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Today: Thursday 21st April

More than a hundred civilians have been injured in the latest attack on the Libyan city of Misrata. Two journalists, including a British photographer, are among the dead. Also in today's programme, are Bank Holidays good or bad for the economy?

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Business news with Lesley Curwen: Gold rallied above one $1,500 an ounce - around £915 - for the first time yesterday. Stephen Bell, chief economist at the hedge fund GLC, analyses the week's run of record highs for commodities. Rob Enderle, a Silicon Valley analyst, looks at Apple's latest profits. And the Wall Street Journal's Michael Rothfeld analyses what lawyers are calling "the largest hedge fund insider trading case in history". Download the podcast.

The verdicts from the inquest into the London bombings on 7 July 2007, in which 52 people were killed, are expected to be handed down within a couple of weeks. Jennifer Cole, head of emergency management at the Royal United Services Institute, which has produced a report on it, explains what the inquest has highlighted about emergency service response to 7/7.

Figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions reveal that more than 80,000 people in the UK claiming incapacity benefit are doing so because they are either too overweight to work, or are suffering from alcohol or drug problems. Chief executive of Alcohol Concern, Don Shenker, talks about why addiction can lead to long term debilitation.

In light of some very advantageously placed bank holidays, it is possible to have an eleven day break by taking just three days off in the coming week. Edmund King, president of the AA, looks forward to the period of bank holiday travel ahead.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

On 5 May, voters will go to the polls to decide who runs Scotland for the next four years. The Today Programme's presenter James Naughtie reports on the political battle north of the border.

Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords have told the BBC that they intend to delay coalition plans to introduce directly elected police commissioners across England and Wales. Political correspondent Ross Hawkins analyses their intention to amend the legislation and have it piloted in parts of the country.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

It is widely expected that Greece, whose deficit has lately grown larger than it was last year, will soon be forced to default on its debts, or at least restructure them. Steven Major, of HSBC in New York, examines the country's financial dilemma.

Paper review.

A breakthrough in nanotechnology, which uses extremely small particles to develop new products, may soon mean that the fat and salt content in food can be removed without affecting its taste or texture. Dr Andrew Wadge, of the Food Standards Agency, explains the dream of removing the calories from food

It has been discovered that the iPhone may be even smarter than originally thought, tracking its owner's movements and storing the resulting data. Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones reports on the surprising revelation that has thrown up many questions about the use of data by iPhone's manufacturer, Apple.

Thought for the Day with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams.

Two photo journalists were killed in the Libyan city of Misrata yesterday and two others were badly hurt. The journalist James Brabazon knew Tim Hetherington well, having worked with him in Liberia, and he remembers his friend as a great humanitarian. Orla Guerin reports from the "overwhelmed" city of Misrata.

Britain spends £7bn a year on incapacity benefit (IB) for over two million people, but new figures from the Department of Work and Pensions show that more than 80,000 current claimants are on IB because they are too obese or have drug and alcohol related problems. Employment minister Chris Grayling examines the figures and outlines what should be done for these people.

Downing Street has officially confirmed that David Cameron will wear a full morning suit for the royal wedding. Sheila Gunn, former press secretary to John Major, reflects on whether the prime minister's attire really matters.

The poet Wendy Cope has sold her archive to the British Library for £32,000, a bounty that includes everything from letters, diaries and drafts of more than 40,000 emails. John Sutherland, professor of literature at University College London, and the Bodleian Library's Richard Ovenden consider if emails are really a digital form of art, and what impact the email will have on future literary research.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

With Greece's deepening crisis, squabbles over migrants, and electoral success for a nationalist anti-EU party in Finland, it has been a hard week for the eurozone. Carl Bildt, Sweden's foreign minister, and Derek Scott, the euro-sceptical former economic adviser to Tony Blair, debate the connections between these "bad news" stories.

Britain's system of screening new immigrants for tuberculosis is not effective and misses three quarters of cases of latent infection, according to researchers. Professor Ajit Lalvani of Imperial College London considers the impact on the UK.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

The Conservative Party's aim to cut the deficit may cost them some votes in next month's council elections, but how will traditional Tories react to the spending squeeze? Chief political correspondent Norman Smith went to meet some at a farmers market in Devon.

We are being warned that bat populations have decreased dramatically since the 1950s, as British wildlife faces an increasingly fragmented landscape. Dr Mark Robinson, national ecology manager for British Waterways, looks at why the flying mammals are having trouble and what we can do to help.

As a feast of bank holidays approaches, people across the UK are preparing to take a lot of time off work. Allister Heath, editor of the financial daily, City AM, and Tom Hodgkinson, editor of The Idler, which is an annual periodical that campaigns against the work ethic to promote liberty, autonomy and responsibility, debate the effects of idling on the national economy.



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