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Today: Friday 2nd September

The prime minister reflects on Libya and the recent riots at home. Libya's National Transitional Council has told world leaders it intends to build a society based on stability, tolerance and reconciliation. And a UN report has accused Israel of using excessive force during its raid on a flotilla of ships carrying relief supplies to Gaza.

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Business news with Dominic Laurie, on an economic statistic with the power to move markets and Today's Friday boss, Robert Brooks of Bonham's auction houses.

A town in central Serbia is so concerned about declining birth rates that its mayor is giving 150 single men and 150 single women, all over the age of 38, a free holiday to the coast to encourage them to get together. Belgrade correspondent Mark Lowen joined them as the group met for the first time for an introductory dinner.

How quickly can the new Libya take shape while Colonel Gaddafi remains at large and appears to be threatening a terror campaign against his nation? Guma El-Gamaty, the National Transitional Council's representative to Britain, outlines the challenges ahead.

Economists have been warned that some patents are being used as tools of extortion rather than protecting the rights of inventors. Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones reports.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

This summer is the 70th anniversary of the very first government survey. Ian O'Sullivan of the Office for National Statistics considers how far things have moved on since the early days.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing classical interpretations of favourite video game soundtracks, such as Tetris and Super Mario, as part of the Vision Sound Music Festival which opens at London's Southbank Centre today. Listen to a taste of those two tunes in their original and classical versions.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The situation in Syria has sparked further concern because the country is thought to have considerable stocks of chemical and biological weapons. Professor Christine Gosden of the Department of Molecular and Clinical Cancer at the University of Liverpool, who has studied the effects of chemical, biological and radiological attacks in Iraq, explains her own theory. And Dan Plesch, of the School of Oriental and African Studies, who has looked at WMDs in the Middle East, examines the likelihood that such weapons exist.

Paper review.

A group of academics, actors and celebrities have launched a campaign to stop a new Hollywood film, Anonymous, which suggests that William Shakespeare was not the author of his plays. Arts correspondent David Sillito reports on the latest twist in this long-running debate.

Thought for the day with John Bell from the Iona community.

Do former soldiers make good teachers? Tom Burkard of the Centre for Policy Studies, who is on the committee for the free school Phoenix in Greater Manchester which plans to employ only former members of the armed forces, and Mary Bousted, of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, discuss whether military minds are already trained sufficiently to go straight into the classroom.

After an eventful summer, Prime Minister David Cameron reflects on the riots in England and UK military intervention in Libya.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Is the UK patents system working well or making innovation much harder? Roland Hill, chairman of Contra Vision and the creator of a see-through graphic, and David Braben of Frontier Developments, the co-creator of the Elite computer game, debate the best way forward.

One in four primary schools in England have no male teachers at all, despite the rising number of men going into the industry. Martin Clayton, who was a teaching assistant for three years and will qualify as a teacher next year, responds to figures from the General Teaching Council of England.

Double-amputee Oscar Pistorius, who helped South Africa get to the final of the 4 x 400 metres relay at the World Championships has been left of the squad for the race. Sports editor David Bond reports from Daegu in South Korea.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

Two British cyclists are leading the tour of Spain, La Vuelta. From Beijing gold medals to Mark Cavendish's Tour de France green jersey win, Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman considers the current golden age in British cycling.

What does David Cameron really think about riots and Libya? Andrew Rawnsley of the Observer and Matthew D'Ancona of the Sunday Telegraph provide a post-match analysis of the prime minister's Today programme interview.



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