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Today: Saturday 27 September 2008

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Both John McCain and Barack Obama are claiming to have won the argument - John McCain seemingly before the debate had started. Kevin Connolly reports on a US presidential debate dominated by the financial crisis.

Files containing the personal details of thousands of RAF staff have been stolen from the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency at the RAF Innsworth site near Gloucester. Andy Moore reports on the latest data scandal.

The Church of England has been accused of hypocrisy for attacking city traders for dodgy financial practises and yet taking advantage of them themselves. Priest and financier Reverend Mark Speeks and director of the think tank Ekklesia Jonathan Bartley debate the morality of the Church's investments.

US politicians are in agreement that it is not just Wall Street that needs a bail-out plan. Ordinary home owners on Main Street must also be helped. North America business correspondent Greg Wood speaks to one homeowner at the sharp end of the subprime crisis.

The sports news with Rob Nothman

The electricity supply system is so stretched that some are warning that the lights may go out this winter. Energy consultant David Hunter discuss the problems with Allan Asher, chief executive of Energywatch, who says the public should not be worried that the lights will go out.

John McCain urged that Georgia should eventually be allowed to join Nato and warned against future Russian aggression in the US presidential debate. But would Nato membership be a good idea? Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili discusses the issue with diplomatic correspondent Bridget Kendall and Michael Clarke, director of the Royal United Services Institute, gives his analysis of the likely Russian response.

Thought for the day with the Catherine Pepinster.

The government has unveiled the pictures - of rotting teeth, corpses being cut open and giant abscesses - that will be printed on packs of cigarettes from next week. Simon Clarke, of the smokers' organisation Forest, and Bryan Stoten, chairman of the NHS Confederation discuss whether the move is a good idea.

With the race still hanging on a knife edge, this round of presidential debates may have a decisive effect on who becomes the next US president. Kevin Connolly gives his analysis of the performances of John McCain and Barack Obama.

Is Tribune magazine about to go out of business? Former editor Mark Seddon and David Goodhart, editor of Prospect Magazine, discuss whether the leftwing stalwart can be saved.

Elections are taking place in the former Soviet republic of Belarus. President Alexander Lukashenko was accused of rigging his re-election two years ago, but there are signs of increasing openness from the authoritarian regime. Correspondent Gabriel Gatehouse reports from the country described by the US State Department as an "outpost of tyranny".

The sports news with Rob Nothman

There are still substantial issues to be resolved before the $700bn bail-out plan can pass through the US Congress. Justin Webb reports on the latest developments in the race to save the US financial system and speaks to Stephan Halper, former advisor to presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan.

Bradford and Bingley's shares have collapsed and a takeover seems imminent. Business editor Robert Peston analyses the prospects of a government rescue plan - from a subsidised takeover to wholesale nationalisation.

It is 40 years since censorship in Britain's theatres came to an end. Playwright Sir David Hare and Guardian theatre critic Michael Billington discuss why censorship ended when it did.

Will the human race leave a trace for alien geologists after our species has died out? Author Dr. Jan Zalasiewicz looks one hundred million years into the future of the Earth and examines how the history of human existence could be deciphered from the traces we will leave in the rock strata of the planet.



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