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Today: Wednesday 4 March 2009

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Gordon Brown is expected to urge the US not to follow a course of economic protectionism, in an address to Congress. ITV is expected to announce a series of cost-saving measures when it reports its annual results later. And Sri Lanka's cricket team arrives back in Colombo after leaving Pakistan following the attacks by gunmen.

ITV has announced a series of cutbacks, including 600 job cuts, to cope with a sharp drop in its advertising revenue. ITV chairman Michael Grade discusses what other cost-saving measures can be introduced to help the broadcaster.

When US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton meets President Mahmoud Abbas, of the Palestinian Authority, discussion about a permanent peace in the Middle East is likely to take place. Middle East reporter Katya Adler considers if Jewish settlements in the West Bank are creating further obstacles to a long-lasting peace.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Surgeons have helped blind people to see with revolutionary eye surgery likened to the creation of a "bionic eye". Lyndon Da Cruz, head of the artificial retina programme at Moorfields Eye Hospital, discusses the success of the international trial.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is expected to be indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the conflict in Darfur. Reporter Mike Thomson talks to a former government soldier who has come forward with what could be important evidence about the president's responsibility for the violence. Andrew Cayley, who has worked as a senior prosecuting council at the ICC, says Sudan has made clear that it will not arrest President al-Bashir.

Today's papers.

Immigration minister Phil Woolas has accused the Office of National Statistics of "playing politics" with the release of some of its figures. Home affairs editor Mark Easton explains the feud between the government and the statistics body.

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

Pubs are closing across the UK at an alarming rate, the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) says. Chair of the all-party Parliamentary beer group John Grogan, the Labour MP for Selby, discusses what could have caused over 2,000 establishments to shut their doors.

Gordon Brown is expected to urge the US not to follow a course of economic protectionism, when he addresses Congress. Political editor Nick Robinson examines if the "special relationship" the UK has with the US will "only grow stronger".

Coffee chain Starbucks has announced it is going to start selling instant coffee. US author Mark Pendergrast and Dr Tom Stafford, of Sheffield University, discuss if this move has a cultural as well as commercial significance.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

There is a battle going on between the government and the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Immigration minister Phil Woolas has accused the ONS of having a "naive or, at worst, sinister" attitude to statistics about immigration. He explains why the impartiality of the ONS is important.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Hillary Clinton has begun her first visit to Israel and the West Bank as US secretary of state. Reporter Mike Thomson interviews former US Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk; and former Israeli ambassador to the US Zalman Shoval discusses what Mrs Clinton will try to achieve during her visit to the region.

ITV is to axe around 600 jobs and make other "significant" savings, the broadcaster announces in its annual results. Andrew Gowers, a member of the Digital Britain Report Steering Board, and TV critic Ian Hyland discuss what the future holds for public service broadcasting.

Gordon Brown will become the fifth prime minister to address the Joint Houses of Congress. Former ambassador to Washington Sir David Manning remembers the previous leaders to face the body - including Winston Churchill speaking just after the Pearl Harbour attack which brought the US into World War II.


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