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Today: Saturday 27th November

The United States is urging the Wikileaks website not to publish millions of sensitive diplomatic files saying their release could put lives at risk and damage relations with its allies. And as the Labour Party formulates its policy which direction is the party heading in?

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Labour leader Ed Miliband will tell the Labour Party the changes it needs to make. Political correspondent Robin Brant analyses the major review of the party's policies.

Demonstrators will take to the streets in Dublin today in a trade union-inspired protest at the government's spending plans. Ireland correspondent Mark Simpson discusses how ministers are coping with the country's financial crisis.

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More than 80 years since the publication of the classic children's story Swallows and Amazons, Arthur Ransome's book is being turned into a stage musical. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones discovers how a story about children's sailing adventures has relevance today in the age of internet and computer games.

The country's ancient trees are being celebrated this week and audited by the National Trust. These ancient trees are said to have silently witnessed some of the world's greatest historic moments. The Trust's ancient trees adviser, Brian Muelaner outlines why these wise trees are so important to British history.

Shell has said it has repaired a pipeline that was sabotaged in the Niger Delta last week. In his second report, the BBC's Edward Stourton he considers the impact of oil pollution in the country and assesses the threat it could pose to the entire Nigerian economy.

Paper review.

South Korea and the US are holding military exercises this weekend just a few days after the North Korean attack that alarmed the government in Seoul. Victor Gao director of the China National Association of International Studies, and Lord Alton, who has been a regular visitor to North Korea, discuss the continuing tensions between the two countries.

Thought for the day with ordained Buddhist Vishvapani.

Germany is the power behind the Greek and Irish bailouts but is the country's lack of commitment and reluctance to back its government's actions to help other economies causing more problems? FT columnist Gideon Rachman and Michael Stuermer chief correspondent at Die Welt discuss if Germany is the hero or villain of the eurozone crisis.

Today Labour leader Ed Miliband will make a key speech to Labour's national policy forum amid murmurings that he has allowed the party to drift since he took up the leadership two months ago. Shadow Welsh Secretary Peter Hain outlines his views on the need for reforming the Labour Party.

A YouTube video has surfaced that appears to show officers on horseback charging into a crowd at the student demonstrations this week. The Metropolitan Police say it was an appropriate and proportionate tactic but they have declined to be interviewed. Meredydd Hughes, Chief Constable of South Yorkshire, outlines his view that mounted police are necessary.

The former prime minister, Tony Blair, has defended the role of religion in global affairs in a debate with the prominent British-born atheist intellectual, Christopher Hitchens. The two men debated the motion that religion is a force for good in the world before an audience in Toronto. Our correspondent Paul Adams was there.

This week the Coroner's Inquest into the 7/7 London bombings came to the end of the evidence from those involved in the Edgware Road bombing. Julie Nicholson, whose daughter Jenny was killed at Edgware Road station and John Taylor, whose daughter Carrie was killed at Aldgate discuss how helpful the process is for the families.

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For the past 30 years the "decks" have been essential kit on the hip hop and dance scene and even helped change the way music was produced and mixed. But with more and more musicians turning to digital technology the demand for the traditional turntable has slumped. Reporter Zubeida Malik spoke to dance DJ Pete Tong about what makes Technics so special.

Downing Street has been warned by the United States that the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks is preparing to publish classified messages from the US State Department. John Bolton, the former US Ambassador to the UN and former UK Ambassador to Iran, Sir Richard Dalton, analyse the situation.

Ed Miliband this week revealed his favourite book is The Blind Side - an American Football coaching manual. He claims the "blind side" - an undervalued position in the sport - is a metaphor for the failures of capitalism. Charlie Wolf and Times columnist Matthew Parris discuss the effectiveness of sporting language in politics.



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