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19/06/2009

Presented by John Humphrys and Evan Davis.

Nearly 900 workers at a Lincolnshire oil refinery have been sacked following unofficial strike action at the plant. Reporter Paul Murphy reports from the Lindsey oil refinery on how the former workers have reacted.General Secretary of the union GMB Paul Kenny says Total, which owns the plant, has sought to escalate the problem by victimising workers and refusing to meet unions.

At least 2.5 million people were forced from their homes when the army of Pakistan began their military assault in the Swat valley. John Humphrys talks to Pakistani journalist and writer Ahmed Rashid about whether the refugees can soon start returning to their homes.

Iran's supreme leader is to address the nation for the first time since disputed election results sparked huge protests in the capital, Tehran. Sadeq Saba, the BBC's Iranian affairs analyst, considers what the speech might contain.

The southern Chinese city of Guangzhou - formerly known as Canton - is to introduce a one-dog policy. Correspondent Chris Hogg reports on why it is joining a long list of Chinese cities - including Beijing - which have chosen to introduce the policy.

John Humphrys examines whether the education system in Pakistan is underfunded and, if so, what this would mean for a country under threat from extremists.

Thought for the Day with the Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks.

Justice Secretary Jack Straw and Harry Fletcher, of the National Association of Probation Officers (NAPO), consider new evidence which suggests probation services were actively encouraged to underspend.

How can the government of Pakistan deal with terrorists living within the country? John Humphrys reports on whether internal problems facing leaders are affecting the fight against terrorism.

Sacked worker John McEwan and Bob Emmerson, of Total UK, discuss the sacking of 900 contract workers in Lincolnshire.

Correspondent Jon Leyne and Abdel Bari Atwan, editor of the Al-Quds newspaper based in London, discuss how the media in the Middle East is reporting the situation in Iran.

A journalist does not have to hand over her notes to the police, the High Court in Belfast has ruled. The PSNI was trying to force Suzanne Breen to hand over material linked to articles she had written on the Real IRA. She discusses how important this judgement is to the protection of sources.

The song Lili Marleen was a wartime hit among both German and British troops. Now, the song is being used to help raise money for veterans, with a play being staged in Porthcawl in Wales based on the life of five women who recorded the song. Writer of the musical, Oscar Fovarge, explains why this is such a fascinating story.

Environment correspondent Sarah Mukherjee reports on the work in Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset to protect the town from flooding.

It is nearly 30 years since the military ruler of Pakistan, General Zia ul Haq, decreed that the country should be an Islamic state. Writer and journalist Mohammed Hanif considers the effect on a country whose founder, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, dreamed of turning into a liberal democracy.

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