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Today: Saturday 20 September 2008

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After a week of dramatic upheavals on the financial markets, Congressional leaders in the United States are promising to move quickly on a rescue package aimed at restoring stability. Our Washington correspondent Jamie Coomarasamy reports.

Political correspondent Iain Watson is in Manchester where the Labour Party is gathering for the opening day of the Labour conference.

Today's papers

South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) is in turmoil over whether to call for President Thabo Mbeki to resign. Peter Biles reports from Johannesburg.

The new president of Pakistan will address the country's parliament. Barbara Plett, our correspondent in Islamabad, reports.

What do the events on the markets that have dominated the news so much in the past week look like to those who live their lives outside the bubble of high finance in the City? Today reporter Nicola Stanbridge visits Kent.

Sports news with Rob Nothman.

The government should have acted sooner to prevent the great financial crisis, says Marks and Spencer boss Sir Stuart Rose. Sir Stuart spoke to our business editor Robert Peston, before this week's financial turmoil, about the problems faced by retailers.

A militant Islamist group has this week attacked the markets and other public places across the Indian capital. How is the Indian establishment handling the threat of Islamist terrorism? From Delhi, our correspondent Chris Morris reports.

Today's papers.

Russell Taylor, the writer of Alex, the cartoon of city life, has written a riposte to James Stewart's speech in It's A Wonderful Life.

Thought for the day with Rev Joel Edwards, general director of the Evangelical Alliance.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and PM-designate Morgan Tsvangirai are deadlocked over the division of posts in the cabinet, the opposition says. Richard Dowden, director of the Royal Africa Society, and writer William Gumede, discuss the difficulties.

What lessons can the UK learn from the current financial crisis? We speak to former Conservative chancellor Ken Clarke about moral hazard, regulation, how to balance risk and reward, where changes need to be made in the future, and whether through the spectacular bail outs we are seeing this week we are ensuring that greed goes rewarded and those who mess up are never made accountable?

Do you ever have trouble remembering the name of the person you're talking to, even though you know perfectly well who they are? A new device has been invented that whispers discreetly in your ear without anyone noticing. The psychologist Susan Blackmore has been investigating that and other futurist memory aids for a BBC documentary.

Sports news with Rob Nothman.

This week the scientist Michael Reiss resigned as the director of education at the Royal Society. His resignation came following the controversy over his recent comments on creationism. Science columnist Bryan Appleyard and Professor Chris Higgins, the Vice Chancellor of Durham University, discuss whether there is room for debate in science.

Today's papers.

Australia is suffering from a steep drop in the number of British backpackers heading there. Has the country lost its allure for young travellers? From Sydney, Phil Mercer reports.

Has the economic crisis brought an end to the unchallenged economic dominance of the United States? We speak to James Galbraith, Professor of economics at the University of Texas, and one of Barack Obama's economic advisers.



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