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Today: Monday 17 November 2008

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A BBC investigation into the death of Baby P has learned that police and social services disagreed over whether to put the child into care. And experts have rejected calls for the UK to switch to an "opt-out" system of donating organs, despite suggestions that it could save many lives.

According to a report commissioned by the Local Government Association (LGA), Northern cities are likely to do better in a recession than London. Margaret Eaton, chair of the LGA says they have looked back over the last two recessions and concluded that London faces more job losses than its northern counterparts.

A collapsed pyramid scheme that cost millions and sent swindled investors rioting in the streets continues to plague south-western Colombia, with two people dead and 13 towns under police curfew. Jeremy McDermott reports.

Two men are to go on trial in Moscow charged with taking part in the murder of the Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya. She was gunned down in the lobby of her apartment building in Moscow two years ago in a contract-style killing. But critics say today's trial will do little to answer the question of who killed her. Correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports from Moscow.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Plans by Gordon Brown to put everyone on the organ donation register unless they opt out have been rejected by a government taskforce. Elisabeth Buggins, Chair of the Organ Donation Taskforce, explains the thinking behind the decision.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Social services in Haringey, north London, were split over how to protect Baby P, the child who was killed after months of abuse, the BBC has learned. Alison Holt, who investigated the case for Panorama, describes findings that social workers and police did not want Baby P to go back to his mother and Neil Williams, a Liberal Democrat councillor on Haringey council, responds to the investigation.

Today's papers.

The Queen will be at the Royal Film Performance tonight. It is something she goes to every year and often the films she gets to see are pretty mediocre. James Christopher is film critic for The Times and has taken a look at why the Queen is shown films that are not necessarily the critics' first choice.

Thought for the day with Canon David Winter.

Enterprise Week is starting in the UK, but with an economy in recession, a weak pound and rising unemployment, no-one is optimistic about the future for British business. Business secretary Lord Mandelson discusses what needs to be done to turn the UK economy around.

Behind the terrible case of Baby P lies the question of what social policy would work to reduce the number of children who are abused. Sue Berelowitz, the deputy children's commissioner for England and former conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith debate what the government should be doing to protect children.

One person dies every day in the UK because they cannot get an organ transplant, but the body set up to improve the situation has rejected the adoption of presumed consent favoured by both the Prime Minister and the British Medical Association (BMA). Dr Vivienne Nathanson, head of science and ethics at the BMA, and Professor John Fabre, former president of the British Transplantation Society, give their reaction to the decision.

Almost two-fifths of viewers support a total ban on swearing on television, according to a YouGov poll for the Sunday Times, and politicians and senior broadcasting figures such as ITV boss Michael Grade and Sir Terry Wogan have called for TV to clean up its act. Comedian Frank Skinner discusses whether a swearing ban would be good for the media.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The UN's special envoy to the Democratic Republic of Congo has arrived in Rwanda for talks on the conflict in eastern Congo. World Service correspondent Mark Doyle interviews Nigeria's former president, Olusegun Obasanjo.

The business news with Adam Shaw.

The US President elect, Barack Obama, has given his first television interview since he won the election, in which he said that one of his first priorities on taking office will be shutting down Guantanamo Bay.

The charity Barnardos says children are being demonised by the public. More than a third of the adults they questioned agreed with the statement that the streets were "infested" with children. Barnardos have made a TV advert based on their findings which Education Correspondent Kim Catcheside showed to some teenagers in Birmingham to get their reaction. Martin Narey, chief executive of Barnardo's and David Fraser, author and former senior probation officer, debate whether the public are right to perceive children in this way.

How do you solve a problem like John Sergeant? The judges on Strictly Come Dancing have been pulling their hair out over the popularity of John Sergeant. Judge Arlene Phillips describes her frustration that he could win the competition despite his lack of skill as a dancer.

A copy of a list of demands made by the Government's new Cabinet Office Minister Liam Byrne has been published by The Sunday Mail. Former minister Denis MacShane and Yes Minister author Sir Anthony Jay discuss whether it gives an accurate insight into how ministers and the Civil Service relate to one another.



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