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Today: Friday 4 September 2009

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Gordon Brown is to give a major speech restating his commitment to the mission in Afghanistan, after a ministerial aide resigned over government strategy. And finance officials from the group of 20 richest nations are set to outline a commitment to boosting the global economy when they meet in London later.


The leaders of the UK, France and Germany have said the G20 group must adopt "binding rules" to regulate bank behaviour. Economics editor Stephanie Flanders reports on the efforts to convince the US to do the same.


Officials in northern Afghanistan say a Nato airstrike on hijacked fuel tankers has killed at least 40 people. Correspondent Chris Morris reports on allegations that a number of civilians were among the casualties.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.


Predictions that 65,000 people could die from swine flu in the UK this winter are unlikely to be realised, latest figures suggest. Dr Iain Stephenson, who led a trial into a vaccine at Leicester Royal Infirmary, explains how effective the vaccine for swine flu is.


The Green Party in England and Wales is holding its annual conference in Brighton. Correspondent Gillian Hargreaves reports on the progress made by the party over recent years. Green Party leader Caroline Lucas discusses how the Greens can get at least one MP at the next general election.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


A former army major has resigned as a parliamentary aide to Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth, criticising the government's strategy in Afghanistan. Former security minister Tony McNulty explains why Falkirk West MP Eric Joyce resigned.

Today's papers.


More than 1,000 soldiers from the South African National Defence Force are waiting to find out if they still have their jobs following violent clashes with the police. Southern Africa correspondent Karen Allen reports on the demonstration which took place outside the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

Thought for the day with Catherine Pepinster, editor of the Tablet.


Two young brothers who lured two boys, aged nine and 11, to a South Yorkshire ravine before carrying out a brutal attack have admitted the assault. Home editor Mark Easton reports on the story of the brothers aged 10 and 12. Labour MP Graham Allen and social worker Joanna Nicolas discuss the comparisons drawn by many newspapers between this and the murder of toddler James Bulger.


Finance officials from the G20 group of richest nations are set agree a commitment to boosting the global economy. Chancellor Alistair Darling discusses stimulus efforts and the reform of the international banking system.


Gordon Brown is to give a major speech restating his commitment to the mission in Afghanistan, after a ministerial aide resigned over government strategy. Political editor Nick Robinson examines how the prime minister's speech might be affected by Eric Joyce MP's resignation.


Pestival, described as a celebration of insects in art and the art of being an insect, is opening at the Southbank Centre in London. Cult musician and insect lover Robyn Hitchcock explains the reason behind a choral collaboration between humans and bees and the first ever human/cricket duet.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


UKIP's Nigel Farage is set to tell the party's conference he is to stand down as leader, but will continue to lead its MEPs. Mr Farage explains why he has made the decision and discusses UKIP's chances of gaining its first elected MP.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.


It is 20 years since demonstrations began in Leipzig in East Germany that lit the fuse for the eventual collapse of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Empire. One of the demonstrators, Wolfgang Tiefensee - now Germany's transport minister, and Peter Millar, foreign correspondent for the Times in 1989, discuss the reunification process.


What would happen if a writer was given unlimited access to President Obama? Author Richard Wolffe explains what he did with "more access than anyone else".


"I do not think the public will accept for much longer that our losses can be justified by simply referring to the risk of greater terrorism on our streets", said Eric Joyce MP in a letter resigning as a parliamentary aide to Defence Secretary. Andrew Mackinlay, a Labour member of the foreign affairs select committee, discusses Mr Joyce's view.

John and Sarah's review
Friday, 4 September 2009, 09:11 GMT |  News



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