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Today: Saturday 12th November

A leaked memo suggests the army is planning to cut jobs faster than thought -- and that those wounded on the front line won't be exempt. Also in the programme, the City grandee and British trade ambassador Sir Victor Blank on the eurozone.

The Daily Telegraph has seen a confidential army document that suggests that 16,500 soldiers could be made redundant over the next few years. Defence correspondent Jonathan Beale looks at the possible implications of such a move.

Today is likely to be Silvio Berlusconi's last day in office, with a new government expected to take shape over the next week. The BBC's Alan Johnston reports from Rome.

A review of the papers.

The Arab League will be holding an emergency meeting in Cairo this morning to discuss Syria. BBC correspondent Jon Leyne reports from the Egyptian capital.

The solar panel industry, one of the UK's fastest growing industries, is in turmoil over the government's plans to cut by half the amount of money it pays for household solar electricity, and with just six weeks' notice. Business correspondent Emma Simpson reports on the schemes that are being hit and the companies are now preparing to lay staff off.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

One of the problems for Italy is that the European Central Bank cannot do what the Bank of England has done and print money to help the economy and Germany, still scarred by the memory of high inflation, does not want to change the rules. It has been suggested there is a way around this by channelling ECB money via the IMF. Professor Ngaire Woods, member of the IMF European regional advisory group, assesses if this would aid Italy's woes.

All sides in the recent uprising in Libya have been praised as all the graves in Tripoli's Commonwealth War Cemetery were left intact even with fierce fighting close by. Karen Allen reports from the Libyan capital on how old and new conflicts are being remembered.

A review of the papers.

Vladimir Putin has been defending his decision to stand for the Russian presidency next year: he has been prime minister for the last four years and if he wins next year, as is expected, he could end up staying in power until 2024. The BBC's diplomatic editor Bridget Kendall is in Moscow and has been listening to him.

A group of journalists has been taken inside Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant for the first time since March's earthquake and tsunami. The plant's owner TEPCO is keen to show they have the situation under control. One of those shown round was Martin Fackler, Tokyo bureau chief for the New York Times.

Thought for The Day with Reverend Roy Jenkins - Baptist Minister in Cardiff.

Britain will take the rotating chairmanship of the Council of Europe later, but will it lead to reforms that the government says it wants in regards to the European Court of Human Rights? Conservative MP Geoffrey Cox QC and human rights barrister Alex Bailin QC, discuss the changes Mr Cameron is seeking.

There are growing calls for the Arab League to suspend Syria as violence continues in the country. Today reporter Andrew Hosken has managed to hear first-hand about some of the clashes that continue there, and the writer and commentator on Middle Eastern affairs Hazhir Teimourian explains how it might be stopped.

As President Obama tours the Far East, with worries mounting at home that America is being fast-eclipsed by China, songwriter and banjo-player Abigail Washburn is being sponsored by the US State Department to carry out a ground-breaking diplomatic mission of her own. Matt Wells reports from New York, on her attempt to bridge two very different cultures.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

The Italian crisis of the last few days, eclipsing the Greek one of last weekend, dramatises the political as well as the financial alarm that is gripping government right across the European Union. British trade ambassador Sir Victor Blank, former chairman of Lloyds Banking Group, Great Universal Stores and Trinity Mirror among other things, gives his views on the current crisis.

The Daily Telegraph has seen a confidential army document that suggests that 16,500 soldiers could be made redundant over the next few years - more than double the number expected. Shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy examines the implications of such a move.

A review of the papers.

The Arab League is holding an emergency meeting in Cairo later today to discuss Syria's failure to implement the Arab League sponsored peace plan requiring the authorities to pull the troops off the streets and stop firing on protesters. World Affairs editor John Simpson draws on the lessons of the past to consider what an end-game might look like.

Eighty years ago today the world famous recording studios at Abbey Road opened their doors. They were sold yesterday by EMI to Universal Music Group. Brian Southall, a former director of EMI and author of Abbey Road, looks at its illustrious history.

Is the eurozone crisis a moment of panic, or a turning point in history? Oxford University's Timothy Garton Ash and the LSE's Mary Kaldor discuss.



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