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Today: Saturday 14th May

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The government is to enshrine in law the military covenant, the duty of care promised to armed forces members and their families, the BBC understands. The move comes after concerns over the treatment of personnel when they retire or return from active service overseas. The BBC's Robin Brant reports.

0711
Environmental campaigners are accusing the government of backtracking on its promise to be "the greenest ever". Friends of the Earth's Andy Atkins explains how campaigners are appealing to Prime Minister David Cameron to make the case more strongly for a "green economy."

0714
Paper review.

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An Iranian man is due to be blinded today as a punishment for throwing acid into the face of a woman who refused to marry him and blinding her. The BBC's Adam Mynott has been monitoring the case.

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Most of us have enjoyed a series of bank holidays with Easter, the Royal Wedding and the early May bank holiday. But, as the BBC's parliamentary correspondent Mark D'arcy reports, one MP wants another annual holiday, this time to celebrate St George.

0731
Stem cells may trigger a reaction from the body's immune system. that may try to reject them, according to research published in the latest issue of the Nature scientific journal. Dr Paul Fairchild of the Oxford Stem Cell Institute explains how this defuses initial excitement at research showing that stems cells might one day be used as an alternative to organ transplants.

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The BBC's Christian Fraser reports from Libya after the country's state TV broadcast an audio recording said to be by its leader, Muammar Gaddafi.

0738
Paper review.

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Tonight sees that annual cheesefest, the Eurovision Song Content. Despite winning on five occasions, the United Kingdom last tasted victory in 1997. But now a British musicologist, the University of Leeds's Professor Derek Scott, has come up with what he says is a winning formula. He outlines his and debates the continuing relevance of the contest with Warwick University's Milija Gluhovic.

0747
Thought for the Day with Canon David Winter.

0750
Do we need a privacy law? Uncertainty over the current situation, fuss about super-injunctions and with Twitter full of allegations about public figures, many are asking if a privacy law will work. French journalist, Frank Guillory explains how the privacy law in France works and Observer columnist, Peter Preston debate if the UK should follow suit.

0810
EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has warned that Denmark's decision to reintroduce border controls may violate European law. Senator Lucio Malan of the Italian Peoples Freedom Party and MEP Claude Moraes debate the future of the Schengen agreement on open borders.

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Aides to David Cameron are reported to have told him to try and drop his swashbuckling Flashman image after he appeared to lose his cool on a number of occasions at PMQ's. Times cartoonist Peter Brookes and Telegraph journalist Harry Mount debate Mr Cameron's image.

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The Foreign Office says it is urgently investigating the beheading of a British woman in Tenerife. Colin Kirby, of the Tenerife Magazine, describes the scene in the supermarket where the attack happened.

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Downing Street and the Metropolitan Police have rejected criticism of the decision to review evidence in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. The Green Party's Jenny Jones, a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority, and Trevor Kavanagh, associate editor of the Sun, debate if the case should be reopened.

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Paper review.

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The Institute for Fiscal studies has warned that high inflation and stagnant wages will mean the average family will have lost £500 pounds over the past year. Loughborough University's Donald Hirsch and KPMG's Helen Dickinson discuss how this will affect those on low incomes and also in "the squeezed middle".

0850
Whose side was India on in the Second World War? Although officially on the Allied side, new research in Germany has revealed the role of those Indians who fought for Hitler, as the BBC's Steve Evans reports.

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London will today see a rally organised by people who think that there should be more cuts, not fewer because they believe leaving debt to future generations is immoral. Comedian and activist Alexei Sayle and political commentator Simon Heffer discuss if the Right is right to rally.




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