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Today: Tuesday 2 March

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Half the BBC's website and two of its digital radio channels could disappear in a review about to be announced. The son of one of the Yorkshire Ripper's victims discusses whether Peter Sutcliffe should ever be released. And with 100 days to go is South Africa ready to host the World Cup?

Conservative donor and deputy chairman Lord Ashcroft has admitted he does not pay UK tax on earnings outside Britain. The 63-year-old, who is estimated to be worth £1.1bn by the Sunday Times Rich List, is one of the biggest ever donors to a political party and is at the centre of the Conservatives' election campaign. Peter Kellner, president of the polling organisation YouGov discusses what difference Lord Ashcroft's money makes in the marginal seats.

The giant computer system planned for the NHS in England and costing £12.7bn is running years late. The Conservatives would seek to halt the main contracts and dismantle the central infrastructure. But is Whitehall trying to stitch up a quick deal with the industry to commit the next government, whichever party forms it, to carry on with the scheme? Correspondent Gerry Northam has been looking at the project and explains that the main point of the scheme, to have full digital medical records for all patients available anywhere in the country, seems as far away as ever.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The world's largest technology trade fair CeBit opens in Germany today. But a new report suggests that the Germans risk losing their innovative edge. Correspondent Steve Rosenberg takes a look at what has become something of a national pastime in Germany: inventing things.

Earlier in the winter we heard from a civil engineer about how the freezing conditions were causing more potholes in our roads. But how much has been done to repair them? David Sparks, a Dudley councillor who chairs the Local Government Association Transport Board, explains how they have asked the Department of Transport for extra £100m but the money hasn't been forthcoming as yet.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

UK police arrested a former president of Bosnia, Ejup Ganic, at Heathrow Airport following an extradition request from Serbia alleging he conspired to murder wounded soldiers. Correspondent Alan Little discusses how the Serbs have been obsessed with bringing Ganic to trial since the end of the war.

A group of city figures calling themselves the Red Knights are considering launching a takeover bid for Manchester United. The Glazer family, who own the club, have insisted that they have e no plans to sell and it is thought the group would need tp raise £1bn to seize control. Guardian sports writer David Conn analyses speculation surrounding the possible takeover bid and the club's mounting debts.

The paper review.

When the ship is sinking is it really women and children first, or every man for himself? The answer, it seems, may depend on how fast it is going down. New research compares survivors of the Titanic, which took two hours to sink, and the Lusitania, which went down in 18 minutes. Very few women and children made it out of the latter, leading to the conclusion that people look after themselves first under extreme duress. Professor Bruno Frey who led the research discusses the differences between the two historic shipwrecks.

Thought for Dr Indarjit Singh, Director of the Network of Sikh organisations.

Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper, has begun a High Court bid to have a tariff set which could lead to him being paroled. Richard McCann, the son of Wilma McCann, Sutcliffe's first recognised victim, outlines his opposition to any release.

In the next couple of hours BBC staff will get together and be told whether their jobs are safe. Some of them, it seems, won't be. What is certain is that it will be smaller. It will do less. The question is how much smaller? Some of the report's findings were leaked to The Times last week and it said amongst the casualties would be a couple of digital radio stations and a lot of the BBC's website. John Humphrys reports on how the BBC has changed and whether it has become too big for its own good.

Legislation to ensure that all members of both houses of parliament are UK taxpayers is set to clear a major hurdle in parliament. It's backed by the major parties but the political row over the tax status of Lord Ashcroft is continuing. Political editor Nick Robinson discusses calls for an inquiry into undertakings Lord Ashcroft gave before becoming a peer.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

In what may be a significant act for many Muslims in this country, a leading Islamic scholar will issue a religious decree, or fatwa, in which he argues that suicide bombings and violent attacks in the name of Islam are, far from being justified, acts that put the perpetrators beyond the faith and are to be condemned. The fatwa, running to more than 600 pages comes from Dr Muhammad Tahir-al-Qadri, founder of a Sufi Muslim group based in Pakistan called Minhaj ul Quran which says that it is committed to education of young Muslims in the promotion of peace. Dr Qadri describes the document he is publishing today.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Iraq will hold parliamentary elections on Sunday. The US, which still has around 100,000 troops in the country, hopes that the poll will pave the way for their withdrawal, but has accused neighbouring Iran of attempting to influence the outcome of the election. Correspondent Gabriel Gatehouse reports on how some are now asking whether, when the Americans leave, Iran will step in to fill the power vacuum.

Celebrations are being held in South Africa today to mark one hundred days before the world cup. At a gala dinner in the eastern of Durban, Fifa's president Sepp Blatter said the tournament was set to leave a lasting legacy. All of the ten World Cup stadiums are likely to be ready but questions remain over both transport and security. Correspondent Jonah Fisher reports on whether South Africa is ready to host the World Cup.

Social media tools like Facebook and Twitter were harnessed to extraordinary effect during the 2008 US presidential elections. Will the 2010 election be the UK's first new media election? What is that likely to mean? A panel will be discussing this at City University in London tonight. Professor of political campaigning at City University Ivor Gaber and Matthew McGregor from the company that provided the technology for Barack Obama's campaign, discuss how social media in politics has moved on since 2008.



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