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Today: Thursday 3rd March

Rebels in Libya repulsed an attack on an oil town but are preparing for more fighting with forces loyal to Colonel Gaddafi. And a government commissioned report has found that most vocational courses are of poor quality.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: Teresa Perchard, director of Policy at the Citizens Advice Bureau explains how fraudsters are cold calling people in financial trouble. Justin Urqhart-Stewart reflects on the markets. Ken Mulkearn, editor of IDS Pay Report, discusses pay deals. And Professor Andrew Lo outlines experiments he has conducted, which help us to understand behaviour leading to risk-taking in the markets.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to give his ruling on whether Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation will be allowed to buy BSkyB. Business editor Robert Peston explains why he believes the deal will be signed off.

Government plans to give more power over NHS decision making in England to GPs could make much-needed hospital reform difficult, health think tank the Kings Fund has said. Chris Ham, CEO of the Kings Fund, and Health Secretary Andrew Lansley debate the report.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

In the fourth of our series bringing ministers face-to-face with those affected by the cuts, our chief political correspondent Norman Smith took the culture minister Ed Vaizey to be interrogated by some leading figures from the arts world.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

There are fears of a developing humanitarian crisis on the Libyan border with Tunisia. Jim Muir reports.

The paper review.

The government should take more notice of scientists when deciding how to respond to emergencies, MPs say. In a report, the Commons Science and Technology Committee highlighted last April's volcanic ash cloud - which grounded thousands of flights - as an example of poor risk assessment. Professor Sir John Beddington, the government's Chief Scientific Adviser, responds to the criticisms.

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

According to a government commissioned report, most vocational courses are of poor quality. Germany Correspondent Steve Evans investigates how vocational training is carried out in Germany, and report author Professor Alison Wolf outlines her findings.

Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation has received government approval for its controversial takeover of BSkyB. The green light follows News Corp's offer to spin-off Sky News as an independent company. Former Sky executives David Elstein and Andrew Neil analyse the deal.

The West appears only able to watch as events in Libya drift towards a stalemate, a separation or a civil war. Middle east editor Jeremy Bowen outlines how the present situation could develop.

Official reports on Britain's UFOs have been released by the National Archives. UFO consultant to the National Archives Dr David Clarke discusses what the files reveal.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

A review of vocational education has recommended big changes, including the study of core academic subjects for children until the age of 16. Former education secretary Lord Baker and Kevin Courtney, deputy general secretary of the NUT, debate the best way to improve vocational education in England.

The UN is warning of a humanitarian disaster in Libya. Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, outlines what the international community should do to relieve the pressure on Libya's borders.

Business with Adam Shaw.

According to new research, sharks navigate the seas using mental maps, allowing them to pinpoint destinations up to 30 miles away. Yannis Papastamatiou from the Florida Museum of Natural History, tells us about his discovery.

Egypt is experiencing the aftermath of its revolution. With the president gone and high expectations following his departure, Alastair Leithhead reports on the state of Egypt now.

News Corporation has received government approval for its takeover of BSkyB. The media commentator and presenter of Radio 4's Media Show, Steve Hewlett, assesses the agreement.

The pop singer Beyonce Knowles announced yesterday that she donated to charity money she received for playing a private gig for the Gaddafi family. Associate editor of NME Paul Stokes examines if pop stars should be more discerning about for whom they play sets.



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