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Today: Thursday 27th May

Detectives are continuing to question a 40-year-old student arrested over the murders of three women in Bradford. And the Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, has condemned Britain's welfare system as "bust".

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The government will today set out its plans for a "root and branch reform" of Britain's welfare system, which it says is "bust". The priority is to get people on long-term benefits back into work. Shadow work and pensions secretary Yvette Cooper defends Labour's policy on welfare reform.

After widespread criticism and an online petition, the social networking site, Facebook, has changed its privacy settings for all its users starting from 26 May. It says the changes will make it easier and simpler to keep information private. Richard Allen, Facebook's director of EU Policy, describes the changes.

The business news with Adam Shaw.

It's 30 years since Pink Floyd released The Wall, which remains one of the most biggest-selling albums of all time. To mark the anniversary, the man who wrote it, Roger Waters, is taking the it on the road once more, with live performances in America and Europe. Roger Waters told arts correspondent Rebecca Jones. about the album and tour.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

BP says its operation to pump mud into a breached Gulf of Mexico oil well to try to stem the flow of oil caused by a rig explosion is going to plan. The US government is backing the "top kill" procedure, which has never been tried at such a depth. North America editor Mark Mardell and Jason Kenney of ING Financial Markets discuss the wider impact of the huge oil leak on UK companies.

The former shadow home secretary, David Davis, has criticised a rise in capital gains tax proposed by David Cameron's government. There's been speculation that the tax on profits from some asset sales - such as shares and second homes - could go up from 18% to 40%. Mr Davis outlines his concerns at the proposals. 0740
The paper review.

A fleet of "Little Ships" which rescued Allied troops from Dunkirk in 1940 are to set sail from the South Coast to mark the 70th anniversary of the evacuation. Correspondent Jon Kay reports from Ramsgate where some of those boats are gathered for the commemoration.

Thought for the day with the the writer Rhidian Brook.

A 40-year-old man, thought to be a Phd criminology student, is being questioned about the murders of three female sex workers in Bradford. The man in custody - believed to be Stephen Griffiths - was arrested on suspicion of killing Suzanne Blamires, 36, who was last seen on Friday. Local councillor Qasim Khan and Niki Adams, spokesperson for the English Collective of Prostitutes, discuss the impact of the three womens' deaths.

This week David Cameron's coalition government unveiled its plans for tackling the budget deficit in the first Queen's speech since taking office. In his first Today programme interview as Prime Minister, Mr Cameron discusses the government's economic proposals and reflects on his relationship with his Liberal Democrat coalition partners.

Sports news with Garry Richardson featuring David Cameron's racing tips.

The former Chief Inspector of Prisons Lord Ramsbotham has attacked the previous government's record on prisons, describing it as a "knee-jerk approach" to criminal justice. Lord Ramsbotham, and shadow home office minister David Hanson, debate the effectiveness of the former Labour government's prison policies.

The business news with Adam Shaw.

The Brazilian economy is fast becoming one of the most confident players in the world, growing by an average 5% a year. Correspondent Matt Frei went to Rio de Janeiro to find out what is making the country so successful.

A manuscript of author Mark Twain's autobiography is to be published this year, 100 years after his death, as requested by the author prior to his death. Twain made the request to enable the work to be as frank and accurate as possible. Robert Hirst, general editor at the Mark Twain Project at the University of California, Berkeley, examines the author's life and works.

What makes a hero? The latest Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is published today and will, for the first time, include civilian heroes. The dictionary's editor Dr Lawrence Goldman, and philosopher Julian Baggini, examine how the concept of "hero'' has evolved over time.



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