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Today: Monday 12th March

The High Court is to consider whether to hear the case of a paralysed man who wants a doctor to be allowed to kill him. Taliban insurgents have vowed revenge for the killing of 16 Afghan villagers by a US soldier. Also on the programme, why Armenia is pulling out of this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

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 a new government scheme to help people in England buy new-build properties.


At least 11 people have been killed in religious violence in the Nigerian town of Jos. A car bomb exploded outside a Catholic church in the middle of mass. The attack is similar to one which took place one two weeks ago, in which militants from the Islamist sect Boko Haram killed three people in the same city. The group says it is behind a wave of bomb attacks on churches across Nigeria since Christmas Day. Mark Lobel reports on how the attacks are being seen as an increasing threat to the country's unity.

A High Court judge is to rule on whether to throw out the case of a severely disabled man who wants a doctor to be able to kill him legally. Legal correspondent Clive Coleman has the details. Read more

New guidance from the General Medical Council (GMC) is coming into effect, preventing "gagging clauses" in employment contracts, which stop them raising concerns about poor care. Niall Dickson, chief executive of the GMC, outlines the issues facing medical staff who sign these contracts.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Relations between Greece and Germany are not particularly harmonious these days. And now this uneasy relationship has been turned into an opera set in the European Central Bank. The BBC's Steve Evans went to see it. Watch the report

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


A fifth of primary schools in England are full or over capacity and the problem is getting worse with the number of children attending primary school this autumn up 25% on previous years. Education correspondent Gillian Hargreaves reports from Winchester in Hampshire, which has been hit by the rise, to find out what the council is doing about a crisis in class places. And Professor John Howson, educational analyst and research fellow at Oxford University, reflects on the issues it raises.

Paper review.


Armenia has withdrawn from the 2012 Eurovision contest, which takes place in May in Azerbaijan, because the two countries fought a bloody war over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region in the 1990s, leaving at least 25,000 people dead. Author of The Eurovision Song Contest: The Official History, John Kennedy O'Connor, reflects on what this political statement says about the contest.

Thought for the day with Canon Dr Alan Billings, an Anglican Priest.


A US soldier in Afghanistan has killed at least 16 civilians, including nine children, and wounded five after entering their homes in Kandahar province. Robert Fox, defence correspondent for the Evening Standard, and Commodore Steven Jermy, former strategy director at the British Embassy in Kabul, discuss whether the damage in US-Afghan relations can be repaired.


A High Court judge is to rule on whether to throw out the case of a severely disabled man with locked-in syndrome, Tony Nicklinson, who wants a doctor to be allowed to kill him legally. Jane Nicklinson, Tony's wife, talks about his condition and why they are pursuing this case. And Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, a professor of palliative medicine at Cardiff University, describes her concerns about this case setting a precedent for future cases.


There have been more air strikes in Gaza overnight, just as Israel has called on the UN Security Council to take action over a rocket assault from Gaza ahead of a meeting of international powers on the Middle East conflict. Dr Aryeh Kontorovich who lives in Beersheva in southern Israel, and Dr Mona El-Farra, vice president of the Red Crescent in Gaza, discuss what they witnessed.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

President Obama has described as tragic and shocking the killing of 16 Afghan civilians by a US soldier. Shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander gives his thoughts on the attack.


The government is to outline a new scheme to try and help home buyers in England purchase a newly built property worth up to £500,000, with a deposit of just 5%. Campbell Robb, chief executive of housing charity Shelter, and Housing Minister Grant Shapps discuss how such a scheme would work.

Business news with Simon Jack.


"Literally" is one of the most commonly misused words in the English language, with even the deputy prime minister is guilty of it. Writer and comedian Paul Parry and Mark Forsyth, author of the book The Etymologicon which looks the origin and meanings of words, discuss our literal failings.

The Liberal Democrats are arguing for a mansion tax, tycoon tax and higher bands on council tax ahead of the budget. Former Liberal Democrat MP Dr Evan Harris and Conservative MP Douglas Carswell debate whether it is proper for the junior partners to be pushing for policies in public rather than privately.

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