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Today: Thursday 17th March

The US has indicated it will support a no-fly zone over Libya, as Colonel Gaddafi says his troops will attack Benghazi today. Also in today's programme, Ireland's turf tragedy - thousands of racehorses bred in the boom are being sent for slaughter as the money runs out.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: Simon Somerville, Jupiter Asset Management's Japan income fund manager on the Bank of Japan's decision to pump trillions of yen into the country's financial system. And George Bull, head of tax at the accountants Baker Tilly, explains the difficulties the government is facing to meet targets on bringing in extra tax.

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Hundreds of young people are suing local authorities in England and Wales for failing to protect them from abuse at home by moving them to safety. Angus Crawford spoke to one woman whose case was settled out of court.

The US has said the UN should consider more than just a no-fly zone over Libya, amid Security Council division on a draft resolution. Lawrence Korb, senior fellow at the Centre for American Progress, explains why it took the country so long to make a decision.

Police in the area of Japan worst hit by the tsunami have estimated there are around 4,300 dead and more than 8,600 still unaccounted for. Stephen McDonald, who is leading one of Save the Children's emergency response teams, describes the situation around the city of Sendai.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Nasa's Messenger spacecraft is set to go into orbit around Mercury, the closest planet to the sun. Science correspondent Tom Feilden looks at what we may learn from the mission.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

Japan has resorted to dumping water on nuclear reactors by helicopters as they run out of options to cool the nuclear containers. Environment analyst Roger Harrabin and Prof Laurence Williams, former UK chief inspector of nuclear installations, discuss whether the battle to cool the plant can be won.

A curfew was imposed in Bahrain's capital Manama last night after heavily armed security forces cleared protesters from Pearl Square, amid claims the protesters were shot at. Reporter Tom Bateman has been speaking to some of the demonstrators.

A review of the papers.

An increasing number of racehorses bred at the height of the Irish economic boom are being sent for slaughter, with owners without the funds to take care of them. Reporter Rebecca Morelle has been to Ireland to investigate.

Thought for The Day with the Reverend Rosemary Lain-Priestley, Dean of Women's Ministry.

The UK's big banks should be forced to hold more shock-absorbing equity, relative to the loans and investments they make, the FSA has said. Its chairman Lord Turner outlines the reasons why.

Will today prove to be the beginning of the end for the rebellion in Libya? Colonel Gaddafi says his forces are set to over-run Benghazi, the centre of opposition to his rule. Correspondent Ian Pannell reports from the city, and foreign office minister Alistair Burt explains UK's diplomatic efforts.

The Chinese government has urged Japan to tell the world in an "accurate and swift way" about any developments concerning radiation risks from a nuclear power plant ravaged by an earthquake and tsunami. Clive Myrie reports from a centre for refugees which has had to move because of the nuclear disaster.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

A former hospital director who forced an African woman to work around the clock in the first case of "modern-day slavery" to come before a court, has been ordered to pay her victim £25,000. The Met Police's Richard Martin discusses how slavery can still go on in modern society.

The government wants to tighten the rules under which foreign students from outside the EU come to this country to study. Labour MP Keith Vaz, who chairs the Home Affairs Select Committee, explains why they think this could cause enormous damage to our education system.

Austrian Carlos Kleiber has won a poll amongst fellow conductors to nominate who, living or dead, had inspired them most in the art of conducting. Conductor Stephane Deneve and music critic Michael Kennedy, look at his credentials.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) says he believes the cost of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami to the country's economy will be 2% of the country's GDP. Angel Gurria, explains how nevertheless, the disaster may act as a stimulus to Japan's economy.

Does science have all the answers we need to the big questions of life, like why are we here and where did we come from? Oxford scientist Prof Peter Atkins and philosopher Mary Midgley discuss whether there is anything more than facts, facts and more facts.



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