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Today: Wednesday 3 September 2008

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President Bush has told Republicans that John McCain is the leader America needs to combat terrorism. And children starting secondary school in England this term will be the first to have to stay on until they are 17.

Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders are to srart talking about reunification in the first official UN hosted talks in more than four years. Now the two sides have agreed in principle that there should be a single sovereignty and citizenship. Lord Hannay was Britain's Special representative for Cyprus between 1996 and 2003 and he says he is not confident that the talks will amount to anything great.

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond will tell the Scottish Parliament this morning what new laws he wants to introduce in the year ahead. He discusses the thinking behind the legislation and what he is hoping to achieve.

The drug information charity DrugScope is to publish its survey of street trends; and it has found that diazepam, which is better known under its old brand name of Valium, is re-emerging as a drug of choice among abusers. Martin Barnes of DrugScope advises that once you are dependent, withdrawal can be worse than coming off heroin.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

In a stirring speech to the Republican convention, the former presidential hopeful Fred Thompson let rip at the media for attacking Sarah Palin, John McCain's running mate. North America editor Justin Webb reports on how party insiders and delegates feel about Sarah Palin.

Google is launching a new internet browser which it hopes will challenge Microsoft internet explorer and Firefox which have, so far, dominated the market. Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones reports on whether people care about which browser they use.

The last few years have seen a boom in foreign investment in English football. Chairman of the Football League, Lord Mawhinney, and Doug Ellis, the former chairman of Aston Villa, discuss the dangers of the foreign takeovers and ask if the influx of cash could be damaging the British game?

A team of divers will present an Orkney museum with a wedding ring they found while they were diving off the island of South Ronaldsay. It belonged to one of the 188 crewmen who died when two British warships ran aground, while they were on patrol during World War I. Huw Williams reports on the detective work that went into finding out who the sailor was, and tracing his family.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Today's papers.

Thought for the day with the writer, Rhidian Brook.

The Republican Convention is back on course after being interrupted by Hurricane Gustav, and almost the first thing the delegates heard in St Paul, Minnesota was a presidential message to their candidate. James Naughtie reports from St Paul, Minnesota.

The takeover of Manchester City by the Abu Dhabi United Group and other high profile foreign investments in the UK has once again highlighted the question as to whether UK business is too open to foreign takeover. Will Hutton from the Work Foundation and Gerard Lyons, of the Standard Chartered bank, discuss Britain's place in the global trade for companies and other assets.

It has often been said that a group of prisoners in Auschwitz had their faith so tested by what they were going through and the brutality of the Nazis that they decided to put God on trial. The story has now been made into a drama for BBC Two. Writer Frank Cottrell Boyce discusses the story.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The government has unveiled its plans to help existing and prospective homeowners who may face difficulties in the current economic climate. The government is also in negotiations with energy companies on a potential plan to help the poorest households cope with rising energy prices. An announcement is now anticipated next week. Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg discusses the government's economic recovery plan.

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond is to tell the Scottish Parliament what new laws he wants to introduce in the year ahead. He discusses the thinking behind the legislation and says he is trying to address social problems such as alcohol abuse and to reform tax laws. Gavin Partington, from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, discusses the proposed ban on alcohol sales to under-21s outside pubs and clubs.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

A journalist from Time Magazine has written a book called The Unthinkable. She covers risk, terrorism, human behaviour and also how the brain works in disasters and how we can do better. Author Amanda Ripley, and Manuel Chea, survivor of a number of disasters, discuss why some people survive disasters and others in exactly the same situation do not.

It is the 350th anniversary of Oliver Cromwell's death. Writer Michael O'Siochru, and historian professor Martyn Bennet, discuss the extend of the brutality of Cromwell's invasion of Ireland in 1649.


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