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Today: Saturday 5 September 2009

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Rich nations need to keep on spending until the global economy shows "clearer signs of recovery", Gordon Brown will tell a summit in London later. And pupils are no better at maths now than they were 30 years ago - despite a rise in exam grades, a study suggests.


Prime Minister Gordon Brown is to call for global "binding rules" on bankers' pay at a summit in London later. Business correspondent Nils Blythe considers the problems G20 nations are having agreeing a unified rule for City bonuses.


More results are due to be announced later in Afghanistan's presidential election, more than two weeks after the country went to the polls. Correspondent Chris Morris reflects on further claims of sustained fraud in the polls.

Today's papers.


"Red tape" is undermining drug trials and threatening the lives of patients, leading medical researchers warn. Science correspondent Tom Feilden reports on the scientists' claim that new EU regulations designed to harmonise the rules for clinical trials across Europe are excessively bureaucratic.


Scotland's seabirds have had their most productive breeding year for almost a decade, according to RSPB counts. Doug Gilbert, of the RSPB, discuss how colonies across the country have managed to rear young in greater numbers after a disappointing year in 2008.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


Have lifestyles changed as a result of the economic downturn? Kim Price, a charity worker currently without employment, publican Denis Cook, and businesswoman Jenny Tomly discuss their levels of debt, their jobs and how long they think it will take for the recession to end. Behavioural economist Dr Pete Lunn discusses the difficulties in establishing trends in people's spending.

Today's papers.


Pupils are no better at maths now than they were 30 years ago - despite a rise in exam grades, a study suggests Lead researcher Dr Jeremy Hodgen, of King's College, London, discusses his suggestion that the disparity between unchanged ability and the increase in grades is partly down to schools' obsession with Sats results and league table positions.


Russell Crowe challenged an Australian newspaper columnist to a cycle duel after she mocked a picture of him smoking and eating on a bike ride. Annette Sharp, of the Sydney Daily Telegraph, discusses her 12-mile (19.3km) race through the city.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Dr Giles Fraser - Canon Chancellor elect of St Paul's Cathedral.


A former member of the British National Party has been fined £200 after admitting publishing names and contact details of 10,000 party members online. Information Commissioner Christopher Graham discusses why something, according to the judge in the case, "foolish and as criminally dangerous" only incurred a financial penalty.


Rich nations need to keep spending until the global economy shows "clearer signs of recovery", Prime Minister Gordon Brown will urge. Economics editor Stephanie Flanders reports on the meeting between G20 finance ministers taking place in London.


Author and playwright Keith Waterhouse has died "quietly in his sleep" at the age of 80, a spokeswoman has announced. Former Daily Mail columnist John McEntee, a long time friend of the author, pays tribute to the man best known for the 1959 novel Billy Liar.


This week, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin condemned the Nazi-Soviet pact signed a week before Germany's 1939 invasion of Poland as "immoral". Reporter Nicola Stanbridge speaks to three students from universities in Moscow - Andrei, Stepan and Julia - about their views of World War II. Oksana Antonenko, programme director for Russia and Eurasia at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, discusses why Russia has become involved in the debate.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


More results are to be released following Afghanistan's presidential elections. South Asia correspondent Chris Morris reports on more claims of sustained fraud in the polls. Sir Bob Worcester, of polling organisation Mori, and Lord Ashdown, former high representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, discuss the election process in Afghanistan.

Today's papers.


The battle over Google's effort to digitise the world's books and create a vast online library has intensified. Santiago de la Mora, head of Google Book Search in Europe, explains the $125m settlement that has been made with authors and publishers and discusses whether it is a fair deal.


G20 finance ministers are to meet in London amid apparent disagreement over how to regulate bankers' bonuses and how much more stimulus to invest into the global economy. David Reynolds, professor of international history and a fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge, and Sir Christopher Meyer, a former British ambassador to the US, discuss whether a deal can be reached.



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