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Today: Tuesday 21st September

North Korea has announced that the ruling Communist party will hold its biggest meeting for decades next week to chose new leaders. Gordon Brown says he is angry that rich nations are failing to honour pledges made ten years ago to combat global poverty. And should newly-qualified drivers be banned from the roads at night?

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Business news: Economists Eoin O'Callaghan and Jim Power discuss Ireland's decision to ask for 1.5bn Euros in loans from the bond markets. And the BBC's technology correspondent Maggie Shiels reports on the resolution of an argument between two of the world's biggest technology companies, Oracle and Hewlett Packard.

Senators in Washington will today begin a debate that could lead to the abolition of the so-called "don't ask, don't tell" policy affecting gay men and women in the United States military. A soldier for ten years, Daniel Choi and Elaine Donnelly, of the Center for Military Readiness, discuss whether gay people should be allowed to serve.

The Liberal Democrats have traditionally been viewed as the greenest of political parties. Political correspondent Norman Smith reports on how many environmental groups fear the party is no longer that interested in the environment.

Public health experts are calling for radical new measures to try and reduce the number of young people killed and injured in road accidents in the UK. Public health consultant Dr Sarah Jones and Edmund King, president of the AA, discuss whether newly-qualified drivers should be banned from driving at night.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

MI6 has taken the unusual step of opening up some of its files. Security correspondent Gordon Corera spoke to the historian Keith Jeffery who has been given access to the records to discover the truth behind the early years of the Secret Intelligence Service.

The sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg believes the times have changed and a coalition government can be braver, fairer and bolder than a single party leadership. To underline that, two Conservative ministers are addressing fringe meetings at the Lib Dem conference for the first time in its history.

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The number of people with dementia will double by 2030 and triple by 2050, according to a latest report. Professor Martin Prince, of the Centre for Global Mental Health, explains the findings.

Thought for the Day with Bishop Tom Butler.

England's cricket captain, Andrew Strauss, is threatening to sue the chairman of the Pakistan cricket board, Ijaz Butt, for claiming that English players were involved in bribery in last Friday's match. Pakistan's High Commissioner in London, Wajid Shamsul Hasan and Imran Khan, the country's former cricket captain, debate the strained relations between the two countries.

The Lib Dem leader, who once thought cuts could only begin in 2011, has now told his party conference that the longer the government waits to cut the deficit the more difficult it gets. and Justin Webb talks to Nick Clegg about his economic policies and political editor Nick Robinson and reflects on the challenges facing Mr Clegg.

The sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Is charging for reading newspapers online the only way to finance journalism in an electronic age. Former editor of the Washington Post, Len Downie and Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times, try to find a solution to the current circulation crisis.

North Korea has announced that its ruling Communist party will hold its biggest meeting for decades next week to chose new leaders. Former British Charge d'affaires in Pyonyang, Jim Hoare, explains what may be happening in the country.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

As Britain and much of Europe make deep cuts to cope with the deficit, President Obama seems to be one of the few politicians determined to stimulate the economy and spend his way out of trouble. North America Editor Mark Mardell reports on how individual US states are, however, determined to make deep cuts in the most basic services.

A concentration camp survivor saved by being smuggled into a British prisoner-of-war camp is telling her story to children from east London schools today. Hannah Sara Rigler was on one of the death marches out of the notorious Stutthof camp in Poland when she managed to escape.

How do the Liberal Democrats feel about the future of the coalition? Journalists Benedict Brogan and Rachel Sylvester discuss whether Nick Clegg has managed to quell the lingering doubts of his party members about the its role in the coalition.



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