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Today: Saturday 15 November 2008

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The Conservatives have claimed that irresponsible government borrowing could cause sterling to collapse. It has emerged that most children killed, or seriously injured by abuse or neglect, were not on the national child protection register. And where has the long drum solo gone?

The G20 - the Washington meeting of leaders of some of the world's most significant economies - is underway. The weekend will see talks on how the world can solve the current economic crisis. But as economics correspondent Andrew Walker says, there is not 100% agreement about what needs reforming.

It was revealed earlier this week that the Royal Marines had killed two suspected pirates in the Gulf of Aden, and they had captured eight more. Martin Plaut, the Africa editor for BBC World Service News, explains what we know about the story - and what is likely to happen now.

Today's papers

Gordon Brown's economic policies could lead to a run on the pound, shadow chancellor George Osborne has warned. Political correspondent David Thompson assesses the claim.

Yesterday in Parliament.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo have agreed to cooperate to deal with some of the problems of the conflict. Mark Doyle reports from Goma.

Today's papers.

There is a serious wildfire burning in Santa Barbara in California - it is threatening the homes of some very famous people, including John Cleese and Oprah Winfrey. Rajesh Mirchandani reports.

France's Socialists are meeting in an attempt to settle the ideological and personal infighting which has bedevilled the party since it lost the presidential election last year. The party must also choose a new leader - the former presidential candidate Segolene Royal led the field in a first vote. Paris correspondent Emma-Jane Kirby reports.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Rob Marshall.

HBOS is faced with a difficult choice - fall into the hands of Lloyds TSB or follow the advice of two senior Scottish bankers, sack the management and go it alone. Business editor Robert Peston explains what choices its shareholders face - and Sir Peter Burt, the former chief executive of Bank of Scotland, explains why he wants HBOS to abandon the marriage with Lloyds.

The leaders of the world's most important economies are meeting in Washington, in an attempt to solve the problems caused by the economic crisis. But the rules of the world economy are being re-written and no-one can be sure just how far the financial crisis and global recession will go. Political editor Nick Robinson outlines what the world leaders will be discussing; while Will Hutton, executive vice chairman of the Work Foundation and Conservative MP Michael Fallon, who is on the Treasury select committee, discuss British banks and how we run them.

The musician Julian Cope was part of the punk scene in Liverpool in the late 1970s - and he has produced a new album every year since then. He also has an enthusiasm for megaliths, ancient standing stones - indeed he has produced a couple of scholarly books on the subject. He took reporter Nicola Stanbridge for a tour around the stones of Avebury, which he describes as his home.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

There are still questions about the case of Baby P, who died after dreadful abuse even though he had been on the at risk register in Haringey. Reporter Andrew Hosken has been visiting Haringey; and Sarah Harman, a leading family lawyer with long experience in this field, explains what the inquiry may be concentrating on.

This week, the drummer with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Mitch Mitchell, died at the age of 61. He was one of a generation of celebrity drummers who played a far bigger part in the showbiz of rock music, than most drummers today. So where have all the drum solos gone?

Financial crises and politics aside - what really matters is: will John Sergeant gets booted off Strictly Come Dancing this weekend? Following a long and diverse career as a political reporter and pundit, the nation has now taken John Sergeant to their hearts. Political reporter Nick Jones reflects why he has now become a national treasure.

The art of conversation is being killed by e-mails and texts, says Catherine Blyth, author of The Art of Conversation. But Dr Bethan Marshall, senior lecturer at Kings College London, disagrees.



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