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Today: Tuesday 30th August

The Today programme's Andrew Hosken has visited a mass grave in Tripoli. A study says the housing market in England is in crisis, claiming that home ownership levels have dropped markedly. And has devolution affected the way English history is written?

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Business News with Adam Shaw.

The Irish economy is currently growing faster than that of the United Kingdom, posting a record trade surplus, and with tax receipts running ahead of expectations. and with a tough prescription of cuts and tax rises seeming to be having a positive effect. Jim Fitzpatrick, the BBC's business editor in Ireland, reports on the country's slow road to recovery.

The rate of home ownership is in decline according to a new study. Ruth Davison, director of the National Housing Federation explains why tight mortgage lending and high house prices mean that an entire generation has been "locked out of the housing market".

The rebel leadership in Libya has accused Algeria of committing an "act of aggression" by giving shelter to Colonel Gaddafi's wife, Safiyah, and three of his children. The BBC's Kevin Connolly reports from Benghazi.

In the last 50 years, Britain's rivers have improved dramatically. Geoff Bateman, of the Environment Agency, outlines why traditionally polluted rivers are now homes for salmon, otters and water voles.

Paper review.

Do electricity pylons endanger public health? Oxford University's Professor Colin Blakemore gives his analysis.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Dale Farm near Basildon in Essex is one of the UK's largest illegal travellers' sites. Campaigners from across Europe have being trying to halt the eviction of almost 100 families living on the site. Local resident Len Gridley debates the future of the site with Jake Bowers, a Romany gypsy and Len Gridley, editor of Travellers' Times magazine.

Paper review.

A British woman is set to become the first to receive a kidney after advertising for a donor on a US website. Saira Khan, who has suffered from kidney disease for 10 years and has been waiting for a suitable donor, explains why she felt she had to advertise for a donor.

Thought for the day with the Rev Angela Tilby.

Is home ownership becoming the domain of the very wealthy, rather than an aspiration for all? Housing minister Grant Shapps considers whether the UK is suffering a housing crisis.

According to Algerian officials Col Gaddafi's family has been allowed to enter the country "on humanitarian grounds". The BBC's middle east editor Jeremy Bowen reports from Tripoli.

The Gaddafi regime had been found to have committed mass killings as it was forced from power. Today's Andrew Hosken reports how Colonel Gaddafi's son Khamis is alleged to have supervised the massacre of 150 men who refused to defend Tripoli. You may find some parts of this report disturbing.

Has devolution affected the way we view England's past? Novelist Peter Ackroyd and historian and Labour MP Tristram Hunt outline the different approaches to writing the country's history.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

A UN mission has concluded that there is an urgent need to protect civilians from the excessive use of force in Syria. Rashid Khalikov, who led the recent United Nations mission to the country, describes the current situation there.

Business News with Adam Shaw.

Can you run a hospital like a major business? Correspondent Mark Dummett reports from the world's largest heart hospital, in Bangalore, India, which uses production-line techniques to treat 6,000 patients every year.

Police in South Africa have fired stun grenades outside a disciplinary hearing into Julius Malema, youth leader of the ruling African National Congress. Mr Malema faces charges of bringing the ANC into disrepute by calling for the government of Botswana to be overthrown. The BBC's Karen Allen reports from Johannesburg.

The term "property owning democracy" was coined in the 1920s and since then the dream of owning your own home has grown. Now the trend is in reverse and the proportion of those who rent has shot up. Investigative journalist Shiv Malik and mortgage broker Ray Boulger discuss if home ownership is still a realistic ambition.



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