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Today: Thursday 8th September

An inquiry into the death of a man detained by British soldiers in Iraq is to publish its findings. And also on the programme, is it last orders for the 'gastropub'?

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Paper review.

Business news with Adam Shaw. Lawmakers in Italy voted through measures to cut the Italian deficit by fifty billion euros last night. Marie Diron, senior economic adviser to the Ernst & Young, considers the consequences. Fathom Consulting's Erik Britton explains quantative easing. Will Hutton from The Work Foundation makes the case for economic stimulation. And Julian Chillingworth, chief investment officer at Rathbone Unit Trust Management, casts an eye over the markets.

The first public inquiry into British military conduct in Iraq reports today, investigating how an Iraqi hotel worker, Baha Mousa, was beaten to death in British custody in Basra in 2003. The BBC's Caroline Hawley examines the case. You may find some parts of this package distressing, especially from the outset.

Air fresheners, furry dice and rosary beads present a potentially life-threatening hazard when dangled from a rear view mirror in a car, according to the Automobile Association. Edmund King, president of the AA, warns of the danger of "danglies".

The candidates for the Republican presidential nomination took part in a debate last night in California. The BBC's Alistair Leithead was watching as the GOP moves towards choosing someone to challenge President Obama next year.

David Cameron told parliament yesterday that Britain's influence in Europe would suffer if the country was distracted by a referendum on our membership of the EU. George Eustice, a member of a group of eurosceptic MPs, explains why he disagrees with the prime minister's message.

Since Tripoli fell and the transitional council took control, more than a thousand men and women have been arrested, accused of fighting for Colonel Gaddafi. The BBC's Ian Pannell reports on how their stories give a sometimes shocking insight into the workings of the old Libyan regime.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The National Trust's Ben Cowell appeared on the programme yesterday, setting out his fears over the government's proposals to relax planning regulations. Karen Cooksley, a partner at lawyers Winkworth and Sherwood, explains why her firm contacted the Today programme to claim that the Trust is simplifying the effect of the changes.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

There is no doubt the 9/11 attacks changed America, but what impact did they have on this country? In the latest in a series of reports, Today presenter John Humphrys examines how attitudes to Muslims in Britain have changed over the last ten years.

The government is likely to decide that changes to the banking system will be phased in over a period of years. Business editor Robert Peston considers why the coalition is in no rush to regulate.

Paper review.

The nearest supernova of its type to be discovered for 40 years is predicted to be at its brightest tonight. Oxford University's Dr Mark Sullivan describes what a good pair of binoculars might help you see in the sky.

Thought for the Day with Mona Siddiqui.

Findings of the inquiry into the killing of Baha Mousa, who died whilst in British custody in Basra in 2003, will be published today. Sabah Al-Mukhtar, President of the Association of Arab lawyers in the UK, asserts his conviction that abuse in the city was endemic. And General Sir Mike Jackson, who was head of the army at the time, defends the behaviour of British soldiers in Iraq.

George Osborne said in a speech this week that he will not change his deficit reduction plan. With a pandemic of economic pain around the world is he right, and is it now time to put talk of a Plan B to bed? Economics editor Stephanie Flanders gives her analysis. And shadow chancellor Ed Balls makes the case for a different approach.

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the start of the 872-day siege of Leningrad, in which thousands of Soviet lives were lost. Anna Reid, author of Leningrad, Tragedy of a City Under Siege, considers why the story of the battle is rarely told.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Later this month the Palestinian leadership will be pursuing the recognition of an independent Palestinian state at the United Nations. Elliott Abrams, who served under President George W Bush, and former Palestinian deputy prime minister Dr Nabil Shaath, address the strategic uncertainties that might result from a Palestinian declaration of independence.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Plaid Cymru's annual conference opens today. Its leader Ieuan Wyn Jones, who intends to resign next year, considers the future for the "party of Wales".

Later today President Obama will address a rare joint session of the US Congress on the state of the American economy, amid an on-going unemployment crisis. North America correspondent Jonny Dymond has met some of the 14m people in the States without a job.

The Good Food Guide 2012, which comes out today, has abandoned the word "gastropub". David Eyre, founder of the "original gastropub" The Eagle in Clerkenwell, and Allegra McEvedy, co-founder of Leon and Guardian chef, consider whether this means last orders for the gastropub.

Ofcom has announced that soon customers will have to dial the whole landline number even when making a local call. Stuart McIntosh, communications director at Ofcom, explains why.



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