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Today: Tuesday 22nd February

At least 65 people have died in a powerful earthquake in the city of Christchurch in New Zealand. And the Libyan leader, Colonel Gaddafi, has made a brief appearance on television to insist he is staying in the country.

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The mayor of New Zealand's second-biggest city Christchurch said that as many as 200 people could still be trapped inside buildings wrecked by a strong earthquake. Simon Cobb gives his account of the Christchurch earthquake.

Colonel Gaddafi's security forces have reportedly fired on demonstrators from helicopters and warplanes. The BBC's Frank Gardner explains more about the situation in Libya. And Sir Richard Dalton, a former British ambassador to Libya, analyses the power structure and tribal situation in the country.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

An influential committee of MPs has found that billions of pounds of taxpayers' money has been wasted by the Ministry of Defence through cancelling or delaying major equipment programmes. Margaret Hodge, chair of the Public Accounts Committee, describes the problem.

Sports news with Russell Fuller.

Libyan diplomats at the UN have voiced their support for protesters and called for Colonel Gaddafi to step down. Libyan UN diplomat Adam Tarbah explains why he is no longer supporting the regime because he fears a "brutal" reaction to the protests.

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Finance ministers and central bank governors of the G20 nations met in Paris to try to redress the imbabalance in the world economy; inflationary growth, strong exports in China and fragile recovery in the west are just some of the challenges. Evan Davis talks to US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, about austerity versus growth and his reasons for not cutting the US budget.

Thought for the Day with Bishop Tom Butler.

The government publishes updated guidance to local authorities in England today which will make it clear that ethnicity and race should not be barriers to adoption. Derrick Campbell, chief executive of Race Equality in Sandwell, Wolverhampton and Ben Douglas, founder of the Fusion Academy of Performing Arts, who is black and was adopted into a white family, discuss the new guidelines.

The earthquake that hit Christchurch has been described as a "black day for a shaken city". Christchurch endured a big earthquake last September but was not prepared for this. John Hamilton, director of the National Civil Defence Centre and Jim Anderton, former deputy prime minister of New Zealand, outline the devastation.

The regime in Libya now seems to be fighting on multiple fronts, trying to put down the protests and fighting a bitter battle against a growing number of army units that have risen up against Colonel Gaddafi. London-based Libyan campaigner Anwar Swed told Today presenter James Naughtie that people were being shot on the streets of Tripoli whether they were protesting or not.

The Berlin Philharmonic is giving four concerts at London's Barbican and the Southbank Centre. It has been nearly 10 years since Sir Simon Rattle succeeded Claudio Abbado in charge of the orchestra. The BBC's Will Gompertz discovers if the British conductor now feels he has made the Berlin Phil his own.

Sports news with Russell Fuller.

Whether the war in Afghanistan is being won, or negotiated to a conclusion, the US troops are regarded at home as heroes. BBC North America editor Mark Mardell examines how popular attitudes to the military might constrain president Obama's foreign policy.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

It has only been a couple of months since Tunisia's ripples of dissent spread into a revolution that overthrew the president. Jim Muir reports from Tunis, which is now being run by a transitional government, but explains how the country's problems are far from over.

New research appears to show that in general you get better work if you do not just have bonuses in an industry, but also fines. Some have long thought that the problem with bankers is that they get bonuses if all goes well but never get punished if things go wrong. Dr Daniele Nosenzo at the School of Economics, University of Nottingham is co-author of the study.

What is in store for Libya? Muammar Gaddafi says he is not leaving the country. His son Saif says that they will fight to the "last bullet" and has warned of civil war. Rosemary Hollis, Professor of Middle East Policy Studies and Oliver Miles, former ambassador to Libya, discuss the international response to Libya's situation.



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