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Today: Saturday 27th August

Efforts are gathering pace to get aid into Libya amid fears of an escalating humanitarian crisis. And also on today's programme, we discover why allowing teenager to lie in may be good for everyone.

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Following a week of advances Libyan rebels say the capital city of Tripoli is almost theirs. The BBC's Paul Wood is just outside the Gaddafi stronghold of Sirte, and considers how much progress rebel fighters have really made.

New York is bracing itself for the onslaught of Hurricane Irene, the first such storm to pass through the area in nearly three decades. The BBC's Steve Kingstone reports from a city preparing for the worst.

Paper review.

Results from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have all but killed one version of an enticing new theory of sub-atomic physics. Science correspondent Pallab Ghosh explains how researchers have failed to find evidence of so-called "supersymmetric" particles.

During a speech at the Edinburgh International Television Festival the head of Google Eric Schmidt had some harsh words to say about Britain. Media correspondent Torin Douglas assesses Dr Schmidt's criticisms.

What effect will be the week's events in Libya have on David Cameron's future foreign policy decisions? The BBC's James Landale considers the political impact of the rebel advance.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Paralympians, including Oscar Pistorius, are taking part in the World Athletics Championships in South Korea this weekend. Athlete Aimee Mullins discusses to what extent this blurs the lines between the Paralympics and the Olympics.

Paper review.

The Libyan town of Zintan has served as the headquarters for the western rebel army during the conflict. The Today programme's Andrew Hosken reports from a place which has played a decisive role in the momentous events in Tripoli.

Thought for the day with Canon David Winter.

The latest phase of the economic crisis has put the established system, of an independent central bank setting monetary policy and politicians setting fiscal policy, under enormous strain. Sushil Wadhwani, a former member of the Bank of England's monetary policy committee, and Conservative MP John Redwood, debate if the separation needs to end.

The front page of the Daily Telegraph carries a picture of Abdulmagid Salah Ameri, the man it alleges killed PC Yvonne Fletcher outside the Libyan embassy in London in 1984. The BBC's Tom Symonds looks back at the unsolved case, former police officer John Murray, who was standing next to Yvonne Fletcher when she was shot, gives his reaction to the news, and Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski, chair of the Libya all-party parliamentary group, assesses whether justice could finally be done.

Councillors in Edinburgh have decided to reduce the length of the proposed tram system. Andrew Burns, leader of the Labour group on the council, and Liberal Democrat Gordon Mackenzie, transport convenor for the council, discuss the latest development in this controversial scheme.

There will be far more police on the streets at the Notting Hill carnival in the wake of the recent riots. Chris Boothman, one of the carnival's organisers, considers if the increased police presence will spoil the party atmosphere.
With evidence showing that teenagers are biologically programmed to sleep in, would schools improve if pupils were allowed to start later? Paul Kelley, head teacher of a school which achieved good exam results after doing this, explains why he opted to allow students some more precious time in bed.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

It's been a momentous week in Libya, representing huge change for the country. The BBC's John Simpson is in Tripoli, and reflects on what the future may hold for the Arab state.

Paper review.

The policy of not resuscitating certain patients at hospitals will soon be tested in the courts, with a man suing a Cambridge hospital over the treatment of his late wife. Roy Lilley, a former health trust chairman, previews the case.

The chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, has said Britain has lost its way as a world leader of innovation in science and engineering. Sarah Murray, British internet entrepreneur and founder of Confused.dot.com, responds.

The painkiller Nurofen Plus has been recalled and an alert has been issued to NHS staff because of suspicions the product has been sabotaged. Andrew Jack, Financial Times pharmaceuticals correspondent, considers the damage this may cause Nurofen's reputation.

The rebel advance in Libya could not have happened without the intervention of Nato forces, a move championed by David Cameron. The Independent's Mary Dejevsky and Tim Montgomerie, editor of Conservative Home, debate whether those who pressed for action will reap political rewards.



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