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New French President Francois Hollande is travelling to Berlin to discuss the future of the eurozone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The government is planning to reduce the number of children in England classed as having special educational needs. Also on the programme, the Dalai Lama on Tibet, China, and the tale of a poison-carrying assassin.

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 credit rating agency Moody's announcement of a downgrade of 26 Italian banks.

Francois Hollande is set to be sworn in as French president - and will immediately meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Europe editor Gavin Hewitt explains the importance of the meeting.

Measures to overhaul provision for children with special educational needs in England are being unveiled by ministers. Children's minister Sarah Teather explains what these will entail.

There are to be tougher sentences for people convicted of owning dangerous dogs. Anne Arnold, member of the council and a resident district judge at Portsmouth Magistrates Court, gives her view on the issue.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Eighty years ago today, the BBC formally opened its first purpose-built headquarters at Broadcasting House in central London, thousands of BBC staff have just started moving into a 21st century equivalent, next door to the original art deco building.

Nick Higham reports.

Sport new with Garry Richardson.

Sarah Montague speaks to the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, who has been presented with the Templeton Prize, honouring an individual's exceptional contribution to "affirming life's spiritual dimension".

The paper review.

Police in Derby have confirmed that a fire that killed six children from a single family on Friday was started deliberately. Tom Feilden reports.

Thought for the Day with Canon Angela Tilby of Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford.

Ministers believe that too many children in England are being classed as having special needs and are proposing a new system.

Head teacher Val Rudd and Prof Sonia Blandford, chief executive of the charity Achievement for All, discuss how this system would work.

New French president Francois Hollande is travelling to Berlin to discuss the future of the Eurozone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Europe editor Gavin Hewitt reports. And Dr Michael Fuchs, a close ally of Angela Merkel, and Karine Berger, parliamentary candidate for Francois Hollande's party, debate what the meeting will mean for the future of the Eurozone.

How were the girls groomed for sex by a group of men in Rochdale - almost all of whom were in care but able to be out on the streets late at night with no-one seemingly aware of what was happening to them?

ade, who is now in her twenties but went into care when she was 13, gives her view on the issue.

Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones has been to meet opera singer Jessye Norman, who, for the first time in almost a decade, will be performing in Britain.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

Community groups in Derry estimate that 200 young men have been forced out of the town by a vigilante group, the Republican Action Against Drugs (RAAD).

One woman describes how she witnessed a punishment shooting on her son. Chief Superintendant Stephen Martin, PSNI District Commander for the area, debates the issue.

A group of MPs are warning the government that they need to act urgently to tackle a shortage of medicines. As health correspondent Branwen Jeffreys reports, distress and risk is being caused to patients by delays in getting hold of some essential medication.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Mike Thomson speaks to French ethnologist, Francois Bizot, one of the few people to have escaped one of Pol Pot's death camps in Cambodia during the 1970's.

The BBC has spent a year at Great Ormond Street hospital, talking to children, parents and doctors. Doctor Peppy Brock, consultant in paediatric oncology, and paediatric surgeon Edward Kiely, discuss the achievements of one of the world's most famous medical institutions.

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