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Today: Saturday 14 March 2009

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Ministers from the G20 group of rich and emerging countries are to meet in England amid growing rifts over how to tackle the worst downturn in decades. And Comic Relief has raised a record £57m on the night, smashing the previous best of £40.5m the last time the charity TV event was held in 2007.

Finance ministers from the G20 group of rich and emerging countries are to meet in Horsham, West Sussex about how to tackle the global downturn. Economics editor Stephanie Flanders reports on the rifts that are reportedly already beginning to appear.

Today's papers.

The Obama administration's candidate for a top US intelligence post has withdrawn, after his past criticism of Israel came under heavy fire. State department correspondent Kim Ghattas speaks to Charles Freeman about his withdrawal from the role of head of the National Intelligence Council.

Yesterday in Parliament with Mark D'Arcy.

Have you heard the one about the really old joke? Research on the oldest surviving joke book suggests that Roman gags are not dissimilar to contemporary examples. Professor of Classics Mary Beard, who carried out the research, discusses some of the things that made the Romans laugh.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

There has been a slight increase in the number of families getting their first choice of secondary school in England this year, however some parents have begun to make appeals against the decisions. Reporter Jack Izzard meets one mother whose son was turned down by all three of the schools to which he applied. Anita Chopra, partner at Matches Solicitors in London, discuss if there has been an increase in legal action this year.

Today's papers.

An encounter on US television between the Daily Show's Jon Stewart and Mad Money's Jim Cramer has been causing a stir. It was even raised in the White House press briefing. Correspondent Richard Lister reports on whether the financial media had deliberately obscured the growing banking crisis in the chase for ratings and profits.

Thought for the day with Canon David Winter.

Tariq Aziz, for many years the public face of Saddam Hussein's Iraqi regime, has been jailed for 15 years for his role in the execution of 42 merchants. Deborah Haynes, of the Times, and Sudarsan Raghavan, of the Washington Post, discuss if the courts - both in the case of Mr Aziz and in the sentencing of the journalist who threw his shoes at President Bush - have been politicised and are just doing what the US has asked.

Ministers from the G20 group of rich and emerging countries are to meet in England amid growing rifts over how to tackle the worst downturn in decades. Chancellor Alistair Darling discusses if the countries will be in agreement on the major issues.

Pressure is mounting on the president of the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar to quit after a day of fresh protests in the capital Antananarivo. Correspondent Jonah Fisher reports on seven weeks of political tension in Madagascar which have brought the country to the brink of military intervention.

The Italian actor and comedian Roberto Benigni, who won an Oscar for his role in the film Life is Beautiful, is taking his one-man show TuttoDante (Everything About Dante) on tour. He explains the show, which is a satire inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The Conservative MP David Davies wants to make it illegal for people to demonstrate against the military. He discusses if protests - like the one in Luton when a small group of anti-war protesters held placards saying "Anglian soldiers go to hell" and "Butchers of Basra" - should be made illegal with Abu Omar, who went to the demonstration in Luton but couldn't get inside the police cordon.

Today's papers.

US singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett has been hailed as one of the few country musicians who have remained true to the original values of American roots music. He discusses his music with reporter Nicola Stanbridge.

After the murders of two soldiers and a policeman in Northern Ireland, how can reconciliation be achieved and how long does it take to heal a society? Jo Berry, daughter of Sir Anthony Berry who was killed in an IRA bomb, and Canon David Porter, Canon for Reconciliation at Coventry Cathedral, discuss how the country has reacted to the violence.

Will the world of banking look any different after the G20 and will enough attention be given to the architecture of global financial system? Economist Steven Bell, of the GLC hedge fund, and journalist Gillian Tett, of the FT, discuss what can be achieved at the summit.



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