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Today: Saturday 30th October

The US and UK probe the extent of a terror threat after a suspicious package found on a Chicago-bound plane at East Midlands Airport contained explosives. And a man catapulted out of a train in the 7/7 bombings explains what the current inquests mean to him.

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Theresa May has confirmed that explosive material was found on a Chicago-bound cargo plane, the same found on another in Dubai, although it is not yet clear whether it was a viable explosive device. BBC correspondent Laura Trevelyan analyses the explanations circulating in the US.

Work and pensions secretary Ian Duncan Smith has called for an end to hysteria over government plans to cap housing benefit. Professor of Housing Economics at the London School of Economics Christine Whitehead considers the impact of the changes.

The paper review.

The inquests on the victims of the 7 July London bombings have this week been hearing accounts of what happened in the tunnel near Aldgate underground station. BBC correspondent Jane Peel reports on the harrowing story emerging.

The National Theatre has received its biggest ever private donation of £10m from the businessman Lloyd Dorfman. The theatre's Artistic Director Sir Nicholas Hytner explains whether renaming the Cottesloe Theatre after Mr Dorfman in recognition of the gift should set a precedent for the arts.

Sports news with Alison Mitchell.

In the first public speech by the head of the MI6, Sir John Sawers said the agency had nothing to do with torture, but defended its secrecy. Director of the pressure group Liberty Shami Chakrabati and Professor Anthony Glees, director of the centre for Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Buckingham discuss just how secret the secret service should be.

The paper review.

Tomorrow is the pagan celebration of Samhain, the first major festival since the Charities Commission gave pagan group the Druid Network the status of a religion. BBC correspondent Robert Pigott considers why paganism is behaving more and more like a modern religion.

Thought for the day with The Reverend Rob Marshall, an Anglican Priest.

David Cameron has controversially called the European Council a "spectacular success", because the European budget increase next year will probably be limited to 2.9 per cent. Twenty years ago, Margaret Thatcher made a famous Commons speech about Europe which led to the resignation of Geoffrey Howe and the crisis which ended in his downfall. Two of the people in the Commons that day were Lords Steel and Lamont and they reflect on the speech's impact.

The US and UK are investigating the extent of a terror threat after explosive material was found in two packages bound for the US at East Midlands Airport yesterday. BBC correspondent David Loyn reports on speculation surrounding the incident and former Home Secretary Lord Reid considers the impact on airport security.

Bruce Springsteen is in Britain and has been talking about one of his classic albums, Darkness on the Edge of Town. BBC's David Sillito talks to him about why he's returned to it 30 years on from its release.

The inquests into those killed by the 7 July bombings have been proceeding over the last three weeks. IT worker Phil Duckworth talks about his experience of standing so close to the Aldgate bomber Shehzad Tanweer that he was blinded by shrapnel from his shin bone.

Sports news with Alison Mitchell.

Government plans for welfare reform have been much fought over this week. Chair of the think tank Demos Kitty Usher and Gavin Poole, executive director of the Centre for Social Justice, debate whether the changes will save money or further complicate the administration of the system.

The paper review.

The two cargo planes found to have explosive material on board yesterday began their journeys in Yemen. Christopher Boucek, Yemen expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, explains what the US could be doing in Yemen to improve security.

It is the 70th anniversary of the most tragic world fair which ended in New York in 1940. BBC's Kevin Connolly went to New York to reflect on what happened.

Brian Turner is a former soldier whose poetry gave the Oscar-winning film The Hurt Locker its name, and it has won him a place on the shortlist for the prestigious TS Eliot prize. He speaks about how his experiences have impacted on his life as a poet.



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