a presence in West Berlin, as agreed by the Soviets after the war. Now, the steam locomotive and train, including dining car, are running again in a special commemorative run. It set off at 0648 prompt this morning from Berlin Charlottenburg. The BBC's Steve Evans is on board.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


The barrister defending the man described as the ringleader of the nine men jailed for up to 19 years for a horrific series of sexual assaults against young girls, told the court in Rochdale that the man believed he was being prosecuted because of his faith and race - a Muslim of Pakistani origin. Is it racist to focus on the fact that nine Asian men were grooming white girls from outside their community? Are their cultural influences at play behind a series of crimes that have caused a great deal of shock because of the systematic and brutal way the girls were treated? Shiban Akbar, of Bangladeshi origin speaks for the Muslim Council of Britain and Alyas Karmini, an imam in Bradford, examine the controversial issue.


The Leveson Inquiry has this week focussed on the relationship between the press and the politicians and its two most prominent witnesses were David Cameron's former communications secretary, Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News international. Our correspondent Peter Hunt was there to bring us his weekly summary of proceedings.

Paper review.

How do you get young people interested in Shakespeare? This weekend several schools, 15,000 students, are appearing at London's Royal Court Theatre performing cut down versions of Twelfth Night, Macbeth and a Midsummer Night's Dream. Actress Jenny Agutter, a patron of the charity Shakespeare Schools Festival explains its purpose.


A retired Royal Mail manager, Peter Willis, is winner of the most boring person in Britain. The reason for this is because he has spent the last five years photographing 2500 post boxes and he is planning to keep going until he has logged and photographed the remaining 15,000.


One of the details that emerged from Rebekah Brooks' testimony to the Leveson Inquiry yesterday was that David Cameron would sign his texts to her LOL, which he thought meant lots of love, until she pointed out that LOL means laugh out loud. But regardless of the semantics of this, is it appropriate for grown men to be texting LOL even if they do know what it means? Sarfraz Manzoor, writer and broadcaster and Aleks Krotoski, of the Internet Institute debate.

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