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Today: Friday 11th March

A massive earthquake has hit the northeast of Japan triggering a tsunami that has caused extensive damage. And Health Secretary has asked regulators to assess a controversial fertility treatment which could help couples with serious inherited disorders have a healthy child.

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0615
Business news with Dominic Laurie: Peter Westaway, chief European economist at Nomura International, examines rising European borrowing costs. And Dale Vince, the boss of the green electricity firm Ecotricity, is our Friday boss.

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A massive earthquake has hit the northeast of Japan triggering a tsunami that has caused extensive damage. Tokyo resident Yukiko describes the moment the quake hit the city.

0712
Pro-Gaddafi forces are said to have seized the small oil town of Rad Lanuf in Libya. Rebel leaders deny this, but say the town is under "heavy bombardment". Middle east editor Jeremy Bowen reports from Tripoli.

0718
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has asked the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority to assess a potential new fertility treatment which involves the transfer of human genetic material between two fertilised eggs. Science correspondent Tom Fielden explains the technique.

0720
Business news with Dominic Laurie.

0724
A judge is to hear mitigation arguments ahead of the sentencing next week in the case of Hazel Stewart, the woman found guilty of killing her husband and her former lover's wife in 1991. It had been thought to be a case of double suicide until two years ago when Stewart's ex-lover Colin Howell confessed to the murders. Ireland correspondent Mark Simpson and David Wilson, professor of criminology, analyse the case.

0727
Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

0733
An 8.9 magnitude earthquake has struck Japan. Seismologist at the British Geological Survey Brian Baptie explains the science of what is taking place.

0735
Car insurance premiums have been rocketing due to fraud, according to MPs on the Commons Transport Select Committee. They have been told by police that there are as many as 30,000 staged accidents a year. Labour MP Louise Ellman and Nick Starling, director of General Insurance, debate the issue.

0742
Japan correspondent Roland Burke reports from Tokyo on the effects of the earthquake as aftershocks continue.

0747
Thought for the day with Vishvapani, an ordained Buddhist.

0749
EU leaders are holding an emergency meeting on Libya to try and decide what to do about Colonel Gaddafi's continuing struggle to remain in power. Greek Foreign Minister Dimitrios Droutsas describes his conversations with an envoy from the Gaddafi regime who visited the country.

0810
Details of the devastation caused by a 8.9 magnitude earthquake to strike Japan and the ensuing tsunami are starting to emerge. Victor Sardina, of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, and correspondent Roland Burke, describe the unfolding natural disaster.

0820
The Health Secretary has asked regulators to assess a controversial fertility treatment which could help couples with serious inherited disorders have a healthy child. Beth Wilkes, whose baby Casper died last year from a mitochondrial disease, Alison Murdoch, Professor of Reproductive Medicine at Newcastle University, and Dr David King, director of Human Genetics Alert, debate the treatment.

0828
Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

0834
A group of historians have written to the Times newspaper urging people to vote no in the AV referendum. Conversely, a group of business people have written to the Telegraph urging them to vote yes. Historian Amanda Foreman and Roland Rudd, founder and senior partner of Finsbury, discuss the AV vote.

0839
Business news with Dominic Laurie.

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The House of Lords has agreed to allow peers to use devices touch-screen computers such as iPads to access parliamentary papers during debates. Lord Higgens and Lord Deben debate whether technology will improve the quality of debates.

0847
Leaders of the 27 EU countries are meeting in Brussels to discuss the strategy for Libya. But later in the day there is another summit for Eurozone leaders in the same building and David Cameron, among others, is not invited. Europe Correspondent Chris Morris reports from Brussels.

0853
European leaders are in no doubt that they want Colonel Gaddafi to stand down, but do they have any power to bring that about? Senior diplomats Robert Cooper, a counsellor in the European External Action Service and Ghayath Armanazi, who runs the British Syrian Society, give their analysis.






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