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Today: Friday 23rd September

David Cameron has called for swift action by European leaders to tackle the debt crisis in the Eurozone, while the governing body of amateur boxing says it will investigate claims of corruption. And also in today's programme... musical legend Sir Paul McCartney on his new ballet.

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Business news with Dominic Laurie. High drama on trading floors as markets plunged further into the red, and warnings over the health of the global economy intensified. Jeremy Stretch, markets strategist at CIBC bank, and Richard Hunter, head of equities at stockbroker Hargreaves Lansdown, cast an eye over the markets. And the Friday boss is Mark Clare, chief executive of Barratt Homes.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

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The Isle of Man is the only area of the British Isles, and one of the few worldwide, where 16 year olds are eligible to vote. Ahead of next week's general election, the island's Chief Minister Tony Brown explains why he supports the measure.

There are hopes of a breakthrough in negotiations over public sector pensions, after the LGA revealed it has found a way of saving £900m. Sir Merrick Cockell, chairman of the LGA, and Heather Wakefield, head of local government at Unison, discuss the consequences for this autumn's proposed strikes.

The International Amateur Boxing Association is investigating an allegation of corruption involving Azerbaijan. Sports editor David Bond considers what this may mean for the sport.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

The record of the SAS's formation, and its earliest missions, is to be revealed after 70 years of being shrouded in mystery. The BBC's Robert Hall has been given exclusive access to the SAS war diary and to some of the men whose stories it tells.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Travellers living at Dale Farm and Basildon Council return to the High Court today as the saga at the camp continues. The BBC's Fergal Keane reports from inside the site. And Cllr Tony Ball, leader of Basildon Council, looks ahead to the day's proceedings.

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A six tonne satellite has fallen out of orbit and is expected to crash somewhere on Earth this evening. Kevin Yates of the National Space Centre in Leicester tries to guess where it will land.

Amid the current economic turmoil, is it possible to predict how financial markets are going to behave? Chief economics correspondent Hugh Pym explains.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Doctor Giles Fraser.

The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will today press for full Palestinian membership of the United Nations. Kevin Connolly garners the view of young Palestinians living on the West Bank. And former British ambassador to the UN, Sir Jeremy Greenstock, presents his assessment of the ongoing debate.

Today the IMF and the World Bank hold their annual meetings in Washington, with Western economies once more staring into the financial abyss. The BBC's Stephanie Flanders and Robert Peston consider the verity of the situation. And Jim O'Neill, chair of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, and former chancellor Lord Lamont, discuss how much the global economy has worsened in recent months.

Sir Paul McCartney's latest project, a ballet, opened in New York last night. Arts editor Will Gompertz reviews the former Beatle's first foray into the world of tutus and pirouettes.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The Palestinians will today ask the United Nations for full membership. The new Israeli ambassador to London, Daniel Taub, considers the consequences.

More than 100 museums and institutes across Europe will be throwing open their doors tonight, giving visitors a unique opportunity to catch a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes. The Today programme's Tom Feilden has been to the Natural History Museum to see some of the highlights.

Physicists at Cern in Geneva appear to have sent particles faster than the speed of light. Professor Marcus du Sautoy, the Simone Professor for Public Understanding of Science, considers how this may confound the law of physics.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

Does the current economic crisis vindicate eurosceptics, and if so will they ever be held to account? Former Europe minister Denis MacShane and the Daily Telegraph's Peter Oborne discuss whether it is time to play the blame game.



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