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Today: Saturday 3 October 2009

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International aid is starting to arrive in Sumatra following an appeal by the Indonesian government in the aftermath of a powerful earthquake. And a "home protection scheme" to prevent older people having to sell their properties to fund long-term care has been unveiled by the Conservatives.


Vote counting is due to begin in the Republic of Ireland's second referendum on the European Union's Lisbon Treaty. Europe correspondent Jonny Dymond reflects on opinion from the early, unofficial, exit polls.


The Conservatives are promoting a plan they say would mean people would not have sell their homes when they get old if they need to go into residential care. Niall Dickson, of health service think tank the King's Fund, explains the plans.

Today's papers.


Relatives of the 170 Argentine soldiers killed in the Falklands War are visiting the islands to inaugurate a monument to the dead. Correspondent Candace Piette spends the day with some of the families, many of whom have never been to the islands before.


Las Vegas is no stranger to oversized carnivores but they're not generally as big as Samson - one of the largest Tyrannosaurus Rex specimens ever discovered. Thomas Lindgren, director of the natural history department at Bonhams and Butterfields, reflects on the auction being held to sell the 66 million-year-old.

Sports news with Arlo White.


International aid is starting to arrive in Sumatra following an appeal by the Indonesian government in the aftermath of Wednesday's powerful earthquake. Rachel Harvey reports from Padang, close to the epicentre of the quake.


NHS trusts in England must monitor out-of-hours GP care more closely, says a watchdog carrying out a review prompted by the death of a 70-year-old patient. Dr Fay Wilson, medical director for the Birmingham and District GP Emergency Rooms, discusses how the system works.

Today's papers.


In the run up to the winner of the Man Booker prize for fiction being announced, the Today programme is speaking to all six shortlisted authors. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones speaks to Adam Foulds about his novel The Quickening Maze.

Thought for the day with The Reverend Bob Marshall, an Anglican priest.


Results of the Republic of Ireland's second referendum on the European Union's Lisbon Treaty are due by late afternoon. Charles Grant, director of the Centre for Europe Reform, and Wilfried Martens, president of the European People's Party Group, discuss whether the whole spectacle of the second vote has damaged the European Union in the eyes of the world.


The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohammed El Baradei, is visiting Iran. He is there to work out the timetable for opening up the previously secret nuclear plant at Qom to international inspection. Amir Paivar, a correspondent at the BBC's Persian TV service, and Wyn Bowen, professor of international security at Kings College London, discuss whether this represents real progress.


The German director Werner Herzog is best known for his films about characters gripped by obsession and impossible dreams. Reporter Nicola Stanbridge meets the man whose own approach to film-making matches the intensity of his characters.


Does an official history of MI5 lessen the idea of secrecy which has surrounded the organisation? Security correspondent Gordon Corera examines some of things revealed in the newly released account.


BBC correspondents in Chicago reported a crowd "reduced to stunned, slack-jawed silence" after the announcement the city lost the vote that gave the 2016 Olympic Games to Rio de Janeiro. North America editor Mark Mardell assesses the magnitude of the Obama Olympic setback.

Sports news with Arlo White.


A scheme to prevent older people having to sell their houses to fund their care is being unveiled by the Conservatives. Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley explains a one-off fee of £8,000 at age 65 to waive residential fees for life.


Plymouth nursery worker Vanessa George and two other people she met online have admitted a series of charges after abuse was recorded on mobile phones. Kathy Hancock, the police community liaison officer supporting the families concerned, discusses calls from the judge for Ms George to reveal which children were her victims.

Today's papers.


The Clinton presidency needs to be reassessed, a man who conducted 79 taped interviews with the president during his time in the White House says. Taylor Branch discusses how he came to get the job of documenting the Clinton years.


History has been far too kind to the philosopher Confucius, the writer and critic Philip Womack says. He discusses this view with Shin Jun Yo, professor of Chinese Religion at Kings College, London.


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