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Today: Monday 23rd May

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond is making the argument for greater economic freedom. The government is coming under pressure over privacy injunctions after a footballer said to have brought a gagging order was identified in a Scottish newspaper. And previously unheard interviews of Bob Dylan reveal he was a drug addict.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: The UK's five major banks are falling short of government lending targets. Alex Jackman, senior policy adviser for the Forum of Private Business, examines the impact it is having on business. Chief executive of Ryanair, Michael O'Leary, responds to government warnings that an ash cloud from a volcano in Iceland could reach the UK by Tuesday. And Mike O'Driscoll, editor of Industrial Minerals, analyses China's attempt to tighten its grip on rare earth metals exports. Download the podcast.

The Tree of Life has won the top award at the Cannes film festival. Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw, previews the movie and explains the key to its success.

President Obama will arrive in Ireland this morning on a trip that is expected to provide a badly-needed boost to the country's economy. Tourism minister Leo Varadkar and one of Mr Obama's Irish relatives, Henry Healey, discuss the visit.

The ash cloud from a volcano in Iceland could cause major disruption to British air travel this week, reaching northern Scotland as soon as tomorrow, it is being warned. Professor Roderick Smith of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers explains what could be done to minimise the disruption.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Government legislation is setting out plans to kick-start a new wave of public donations of time and money after years of flat-lining. Joe Saxton, director of the charity think-tank NPF Synergy and a former chair of the Institute of Fundraising, gives his reasons for being sceptical. And Nick Hurd, minister for civil society, talks about key initiatives of the white paper, including more payroll giving and donations via cash machines.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Colonel Gaddafi's troops have been systematically raping civilians, according to two soldiers who have confessed their story to the BBC. Correspondent Andrew Harding met the two soldiers involved. You may find some parts of his interview disturbing.

Paper review.

Ever wanted to be on Desert Island Discs? Presenter Kirsty Young, who has been with the programme for five years, speaks about why BBC Radio 4 is inviting listeners to tell them what they would choose if they were on the programme.

Thought for the Day with the religious commentator Clifford Longley.

A Scottish newspaper has named the footballer who is being linked to a controversial privacy case, claiming it was "unsustainable" for publications not to be able to print information which is available on the internet. Richard Walker, editor of the Sunday Herald, gives his reasons for publishing the information. And legal affairs correspondent Clive Coleman looks at the growing farce of flouting the superinjunction.

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond is meeting the chancellor George Osborne in his campaign to secure greater economic powers. Mr Salmond outlines his arguments.

The Bank of England is to confirm that Britain's five largest banks are not meeting the lending targets that they agreed with the government as part of Project Merlin. Business editor Robert Peston unpicks the figures.

The BBC has obtained recordings, never heard before, of an interview with Bob Dylan, who turns 70 tomorrow. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones, who has been given exclusive access to the tapes, reports on these unprecedented insights into his 1960s state of mind. Due to copyright reasons this item is unavailable on this site.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Barack Obama is setting out on his visit to a small Irish village, the home of his great, great, great grandfather, ahead of talks with David Cameron and the G8 summit in France. North America editor Mark Mardell is travelling with the president and assesses the importance of the visit.

There seems to have been little change recently in the battle in Libya between rebel forces in the east and those loyal to Colonel Gaddafi in the west. Andrew Hosken reports from the rebels' stronghold of Benghazi on whether the situation would change if opposition fighters were given arms.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The Chelsea Flower Show will be attracting green-fingered businessmen this week, after the Royal Horticultural Society's website promised investors exposure to "around 700,000 enthusiasts... many of them affluent people". Jane Owen, editor of the FT's house and home section, and Mark Stephens, chair of the Contemporary Art Society, debate if big business has commercialised the show.

An inquiry into the murder of solicitor Rosemary Nelson during the Northern Ireland Troubles in 1999 will delivery its findings today. Andy Martin reports on Ms Nelson, who was targeted by loyalists because she had represented some IRA members.

Why are we so interested in other peoples' affairs? Tim Walker, who writes the Telegraph's Mandrake column, and Julian Baggini, a philosopher and editor-in-chief of The Philosopher's magazine, discuss why we feel the need to gossip.



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