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Today: Saturday 26th March

There is a large police presence in London as thousands of demonstrators are expected in the capital to march against the government's spending cuts. And high levels of radiation have been found in the sea close to the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.

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Trade unionists take to the streets of London today in what organisers say will be the biggest anti-government protest since the Iraq war. The BBC's political correspondent Robin Brandt reports on the march, which is to be addressed by the Labour leader, Ed Miliband.

Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is said to be arming volunteers to fight the uprising against his rule, according to a senior US military official. Correspondent Kevin Connolly reports from Benghazi on how Britain and the others in the coalition say Gaddafi's military strength is being seriously weakened.

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Earlier this week, the film director Werner Herzog described the prehistoric cave paintings of Chauvet as the oldest paintings ever discovered. However, some archaeologists dispute that idea that the paintings are 32,000 years, more than twice as old as any other. The BBC's Nicola Stanbridge reports on the disagreements on dating and preserving these key historical sites.

The government is accused of undermining its commitment to the renewables industry after its proposals to reduce the financial support available to larger scale solar-produced electricity. Gaynor Hartnell of the Renewable Energy Association and Tim Yeo, Conservative MP and chair of the Energy and Climate Change group, debate the government's move.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Yemen's President Saleh has said he is willing to step down whilst President Assad of Syria appears to be willing to kill large numbers of demonstrators to stay in power. Our middle east editor Jeremy Bowen explains the struggle for control of the two countries.

This week's Budget focused on growth. But, according to one American economist, we may have to accept growth is hard to come by. Professor Tyler Cowan of George Mason University outlines the reasons for his apparent pessimism.

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Detectives investigating the murder of Sian O'Callaghan in Swindon have still not found the second body hey are searching for at a specific location, following information from a man they have arrested. The BBC's Louise Hubball reports from Swindon.

Thought for the Day with Anglican priest, the Reverend Rob Marshall.

Ten thousand people are due to take part in a peaceful protest today to demonstrate against cuts in the TUC-organised March for the Alternative. The BBC's Sarah Sturdey reports from Nottingham on some people who are travelling to London for the event. And former Met assistant commissioner, Andy Hayman explains how protests could disrupt the peaceful march.

Delroy Grant was jailed for life yesterday for carrying out sex attacks on elderly people in a 17-year reign of terror. Cynthia Stephens, Grant's oldest victim, was attacked in June 2009 and died soon afterwards. Her daughter, Jennifer Bell, describes her late mother's plight.

It has been a week since the start of the coalition attacks against Colonel Gaddafi's armed forces. The BBC's world affairs editor John Simpson reports on how he was taken to a house which the Libyan authorities claimed had been hit by a missile which had killed one person.

This Sunday is census night when we are all enjoined to tell the authorities who is under our roof and what they do. Cambridge historian Dr Peter Kitson considers census documents going back from 1911 to 1379 and the unique, and sometimes quirky, insights they give into British life.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

As tens of thousands of people are set to join the TUC's March for the Alternative in London this afternoon, Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite and Education Secretary Michael Gove preview today's demonstration.

Protests are continuing in towns and cities across Syria, including in the capital Damascus, a day after the government announced limited changes designed to end popular unrest. As the BBC's Owen Bennett-Jones reports, President Assad is facing the biggest challenge to his power since he came to office.

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Khaled Mattawa, a Libyan poet who was born in Benghazi but left for the US at the end of the 1970s, reads his poem he wrote for the BBC in celebration of the Libyan uprising.

The British Library is creating its own archive of conversations reflecting on the lives and motivations of 43 of our top writers, including Ian Rankin and PD James. Sarah O'Reilly, who conducted all the interviews and the BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz discuss the Archive of Authors' Lives.

Whether you support or oppose the demonstration in London today, one feature worth looking out for is the placards. In recent times, placards have become more clever and witty. Jason Berry, creative director of advertising agency JWT and Guardian columnist Zoe Williams discuss if we are living through the golden age of the placard.



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