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Today: Saturday 12th March

The extent of the devastation wrought by yesterdays earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan is becoming clearer; more than a thousand people are thought to have died. Also on the programme, the British Imam who faces losing his role because of his views on evolution.

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Our correspondent Roland Buerk is in Tokyo and brings us the latest on the aftershocks following yesterday's huge earthquake in Japan.

Fighting continues in Libya. Our correspondent Jon Leyne is in Benghazi, which is still under the control of rebels.

Graduate unemployment is now at its highest levels since the nineties. Zubeida Malik has been to Reading University to find out if this spring's university job fairs are more popular and more competitive.

Review of the papers.

The BBC is considering sweeping cuts to its services. But the deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has said that BBC local radio should be protected. Media expert, Charlie Beckett and Gerry Stocker, professor of governance at Southampton University, debate the significance of local radio.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Colonel Gaddafi and his loyalists have claimed that the opposition in Libya have links to Al Qaeda. Michael Scheuer, chief of the CIA's Osama Bin Laden Unit from 1990 to 1999, analyses if unrest in Egypt and Tunisia has benefited Al Qaeda.

Review of the papers.

The Scottish National Party will meet for its spring conference today. It is the last before the May elections which will decide whether the SNP's first term in government will continue. SNP minister Bruce Crawford discusses the Scottish parliament's decision making process.

Thought for the day with Catherine Pepinster, editor of the Tablet.

There are fears that the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan may be facing meltdown following the earthquake which hit the country on Friday. The BBC's Nick Ravenscroft, who has been prevented from going closer than 60km to the plant, outlines the current situation.

It has really not been clear how serious the nuclear incident is at Fukushima plant. Two reactors there appear to have lost cooling. And one of those has potentially very seriously problems. Ian Hore-Lacey from the World Nuclear Industry Association, outlines the current situation in the plant. 0815
Libyan rebels are fighting to retain control of the oil port of Ras Lanuf. The BBC's Michael Buchanan is in Brega, a key logistical centre for the rebels, and examines what is happening. And Anders Fogh Rasmuseen, the Secretary General of Nato, outlines what it would take for the organisation to agree to military intervention.

From next month, the Danish post office is introducing an alternative to the postage stamp. Morten Nielsen of Post Denmark explains how the new system operates. Also on the programme, Hugh Jeffries, editor of the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue, the oldest stamp dealers in the world, what would happen to his trade if people stopped using stamps.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

There is still uncertainty as to how many lives have been lost in Japan. The official government figure is under 400, with more than 800 missing. The BBC's Nick Ravenscroft has the latest news on the Japanese earthquake.

Review of the papers.

A British Library project is recording people from around the world reading the Mr Men book, Mr Tickle, to compare their accents. The research is for an exhibition at the library about the evolution of the English language. Roger Walshe, one of the curators of the British Library exhibition, explores the variation in accents.

A leading imam may be sacked as from a leading London mosque tomorrow. His offence is that he suggested the theory of evolution is not incompatible with the teaching of Islam. As a result, he has faced fatwas from Muslim scholars overseas and death threats at home. Our religious affairs correspondent Robert Pigott reports.

Hundreds of people have died in the Japanese earthquake and many more are still missing More on the situation in Japan. Sendai resident Takaharu Saito describes the situation in the quake-hit city and Oxford University seismologist John Eliot outlines the global nature of earthquakes.



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