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Today: Tuesday 19th April

The Prime Minister David Cameron on the Conservative local election campaign. A ferry has rescued almost 1,000 people from the besieged Libyan city of Misrata. Also in today's programme the boss of Tesco and Beryl Bainbridge, the booker bridesmaid.

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Business news with Lesley Curwen: Markets in the US and the UK fell sharply yesterday after a leading credit agency warned it might, one day, downgrade US government debt. Julian Chillingworth, chief investment officer at Rathbone Unit Trust Management, looks at the markets. Natalie Berg, global research director at Planet Retail, analyses Tesco's latest results. And John Cridland, director general of the CBI, explains why the organisation is calling for the government to attract more foreign investment.

President Raul Castro of Cuba has promised "systematic rejuvenation" of the political system, saying there should be a limit of two five-year terms for all leaders, including himself. Dr Stephen Wilkinson, director of the Centre for Caribbean and Latin American Research at London Metropolitan University, and Jonathan Fenby, author of the Penguin History of Modern China, debate whether the Cuban communist party can adapt to "rejuvenation".

Almost 1,000 people evacuated from the besieged Libyan city of Misrata have arrived in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, many seriously wounded in the continuing attacks on the city by Colonel Gaddafi's forces. BBC correspondent Peter Biles was at the port in Benghazi as the ship arrived.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

By midnight tonight, universities must submit their proposed fees to the Office for Fair Access. Nicola Stanbridge reports on the universities at the top, the bottom and the private universities jostling to keep their place in the new market.

There has been rioting and violence in northern Nigeria, following an announcement that president Goodluck Jonathan won their election. Caroline Duffield reports from Abuja.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The new Tesco chief executive is taking over from Sir Terry Leahy at a time of unprecedented challenge in the retail market. Philip Clarke discusses stepping into Sir Terry's shoes and his strategy for "softening" the way the company handles its costumers, staff and shareholders.

Opposition activists in Syria say that thousands of protesters are occupying the centre of the third largest city, Homs, following a harsh crackdown by authorities after a funeral on Sunday. A human rights lawyer in the country, who wishes to remain anonymous, comments on the unrest.

Paper review.

The novelist Beryl Bainbridge, who died last year, was sometimes known as the "the Booker Bridesmaid", as she was shortlisted five times for the prize, but never actually won. Her friend, the writer AN Wilson, explains why organisers set up a one-off Man Booker Best of Beryl prize, in which the public vote on their favourite of her novels.

Thought for the Day with the Reverend Roy Jenkins, a Baptist minister in Cardiff.

What happened to the two young British men, James Kouzaris and James Cooper, who were shot dead in a rundown area of Sarasota, a tourist town in Florida? Bart Pfankuch, city editor for the Sarasota Herald Tribune, gives his reaction to the killings.

David Cameron will soon face his first major electoral test since becoming prime minister, when English voters go to the polls for local elections. Ahead of the vote, the prime minister discusses a wide range of issues, including changes to the NHS and just how well the coalition is operating.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

A leading Liberal Democrat minister last night accused Conservatives in the no campaign of the AV referendum of adopting the "politics of the gutter." Political editor Nick Robinson examines the furore that seems to be gripping the AV debate, and how it might affect the coalition.

When Wiltshire Police found the remains of Sian O'Callaghan and Becky Godden-Edwards last month, the force took the unusual step of announcing that it was working with the Serious Crime Analysis Section, a little-known unit that looks into the most serious sexual attacks and stranger killings. Home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw has been given a unique insight into this special team, one that rarely works in the headlines.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority says that mitochondrial transplantation, sometimes known as three-person IVF, has not yet been demonstrated to be safe. Dr Evan Harris, the former Liberal Democrat health spokesman, explains his support for the technique.

Nasa has allocated funds to four companies developing commercial space craft, in the hope that they will one day allow US astronauts to ride with them into space. Science correspondent Jonathan Amos previews the last flight of the US space shuttle on 28 June and examines the growing need for space taxis.

The Nigerian election, which produced a decisive majority for president Goodluck Jonathan, has generally been seen as free and fair, but has also sparked violence across parts of the country. Dapo Oyewole, director of the Centre for African Policy and Peace Strategy, and Elizabeth Donnelly, manager of the Africa Programme at the foreign affairs think tank Chatham House, consider the impact it will have on other parts of Africa.



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