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Today: Thursday 10th March

Members of a BBC team who were held prisoner by Colonel Gaddafi's forces in Libya have described the violent treatment of rebels in the same jail. Also on the programme, a major review of public sector pensions is expected to recommend that people pay more, work for longer and earn less in retirement.

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Business news with Dominic Laurie: Simon Hayes, UK economist with Barclays Capital, examines interest rates. Bob Parker reflects on the markets. And John Whiting, director of the Office of Tax Simplification, discusses National Insurance and income tax flow.

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Lord Hutton has published his final report on reforms to public sector pensions this morning. The changes could mean higher contributions or the end to final salary schemes. The BBC's Chris Buckler has been to Roundhay School in Leeds to see what people make of it there.

0713
Three members of a BBC Arabic news team trying to reach the town of Zawiya in Libya were detained and tortured for 21 hours by the Libyan military. The BBC's Wyre Davies outlines their ordeal.

0716
Business news with Dominic Laurie.

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There has been much criticism of the way the children of failed asylum seekers are treated, because if their parents are locked up in detention centres, so are their children. The children's charity Barnardo's has agreed to run welfare services at a new detention centre. Barnardo's chief executive, Anne Marie Carrie, and Heaven Crawley, professor of international migration, debate the intervention.

0723
Annual incentives for people in Great Britain to burn more wood and crop waste for heating are to be announced today. The idea is to reduce gas imports and cut emissions of the carbon dioxide blamed for climate change. Our environment analyst Roger Harrabin Roger Harrabin details the new incentives.

0726
Sports news with Russell Fuller.

0732
According to MPs on the Public Accounts Committee, errors in the benefits system mean that people are either receiving too much money, or too little, depending on what they are technically entitled to. The committee's chair, Labour MP Margaret Hodge, outlines how she wants to improve the system.

0736
The Natural History Museum in London is to return the skeletal remains of 138 indigenous people to Australia after a long campaign by aboriginal leaders who regarded their removal as an affront to their culture. Richard Lane, director of science at the museum, explains the decision.

0739
Review of the papers.

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What determines a person's taste in art, music and literature? Do they follow the crowds or does each person have their own individual preferences? Researchers at Cambridge University have concluded that our cultural tastes come down to which one of five different personality types we belong to. Dr Jason Rentfrow outlines his findings.

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Thought for the day with novelist and columnist Anne Atkins.

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Nato defence ministers will meet in Brussels today to discuss the possible implementation of a no-fly zone in Libya. The Defence Secretary Liam Fox explains his current thinking on a no-fly-zone.

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In the past few minutes Lord Hutton has published his final report on the review of the UK's public sector pension system. It means, in a nutshell, that millions of people will either have to work a lot longer or get a smaller pension. Lord Hutton outlines his proposals.

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Four people have been convicted of being part of a satanic sex cult in West Wales. Their activities included sexual acts with children and rape. Tom Singleton of Radio Wales who followed the case in court, and author Paul Newman outlines the court hearings and the cult's trail of abuse.

0825
Sports news with Russell Fuller.

0830
A Christian couple who were refused permission to be foster parents on the grounds that they are homophobic, have been advised that appealing against the decision would be "futile". Barrister Paul Diamond and former Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer debate if anti-discrimination laws should take precedence over the rights of the couple to express their religious views.

0836
Business news with Dominic Laurie.

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The Dalai Lama has confirmed that he intends to give his political responsibilities to an elected figure. Thubten Samdup, representative of The Dalai Lama to the UK, and Isabel Hilton, an expert on China and Tibet, analyse the decision.

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In the light of Lord Hutton's review of public sector pensions, should there be some sort of "public sector workers' covenant" giving them special pension arrangements or increased job security by virtue of what they do for society? Richard D North of the Social Affairs Unit think tank and Gavin Hayes of the Compass think tank, debate the idea.





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