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Today: Saturday 1st October

The suspended Metropolitan Police Commander, Ali Dizaei, talks about wanting to get his job back. A senior Conservative has sharply criticised the government's economic policy on the eve of the party's conference in Manchester. And ministers are changing employment laws to make it more difficult for workers to claim unfair dismissal.

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0709
The paper review.

0712
The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has condemned the government of Syria after the US ambassador was attacked by a mob in Damascus. Our correspondent in Damascus, Lyse Doucet, tells us more.

0718
The think tank Demos argues that pupils are not being taught how to dissect the wealth of information available on the internet. Catrin Nye of the BBC's Asian Network reports.

0722
Today marks the end of compulsory retirement for 65-year-olds . Liz Fields, CEO of the Financial Skills Partnership and Andrew Cave, from the Federation of Small Businesses, debate the meaning of this day for elderly people.

0727
Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

0733
This week there have been significant signs of change in Saudi Arabia, in particular regarding women. It was announced that women will be given the right to vote in council elections in 2015. Sir Andrew Green, former British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Khaled Al Maeena, editor of the Arab News, examine if the country is entering an era of liberalism.

0739
The paper review.

0742
The Jarrow March begins today and is a recreation of the original which happened 75 years ago. The march is being staged by the organisation Youth Fights for Jobs. The social historian Juliet Gardiner takes a look at the meaning and history of the march.

0746
Thought for the Day with Brian Draper, associate lecturer at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.

0749
The EU wants to impose new taxes on the financial sector, but the British government is worried about this proposition. All the finance ministers will be meeting in Luxembourg today. Dr Ruth Lea of the Arbuthnot banking group, Dr Paul Woolley of LSE and our business editor Robert Peston analyse Britain's worries.

0810
Ali Dizaei joined Scotland Yard the same year that the force was condemned as being institutionally racist. He rose to power quickly, but was accused of serious offences which he was then cleared for. Mr Dizaei wants his job back, but the Met refuse to and he is suspended on full pay. What next for Ali Dizaei? He tells Today presenter John Humphrys how his life has changed since being wrongly accused and jailed, and the reasons why he wants his job back.

0821
The Conservative Party Conference opens in Manchester tomorrow amid an uncertain outlook for the UK economy. Our chief political correspondent Gary O'Donoghue is there.

0824
The play Saved by Edward Bond was first staged in the 1960s and caused a sensation. The play will be staged at the Lyric in Hammersmith soon, and will be the first time for more than 25 years. The playwright and Benedict Nightingale, who was the Times theatre critic at the time and has made a documentary about Edward Bond's work, examine why the time is now right for the play to be restaged.

0829
Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

0835
The Royal College of Surgeons have issued a report revealing more than 50% of patients suffer complications after having abdominal surgery. Sir Gerry Robinson is the businessman who presented the TV series called Can Gerry Robinson Fix the NHS?, and Nigel Edwards is an associate at the Kings Fund and former senior NHS manager. They evaluate how this part of the NHS can be improved.

0843
It has been a week since the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas took his case for statehood to the United Nations in New York. Our correspondent Kevin Connolly went to the settlement Itamar, and to the neighbouring Palestinian village of Awarta to see if the people there felt last week's events in New York had changed anything.

0848
The paper review.

0850
It is estimated that world languages are dying out at the rate of one every fortnight. This statistic has prompted a small group of linguists in New York to form the Endangered Language Alliance. Our reporter Matt Wells visited them at their field station in the middle of Manhattan, to see how they are trying to preserve minority voices from disappearing.

0854
Birmingham Prison is being privatised, which is the first prison to be taken over by a private company. The company is G4S and Jerry Petherick is its managing director of custody and detention services and Juliet Lyons of the Prison Reform Trust debate if private prisons are the best way forward.




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