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Today: Tuesday 7 April 2009

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Rescuers are continuing to search for signs of life, a day after a devastating Italian earthquake left at least 150 people dead, 1,500 injured and some 50,000 homeless. And Hundreds of girls heavily sedated in UK care homes during the 1970s and 1980s may be at risk of having children with birth defects, the BBC has found.

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Massive doses of tranquilisers and other drugs given to residents of a children's home in the 1970s and 1980s could lead to them having children with birth defects, the BBC has learned. Shadow children's minister Tim Loughton discusses the Today programme's investigation.

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The Irish Republic's government is to unveil its second budget in six months as the economy contracts sharply. Correspondent Peter Hunt reports on measures which are expected to mean higher taxes and lower spending.

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A tale of a desert island dog has emerged. The dog, called Sophie Tucker, was washed overboard its owners yacht off the coast of Queensland. Its owner, Jan Griffith, explains how after the dog swam five miles to a nearby island and eked out a living for itself, she has been reunited with the animal.

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Business news with Adam Shaw.

0722

A man burned terribly in a fire is being given a new face and two new hands in an extraordinary transplant operation. Professor Peter Butler, of the Royal Free Hospital and head of the UK's face transplant team, explains the challenge facing the doctors in Paris working on the patient.

0725
Sports news with Arlo White.

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Rescuers are continuing to search for signs of life, a day after the devastating Italian earthquake. Correspondent Dominic Hughes reports from the city of L'Aquila on the aftermath, which has left at least 150 people dead, 1,500 injured and some 50,000 homeless.

0738
Today's papers.

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Somali pirates have seized a British-owned cargo ship and a Taiwanese ship, maritime officials say. Commander Gerry Northwood, acting chief of staff for Operation Atlanta - the force protecting shipping in the area, discusses the seizure - which follows the capture of a further three vessels.

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The band Abba has always resisted the temptation to follow the trend of bands famous in previous decades making a comeback. Arts correspondent Lawrence Pollard talks to the men from Abba, Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, about 10 years of their stage show - Mama Mia! - and if there is any chance of a comeback tour.

0748
Thought for the day with Canon Dr Alan Billings, an Anglican priest.

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Hundreds of Tamil protesters have continued to rally outside the Houses of Parliament overnight demanding the government acts to end war in Sri Lanka. Dr Palitha Kohona, permanent secretary at the Sri Lankan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, discusses why Sri Lanka's government has rejected calls for a ceasefire.

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Hundreds of girls heavily sedated in UK care homes during the 1970s and 1980s may be at risk of having children with birth defects, the BBC has found. Reporter Angus Stickler explains the evidence he found from a group of former care home residents.

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The committee looking into reforming the system of MPs' pay and expenses is to televise its hearings. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith discusses her role in the expenses row, and apologises for what was done, saying it was a bad mistake, but wished it had been brought to her attention earlier.

0833
Sports news with Arlo White.

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Replacing drugs prohibition with a regime of legal regulation would save billions of pounds and significantly improve the lives of millions of UK citizens, the drugs charity Transform says. Steve Rolles, head of research of Transform, reveals the conclusions of his report.

0844
Business news with Adam Shaw.

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The Ukraine is marking the bicentenary of the great Ukrainian writer Mikola Hohol. Russia is marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of the great Russian writer Nikolai Gogol. Correspondent Gabriel Gatehouse considers which country should be celebrating his birthday.

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Who is Britain's best young public speaker? BBC Two is to begin a new series to find out. Young public speaker Benedict Townsend, chairman of the Speakers Trust Lord Digby Jones discuss if young people should be encouraged to take part.

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The potential long term damage of using drugs to calm children in care homes has emerged in a Today programme investigation. Niall Dickson, chief executive of the health charity the King's Fund, discuss to what extent drugs should be relied on by medical professionals.




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