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Today: Saturday 19 July 2008

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The US and Iran are preparing for their first high-level talks on Tehran's nuclear programme. Diplomatic correspondent Bridget Kendall reports on this historic meeting.


Chancellor Alistair Darling has warned cabinet colleagues not to expect any more money for schools, hospitals or transport. Political correspondent Arif Ansari reports on the further impact of the credit crunch.


After a week of two halves on the US financial markets, beginning with the 'bail-out' of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac but ending with a fall in oil price, North America business correspondent Greg Wood discussed the week's events with Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at American research group Global Insight.

Today's papers.

Parliamentary correspondent Mark Darcy reports on yesterday in Parliament.

Sports news with Jon Myers.


Pope Benedict has apologised in Australia for the pain caused to victims of sexual abuses committed by some priests. Correspondent in Australia, Nick Bryant, reports on "shame" felt by the Pope.


Nearly one in five UK 16 and 17-year-olds are Neets - those neither in employment, education or training - a study seen by the BBC suggests. Reporter Keith Doyle explains what the government thinks of Neets.

Today's papers.


Gordon Brown is going to Southwold in Suffolk for his summer holidays. David Cameron is going to Cornwall. Do politicians feel they can't be seen to be doing anything else? Patricia Yates, of Visit Britain, and Andrew Gimson, of the Daily Telegraph, discuss the benefits of a British holiday.

Thought for the day with The Reverend Rob Marshall, an Anglican Priest.


House prices in the UK and the US are likely to fall for another two years, the chairman of one of the world's most powerful banks has warned. Sir Win Bischoff, chairman of Citigroup, was talking to business editor Robert Peston, who explains what was said.


Diplomats from six countries will sit down with Iran's chief nuclear negotiator in Geneva. One of the US state department's most senior officials, William Burns, will be joining them. Philip Bobbitt, former director for intelligence programmes at the White House, discusses what will be the result of the talks.


Should art galleries continue to explain art by placing captions next to work in major galleries? Tom Lubbock, art critic and cartoonist, and Jane Burton, creative director of the Tate galleries, discuss whether a caption intervenes in the experience of viewing art.

Sports news with Jon Myers.


Hundreds of thousands of secondary school pupils in England are set to finish the school year without receiving their "Sats" results. Mike Tomlinson, former chief inspector of schools and leading a government programme to raise standards in London schools, discusses the delay in releasing results.


Sir Win Bischoff, the head of one of the world's biggest banks, Citibank, said the housing market may not recover for two years. Gerard Lyons, chief economist at Standard Chartered, discusses whether there is a pessimistic mood in the City.

Today's papers.


President George Bush has called on Congress to lift its ban on off shore oil exploration. Washington correspondent, Kevin Connolly, reports from the New Jersey coast, one of the places where prospectors say there could be millions of barrels of untapped oil.


Margaret Thatcher will be the first prime minister since Winston Churchill to get a state funeral, the Daily Mail reports. Brian Wilson, a former Labour minister, and Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the RSA, discuss whether she should be given this honour.


Boris Johnson, mayor of London, said there are lessons to be learned from the death of Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet in relation to knife crime. What else can be learned from Shakespearian texts that might be useful today? Benedict Nightingale, theatre critic of The Times, and Carol Rutter, professor of English at Warwick University, discuss whether Shakespeare plays can provide an insight into modern day problems.


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