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Today: Thursday 20th October

Are large numbers of Conservatives ready to defy their leader and vote for a new referendum on the UK's place in Europe? British aid is feeding more than 2.4 million people in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa, according to new government figures. And Edward Stourton reports from Saudi Arabia on the aftermath of the Arab Spring.

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0615
Business news with Simon Jack, discussing new regulations to tame financial speculators and could the UK's wind power industry run out of puff?

0653
The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) is suggesting that when you buy a pension the company must tell you exactly how much it is charging you every year. Chief executive of the NAPF Joanne Segars explains why.

0709
A report into the use of undercover police officers has been postponed following new allegations in the case of Mark Kennedy, who infiltrated a green activist group. Dr Clifford Stott, an expert in policing tactics at Liverpool University, analyses how far police should be allowed to go when operating incognito.

0713
The BBC has obtained documents which show the British government has paid millions of pounds to an aid agency in Kabul which has ceased operations amid allegations of fraud. Angus Crawford reports.

0718
Business news with Simon Jack.

0721
The Scottish National Party's annual conference is getting underway in Inverness. First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond outlines his party's vision of a Scottish independence referendum.

0725
Sport news with Garry Richardson.

0733
In Saudi Arabia, the regime has not come under the kind of pressure seen by some of its neighbours during the Arab Spring. In the first of a series of reports, Edward Stourton looks at what impact the uprisings in the Middle East have had on the biggest, richest and most powerful of the Gulf monarchies.

0742
A review of the papers.

0745
Police in the US state of Ohio have been hunting down dozens of dangerous animals, including lions, tigers, cheetahs, wolves and grizzly bears, which went on the run from a local reserve. Fred Polks Snr, a resident of Zanesville Ohio, describes how some of the escaped animals made it into his back garden.

0748
Thought for The Day with Vishvapani, an ordained Buddhist.

0751
A consultation on the future of aviation policy in the UK ends today, following a flagship coalition plan to scrap the proposed third runway at Heathrow. Economist Irwin Stelzer and former mayor of London and Labour's next mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone debate how best the UK should shape its aviation policy.

0810
Eurosceptic Conservative backbenchers will face a test of loyalty later this month when the Commons debates whether to stage a referendum on Britain leaving the EU or renegotiating its membership. Political editor Nick Robinson reports on how the prime minister has already suggested he will order his MPs to vote against a referendum. And Tory backbenchers Mark Pritchard and Nadhim Zahawi debate if the government should hold a referendum.

0819
The first two European satellites are to be launched from French Guinea as part of the Galileo project, the European version of GPS. Dr Martyn Thomas of the Royal Academy of Engineering explains how the system will make sat nav much quicker and more accurate.

0823
The Ides of March, a new film directed by George Clooney about the US political campaign trail has had its premier in London. Beau Willimon, who wrote the play on which the film is based, discusses the dirty business of presidential politics.

0825
Sport news with Garry Richardson.

0833
British aid is feeding more than 2.4 million people in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa, according to new government figures. Correspondent Mike Wooldridge reports from Adada in eastern Ethiopia near the border with Somalia where, three months after famine was declared, 13m people are now caught up in the effects of the drought. And International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell discusses Britain's aid programme.

0840
The Turner Prize exhibition is to open at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead after being moved from the Tate after 28 years. Arts editor Will Gompertz reports on the controversial art award.

0841
Business news with Simon Jack.

0847
Nearly two months after the fall of Tripoli, loyalist fighters are still holding out in Colonel Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte, where fighting is concentrated on one neighbourhood, known as District number Two. Gabriel Gatehouse reports on how the rest of Sirte, once rich and prosperous, has been turned into a ghost town.

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Will the Conservative policy on Europe and our relationship with the EU be defined for years to come in the days leading up to next weeks vote on an EU referendum in the House of Commons? David Rennie, former Europe editor of the Economist and Fraser Nelson, editor of The Spectator, discuss whether the demands of those Tory MPs who want a referendum and a renegotiated relationship with the EU are realistic.




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