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Today: Wednesday 25 February 2009

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Justice Secretary Jack Straw has vetoed the publication of minutes of key Cabinet meetings held in the run-up to the Iraq war in 2003. And US President Barack Obama has spoken to Congress for the first time, vowing that the US will emerge stronger from economic crisis.

The chairman and chief executive of the Financial Services Authority (FSA) are to appear in front of the Treasury Select Committee. Business editor Robert Peston reports on the questions Lord Turner and Hector Sants are likely to face - including the FSA's role in regulating the banks.

The Victoria and Albert museum is poised to open an offshoot in Dundee, its first outside London. Sir Christopher Frayling, rector of the Royal College of Art, discusses if the project - which will cost around 42m - will regenerate one of Scotland's most deprived cities.

The UK recession is now affecting most sectors of the economy and all regions of the country. Over the next 12 months, the Today programme will be following four people who have been made redundant. Reporter Sanchia Berg visits a jobs fair in Sunderland to meet Shaun Fenwick.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Iran says it is going to start carrying out its first test at the controversial Bushehr nuclear reactor. Jacqueline Shire, of the US Institute for Science and International Security, discusses what the US will make of this development.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

US President Barack Obama has said it is "the time to act boldly and wisely" as he addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time, warning that the nation faces a "day of reckoning". North America editor Justin Webb examines claims that the US will emerge stronger from the economic crisis.

Britain needs to become a "little less anxious and a little more robust" in its approach to religion and culture, communities secretary Hazel Blears will say in a speech at the LSE. She discusses if the era of political correctness should come to an end.

Today's papers.

Nasa's first dedicated mission to measure carbon dioxide from space has failed following a rocket malfunction. Science reporter Tom Feilden gives details of the spacecraft, which is believed to have crashed in the ocean near the Antarctic.

Thought for the day with John Bell, of the Iona Community.

Has the government missed out on ideas that could ease the economic turmoil? Economic commentator Professor Tim Congdon and Danny Gabay, director of Fathom Financial Consulting, discuss "outside-of-the-box" thinking to solve the crisis - including an idea to make banks lend 100bn to the government.

Justice Secretary Jack Straw has vetoed the publication of minutes of key cabinet meetings held in the run-up to the Iraq war in 2003, using the ministerial veto for the first time since the Freedom of Information laws came into force. Former Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer and Labour MP Andrew MacKinlay discuss if releasing the papers would do "serious damage" to cabinet government that outweighs public interest needs.

Iran will launch the pilot operation of its first nuclear power plant in the southern city of Bushehr. Correspondent Jon Leyne reports from the city on the plant, which will not use nuclear fuels until it begins full operation, perhaps later in 2009.

Comedians Stephen Fry, Jack Dee and Rob Brydon have been announced as new rotating chairman of the Radio 4 programme I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. Mr Brydon and panellist Barry Cryer discuss the difficult task of following on from former chairman Humphrey Lyttleton, who died last year.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The US government is considering whether details about the treatment of a British resident who alleges he was tortured in Guantanamo Bay should be released. Security correspondent Gordon Corera reports on the arrival of former detainee Binyam Mohamed back in the UK. Human rights lawyer Philippe Sands and Douglas Murray, director of think tank The Centre for Social Cohesion, discuss what could now happen to Mr Mohamed.

Hundreds of emails have been sent from Justice Secretary Jack Straw's email account after it was been hacked by internet fraudsters. Cyber-crime specialist Professor David Wall, of Leeds University, discusses how an email account could be accessed.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Does the use of social networking internet sites - such as Facebook and Twitter - cause changes in the brains of young people? Neuroscientist Professor Colin Blakemore, of Oxford University, discuss if interaction on the internet has become a worrying trend.

Delegations from the two main Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, have arrived in Cairo, in an attempt to end the bitter political split which has so divided Palestinian society. Correspondent Aleem Maqbool reports from Gaza City on the progress made to get to the stage of face to face negotiations.

Barack Obama has spoken to Congress for the first time, vowing that the US will emerge stronger from economic crisis. Stryker McGuire, contributing editor of Newsweek, and Bronwyn Maddox, foreign editor of The Times, discuss if this speech marks a change in tone from President Obama.



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