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Today: Saturday 22nd October

European finance ministers are meeting in Brussels to try to make progress on finding a solution to the eurozone debt crisis. Nato has said it plans to end its military operation in Libya by the end of the month. Also on the programme, as France takes on New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup final, we hear how the All Blacks derive strength from the haka.

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European finance ministers are meeting in Brussels to try to find a solution to the eurozone debt crisis. The BBC's Andrew Walker examines how much progress has been made at the talks so far.

Tomorrow is the day in Libya that the National Transitional Council will declare liberation complete. The start of the new nation, before the body of the old dictator has been buried. From Misrata, the BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse analyses what the disarming of the militias will actually mean.

President Obama has announced that all American troops will leave Iraq by the end of this year. The US had tried to persuade Iraq to agree not to prosecute any American soldiers who stayed behind, but they failed. The BBC's North America editor Mark Mardell considers the effect of the fallout from that decision on the president's re-election chances.

PC, pro or con, was the issue in the House of Commons yesterday. One Conservative MP set out the view that political correctness is a threat to free speech and tried to change the law, to ban all sorts of positive discrimination. Parliamentary correspondent Mark D'Arcy was listening.

Crown Prince Sultan of Saudi Arabia has died: he was 85 and had been ill for a long time. It opens up the question of who will succeed King Abdullah, who is 86 and has been widely credited with bringing stability to Saudi Arabia with a programme of moderate reform. Edward Stourton, who has been reporting from Saudi Arabia all week, explains just how important the crown prince was.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

This week the European Court of Justice banned the issuing of patents for research into stem cells taken from human embryos. The judges said patents should not be awarded in matters affecting "human dignity". David Jones, director of the Anscombe Bio-ethics Centre and Sir Ian Wilmott from the Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh discuss the implications.

A review of the papers.

European leaders are meeting in Brussels for what had been portrayed as a make or break summit for the future of the eurozone. The BBC's Chris Morris examines the prospects of breaking the deadlock.

Thought for The Day with Canon Dr Alan Billings, an Anglican Priest.

St Paul's Cathedral and The City of London Corporation are holding talks to find a resolution to the ongoing protest which has forced the cathedral to close for the first time since the Second World War. Around 300 anti-capitalist campaigners, who are living in tents outside the cathedral, have voted to stay for the time being. One of those protesters, Peter, and the Rev Rob Marshall, who is a spokesman for St Paul's, give their sides of the story.

If Nato's Libyan intervention is successful, what long-term conclusions should we draw? Former diplomat Robert Cooper, now with the European External Action Service, the EU's foreign ministry, and the Independent's Mary Dejevsky discuss.

On Monday, MPs are due to debate a motion which calls for a referendum to be held on UK membership of the EU. Will they take it or will they obey their leaders' order to vote against? Conservative MP Peter Lilley, a former cabinet minister, explains why he will vote against the proposal. 0822 The Royal College of Physicians is advising that people follow a night of drinking with two or three alcohol-free days. They say the liver needs to be given time to recover after dealing with a large amount of alcohol. Sir Ian Gilmore - a former president of the Royal College of Physicians - explains why it all depends on how much you have in a single day.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

As European finance ministers meet in Brussels to find a solution to the eurozone debt crisis, German MEP Elmar Brok and HSBC's Steven Major analyse the prospects for a successful agreement.

The All Blacks face France in the Rugby World Cup final tomorrow. It is a replay of the 1987 final - same teams, same ground - and most bets are on the same result: a New Zealand victory. As ever, they will start the match with the Maori war dance which has become their hallmark. The BBC's Alastair Eykyn has been looking at the history of the haka.

A review of the papers.

The death of Crown Prince Sultan of Saudi Arabia has reopened debate about the country's future. As Edward Stourton reports from the Saudi city of Jeddah, King Abudullah is an immensely popular figure and many Saudis are very worried about its prospects without him.

With the advent of ebooks and electronic readers, publishers are thinking about how to spruce up book covers. And they may try to avoid the mistakes of the music industry that put such weight on album covers. Jim Stoddart, a art director at Penguin and Adrian Shaughnessy, a graphic designer responsible for many album covers, discuss if the illustrated book cover has a future.



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