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Today: Saturday 20th November

After reaching agreement on a new missile defence shield, Nato leaders will formalise the timetable for the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. And the operation to rescue 29 trapped miners in New Zealand has been delayed until tests show there's no risk from poisonous gases.

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World leaders are gathering for the final day of a crucial Nato summit in Lisbon. Discussions will concentrate on ending operations in Afghanistan. Defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt reports.

Irish and European Union officials are still haggling over the terms of a bailout loan to rescue the country's shattered banking system. Business correspondent Joe Lynam reports.

Paper review.

The chairman of the Migration Advisory Committee said this week that if overall net migration to the UK was to be reduced to the "tens of thousands" as promised by David Cameron before the election, there would have to be huge cuts to the 87,000 people that arrive annually as overseas students. Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive of Universities UK examines whether this is desirable.

Yesterday in parliament.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

David Cameron has given his full backing to the idea of a green investment bank. But behind the scenes, there is reportedly a battle being fought with the Treasury over how much money should be available and what form the banks should take. Environment Analyst Roger Harrabin and Tom Murley, head of the renewable energy team at HgCapital, analyse the issue.

Paper review.

Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy Enterprises, has recently won two awards. One award was for his commitment to free speech, and the other was a literary award. Rajesh Mirchandani went to the famous Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills to meet him.

In New Zealand no contact has been made with 29 miners missing underground. Several British men are reported among them, but rescue efforts are being impeded by various challenges. Greg Ward, a reporter in Auckland, outlines the reasons for these difficulties.

Thought for the day with Vishvapani, an ordained Buddhist.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is facing a vote of no confidence in the Italian parliament in a few weeks and his majority was cut sharply when his political ally stormed out of the coalition during the summer. Senator Lucio Malan, a loyal member of his party and Rome correspondent Duncan Kennedy evaluate whether Silvio Berlusconi is reaching the end of his political career.

It is the final day of the Nato summit in Lisbon following agreement to develop a missile defence system to cover all 28 countries in the alliance from long-range attacks and terrorism. Foreign Secretary William Hague was pressed by John Humphrys as to exactly which threats the system was designed to counter.

Leo Tolstoy, one of the world's greatest writers, died 100 years ago today. Rosamund Bartlett, author of Tolstoy, A Russian Life and Anastasia Tolstoy, Leo's great-great-great-grand-daughter, analyse the author's literary and philosophical legacy.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Twenty-nine miners are missing underground in New Zealand. No contact has been made, but a full rescue operation has not yet started. Local priest Robin Kingston describes how the community is reacting to the incident.

Ireland's deep economic woes have been laid bare for the world to see this week. Could Portugal be next into the financial maelstrom? Europe Editor Gavin Hewitt investigates on the streets of Lisbon.

The paper review.

Julian Fellowes, the screenwriter of Downton Abbey and Gosford Park is about to become Lord Fellowes in the latest batch of new peers. He explains what we can learn as a society from the age of great estates and social hierarchy.

Ireland's crisis is not because it has cut spending, but because the government is unable to continue to bail out Irish banks to the degree they need. Shadow chancellor Alan Johnson examines whether Britain should use its money to back-up Ireland's risk-taking.

Amid all the fuss and fever over the forthcoming wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, another Royal story has emerged. In an interview on US TV, Prince Charles suggested that Camilla could become Queen when he becomes King. Royal Historian Dr Kate Williams outlines the debate.



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