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Today: Wednesday 18th April

In the first of our party leader interviews ahead of the local elections, we speak to Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg. Tesco boss Philip Clarke on their latest results. And also on the programme, the 70th anniversary of the Doolittle raid on Japan.

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 news that shareholders of US bank Citigroup have voted against the pay deal for senior management.


For decades the Foreign Office claimed there were no detailed local records kept from the end of the British empire, but after a group of Kenyans brought a case against the government at the High Court, it admitted they did exist. Foreign Secretary William Hague said he wants to release as many files as possible, subject to legal exemptions, and they are being sent to the National Archives with the first tranche of nearly 9,000 records being released today. Sanchia Berg reports.

Tesco has announced its latest figures. Business editor Robert Peston has the details.


The BBC has learned that in the last 24 hours, lawyers for the Libyan military commander Abdul Hakim Belhadj have served a legal claim on the former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw for his alleged role in Mr Belhadj's illegal rendition to Libya in 2004. Security correspondent Frank Gardner has the background to the story while Sapna Malik, a lawyer representing Abdul Hakim Belhaj, responds.


It is just four days until the first round of the French presidential election and Nicholas Sarkozy is trailing in the opinion polls. Europe correspondent Chris Morris reports from the city of Nantes on how the state of the economy is playing into the campaign.

The Treasury Select Committee is warning that quantitative easing, a policy that has led to the creation of £325bn of new money, is "redistributing" money from savers to borrowers. Jesse Norman MP, Conservative member of the Treasury Select committee, outlines their concerns.


Sports news with Alison Mitchell on news that UK Sport is investing another £750,000 in helping British athletes make their final preparations for the Olympic Games.


Supermarket chain Tesco has announced a 1.6% rise in its annual pre-tax profits to £3.9bn. Chief executive Philip Clarke explains the figures.

The wife of the British ambassador to the UN has produced a video urging the wife of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to "stand up for peace" and ask her husband to stop the bloodshed. United Nations correspondent Barbara Plett has the details.

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Today is the 70th anniversary of the first US air raid on Japan in response to Pearl Harbor - the Doolittle Raid. Lt Col Edward J. Saylor, who was one of 80 crew members to take part in the Doolittle raid on Tokyo in 1942, describes his experiences.

Thought for the day with Abdal Hakim Murad, Muslim Chaplain at the University of Cambridge.


For the first time, cameras are to be allowed into the High Court in Edinburgh to film the sentencing of convicted murderer David Gilroy. Brian McConnachie QC, vice-chair of the Faculty of Advocates Criminal Bar Association, and Sir Roger Gale, MP for North Thanet, debate whether this is a step in the right direction.


In the first of a series of interviews with party leaders ahead of the 3 May local elections, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg talks to the Today programme's James Naughtie.

As of this morning, 90% of households in the UK are only able to receive digital television after the analogue signal at London's Crystal Palace transmitter was switched off. Deborah Bain, London manager for Digital UK, explains the process of the digital switchover while Lis Howell, former channel controller at UK Living TV and now deputy head of journalism at City University, reflects on the future of media.

Sports news with Alison Mitchell.

The British government is leading a campaign to reform the workings of the European Court of Human Rights. Barristers Martin Howe QC and Alex Bailin QC debate the UK's strategy.


Business news with Simon Jack on news that HSBC has launched the first ever renminbi (or yuan) denominated bond in London.


The deaths of US soldiers at the hands of rogue Afghan counterparts have added to calls in the US for troops to come home - just as the killing of six British soldiers by a Taliban bomb had a similar effect in the UK. Quentin Sommerville reports on how Nato, whose defence and foreign ministers are meeting in Brussels, says the war is still on track and that Afghans will soon be able to take the lead in securing their own country.

The government owes the bank of England over £300bn as a result of "quantitative easing", a process through which the Treasury issues bonds on the national debt. Allister Heath, editor of City AM, and Marian Bell, former member of the Monetary Policy Committee, discuss whether writing off the debt would greatly relieve the state of the finances of the nation.


The Foreign Office has finally made public the first batch of thousands of "lost" colonial era files believed to have been destroyed. Professor Anthony Badger, master of Clare College, Cambridge, and expert historian supervising the release of documents, and David Anderson, professor of African Politics at the University of Oxford, who issued the first freedom of information request which led to the documents release, discuss the how and why the documents came to be released.

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