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Today: Saturday 21 March 2009

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Pope Benedict XVI is in Angola on the final leg of his first trip to Africa. At the start of the trip the Pope said that Aids "cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which even aggravates the problems'' and was widely criticised, particularly in Germany where health ministers said it would be "irresponsible" not to provide family planning to people in poverty. The communications department of the Vatican has also been under fire for what is seen by some as a "series of gaffes" during Pope Benedict XVI's pontificate.

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A management buyout of van maker LDV is "no longer an option" and the firm has been approached by two potential overseas investors. Business correspondent Martin Shankleman examines the future of the company and what can be done to protect its workers.

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Rome correspondent David Willey discusses Pope Benedict XVI's first trip to Africa.

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Today's papers.

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The House of Commons has been warned that thousands of people die as a result of being unable to afford to heat their homes in winter. Parliamentary Correspondent Mark D'Arcy reports on the reaction in the Commons.

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Economic forecast group 'the ITEM club' have released a report suggesting borrowing will increase to £180 bn next year, which is over 12.6% of GDP. Peter Spencer, Chief Economist at ITEM discusses the possible ramifications.

0728
Sports news with Jon Myers.

0730

A march planned in Luton in support of troops returning from Iraq has been moved to London due to fears that the event will be hijacked by far right groups responding to the recent anti-war protests staged there. Jack Izzard reports on the "raw emotion" still being felt in Luton following these events.

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Today's papers.

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Parents battling to keep their seriously ill baby alive have failed to overturn a ruling allowing him to die. Reporter Andy Moore examines the case from outside the courtroom.

0740

Ireland last won the rugby Grand Slam in 1948 and could do so again if they can beat Wales in the final. Jack Kyle, outside-half Irish rugby player in the 1948 winning team explains what it would mean mean for Irish rugby to win again after 61 years.

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Thought for the day with Catherine Pepinster

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World Bank research has concluded that since the last G20 meeting in Washington, 17 of its members, including Britain, have taken protectionist measures. Richard Newfarmer, special representative to the UN and the World Trade Organisation and Baroness Ashton, EU Trade Commissioner, consider whether this signals a new phase of economic nationalism.

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Pope Benedict XVI is in Angola on the final leg of his first trip to Africa. At the start of the trip the Pope said that Aids "cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which even aggravates the problems'' and was widely criticised. The communications department of the Vatican has also been under fire for what is seen by some as a "series of gaffes" during his pontificate. John Allen, a Catholic writer and journalist and Peter Smith, Catholic Archbishop of Cardiff discuss whether Pope Benedict XVI has been let down by poor media communication.

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The song "Delilah", most famously a hit for Welsh singer Tom Jones, has been adopted by Welsh rugby fans as a stadium anthem. Reporter Wyre Davies travels to Cardiff to find out why many are reluctant to sing along.

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Sports news with Jon Myers.

0830

David Cameron has warned that an incoming Conservative government would face "tough choices" when it comes to public spending and that cutting the ballooning public debt would be a bigger priority than cutting taxes. Shadow Chancellor George Osborne explains the Conservatives' approach to fighting the recession.

0840

The parents of a seriously ill baby have said they are "deeply distressed" by a court ruling allowing him to die. Professor Raanan Gillon, Emeritus Professor of medical ethics at Imperial College London discusses the "tragic" case.

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Children's programmes are to disappear from mainstream BBC radio, including Radio 4's one remaining children's programme "Go4it". Michael Morpurgo, former children's laureate, and Peggy Vance, publisher at Dorling Kindersley discuss whether this means that radio simply doesn't work for children.

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The governing body of Formula One, FIA, has announced plans to change the format of the championship from a points based system to one where the driver who wins the most races in the season is the overall winner. Former England cricketer Ed Smith and former chief executive of UK athletics David Moorcroft discuss whether or not winning is what matters in sport.





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