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Today: Saturday 27th October

A large scale study has produced new evidence that women who stop smoking early can significantly prolong their lives. A former director of public prosecutions discusses the challenges of bringing child abuse allegations to court years after the offence. Plus how, if you want to know what life is really like in the US, you need to watch American sitcoms.

Importing ash trees will be banned in the UK from Monday because of a disease that threatens the species. The Country Land & Business Association's Harry Cottrell outlines the implications.

Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced to a jail term yesterday of four years, reduced to one year. But most think he will not serve one day, as his appeals drag on. The BBC's Alan Johnston reports from Rome.

In just nine days Americans will decide on their next president. The BBC's North America correspondent Jonny Dymond went back to Barack Obama's hometown crowd in Chicago's Grant Park to talk to people about the promise of those days, and how they view their president now.

Suspicion is growing that the two British troops killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday died in a green-on-blue incident. The BBC's defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt reports from Kabul.

Yesterday in Parliament Conservative MP Douglas Carswell presented a bill to take the UK out of the EU. The BBC's Mark D'Arcy reports on why he didn't have very long to make his argument.

Rob Bonnet with the latest sports news.

In March next year Kenya will hold elections, and there is expected to be a trial at the International Criminal Court in April relating to the violence after the last one in 2008. The BBC's Africa correspondent Karen Allen returned to Kenya after covering the troubles four years ago.

A look at today's newspapers.


Two years ago large areas of the country ground to a halt because of gritting problems during bad weather. But stockpiling and the use of modern technology might be about to change that. Councillor Peter Box, chair of the LGA's Economy and Transport Board, reveals what plans are in place.

If you have ever thought that a lot of modern art is rubbish, you may be in the company of experts. The BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz has been speaking to curators of some of museums that display it, and has found they do think some of it is bad.

Thought for the Day with Catherine Pepinster.

A ceasefire took place in Syria yesterday because of the Eid holiday, but it was unsuccessful. The BBC's James Reynolds and Chatham House's Syria expert Rime Allaf discuss claims by the Syrian military that they were responding to what they called "terrorist attacks".


A TV documentary has resulted in many people coming forward with their claims of abuse by the late Jimmy Savile, his associates, and others unrelated. The Today programme speaks to Mary who suffered sexual abuse for 11 years as a child, and former DPP Ken MacDonald to find out what's being done to tackle the problem today.

Oxford University's Tim Stanley and television writer Lisa Holdsworth debate which pieces of television reflect our changing society the best.

Rob Bonnet with the latest sports news.


British ash trees are in danger of a disease that's spreading from the continent. Professor Sir Richard Peto explains why a government ban on the importing of ash trees and saplings might help save the species.

A look at today's newspapers.


Richard Herman has succeeded in claiming compensation for the time of his that has been wasted in dealing with a cold-calling company. He tells the Today programme how he did it.

Some of our greatest and most memorable poetry has been written by soldiers. Gillian Clarke, the first woman to win the Wilfred Owen award, and former soldier and poet John Jeffcock discuss its significance.

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