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Today: Wednesday 23rd February

The United Nations Security Council has condemned the violent suppression of protests in Libya. And at least 75 people are now known to have died in the devastating earthquake which struck the city of Christchurch in New Zealand.

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Business news with Adam Shaw.

The UK government is making plans to charter a plane to Libya to help stranded Britons return home, Foreign Secretary William Hague has said. The BBC's Jon Leyne reports from Libya and Razia, a teacher who managed to escape the country, describes the situation.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key declares a national state of emergency as the death toll from Tuesday's earthquake in Christchurch rises to 75. Nick Bryant reports.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The government is to provide more than £100m of extra money to local councils in England to deal with potholes. President of the AA Edmund King and Transport Secretary Philip Hammond discuss the concerns about how the overall road maintenance budget is being cut.

Sports news with Russell Fuller.

How can you tell if your child is allergic to certain foods? A new study suggests many parents think their child has an allergy when they often do not. Alison Berthelson, whose 10-year-old son is severely allergic to nuts and Dr Adam Fox of Guy's and St Thomas's Hospital discuss the new guidance being published on how to diagnose allergies.

Paper review.

Luise Rainer is part of cinema history. At the age of 101 she is the oldest living Academy Award winner. Entertainment reporter Colin Patterson spoke to the actress over afternoon tea.

Thought for the Day with Professor Mona Siddiqui.

From April, all divorcing couples will be asked to consider a mediation assessment under plans being published today. The couple will not be allowed to go to court unless they have both sat down with a trained mediator. Sir Mark Potter, the former president of the Family Division, examines the impact of a consultation on legal aid for divorce cases.

Colonel Gaddafi has urged his supporters to attack the "cockroaches" and "rats" protesting against his rule. Anyone who took up arms against Libya would be executed, he warned. But the regime "is down to a real inner core", reports Jon Leyne, as senior generals turn against the leadership. Former foreign secretary Lord Owen, and former UN diplomat Sir Jeremy Greenstock discuss the international community response.

A British oil worker, stranded in the middle of the Libyan desert with some 300 others, has said the UK government is ignoring their desperate pleas for rescue. James Coyle told the Today programme how water is running low in the camp, their means of transport have been looted and they have no means of protecting themselves from armed locals.

What makes a sportsman or woman heroic? Sport history is littered with inspiring figures from those who show bravery on the field of play to the morally brave who publicly stood up for human rights and fought prejudice. Max Davidson, author of Fields of Courage: the Bravest Chapters in Sport and retired athlete Derek Redmond discuss heroism in sport.

Sports news with Russell Fuller.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has declared a national state of emergency as the death toll from Tuesday's earthquake in Christchurch rose to 75. British high commissioner to New Zealand Vicki Treadwell, discusses the possibility of UK casualties.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Divorcing couples are to be forced to consider the option of mediation before they go to court but they won't be compelled to use it under new guidelines. Justice minister Jonathan Djanogly assesses the proposed changes.

For eight straight days in the US state of Wisconsin, thousands of workers, mostly from the public sector, have been marching and demonstrating around the state legislature. Jonny Dymond reports.

A new dinosaur has been discovered which has earned the nickname "thunder thighs" because of it's huge muscular legs. Dr Mike Taylor from the Earth Sciences department at UCL explains the finding.

The Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi last night delivered a defiant speech in which he refused to stand down declaring "I cannot leave my country. I will die a martyr." Libya expert John Hamilton and author, historian and Times columnist Ben Macintyre discuss Gaddafi's character.



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