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Today: Monday 18th October

Home Secretary Theresa May outlines the government's priorities in relation to the national security. The scale of the government's spending cuts has received backing from business leaders. And are people being pushed into accepting the idea of assisted dying by a so-called strident elite?

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Business news with Adam Shaw: Economic adviser Professor Peter Spencer analyses the impact of the expected spending cuts on Britain's businesses. Media analyst Claire Enders explains the financial allegations against the music group EMI. And Jim Chanos of Kynikos Associates outlines why he thinks China is heading for a financial crash.

The government is going to announce a new security strategy later today. Conservative MP Bernard Jenkin, chairman of the Commons Public Accounts Committee, shares his concerns about the UK's approach to security threats.

It is feared that the government cuts due to be announced this week will lead to a rise in regulated rail fares. Former Department of Transport adviser Professor David Begg outlines potential extent of the increase.

US banks are about to report on their profits. Business correspondent Nils Blythe spoke to Jim Chanos of Kynikos Associates, the world's largest dedicated short-selling hedge fund, about the impact of the financial crisis on the banking sector.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Otters are returning to England's rivers after fears they had almost disappeared from the countryside, according to a new report. Environment correspondent Jeremy Cooke reports from the banks of the River Thames in Oxfordshire.

One of the leading figures in the Church of England, the Right Reverend John Broadhurst, Bishop of Fulham, has announced plans to join the Roman Catholic Church over the issue of women bishops. The Bishop of Burnley, the Right Reverend John Goddard, explains why he thinks the Church should make proper provisions for those who share this attitude on the issue.

Sports news with Jon Myers.

The Energy Secretary is today expected to kill proposals for a controversial energy-generating barrage across the River Severn. Professor of energy policy, Dr Dieter Helm, and Charles Anglin of RenewableUK, discuss the government's expected energy plan for the next 40 years.

Paper review.

International terrorism and attacks on vital computer networks will be identified today as the biggest threats to UK's security. Gordon Corera reports on the increasing importance of cyber security.

Thought for the Day with Rabbi Lionel Blue.

The World Biodiversity Conference has opened in Japan. Environment correspondent Richard Black and Jane Smart, of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, examine ways to stop the destruction of the world's nature.

An assessment of British security will say that terrorism and computer attacks are a more serious threats than military conflicts. Home Secretary Theresa May outlines the government's national security priorities.

There are renewed signs of a split in the Church of England over the question of women bishops. Ruth Gledhill of The Times examines the issue.

Sports news with Jon Myers.

Are people being pushed into accepting the idea of assisted dying by the so-called "strident elite"? GP Dr Ann McPherson, who is terminally ill, and Christina Odone from the Centre for Policy Studies, discuss Britain's attitude to assisted suicide.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

A group of UK's biggest companies have written a letter to the government supporting the plan to get the deficit down quickly. Political editor Nick Robinson analyses how business views the government's deficit reduction plan.

The programme has asked people working in the public sector for ideas of services that would improve the sector and cut cost. Correspondent Andrew Hosken went to Solihull in the West Midlands where the local council is saving a fortune by following methods used in the Japanese car industry.

What did the film Braveheart do for Scottish history? Historical novelist Robyn Young and historian Owen Dudley Edwards discuss the extent to which the entertainment industry distorts historical events.

The new National Security Strategy is unveiled today, setting out the latest thinking on the threats facing Britain. Former Foreign and Defence secretary, Sir Malcolm Rifkind and David Clark, special adviser to Robin Cook, analyse the way terrorism has changed over the past decades.


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