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Today: Thursday 15th April

Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg are preparing to confront each other in the first Prime Ministerial Debate tonight. The number of people killed by the Chinese earthquake has risen to more than six-hundred. And the former minister Hazel Blears talks on how the politicians can win back the British public.

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Flights in and out the UK are facing "significant disruption" because of a large cloud of volcanic ash being blown towards the country from Iceland. The BBC's Louse Hubball explains the extent of the problem.

Researchers in Newcastle have created embryos containing DNA from one man and two women. John Harris from University of Manchester explains how this could prevent damaged DNA from being passed on by the mother.

The business news with Adam Shaw.

How has the Home Office policy of dispersing refugees and asylum seekers across the country affected the town of Wigan? Today reporter Andrew Hosken has been to the town to see what effects the policy has had on the area and on local voting intentions.

There is considerable disruption to UK airports this morning as a result of ash coming from a volcano in Iceland. Russell Craig updates us on the situation at Manchester Airport.

The Green Party publishes its manifesto today. Its leader Caroline Lucas explains its essential points.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The first ever TV debate between the leaders of the main parties will be broadcast on ITV tonight. Former Conservative MP Tim Collins and Sir Robert Worcester, founder of polling and research organisation MORI, discuss the impact of media on this general election.

The paper review.

Thought for the day with Professor Mona Siddiqui, University of Glasgow.

BBC correspondent Hilary Andersson reports from a new prison complex on the Bagram air base in Afghanistan.

How far is distrust and disdain affecting the public reaction to the election campaign? David Cowling, the editor of the BBC's political research unit, Labour's Hazel Blears and the Conservative Sir George Young examine the issue of public trust in the political process.

BBC reporter Louise Hubball gives an update on flight disruptions around the UK due to volcanic ash being blown in from Iceland.

Artistic director of the Bath Philharmonia Jason Thornton describes the brutal history of castrato singers.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Political history will be made when Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg take part in Britain's first ever Prime Ministerial debate. BBC political editor Nick Robinson outlines what is expected to happen tonight.

The former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey is among church leaders who want senior judges to step aside from cases in which Churches are accused of discrimination. Barrister Dinah Rose and Andrea Williams of the Christian Legal Centre discuss the case's implications.

How important is the constituency of Truro and Falmouth in the wider picture of the general election? Kevin Connolly reports from Cornwall.

The business news with Adam Shaw.

Will the political TV debate wake everyone up to pay attention to the election? Broadcaster and journalist Michael Cockerell and Mary Beard of University of Cambridge discuss why the public might not be fully concentrating on politics.

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