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Today: Saturday 7 March 2009

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The wife of Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has been killed in a car crash in which he was also slightly hurt, party officials say. And two senior US envoys are due to travel to Syria to engage with what Hillary Clinton describes as "preliminary negotiations" to improve diplomatic relations between the two countries.

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Prime Minister of Zimbabwe Morgan Tsvangirai has survived a car crash in which his wife was killed. President Robert Mugabe has visited him in hospital. Correspondent Peter Biles gives details of the crash which happened on a road south of the capital, Harare.

0712

The deal between the Treasury and Lloyds Banking Group to insure many of Lloyds' assets is expected to be signed. Business correspondent Joe Lynam reports on what the details of the agreement are likely to be.

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Today's papers

0717
Yesterday in Parliament with Mark D'Arcy.

0722

Two US envoys are to arrive in Damascus in Syria to start a conversation with the Syrians after years of diplomatic silence. State department correspondent Kim Ghattas examines how important this first contact will be.

0725
Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

0731

Vulnerable women and children are being denied professional representation in the family courts, the Bar Council says. Chairman of the Bar Council Desmond Browne and Justice minister Bridget Prentice discuss if the drop in the level of legal aid is driving specialist barristers away.

0737

Current operations in Afghanistan are "worthless", a former SAS commander there says. Correspondent Caroline Wyatt considers Major Sebastian Morley's claims that the government has "blood on its hands" over the deaths of four UK soldiers killed in the conflict.

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Today's papers.

0744

Business Secretary Lord Mandelson has had green custard thrown over him by a protester as he arrived at the launch of a low-carbon summit in London. Dr Sean Lang, of Anglia Ruskin University, gives other examples of protest taking a more physical form - including the egg thrown at John Prescott.

0747
Thought for the day with Canon David Winter.

0750

Shadow chancellor George Osborne has argued that people needed to hear some "home truths" and must "work hard and save hard" to get out of the recession. Joe Harris, general secretary of the Pensioners' Convention and Tim Harford, the undercover economist for the FT, discuss the battle of interests between savers and borrowers.

0810

Two senior US envoys are due to travel to Syria to engage with what Hillary Clinton describes as "preliminary negotiations" to improve diplomatic relations between the two countries. Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen and Ambassador Sami Khiyami, Syria's ambassador to London, consider the significance of this step.

0819

The US-style cupcake of bright colours and thick icing is becoming increasingly popular, with even the quintessentially English brand of Marks and Spencer to stock them from April. Correspondent Matthew Price visits the Magnolia Bakery in New York City. Martha Swift, co-owner of the Primrose Bakery in London, and baking tutor Kath Mepham, of the Women's Institute's Denman College, discuss fears that the British fairy cake will suffer.

0825
Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

0831

The government is expected to announce that it will take a majority stake in the troubled Lloyds Banking Group. Stephen Timms, financial secretary to the Treasury, discusses how much liability the taxpayer will be now be responsible for.

0837

The wife of Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has been killed in a car crash in which he was also slightly hurt, party officials say. Sarah Huddlestone, his friend and biographer, discusses Susan Tsvangirai's love for her husband.

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Today's papers.

0844

An unmanned Nasa mission to search the sky for Earth-like planets with the potential to host life has launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Astronomer Andrew Coates, of University College London Mullard Space Science Laboratory, discusses the rocket's orbit of the Sun to watch a patch of space thought to contain about 100,000 stars similar to the one in our solar system.

0847

An elderly couple who were both suffering from terminal cancer - Penelope and Peter Duff - were revealed to have travelled to Switzerland to commit suicide together in the clinic that offers death as a service. Dr Andrew Hartle, a consultant anaesthetist, and Dr Helen Watt, of the Linacre Centre for Healthcare Ethics, discuss if people should be given more rights to commit suicide.

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Has Tesco got too much market power and should future developments be blocked? Gideon Amos, chief executive of the Town and Country Planning Association, and James Milne, business environment director at the British Retail Consortium, discuss if Tesco should be encouraged to invest in the High Street.




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