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Today: Friday 15th October

There are signs that the US and Nato are softening their stance on peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. The government says it is going to spend extra £7bn helping poor children. And how Britain won and lost its place as the world's leading aircraft manufacturer.

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Business news with Nick Cosgrove: HSBC's head of research Bronwyn Curtis outlines the expectations from China's next five-year-economic plan due to be discussed later today. And our Friday boss is Vineet Nayar of Indian IT firm HCL Technologies.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has raised concerns over the scale of the UK government's planned defence spending cuts. Journalist Robert Fox analyses US scepticism over Europe's commitment to the Nato defence strategy.

Heart surgery should no longer be carried out on children at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford, according to an official review. Leslie Hamilton, who took part in the review, outlines the problems at the hospital.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

The Metropolitan police has been criticised over its handling of rape investigations. The BBC's June Kelly examines whether the re-organisation of the Met police's way it investigates sex attacks has been successful.

Afghanistan's Peace Council says Nato countries have softened their attitude to talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Diplomatic correspondent Bridget Kendall analyses whether negotiations are likely to go ahead.

The sports news with Russell Fuller.

The Scottish National Party is holding a second day of its conference in Perth. Deputy first Minister Nicola Sturgeon outlines the party's economic policies and whether the financial crash has altered their desire for independence.

Paper review.

What did a day of Tweeting from the Greater Manchester Police tell the public about the work it does? Sir Hugh Orde of the Association of Chief Police Officers examines whether the experiment has increased public sympathy for the police.

Thought for the Day with Lord Harries of Pentregarth, Gresham Professor of Divinity.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is expected to argue in a speech later today that the way the government tackles the deficit will be "a test of the character of the coalition". He explains how his party views the coalition's notion of fairness.

There are signs that the US and Nato are softening their stance on peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Nato's Senior Civilian Representative Mark Sedwill outlines the organisation's position.

Today is a crucial day for the future of Liverpool Football Club. Business editor Robert Peston analyses whether RBS is likely to put the football club into administration. And Rogan Taylor of the Liverpool University examines the football club business model.

The sports news with Russell Fuller.

US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has expressed concern over the amount Britain is planning to spend on its military. Anthony Cordesman, of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, outlines how the US views Britain's military spending cuts.

Politicians have taken to using the idea of fairness at almost every available opportunity. John Humphrys spoke to a focus group of people from a variety of backgrounds to find out what fairness means to them.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

In the period immediately after the Second World War, Britain led the world in designing and building jet aircraft. Author James Hamilton-Paterson and former air chief marshal Sir Michael Knight discuss the lost heyday of British aircraft engineering.


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