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Today: Friday 5 December 2008

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Senior politicians are urging banks and building societies to pass on the full cut in interest rates to borrowers. Honda is looking for a buyer for its British based Formula One team after announcing plans to pull out of the sport. And can you find out much from a captured terrorist by injecting him with a "truth serum"?

A six-hour hearing has failed to reach a resolution on the three biggest US car companies' request for a multi-billion dollar bailout. North America editor Justin Webb reports on the scepticism already being faced by the chiefs of GM, Ford and Chrysler as to whether $34bn (23bn) in aid would work.

A senior MP has said it is "ridiculous" that the head of a government-owned body which helps to tackle poverty in developing countries earns nearly 1m. Public Accounts Committee chairman Edward Leigh says managers at CDC Group, are not doing everything they should to help 'the poorest of the poor'.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The border between Pakistan and Afghanistan has become one of the most dangerous regions in the world. US forces in Afghanistan are trying to stop insurgents getting into the country from Pakistan. Correspondent Martin Patience reports on his week with the US 101st Airborne regiment in Khost, which is one the "gateways" for the fighters coming into Afghanistan.

A new electoral pact between the Conservatives and the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) will be sealed when David Cameron addresses the UUP conference in Belfast. Ireland correspondent Mark Simpson reports on why the parties have agreed to field joint candidates in Westminster and European elections, restoring a link between the parties which dates back to 1905.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Will the measures introduced to respond to the economic downturn protect the British public from the worst of the crisis? Ros Altman, a former adviser to Tony Blair, and Jim O'Neill, chief economist at Goldman Sachs, discuss the Bank of England's decision to cut interest rates to the lowest level in 57 years.

Today's papers.

There is one survivor among the terrorists that attacked Mumbai. The authorities are keen to find out as much about him and his accomplices as possible. Reports say they are ready to inject a truth serum into him to extract information. Mark Wheelis, a retired professor of microbiology at the University of California, discusses whether this sort of technology is still science fiction.

Thought for the day with the Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks.

Zimbabwe's government has asked for urgent international help to tackle its cholera outbreak, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander says parts of the UN requires fundamental reform. He also says that the cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe is the fault of Robert Mugabe but promises an accelerated response with a 10m support package to deal with the crisis.

Karen Matthews, the mother of nine-year-old Shannon, has been convicted of kidnapping her own daughter. Publicist Max Clifford and managing editor of The Sun Graham Dudman, who offered a reward for Shannon's safe return, discuss whether the media can be manipulated in highly emotive cases.

It is 50 years since the first telephone call without the use of an operator. The trunk call between the Queen and Lord Provost of Edinburgh was recorded by engineers. Telephone engineer Bryan Fox, who was at the recording, discusses the technological advances of the last half-century.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The switching on of the Large Hadron Collider at Cern was one of the scientific highs of the year, until it broke down nine days later. Science correspondent Pallab Ghosh discusses a report that will reveal why it broke down so quickly.

The government should extend its scheme helping mortgage borrowers facing repossession to struggling buy-to-let landlords, the National Landlords Association says. Correspondent Sanchia Berg reports on suggestions that if tenants fail to pay their rent, numerous repossessions could quickly follow.

A mother is refusing to send her daughter to school because it will not let her wear earrings. Eight-year-old Alisha Dixon has not attended school for nearly a month. Gemma Dixon, mother of Alisha, and John Hardy, headmaster of St John Vianney Primary School, discuss why Alisha was made to stay indoors during breaks.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has tried to diffuse tensions between India and Pakistan over the Mumbai attacks. Delhi has alleged Pakistani involvement and Islamabad has pledged strong action against any culprits. Correspondent Barbara Plett visits an Islamic charity caught up in the crisis and finds that cooperation on the case is no simple matter.

Two British men should not have had their DNA and fingerprints retained by police, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled. Paul Whitehouse, former chief constable of Sussex, and Rob Brown, former president of the London Courts Solicitors Association, discuss the future of the DNA database now that the government does not have much "margin of appreciation" on the issue.



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