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Today: Friday 26th March

Senior members of the Catholic Church have defended the Pope over allegations he allowed a paedophile priest in the US to escape justice. And an investigation has criticised West Mercia Police for failing to arrest a convicted robber who went on to murder the son of a sub-postmaster.

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West Mercia Police have apologised to the family of a man shot dead at a village post office in Worcestershire after an inquiry found the force guilty of "clear failings". The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) found that detectives made no effort to arrest Anselm Ribera before he shot Craig Hodson-Walker last year. IPCC commissioner Len Jackson outlines the inquiry's findings, and assistant chief constable of West Mercia Police Simon Chesterman explains the force's failings.

European leaders have backed a Franco-German plan to provide a financial safety net for the indebted Greek economy and shore-up confidence in the Euro. Jeremy Stretch, senior markets strategist at Rabobank, explains the deal.

Business news with Tanya Beckett.

A series of strikes is hitting the UK with British Airways and train companies taking action, as unions demonstrate their unhappiness with the Labour Party. Reporter, Mike Thomson reports from the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition launch rally.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Immigration has become a major issue for voters but many election candidates will be concerned about the dangers of turning it into a divisive issue. It is predicted that immigrants will be the majority in eight of London's 32 boroughs by 2026. Andrew Hosken reports from Newham, east London, where immigration remains one of the top three concerns raised by potential voters.

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The Times and the Sunday Times have announced the details of their plan to charge people who log onto their websites. You are going to have to pay a pound a day or two pounds a week. Media commentator Steve Hewlett gives his analysis of the move.

The skeleton of a sea dog who sailed aboard the Mary Rose is to go on display 465 years after the Tudor warship sank. Rear Admiral John Lippiett, chief executive of the Mary Rose Trust, describes the role of man's best friend in sea voyages.

Thought for the day with The Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks.

The Pope has been accused of failing to act on complaints from two archbishops about a priest who allegedly abused 200 deaf boys in the US. Reverend Lawrence Murphy, who is accused of carrying out the abuse between 1950 and 1974, has since died. Vatican correspondent David Willey outlines the latest allegations to plague the Vatican, and Sir Ken Macdonald, former director of public prosecutions between 2003 and 2008, examines how the Vatican has dealt with the scandals.

Three former Labour Cabinet ministers are under investigation over allegations of lobbying. Stephen Byers, Patricia Hewitt and Geoff Hoon were last week suspended from the party after being secretly filmed offering to exploit their government connections for money. Geoff Hoon, one of the suspended MPs, gives his first interview since his suspension, apologising unreservedly for "showing-off" to the undercover reporter.

276 British servicemen and one servicewoman have died in the campaign in Afghanistan so far, with many more seriously injured. The toll has made many ask whether the war is worth the cost in British lives, yet that is not a view necessarily shared by the Armed Forces themselves. Defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt spoke to members of the Light Dragoons who took part in last summer's Operation Panther's Claw, about CPS:LINK HREF="either url here" ID="8588811" STYLE="LINK_Inline">how they feel about the sacrifices that were made by their friends and colleagues.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The British Council is urging Universities to improve their treatment of overseas students who are often being treated as cash cows to plug the hole left by public spending cuts. The warning comes after a number of foreign students complained to the organisation about their experience at UK Universities. Martin Davidson, chief executive of the British Council, and Professor Colin Riordan, vice-chancellor of the University of Essex and Chair of Universities UK's International and European Policy Committee, debate Universities' approach to overseas students.

Business news with Tanya Beckett.

Immigration has become a major issue for voters but many election candidates will be concerned about the dangers of turning it into a divisive issue. It is predicted that immigrants will be the majority in eight of London's 32 boroughs by 2026. Robert Anderson, Labour Councillor and leader of Slough Borough Council, and Dr Louise Ryan, a reader in migration at Middlesex University, consider how national and local governments should plan for changes to the make-up of communities.

Philosopher Baroness Warnock has suggested that schools should pursue radical change in order to make the best of an Age of Austerity. The peer made the recommendations in the new education journal, Questa. Baroness Warnock explains what changes should be made to the education system.

The number of bees in the UK is declining at an alarming rate, yet there are few explanations. The invertebrate charity, Buglife, have suggested that the decline in native and wildflower rich grassland could be a cause. Environment correspondent Sarah Mukherjee reports from the Hartslock Nature reserve in South Oxfordshire.


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