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Today: Monday 8th November

A public inquiry begins this morning into failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, which have been linked to the needless deaths of hundreds of patients. And a symphony lost for 200 years could re-write musical history.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: Stephen Perry of the London Export Corporation analyses the UK's opportunities to export to China. Chief executive of BrightHouse, Leo McKee, explains his company's success in offering credit to people who would often find it hard to get loans elsewhere.

The Business Secretary Vince Cable is visiting China to talk on trade and investment. He outlines the nature of Britain's trade with the country.

The results of Burma's first general election in 20 years are due to be announced later today. A BBC reporter analyses the possible outcome.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) is warning it could take programmes off air over Christmas if the BBC does not improve its offer on pensions. General Secretary of the NUJ, Jeremy Dear, outlines the next moves in the union's campaign.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

As part of his China reports, John Humphrys analyses how democracy and freedom are viewed in the People's Republic.

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A conference is being held at the Royal Society today to look at innovative ways of combating the effects of climate change. Professor of earth system modelling, Andy Ridgwell, explains different geo-engineering approaches to tackling global warming.

Thought for the Day with Reverend Dr David Wilkinson, Principal of St John's College in Durham.

Students will graduate with a lower debt of over £17,000 less if they go to a college for further education rather than a university. Joy Mercer, from the Association of Colleges, and Anne Marie Martin, of the Careers Group at the University of London, discuss the difference between higher, and further, education.

A public inquiry begins this morning into failings at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, which have been linked to the needless deaths of hundreds of patients. Julie Bailey, whose mother died at the Stafford Hospital, and Mike Smith of Patients' Association, describe the problems at the hospital.

David Cameron is flying to China later today for what he has described as a "vitally important" trade mission. John Humphrys spoke to a senior Chinese government official about how the world views modern China.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

The NUJ says more strikes are planned at the BBC over the pension deal for its staff. Lucy Adams, who heads the corporation's human resources directorate, BBC People, reacts to the union's demands.

A symphony, which went missing for 200 years, could have changed the course of musical history. Professor David Charlton of Royal Holloway analyses the works of the composer Etienne Mehul.

The former foreign secretary Jack Straw has said that if Greek and Turkish leaders in Cyprus can not sort out their differences at talks in New York next week, then the UK should consider the partition of Cyprus. He talked to Sarah Montague about the problems in the country.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The results of Burma's first general election in 20 years are expected to come out later today. Aung San Suu Kyi is still under house arrest and her National League for Democracy party boycotted the election. Our correspondent Mike Thomson spoke to a co-founder of her party, U Win Tin.

Obama's and Cameron's visits to India and China stress the importance of these countries to the Western world. Economist George Magnus and columnist Gideon Rachman discuss the political and economic development of the BRICS countries.



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