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Today: Saturday 6 December 2008

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Gordon Brown has called the cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe an "international emergency" and urged the UN to take action. Backbencher Bob Marshall-Andrews has become the first Labour MP to call for the Speaker of the Commons to resign. And children from Cambridge have helped to send two teddy bears into space.

The pressure seems to be growing from African leaders for Robert Mugabe to resign. Correspondent Jonah Fisher reports on Gordon Brown's call for world leaders to tell President Mugabe that he's failed to protect the people of Zimbabwe and that "enough is enough."

Conservative leader David Cameron will address the Ulster Unionist Party annual conference in Belfast. Northern Ireland political editor Mark Devenport reports on the two parties' agreement to select joint candidates at forthcoming European and Westminster elections.

Today's papers.

A surge in alcohol-fuelled violence and binge drinking have forced Australia's most populous state to bring in tough, new laws to combat binge drinking. The New South Wales government is introducing tougher licensing laws amid growing fears that Australia's boozy culture has spiralled out of control. Correspondent Phil Mercer reports on a record 1,500 assaults on police officers by drunks so far this year.

US oil prices have fallen to their lowest levels since December 2004 after figures in the US showed that 533,000 people lost their jobs last month. David Strahan, author of The Last Oil Shock, and Nick Macgregor, energy analyst at brokerage Redmayne Bentley, discuss if oil is at its real value or has now fallen too far.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The back-bencher Bob Marshall-Andrews has become the first Labour MP to call publicly for the Commons Speaker, Michael Martin, to resign. He explains his anger about allowing police to search the Westminster offices of the Conservative immigration spokesman, Damian Green, with former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell.

Today's papers.

TV presenter Selina Scott has reached a settlement with TV channel Five, reportedly worth around 250,000, after suing them for age discrimination. Broadcaster and journalist Joan Bakewell and chairman of GMTV Clive Jones, discuss why this settlement was reached.

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

Can politics be bipartisan? US President-elect Barack Obama has reached out to Republicans in appointing key jobs, and in the UK, when Gordon Brown became PM last year he promised a new more bipartisan style of government. Conservative MP Peter Luff and former Labour minister Nick Raynsford discuss if the political system can rise above party politics.

The jobless rate in the US has risen to a 15-year high of 6.7%, another indicator of the global economic downturn. North American Business Correspondent Greg Wood, employment workplace correspondent Martin Shankleman, and Kevin Green, chief executive of the Recruitment and Employment Federation, discuss if this dramatic rise in unemployment could soon be seen in the UK.

Cambridge University's flight club have managed a space flight first - they have sent the first teddy bears into space. Scientists Ed Moore and Fergus Noble, and schoolchildren Megan Makinson, Sam White and Bethan Farrow discuss the teddies' voyage to boldly go where no bear has gone before.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Is Robert Mugabe on the verge of being forced to hand over power in Zimbabwe? The cholera crisis in the country, which has already claimed around 600 lives, has prompted some African leaders to consider action. Journalist Chris McGreal there is no sense that Robert Mugabe has any control of the situation but Zimbabwean people will endure. Botswanan foreign minister Phandu Skelemani says that the decision to get rid of the leader must be Zimbabwe's.

Today's papers.

Banks and building societies are moving after pressure from MPs to pass on the latest cut in interest rates to their mortgage customers. Dao Tran-Boyd, manager of Glamorous Bra Straps, retired saver Bryan Boardman, and banker Peter McNamara discuss the impact of the latest fiscal and monetary policy measures.

Are you chunnering? Ever seen a tarnack? Love the sound of nurdling? Maybe only if you come from Derbyshire. An effort has been made to document the dialect of a small village, Earl Sterndale, in a new book. Author Phillip Holland talks to correspondent Bob Walker about how phrases like "as lesh as a pig trough" or "flinkerin wi snow" could become unknown within a generation.

Richard Nixon was a seriously paranoid president, newly found tape recordings suggest. Nearly 2,000 hours of tape recordings made at the White House were made during his presidency. Dr Stefan Halper, senior fellow at the Centre of International Studies, Magdalene College, Cambridge, explains the significance of the recordings.



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