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Today: Tuesday 25th September

Washington has welcomed a European ruling which will allow the radical Muslim cleric, Abu Hamza, to be extradited from Britain to the US. More than 50 flood warnings are in place, with many areas seeing a month's rainfall in the past 24 hours. Also on the programme, the race for the White House, and the race for the all important Hispanic vote.

We are no longer providing clips of every part of the programme but you will be able to listen via the BBC iPlayer .

Business news with Simon Jack: Mario Draghi, head of the European Central Bank, will be trying today to reassure the German parliament and the German Confederation of Industry.

The radical preacher Abu Hamza along with four other terrorist suspects is likely to be extradited to the United States in the next few weeks. Danny Shaw reports.

The hopes for the Eurozone, aside from the very survival of the currency, have rested on Germany to be an engine of growth, but the latest survey of business confidence in the country show that it has fallen for the fifth month in a row. Stefan Schneider, chief international economist at Deutsche Bank Research, gives his analysis.


Business news with Simon Jack, examining how bad global wethaer has hit food prices.

Sarah Montague reports from the town of Lewes in East Sussex,

where 52% of voters backed the Liberal Democrats and its long-serving MP Norman Baker, to find out what they think of the party now since it has been in government.

Death rates from cancer are expected to fall dramatically over the next 20 years according to Cancer Research UK. The chief executive of the charity, Dr Harpal Kumar, explains why.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.


By around 2050 white people will be a minority in the United States, while Hispanics, people whose families came to the US from central and south America, will probably be around 30 per cent of the population by that year. In the longer term they are likely to be in the driving seat for presidential elections. Justin Webb reports from the state of Florida, where already a fifth of the electorate is Hispanic.

The paper review.

Motorbikes have always been popular in India, but it is usually men who are in the driving seat. Now, more women are starting to ride these machines, and a number of female-only clubs have helped kick start this trend, and also overturn widely held stereotypes. Rajini Vaidyanathan reports from India.

Thought for the Day with Lord Singh, director of the Network of Sikh Organisations.

The message from police to Megan Stammers, the 15-year-old girl who is thought to be in France with her maths teacher, is she should come home, and that she is not in trouble. Chief Inspector Jason Tingley of Sussex Police, has the latest information. And Mark Williams-Thomas, a criminologist and former child protection expert with Surrey Police, and Dr Jennifer Wild, senior research fellow in Clinical Psychology at Oxford University, discuss how families and authorities should best deal with such events.


The radical cleric Abu Hamza will be extradited to the United States to face a court later today. Lawrence Whitehouse, whose wife was killed when they were both taken hostage in a kidnapping organised by Abu Hamza in Yemen in 1998, gives her reaction.


The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, talks to Sarah Montague as the Liberal Democrat conference draws to a close today.

Sport with Rob Bonnet.


Dr Ben Goldacre, author of the book Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients, and Stephen Whitehead, the chief executive of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, discuss claims that pharmaceutical companies do not publish enough of the data from drug trials.

Business news with Simon Jack.

A survey published in the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung found that 63 per cent of Germans were worried about inflation. Anne Applebaum, director of political studies at the Legatum Institute, and Prof Michael Cox, professor of international relations at the London School of Economics discuss where national preoccupations or psychoses come from.

Some very bad weather is causing problems with the transport system, particularly in the North East. BBC Radio Five Live's travel reporter Michelle Dignan has the latest.

Is it inevitable that a party's leadership is separate from the party faithful and how much will parties put up with if they have power? Journalist and former Tory MP Matthew Parris and the Guardian's Polly Toynbee discuss the concept of parties, power and leadership.

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