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Today: Friday 14 November 2008

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The Royal Bank of Scotland is reported to be about to cut 3,000 jobs worldwide. Gordon Brown has arrived in the US for the G20 summit, and called for worldwide tax cuts to stem the global downturn. And we talk to the first winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize for children's books.

A report commissioned by the Jersey government finds that children in Jersey have less protection than children who live in the rest of the UK do. Andrew Nielsen, the head of policy at the Howard League for Penal Reform, explains what is in the report.

Barclays Bank has to raise capital, but unlike other banks, Barclays is trying to avoid raising the money from the government. They have tried to entice investment from Qatar and Abu Dhabi instead. But its existing shareholders are not too happy at the strategy. Business editor Robert Peston reports.

The head of the CIA has given a sobering assessment of the global threat posed by al-Qaeda. Security correspondent Frank Gardner reports.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The Duma are voting on proposals put to them by President Dmitry Medvedev which propose extending the Russian presidential term from four to six years. Mr Medvedev has just completed six months in office. Could this plan to change the system actually mean a change of president? Dmitry Babich, the editor in chief of Russia Profile, examines what the move means.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Muslim police chiefs are calling for "urgent" action to boost the number of Muslim police officers in Britain, to help tackle extremism. The National Association of Muslim Police carried out a survey which suggests that less than 1% of officers are from this religious group. Superintendent Dal Babu, who runs the association, and Steve Otter, the chief constable for Devon and Cornwall, discuss the issue.

Today's papers.

Prince Charles is 60 today and the media got wind of the Duchess of Cornwall's way of marking the occasion: giving him 60 presents to mark his 60 years. So what has the future king received on his big day?

Five of US's top hedge fund managers have finally acknowledged what their critics have been saying for a long time: that there should be more government oversight of what the hedge funds get up to. As Richard Lister reports from Washington, hedge fund managers were put on the spot as they appeared before a Congressional committee.

Thought for the day with Abdal Hakim Murad.

The deaths of Baby P in North London, and now those of two children in Manchester, have placed the role of social workers into sharp focus. What safeguards are there to ensure they do their jobs properly, and are they being properly supported? Marion Brandon, child-care specialist from the University of East Anglia, discusses how to protect children best.

Construction equipment firm JCB is to shed 398 jobs as a result of "the extreme deterioration in business levels and confidence around the world". Matthew Taylor, the chief executive, explains why.

The G20 is meeting in Washington this weekend, a gathering of leaders of some of the most important economies in the world. Gordon Brown will be there promoting the idea of extra government borrowing to stimulate the economy, with tax cuts or public spending. Political editor Nick Robinson asked Nobel-prize winning economist Paul Krugman what challenges the world leaders face - and Willem Buiter, professor at the London School of Economics, assess the forthcoming talks.

The Prince of Wales is 60 years old. Royal Correspondent Peter Hunt talks to the Prince's critics, friends and advisors.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

A whistleblower warned the government of alleged failings in child protection in Haringey before Baby P died, it has emerged. Lawrence Davies, lawyer for former social worker Nevres Kemal, explains how his client warned of the risks to children in Haringey in February 2007. Mike Wardle, from the General Social Care Council which regulates social workers in England, examines the case.

Geoffrey Robinson, former Paymaster General, discusses what will happen to the UK banking system and what the pre-budget report will reveal.

The Roald Dahl Funny Prize honours the funniest books for children. Writing really funny books that make children laugh and want to read is far from easy. Chris Riddell, writer, illustrator and brilliant political cartoonist - and one of the judges - and Andy Stanton, the winner for his book Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear, discuss what makes a great children's book.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Sir Peter Hall, founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Martin Baker, author and former financial journalist, discuss whether the current financial crisis will inspire artists in the way the great depression did John Steinbeck.



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