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Today: Monday 8 September 2008

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Asian markets have risen strongly following the bail-out of US struggling mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac. The first day of the TUC conference will discuss a call for a massive campaign against the government's 2% pay limit for public sector workers. And Andy Murray has reached his first Grand Slam final, after beating the world number one, Rafael Nadal, at the US Open.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Entrenched differences remain in the amount local health bodies spend on major diseases, a think-tank says. The King's Fund says variations in spending on mental health, cancer and heart disease across England was virtually unchanged from 2004 to 2007. Professor John Appleby discusses the King's Fund research into the way NHS Trusts spend their money

The takeover over of the mortgage companies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is the biggest financial rescue in the history of the US. The US Treasury is accepting liability for 3,000bn worth of debt, a figure that is twice as much as the entire British economy produces in a year. North America Business correspondent Greg Wood reports.

The first day of the TUC conference will discuss a call for a massive campaign against the government's 2% pay limit for public sector workers. Dave Prentis, president of the TUC, explains why it is calling for higher taxes on people earning over 100,000.

Today's papers.

The government's former Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir David King, believes that scientific research needs to be focused more closely on practical problems, like climate change. Sir David discusses why he will be making the case at the annual festival of the British Association of Science.

The US forces in Afghanistan are re-opening an investigation into a US air attack last month which reportedly killed many civilians. A United Nations official says video footage of the attack's aftermath shows the bodies of dead children. Correspondent Alastair Leithead reports on how US military says there is new information about the attack in the western province of Herat.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

A government minister has cast doubt on allowing a cap on the number of foreign workers allowed to settle in Britain. Former Labour minister Frank Field, and the former Tory minister Nicholas Soames, discuss whether future immigration should be capped at roughly the same levels as those leaving the country in order to stabilise the population and reduce pressure on public services.

CERN's Large Hadron Collider is switched on this 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 as it poses no threat to mankind. Science Correspondent Tom Feilden reports how it has taken the best part of 30 years to work out how to do it.

Today's papers.

Thought for the day with Clifford Longley, Religious commentator.

US President George Bush says mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have been taken over because they posed "an unacceptable risk" to the economy. The two companies account for nearly half of the outstanding mortgages in the US, and have lost billions of dollars during the US housing crash. Jim O'Neil of Goldman Sachs, and business editor Robert Peston, discuss the rescue fund package.

Julie Ward, 28, was last seen alive 20 years ago. She was brutally murdered while on a trip to the Masai Mara game reserve to photograph animals. Her father, who has battled with both Kenyan and British authorities in his search to find his daughter's killer, believes fresh DNA evidence and a renewed police inquiry could yield results. John Ward says he has gained access to an independent police report.

In an attempt to engage with voters outside the Westminster bubble, the prime minister and Cabinet will gather in Birmingham. The last time the Cabinet met outside London was in 1921. Labour MP Jon Trickett says he believes the government has lost touch with its grass roots - and Cabinet Office minister Ed Milliband denies the Birmingham meeting is a gimmick.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The mortgage lender Nationwide has confirmed it is taking over Derbyshire and Cheshire Building Societies. There is talk that the City regulator, the FSA, has engineered the deal. Adam Shaw discusses the takeover with Adrian Coles, director of the Building Societies Association.

An EU delegation led by the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, is travelling to Moscow to call on Russia to withdraw its troops from Georgia. The EU has accused Russia of failing to keep to the terms of the ceasefire there and it has suspended talks about a new diplomatic and trade agreement. Europe editor Mark Mardell reports on how European foreign ministers discussed the crisis over the weekend in Avignon.

The shortlist for a new literary prize is to be announced. It is called the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, and is a reward for books that make children laugh. Edward Stourton reports from village of Great Missenden where Roald Dahl made his home, and where he is remembered in a museum which has preserved recordings of what he had to say about the importance of making books funny.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The fertility expert Lord Robert Winston says he is being forced to leave the country in a bid to find a solution to the shortage of donor organs. He wants to breed genetically modified pigs as a source of organs for transplant. Lord Robert Winston and Baroness Ruth Deech discuss the ethical issues about using pigs.


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