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Today: Wednesday 24th August

As Libyan rebels celebrate the capture of Colonel Gaddafi's compound in Tripoli, the former dictator is reported to have said he left the compound in a tactical move. Members of the National Transitional Council have said they plan to fly to Tripoli to start work on forming a new government. Also on today's programme, we look at the changing shape of Britain's labour market.

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Business news with Dominic Laurie, on new austerity measures in France and the impact of TV advertising on viewers. Download the podcast

What do movements in the FTSE 100 tell us during this time of extreme volatility in world markets, when many small investors are using products linked to the index? Chief economics correspondent Hugh Pym investigates.

Libyan rebels have taken over Colonel Gaddafi's compound in Tripoli as loyalist forces appear to be retreating from the capital. Shashank Joshi of Rusi describes the situation outside of the capital. And Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports on where Gaddafi may have gone.

Medical experts say new guidelines are needed in England and Wales to stop the significant level of misdiagnosis that occurs when people get their blood pressure checked by a doctor. Professor Bryan Williams, chair of the guideline development group for Nice, goes through the recommendations.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

For the first time ever, scientists have calculated a reliable estimate of the number of species on earth. Today's science correspondent Tom Feilden reports.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Colonel Gaddafi has vowed "martyrdom or victory", a TV station says, after Libyan rebels seized his compound in Tripoli. The BBC's Matthew Price reports on the "desperate situation" faced by him and journalists apparently detained in Tripoli's rixos hotel.

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In the face of a lacklustre economy and despite a disappointing rise in unemployment figures last week, it is remarkable that the real number of those out of work in the UK has remained relatively low, with around a quarter of a million new posts created last year. In the second of a series of reports on the real state of our economy, Today presenter Evan Davis went to Stoke on Trent to see how workers in the Staffordshire potteries are managing the job market.

Thought for the day with Reverend Roy Jenkins, Baptist Minister in Cardiff.

An effort by banks to get rid of cheques has been met with resistance by lobby group Consumer Focus, who say two thirds of us still write and cash cheques. Andrew Tyrie, chair of the Treasury Select Committee, and Sandra Quinn of the Payments Council, the body with the power to abolish cheques, debate how long they can last.

Rebels fighting to remove Colonel Gaddafi have taken control of most of Tripoli, although pockets of resistance remain, including the Rixos Hotel where a number of journalists are stationed. Wyre Davis describes the tense situation on the ground. And Guma Al Gamati, the UK co-ordinator of the National Transitional Council (NTC), explains the NTC's intentions.

In a groundbreaking feat of science, experts have managed to produce a viable estimate of the number species on earth. Lord May, former president of the Royal Society and chief scientific adviser, explains why the discovery enhances our understanding of ecological and evolutionary processes.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

A recording of Colonel Gaddafi speaking on a Libyan radio station has been described as a series of incoherent ramblings. Harry Bone of BBC's Middle East desk describes the Colonel's "subdued" speech.

Former boss of the International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss-Kahn is returning to France, after sexual assault charges made against him in a high-profile New York court case were dropped. Edith Cresson, former French prime minister, comments on whether he can rebuild his political career.

What does the overthrow of Gaddafi reveal about Nato, western intervention and the United Nations? Shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander gives his reaction to events in Libya.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

The results of an exercise to map mobile 3G coverage around the country have been released by the BBC. Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones provides a national picture of just how good the service is.

Rebels in Libya are fighting the last of Colonel Gaddafi's forces as they gradually secure the capital, Tripoli. Ellen O'Gorman, senior lecturer in classics at Bristol University, and Antony Beevor, the military historian, debate how the capture of Tripoli compares with the fall of other cities in past conflicts, such as Berlin and Carthage.

Over the course of the last week, Shashank Joshi of the Royal United Services Institute has analysed events in Libya as opposition troops moved in on Colonel Gaddafi. He reflects on how far the rebels have come, and what is still in store for a country in transition.



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