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Today: Saturday 25 October 2008

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for drastic measures to protect developing countries against the global financial crisis. Foreign secretary David Miliband discusses what is being achieved by the UN summit of world leaders.

Disruptive pupils are being given repeat suspensions rather than being permanently excluded from England's schools, official figures suggest. John Dunford, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, discusses whether the government is tying the hands of head teachers to exclude.

At a UN summit in Beijing, 43 nations from Europe and Asia say they are moving towards consensus on how to deal with the financial crisis. Correspondent Quentin Somerville reports.

Lord Mandelson has written to the Times trying to settle the questions about how long he's known the Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska. Correspondent Vicky Young reports on how Lord Mandelson's previous statements have now been brought into disrepute.

Today's papers

The abbreviated language of teens who text each other is good for their literacy, a linguistics professor says. Professor David Crystal of Reading University discusses the question: is it 2 L8 4 traditional spelling?

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

On receiving hard evidence of the UK economy shrinking, the London stock market and the pound fell in value significantly. Merryn Somerset Webb, editor of Money Week, explains why the market did not factor in the information before the official announcement was made.

Today's papers.

Many local authorities are struggling to meet the bill of their pension schemes. Correspondent Mike Thomson reports on the pensions that must be paid in full by councils, whatever the authority's financial situation may be.

Actor and film-maker Dennis Hopper was in London for a screening of his rarely seen film The Last Movie, made straight after the landmark Easy Rider. Reporter Nicola Stanbridge met him to talk about his films, his former addictions, his art collection, his motorcycle club and his hopes for the US election.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Roy Jenkins, Baptist minister in Cardiff.

The number of children permanently excluded from school has fallen in England. But the number of them being repeatedly suspended from school has gone up. Shadow Schools Minster Nick Gibb and troubled schools expert Trevor Averre Beeson discuss whether schools are restricted in their ability to expel children.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for drastic action to protect developing countries against the financial crisis. Foreign Secretary David Miliband discusses what is being achieved by the summit of world leaders.

With less than two weeks to go to the presidential election, Democratic candidate Barack Obama is ahead in most polls. North America editor Justin Webb reports on the debate about whether, in Barack Obama's case, the opinion polls can be trusted.

Everything is dark nowadays. There's The Dark Knight, the latest Batman movie and even James Bond has gone from charming lothario to ruthless killer. Film critic Peter Bradshaw and co-producers of the new James Bond film Quantum of Solace Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson discuss the darker side of cinema.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet

The Daily Telegraph has called for Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King to be replaced. Former Chancellor Kenneth Clarke and monetary economist Tim Congdon, of Lombard Street Research, discuss whether it is time for a change at the top.

Two Germans and one Afghan have been shot to death in front of a Western shipping company in the Afghan capital of Kabul, the news wire Mediawire reports. Correspondent Ian Pannell reports.

Today's papers

The golfer and commentator Peter Alliss is convinced - in his new book - that golf is the cure for a grumpy old man. He invited Jim Naughtie to his local club in Surrey to explain why a round of 18 holes is just the tonic.

Traditionally, people in the public sector have not worried very much about pensions. But with money tight, local authorities are finding it a struggle to support the costs of pension promises being made to their employees. Heather Wakefield, head of local government for Unison, discusses whether pensions can be cut.

Stephen Hawking has announced his intention to retire from his chair of mathematics at Cambridge University. Professor Jim Al Khalili, a nuclear physicist at the University of Surrey, discusses the difficulties following such an influential man.



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