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Today: Monday 29th March

Moscow emergency officials and Russian news agencies say two explosions have hit the city's subway system, killing at least 25 people. The Conservatives are to announce that they are going to reduce a planned future rise in NI contributions. And is digital radio still the future?

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At least 34 people have been killed by two explosions which hit the Moscow Metro system during the morning rush hour, Russian officials have said. Moscow chief prosecutor Stanislav Aksyonov,
describes how the bombs went off.

A senior government drugs adviser has resigned just hours ahead of an expected decision by the Home Secretary to outlaw the so-called "legal high" mephedrone. Dr Polly Taylor, a member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs says she lacks confidence in the way that government will treat its expert advice. The Liberal Democrats' science spokesman Dr Evan Harris analyses Dr Taylor's departure.

This weekend's opinion polls show a slight widening of the Conservative lead over Labour. Professor of Politics at the Strathclyde University John Curtice explains what we are to make of the polls as we enter the last week before the election campaign is expected to begin.

The business news with Adam Shaw.

A cross-party committee of MPs has criticised two central planks of the government's approach to making safe the banking system, in the wake of a banking crisis that, in the UK at least, is the worst since 1914. Business editor Robert Peston discusses how MPs on the committee have urged ministers to ensure that taxpayers will not have to pick up the bill for future bail-outs.

The Metropolitan Police has a special unit for dealing with trafficking in people, often children used in prostitution, from poorer countries, which is being closed down in a couple of days. Director of the charity End Child Prostitution and Trafficking Christine Beddoe outlines her view that it is unclear what long-term commitment the Met has to eradicating human trafficking.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The leader of the secular alliance that narrowly won Iraq's parliamentary election has offered to work with all parties to form a coalition government. Iyad Allawi said his Iraqiya bloc would start by talking with the rival State of Law alliance of Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, which it beat by two seats. Correspondent Andrew North reports on how Mr Maliki has refused to accept the result and said he would challenge the count through the courts.

The paper review.

The government could face a public backlash over its plans to switch national radio stations over to digital transmission, according to a report. The House of Lords Communications Committee says there is 'public confusion and industry uncertainty' over the plans, and people are still buying analogue radios which will be out of date in a few years' time. Founding Director of Digital Radio UK Andrew Harrison and the Guardian's computer editor Jack Schofield debate whether more advice should be given to retailers and consumers.

A Shanghai court has found four employees of the mining giant Rio Tinto guilty of bribery and passing commercial secrets. The case is seen as a barometer of China's treatment of foreign business in a time of rising trade friction. Correspondent Damian Gramaticus . reports on the background to the trial

Thought for the day with Reverend Roy Jenkins, a Baptist minister.

The Tories are to announce plans to block some of next year's planned National Insurance rises - and say how they will pay for the lost billions. Shadow chancellor George Osborne will pledge to scrap the 1% rise for those earning more than £20,000, while still charging top earners. Political editor Nick Robinson and Economics editor Stephanie Flanders discuss how this could be a tax cut for millions of ordinary people.

At least 37 people have been killed after two female suicide bombers blew themselves up on Moscow Metro trains in the morning rush hour, officials say. Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports on the attacks and Konstantin Kosachev, chair of the Russian Duma Foreign Affairs Committee, gives his reaction to the attacks.

The Home Secretary as planning to announce this morning that the drug mephedrone would no longer be legal. But one of the members of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs has resigned, which could scupper the plans. Head of drug legislation at the Home Office, Jeremy Sare, and drugs counsellor and recovering addict Sarah Graham debate whether it would be right to outlaw it immediately, or should it instead be placed in a new category.

In 2009 Tony Judt was awarded a special Orwell Prize for Lifetime Achievement for his contribution to British political writing. Well he has made a further contribution, a remarkable one given that he is completely immobilised by Lou Gehrig's disease. Justin Webb asks Tony how we might rediscover the sense of community which he says we have lost.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Delegates at a teacher's union conference are being urged to back a motion for parents of disruptive pupils to lose part of their benefits. General Secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers Mary Bousted and co-founder of the Mumsnet website Carrie Longton discuss whether parents should teach their children how to behave in school.

In Mongolia they're used to it being cold, but not this cold. The weather has been so extreme aid agencies are predicting disaster for many people and the Red Cross Red Crescent is launching an emergency appeal. Correspondent Chris Hogg reports from where he has travelled to the worst affected part of the country, an area called Uvurkhangai where almost a million animals have died.

The business news with Adam Shaw.

The paper review.

The prospects for peace in the Middle East look bleaker than ever, but will the tiny country of Lebanon be where the next big war kicks off? That's the view of veteran correspondent David Hirst who has lived in Beirut for 50 years and argues as much in a new book Beware of Small States. Mr Hirst and the Times's foreign editor Richard Beeston debate whether war in Lebanon is on the cards.

Analyst at the Russia programme at Chatham House James Nixey outlines the possible factors behind two explosions on the Moscow underground train service which have left dozens of people dead.

This weekend's opinion polls show a slight widening of the Conservative lead over Labour. Yet the budget does not seem to have altered the state of play significantly. Columnist of the Sunday Telegraph Matthew D'Ancona and Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee debate what we are to make of the pre-campaign before the real thing begins.



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