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Today: Friday 15th April

The leaders of Britain, America and France have said the bombing of Libya will continue until Colonel Gaddafi is gone. Also in today's programme, why the number of people living on their own in their forties and fifties has been shooting up, and what it means for our society.

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Business news with Pauline McCole: Japans manufacturing sector is still a long way from getting back to normal. Arthur Maher of JD Power considers the impact on the car industry. And our Friday Boss is Rupert Gavin, CEO of Odeon and UCI Cinemas Group. Download the podcast.

Insurers have warned that sheep rustling is becoming a serious problem, following the arrest of six men who were stopped by police on the M5 and found to have 16 lambs in their car. Malcolm Roberts, a sheep farmer from North Shropshire, explains how theft is harming his business.

A court hearing today will listen to the latest chapter in the News of the World phone hacking scandal, only a day after another arrest was made. Legal correspondent Clive Coleman reports.

The number of people living alone in their forties and fifties has jumped by nearly a third in the past ten years. The BBC's Nicola Stanbridge reports on the pros and cons of living alone.

Business news with Pauline McCole.

Earlier this week, officials in Dubai reported that a British man died in his prison cell after choking on his own vomit, but claims have emerged that he was beaten to death by police. Radha Stirling, founder of Detained in Dubai, an organisation that helps people in trouble there, talks about what may have happened to the tourist, Lee Brown.

The Pale King by David Foster Wallace is being published posthumously, following the 46-year-old American author's long battle with depression and eventual suicide in 2008. Arts editor Will Gompertz reports on what made Wallace's writing so special, and why many credit him with reinventing the great American novel.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Is there an alternative to Colonel Gaddafi in Libya? Lord Malloch-Brown, a former deputy secretary general of the UN, told the World Tonight that Britain and France are increasingly isolated on how to deal with the Libyan situation. Middle east editor Jeremy Bowen reports from Tripoli. And Saad Djebbar, one of the international lawyers who worked on the Lockerbie case, considers the options.

Paper review.

With less than a year to go until Russia's presidential election, it is not clear who the current administration's favoured candidate will be. Moscow correspondent Daniel Sandford reports on the potential race between incumbent president, Dmitri Medvedev, and the prime minister Vladimir Putin, who is now constitutionally free, once again, to stand for president.

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

The cost of Greek government borrowing soared again yesterday, while serious questions remain over the financial condition of Portugal, Ireland and Iceland. The Times columnist Anatole Kaletsky and Douglas McWilliams, of the Centre for Economic and Business Research, look at the impact of letting a country go bust.

The number of middle aged people living alone has soared by a third in the past decade, with singles making up 29% of Britain's 26m households. Home editor Mark Easton examines why this is becoming the norm for 45 to 64-year-olds. And Geoff Mulgan, Tony Blair's former head of policy and head of the think tank the Young Foundation, considers the wider implications for society.

Doctors in the besieged city of Misrata in western Libya have said they are running out of drugs, beds and staff, as they treat the growing number of civilians targeted by Colonel Gaddafi's forces. BBC correspondent Orla Guerin reports from the city's hospital, where they say an average of ten people die and up to 30 are wounded daily by heavy weapons.

The acclaimed British play War Horse has crossed the Atlantic and last night arrived on Broadway in New York to rave reviews. Following its huge success as a novel, West End play, and soon-to-be cinema blockbuster, Tom Brook reports on this British production's growing international reach.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Vince Cable yesterday denounced David Cameron's key speech on immigration as "very unwise". Tim Montgomerie of Conservative Home and David Hall Matthews, chair of Social Liberal Forum, debate the difference of opinion in the coalition.

The UN war crimes tribunal in the Hague will later hand down verdicts in the trials of four Croat generals from Croatia's war of independence in the 1990s. Mark Lowen reports on the charges from Zagreb.

The song of humpback whales has been much studied, but new research reveals that, within the community of hump backs, there are some catchy tunes that become big hits and others that bomb. Ellen Garland, a researcher at the University of Queensland, checks out the whale charts.

Business news with Pauline McCole.

When the writer David Foster Wallace killed himself three years ago he left behind a partly written novel, The Pale King, that has now been published. The publisher Scott Pack, of HarperCollins, and the writer, Philip Hensher, discuss whether posthumous publishing is fair to writers and their readers.

For the first time in history, more girls are joining the scouts than boys. Abi Collier, explorer scout from Birmingham, and Vicky Pearson, from Bradford, debate the appeal. And Angela Milln, one of the trustees for Girlguiding UK, looks at the fate of the girl guides.



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