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Today: Tuesday 31st August

President Obama will deliver a speech to the American people this evening, formally bringing an end to the US combat mission in Iraq. And the climber who has retraced the last steps of George Mallory to the Everest.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: Mike Smedley of KPMG claims a third of pension schemes in the UK's biggest companies are so under-funded they cannot be restored to health. Roland Buerk reports on the Japanese stock market, which lost 3% of its value overnight despite efforts by the Bank of Japan to boost the economy. And technology advisor Rob Enderle discusses the £35.5m claim settlement agreement by Hewlett-Packard.

President Obama is to formally declare the end of combat operations in Iraq in a televised address to the nation. Dr Adnan Pachachi, Iraq's former foreign minister, explains the state of the country after seven years of war.

Employers will have to enrol all their staff in a basic pension scheme from next year onward. David Robertson, from the Association of Consulting Actuaries, analyses how the new scheme will affect the benefits of staff already enrolled in a pension scheme.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

A new report into the M6 toll motorway suggests that private toll roads are not an economical answer to traffic problems. The RAC Foundation's David Bayliss and Hugh Bladon, of the Association of British Drivers, discuss what lessons there are to be learned about road pricing.

Has the reputation of cricket been seriously damaged after the recent match-fixing allegations? BBC reporter Stephen Lamb has been canvassing opinion from West Country cricket-lovers.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.

How will history come to judge the US invasion of Iraq? Foreign Affairs editor John Simpson assesses the US legacy in the country.

The paper review.

A German World War I postcard, depicting the Kaiser's enemies as barbarians and a fierce-looking Scot in a kilt, has been found in France. Editor of Military Illustrated Magazine Tim Newark looks at the use of imagery in government propaganda.

The thought for the day with Dr Indarjit Singh, Director of the Network of Sikh organisations.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) expects to have a report on the match-fixing allegations within 48 hours and is promising prompt and decisive action. Aleem Maqbool reports on the mood of the Pakistani public. Barry Hearn, of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, analyses the effect of fixing bets on the nature and enjoyment of different sports.

President Obama will deliver a speech to the people of the US this evening, formally bringing an end to the US combat mission in Iraq. Baghdad correspondent Gabriel Gatehouse has been talking to US soldiers in Iraq. Author and journalist Jon Lee Anderson and former British army officer Crispian Cuss debate what Iraq might look like in 20 years.

Bedbugs are a bigger problem in US households now than at any time since the World War II. Matt Wells reports on how the problem is reaching near-epidemic proportions. Pest management consultant Clive Boase explains how serious the problem is in the UK.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.

The long-awaited peace talks between the Palestinian president and the Israeli prime minister are to resume again in Washington later this week. Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen describes the mood of pessimism surrounding the impending discussions.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

A new film shows how two British climbers retraced the last steps of George Mallory on Everest. One of the climbers Leo Houlding describes the difficulty of the climb using 1920's equipment.

How do sports fans recover from match-fixing scandals? Historian Simon Schama and the Times's sports writer Matthew Syed debate how other sports have reacted to corruption scandals.

Much speculation has accompanied the story of an MI6 worker whose body was found at his flat in central London. Security correspondent Gordon Correra reveals what has been found out about him and his work.

Poland marks the 30th anniversary of Gdansk accords which gave rise to the first independent trade union in the Soviet bloc. Former BBC reporter at the city's shipyard, Brian Walker, reflects on the events leading up to the agreement at the time.

Is it time for the Today programme to have a new theme tune? Composer Simon May outlines some suggestions for a musical accompaniment to the programme.



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