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Today: Tuesday 12th April

The severity of the crisis at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant has been raised to the highest possible level, putting it on a par with the world's worst nuclear disaster at Chernobyl. Also in today's programme, we make someone happy in a coffee shop - at least we try and we hear the argument that you should try too.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: High street sales saw their biggest drop in 16 years last month. The British Retail Consortium's Stephen Robertson looks at why things have been so bad. US economist Scott Sumner suggests the Bank of England should stop targeting inflation. And Alpesh Patel, from Praefinium Partners Ltd, looks at the markets.

Only a third of British people are happy with the state of the roads, according to a survey for the Institute of Civil Engineers. Its vice president Geoff French explains the problem with potholes.

Authorities in Japan have upgraded the severity of the emergency at the Fukushima nuclear plant to a maximum of seven on the international scale, the same grade as Chernobyl. Takeshi Matsunaga of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs outlines the government's continuing reaction to the crisis.

Action for Happiness gets under way today, described as a mass movement aiming for radical cultural change and based on well-established neurological findings that helping others to be happy gives people a sense of well-being. The BBC's Tom Bateman has been to a coffee shop where he tried to make someone happy, and reports on his progress.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The internationally recognised leader of Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara, has said he offers a new era of hope for the country, following the capture of his rival, Laurant Gbagbo, yesterday. Abdon Bayeto is Mr Gbagbo's adviser based in London and gives his reaction to what he sees as an "injustice."

David Cameron says anyone wanting to hold a street party for the Royal Wedding should go ahead and not be put off by local councils imposing restrictions. The Local Government Association's Chris White says most councils will be happy to help.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Nato defence ministers will today discuss how to get Colonel Gaddafi to stand down. Jeremy Bowen reports on the "real possibility" of a long conflict in Libya. And Oliver Miles, former UK ambassador to Libya, reflects on a statement by the former Libyan foreign minister, Moussa Koussa, that it could become a failed state.

Paper review.

Britain's wrestling team is hoping to represent the nation in the 2012 Olympics, but could have problems because so many of the wrestlers involved are actually from eastern Europe. Nick Hope reports on concerns about the team's eligibility.

Thought for the Day with the Reverend Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James Piccadilly.

The Church of England is issuing new guidance to clergy in an attempt to cut the number of sham marriages in Britain. The Right Reverend John Packer, Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, explains why the church has put the measures in place.

The leak at the Fukushima nuclear plant has now been classified at the same level of severity as the Chernobyl disaster of 1986, an official acknowledgement that it is a major release incident with widespread health and environmental effects. David Weaver, professor of nuclear physics at Birmingham University and the BBC's environment analyst Roger Harrabin analyse the ongoing dangers of the leak.

The Office of National Statistics has added four questions about happiness to this year's household survey. Mark Easton examines the role of happiness in the political agenda. Politeia's Sheila Lawlor and the RSA's Matthew Taylor debate if government can, and should, help people to become happier.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Russia is marking the 50th anniversary of the day Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space. The BBC's Steve Rosenberg reports from the cosmonaut training centre outside Moscow where Major Gagarin prepared for his flight and which is still used by the Russia's space projects.

Inspired by revolts across the middle east, the people of Swaziland are taking to the streets and will demonstrate today to demand an end to Africa's last absolute monarchy. The BBC's Karen Allen is in the country, from where most foreign journalists have not yet been allowed to report.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Decisions taken by European courts have a direct effect on our lives, and sometimes they upset people. The European Court of Justice rules on EU law, its Court of Human Rights has a broader remit to protect civil and political rights in nearly 50 countries. But are both courts over-stepping the mark? The BBC's Chris Morris reports from Strasbourg.

For a second time voters in Iceland have rejected a plan to repay with public money the £3bn owed to Britain and the Netherlands by the failed bank Icesave. Iceland's President Olafur Grimsson, who forced the referendum, responds to reports that the case could go to the courts.

The minister with responsibility for cycling safety, Norman Baker, has angered bike campaigners because of his failure to cycle with his helmet. Julie Townsend, of the road safety charity Brake, discusses cycle safety with the minister.



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