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Today: Wednesday 31st March

The benefits of breast cancer screening outweigh the risks of unnecessary treatment, a study of 80,000 women has concluded. Pay TV provider BSkyB will have to offer its premium film and sports channels at a regulated wholesale price to its competitors. And which is better, traditional big-top circuses or their modern counterparts?

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The outcome of a report into the leaked emails scandal at the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia is to be published today, calling for the climate science community to become more transparent. The leaked emails allegedly showed data manipulation in an attempt to exaggerate climate change claims. Phil Willis, the committee's chair explains its recommendations for climate change research.

The opposition party in Burma, the National League for Democracy, has announced it will not be taking part in elections due later this year. The party won the last election 20 years ago but the results were ignored and the party have been persecuted ever since. Asia correspondent Alastair Leithead reports from Burma.

The business news with Adam Shaw.

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has produced a report detailing ways in which police in England and Wales can work more efficiently, save money and keep more officers on front line duties instead of doing paperwork. John Cridland, deputy director general of the CBI, and Simon Reed, vice chairman of the Police Federation, examine whether the recommendations could improve police working.

Natural disasters could be predicted by studying the breeding habits of the common toad, new research has found. Five days before an earthquake hit L'Aquila in Italy, 2009, 96% of male toads abandoned a breeding site 46 miles from the quake's epicentre. Rachel Grant, researcher from the Open University who made the observations, describes the findings.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

As the election battle begins, the political parties have already started trading blows over the nitty gritty of policies and the personal qualities of their leaders, but little has been said about the ideas and visions for the country's future. Political editor Nick Robinson has been compiling a series of reports in the build up to the election. In the first of the series, he examines how each of the main parties might change the school system.

The paper review.

The first Blue Plaque commemorating a secret agent is to be unveiled today. Wing Commander F.F.E. Yeo-Thomas, better known by his codename, White Rabbit, was the most highly-decorated secret agent of the Second World War. The plaque will be unveiled by his niece Carol Green at his home in Camden. Historian Mark Seaman, author of Bravest of the Brave, reflects on the secret agent's life.

300 people have been rescued from vehicles including a school bus after becoming stuck in snow near Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Chief Inspector Stephen Cargin of the Northern Ireland police service describes the extreme weather.

Thought for the day with Padre Mark Christian, Senior Chaplain of 11 Light Brigade.

Pay TV provider BSkyB is being forced to offer its sports channels at a regulated wholesale price to its competitors by the media and communications regulator Ofcom. Business editor Robert Peston outlines competition rules, and David Chance, chairman of Top Up TV and former deputy managing director at BSkyB, considers how the new changes will affect viewers.

A new study of breast cancer screening has found that the procedure saves the lives of two women for every one who is over-diagnosed. Some scientists have criticised the screening for picking up too many cancers which are not life-threatening, leading to unnecessary treatment.

Which is best, the old style big-top circus or the new avant garde showcase? The Roundhouse in Camden, London, is challenging the traditional boundaries of circus in a new performance, Circus Fest. Leila Jones, the Roundhouse's circus producer, and Circus Maximus's Gerry Cottle, debate the traditional and modern circus experience.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

As the prospect of a hung parliament draws closer, the Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru Welsh are holding a joint press conference today to outline their position. SNP leader Alex Salmond outlines his party's electoral ambitions.

A convicted rapist due for deportation has won a battle at the High Court that will allow him to get married - and stay in the UK. Alphonse Semo was convicted of attacking a woman in south London and then throwing her onto a rubbish tip in 2002. After he was released in 2007, he was detained - but by marrying his fiancee - a Congolese refugee who is now a German citizen - he would be able to stay. Immigration minister Phil Woolas gives the government's reaction.

The business news with Adam Shaw.

The Commons' Science and Technology Committee today publishes its report on the disclosure of climate data from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia (UEA). The committee calls for the climate science community to become more transparent by publishing raw data and detailed methodologies. Professor Edward Acton, UEA's vice chancellor, and Lord Lawson, chair of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, consider whether climate science can become more open.

Several children have been injured, some seriously, in a coach crash in South Lanarkshire. They were part of a group going to Alton Towers. Our correspondent Colin Blane is in Glasgow and has the latest.

Are food corporations conditioning our brains to make us keep eating? David Kessler, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration and author of The End of Overeating, explains how food companies are influencing our eating habits.


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