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Today: Wednesday 7th November

Barack Obama has won a second term as president of the United States. A Common's Education Select Committee report has shown that the child protection system in England is not meeting the needs of older children and must be reviewed urgently. And also on the programme, have researchers in Kazakhstan discovered the elixir of life?

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Business news with Simon Jack on news of what Obama's victory mean for the US and global economy.

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Governor Romney addresses his supporters at his campaign headquarters in his concession speech.

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A Commons Education Select Committee report into the child protection system in England says that the needs of older children are not being met and must be reviewed urgently.

0720

Business news with Simon Jack.

0723
China is facing its own change of leadership this week, what is the view from Beijing on the US elections? The BBC's world affairs editor John Simpson assesses, from Beijing, what an Obama presidency would mean in terms of the US' place in the world.

0727
Sports news with Garry Richardson.

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President Barack Obama has won a second term, defeating Republican Mitt Romney and overcoming dissatisfaction with the economy. The Today programme's Justin Webb, former BBC North American editor, provides analysis.

0739
The paper review.

0742
The use of "human enhancers" will become increasingly common in the next decade and we need to consider the moral, legal and practical ramifications, especially for the workplace. Professor Genevra Richardson, who chaired the working group which produced the report, explains that it is not known what the effects are if the drug is taken long term.

0746
Thought for the Day with Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer.

0750
Today it will be made clear how much of the UK is infected with the Ash dieback disease. The Today programme's Tom Feilden, speaking from a mixed ash/beech woodland on the South Downs at Storrington in Sussex, examines the consequences of the disease, and its likely impact on woods and wildlife.

0810

US President Barack Obama wins re-election to a second term, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Former White House spokesman PJ Crowley and Taylor Griffin, a former McCain adviser, analyse the results and the challenges facing both the president and the Republicans..

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Researchers in Kazakhstan are reported to have spent two years and millions of pounds trying to come up with an elixir to prolong the life of their leader President Nazarbayev after he set them the challenge in 2010. Roger Highfield, director of external affairs at the Science Museum, and Dr Jennifer Rampling, an expert on elixirs based at Cambridge, discuss the science behind the idea of a life preserving elixir.

0830
Sports news with Garry Richardson.

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A Commons Education Select Committee report has shown that the child protection system in England is not meeting the needs of older children and must be reviewed urgently, and more children should be taken into care and parents are given too many chances. Lisa Harker, head of strategy at the NSPCC, and Camilla Cavendish, a columnist at The Times, discuss the efficacy of the care system over recent years.

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Angela Merkel is meeting the prime minister today. Europe correspondent Chris Morris reports from the Polish capital, Warsaw.

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Business news with Simon Jack.

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US President Barack Obama has won re-election to a second term. Simon Schama, the historian and art historian, and the former foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP, explain that the British government would have been comfortable with both options but Cameron has the relationship with Obama already.



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