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Today: Wednesday 29 October 2008

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Chancellor Alastair Darling is expected to discuss the government's approach to public finance in the annual Mais Lecture. He is unlikely to unveil new rules of fiscal policy. Robert Chote, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, discusses how much pressure there is to be explicit about new plans.

As rebels advance towards the town of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the climate of insecurity in the region is causing big problems for the humanitarian effort dealing with up to 200,000 people displaced by the fighting. Alistair Dutton, Christian Aid humanitarian manager for Africa, discusses where the humanitarian effort is coming from.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Senior ministers are secretly backing calls to scrap plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport, according to Labour MP, John Grogan. He believes the scheme will go the same way as recent government climb downs on 42 days and Sats tests.

When US presidential elections are tight, they can be decided by a single state. In 2004, it happened when Ohio gave George Bush his electoral edge over John Kerry. Correspondent Kevin Connolly reports on how a relatively small number of voters can have a huge amount of power.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Since the start of 2008, 27 young people have been stabbed, shot or beaten to death in the city of London. Fears have been expressed that gang culture is behind the murders. Reporter Angus Stickler has been talking to two former members of north London gangs.

Today's papers.

A new version of the Kaddish Symphony has been performed to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Kristallnacht when the Nazis went on the rampage against Jewish properties. James Naughtie spoke to Dr Samuel Pisar, a survivor of the Nazi concentration camps who wrote and narrated the new text.

The BBC is coming under increased pressure to sack Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross following their prank calls made to actor Andrew Sachs. Sir John Tusa, former head of BBC's World Service who says that the BBC's Director-General Mark Thompson must get a grip, and Stuart Murphy, former controller of BBC Three, discuss how the BBC is supposed to use licence fee payers' money.

Thought for the day with Oliver McTernan, director of the NGO Forward Thinking.

Chancellor Alistair Darling will say that a new approach to public finances is needed to combat the economic downturn. Political editor Nick Robinson and Sir George Cox, former chairman of Bradford and Bingley, discusses if it was a mistake to set out golden rules. Business editor Robert Peston reports on remarkable developments with the share price of Volkswagen, which rose to a point where the company became the largest in the world.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The children's trusts created by the government after the death of Victoria Climbie have made little difference in child protection, according to an evaluation by the Audit Commission. Lord Laming, who wrote the report in Victoria Climbie's death, and Maggie Atkinson, president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services, discuss how children's services can be improved.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Diego Maradona, the Argentinian soccer icon who in recent years has struggled with health problems and drug addiction, is poised to become the coach of his national team. Biographer Jimmy Burns discusses this surprise announcement.

Jimmy Cobb is the last surviving band member who played on the album Kind of Blue, often described as the most important jazz album of all time. The legendary drummer is approaching 80. Reporter Nicola Stanbridge spoke to him from New York to mark the 50th anniversary of the album.

The number of data breaches by public and private bodies is "serious and worrying" according to the Information Commissioner, Richard Thomas. He discusses the 277 breaches that have been reported to his offices over the last year.

How has the Human Rights Act changed people's lives? Gordon Brown will attend a reception at the British Library to mark the tenth anniversary of the Act being passed by Parliament. QCs Geoffrey Robertson and Martin Howe discuss the controversy surrounding the legislation.



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