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Today: Thursday 20th May

International investigators say they have overwhelming evidence that a South Korean warship was sunk by a North Korean submarine. And the full details of the coalition deal struck between the Tories and the Lib Dems are to be published today.

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Tory MPs are to vote on reforms to open up the party's powerful backbench committee to ministers. The plans have angered some MPs who oppose the changes. Peter Bone, Conservative MP for Wellingborough and Rushden, gives his view on what the changes would mean for the party.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that the future of the euro is in turmoil. Reuters' finance blogger Felix Salmon presents his quirky take on the possible fate of Europe's single currency.

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Patients are to be given the opportunity to discuss in advance what treatment and care they want towards the end of their life under new guidance by the General Medical Council. Lady Christine Eames, chair of the GMC working group on End of Life Decision, and Dr John Jenkins, a member of the GMC Council and consultant paediatrician at Antrim Hospital, consider how the new guidelines will affect patient care.
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A small circular loo for bus drivers is among winners of the Royal Institute of British Architects' (Riba) awards announced today. 102 buildings received recognition including several education buildings and cultural institutions. Riba's president, Ruth Reed, describes the best contenders and the current state of British architecture.

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The business news with Adam Shaw.

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Sports news with Garry Richardson.

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North Korea is responsible for the sinking of a South Korean ship earlier this year, an investigation has found. North Korea had previously denied any involvement in the incident which killed 46 sailors. Correspondent John Sudworth reports on how South Koreans have reacted to the allegation.

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David Cameron is to meet with his European counterparts this week. The visit comes as the euro faces its most serious crisis since it was introduced in 1999. Charles Grant, director for the Centre for European Reform, and Europe minister David Lidington examine Mr Cameron's likely relationship with other EU governments.
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The paper review.

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Did you know that both cricket and baseball began in England? A new exhibition details the development of the two sports and how they came to diverge so far from their English roots. Reporter Andrew Hosken took a look at the exhibition at Lord's cricket ground.

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Thought for the day with the writer Rhidian Brook.

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Labour MP Diane Abbott is to announce that she will stand as a candidate in the Labour leadership contest. Last night former health secretary Andy Burnham also launched his bid. Ms Abbott outlines why she is running for the post.
CLARIFICATION: In her interview, Ms Abbott suggested that leadership contender John McDonnell MP had conceded that he was unable to win the 33 votes required to be nominated. The Today programme would like to clarify that John McDonnell MP is still a contender and has not conceded.

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Yesterday the German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave a dire warning about the future of single European currency, and pushed for tougher regulation of financial markets and strict penalties for EU countries that run high debts. Economics editor Stephanie Flanders analyses the euro's mounting problems and the former Chancellor Alistair Darling outlines the challenges faced by the eurozone economies.

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The mother of two children found dead in a Spanish hotel room is still being questioned by police. Liane Smith's two children were discovered in the resort town of Lloret de Mar. Her husband is facing unrelated child sex abuse charges in Carlisle. Sarah Rainsford reports from Lloret de Mar.

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Pablo Picasso is generally regarded as the greatest artist of the 20th century. But it's his political beliefs which are the subject of a new exhibition, Picasso: Peace and Freedom, opening at Tate Liverpool tomorrow. Our arts correspondent Rebecca Jones reports from Liverpool.

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Sports news with Garry Richardson.

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North Korea is denying that is fired a tornado at a South Korean ship, killing 46 sailors on board, despite new evidence reveals that North Korea caused the sinking. South Korea's vice-minister of foreign affairs and trade, Chun Yung-woo, comments on his country's reaction to the evidence.

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Thailand's authorities have put the capital Bangkok under curfew after red-shirt protest leaders surrendered to troops storming their barricades. Alastair Leithead reports from Bangkok.

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The business news with Adam Shaw.

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What are the sorts of moral decisions that soldiers and civilians take in warfare? A new book, Moral Combat, confronts us with the ethical questions millions of people faced in their everyday lives during the Second World War, and details the moral difference between the warring parties. The book's author and historian Professor Michael Burleigh, and former Grenadier Guards officer Patrick Hennessey, discuss how the moral certainties of the Second World War compare to the conflict in Afghanistan.

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Scientists expect to find all the abnormal genes which cause cancer, within the next decade. Some of the leading research in this field is being undertaken by the Wellcome Trust's Sanger Institute, which is sequencing two genomes a day. The new director of the institute, Professor Mike Stratton, explains what genome research means for the treatment of life-threatening diseases.
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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has pitched for the biggest shake up to British politics since the Great Reform Act of 1832 and championing an era of new politics. General Secretary of the Fabian Society Sunder Katwala, and founder of political research body ResPublica, Philip Blond, examine what 'new politics' means.




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