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Today: Wednesday 12th December

A report out today will show how the security services colluded in the Loyalist murder of the Belfast solicitor, Pat Finucane, 24 years ago. Taxpayers are forking out more than £200m a year to repair street surfaces which are poorly re-laid by utility companies' contractors after road works, according to research released today. And also on the programme, is there a growing chasm between what professional chefs want to cook and what restaurant goers want to eat?

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Business news with Simon Jack on from the coastal city of Shanghai in China.

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Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

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A report examining how the security forces colluded in the killing of a prominent Northern Ireland solicitor is published today. Lord Bew, a historian who sat on the Savile inquiry explains his view that there is no need for a further inquiry and believes the De Silva report will cover all the issues.

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The NHS should consider setting up dedicated services for pregnant women who may have an ectopic pregnancy or who experience pain or bleeding in their first trimester (before 13 weeks gestation). Alex Peace-Gadsby, chair of the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust, who suffered an ectopic pregnancy over the Christmas period in 2004, and Mary Ann Lumsden, professor of gynaecology at Glasgow University, discuss health care during the early stages of pregnancy.

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Business news with Simon Jack.

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The 2011 Census has revealed that Norwich had the highest proportion of respondents in England and Wales reporting "no religion". The Venerable Jan McFarlane, Archdeacon of Norwich, explains why she is surprised by the findings.

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Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

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When the Liberian president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, took power in 2006 she was left with a country ravaged by nearly three decades of military coups and civil war, and a government with an annual budget of just $80m. The Today programme's Evan Davis went to meet President Sirleaf at her headquarters in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the capital, Monrovia. This is an extended version of the broadcast interview.

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The paper review.

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For the last seven years, the Metropolitan Police have been recording the sound of the electrical hum that you sometimes hear from electrical goods to measure the supply and demand on the national grid. Dr Alan Cooper, senior digital forensic practitioner at the Met, describes this "breakthrough technique", which allows the time and date of recordings to be accurately revealed.

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Thought for the Day with Mona Siddiqui, professor of Islamic studies, New College, University of Edinburgh.

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Taxpayers are paying out more than £200m a year to repair street surfaces which are poorly re-laid by utility companies' contractors after road works, according to research released today. Peter Box, chairman of the LGA's economy and transport board, and Les Guest, a consultant for the utility sector, examine the results that say councils in England and Wales are having to redo 340,000 shoddy resurfacing jobs a year.

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There has been widespread condemnation of a long-range rocket launch by North Korea, which went ahead in defiance of international warnings. North Korea said it had succeeded in putting a satellite into orbit - a claim backed by international observers. The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes and John Everard, a former British ambassador to North Korea, reflect on the significance of the launch.

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Patrick Finucane, who represented a number of accused republicans, including IRA members, was shot dead in front of his family at home in 1989. A report looking into how the security forces colluded in the killing of the prominent Northern Ireland solicitor is published today. The BBC's Andy Martin reports from Belfast and Today presenter Evan Davis speaks to Pat Finucane's son, John, about the family's feelings towards the murder.

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Is there a growing chasm between what professional chefs want to cook and what restaurant goers want to eat? Charles Campion, food writer and restaurant critic, and Angela Hartnett, a chef and protegee of Gordon Ramsay, discuss what people want to see on their menu.

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Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

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The number of cases where children have been abducted by one of their parents has doubled over the past ten years. Alison Shalaby, the chief executive of the charity Reunite, and Dr Safraz Khan, whose daughter was taken by her mother to Pakistan last year, discuss what is being done to stop the abductions.

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Liberia is a nation of traders and in Gbarnga, Bong Country, the market is the focal point of the community. The Today programme's Evan Davis discovers how much of a living people are making by buying and selling.

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From Mulberry to Ferrari to malt whisky the world's luxury brands have been beating a path to China. Today business presenter Simon Jack is in China, speaking to people from Diageo's Johnnie Walker about how to adapt your brand culturally to suit the Chinese luxury consumer.

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The think tank Policy Exchange thinks they should and believes that the scale of public disengagement is highlighted by the fact that fewer than half of crimes are reported to the police. Edward Boyd, author of the Policy Exchange report, explains why he wants to see more public intervention.

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The singer-songwriter Beck is the first major pop artist to release an album purely as sheet music. Eg White, songwriter who written music with Adele, Duffy, Pink, Will Young among artists, gives his view on why this might not catch on, and Dan and Aurelie from the band Mayflys, play one of the songs from Beck's album Song Reader.


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