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Today: Tuesday 14 October 2008

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President Bush is expected to announce that the United States is following Europe's lead in buying stakes in nine of the country's big banks. And civil liberties campaigners have welcomed the government's decision to shelve plans to extend pre-charge detention to 42-days after defeat in the Lords.

President Bush is expected to announce that the United States is following Europe's lead in buying stakes in nine of the country's big banks. Robert Reich, former labour secretary to Bill Clinton now of the University of California, says that buying shares in banks had always been part of the Paulson plan.

Former South African president Thabo Mbeki is in Zimbabwe to try to find a solution to the problems in the power-sharing government. But as a former president of South Africa these days his weight has diminished. Richard Dowden, director of the Royal African Society, discusses whether President Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai can be brought together.

Some councils in England and Wales are considering switching off some of their street lights to save money and reduce their carbon footprint. Correspondent Colette Hume reports on the fears that it will increase accidents and crime.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

UK security services were involved in interrogating prisoners who had undergone rendition in Africa, new reports allege. Correspondent Robert Walker reports on the plight of the suspects detained "unlawfully" in Pakistan.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Last year, correspondent Mike Thomson met a young mother in eastern Congo who suffered appalling abuse after being abducted by rebel soldiers. Zawadi Mongane witnessed the killing of 48 fellow captives, including her brother and two eldest children, before being forced to hang her own baby. A year on, Zawadi was found living with her only surviving child, five-year-old Reponse. She told Mike Thompson what had happened to her since she last saw him - and he explains why that prompted an enormous response from Today listeners.

Today's papers.

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 Sebastian Barry, author of The Secret Scripture.

Thought for the day with Dr Injarit Singh, director of the Network of Sikh Organisations.

Civil liberties campaigners are celebrating after the government was forced to shelve the most controversial part of its counter-terrorism policy. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith says she will push on with the Counter Terrorism Bill minus the 42-days proposal.

After the 37bn UK bail-out plan, stock markets around the world have risen, despite a fall in share prices of RBS, Lloyds TSB and HBOS. Business editor Robert Peston, Martin Taylor, former chief executive of Barclays, and economist Charles Goodhart, former member of the Monetary Policy Committee, discuss how governments are acting to restore confidence to financial markets.

Have villains become more common? In a new list of "monsters", history's most evil men and women, over a third of entries are from the 20th Century. Historian Simon Sebag Montefiore, who compiled the list, and journalist Dame Ann Leslie discuss the obvious inclusions, such as Osama bin Laden and Adolf Hitler - and some of the less obvious, like King Henry VIII.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The new minister for the Middle East, Bill Rammell, is making his first visit to Baghdad. He outlines how the "fundamental change of mission" in Iraq, as the prime minister has called it, is being received in the area.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The Buena Vista Social Club album brought Cuban music to the attention of the world. Despite the US embargo on Cuba, a concert took place at Carnegie Hall in New York in 1998 and now recordings are to be released. Correspondent Mark Coles talks to US guitarist Ry Cooder about that historic night.

Is the era of US world dominance at an end? Its role in the financial crisis and the increase of influence from emerging economies has left the US struggling to keep up with the growth of economies in China and India. Thomas Friedman, of the New York Times, and Stryker McGuire, of Newsweek magazine, discuss what can be done to retain America's title of "the world power".

Plans to extend pre-charge detention from a maximum of 28 days to 42 were defeated in the Lords by 191 votes. Political editor Nick Robinson and David Davis, who resigned as a Conservative front bencher in protest at the government's Commons win, discuss whether Mr Davis' stand made any difference to the vote.



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