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Today: Saturday 1 November 2008

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Foreign Secretary David Miliband has gone to the Democratic Republic of Congo as part of international efforts to end the fighting there. Our correspondent Peter Greste reports from Goma.

A senior SAS reservist commander in Afghanistan has resigned, accusing the government of "gross negligence" over the deaths of four of his soldiers. Defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt reports.

Today's papers.

The toxic chemical melamine is probably being routinely added to Chinese animal feed, state media in the country has reported. Correspondent Quentin Sommerville reports from Beijing.

This programme has learned that HM Revenue and Customs is "strongly concerned" that the trade agreement between the EU and Israel is being abused. Goods produced on settlements in the West Bank are not supposed to benefit from the free-trade agreement, but there are concerns that these goods are coming into Britain for free. Middle East Correspondent Tim Franks reports.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The US presidential election takes place on Tuesday. Washington correspondent Rachel Harvey predicts how the two presidential candidates will be spending the final days of the campaign and Republican pollster Frank Luntz analyses the latest polls.

The prime minister is in the Middle East today asking the Gulf States to contribute more money to the international monetary fund, the IMF. Professor Ngaire Woods, director of the Global Economic Governance Programme at Oxford University, says the IMF's reserves have not kept pace with the size of the emerging market economies.

Today's papers.

It is often said that the current financial and economic crisis began with mortgages given to Americans who couldn't really afford them. But exactly how was it that these mortgages managed to cause so much damage to banks around the world? Our reporter Sanchia Berg has followed the story of just one American sub-prime mortgage.

Thought for the day with The Reverend Rob Marshall.

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enior SAS reservist commander in Afghanistan has resigned and, according to reports of his resignation letter, has accused the government of "gross negligence" over the deaths of four of his soldiers. He says he repeatedly warned the MOD that the Snatch Land Rovers used by his troops in Helmand province were not safe. Conservative MP Patrick Mercer, a former army officer, discusses the safety record of the Snatch Land Rover.

Will UN peacekeepers be able to maintain the fragile peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo? We speak to Foreign Office Minister Mark Malloch Brown, who worked for the UN and was involved in establishing the UN operation in Congo.

Studs Terkel, the man who became known as the Homer of modern American history, has died at the age of 96. Alan Dean, oral historian and producer of forthcoming Radio 4 archive hour on Studs Terkel, discusses his life.

A year after his death, a nine-day tribute to the German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen opens at the Southbank Centre in London. Our arts correspondent Rebecca Jones has been looking at his appeal.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Who will Florida choose as the next American president? It is the biggest of the swing states and the opinion polls say McCain and Obama are in a virtual tie. James Naughtie reports from Florida where the fight for the state electoral votes will decide the presidency.

Today's papers.

The Stanford 20/20 tournament reaches its climax in Antigua today were England faces an all-star West Indies team. All those playing have the prospect of becoming dollar millionaires. David Frith, former editor of Wisden Cricket Monthly, and Steve James, a former Glamorgan and England player, discuss whether the commercial nature of 20/20 cricket has changed the entire game.

A new action film about the Baader Meinhof gang has started a debate about Germany's turbulent past. Europe editor Mark Mardell asks what it means to be German in 2008.

Dame Fiona Reynolds, director general of the National Trust, and Anthony Grayling, professor of philosophy at Birkbeck, discuss whether the National Trust has the means to cheer us all up in a recession.



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