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Today: Saturday 19th March

The latest from Yemen, where there is a state of emergency after gunmen killed 45 protestors. Also in the programme, what difference does filling in the census make to funding different communities?

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There have been reports this morning of large explosions in Libya's eastern rebel-controlled city of Benghazi. Our correspondent Ian Pannell has the latest.

The latest from Japan. The BBC's Roland Buerk is in Osaka and brings us the latest news on events at the Fukushima nuclear plant and the consequences to the rest of the world of this nuclear disaster.

Review of the papers.

Friday in the Commons is not normally the biggest of days but yesterday saw a marginally better attendance for the first opportunity members had to react to the UN Security Council resolution on Libya. The BBC's parliamentary correspondent, Mark Darcy reviews reaction to David Cameron's statement.

Various communities, such as religious and humanist groups, have been urging people to tick the right box in the Census on 27 March. Robert Moore, emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Liverpool, analyses the implications the results may have on UK society.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

Yesterday gunmen opened fire on protestors in the Yemeni capital Sa'ana. More protests are expected, despite the state of emergency declared after 45 people were reportedly killed and 270 injured. Hakim Almasmari of the Yemen Post and protester Husam Alsharjabi reflect on the violence and its potential consequences.

Review of the papers.

It has been five weeks since a mass protest movement managed to unseat President Mubarak. Egyptians are being asked to vote in a referendum today on nine amendments to the old constitution. It is being billed by the interim government as the first free vote in Egypt's history. But are those who led the uprising against Mr. Mubarak happy with the choices in front of them? Not all of them. Our correspondent Jonathan Head reports from Cairo.

Thought for The Day with Reverend Roy Jenkins.

David Cameron will arrive in Paris today for an emergency summit on Libya with Hillary Clinton, Nicolas Sarkozy and other Nato and Arab leaders. Our correspondent in France, Christian Fraser, and Michael Clarke, director of the Royal United Services Institute, examine the mission's objective.

Up to 400,000 people in Japan are still unable to return to their homes, following the recent disaster, with food shortages and power cuts adding to their problems. Patrick Fuller, spokesman for the Red Cross and Red Crescent in the Asia Pacific area, outlines what needs to happen next.

Auguste Piccard, the Swiss-born scientist and inventor, set records for both the highest flight of all time and the deepest descent into the ocean. His exploits have inspired a new opera, Piccard in Space, which receives its world premiere at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London at the end of the month. Our arts correspondent Rebecca Jones has been finding out more.

Margaret Thatcher's personal papers from 1980, released by the Margaret Thatcher Foundation today, show that she considered her first year in office to have been wasted. She had not managed to cut public spending, inflation was still high and unemployment rising. Today reporter Sanchia Berg and Sir Bernard Ingham, former press secretary to Margaret Thatcher, examine what the personal papers show.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

What is Colonel Gadaffi going to do now? Even though he has been urged to quit, his forces are fighting hard this morning close to Benghazi. Libya's deputy foreign minister Khaled Kaim gives his perspective on events and the BBC's Alan Little has the latest from Tripoli.

3D televisions have already made a break through to some people's living rooms. But what about the sound to match? A music-loving rocket scientist has created 3D sound using a simple and affordable new technology. Our correspondent Matt Wells visited the Princeton University professor.

Review of the papers.

Are urban foxes being rounded up and dumped in the countryside? The topic came up in the Commons this week with the suggestion that it is in fact. John Bryant, a wildlife consultant and Lindsay Hill, from the Union of Country Sports Workers, discuss whether this is really happening.

The prime minister has re-confirmed the place of the "Blair doctrine" of liberal interventionism in UK foreign policy. He first supported a no-fly zone a couple of weeks ago and was accused of naivety. Now the UN have backed the idea, David Cameron has been treated like a statesman. So which is it? Sir Max Hastings, the military historian and former Telegraph editor and Bronwen Maddox, editor of Prospect magazine, debate the PM's foreign policy objectives.



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