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Today: Monday 20 October 2008

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The UK is already in recession and house prices will continue to fall until 2010, the economic forecasters of the accountants Ernst and Young (the Item Club) says. Nick Hood, of corporate rescue specialist Begbies Traynor, says the number of companies with "significant problems" has nearly doubled in the last eight months.

Scouts have always prided themselves on being prepared. It takes on a slightly different connotation with the news that the Scout Association has prepared a fact sheet on sex education. Matt Mills, a scout leader in Essex who helped to draw up the guidelines, says it is meant to give guidance to Scout leaders about whether they should or should not talk about sex if asked.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Can cells think? Biologist and author Professor Brian Ford will deliver a lecture on his revelation that there is intelligence in single cells. He says this has implications for our understanding of stem cells and the persistent vegetative state.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

New powers to stop the misuse of blue disabled parking badges are expected to be announced by the government. Transport Minister Paul Clark and Liz Sayce, of the national network of disability organisations and disabled people (Radar) discuss local councils' accusation that the problem of stolen and forged passes is now "rife".

It is nearly 70 years since the Spanish civil war ended in victory for General Franco. For the first time there is the prospect of elderly men facing prosecution for what they did during the war and its immediate aftermath. Spain's most famous judge, Baltasar Garzon, has launched an investigation into what he says were "crimes against humanity". Correspondent Steve Kingstone reports.

Today's papers.

The government says it wants banks to repossess people's homes only as a last resort. In the South West, the rate at which people are being evicted has shot up to double the national average over recent months. Correspondent Alex Bushill finds out why people in Devon and Cornwall are being so badly affected.

Thought for the day with Canon Dr Alan Billings, an Anglican priest.

Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell has endorsed Democratic candidate Barack Obama in his bid to become president. He also said that Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin was not ready for the White House. Emily Walker, of Republicans Abroad, says Mr Powell's backing will not change the direction of the election.

In a battle of manifestos preparing for a possible recession, Conservative leader David Cameron is to call for a 1p cut in national insurance to help small businesses. He says good businesses could "go to the wall" without government tax relief.

What does the art world have to say on the great events of our time? Dozens of artists have taken part in a "manifesto marathon" at the Serpentine Gallery in London, delivering their own statements for the 21st century. Today presenter Evan Davis reports on how the art world is coping with the current economic turmoil.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

When is someone dead? The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has issued a new code of practice for diagnosing death. Sir Peter Simpson, an anaesthetist who chaired the committee which drew up the new code, says there had been ambiguities in the diagnostic process.

The government is promising to try to reduce the number of house repossessions, which is expected to rise, perhaps to as many as 45,000 this year. Chief Secretary to the Treasury Yvette Cooper says banks should do more to help homeowners.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The anniversary of the death of Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti is being marked by a series of events worldwide. It includes a major exhibition of his life and works in Rome. Correspondent Duncan Kennedy went to see the collection of previously unpublished photos, paintings and personal memorabilia.

Is the intellectual opinion of capitalism changing? British Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawn, "arguably our greatest living historian" according to the New York Review, discusses the current economic crisis and the problems with a free market economy.

The government's Embryology Bill, to determine abortion rights, will return to the Commons with a number of amendments to be discussed. Pro-choice campaigners want to make it easier for women to get abortions, others want to try again to reduce the time limit at which women can terminate a pregnancy. Professor David Jones, of St Mary's University College, Twickenham says he wants to see further rights for disabled foetuses.



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