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Today: Saturday 9 August 2008

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The fighting between the Georgians on one side and the South Ossetians and their Russian allies on the other has escalated with extraordinary speed. Gabriel Gatehouse and James Rogers report from both sides of the border.

Campaigners are protesting against the construction of a new coal-fired power station at Kingsnorth, Kent. Nkem Ifejika reports on their plans to close down the existing power station.

It is the first anniversary of the credit crunch. North America business correspondent Greg Wood looks back at a year in which the excesses of Wall Street rocked the foundations of the global financial system.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Pakistan is facing a difficult future, with an economic crisis, 25% inflation, and the Taliban in control of increasing amounts of the country. BBC Security Correspondent Gordon Correra and Pakistani commentator Ahmed Rashid discuss whether impeachment proceedings against General Musharraf will improve the situation.

Why has fighting broken out between Georgia and South Ossetia? Ryan Grist, deputy head of a mission from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe which attempted to broker a peace deal, has the latest from the country.

Cows produce methane and make a significant contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. In Australia sheep and cattle together account for 11 per cent of the country's carbon footprint. Dr George Wilson of the Australian Wildlife Services explains why kangaroos may hold the solution.

Thought for the day with Brian Draper, Associate lecturer at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.

The Beijing Olympics has opening in spectacular fashion with a ceremony involving 14,000 performers. The former London mayor Ken Livingstone was there and describes the extraordinary scenes.

Fighting continues in South Ossetia as diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict between Georgia and Russia step up a gear. Andrei Kortunov, a former foreign policy adviser to the Russian parliament, and Merab Klimiachvili, a former official in the Georgian government discuss whether the fighting can be halted.

Tony Benn is known as a leading figure in Labour's left-wing, but few know of his sideline as an inventor. Will his "seat-case" and "backbencher" make it through the dragons den?

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

To mark the anniversary of the credit crunch, business editor Robert Peston speaks to Hector Sants, the chief executive of the Financial Services Authority.

The Olympics is officially a competition between athletes, not nations, but that does not stop us from poring over the medals tables. Sports economist Professor David Forrest explains how we should rank and measure the different nation's Olympic performances.

The new Tracy Emin exhibition in Edinburgh was described by Magnus Linklater as "not so much an exhibition as a cry for help". He discusses the pros and cons of confessional art with Guardian Arts Correspondent Charlotte Higgins.

With the start of the Olympics and the climate camp in Kingsnorth, it feels as if protest is in the air. Comedian and activist Mark Thomas and Times columnist David Aaronavitch discuss what makes a good protest.


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