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Today: Tuesday 17th May

The Queen will arrive in Dublin today for the first visit by a British monarch in a hundred years. The Defence Secretary Liam Fox has objected to government plans to set its spending targets on foreign aid in law. Also on today's programme, from Doctor Who to Shakespeare, David Tennant and Catherine Tate reunited on the West End stage.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: Finance ministers from across Europe are meeting in Brussels to try to resolve the eurozone crisis. Michael Arghyrou, senior lecturer in economics at Cardiff Business School, examines why there are still signs of disagreement over how to help Greece. And James Knightley, economist at ING Bank, previews inflation figures out today. Download the podcast.

South Africans go to the polls tomorrow for local elections which have been dominated by protests. Southern Africa correspondent Karen Allen reports from the election trail.

The defence secretary has written to David Cameron to oppose government plans that would enshrine in law Britain's commitment to spending 0.7% of the national income on overseas aid. Liberal Democrat MP Malcolm Bruce, who chairs the International Development Select Committee, and the Conservative backbencher Patrick Mercer consider the potential impact of such a move.

The Queen will visit both memorials to both WWI and the battle for independence on her visit to Ireland. The BBC's Andy Martin looks at the significance of her trip, and how much attitudes have had to change to make it possible.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The television retail analyst Mary Portas, Queen of Shops, is to conduct a government-backed review into the future of the local English high street. She reacts to the prime minister's claim that her "straight talking, no-nonsense approach will help create vibrant and diverse town centres and bring back bustle to our high streets".

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Eurozone finance ministers are deciding how best to stabilise Greece's debt. Economics editor Stephanie Flanders reflects on the country's difficulties. Dr Volker Treier, chief international economist at German Chambers of Industry and Commerce, analyses if restructuring Greece's debt is inevitable.

Paper review.

After proving hugely popular with TV audiences, David Tennant and Catherine Tate will be reunited on the stage as the reluctant lovers Beatrice and Benedick in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, which opens in the West End this week. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones has been talking to them.

Thought for the day with Vishvapani, an ordained Buddhist.

Nick Clegg will today address MPs on plans to reform the House of Lords. The Liberal Democrat peer Lord Goodhart and the Conservative peer Lord Maples, discuss the pros and cons of changing the present system.

The Irish army has defused what its says is a "viable" explosive device on the day the Queen begins an historic four-day state visit to Ireland. The BBC's Peter Hunt has the latest on the security alert, Andy Hayman, the Met's former assistant commissioner in charge of counter terrorism, assesses the threat. And Ryan Tubridy, presenter of The Late, Late Show, explains where he himself will be taking the Queen.

Nato has again bombed parts of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, hitting two government buildings. Andrew North was taken by the Libyan authorities to the scene of the blasts.

A new book entitled The Social Animal argues that emotions and intuition, rather than academic ability, can lead to life of fulfilment and happiness. Its author, New York Times columnist David Brooks, explains his theory of the good life.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The controversial deal between BP and the Russian oil giant, Rosneft, has collapsed. Robert Peston explains what happened and Nick McGregor, oil analyst at Redmayne-Bentley, looks at the fallout for both BP and the wider Russian oil industry.

A planet 20 light years away from earth is the first outside the solar system to be officially declared habitable, according to a team of scientists from the Institute Pierre Simon Laplace in Paris. Dr Robin Wordsworth, one of the researchers on the project, describes the exciting discovery.

The Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne has been accused of giving licence points to his wife after being caught by a speed camera, an allegation he denies. AA president Edmund King, and Nick Freeman, a lawyer known as Mr Loophole for his ability to get motorists off traffic violations, debate the burgeoning British habit of "point donation".

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Forced marriage in Britain has become a serious problem, according to a group of MPs. Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, outlines cases that have come under recent scrutiny.

The Queen will begin a four-day tour of Ireland today, the first time a British monarch has visited the republic in a hundred years. Irish Times writer Fintan O'Toole and Colm Toibin, the novelist and writer, discuss if the trip signifies an end to a long history of problems between the two countries.


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