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Today: Tuesday 1st March

The Libyan leader, Colonel Gaddafi, has repeated his determination to cling onto power, declaring that his people love him. Also on the programme, new claims that paranormal activity is nothing more than our minds playing tricks.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: Jean-Philippe Ducart, a spokesman for Test-Aschats and the Association of British Insurers' Nick Starling on sexual equality, or inequality, over insurance and pensions. Lloyds' Alan Capper reflects on the market. And Ford's president Alan Mulally on why he will be at the world's biggest digital technology exhibition.

Colonel Gaddafi has given an interview to the BBC's middle east editor, Jeremy Bowen, in which he said there is no uprising in Libya. Jeremy Bowen is still in Tripoli and reflects on the interview.

The European Commission is to suggest big changes to fisheries policy today, including an end to over-fishing and the practise of millions of unwanted dead fish being thrown back into the sea. The EU's Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki outlines the proposals.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg will rule today on whether charging women lower car insurance premiums than men breaches rules on sex discrimination. Simon Douglas, director of AA Insurance, examines the issue and its potential impact.

During the recent unrest in the middle east many western journalists have been discreetly contacted by PR agencies acting for Arab leaders, trying to stem the flow of negative headlines. The BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse examines how the UK has become a global business centre for PR for autocratic regimes.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Britain's aid budget is rising significantly over the next few years, from a total of about £8bn this year it will grow to £11.5bn by the end of this parliament. Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell, who has been reviewing the budget, outlines his thoughts on aid spending while the World Development Movement's head of policy, Julian Oram, voices his fears.

The paper review.

In Tunisia and Egypt the overthrow of the old order was achieved with relative ease, but that is not the case in Libya. The nation is divided and it is unclear what the outcome of the uprising is going to be. The BBC's Frank Gardner gives a sense of what may happen in the coming days.

Thought for the Day with Bishop Tom Butler.

Eunice and Owen Johns have been foster parents and have provided a secure loving home to vulnerable children. But because they are Pentecostalists who believe that homosexuality is wrong, in a landmark ruling yesterday the High Court sided with the local authority view that these beliefs disqualify the Johns' from any future fostering. The Johns give their reaction to the equality laws.

Could some coalition of western countries find itself in the role of global policeman again? The creation of safe havens in north and south Iraq following the Gulf War, and intervention in countries from Somalia to Kosovo have seen military operations to protect local populations. Former prime minister Sir John Major outlines his views.

The case of Danny Fitzsimons, the security contractor jailed for 20 years for killing two colleagues in Iraq, has highlighted the role of private contractors in warzones. Film-maker Ken Loach, whose new movie, Route Irish, closely parallels the Fitsimons case, outlines his objections. And the British Association of Private Security Companies' Andy Bearpark, defends the industry.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Today hundreds of thousands of 11-year-old children will be receiving the news that they are either being enrolled into their first choice of school, or not. In some parts of England as many as 60% of children will not get their first choice. Lisa Askem, a parent and Francis Gilbert, founding member of the Local Schools Network, debate the fairest way of allotting school places.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

In the second of our series bringing ministers face-to-face with those affected by the cuts, our chief political correspondent Norman Smith took the Universities minister David Willetts to a sixth form college in East London to examine the impact of spending reductions on the aspirations of young people.

The UK is about to embark on a huge process of change in the way it produces, transports and uses energy. Steve Holliday, chief executive of National Grid, explains how 2011 is the crucial decision point for investment decisions that will have huge long-term implications for the UK's energy policies.

Thousands of Libyan refugees have fled to Egypt, Tunisia and Niger during the recent unrest. Baroness Amos, head of the UN's Office of the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs, outlines her call for Libya's neighbouring countries to allow the passage of refugees across their borders.

According to a new book by Professor Richard Wiseman, a psychologist from the University of Hertfordshire, the paranormal is a form of illusion. He examines the psychology of the paranormal and why people believe what they do. Robert McLuhan, author of Randi's Prize, disputes Professor Wiseman's claim and explains why.

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