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Today: Friday 3 October 2008

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Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair has resigned from his post, after London Mayor Boris Johnson "withdrew his support". Tony Travers, of the London School of Economics, says that this demonstrates the extraordinary power of the office of mayor of London.

In the US presidential race, vice presidential candidates Sarah Palin and Joe Biden have held their only televised debate. Correspondent Kevin Connolly reports on whether Mrs Palin managed to hold her ground.

People could be putting their lives at risk by thinking that flu is just a severe cold, the government's head of immunisations says. Professor David Salisbury is calling on more people who are at risk to get a flu jab. He says being immunised "can literally save lives".

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

A European financial summit to discuss the current global crisis is set to take place in Paris, with rumours that an EU-wide bail-out could be proposed. Europe correspondent Jonny Dymond reports on European governments' opinion of the idea of a joint action plan and Sir Howard Davies, former chairman of the FSA, says the notion of a common fund for bail-outs is a non starter.

The terrorist threat to Britain from home-grown radical Muslims is almost as high as it was after the July 7 suicide bombs in London three years ago, senior Whitehall officials say. Security correspondent Gordon Correra reports on why this situation is at "the severe end of severe".

Today's papers.

The Suez crisis is generally regarded as one of the most shameful episodes in British foreign policy. The cabinet secretary's notebooks of the time are being released to the public. They show one minister advocating straightforward lying after Britain was forced into retreat. Correspondent Sanchia Berg reports.

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

One in five teachers would like to bring back the cane, a poll conducted by the Times newspaper says. They say they want a return to corporal punishment because of the deterioration of school children's behaviour. Nick Seaton, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, and Margaret Morrissey, chair of lobby group Parents Outloud, discuss whether the return of the cane would improve discipline.

Met Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair has resigned, amid a row about whether he was forced to go by London mayor Boris Johnson for political reasons. Former Home Secretary David Blunkett, and Ken Jones, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, discuss whether politics should influence policing.

The US House of Representatives is preparing to vote on a $700bn (380bn) plan to rescue the US financial sector. James Naughtie reports on whether the House will stun global markets again.

Sports news with Garry Richardson

Unhealthy people in Essex could soon be paid for visiting the doctor. North East Essex Primary Care Trust is considering ways of getting people in deprived areas to see their GPs. Chief executive of the trust Dr Paul Zollinger-Read and Tam Fry, of the Child Growth Foundation, discuss the discrepancy in life expectancy between wealthy less wealthy individuals.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

In 1959, US president Richard Nixon and Soviet First Secretary Nikita Kruschev agreed to host an exhibition of each other's cultures to try to show which was superior. The result has been revived in an exhibition at the V&A museum in London. Jack Masey, one of the main organisers, and Vladimir Bukovsky, a Russian dissident who visited the original exhibition, discuss the role played by culture in the big power games between countries.

After recent talk of a reshuffle in the cabinet, political editor Nick Robinson reports that confirmation of new government posts will shortly be announced.

The first sports writing festival, the Carnegie Sporting Words Festival, is to begin. Will Buckley, senior sports writer at the Observer, and author Hunter Davies discuss whether sports writing deserves such an event.



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