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Today: Saturday 21 February 2009

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A union defends its claim that a major UK car plant faces closure without government help, amid criticism from ministers. And US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calls for a deeper US-China partnership on the economy and climate change.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called for a deeper US-China partnership on her first overseas tour since coming into office. Correspondent Quentin Sommerville considers if co-operation between the two countries is "imperative" on global issues such as the economy and climate change.

Despite President Obama's announcement that Guantanamo Bay, the controversial US military base in Cuba, will close, he says other detainees held by the US in Afghanistan have no constitutional rights. Correspondent Kevin Connelly discusses if human rights campaigners will be disappointed with the decision.

Today's papers.

A prominent group of Labour members is urging the government to spend an extra £20bn to stimulate the economy through measures to boost the housing market. Vice-chairman of Progress Chris Leslie, the group behind the proposals, discusses if consumers could help the UK out of the economic slump.

The US has announced that it will send an extra 17,000 troops to Afghanistan, but it will also look to support the Afghan government by providing weapons to villagers so they can secure their own areas against the Taliban. Correspondent Ian Pannell analyses whether the strategy which proved successful in Iraq could have the same effects in Afghanistan.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The Republic of Ireland is facing months of chaos as public unrest over the government's handling of the recession spills onto the streets. Reporter Andrew Hosken investigates plunging house prices, rising unemployment and some speculation it may leave the euro. Professor Iain Begg, of the London School of Economics, discusses why thousands of people will attend a march to protest about pay and pensions.

Today's papers.

As public borrowing is predicted to reach more than one trillion pounds by some economists, the BBC has discovered a little-known charity that aims to pay the national debt off. Reporter Jack Izzard explains The National Fund, founded more than 80 years ago, which amassed £280m but has now been dormant for decades.

Thought for the day with Canon Lucy Winkett, of St Paul's Cathedral.

Hillary Clinton has marked her first overseas visit as US Secretary of State by calling for a deeper partnership with China. Authors James Kynge, former China bureau chief for the FT, and former Conservative minister George Walden discuss if disagreements over human rights and the situation in Tibet could damage any agreement that is reached.

British resident Binyam Mohamed, who is currently held at the US military base Guantanamo Bay, is to be released "as soon as practical arrangements can be made", the Foreign Office has said. Former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg and Lord Carlile, an independent reviewer of terror legislation, discuss if Mr Mohamed poses any risk to the UK.

The first volume of Irish writer Samuel Beckett's letters is to be published. Editor of the volume Martha Dow Fehsenfeld, who was chosen by Beckett himself, and author and critic Philip Hensher discuss what the letters contain.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The Labour Party's deputy leader Harriet Harman has insisted there was "not an iota of truth" in rumours that she is positioning herself for a leadership contest after the next general election. Former Downing Street adviser Paul Sinclair and Matthew Taylor, former head of the Number 10 policy unit, discuss what the future holds for the Labour Party.

Today's papers.

Is it the end for the original film script? Four out of the five nominees for best picture at the Oscars have been adapted from previously existing work. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones looks at some of the best examples of adapted works - from Gone With The Wind to Ben-Hur.

The Bank of England is seeking approval from the government for a series of measures aimed at increasing the supply of money in the economy. The Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group will be added to the public sector balance sheet. Chief economics correspondent Hugh Pym dissects another extraordinary week for the economy.

The National Gallery is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first ever television documentary to be broadcast in colour in the UK. Dr Jonathan Conlin, historian at Southampton University, and author and documentary maker Laurence Rees discuss the 1969 BBC Two series Civilisation.



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