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Today: Friday 9th April

The Conservatives have denied claims that up to 40,000 public sector jobs could be lost as part of their planned spending cuts. And thousands of supporters of the murdered South African extremist, Eugene Terreblanche, are expected to attend his funeral today.

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The Irish economy was one of the worst hit by the global financial crisis. Economic editor Stephanie Flanders spoke to the Irish finance minister Brian Lenihan about his government's efforts to rebuild the Irish economy.

The Conservatives have laid out their plans to make £12bn worth of cuts in efficiency savings. The party's adviser Sir Peter Gershon detailed the plans in an article for the Financial Times today. Colin Talbot, professor of public management at the Manchester Business School, analyses how the cuts will be made.

The business news with Nick Cosgrove.

The funeral of the infamous white supremacist leader, Eugene Terreblanche, is taking place today with thousands of his supporters expected to attend. Correspondent Jonah Fisher reports from South Africa.

The Tories have unveiled their plans for a voluntary national citizen service to help young people at risk of drifting into crime. Under the proposal all 16 year-olds would be able to join a two-month summer residential scheme with outdoor activities and community work. Reporter Sanchia Berg investigates whether the youth scheme appeals to inner city teenagers.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Northern Ireland has seen more changes than any other part of the UK since Labour first came to power 13 years ago. But despite the peace and prosperity that has been created through power sharing and devolution, the political landscape remains largely unchanged. 25 years after first reporting from Belfast, Kevin Connolly investigates whether old divisions have broken down.

US president Barack Obama has warned that tough new sanctions could be imposed on Iran this spring over its controversial nuclear programme. Mr Obama made the comments after signing the nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev yesterday. US Ambassador to London, Louis Susman, outlines Mr Obama's policy towards Iran.

The paper review.

Major banks are still hiding the amount of risk they are taking on by temporarily lowering the amount they borrow, according to figures from the New York Federal Reserve. Business editor Robert Peston explains how banks' actions are affecting markets.

Thought for the day with John Bell of the Iona Community.

The godfather of punk and creator of the Sex Pistols, Malcolm McLaren, has died at the age of 64. The influential visionary made a huge impact on both music and punk fashion of the 1970s. Film maker Julien Temple, who directed two films about the Sex Pistols, reflects on McLaren's life and career.

The Conservatives have been battling with Labour over the best economic policies to take the UK out of the recession, pledging not to raise National Insurance in order to fund their spending plans. In the last of our leader interviews, David Cameron outlines his party's policies.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The President of the European Central Bank, Jean Claude Trichet, is attempting to reassure the financial markets after the Greek government's cost of borrowing rose to a record high yesterday, causing a sharp fall in the bank shares of other European countries. Simon Johnson, a former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, examines how Greece's financial woes could play out.

As the parties prepare their fourth day of the election campaign, political editor Nick Robinson assesses their performance so far.

The business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Thousands of supporters of the South African white supremacist leader Eugene Terreblanche are expected to attend his funeral today. Helen Zille, leader of the opposition Democratic Alliance, comments on how South Africans have reacted to Mr Terreblanche's death.

The prestigious drama schools Rada and Lamda, famed for producing some of the best actors and actresses in showbiz, are extending their training credentials to teaching politicians and business people how to improve their public performance skills. Author Pauline Melville, who has been writing about the new trend, reflects on how political speaking is a performing art.

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