Nato is to take charge of the no-fly zone in Libya, but responsibility for the attacks on ground targets will remain in the hands of the US-led coalition. And, the Ministry of Defence said this morning that British Tornado aircraft have been attacking Colonel Gaddafi's military forces.
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Who is in control of the Libya mission?
Nato will enforce the no-fly zone and the coalition of forces who sent their planes to Libya will remain in charge of attacking Colonel Gaddafi's tanks on the ground. Selcuk Unal, spokesman for the Turkish Foreign Ministry, outlines the strategies.
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a new eurozone threat
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British Olympic Association chairman Lord Moynihan and chief executive Andy Hunt have been suspended from the board of LOCOG, the London 2012 organising committee, following a legal row over the financial surplus from the Games. Our sports editor David Bond
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Business news with Dominic Laurie.
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Our environment analyst Roger Harrabin has visited the site.
Sport news with Rob Bonnet.
The Japanese operators of the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant say tests of water at the plant's Number Three reactor have shown
radioactive contamination about 10,000 times higher than normal levels.
Our correspondent Mark Worthington is in Tokyo and tells us more.
The city of Benghazi is where the Libyan uprising was born. Kevin Connolly who was in the city in the early days of the revolt, returned to hear the experiences of its people and
gauge what their future might hold.
Review of the papers.
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Thought for The Day with Rhidian Brook, the writer.
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The resignation of Portugal's prime minister Jose Socrates occurred just as the EU was hoping to declare its debt crisis almost over. Our Europe correspondent Chris Morris, investment manager at bond dealers Pimco, Andrew Balls and Portuguese Social Democratic politician Duarte Pacheco
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Sports news with Garry Richardson.
Saturday sees what is being billed as
a major anti-cuts demonstration,
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after Syrian police opened fire on protesters in the city of Daa'ra
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Business news with Dominic Laurie.
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how he first became involved with the group.
This is an extended version of the broadcast interview.
Libya exists because the Italians created it in 1911. The classicist Peter Jones has been writing about that and suggesting that the lesson of ancient history is
that two states are better than one.
This morning a French defence chief said he believed military operations in Libya will last a matter of "weeks" and hopefully not "months". British Tornado jets have been in operation overnight. Our correspondent Kevin Connolly
reports from the rebel-controlled city of Benghazi.