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Today: Friday 10 October 2008

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Share prices have plunged in the Far East after significant falls on Wall Street. G7 finance ministers are gathering in Washington to discuss the global financial crisis. How did the government of the 1970s deal with economic disaster? And Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg says bankers should be held more responsible for the crisis.

There have been more big falls on the Asian stock markets, due to growing fears of a global recession. Markets in Japan, South Korea and Australia opened to a morning of panic selling. Tokyo correspondents John Sudworth and Mariko Oi report on the latest symptoms of the crisis.

It seems no-one is escaping the effects of the financial crisis - and that includes charities. Many have yet to reveal how much they may have lost for fear of damaging their profile and their fundraising. Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, says the government must make sure that charities' money is protected

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

North Korea has announced that it is preparing to restart its nuclear programme, indicating that it plans to pull out of an international deal. Professor Keith Howard, of the School of Oriental and African Studies, says this is just North Korea "flexing its muscles".

An investigation is underway into the disappearance of a computer hard drive containing personal details of 100,000 members of the armed forces. Correspondent Andy Moore says that up to one million records could be unaccounted for.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Who really runs the global economy? Peter Mandelson has admitted that "the machinery of global economic governance barely exists". Correspondent Greg Wood examines what has happened to the institutions of the global economy since 1944. Gerard Lyons, chief economist at Standard Chartered Bank, says the G7 should probably be torn up.

Today's papers.

A radical new plan to counter growing Taleban propaganda in Afghanistan is being considered by the government, the BBC has learned. Security correspondent Frank Gardner reports on the ways new media, like mobile phones and the internet, could be used to empower ordinary Afghans to contradict the Taleban message.

Before the winner of the country's leading literary prize, the Man Booker, is announced, each nominated author will speak to the Today Programme. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones talks to Steve Toltz, author of A Fraction of the Whole.

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

How is the financial crisis affecting some ordinary businesses across Britain? Reporter Sanchia Berg went to Lincolnshire to find out how small firms in Bourne are adapting to changing circumstances.

European stock markets are expected to be volatile after Asian markets opened heavily down in the wake of a plunge by US stocks to their lowest level for five years. Business presenter Nick Cosgrove discusses the latest developments.

A man who has been nicknamed Dr Death is to hold his first do-it-yourself suicide workshop in the UK. Dr Philip Nitschke, an Australian who wants to help people die in countries where euthanasia or assisted suicide is not allowed, and Sarah Wootton, of the campaign body to allow assisted suicide Dignity In Dying, discuss whether Dr Nitschke's actions have the potential to harm vulnerable people.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats, has written to Gordon Brown to urge the removal of senior banking executives involved in the excessive risk-taking which contributing to the current crisis. He discusses how accountable the City should be with Lord James, City troubleshooter and Conservative peer.

The new science minister, Lord Drayson, has been setting out some ideas for British science and wants to maintain funding for science at a high level. He says that there should be more scientific method in the workings of government.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove

In the history of rock music, German singer and actress Nico has a unique role. She sang with the Velvet Underground, pursued a solo career and has a list of romantic encounters that counts as a "who's who" of music legends. She died 20 years ago but would have been 70 this month. Fellow Velvet Underground member John Cale is organising a concert at the Southbank Centre on Saturday to celebrate her life. He shared his memories of her with reporter Nicola Stanbridge.

Francis Fukuyama is one of the world's most notable political thinkers - famous for writing a treatise after the fall of the Berlin Wall on The End of History. It argued that the world had settled on liberal democracy as the best model for countries to adopt - all ideological battles were over. Now the influential writer has said that he is supporting for Barack Obama in the US election. He also has views on the financial crisis - and the damage he thinks it has done to the "brand" of the US.



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