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Today: Monday 2nd April

The government has confirmed it is drawing up new plans to allow the intelligence agency GCHQ to monitor the calls, emails, texts and website searches of everyone in the UK. David Cameron has marked the 30th anniversary of Argentina's invasion of the Falklands by re-stating Britain's commitment to defend the islands. And also on the programme, how a talent contest in Stoke has been transformed into a new stage play.

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 - HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur speaks to the former European Central Bank's chief economist, Juergen Stark.


Last week there were reports that a British man was arrested in Somalia on suspicion of links to the Al-Qaeda linked group Al Shabab. The Today programme's Zubeida Malik reports on growing concerns in the British Somali and Muslim community that a new wave of Muslim converts and British Asians are going to Somalia to join the group.


The government will be able to monitor the calls, emails, texts and website visits of everyone in the UK under new legislation set to be announced soon. Lord Carlile QC, former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, and Trefor Davies, chief technical officer of Timico, an internet service provider, discuss the issues surrounding the move.

Burma's Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has won a by-election for parliament, her party the National League for Democracy has said, after a landmark vote that saw 45 seats contested. The BBC's Rachel Harvey reports from Rangoon.


A report published by Ofsted has found that the most significant cause of delay for children seeking adoption is the length of time it takes for cases to be completed in court. John Goldup, deputy chief inspector at Ofsted, outlines the main findings.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Thirty years ago today, Argentine naval forces invaded the Falkland Islands, starting a 10-week war with Britain for control of the territory. Argentina's president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, has in recent months stepped up a diplomatic war with London, reasserting Argentine claims to sovereignty over the Malvinas, as the islands are called in Argentina. World affairs editor John Simpson reports from the Argentine capital Buenos Aires.

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Environmental teams have begun searching an area in Kent in an attempt to halt Britain's first outbreak of an exotic tree-killing beetle. Dr John Morgan, head of plant health at the Forestry Commission, explains what has been happening.


How do you follow up a play about the murder of prostitutes in Ipswich with one about a talent show in Stoke? That's what the documentary playwright Alecky Blythe has done with her new work Where Have I Been All My Life. Entertainment correspondent Colin Paterson speaks to the playwright.

Thought for the day with John Bell of the Iona Community.


Petrol suppliers are due to meet representatives of the conciliation service Acas to prepare the ground for formal talks with the tanker drivers union, Unite, to try to head off strike action. Brian Madderson, chairman of Retail Motor Industry Petrol, reflects on the current situation after motorists started to panic-buy fuel last week.


The government has confirmed it is planning to allow the intelligence agency GCHQ to monitor the calls, emails, texts and website searches of everyone in the UK under new legislation. Security correspondent Gordon Corera explains the changes while Anthony Glees, director of the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Buckingham, and former shadow home secretary David Davis debate the move.

Thirty years after the invasion of the Falklands Islands by Argentina, British veterans of the war and relatives of those who died will pay their respects at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. Defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt speaks to some of those attending the memorial.

A tenor from Harlem in New York has become the first black musician to reach the number one spot of the UK's classical albums chart. Noah Stewart explains the secret of his success.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Four hundred obese pregnant women are taking part in a drug trial designed to prevent the effects of obesity being passed on to their babies. Professor Jane Norman explains the programme.


Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has won a seat in parliament in Burmese by-elections. Anna Roberts, executive director of Burma Campaign UK, outlines the significance of the elections.

Business news with Simon Jack.

As austerity hits Italy in the pay packet and the country's economic reform program begins to bite, there is some concern that the government, a team of experts appointed to reduce Italy's debt, might be in danger of losing the popular support that it has so far enjoyed. Europe correspondent Matthew Price reports on how some are already beginning to question exactly what the lasting economic and social legacy might be.

It is very rare that the world of spying comes to public attention - perhaps only when things go badly wrong. Peter Taylor gives an insight into the world of modern-day spying in his series Modern Spies on BBC 2.


Was the Falklands the last war of its kind that Britain might ever face in terms of a direct threat to British interests? Rear Admiral Chris Parry, author Down South: A Falklands War Diary, who served in the Falklands as a young officer on a helicopter on HMS Antrim, and Bronwen Maddox, editor of Prospect magazine, discuss whether the moral case for going to war then was any stronger than in Bosnia, Afghanistan, or Iraq.

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