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Today: Wednesday 27th April

Syria's violent suppression of protests will be debated at the UN today as Britain and other countries push for condemnation by the Security Council. We talk to the Foreign Secretary William Hague. Also on today's programme, Yes or No - who cares? Why we're not getting excited by the voting campaigns.

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Business news with Tanya Beckett: Sony has revealed a massive data breach affecting the personal details of Playstation users. Kenneth Cukier, Japan business correspondent for the Economist, considers what happened. Ross Walker, economist at Royal Bank of Scotland, analyses UK economic grown. And Christopher North, managing director of Amazon in the UK, talks about why the world's largest online retailer has reported a 30% drop in profits. Download the podcast

The Welsh elections are in just under two weeks time. Evan Davis speaks to Lauren McAllister, professor of governance at the University of Liverpool, about the "unique and distinctive character" of Welsh politics.

The UN security council is meeting to discuss the possibility of EU sanctions on Syria, yet it is widely agreed that military action is not the solution. Reverend Nadim Nassar, a Syrian-born Anglican priest living in Britain, and Patrick Seale, a Syria expert and biographer of President Assad, debate what should or can be done.

Sony has warned 75 million customers that their personal details may have been stolen, after it was targeted in one of the biggest hacking cases in history. Technology correspondent, Rory Cellan-Jones examines Sony's fear that the names, addresses and passwords of Playstation users were taken last week. And Rupert Goodwins, editor of ZDNet Magazine, considers the impact of the breach.

Business news with Tanya Beckett.

MPs on the Public Accounts Committee will warn today that shaking up the NHS at the same time that managers are trying to save money could seriously affect patient care. Margaret Hodge, who chairs the committee, givers her reaction. And Dr Hamish Meldrum, chairman of the British Medical Association's council, looks at the best way to reform the health service.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Wikileaks has released documents suggesting that the British government was warned for years about granting asylum to known Islamic terrorist supporters, and that more than 30 Guantanamo inmates became radicalised while in Britain. Security correspondent Frank Gardner assesses the veracity of the claims. Kim Howells, former Labour foreign office minister and chair of the Commons Intelligence and Security Committee, responds to the information.

Paper review.

Spain is preparing for a spectacular battle as Real Madrid take on Barcelona in a fight for a place in the Champions League final, a widely anticipated challenge that is tipped to attract a global TV audience of over 500 million. Sports editor David Bond reports.

Thought for the Day with Abdal Hakim Murad, a Muslim chaplain at the University of Cambridge.

In just one week, Britain will vote in a referendum on whether to change the electoral system. Mark Borkowski, the founder of Borkowski PR, and Matt Golding, the creative director of Rubber Republic, debate whether the British public has been able to engage with AV.

The British Foreign Secretary has said he "utterly condemns" the Syrian government's use of violence against protesters, after the death of at least 350 people. William Hague outlines his thoughts on how the international community should respond to the continuing unrest in Syria.

Hundreds of thousands of devotees are arriving in southern India for the funeral of 84-year-old Sai Baba, the Afro-haired and orange-robed spiritual leader who had millions of followers worldwide. Sanjoy Majumder reports on the man who was worshiped as a god-like figure, but whose sexual activities were the subject of serious allegations.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Police are investigating a chilling threat at a rally at Londonderry cemetery on Monday, at which a masked Real IRA member read a statement threatening to kill more police officers in Northern Ireland, and accusing the Queen of war crimes. Father Michael Canny, spokesman for the diocese of Londonderry, explains why he has offered to talk to the dissidents.

The Welsh economy is not doing as well as the other UK nations. Today presenter Evan Davis hears from locals about the impact on life in the nation since the recession. The archive material in this item was provided by The Ebbw Vale Archival Trust.

Business news with Tanya Beckett.

Reports from Syria suggest small anti-government protests are continuing around the country despite a government crackdown. Matthew Price reports from the Jordanian/Syrian border.

Figures released in a few hours time will reveal how much the British economy grew in the first quarter of the year. Peter Taylor, private equity manager at Duke Street, and Terry Scuoler, chief executive of EEF, discuss why any growth, however small, would be most welcome.

Royal wedding mania may have hit Britain, but fewer couples in England and Wales are getting married than at any time since 1895. Jill Kirby, director of the Centre for Policy Studies, and Danny Dorling, professor of human geography at Sheffield University, debate the merit of modern marriage.



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