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Today: Thursday 21st October

The Institute for Fiscal Studies says deeper public spending cuts may prove necessary, because the deficit could turn out to be larger than expected. The Chancellor George Osborne debates the spending cuts. And is it really such a treat to meet your favourite writer in the flesh these days?

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Business news with Adam Shaw: David Riley of Sovereign Ratings at Fitch talks about Britain's triple A credit rating. Michelle Fleury reports on the war of words over the bid for record company EMI.

Pilotless drone attacks are seeing increasing use as a means of attacking insurgents in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Professor Michael Schmitt of Durham University and Mary Ellen O'Connor, from Notre Dame University in Indiana, discuss the legality of using drones in a sovereign state.

The sum of £18bn is to be cut from the welfare bill, excluding the basic state pension and winter fuel payments. Teresa Perchard of Citizens Advice analyses how the cuts will affect those using social housing.

Scientists have discovered the most distant galaxy yet observed from Earth. Dr Mark Swinbank of the Institute for Computational Cosmology explains how the astronomical object is so far away that we are observing light 13.1 billion years old.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Economists are divided over the Spending Review. Financial Times commentator Martin Wolf and economist Ken Rogoff discuss whether the Chancellor has judged the pace of cuts correctly.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Is the spending review an economic necessity or a political choice? Shadow Chancellor Alan Johnson gives his reaction to the Spending Review.

Paper review.

Recent political change in the Russian capital could lead to the removal of the giant statue of Peter the Great. Steve Rosenberg reports on why Muscovites are so disgruntled about the structure erected by the former mayor.

Are the new economical steps taken by the Chancellor progressive or regressive? Tim Harford, presenter of the More or Less programme, analyses the numbers outlined in the Comprehensive Spending Review.

Thought for the Day with Dom Antony Sutch, a Benedictine Monk.

French president Nicolas Sarkozy has said that if strikes across the country do not come to an end soon, the economy could be damaged and jobs lost as a result. Europe correspondent Matthew Price assesses how the strikes are affecting daily life in the country.

The coalition has set out £81bn of cuts to UK state spending. Chancellor George Osborne explains the thinking behind his economic choices.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

George Osborne says the spending review is the biggest cut in state spending since World War II. Political editor Nick Robinson analyses the political repercussions of the Spending Review.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Breon O'Casey is one of the last members of the Cornish St Ives School of artists. He talked about his work and a new show in London to reporter Nicola Stanbridge.

A vote on France's pension reform legislation in the Senate has been delayed, as the disruptions around the country still continue in protest to the bill. French journalist Pierre Haski examines if President Sarkozy is likely to make a compromise with the unions.

Council leaders across England and Wales will meet this morning to discuss their response to the spending review. Reporter Tom Bateman took a journey to one local authority to assess the mood. Local government expert Tony Travers analyses the effect of the cuts on councils.

Is it really such a treat to meet your favourite writer in the flesh these days? Chairman of bookshop Foyles, Christopher Foyle and writer Anthony Horowitz discuss the relationship between authors and readers.



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