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Author Sir Terry Pratchett is calling for the setting up of tribunals where patients with incurable illnesses could apply for legal permission to end their life with medical help. Universities in England say thousands of students will be denied places next autumn because of spending cuts. And Barack Obama is set to abandon plans to return to the moon by 2020.

The Liberal Democrats say they want to give every child a fair start and that that should start with funding at school. They want money to follow the child, with the most going to the least advantaged, and that this will help push up standards and achievement for those let down by the current system. Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg discusses whether the policy is financially viable.

The government's proposals to pay for personal care at home are to be debated in the House of Lords. Unveiled by Gordon Brown at the Labour Party conference last September, the plans have been criticised for underestimating the costs involved; and for being an example of poor legislation, rushed through without an opportunity for proper parliamentary scrutiny. Political Correspondent Norman Smith outlines how initial expectations have led to some people cancelling their private care plans.

The business news with Adam Shaw.

It is cheaper to live in the south east of England than in the north. So why should people who work for the public services get paid the same wherever they live? Professor Alison Wolf of King's College London and Sarah Veale of the TUC debate whether national pay rates should be abolished.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Sir Terry Pratchett has said he is ready to be a test case for assisted suicide "tribunals" which could give people legal permission to end their lives. He has Alzheimer's and says he wants to be able to have an assisted death if the situation arises. Professor of palliative care Baroness Finlay voices her concerns about Sir Terry's proposal.

The paper review.

Scottish tennis player Andy Murray has been beaten in straight sets at the final of the Australian Open. Yet another name to add to the list of Scottish sporting failures. Why are Scottish sportsmen and women falling short? Their footballers aren't in the World Cup, their rugby union team is predicted to challenge Italy for the wooden spoon in the Six Nations, Colin Montgomery always seems to choke in the final round. Telegraph sports correspondent Jim White discusses what is at the root of Scottish sporting failure.

Thought for the day with Clifford Longley, author, broadcaster and journalist.

Israel has revealed that two senior Army officers were disciplined for their actions during the Gaza war last year. The officers, a Brigadier General and a Colonel ,were found to have endangered life by firing white phosphorous munitions in the direction of the main UN warehouse in Gaza City, which was subsequently set alight. Correspondent Paul Wood expalins how white phosphorous was used in populated areas.

Ten Americans are being held in Haiti on suspicion of trying to smuggle children out of the country. They were detained as they tried to take more than thirty young children to the neighbouring Dominican Republic. The group, from a Baptist church, said it was planning to set up an orphanage there. But their arrest comes amid concern that the recent earthquake has left children vulnerable to child traffickers. Save the Children's Jasmine Whitbread says she feels these children are at an acute risk of sexual exploitation and serious emotional distress.

The government's proposals to pay for personal care at home will be debated in the House of Lords today. Unveiled by the prime minister back in September, the plans have been criticised for underestimating the costs involved and discriminating against those with highest needs who are in residential care; and for being an example of poor legislation, rushed through without an opportunity for proper parliamentary scrutiny. Lord Butler and the Health Secretary Andy Burnham discuss how some peers believe that the Bill has not been properly scrutinised.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Over the past few months we've been getting regular reports on life on the frontline in Afghanistan from Major Richard Streatfeild, a soldier serving in Helmand province with Third Battalion The Rifles. This is his most recent despatch.

David Cameron said in a speech in January that "warmth not wealth" determined a child's chances in life. But the authors of a book that the Tory leader has praised, called the Spirit Level, say that research they have done for this edition reveals 'broken society' is not caused by broken families but by inequality. Shadow children's secretary Michael Gove and one of the authors of the book, Richard Wilkinson, debate whether more equal societies are more successful.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Tower Block of Commons, a new programme begins tonight on Channel 4 in which four MPs live for a week on sink estates around the country. President of the Royal Institute of British Architects Ruth Reed and Lynsey Hanley, writer for the Guardian and author of Estates: An Intimate History, discuss whether it always so terrible to live in a tower block and if there such a thing as a "good" one.

It's 100 years since the first job centres opened, when they were known as labour exchanges, one of Winston Churchill's lesser-known achievements. On the 1 February 1910, 62 of them opened their doors. Correspondent Flora Watkins reports on how one of them, in Hackney in London's East End, is holding an exhibition to mark the anniversary.

The Premiership is often described as the most exciting football league in the world, but you'd be hard pressed to find anyone to call it the most artistic. Despite the influx of foreign players, there's still an ingrained distrust in the British game of "fancy dan" footballers. That's been illustrated by the pressure on Arsene Wenger's Arsenal to adopt a more direct style after several seasons full of stylish displays. They have no trophies to show for them and a crushing defeat by Manchester United yesterday calls into question their title challenge. Sports journalist Mihir Bose ponders our national suspicion of footballing artistry.

Facing budgetary constraints, President Barack Obama will scale back US space ambitions, abandoning plans to return to the moon by 2020 and confining Nasa to lower orbit missions for years to come. The shift will be unveiled on Monday when Obama presents his 2011 budget blueprint to Congress. Washington Correspondent Richard Lister analyses the impact the cuts could have on jobs tied up with current Nasa programmes.



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