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Today: Friday 11th November

President Obama has spoken to the leaders of Germany and France urging them to take firm action to restore stability to the eurozone. Also in today's programme, the director of a new film about Louis Armstrong talks about the musician's difficult upbringing in New Orleans.

Business news with Simon Jack on the role of the European Central Bank in the current eurozone crisis. And Carmen Watson, managing director of one of the UK's biggest recruitment agencies, Pertemps, discusses changes to industry regulation of temporary workers.

As millions of people across the UK prepare to observe a two-minute silence later to mark Armistice Day, one highly-decorated veteran of World War II has written a book to try to educate today's youngsters about what the War meant for them. Dr Steve Weiss, a former American GI, reflects on the war's legacy.

The world's first business computer, Leo, is celebrating its 60th birthday. Frank Land, who was involved in the Leo project, explains what the room-sized computer could do.

The upper house of the Italian parliament will today vote on the country's austerity programme. Correspondent Alan Johnston outlines the implication of the vote on Italy's economy.

The Queen is to visit the new Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate, one of many new galleries to have opened over the past few years. Arts editor Will Gompertz examines whether our passion for art is growing.

The Irish economy is growing again after the country received a bailout of 85bn euros from the EU and the IMF in November last year. Business presenter Simon Jack speaks to Dick Roche, Ireland's minister for European Affairs at the time of the bail out, about the Irish economy's current state.

The Palestinian Authority is to resume its bid for full international recognition and membership of the United Nations. The BBC's Kevin Connolly went to the West Bank to see what hopes there are there for Palestinian statehood.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

President Obama has spoken to the leaders of Germany and France, urging them to take firm action to restore stability to the eurozone. North America editor Mark Mardell assesses increasing frustration at the White House. And Paul Mortimer-Lee, research analyst at BNP Paribas, explains what the European leaders could be doing.

A review of the papers.

A new film based on Louis Armstrong's early years examines how the musician's childhood in the squalor of New Orleans gave him "something to live for". Reporter Tom Bateman's met the film's director.

Thought for The Day with the Right Reverend Graham James, Bishop of Norwich.

The Defence Secretary Philip Hammond will mark Armistice Day at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan this morning, remembering in particular the 385 military personnel who have died since the war began. Michael Clarke, director of the defence think tank the Royal United Services Institute, discusses Britain's current campaign in Afghanistan.

As Greece and Italy prepare to swear in new, unelected, prime ministers, has the eurozone democratic dream been forgotten? Correspondent Chris Morris looks at the role of the Frankfurt Group and to what extent their actions risk undermining democracy in the Eurozone. Bill Cash MP, a conservative eurosceptic and chair of the European Scrutiny Committee in Parliament, and Roland Rudd, chairman of Business for New Europe, debate whether the appointment of the new officials is undemocratic.

Millions of people across the UK will today observe a two-minute silence to mark Armistice Day to remember British servicemen who died in conflict. Three hundred and eighty five British servicemen and women have died in Afghanistan since 2001. Reporter Sanchia Berg spoke to two mothers whose sons were both killed in 2009.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The future of Britain's most senior tax collector, Dave Hartnett, is in doubt with the Public Accounts Committee considering calling on him to step down. The move follows an error over the tax bill for the investment bank Goldman Sachs which lost the taxpayer nearly £10m, and a deal last year which MPs claim saved Vodafone up to £8bn. Finance correspondent Simon Gompertz reports on the allegations against David Hartnett and Treasury Select Committee member Jesse Norman MP examines the effect on the Public Accounts Committee's accountability.

Business news with Simon Jack.

More and more people are facing calls from companies claiming falsely that their computer is infected by a virus. Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones had one such call and outlines how the scam works and how to avoid it.

A new documentary by the BBC's Newsround programme examines children with autism and whether the condition is a useful label for describing a wide spectrum of symptoms. Simon Baron-Cohen, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Cambridge and director of the Autism Research Centre, discusses how well the condition is understood.

In the past week, two European countries, Greece and Italy, are preparing for a change of leadership, and in both cases, elected leaders are being replaced by technocrats. Christopher Hood, Professor of governance at Oxford University, analyses whether European democracy is being replaced by "technocracy".


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