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Today: Friday 26 September 2008

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Talks in Washington have so far failed to reach agreement on a massive $700bn (ú380bn) government proposal to bail out the troubled US finance sector. And the health watchdog says emergency care in some parts of England is not good enough.

Bob Geldof has been meeting world leaders in New York to discuss progress on the millennium development goals - the eight different goals for improving poverty, health and education in developing countries by 2015. He describes his optimism that the goals will be met and praises Gordon Brown as "the conscience of the G8".

Talks in Washington have so far failed to clinch an agreement over President Bush's proposed multi-billion-dollar rescue package for America's troubled financial institutions. Democrat Congressman Jim McDermott discusses how long it could take to reach an agreement.

Central banks over the world have been working on a plan of action in case there was no deal from Washington to help ease the financial crisis. Business editor Robert Peston reports that the Bank of England, the European Central Bank, the Swiss National Bank and the Federal Reserve are to lend out money for a week.

Members of the Armed Forces should be given a written guarantee by the government they will be properly looked after in return for risking their lives when they go to war, the Liberal Democrats say. Former leader Sir Menzies Campbell, who chaired the review, says that an agreement could be subjected to public scrutiny more easily.

Far too many people are going to accident and emergency who should not be, according to the NHS watchdog. Anna Walker, chief executive of The Healthcare Commission, says patients need to be able to rely on out of hours GPs rather than always relying on hospitals.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Sports news with RobáBonnet.

Half of Europe's frogs and toads and newts could be wiped out in the next 40 years, the Zoological Society of London suggests. Sir David Attenborough, a fellow of the society, explains why he thinks this is likely to happen.

Today's papers.

Thought for the day with the Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks.

Senior police officers have written to a government advisory panel urging it to leave ecstasy as a Class A drug, the BBC has learned. The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs is meeting to discuss whether or not it should be downgraded to Class B. Professor Colin Blakemore, a member of the independent UK Drug Policy Commission, and Dr Philip Murphy, of Edge Hill University discuss whether the illegal drug is more dangerous than alcohol.

Talks in Washington have so far failed to reach agreement on a massive $700bn (ú380bn) government proposal to bail out the troubled US finance sector. Vincent Reinhart, former director of monetary affairs at the Federal Reserve, says that Paulson's plan was flawed from the outset.

Sir Paul McCartney, denounced and banned by the Israeli government in the 1960s, has played a concert in the country for the first time. Correspondent Wyre Davies reports on McCartney's attempt to arrive with "a message of peace".

In the summer of 1940, as the Germans took control of Paris, an art historian called Agnes Humbert helped to set up one of the first organised groups of the French Resistance. Her diary setting out the events as she lived through them has been translated into English. Antoine Sabbhag, grandson of the author and Barbara Mellor, who translated the book explains why this is still a tale worth telling.

Sports news with RobáBonnet.

Asif Ali Zardari, the president of Pakistan, has told the UN General Assembly that Pakistan will not allow its sovereignty to be violated by its allies. It comes after American troops exchanged fire with Pakistani forces on the border with Afghanistan. General Ehsan ul Haq, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Pakistan military, and John Simpson, world affairs editor, discuss what this means for foreign diplomacy.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

A Europe wide ban on all children's food imported from China has come into force. Correspondent Chris Mason reports from Brussels on the European Commission's decision.

Poet Seamus Heaney's translation of The Burial at Thebes: Sophocles' Antigone into verse has now been transformed into an opera, in conjunction with Derek Walcott and the Manning Camerata production company. Correspondent Nicola Stanbridge reports on how seeing his work on stage makes Heaney feel like a young poet once more.

Is the economic crisis absolutely baffling? Economist John Kay tries to explain some of the complications of the crisis and why the banks need help from the US Treasury.



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