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Today: Saturday 14th August

US President Barack Obama has staunchly defended controversial plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero in New York. And relief efforts in flood-hit areas of Pakistan have been given added urgency, with confirmation of the first case of cholera.

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Health workers are stepping up their battle against waterborne diseases in flood-hit Pakistan, as the UN confirms a case of cholera for the first time. World affairs correspondent Mike Wooldridge discusses the grave new risk of disease to victims of the flood.

The Pope is to meet the Queen to begin his tour of the UK in Edinburgh, a city which has seen some of the greatest moments in Britain's turbulent relationship between Catholics and Protestants. James Naughtie reflects on the historical resonance of the meeting.

The paper review.

Some 185 years ago a young man called Bobby arrived in Edinburgh to study medicine. Poet and author Ruth Padel reflects on what her famous relative may have found when he got there.

The government-appointed commission investigating war crimes in Sri Lanka is holding its first hearing today. Sri Lanka correspondent Charles Haviland examines aftermath of the long civil war in the country.

The sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The English Premier League kicks off this weekend amid high spending and financial uncertainty at many of the clubs. Sports editor David Bond investigates the real state of the football economy and Lord Mawhinney, President of the Football League, discusses whether the alliance of big business and football is working.

The paper review.

The number of people taking out payday loans has quadrupled over the last four years, according to the consumer watchdog Consumer Focus. Sarah Brooks, Head of Financial Services at Consumer Focus, explains why she believes banks need to offer affordable short-term alternatives.

Thought for the Day with the Reverend Rob Marshall.

The Edinburgh International Festival is a pinnacle of global culture, but how will it fare in face of falling government spending? Director of the Edinburgh International Festival Jonathan Mills and Fiona Hyslop MSP, Scottish minister for culture and external affairs, discusses whether the arts should be protected from funding cuts.

Has Charles Taylor's war crime trial been overshadowed by celebrity testimony? Human rights lawyer Alpha Sesay and Geoffrey Robertson QC, the first President of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, examine how the celebrity testimonies fit with the two year trial, which has seen 90 witnesses.

Is cabaret now the new burlesque? At the Edinburgh Festival, there are more than 40 shows of variety acts and cabaret. Ventriloquist Nina Conti explains why variety is "such an enjoyable way to spend an evening".

The sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Alistair Darling has described how RBS was "a couple of hours" from collapse at the peak of the financial crisis. The shadow chancellor explains why he believes Labour "won the war" in the financial crisis "but lost the peace".

The paper review.

How do you know when it is the right time to retire? Telegraph columnist Jim White and Sir Terry Wogan discuss the best time to bow out on your career.

President Obama has backed controversial plans to build a Muslim cultural centre and mosque near Ground Zero in New York. Islamic campaigner and journalist Asra Nomani explains why she believes the president has misjudged the issue.

What does the future hold for Scottish national identity? James Robertson, author of The Land Lay Still, and Magnus Linklater, editor of the Times in Scotland, examine the evolution of the Scottish spirit of independence.



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