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Today: Friday 3 April 2009

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US President Obama hails the G20 agreements reached in London, as he heads to Strasbourg for a key Nato summit. Directors of the Royal Bank of Scotland are to be rebuked by shareholders at the bank's annual general meeting. And prosecutors in the US indict former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on federal corruption charges.


US President Obama has hailed the G20 agreements reached in London, as he heads to Strasbourg for a key Nato summit. Economics editor Stephanie Flanders and Lord Patten, former governor of Hong Kong and former European Commissioner for External Affairs, discuss if all G20 countries benefit from the deal.


Basic literary and numeracy courses for adults are a waste of time and money, a senior academic at the Institute of Education has suggested. Professor Anna Vignoles, who made the claims, and Alan Tuckett, chief executive of the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, discuss if basic skills must be learnt during childhood.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.


Visitors to the UK's rivers and canals are being urged to record the wildlife they see - and to keep a particular eye out for bumblebees. Leela O'Dea, a British Waterways ecologist, discusses why native bumblebees are in danger of extinction.


The Lake District has inspired generations of artists - most notably the poets Wordsworth and Coleridge - but what about musicians? Correspondent Nick Ravenscroft reports on the 19th Century craze for Lake District rock music.

Sports news with Arlo White.


The Royal Bank of Scotland Group's AGM is to take place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. Business editor Robert Peston interviews RBS chairman Sir Philip Hampton about expectations that shareholders will question the £703,000 annual pension given to former chief executive Sir Fred Goodwin.

Today's papers.


What has happened to the formality between global leaders? Barack and Gordon have been referring to each other by their first names throughout the G20 summit. Matthew Taylor, former chief adviser to Tony Blair, and journalist Guy Walters, of the Daily Mail, discuss if formal greetings are becoming less common.

Thought for the day with the Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks.


A small group of NHS trusts in England may put patients at risk because of poor infection control, a new super regulator says. Cynthia Bower, chief executive of the Care Quality Commission, and Derek Butler, chairman of MRSA Action UK, discuss how the risk of MRSA infection can be cut.


Leaders of the world's largest economies have reached an agreement to tackle the global financial crisis with measures worth $1.1 trillion (£681bn). Chancellor Alistair Darling discusses if this is a "turning point" in the pursuit of economic recovery.

Sports news with Arlo White.


President Obama is to visit Strasbourg for a special summit to mark Nato's 60th birthday. Europe Editor Mark Mardell reports on whether the request by the US for more European troops to be sent to Afghanistan will be agreed.


Fathers get a rough deal in the way they are represented in soap operas, research commissioned by the Think Father campaign concludes. David Bartlett, chief executive of the Fatherhood Institute, and John Yorke, controller of BBC drama, production and new talent, discuss if soaps influence the opinion of the role played by fathers in their children's lives.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.


England's World Cup-winning batter Claire Taylor has become the first woman to be named one of the five people named in Wisden's Cricketers of the Year. She discusses the honour with Matthew Engel, former editor of the cricketers' almanack.


"Open warfare" will sweep into the US if nothing is done about the wave of kidnappings in Phoenix, Arizona, senior official has warned. Correspondent James Coomarasamy reports on the kidnaps, which have been linked to Mexican drug and people smuggling rings.


US President Barack Obama has said that "by any measure the London summit was historic". Quentin Letts, of the Daily Mail, and Mariella Frostrup, of the Guardian, discusses if the theatre of the summit has matched up to the speed of the agreement.



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