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Today: Thursday 24th February

The first emergency evacuation flight for British nationals stranded in Libya has taken off from Tripoli - Foreign Secretary William Hague responds to criticisms of the rescue mission. And police in New Zealand say there may be as many as 120 bodies in the ruins of one building that collapsed in Tuesday's earthquake.

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Business news with Adam Shaw.

Thousands of anti-government supporters in the east of Libya have been celebrating what they call their freedom, as Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi battles to keep control of the west of the country. Guardian correspondent Martin Chulov and Omar Amer, part of Shabab Libya, a Libyan Youth Movement, discuss the current situation in the country.

Frantic efforts continue in Christchurch to rescue people after Tuesday's earthquake. British rescue worker Peter Crook has arrived in Christchurch and describes the delicate operation.

Business with Adam Shaw.

The US federal government could be facing a shut-down in a matter of days if Congress does not vote in a new budget - including $60bn of cuts demanded by Republicans. In the second of three pieces looking at the US military, North America Editor Mark Mardell considers the shifting alliance of the Pentagon, big business and politicians.

Sports news with Russell Fuller.

An unemployment rate of 20% among young people could become the norm, according to research from the think tank Demos. Michelle Stannard explains how she took an NVQ course in photography four years ago hoping that it would help her to get a job. And Dr Matt Grist, senior researcher at Demos, discusses the findings.

Paper review.

The British government is facing criticism over the time taken to muster two planes to rescue British citizens from Libya. Brian Richards, a British oil worker who is in Warsaw explains why he caught a Polish plane out of Libya. And the security correspondent Frank Gardner describes how the SAS may be involved in the British rescue.

Thought for the Day with Anne Atkins, novelist and columnist.

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) have released their results for last year, reporting an attributable loss of £1.125bn. RBS chief executive Stephen Hester discusses the fortunes of the bank, which is 84% owned by the UK taxpayer.

Will British nationals be rescued from Libya as the situation becomes increasingly tense? Reporter Tom Bateman has been speaking to British workers stranded in Libya and their relatives in the UK. And Foreign Secretary William Hague explains the government's emergency evacuation procedures.

Writer John le Carre has offered his entire literary archive to the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Arts editor Will Gompertz reports.

Sports news with Russell Fuller.

Who knows how long Colonel Gaddafi can hang on to any kind of power in Libya or how the extraordinary uprising there will end? At the moment, facts are hard to come by and the situation in the capital Tripoli is unclear. The BBC's Jim Muir reports on the latest situation at the Libya-Tunisia border.

Yesterday the Today Programme talked to oil worker James Coyle, who is stuck in a desert camp in Libya with hundreds of others, surrounded by armed lawless mobs and desperate to leave the country. James Coyle's boss Gavin de Salis, chairman of OPS International, outlines the company's response to the difficult situation faced by its employees.

Most people with "locked-in syndrome" - a condition where someone is aware of their surroundings but unable to move or speak - are happy, according to a survey published in the online journal BMJ Open. Reporter Zubeida Malik talked to Tony Nicklinson, who has the condition, and his wife, who together have started legal proceedings seeking clarification of the law on so-called mercy killings.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The first charter flight bringing UK citizens from Libya landed at Gatwick earlier today. Among the passengers was an Irish academic, Professor Helena Shaeehan, who describes her experiences during the past days.

Is David Cameron about to face a foreign policy moment that will define his career? Times columnist Danny Finkelstein and Mark Leonard, director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, debate if the reaction to unexpected events apart from domestic policy go a long way to defining a premiership.



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