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Today: Wednesday 17th November

Prince William has finally popped the question - there will be a royal wedding next year. David Cameron has been accused of going back on a pre-election promise to recruit thousands more midwives. And the world's longest poem is on display in Cambridge.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: Economic adviser Dr John Philpott and economist Graham Leach discuss unemployment figures due to be published later today. Peter De Lorenzo of Autoextremist.com analyses the latest success of the US carmaker General Motors.

There have been more demonstrations in Haiti against the United Nations, as many people blame the organisation for bringing cholera into the country. The UN's Imogen Wall and Pooja Bhatia, of the Institute of Current World Affairs in Port-au-Prince, discuss the extent of the epidemic.

David Cameron's photographer and a website producer are to be taken off the civil service payroll. Columnist Sue Cameron examines the reasons behind the decision to have the two employees paid directly by the Conservative Party.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Public services must do more to reduce the number of successful appeals against decisions made by public officials, according to the Chair of the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council. Richard Thomas explains his call for public services to do more to save taxpayers' money by getting things right in the first place.

The world's longest poem is on display in Cambridge. Zubeida Malik examines at the artistic legacy of the 1,000 year old Persian epic, the Shahnameh.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The Coalition Government is being accused of going back on a pledge by David Cameron to increase the number of midwives. Cathy Warwick of the Royal College of Midwives outlines her concerns over the lack of well-trained staff.

Paper review.

The first musical about the life of an afrobeat performer opens tonight at the National Theatre in London. Music journalist Robin Denselow examines the music, politics and controversial life of Fela Kuti.

Thought for the day with the Right Reverend James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool.

European Union officials are laying the groundwork for a possible financial bailout for the Irish Republic. Economics editor Stephanie Flanders and political editor Nick Robinson analyse the impact of Ireland's economic trouble on the rest of Europe.

Prince William and Kate Middleton have announced their engagement. Royal historian Lady Antonia Fraser and Professor of Government Stephen Haseler discuss whether the event will boost the popularity of the Royal family in a similar manner to the engagement of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.

There are no trains running out of or into Cornwall this morning because of severe flooding and a landslip. Tamzin Melville reports.

There is fierce opposition from local people and animal welfare organisations against granting planning permission to build a massive new dairy farm in Lincolnshire. Rural affairs correspondent Jeremy Cooke has been to the farm.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude is to give a speech in London on the big society approach to public service reform. He explains how public sector workers are to be given first refusal on taking over state services.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Drug gangs in South and Central America are buying old passenger jets and flying them low over the ocean to Africa to get their supplies across the Atlantic. Criminology professor Scott Decker explains how the drugs are getting into Europe without passing through the United States.

Scotland's Finance Secretary will set out his budget statement in the Scottish Parliament later today. Professor of management Richard Kerley analyses the toughest budget ever delivered at Holyrood.

Search and rescue helicopters have been used to free people trapped in cars and homes in flood water in Cornwall. Heavy rain and gale-force winds have caused severe disruption across the county. David George reports.

In a speech last night Nick Clegg stressed his determination to press ahead with constitutional changes in the Parliament. Norman Smith analyses the scepticism in parliament over the deputy prime minister's reform mission.

After investigating the origins of matter and the fundamental forces of nature, a group of scientists at Cern are planning to release an album. Research scientist Professor Steven Goldfarb examines the link between physics and Rock and Roll.



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