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Today: Friday 25th February

President Obama has been talking to other world leaders about "quick action" to stop the violence in Libya. And the people of the Irish republic are voting in a general election that is being seen as a verdict on the way their politicians dealt with the banking crisis.

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Business news with Dominic Laurie.

US military personnel may be portrayed by their critics as unthinking killing machines, but in training their officers, the US puts a focus on teaching not just military strategy but critical thinking, history and philosophy. In the third of his reports on the US war machine, North America editor Mark Mardell investigates the US military's increasingly intellectual approach to warfare.

Should the UN act to prevent bloodshed in Libya? Edward Luck, special advisor to the UN secretary general, explains what the international community can do to prevent violence in the country.

More than three million voters in the Republic of Ireland are going to the polls in the country's general election. Correspondent Chris Buckler reports from Dublin.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

Raymond Davis, the man who is alleged to have killed two people in Lahore after they tried to rob him, is facing a court hearing to establish the facts of his case. The US claim Mr Davis has diplomatic immunity. The BBC's Aleem Maqbool explains the details of the case and former CIA officer Robert Baer reflects on the likely outcome.

Should computers replace pen and paper in all exams? Isabel Nisbet, outgoing chief the Ofqual qualifications watchdog, argues that GCSEs and A-levels will become "invalid" for digitally native pupils if writing materials are retained. She debates her proposal with Dr Sheila Lawlor, director of centre-right think-tank Politeia.

An ultimatum from protesters in Bahrain demanding political reforms lapsed last night. The BBC's Owen Bennett-Jones explains the risk of an escalation in their demonstrations.

Paper review.

Officials in New Zealand have released the first four names of the 113 confirmed victims of Tuesday's earthquake in the city of Christchurch. British rescue worker Peter Crook describes the devastation in the centre of the city.

Thought for the Day with the Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks.

How much red meat should you eat? The Department of Health is warning that the risk of bowel cancer increases with eating red meat and recommends people eat only 70g a day. Maureen Strong of English Beef and Lamb Executive and Dr Alison Tedstone, head of nutrition science at the Department of Health, discuss the health risks of eating too much red meat.

President Obama and David Cameron have promised a joint approach to the Libyan crisis after Colonel Gaddafi went on state TV to blame the unrest on al-Qaeda. World affairs editor John Simpson analyses the situation in the country, the BBC's Nahed Abou-Zeid and James Rubin, a former assistant secretary of state in the Clinton White House, give their analysis of the uprising.

The BBC Symphony orchestra is attempting to play one of the most difficult pieces of music by a radical British-born composer Brian Ferneyhough. One of his works is so complex it requires a score that is four feet thick. Arts Correspondent Rebecca Jones investigates whether the music of Brian Ferneyhough is the hardest ever written.

Sports news.

Lloyds Banking Group has returned to profit for the first time since it was bailed out by the government at the height of the financial crisis. It saw a pre-tax profit of £2.21bn, compared with a £6.3bn loss in 2009. Outgoing chief executive Eric Daniels discussed the figures with business editor Robert Peston.

Rather than "broken Britain", is the UK becoming an increasingly united country? Henry Hemming, author of Together: How Small Groups Achieve Great Things, and Julia Margo, deputy director of think tank Demos, debate evidence of a boom in national togetherness.

A last minute donation from the National Heritage Memorial Fund has saved the papers of the computing genius Alan Turing for the nation. Simon Greenish, director of Bletchley Park Trust, explains the importance of the documents.

Is Bahrain on a path to reform following recent pro-democracy protests? Bahraini foreign minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa discusses the ongoing political crisis in the gulf state.

Terrestrial TV channels will be allowed to have longer advert breaks - of up to 12 minutes per hour - in films and single episode dramas. Screenwriter Andrew Davies and Graham Hinton, chairman of advertisers Splash-London, discuss the move.



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