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Today: Monday 22 September 2008

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Pakistan's president Asif Ali Zardari is on his way to the US, leaving behind a country still shocked by the huge bomb detonated in Islamabad at the weekend. Dr Farzana Shaikh, of the foreign affairs think tank Chatham House, says there is pressure on the Pakistani government to tell the US to back off.

The financial crisis has changed the backdrop to this Labour conference. Gordon Brown loyalists believe now is the time for him to shine. But the left of the party, long marginalised by the success of Blairism, think it is their opportunity to take back the party. Political correspondent Norman Smith reports.

Thabo Mbeki has formally resigned as the president of South Africa, a day after accepting a call by the governing African National Congress to quit. Daryl Glaser, Professor of Political Sciences at Witwatersrand University, discusses whether Mbeki supporters will break away and form a rival party.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Too many children between the ages of 10 and 14 are given custodial sentences, children's charity Barnardo's says. Chief Executive Martin Narey, former director general of the prison service, says that these children have been failed by state agencies from an early age.

Sports news with Arlo White.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband says that "probably the biggest task of [the Labour party] conference is to tackle the sense of fatalism." James Naughtie reports on the discussions which were once conducted behind closed doors, but are now being addressed in public.

Today's papers.

Archaeologists say they have found new evidence which suggests Stonehenge was once a place of healing. Professor Geoff Wainwright, president of the Society of Antiquaries and one of the leaders of the research, says that the site was used as a "prehistoric Lourdes".

Thought for the day with the writer Professor Mona Siddiqui, of the University of Glasgow.

The bomb detonated outside the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad was the biggest ever used in Pakistan. It created a crater about 8m (27ft) deep, and triggered a fire which engulfed the 290-room, five-storey building. Correspondent Chris Morris interviews Pakistani Interior Ministry adviser Rehman Malik about how the government will deal with the militants.

The Labour Party is pondering its future at their party conference under a hailstorm of economic uncertainty. Banks have collapsed, the US administration is taking bad debts into public ownership and questions are being raised about how much taxes will have to rise. Chancellor Alistair Darling, who will give his speech to the conference later, says that he will take whatever steps necessary to tackle the problems in the financial system.

Sports news with Arlo White.

The Federal Reserve has announced a big change in the way the last two independent investment banks on Wall Street will be managed. Business editor Robert Peston and North America editor Justin Webb explain why Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley will be allowed to raise more funds by opening commercial banks. Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz, of Columbia University, argues that markets are not self-correcting and require intervention.

A group of literary figures, broadcasters and politicians are campaigning to keep some unusual words in the Collins English Dictionary. Elaine Higgleton, of publishers Harper Collins Dictionaries, and Poet Laureate Andrew Motion discuss whether this is a 'niddering', or cowardly, response to archaic language.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

One of the earliest complete versions of the Canterbury Tales and a 15th century cookbook by Richard II's chef are among the medieval artefacts to be put online by the John Rylands Library at Manchester University. John Hodgson, keeper of manuscripts at the library, discusses the importance of the items.

Chancellor Alistair Darling is to give his speech to the Labour Party conference. Irwin Stelzer, economist and commentator, and Independent columnist Steve Richards discuss the future of economic policy.



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