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Today: Saturday 26 July 2008

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White House hopeful Barack Obama will hold talks with Prime Minister Gordon Brown after flying into London on the last stop of his global tour. Our Washington correspondent James Coomarasamy reports.

Critics have increased the pressure on Gordon Brown after Labour's defeat in the Glasgow East by-election, but colleagues have leapt to his defence. Our political correspondent Vicky Young reports.

Today's papers

In Belgrade, the deadline for Radovan Karadzic to appeal his transfer to the UN war crimes tribunal in the Hague has passed and an appeal was made at the very last minute. Our correspondent Helen Fawkes reports live from Belgrade.

US baseball is being taken over by players from the Dominican Republic with 10% of the players in the US Major League coming from the Dominican Republic. The BBC's Caribbean reporter, Nick Davis, reports from Santo Domingo.

Debt charities are calling for urgent action to be taken over so-called "Pay Day Loans" where companies lend customers money at rates of interest that can be nearly 2000% per year. Our reporter Keith Doyle has been investigating.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The PM's future is the subject of renewed speculation following Labour's defeat in the Glasgow East by-election. David Hannett, general secretary of the shopworkers union USDAW, says it is imperative for Labour to improve the economic outlook and says Labour "shouldn't panic".

Today's papers

Police in Cornwall are imposing curfews on young people in an attempt to tackle anti-social behaviour. On the Close Hill estate in Redruth a curfew will run throughout the summer holidays. Reporter Charlotte Ashton spent the evening in Redruth to find out how locals are reacting to the curfew.

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

Progress has been made at global trade talks and a deal looks possible, negotiators have said. Amy Barry, trade spokesman for Oxfam, and Peter Mandelson, EU trade commissioner, discuss the progress.

US democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is in London, finishing off his global tour of Afghanistan, Iraq and Europe. Rob Carolina, of Democrats Abroad, and Sir Christopher Meyer, former British ambassador to Washington, discuss whether an Obama presidency could heal the transatlantic rift.

In his recent book, Beijing Coma, the Chinese human rights activist Ma Jian suggests China has become a nation of amnesia sufferers, where remembering the country's recent troubled history has become a crime. Ma Jian has written an essay for us.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Critics have increased the pressure on Gordon Brown after Labour's defeat in the Glasgow East by-election. Former BBC political correspondent Nick Jones and former home secretary David Blunkett discuss Brown's options.

Mick Jagger is 65 today and, as if to prove he's still on top of the job, The Rolling Stones have switched their record label from EMI to Universal Music Group. Neil McCormick, rock critic of The Daily Telegraph, discusses the difficulties facing ageing rock stars.

Today's papers

We have been reporting from Bosnia following the arrest of the former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. It was an ethnic war, but apparently had the blessing of some Serbian Orthodox priests. Our reporter Andrew Hosken has been talking to Muslims and Orthodox Christians in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo.

Ben & Jerry's ice cream has been on sale for 30 years and its recent advertising campaign gives a relatively cuddly impression of the company which is owned by Unilever. Jerry Greenfield, Jerry from Ben & Jerry's, and Richard D North, of the Institute of Economic Affairs, discuss whether "caring capitalism" works.


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