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Today: Monday 25th April

Officials in Afghanistan say hundreds of inmates, many of them insurgents, have escaped from a prison. Also on today's programme, more violence has been reported in Syria this morning, but what should be done?

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Business news with Tanya Beckett: Travellers grounded by the ash cloud a year ago are still waiting for their insurance to pay out. Bob Atkinson of travelsupermarket.com explains why some people could continue to wait much longer. Cesare Rouchdy, the regional director of marketing of Four Seasons Hotels, analyses the plummeting number of hotel bookings in Egyptian resorts. Justin Urquhart Stewart of Seven Investment Management looks at the markets. And Fevzi Turkalp, editor of the technology website gadgetdetective.com, considers Nintendo's future. Download the podcast.

It is the last full week of campaigning before local and national elections take place across the UK. The BBC political editors in the nations - Betsan Powys in Wales, Mark Devenport in Northern Ireland and Brian Taylor in Scotland - describe the campaigns in their area.

There have been reports that protesters in Syria are being murdered by authorities yet, in contrast to Libya, the outside world appears reluctant to get involved. Nadim Houry, senior researcher on Syria for Human Rights Watch, discusses if this approach is morally defensible. And Adam Mynott, world affairs correspondent, reports on the next step for Syria.

A new book from a Westminster insider claims to be a handy guide to successfully coercing your local MP. Scott Colvin, who worked at Conservative Central Office and as a researcher for an MP, outlines the basis of his new book, How To Use Politicians To Get What You Want. And Chris Mullin, former MP for Sutherland South, outlines his experiences since stepping down from Westminster.

Business news with Tanya Beckett.

A new investigation by the BBC has revealed that thousands of workers are being illegally trafficked from Burma to work on Thai fishing ships or factories, many being enslaved at sea for years. Alastair Leithead spoke to some workers who have escaped, and describe torture and killings by their Thai captains.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Insurgents in Afghanistan have dug a tunnel into the main prison in the southern city of Kandahar, allowing around 500 inmates, including Taliban commanders, to escape. The defence journalist Robert Fox talks about the "psychologically important" impact of events.

Paper review.

It has been 50 years since the first patent on a commercially available silicon integrated circuit, or microchip, but many believe that new technology is now leaving it behind. One of the UK's great chip designers, Professor Steve Furber, who worked on the early processors for the Acorn, and Ian Pearson a futurologist, debate if the microchip has run its course.

Thought for the Day with Canon Dr Alan Billings, an Anglican priest.

The Syrian government is reported to have carried out further attacks on civilians in response to unrest in the country. The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, spoke about international reaction to the situation on the Andrew Marr show yesterday. Sir Malcolm Rifkind, former Conservative foreign secretary, and Lord Malloch Brown, former deputy secretary general of the UN, discuss if more must now be done.

The argument on whether to adopt the Alternative Vote system has become increasingly aggressive, after the Lib Dem minister Chris Huhne threatened to sue the No to AV campaign for lying. Sir Menzies Campbell, former leader of the Liberal Democrats, and former Conservative leader Lord Howard examine the impact of the row on the workings of the coalition.

The comedian Stewart Lee has been asked to curate his own segment of the Southbank's anniversary celebration of the Festival of Britain, which took place in 1951. Nicola Stanbridge spoke to him about the eclectic range of British music and comedy he has chosen for next month.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Nearly 500 prisoners, including many Taliban commanders, have escaped from a high security prison in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Samina Ahmed, of the International Crisis Group, comments on the escape which is the second major prison break in the same prison.

A letter leaked to the Telegraph has revealed that the SAS, Britain's widely respected special forces unit, is facing a shortage of recruits. Defence correspondent Jonathan Beale analyses the drop in numbers. And Patrick Mercer, a former infantry officer and Conservative MP, outlines what can be done to improve them.

Three lots of arms have now been found in Northern Ireland, while three men have been charged in connection with the discovery of ammunition. Northern Ireland's First Minister, Peter Robinson, gives his reaction to the recent threat of violence.

Business news with Tanya Beckett.

Neither Tony Blair nor Gordon Brown have been invited to the royal wedding. Dr Kate Williams, an historian and royal biographer, examines if this amounts to a slight on the Labour Party.

A new memoir called Idea Man has just been published by one of the founders of Microsoft. The billionaire Paul Allen reflects on his complicated relationship with fellow founder, Bill Gates.

The Liberal Democrat cabinet minister, Chris Huhne, has spoken about taking legal action over claims senior Conservatives have allegedly made in the debate on the Alternative Vote system. Fraser Nelson, the editor of the Spectator, and Sebastian Borger, UK correspondent for Financial Times Deutschland, debate whether it is healthy for politicians to argue in public, or whether this is a sign of lasting cracks in the coalition.



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