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Today: Friday 5 September 2008

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John McCain has accepted the Republican Party nomination. Gordon Brown has made it clear that there will not be a one-off payment to families struggling with fuel bills. And finally: Greek postal practices, the deluded dead, and how to avoid huge ships - the definitive guide to Britain's oddest books has been announced.

The UK Independence Party says Gordon Brown's current unpopularity is pushing Labour voters over to them. The Party's holding its annual conference in Bournemouth today. The Party's leader, Nigel Farage, says the next European elections in 2009 should be turned into a referendum.

How serious is the threat to Gordon Brown prompted by Charles Clarke's blunt warning that he must improve or go? Tony Woodley, from the union Unite, says Charles Clarke is not supporting his party in difficult times.

Angolans go to the polls on Friday for the first time in 16 years - the governing MPLA party is expected to win. Angola endured decades of conflict, but has been at peace since 2002. It's enjoying remarkable economic growth, on the strength of its oil wealth. Correspondent Peter Biles reports from Luanda.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

John McCain has accepted the Republican party nomination to become their presidential candidate. James Naughtie meets two young Republicans, both 21, who give an insider's view of the convention.

John McCain won a standing ovation as he arrived on stage in Minnesota to address the Republican convention and accept his nomination as the party's presidential nominee, and promised change in Washington if elected. James Naughtie reports from Minnesota.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Some radio presenters have been accused of encouraging a drinking culture. Researchers listened to 1,200 hours of broadcasting - and found that three-quarters of comments about alcohol encouraged drinking. Professor Norma Daykin, who led the research, says presenters often emphasise weekend drinking and partying.

Today's papers.

Thought for the day with Canon David Winter.

CERN's Large Hadron Collider is switched on next Wednesday. Some have suggested the creation of black holes in the LHC will destroy us all. A report out on Friday by the LHC Safety Assessment Group says we should not worry, it poses no threat to mankind. Professor Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith says there have long been high energy particles flooding in from the cosmos - and if they were dangerous they would have killed us a long time ago.

A new qualification, called Pre-U, designed to give students the skills and knowledge they will need for university is being introduced to schools this month. Dr Kevin Stannard, of Cambridge University, and John Dunford, of the Association of School and College Leaders, discuss whether we need another alternative to the heavily modular A-level syllabus currently available.

John McCain's claim on the US presidency is based on part in his immersion in foreign policy in 22 years in the Senate in Washington, making a contrast with his Democratic opponent whom Republicans criticise for having little of that experience. Chris Cox, grandson of Richard Nixon, discusses what lies ahead for John McCain if he wins.

Every year, the Bookseller magazine runs a competition to find the oddest book title. This year marks the 30th anniversary - and the all-time strangest has been announced. It is Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers. Listener Tim Sanders, who last year penned a tribute to the winning title How Green Were the Nazis?, has been inspired yet again. He and Phillip Stone of the Bookseller salute the weird and wonderful.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

There's been a lot of pressure for a windfall tax. That will no doubt increase with new research which shows that Britain's six biggest energy companies have increased the dividends they pay their shareholders. Sir Jeremy Beecham, of the Local Government Association, says the LGA is calling for energy companies to finance a national home insulation programme costing 500m over the next five years.

Quentin Bryce, Australia's first ever female governor-general is to be sworn in. She could be the country's last ever if Australia decides in a future referendum to cut constitutional ties with Britain. Correspondent Nick Bryant discusses how Quentin Bryce is the first woman to be appointed to a leadership position previously occupied only by men.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Ten years ago, two young graduate students from Stanford University in California started a company, called Google, which would help computer users to search the internet. Now Google is so famous that it has become a verb, used by millions to describe their daily hunt for information. Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones reports on where Google is heading next.

A woman who complained to Marks and Spencer about a problem with her seven-year-old son's Superman outfit was told that under the data protection law, they could speak only to him. Debbie Lamb, mother of the boy, discusses what happened when she made the complaint.

The US conventions are over - and now Americans must make a choice between Barack Obama and John McCain. Emily Walker, a member of the delegation from Republicans Abroad, explains what has surprised her most this week.



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