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The death at 77 of the US senator Edward Kennedy dominated this morning's programme. The BBC's North America editor, Justin Webb, looked back at Kennedy's long and chequered life and career. Bob Carolina, of Democrats Abroad, said it was a a very emotional day for everyone in the US.

Later in the programme, the former foreign secretary Lord Owen considered whether Kennedy could have been US president.

He said that although Kennedy was a "flawed" character, his contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process had been "absolutely crucial".

Network Rail is set to 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, gave his views on which route the rail link should follow.

Italy is currently poring over a newspaper serialisation of extracts from a book giving the views of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's estranged wife.

The book's author, Maria Latella, explained what Veronica Lario has said about her estranged husband - including a call for him to attend counselling at a sex clinic.

The Council of Europe, which represents 47 European countries, is launching a campaign ahead of the 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, discussed whether a new landmark agreement on climate change can be reached.


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