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Today: Thursday 19th May

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has resigned as head of the International Monetary Fund, while insisting he is not guilty of trying to rape a hotel chamber-maid. A report on the railways calls for the industry to make savings of a billion pounds a year by 2018. Also on today's programme, is the dot com bubble back?

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Business news with Adam Shaw: Overnight figures show Japan is technically back in recession. Tokyo correspondent Roland Buerk analyses the situation. Paul Kedrosky, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, explains why demand for shares in the business networking website LinkedIn has become so strong. And Stephen Welton talks about being chief executive of the £2.5bn Business Growth Fund that is launched by major banks today.

Only a third of people over 55 use telephone or online banking, according to new figures. Mark Bowerman of the Payments Council, which lead the research, justifies why phasing out cheque books is still a good idea.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who is in jail in New York accused of sexually assaulting a chamber maid, has resigned from his position as head of the IMF. Dominique Moisi, a special advisor at the French Institute for International Relations who dined with Mr Strauss-Kahn last month, says there is "no other solution".

The cost of running the railways in the UK is a third higher than some countries on the continent, according to the McNulty report. General secretary of the RMT union Bob Crow reacts to the analysis.

A group of MPs has said the BBC Trust's new chairman Lord Patten "has much to get to grips with" in terms of its future direction and issues over pay. Chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee John Whittingdale explains concerns that the organisation has opened itself to ridicule over its move to Manchester.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Is Vladimir Putin planning to reclaim the Russian presidency at next year's election? Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg has been on a trip with Mr Putin to find out just how popular the Russian prime minister really is.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

A £2.5bn Business Growth Fund is being launched by a group of banks today, as part of a government strategy to provide better loans for British companies. Business editor Robert Peston analyses the immediate impact. And Business Secretary Vince Cable goes through the wider benefits of the scheme.

Paper review.

Unusually dry weather is posing problems for the farming community with some areas having seen only 10% of their usual rainfall. Farm owner Guy Smith explains his own fears about the impact of the current dry spell on this year's harvest.

Thought for the day with the novelist and columnist Anne Atkins.

President Obama will make a speech today setting out his new vision for the Middle East, which has experienced a wave of revolutions. Prince Hassan of Jordan explains how the president should now approach the 'fragmenting' region.

A report on Britain's railways has revealed that they are 30% more expensive to run than networks around the world, sparking calls for government reform of fares and ticketing. Rail expert Christian Wolmar outlines how money should be saved. And Transport Secretary Philip Hammond responds to criticisms of the industry.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has this morning resigned as head of the International Monetary Fund, saying he needed to devote all his energy to fight charges that he sexually assaulted a hotel maid. Economics editor Stephanie Flanders looks ahead to the search for his successor.

One of the world's leading jazz bass players and composers, Charlie Haden, is performing in London this weekend. He spoke to the BBC's Nicola Stanbridge about his music and his dedication to political causes.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Ireland's former prime minister Dr Garret FitzGerald has died in hospital in Dublin after a short illness. The BBC's Mark Simpson gives Ireland's reaction and former Irish president Mary Robinson reflects on his achievements.

President Obama will today make a major speech outlining his vision for the future of the middle east. North America editor Mark Mardell assesses the difficulties facing the White House as it sets out to redefine America's role in the region.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has admitted that his recent comments on rape and its sentencing were "unwise". Laurie Penny of the New Statesman and Ken Clarke biographer Andy McSmith debate the controversy and the speculation over whether he should resign.

0850 Allegations of an ingrained culture of drug-taking have reached a new pitch in the world of cycling. Sports correspondent Tim Franks reports on why one former official has described the sport as being "in the toilet".

The high demand for shares in the business networking website LinkedIn points to a growing trend of high prices for internet companies. John Kay of the London School of Economy and columnist at the FT, and Julie Meyer who runs Ariadne Capital, debate whether we are in the midst of a new tech bubble.



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