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Today: Friday 8th April

European finance ministers are meeting in Budapest to discuss Portugal's request for financial assistance. Also in today's programme, the mission to retrieve the German bomber preserved on the sea floor off Kent.

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Business news with Dominic Laurie: Yesterday the European Central Bank became the first of the big Western central banks to raise interest rates since the collapse of Lehman Brothers back in 2008. Sarah Hewin, senior economist at Standard Chartered, explains why the timing is difficult for Portugal, which is seeking a bailout. And our Friday boss is James Smith, chairman of Shell UK.

New research reveals that reading for pleasure during your early years can significantly effect your chances in life. Mark Taylor of Nuffield College at Oxford, who conducted the study, explains the importance of early reading.

European finance ministers are gathering in Budapest, as Portugal becomes the third Eurozone country to seek a financial bailout. Europe correspondent Chris Morris reports from Lisbon.

Shocking details of torture and abuse under British rule in Kenya during the 1950s and 60s are emerging as a High Court case gets underway. David Anderson, professor of African politics at Oxford University, is an expert on the Mau May uprising and is a witness in the hearing.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

A groups of 9/11 victims' relatives have said it would be disrespectful to include the remains of some of those who died in the memorial museum at Ground Zero, but museum officials insist that another group of relatives previously agreed to it. Laura Trevelyan reports on the growing controversy in New York.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

More than 90% of Northern Ireland's children continue to be educated in either Protestant or Catholic schools. Some politicians, including the outgoing first minister Peter Robinson, want the next Northern Ireland Assembly to tackle the question of separate education. Today presenter Justin Webb considers whether integrated education could strengthen the province.

Paper review.

It is being suggested that opposition forces in Libya might be trained by former special forces. Brigadier John Deverell, who during his army career has had experience of training local forces, talks about how this could be done and whether it would be going too far.

Thought for the Day with Lord Harries of Pentregarth, Gresham Professor of Divinity.

European finance ministers are meeting to discuss how to bail-out Portugal, the latest country to fall victim to its own debts. Business editor Robert Peston analyses Chancellor George Osborne's comments that the Portuguese crisis justifies the need for his austerity package. And three young people from Greece, Portugal and Ireland, who have chosen to live in the UK, explain why they want to stay out of their own countries.

Every year, at least 13,000 cancers in the UK are caused by the patient's drinking habits, according to a study conducted across Europe and published in the British Medical Journal. Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, former president of the Royal College of Physicians and chair of the UK Alcohol Health Alliance, and Professor Karol Sikora, medical director of Cancer Partners UK, discuss the health impact of the UK's drinking culture.

All-inclusive holidays have risen 32% in five years and starting next summer, First Choice will become the UK's first only all-inclusive holiday company, offering trips that include flights, transfers, hotel accommodation, and three meals a day. Lisa Minot, travel editor of The Sun and Nicola Down, freelance travel writer, look at why people like the package.

New images have emerged of a remarkably well preserved WW2 German Bomber lying on the seabed off Kent. Nick Higham reports on the scientific expedition he joined to survey the aircraft's position using sonar technology.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

The Ministry of Defence has done a deal with the Treasury to resolve a £1bn funding gap in its budget. The government has been severely criticised for seeking to make savings while the armed forces are in action on two fronts. Defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt reports and Malcolm Chalmers, fellow of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, reviews the decision.

With elections looming in May, the murder of the Catholic constable Ronan Kerr has re-focused attention in Northern Ireland on building solid foundations for peace. Justin Webb looks at how much the main political parties have changed and what they are now offering for the future.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

Portugal has become the third Eurozone country, after Greece and Ireland, to ask for a financial bail-out. Professor Iain Begg, of the European Institute at LSE, and Professor Philip Booth, of the Institute of Economic Affairs, discuss how the country will go forward.

Who has been Britain's greatest general? Dr William Philpott, author and military historian at King's College, London, and Peter Snow, author of To War with Wellington: From the Peninsula to Waterloo, debate the generals they are arguing for at a debate at the National Army Museum.



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