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Today: Thursday 28th April

More than two-hundred members of the ruling party in Syria are reported to have resigned in protest at violence aimed at anti-government demonstrators. Also on the programme, is the phrase 'calm down dear', used by David Cameron yesterday, sexist?

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Business news with Adam Shaw: Simon Derrick, the chief currency strategist at Bank of New York Mellon on the first ever press conference by the US Fed; Andrew Bell, chief executive of Witan Investment Trust, analyses the markets; and Dr. Seijiro Takeshita director of the financial group Mizuho International, analyses a fall in Japan's industrial output.

The cost of the two huge aircraft carriers being built for the Royal Navy has risen significantly. Business editor Robert Peston reports.

Plaid Cymru is campaigning for the Welsh assembly after four years in power as a coalition partner. Party leader Ieuan Wyn Jones discusses his political campaign.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

David Cameron's use of the phrase "calm down dear" during PMQ's has caused something of an uproar. Deputy Editor the Sunday Telegraph Melissa Kite, and Mary Ann Seighart, a columnist for the Independent, debate whether the phrase is sexist.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The Organisation for Economic Development has produced a report saying progress towards ending child poverty has stalled. Home affairs editor Mark Easton outlines the research. Gavin Poole from the Centre for Social Justice think tank, and Polly Toynbee of The Guardian examine the issue.

Paper review.

What is it about princesses that captures the imagination of little girls? Reporter Nicola Stanbridge has been investigating whether dressing as a princess is harmless fun or detrimental for young girls growing up.

Thought for the Day with Rev Angela Tilby.

Australia is a part of talks about the situation in Libya and Syria. Australia is also a key guest at the royal wedding. What is the public mood of the monarchy there? Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd gives his thoughts on Australia's participation in talks about the middle-east and the Australian perspective on the British monarchy.

The United Nations security council has refused to approve a statement condemning the dictatorship for attacking its own people in Syria. Former British foreign secretary Jack Straw and Hisham Youseff, spokesman for the Arab League, debate the international response to the crisis in Syria.

The Honourable Margaret Rhodes is cousin to the Queen and former lady in waiting to her aunt, the Queen Mother. The royal wedding attendee tells Sarah Montague about her hopes for the royal couple.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The AV referendum presents a particularly tricky problem for supporters of proportional representation - a system where parties really are allocated seats based on the proportions of the nation voting for them. Former leader of the SDP Lord Owen and Green party leader Caroline Lucas MP debate how they are set to vote.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

China's census shows its population grew to 1.34 billion people by 2010, with a sharp rise in those over 60. Dr Linda Yueh of Oxford University and the economics correspondent for Bloomberg TV, explains what the census results show.

President Obama has released his birth certificate showing he was born in Hawaii. North America editor Mark Mardell reflects on the conspiracy theory that the president hopes he has finally put to rest.

What does the royal wedding bring to Britain's heritage and what good does it do to the country's reputation abroad? Broadcaster Ekow Eshun and Dr Andrew Roberts, historian and author of The Royal House of Windsor investigate what royalty does for the nation.



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