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Today: Tuesday 26 April

Groups calling for political change in Syria say the authorities have taken hundreds of people into custody. Also in today's programme, should it be made harder for public sector and transport workers to go on strike?

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Business news with Lesley Curwen: A survey of economists by the BBC suggests that record low interest rates are here to stay until the summer. George Buckley, chief UK economist at Deutsche Bank, explains his belief that the Bank of England will wait until August to raise rates. Alpesh Patel of Praefinium Partners looks at the markets. And David Bailey, a motor industry expert at Coventry Business School, analyses the impact of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami on the car industry. Download the podcast.

One of the world's most exclusive and expensive coffees comes from the mountains of South East Asia, where the beans are removed from the excrement of small, cat-like civets. Kate McGeown reports from the Philippines on the extraordinary beverage.

The UK are circulating a statement at the UN condemning violence by Syrian security forces, which are moving tanks into the turbulent city of Deraa to quell protesters. The Syriac Orthodox Church's Bishop Philoxenos Mattias used his Easter address to praise President Assad for the safety and security he was bringing to Syria. Malik Al-Abdeh, chief editor of Barada TV, describes the situation currently faced by the country's civilians.

Fighting in the besieged Libyan city of Misrata appears to be as fierce as ever, despite reports over the weekend that Colonel Gaddafi's forces were pulling out of the area. The Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin, who is in the city, describes the current situation.

In the face of an ageing population, expensive new treatments, and an unprecedented financial squeeze, the NHS is taking different approaches in different parts of the UK to improving quality of care and value for money. Health correspondent Adam Brimelow has been examining the development of these rival health systems, and what that could mean for patients.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

New scientific research has revealed that aviation authorities were right to halt flights following the eruption of an Icelandic volcano a year ago. One of the report's authors, Susan Stipp of the University of Copenhagen, explains how the ash cloud could have done serious damage to aircraft.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The 25 year-long civil war in Sri Lanka between the governing Sinhalese and Tamil rebels was particularly bloody, and a new report for the United Nations has said that there are credible allegations of war crimes on both sides. Gordon Weiss, author and UN spokesman, who was in Sri Lanka in the last three years of the war, reflects on the legacy of violence there.

Paper review.

A Conservative MP will introduce a bill in the House of Commons today that would make some strikes illegal if they were supported by less than 50% of all union members entitled to vote. The bill's author, Dominic Raab, and Bob Crow of the RMT union, which is balloting for strike action on the London Underground, debate the issue. Clarification: A number of people have called the programme to say that during this discussion it was suggested that a "yes" vote in an AV referendum would need to go back to Parliament for ratification. Apparently that is not a necessary step.

Thought for the Day with John Bell of the Iona Community.

The campaign in favour of high speed rail is raising money from train companies to help bolster its case to counter opposition to a £17bn project to build a high speed rail line between London and Birmingham. Professor David Begg, director of the Campaign for High Speed Rail, and Jerry Marshall, chairman of Aghast, a federation of 75 organisations opposed to the project, debate the merits of a high speed link.

The BBC presenter Andrew Marr has revealed that he took out a super-injunction three years ago to protect his privacy. And he has admitted that he is embarrassed by its existence, saying "I did not come into journalism to go around gagging journalists". Media commentator Steve Hewlett, legal expert Joshua Rosenberg and Private Eye's Ian Hislop discuss if super-injunctions do more harm than good. 0820
The picture emerging from Syria is still uncertain, but it seems clear that hundreds of people have been killed by government forces and many more arrested. Owen Bennett-Jones reports on the "flow of information" out of the country. And the international human rights lawyer, Geoffrey Robertson QC, talks about the crimes being committed by the government.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Even though the royal wedding is expected to be watched by two billion people worldwide, the anti-monarchy campaign, Republic, says it received a boost in support because of the marriage. The group's spokesperson, Professor Stephen Haseler of London Metropolitan University, and the royal historian, Hugo Vickers, consider the "global media frenzy" surrounding the event.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

Campaigners against the controversial stop-and-search law, that allowed police to detain photographers under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000, but was scrapped by the current government, claim the coalition has introduced an alternative rule that has a very similar effect. Marc Vallee, an investigative journalist and photographer, and chief constable Andy Trotter, of the Association of Chief Police Officers, debate the claim.

China has spent nearly £250m completing the world's largest museum ever housed under one roof, as a showpiece in Beijing, yet there is little or no reference to controversial episodes in the country's history. The BBC's Martin Patience assesses what the exhibition reveals about the ruling party today.

Middle East experts regularly warn that Syria is very different from a country like Libya, not just because it is so much bigger but because it exercises enormous influence over the region. Birmingham University's Professor Scott Lewis, who specialises in Iran and Syria, and Sir Andrew Green, UK's ambassador to Syria in the 1990s, examine just how different Syria is.



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