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Today: Tuesday 23 September 2008

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The US government's $700bn (382bn) financial bail-out plan is running into trouble in Congress. David Walker, former US Comptroller General, the government's chief accountant, says he is concerned about the implications of the plan.

What has happened to Labour rebel hopes of triggering a leadership contest? Graham Stringer, MP for Manchester Blackley, says he would be surprised if there was not a leadership challenge by next summer.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

President Bush is meeting the new Pakistani President Asif Zardari for the first time. The meeting comes after a massive explosion, blamed on Taleban militants, destroyed much of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad. South Asia correspondent Chris Morris reports on whether a conflict between the US and Pakistan is just a matter of time.

The EU Commission has asked the European Food Safety Authority to "urgently assess possible public health risks" of China's tainted milk scandal to consumers in Europe. Dr Andrew Wadge, of the Food Standards Agency, says that no dairy products from China are allowed into the EU.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

As the uncertainty and turbulence in financial markets continues, the argument over who is to blame for creating the crisis is also raging. Paul Myners, of investment managers GLG Partners, says that current troubles are the fault of central banks.

Today's papers.

What are the most memorable moments of Labour Party conference history? Lord Kinnock, former Labour leader, describes the speeches that have stuck in the mind of Labour supporters, from Harold Wilson to Denis Healey.

Thought for the day with The Right Reverend Tom Butler, Bishop of Southwark.

Leading green activist Mark Lynas has suffered a backlash following an article he wrote stating that the environmental movement should "face up to some hard truths" and stop their opposition to nuclear power. He discusses pro-nuclear environmentalism with Caroline Lucas, leader of the Green Party, who says that nuclear power "would deliver far too little, too late".

Gordon Brown will attempt to reassert his authority over Labour in his keynote speech at the party conference. Justice Secretary Jack Straw discusses whether the prime minister can captivate Labour's core support and lead the party into a fourth term.

The bombing of the Marriot Hotel in Islamabad has focused attention on the areas along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan where militant groups are said to operate. Security correspondent Gordon Corera discusses the increasing tension in Pakistan's tribal areas.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Uncertainty over the $700bn US bail-out plan is having severe repercussions in the stock market. Business editor Robert Peston has the latest on the unstable global markets.

What exactly is a kilt? In Perth, kilt makers are gathering to try to work it out and to decide and what skills are needed to make one. Scotland correspondent Huw Williams, in Blairgowrie, finds out why.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

South Africa will soon have a new president. Kgalema Motlanthe is being named as a caretaker to serve until next year's elections. Andrew Feinstein, author and former ANC MP, discusses whether Thabo Mbeki's resignation will bring stability to the country.

At the Labour Party conference, Gordon Brown will hope to overshadow Foreign Secretary David Miliband's comments that he wished to avoid a "Heseltine moment" in his own speech. Ben Brogan, political editor of the Daily Mail, and Jackie Ashley, of the Guardian, discuss how Brown will fare.



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