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Today: Thursday 6 November 2008

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Figures for new car sales are expected to be down by more than 20% on last year. Jaguar Land Rover said it would extend a voluntary redundancy scheme to help lower costs. Chief executive David Smith discusses the 600 jobs the company is expected to lose.

Medical experiments on great apes should be banned, the European Commission says. It has published proposals for a comprehensive overhaul of the regulations governing the use of animals in research. Correspondent Tom Feilden discusses the report, which says that the use of animals "remains essential".

Business news with Adam Shaw.

A ceasefire between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza, which has lasted for around five months, appears to be collapsing. Hamas has fired multiple rockets into Israel, hours after six fighters died during Israel's first major incursion into the Gaza Strip since June's truce. Correspondent Aleem Maqbool reports from Ramallah in the West Bank.

The race is on to be the first foreign leader to meet President elect Barack Obama. Political editor Nick Robinson has been considering what his election might mean for British politics.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The US military has confirmed that it is investigating reports that it killed dozens of members of a wedding party, including 20 children, in a bombing raid in Afghanistan. Correspondent Ian Pannell and Colonel Gregory Julian, chief spokesman of the US Forces in Afghanistan, discuss the president of Afghanistan's calls to "put an end to civilian casualties".

Today's papers.

Why don't politicians ever say "I don't know"? A Radio 4 programme is discussing whether the electorate want certainty because anything else sounds like weakness. Programme maker Michael Blastland and Matthew Taylor, former head of the policy unit at Number 10 under Tony Blair, discuss if the effect is disastrous for policy making.

Thought for the day with novelist and columnist Anne Atkins.

Barack Obama spent his first day as US President-elect appointing a team of advisors who will oversee the transfer of power from President Bush. James Naughtie reports on how the new president will face the enormous challenges facing him when he takes office in January.

The Monetary Policy Committee is expected to make a big cut in the cost of borrowing when they announce their decision on interest rates. Many economists are calling for a cut of up to 1.5%. Economics editor Hugh Pym and John Cridland, deputy director general of business lobbyists the CBI, discuss whether rates could be cut by more than 0.5% for the first time since 1993.

The journalist Dominic Prince always wanted to be a jockey. But, in his mid-forties, weighing 16 stone and not having ridden for 15 years, his dream didn't seem likely. He explains how he lost four stone, started riding again and is to compete in his first race. Former jockey Marcus Armytage gives his advice on how to get through the race.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

What should be made of Russia's response to the election of Barack Obama? Correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes and Sergei Markov, a member of Vladimir Putin's United Russia party, discuss the attitude towards the incoming president. Mr Markov also discusses relations between Russia and Georgia after the conflict in South Ossetia. Georgia strongly refutes his allegations of war crimes.

A statue of the legendary Nottingham Forest and Derby manager Brian Clough is being unveiled in Nottingham. BBC sports reporter Pat Murphy speaks to his widow Barbara Clough.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Martin Luther King said that one day he dreamed Americans would not be judged on the colour of their skin but on the content of their character. He made that speech when Barack Obama was only two years old. James Naughtie discusses how the US has come to elect its first ever black president with Dr King's sister Christine King Farris.

The Turkish government has reacted furiously to a documentary made by the Duchess of York which exposes appalling conditions in their state-run orphanages. She gives her reaction to a Turkish minister's accusation that she is "smearing the country's image".

The news of Barack Obama's election victory has been greeted with apparent enthusiasm around the world. Daniel Finkelstein, comment editor of The Times, and Catherine Mayer, London bureau chief of Time magazine, discuss how easy it is for the British to be caught up in euphoria.



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