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Today: Saturday 26th February

The United States says it is blocking property and financial transactions related to Gaddafi's regime in Libya. And authorities in New Zealand say a third of the buildings in the centre of Christchurch may have to be demolished as a result of the earthquake there.

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HMS Cumberland has docked in Malta this morning with more British people fleeing the violence in Libya. After days of delays and criticism, is the British government's response finally up to scratch? The BBC's Gavin Hewitt reports from Malta.

There may be interesting changes in the British aid budget. The BBC has learnt that the UK's contribution to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation might be cut. The BBC's David Loyn explains.

Paper review.

Around 150 assaults happen every day on health care staff in England, many in A&E departments. Now there are plans to cut that as three hospitals are taking part in a year-long project commissioned by the Department of Health. Matt Hunter, the Design Council's chief design officer discusses the project aimed at reducing violence and aggression.

Libya's second city, Benghazi that has witnessed some of the worst violence has undergone a remarkable transformation. Gaddafi's troops are gone and opposition forces are now in control. The BBC's John Leyne has been watching the transfer of power.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

David Cameron's speech on opening up public services for bidding by private and voluntary sector providers has prompted fresh debate about public service reform. Gavin Poole, executive director of the Centre for Social Justice and Rick Muir of the Institute for Public Policy Research discuss if the government's proposed changes mark a new era in public policy.

Paper review.

Officials in New Zealand have warned that a third of the buildings in Christchurch's city centre need to be demolished following Tuesday's earthquake. Rescue teams are still working through the rubble and the death toll has risen to 144. New Zealand writer Witi Ihimaera considers the effect this tragedy is having on his country.

Thought for the Day with the Reverend Joel Edwards.

There has been heavy fighting in Libya's third biggest city Misurata. Rebels took the city this week but now a squadron of tanks with heavy guns apparently headed by Khamsi Gaddafi, one of the Libyan leader's sons, is attempting to retake the city. The BBC's Andrew Hosken reports.

After five months of evidence in the 7/7 inquest, this week's hearing, dominated by the evidence of the MI5 agent known only as Witness G, has been the most significant for bereaved families. The BBC's June Kelly reports on the evidence heard from the MI5 agent. And Graham Foulkes, whose son died when Siddique Khan blew himself up at Edgware Road, gives his reaction.

A Royal Navy frigate, carrying around 200 evacuees from Libya - including 60 British nationals, has arrived in Malta. The BBC's Gavin Lee has been speaking to the captain of HMS Cumberland, Steve Dainton.

The Victorian neo-gothic masterpiece, the Midland Grand Hotel at St Pancras has been renovated at a cost of £200m and will reopen next month. The BBC's Tom Bateman has been allowed in for a sneak preview.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The BBC's Kevin Connolly reports from Tripoli as the Gaddafi regime hangs onto power apparently against the odds. Lord West, the last government's security minister and Charles Crawford, former ambassador in Sarajevo, Belgrade and Poland examine the criticism of the government's operation to evacuate British people from Libya.

Paper review.

Should you correct grammar before you re-tweet on Twitter? That sparked huge debate on Twitter yesterday, when we @r4today re-tweeted something in response to an item on the programme. Actor, writer, comedian and tweeter David Schneider explains whether correct grammar on Twitter really matters.

Votes will be counted in the Irish general election this morning after a campaign suggested that the opposition Fine Gael party is likely to come first. The BBC's correspondent Chris Buckler, who has been covering the election gives us the first indication of what the voters may have decided.

A new work on Russian history spanning the period from the Russian revolution to the end of the Cold War is being billed as "the first account of politics and decision making at the highest levels of Soviet power". Professors Jonathan Haslam and Timothy Garton-Ash debate if this new research will help us deal with current and future conflicts.

The signs are that Gaddafi's 42 years in power in Libya may be coming to an end. Riccardo Orizio, author of Talk to the Devil, for which he interviewed many fallen dictators in exile, from Idi Amin to Mengistu, will help us deal with current and future conflicts describes how he has spoken at length to Col Gaddafi.



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