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Today: Saturday 24th September

The Quartet of Middle East peace negotiators has set out a timetable for peace talks after the Palestinian President formally applied for full membership of the United Nations. And also on the programme, Dame Helen Mirren on Mossad, childhood and women in film.

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Six people have died after a house fire in Neasden. The BBC's Helena Lee reports from the scene.

The Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has submitted a formal application for full Palestinian membership of the United Nations, despite intense American pressure not to do so. Jeremy Bowen reports from New York after a day of high drama.

Nasa is trying to establish where fragments from an obsolete satellite landed, when they crashed back to Earth overnight. Experts believe the satellite - which was the size of a bus - re-entered the Earth's atmosphere some time before 0600 BST. Kevin Yates from the National Space Centre charts its fall from space.

Liza Minnelli is in the UK to raise money for the Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire. The Today programme's Nicola Stanbridge joined her as she visited the centre.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

Greece remains in the front line of the turmoil in the world economy. US treasury secretary Timothy Geithner spoke to Martin Wolf for a forthcoming Radio 4 series, sharing his opinion on the crisis in the eurozone. And the Greek minister in charge of international economic relations, Constantine Papadopolos, assesses the situation in his country.

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America's most famous football club the New York Cosmos are making a comeback, despite not having a team or a stadium. Former team member Charlie Aitken and football fan Tom Watt consider how the team may take the path back to success.

Thought for the Day with the Reverend Rob Marshall

Earlier in the week, Facebook relaunched with new features allowing its members to give their entire life story on a single page. Julie Meyer, CEO of Ariadne Capital, and Viktor Mayer-Scheonberger, Professor of Internet Governance at Oxford Internet Institute, discuss a new direction in social networking.

For many months little news has emerged from Gaddafi's loyalist stronghold of Sirte, with the town remaining cut-off from the outside world. The Today programme's Mike Thomson has spoken to Mustafa, a resident who fled to Misrata this week, about the reality of life in Sirte.

Andy Coulson is suing his former employer News International after they stopped paying his legal fees. The Media Show's Steve Hewlett unpicks the latest twist in the hacking scandal.

Dame Helen Mirren's latest film The Debt, in which she plays a Mossad agent, is out next week. The Today programme's Evan Davis has been talking to her about the role.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

Six people, including three children, two teenagers and an adult have died following a house fire in Neasden, north west London, in the early hours of this morning. Glen Gorman of London Fire Brigade describes the scene.

Relations between the United States and Pakistan are at a dangerously frosty level, with the America's most senior military officer Admiral Mike Mullen this week blaming Pakistan for an attack on the American embassy in Afghanistan. Wajid Shamsul Hasan, Pakistan's high commissioner to the UK, assesses the current state of relations between the two countries.

This week BBC's Newsnight reported that attempts have been made to fix boxing results at the 2012 Olympic Games. Simon Chadwick, professor of sports business strategy at Coventry University, gauges how prevalent sporting corruption currently is.

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The Labour Party conference opens in Liverpool tomorrow, marking the first anniversary of Ed Miliband's election to the leadership. Political correspondent Robin Brandt looks ahead to the week.

It's been a depressing week for the world economy, with nearly all indicators turning negative and pointing to stagnation or recession. Dr Linda Yueh, economics correspondent at Bloomberg, and William Keegan, senior economics commentator at The Observer, make the case for each option.



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