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Today: Monday 5th March

Vladimir Putin is celebrating victory in the Russian presidential election despite allegations of widespread vote-rigging. One of the most senior Roman Catholic clerics in Britain has said gay marriage would "shame the United Kingdom". And also on the programme, James Naughtie is on the campaign trail with the Republican hopefuls ahead of Super Tuesday in the US.

We are no longer providing clips of every part of the programme but you will be able to listen via the BBC iPlayer .

Business news with Simon Jack, on BPs decision to pay £5bn in damages to more than 100,000 claimants affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.


A liberal policy think tank is urging the government to scrap its Trident nuclear weapons programme. Toby Fenwick of the Centre Forum explains why they say the money saved should be used to shore-up Britain's conventional military forces, while Sir Menzies Campbell, former leader of the Liberal Democrats and now chair of a cross-party commission on the future of Britain's nuclear policy, gives his response.

In the town of Braunschweig near Hanover in Germany, somebody is leaving envelopes of money in batches of 10,000 euros. Berlin Correspondent Steve Evans reports from the scene of the mysterious generosity.

Russia's Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, has claimed victory in his country's presidential election amid accusations of election fraud. Diplomatic correspondent Bridget Kendall reports from Moscow. Read more

The business news with Simon Jack.


The government is expected to announce a pilot scheme which will allow women and men to go to the police and check if their partners have a history of domestic violence. Michael Brown, whose daughter was killed in 2009 by her partner, and Sandra Horley, chief executive of the domestic violence charity Refuge, discuss whether the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, or Clare's Law, will work.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


One of the most senior Roman Catholic clerics in Britain has renewed the church's attack on government plans to extend legislation which would allow people of the same sex to marry. Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, explains why he believes the plans would "shame the United Kingdom".

Paper review.

A review of one of the most controversial loyalist paramilitary killings of a republican in Northern Ireland has revealed that eight undercover soldiers were near the scene of the attack. The BBC's Andy Martin reports on the questions raised over the role of the security forces in the death of Sam Marshall in Lurgan in 1990.

Thought for the day with the Rabbi Lionel Blue.


The government's Legal Aid Bill, which is designed to cut the legal aid budget in England and Wales, goes to the Lords today. Des Hudson, chief executive of the Law Society, which represents solicitors in England and Wales, and Justice Secretary Ken Clarke discuss the proposed reforms.


Vladimir Putin and his supporters have been celebrating victory in Russia's presidential elections after seemingly winning with 65% of the vote. But as Steve Rosenburg reports from Moscow, opponents to Mr Putin are planning to stage more street protests amid claims of vote-rigging. Sergei Markov, a leading member of Putin's United Russia Party, gives his reaction to the result.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has confirmed that the government is considering how to administer plans for axing child benefit for higher rate taxpayers. Political editor Nick Robinson has the latest. Read more


"Hippies" is not a term that normally springs to mind when you think about the hard, number-crunching work of theoretical physicists, such as those who built the Large Hadron Collider. But as science correspondent Tom Feilden reports, the liberating approach of counter-culture revolutionaries may have played an important part in setting physicists free to day-dream again.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Ahead of Super Tuesday in the US, with primary elections in 10 states, the contest for the Republican presidential nomination as reached a decisive moment. The Today programme's James Naughtie is on the campaign trail, where all eyes are on the outcome for front runner Mitt Romney.


Holiday-makers will be offered discounts on UK breaks in a major tourism drive aimed at cashing in on the Olympic year, as the culture secretary launches a 2012 "staycation" campaign. Lisa Minot, travel editor of The Sun, and David Weston, chief executive of Bed and Breakfast Association and editor of Hospitality Today, discuss whether Britons will be convinced to holiday at home this summer.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Vladimir Putin has declared victory in Russia's presidential elections, returning for a third term after spending the last four years as the country's prime minister. World Affairs editor John Simpson and Edward Lucas, international editor at the Economist, discuss Mr Putin's role in Russian politics.


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