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Today: Wednesday 2nd March

The UN Secretary General says the lives of thousands of people who have fled to Libya's borders are at risk, unless they get food and medical supplies. And why have the oil markets reacted so nervously to unrest in Libya?

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Business news with Adam Shaw.

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The US has warned that Libya may be in danger of descending into civil war. Libyan journalist Nabila Ramdani outlines the turmoil in the country.

0712
According to an investigation by the think tank the Institute for Government, government IT is too expensive and inefficient. The annual IT budget is estimated by the Treasury to be £16bn per year. Sir Ian Magee, senior fellow at the Institute for Government, analyses exactly how the money is spent.

0715
Business news with Adam Shaw.

0720
A new DNA test can help Scottish people find out where they come from. Scottish historian Alistair Moffat believes he has unravelled this secret and has presented his findings in new book The Scots, a Genetic Journey. Mr Moffat tests his theory on Today presenter James Naughtie.

0725
Reports from Pakistan say the government minister for minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, has been shot dead in the capital, Islamabad. Pakistan correspondent Orla Guerin reports.

0725
Sports news with Garry Richardson.

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Ofcom has advised the advertising standards authority to stop broadband providers from advertising false connection speeds. Ofcom found that on average consumers get less than half the advertised speed. Ofcom director of Consumer Affairs Claudio Pollack discusses his concerns.

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Has David Cameron's rhetoric been consistent in the Libya crisis? Political editor Nick Robinson examines what Libya reveals about Mr Cameron's foreign policy and the Prime Minister himself.

0739
The paper review.

0742
In the third of our series bringing ministers face-to-face with those affected by the cuts, chief political correspondent Norman Smith took the Big Society minister Nick Hurd to a small charity for the homeless to examine the impact of spending reductions on the poorest people in society.

0746
Thought for the Day with Professor Mona Siddiqui from the University of Glasgow.

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Why have the oil markets reacted so nervously to the crisis in Libya, a relatively small oil producer? Former president of Shell John Hofmeister analyses the price rises.

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Pro-Gaddafi forces in Libya have taken control of the town of al Brayqa from opposition forces and are launching an attack on north eastern town of Ajdabiya. World affairs editor John Simpson reports from the town and Lord Ashdown explains his views on the imposition of a no-fly zone over the country.

0820
Afghan president Hamid Karzai has opened a British Museum exhibition featuring more than 200 archaeological treasures on loan from the National Museum of Afghanistan. The priceless artefacts had been feared lost or stolen, but were preserved by a few meticulous Afghans. Presenter Sarah Montague went to visit the exhibition.

0825
Sports news with Garry Richardson.

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The Metropolitan Police are going to try to be more polite to demonstrators. When they "kettle" protesters in one area, they will provide water and portable toilets. Assistant Commissioner Lynne Owens and Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, discuss the move.

0836
Business news with Adam Shaw.

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The Pakistani minister for minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, has been shot dead in the capital, Islamabad. Mr Bhatti, a Christian, had been calling for changes to Pakistan's controversial blasphemy laws. Aatish Taseer, the son of assassinated politician Salmaan Taseer, describes what he believes is an anti-liberal intimidation campaign in the country.

0845
Freshwater pearl mussels are still clinging to life in Northumberland, but have struggled to reproduce in the wild. Rural affairs correspondent Jeremy Cooke reports.

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The UN Secretary General has warned that thousands of lives are at stake as refugees try to escape the turmoil in Libya. Marc Petzoldt, representative in Tunisia for the International Organisation for Migration, describes the scene at the Libya-Tunisia border.

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The sight of dictators toppling in the middle east evokes memories of the collapse of the Communist countries in 1989. But the sense of stalemate in Libya is a reminder that not all revolutions lead to regime change and the creation of liberal democracies. Bronwen Maddox, editor of Prospect magazine and Amir Taheri, an Iranian journalist, compare past revolutions to the middle eastern ones.




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