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Today: Thursday 25th March

The political parties are drawing up their election battle lines around the economy following yesterday's Budget. And a parliamentary committee has suggested that there is too much anti-terrorism legislation in Britain.

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The political parties are giving their reacting to Alistair Darling's Budget. Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesman Vince Cable gives his analysis of the UK's economic strategy.

Scientists have made great progress in recent years in understanding the neural processes involved in memory, and are beginning to look to developing cures for phobias and treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder. Science correspondent Tom Feilden took a look at the links between memory and trauma.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Saudi Arabia has announced that more than 100 people have been arrested in connection with an alleged al-Qaeda suicide plot to blow up oil installations. Security correspondent Frank Gardner outlines the arrests.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

German chancellor Angela Merkel is refusing to sign a bail-out deal for Greece despite reassurances by Eurozone leaders that they will take "determined and coordinated" action to ensure the zone's stability. Europe correspondent Jonny Dymond reports from Germany's financial capital, Frankfurt.

Britain's seaside towns are to be regenerated under a new government strategy to be unveiled today. Communities Secretary John Denham will outline a £5m fund to aid regeneration in 25 coastal resorts. Patrick Browne, from the Coastal Communities Alliance, and Colin Foran who runs the Clarence House Guest House in Skegness, discuss whether new funding will help coastal areas.

The paper review.

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has extended his visit to Washington to attend a meeting aimed at restarting peace-talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Mr Netanyahu met with President Obama earlier this week. Tensions between the US and Israel have escalated after Israel announced it would build Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem. Dr Rosemary Hollis, director of the Olive Tree Scholarship Programme at City University London, examines whether US-Israeli diplomatic relations can be improved.

Thought for the day with The Right Reverend James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool.

Would you like to be able to wipe any bad memories from your mind? Anders Sandberg, neuroscientist and philosopher at the Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford, and AC Grayling, Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, examine how the possibility of being able to adapt our memories will affect our individual identities.

The political battle lines on the economy have been drawn in the final budget before the election. Shadow chancellor George Osborne gives his reaction to Alistair Darling's speech.

A Parliamentary committee has concluded that in terms of legislation and security alerts, the UK has over-reacted to the threat of terrorism in the years since the 9/11 attacks. The committee, which includes members of both the Lords and Commons, was sceptical that a "public emergency threatening the life of the nation" has been facing the country for the last nine years. One of the committee's members, Labour peer Lord Dubs, discuses his concerns.

Following the success of his novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, about a boy with Asperger syndrome, Mark Haddon is now trying his hand as a playwright. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones spoke to the writer ahead of the first performance of Polar Bears at the Donmar Warehouse in London next month.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

EU leaders are meeting in Brussels to try and agree a deal on a bail-out package for Greece, in a crisis which has exposed rifts between Germany and France over how to run Europe's economy. Europe editor Gavin Hewitt comments on whether relations between Eurozone countries have been damaged.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Among the many industrial disputes of the 1980s it is the deadlock between the miners and Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government which still resonates 25 years on. The strike's cultural legacy will be examined at a conference at Leeds University today. Correspondent Nick Ravenscroft looks back on how the miners' strikes effected Britain.

Who was the real Macbeth? A new book tells the real life of one of Shakespeare's most popular and most performed characters who lived 500 years ago. Fiona Watson, historian and author of Macbeth, A True Story, and Declan Donnellan, founder and artistic director of the Cheek by Jowl theatre company, compare the lives of the two Macbeths.

The political battle lines on the economy have been drawn in the final budget before the election. Times columnist Matthew Parris and Political Editor Nick Robinson comment on how the political reaction to the Budget will set out the course of the general election campaign.



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