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Today: Monday 3rd October

A court in Italy is expected to deliver its verdict in the case of Amanda Knox, who is appealing against her conviction for the murder of the British student, Meredith Kercher. Also on today's programme, why have humans evolved to deceive themselves?

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Business news with Lesley Curwen, on the pressure the government is under to kick-start growth.

Oxfam is warning that the situation for women in Afghanistan could deteriorate if the Taliban are part of a peace deal. Author of the report Orzala Ashraf Nemat outlines her fears for the future.

William Hague and David Cameron have made it clear that a referendum on Europe is not high on the government's agenda. Sarah Montague listens to the thoughts of party members at the Conservative conference.

Why are men at greater risk of getting diabetes than women? Professor Naveed Sattar of Glasgow University talks about new research which suggests that men are more likely to be affected by being overweight.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

According to a new report we have been deceiving ourselves for 2000 years. Robert Trivers, professor of anthropology at Rutgers University in New Jersey, talks about his new book Deceit and Self Deception.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

A senior German politician in Angela Merkel's coalition has said that Greece should leave the euro. Stefanos Manos, former Greek finance minister, gives his thoughts ahead of today's meeting of Europe's finance ministers.

The leader of the Haqqani militant network which has been behind recent attacks in Afghanistan has told the BBC that the US contacted him to try to persuade him to enter talks with the Afghan government. Ahmed Rashid, an author on Islamic extremist issues, analyses the claim.

Paper review.

Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman is to announce plans to tackle diseases in native trees that could destroy UK landscapes and forestry. Dr Roger Williams of the Royal Horticultural Society explains why British trees are at risk.

Thought for the day with Clifford Longley, religious commentator.

There have been further clashes in the besieged Libyan city of Sirte and thousands of people are now fleeing from the city. The BBC's Jonathan Head reports. And National Transitional Council spokesman Jalal el-Galal, speaking from from Tripoli, explains why Sirte is still a major obstacle.

On the first full day of the Conservative Party Conference, the chancellor will lay out his plans for growth in the UK. George Osborne outlines his strategy. And political editor Nick Robinson analyses Mr Osborne's political and economic calculations.

The London premiere of Martin Scorsese's documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World has been held in London. Mr Scorsese told the BBC's Colin Paterson about his own passion for Harrison's music.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Supporters of Colonel Gaddafi are still fighting to keep control of his home town of Sirte in Libya. The UN's Baroness Amos describes conditions for residents trying to escape the city and Nato spokesman Colonel Roland Lavoie explains the alliance's role in the battle for Sirte.

Controversial French author Tomi Ungerer and children's writer Judith Kerr will speak at the Children's Book Show in London this evening. They discuss how their experiences of the Second World War influenced their writing.

Hear an extended version of the interview here

Plans have been put forward to scrap the centuries-old method of measuring days by the rotation of the planet, and replace it with an atomic clock. Dr Felicitas Arias, director of time at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures, explains why Greenwich Mean Time is no longer the international standard.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

The Department of Health is urging thousands of vulnerable people to get immunised against seasonal flu. National Director of Immunisation Professor David Salisbury outlines the importance of vaccination.

George Osborne will deliver his speech at the Conservative Party Conference later. The Telegraph's Benedict Brogan and the Guardian's Allegra Stratton discuss the mood of the party and challenges facing the Tories during this year's conference.



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