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The government is planning to close one in four magistrates and county courts across England and Wales to save at least £80m. The United States government is suing BP and eight other companies for their part in the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. And is it fair to compare the acting of Lord Olivier and Dame Judi Dench?

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Business news with Lesley Curwen: Investment manager James Bevan analyses the consequences of US legal action against BP over the damage caused by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Patrick Armstrong from Distinction Asset Management talks about the impact of the eurozone trouble on the EU political structure. And economist Sarah Hewin examines the reasons for Spain's bond auction later today.

The Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer is setting out new guidance for England and Wales where alleged rape victims are accused of perverting the course of justice. He outlines the proposals.

How does the EU organise a safety net for the eurozone? Gavin Hewitt reports from the European leaders meeting in Brussels for a two-day summit to discuss the financial trouble in Europe.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

The Foreign Office says it is investigating claims that two white British men were killed during a drone attack in Pakistan. Correspondent Aleem Maqbool reports.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Bob Ainsworth MP, a former Home Office drugs minister, will call for the decriminalisation of all drugs in a Westminster Hall debate today. He outlines his ideas on the issue. And home editor Mark Easton analyses the political response to this drug strategy.

Paper review.

Piers Morgan is taking over from the veteran broadcaster Larry King on CNN. He describes his plans for the US nightly-interview show.

Thought for the Day with the Reverend Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James Piccadilly.

The government is promising that the detention of children whose families are awaiting deportation will end by next May. Martin Narey of the charity Barnardos analyses the changes in the government's deportation policy.

The government is planning to close one-in-four Magistrates' and County Courts across England and Wales. Mark Hutchings reports from Barry Magistrates Court in Wales, one of the many earmarked for closure. And John Thornhill of the Magistrates' Association examines the possible effect of the closures on local justice.

Peer reviewing is not all serious stuff. Science Correspondent Tom Feilden describes some of the cheerful comments made by scientific papers reviewers. Chief editor of Nature Protocols, Chris Surridge and neuroscience professor Colin Blakemore discuss the witty side of peer reviews.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The coalition plans to replace old power stations, decarbonise the electricity sector and invest in green energy, all of which will raise the cost of electricity. The Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne outlines the government's plans.

Author Bill Bryson, chairman of the Campaign for the Preservation of Rural England, has warned that Britain's litter problem is getting worse. He explains what the government can do to clean up the UK.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

Two Britons have been killed in a drone attack in Pakistan, according to unconfirmed reports. Correspondent Gordon Correra describes the increased number of drone attacks in the country.

Dame Judi Dench has beaten Laurence Olivier in a ranking of the greatest stage actors of all time. Actor Toby Jones and theatre director Sir Richard Eyre discuss the acting achievements of British performers.

Should some drugs in the UK be legalised? Former Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire, Tom Lloyd and writer Peter Hitchens discuss Bob Ainsworth's suggestion to decriminalise all drugs and potentially legalise some of them.



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