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The government will today reveal a new planning framework for England, which it says will help stimulate economic growth and provide much-needed new homes. Critics fear the new rules will favour development. The Today programme's Sanchia Berg spoke to a protestor and the developer of one project in Yorkshire that took nine years to work its way through the process. And Greg Clark, Minister of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government, responds.

Three men have been found guilty over a shooting in a south London shop which left a five-year-old girl paralysed. The Today programme's Andrew Hosken has been speaking to some of those close to the gang to which the men belonged.

The government wants to establish a world leading "synthetic biology" industry in the UK where scientists would design and create new forms of life by making artificial DNA to produce everything from medicines to fuels to materials. Paul Martin, professor of Sociology at the University of Sheffield, reflects on the ethical questions this type of science raises.

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Tue 27 Mar 2012 06:00
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Saving lives at sea

Saving small children at sea – MSF migrant rescue diary

The diary of MSF doctor Erna Rijnierse aboard a rescue ship in the Mediterranean.

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