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Today: Thursday 25th August

Fighters loyal to Colonel Gaddafi are continuing to resist rebel forces, who are struggling to impose order on Tripoli. Steve Jobs, the driving force behind the technology giant Apple, has resigned as its chief executive.

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Business news with Dominic Laurie, on Apple boss Steve Jobs stepping down and the psychology of a debt crisis. Download the podcast

Between 12 and 15 million people in the world are stateless according to the United Nations. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres explains why having no nationality can be a terrible experience.

The United States wants to release $1.5bn worth of Libyan assets to the rebel leadership for humanitarian aid, but South Africa is blocking approval in the UN because the African Union has not yet recognised them as Libya's legitimate authority. BBC diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus reviews South Africa's decision. And BBC correspondent Paul Wood reports on the situation in Libya.

Sixteen-year-old Johnny Melfah from Droitwich, who admitted to inciting disorder during the riots, is the first juvenile offender to have his childhood right to anonymity removed from him by magistrates. John Thornhill, chairman of the Magistrates Association, and Julian Young, a criminal defence barrister, debate the unusual case and whether there is any merit in the decision.

British people who hide their money in secret Swiss bank accounts will have to pay some tax on their extra cash, after a deal was agreed between the UK and Switzerland. Treasury minister David Gauke outlines his thoughts on the deal.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

How involved should Britain be in the hunt for Colonel Gaddafi and what should we do to help Libya in the months ahead? Defence Secretary Liam Fox discusses the extent of UK and Nato military involvement in Libya.

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Apple boss Steve Jobs is stepping down as CEO of the company due to illness, having been on medical leave since January and following pancreatic cancer and a liver transplant. Leander Kahney, author of Inside Steve's Brain, who publishes the Apple-following website Cult of Mac, discusses just how important Jobs' work has been for the company and the wider world.

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

The most complicated challenge facing the economy at the moment is the need to keep spending at a level which sustains employment and growth, but to do that while redirecting it away from unsustainable borrowing. In the final part of his series on the UK's real economy, Today's Evan Davis reports from the West Midlands on the re-balancing of the British economy.

Colonel Gaddafi's forces are continuing to fight back against the Libyan rebels who are attempting to keep control of Tripoli. Moez, a local doctor, and world affairs editor John Simpson describe the situation on the ground. And Shokri Ghanem, former Libyan prime minister and oil minister, gives his reaction to recent events.

A new theatrical drama called Decade, which is marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11, is being staged in a disused office building at the St Katharine Docks near Tower Bridge in London. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones has been speaking to its director, Rupert Goold.

The TV channel Dave has sponsored a competition to find the joke of the year at Edinburgh Festival. Hear the top 10 gags here.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Many Libyans have been forced to flee their homes during the fighting of the last six months. In the first of his reports from Libya, Today reporter Andrew Hosken has been to visit a camp for Libyan refugees in the town of Tatouine in Tunisia.

Steve Jobs is stepping down as chief executive of Apple. Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones examines the future of the company without its charismatic leader.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

In response to this month's riots, David Cameron has said he will "put rocket boosters" under a scheme to provide mentors for problem families. The woman in charge of the campaign, entrepreneur Emma Harrison, outlines how she aims to help troubled homes.

Colonel Gaddafi's troops are continuing their resistance against rebel forces, who are attempting to keep control of the Libyan capital. Lord Malloch Brown, former UN deputy secretary general, and Sir Jeremy Greenstock, former ambassador to the UN and special representative to Iraq during the period after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, debate Libya's uncertain future.


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