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Today: Friday 27th April

The deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, Simon Hughes, has supported calls for an independent inquiry into claims that Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt broke the ministerial code. Shareholders in Barclays are to challenge the pay of the bank's top executives. And also on the programme, should mini cabs be allowed in bus lanes?

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, with Friday boss Dame Fiona Reynolds, director general of the National Trust.

Europe is to launch a mission to study the Sun. The Solar Orbiter spacecraft will lift-off in 2017 and take up an observing position that is closer in to our star than even the planet Mercury. Dr Ralph Cordy, key account manager for science at Astrium who are building the craft, outlines the plans.


Representatives of the Unite union have recommended their members reject a proposed deal to avert a strike by fuel tanker drivers. Diana Holland, assistant general secretary of Unite, explains why.

A retired British businessman, extradited to the US on charges of arms dealing, has been freed on bail of $1m. The BBC's David Willis speaks to Christopher Tappin about his experiences.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The former Liberian president Charles Taylor has been convicted of aiding and abetting crimes against humanity carried out by rebel fighters in neighbouring Sierra Leone. Oscar Dolo, local journalist in Gbarnga - the town John Humphrys recently reported from for the Today programme - where Charles Taylor had his base for part of Liberia's civil war, describes the reaction to the conviction there.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

Could we be at the start of a new and confrontational era of anti-abortion protests? The BBCs Michael Buchanan has been looking into the tactics being urged by a US group. And Gregg Cunningham, who leads an anti-abortion group in California, explains why he is is encourage British pro-life demonstrators to use graphic images of aborted foetuses in their protests.

Paper review.

Scientists from the UK and Philippines have captured the first photos of two of the world's most endangered mammals in the wild, the Visayan warty pig and the spotted deer. Neil D'Cruze, of the World Society for the Protection of Animals, explains how they were found.

Thought for the Day with the novelist and columnist Anne Atkins.

The boss of one of Britain's biggest private hire car firms has unleashed a war of words between his firm and the cycling lobby over his calls for mini cabs be able to use bus lanes. The BBC's Tom Bateman has been finding out what life is like for cyclists in the bus lane. And John Griffin, chairman and founder of private hire taxi firm Addison Lee, and Eleanor Besley, policy advisor at Sustrans which run the National Cycle Network, debate the pros and cons of such a move.

This week's appearances in front of the Leveson Inquiry into press standards of James and Rupert Murdoch has ruffled a number of political feathers. Political editor Nick Robinson analyses what proceedings tell us about the relationship between the press and politicians. And former home secretary Lord Howard and former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott, gives their thoughts.

Local government chiefs are calling on the government to act urgently to avoid what they call dangerous delays in agreeing on reform to elderly services. Sir Merrick Cockell, chairman of the Local Government Association explains why he believes that delays could mean big cuts to services such as parks and libraries.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

Barclays' shareholders are to vote on the bank's chief executive Bob Diamond's pay. James Bevan, chief investment officer at CCLA Investment and a Barclays shareholder, and Katja Hall, chief policy director at the CBI, which represents British industry, discuss what might happen at the bank's AGM.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Sudan appears to have bowed to international pressure and halted its attacks on South Sudan after a military incursion and bombardments earlier this week threatened to plunge the two countries into a full-scale war. The Today programme's Mike Thomson reports on the growing tensions, while Baroness Caroline Cox, who has just returned from a visit to Sudan on behalf of the Humanitarian Relief Trust, gives her analysis.

Parents in the US have for some time used computer programmes to help them choose their babies' names. Now a free computer programme can show the popularity of British names over a 14-year period 1996-2010. Jeffrey Richards, professor of cultural history at Lancaster University, and computer programmer Anna Powell-Smith, discuss the most popular names.

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