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Today: Wednesday 26 August 2009

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Senator Edward Kennedy, has died aged 77. Investigations have begun into "large-scale trouble" at West Ham's Upton Park ground during a match against Millwall. And a massive car bomb explosion in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar has killed at least 40 people.


US Senator Edward Kennedy, brother of that late President John F Kennedy, dies at 77 after battling a brain tumour. North America editor Justin Webb reflects on Kennedy's chequered life and career. Bob Carolina, of Democrats Abroad, says it is a very emotional day for everyone in the US.

Business news with Tanya Beckett.


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made an effort to restart peace talks as his four-day tour of Europe continues. Middle East correspondent Paul Wood reports from Ramallah, in the West Bank on how an "economic peace" could ease tensions over other issues.


Police have promised a low-key approach to planned climate change protests this week to avoid trouble that flared during the G20 summit. Chief Superintendent Helen Ball of the Metropolitan Police discusses whether this means police accept they have been too heavy-handed in the past.

Sports news with Arlo White.


Investigations have begun into what the police are describing as "large-scale trouble" at West Ham's Upton Park ground during a match against Millwall last night. Sports correspondent Ben Jacobs reports on the problems caused after West Ham fans invaded the pitch on three occasions.

This is an edited version of the broadcast item.

Today's papers.


An Italian newspaper is publishing extracts from a new edition of a book giving the views of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's estranged wife. The author of the book, Maria Latella, explains what Veronica Lario has said about her estranged husband - including a call for him to attend counselling at a sex clinic.


Comedian Ricky Gervais has appeared for one night only in Edinburgh with a show called Science. Anne Glover, chief scientific advisor for Scotland, considers whether an hour of science, rationalism and enquiry is an ambitious task for a comedian.

Thought for the day with The Right Reverend James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool.


The Council of Europe, an official body representing 47 European countries, is launching a campaign ahead of Copenhagen summit on climate change to lobby for success at the summit. Former deputy prime minister John Prescott, now a rapporteur for the Council of Europe on climate change, and veteran environmentalist Jonathan Porritt, discuss whether a new landmark agreement on climate change can be reached.


Senator Edward Kennedy, a major figure on American politics for nearly half a century and brother of President John F Kennedy, has died at the age of 77. Former foreign secretary Lord Owen considers whether Kennedy could have been US president.


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to continue his four-day tour of Europe with a meeting in London with top US diplomat George Mitchell. Ron Prosor, Israel's ambassador to the UK, discusses whether a deal between Israelis and Palestinians is close.


Network Rail is due to announce its preferred route for a new high speed railway line linking London to the north of England and possibly Scotland. Professor Stephen Glaister, a member of the government's working group reviewing high speed train lines, discusses which route the rail link should follow.

Sports news with Arlo White.


French banks have agreed to bring in a new system of performance-related pay, following controversy over the high levels of bonuses paid to traders. Edward Hadas, a writer for the financial website, examines whether an initiative not to pay bonuses until three years after they are awarded.

Business news with Tanya Beckett.


Dancer and choreographer Michael Clark trained classically at the Royal Ballet school in the 70s but went onto create ground breaking and controversial works of modern dance. Reporter Nicola Stanbridge reports on his new work - set to the music of David Bowie, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop.


Initial counting from Afghanistan's presidential election shows incumbent Hamid Karzai with a slight lead. Author Clare Lockhart, a former adviser to Nato, the UN and Afghan governments, considers whether violence from insurgents will be kept up after the election results are released.

This is an edited version of the broadcast item.


As the death is announced of Senator Edward Kennedy, Louis Susman, the United States Ambassador to Britain, reflects on Kennedy's impact as a dominant force in liberal US politics for almost half a century.


Since the credit crunch began to bite, numerous references have been made to the similarities with economic situations of the 1970s. Author Francis Wheen and columnist Bryan Appleyard, of the Sunday Times, discuss whether the comparisons are justified.

John and Evan's review
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