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Today: Saturday 22 November 2008

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A coalition of 20 pressure groups is calling on the British Government to support a deployment of EU troops to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Have the Tories reasserted "clear blue water" between the parties with their opposition to Labour tax cuts? And could morris dancers inspire an alternative to the All Blacks' haka?

Barack Obama has decided to make Hillary Clinton his secretary of state. James Coomarasamy reports from Washington.

A group of humanitarian organisations, charities and trades unions is pushing for European Union troops to be sent to the Democratic Republic of Congo. International development correspondent David Loyn has been travelling with Britain's foreign office minister Lord Malloch Brown and reports on the government response to the calls for troops.

The paper review

On Monday the Chancellor will deliver his pre-Budget report, but is there anything he can do to ease the job losses that come with a recession? David Coats, associate director of policy at the Work Foundation and Jill Kirby of the Centre for Policy Studies debate what should be done in the pre-Budget report to save jobs.

Energy companies could be boosting their cash flow by increasing their customers' direct debit payments, even when their accounts are in credit, according to the chairman of the Business and Enterprise Select Committee Peter Luff MP. He puts his concerns to Russell Hamblin-Boone, Director of Corporate Affairs at the Energy Retailers Association.

The sports news with Rob Bonnett.

The latest reforms to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) have been thrashed out by politicians in Brussels. Reform of the CAP is the Holy Grail of British diplomacy in Europe, but has the government managed to put its stamp on the latest round of negotiations? Hilary Benn, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, says there were some disappointments in the latest negotiations.

The paper review.

The first underwater tunnel in the world was built in east London by Marc Brunel and his son Isambard and was finished in 1843. Now, for the first time in 140 years, the grand entrance hall for the Thames Tunnel is to be opened to the public. The Brunel Museum's director Robert Hulse gave reporter Sanchia Berg an advance view.

Thought for the day with Brian Draper, associate lecturer at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.

David Cameron has condemned suggestions that the government will unveil tax cuts, to be funded by extra borrowing, in its pre-budget report on Monday. He has also dropped his party's pledge to match Labour's spending in 2010/11. So has "clear blue water" between the Tories and Labour been reasserted? Anatole Kaletsky, Associate Editor of The Times and Fraser Nelson, political editor of the Spectator, debate whether the Conservatives have adopted the right approach.

A coalition of 20 pressure groups is calling on the British Government to support a deployment of EU troops to the Democratic Republic of Congo. The apparent impotence of the UN force in the country has stirred memories of the frustrations faced by the United Nations in Rwanda during the civil war 14 years ago. International development correspondent David Loyn reports on whether the same conditions are developing that led to the Rwanda genocide and former UN humanitarian chief Jan Egeland calls on the EU to act.

Reports from Pakistan say a British man alleged to have masterminded a plot to blow up transatlantic airliners has been killed in a US missile strike. Correspondent Barbara Plett reports from Islamabad.

What does the Barack Obama's decision to ask Hilary Clinton to be his secretary of state mean for US politics? Stryker McGuire, contributing editor of Newsweek, gives his analysis of the controversial appointment.

The sports news with Rob Bonnett.

There has been a mixed reaction to the Conservative's decision to drop their pledge to match government spending. Shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, Philip Hammond discusses whether it is the right approach in difficult economic times.

Where did the idea that pirates are lovable rogues come from? After all, the continuing drama of the Sirius Star is a reminder that pirates are actually violent and greedy criminals. Dr Colin White, director of the Royal Naval Museum in Portsmouth, sheds some light on the history of the lovable pirate.

The paper review.

The Disasters Emergency Committee is an umbrella organisation for some of Britain's biggest humanitarian and aid agencies and this week it has launched an appeal on behalf of those caught up in the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. There is no doubt that the crisis in eastern Congo is real, but what about the strategy behind appeals such as this? Conor Foley, a humanitarian aid worker and author of The Thin Blue Line, How Humanitarianism went to war and Jasmine Whitbread, chief Executive of Save the Children UK, debate whether the money raised by large-scale appeals can be put to good use.

So much recycled rubbish is being piled up that councils are looking for new places to store it - for up to six months. Paul Bettison, head of recycling at the Local Government Association, explains the problems with offloading recycled waste.

The former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and former US President Jimmy Carter have cancelled a trip to Zimbabwe because they have been refused visas. Peter Biles reports from Johannesburg.

Does a war dance have a place on the modern sporting field? Questions have been raised over the aggressive nature of the New Zealand All Black rugby team's pre-match Haka, but perhaps the solution is a war-like pre-match ritual of our own. Could a morris dancing group from Maldon in Essex provide the solution? Jim White, sports writer for the Daily Telegraph, and Zinzan Brooke, a former New Zealand All Black, discuss the possibility of a home-grown Haka.



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