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Business news with Tanya Beckett: frantic US political attempts to avert a federal debt default have pivoted back to the Senate after plans in the House of Representatives collapsed. Plus, Simon Johnson of MIT Sloan School of Management and the Petersen Institute, explains why he believes the development of cricket has parallels with economic history.
England have confirmed their qualification for next summer's World Cup in Brazil with a victory over Poland at Wembley. David Bond, the BBC's sports editor, examines England's chances of success.
The police watchdog has questioned the "honesty and integrity" of police officers who met Andrew Mitchell MP over the "plebgate" row, that led to his quitting the government. Julia Mulligan, the police and crime commissioner for North Yorkshire, gives her analysis on the news that Home Secretary Theresa May believes disciplinary proceedings are in order.
Republican and Democrat leaders in the US Senate will resume efforts today to end the government shutdown and avert a possible debt default, with less than 24 hours until the federal authorities reach their borrowing limit. The BBC's North America editor Mark Mardell reports.
Business news with Tanya Beckett: the release of a report called Now for the Long Term, which urges decision makers to think further into the future.
A drugs gang has breached IT systems controlling container movements at the port of Antwerp, in an attempt to traffic huge quantities of cocaine and heroin. The Today programme's Tom Bateman reports.
The paper review.
New Zealand author Eleanor Catton has, at the age of 28, become the youngest ever winner of the £50,000 Man Booker Prize for her novel The Luminaries. Ms Catton describes how it felt to win the prize.
Thought for the Day with Bishop James Jones.
An investigation by BBC News and the online magazine Community Care says 1,500 beds on mental health wards have closed in recent years and patients are being transported hundreds of miles in search of a bed. The BBC's social affairs correspondent Michael Buchanan reports, and Dr Geraldine Strathdee, National Clinical Director for Mental Health from NHS England, explains what the NHS is doing to tackle the findings of the investigation.
Confrontation between senior police officers and the government in the aftermath of the so-called "plebgate" row has intensified. Mark Easton explains that three chief constables, criticised yesterday by the home secretary for failing to launch disciplinary proceedings against officers accused of trying to discredit the former Conservative chief whip Andrew Mitchell, are refusing to back down. Sir Hugh Orde, chairman of the association of chief police officers, discusses the issue of police trust.
A new American documentary is looking at the first independent television network created in Afghanistan, after 30 years of censorship. Eva Orner, who made the documentary The Network, and BBC Afghan's Dawood Azami, talk about the channel.
Kenya's High Court will be deciding today if President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto should continue to cooperate with the International Criminal Court proceedings against them. Kenyan Foreign Ministry spokesman Manoa Esipisu, and human rights advocate Benji Ndolo, examine the charges of crimes against humanity and accusations of orchestrating the violence after elections in 2007.
Business news with Tanya Beckett: later this week the Chancellor is expected to sign a deal in China which could see a Chinese state company - the Chinese General Nuclear Power Group - invited to become a co-investor in the Hinkley Point reactor in Somerset.
The latest from the Chancellor's visit to China this week is the announcement of a multi-million pound research centre, to be built in the UK by the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei. Madeline Carr, who has consulted on issues of cyber security and social networking to the Australian Army and Senators, and Isabel Hilton, editor of China Dialogue, discuss whether enough due diligence has been done on the Chinese and what we are getting into by embracing them so eagerly.
Belgium only managed a draw with Wales in Brussels last night, but it did not matter as they had already qualified. The BBC's Europe correspondent Chris Morris reports from Brussels on the rise and rise of Belgian football.
The chef Heston Blumenthal's latest cookery book features very old, and apparently extraordinary, recipes from the Middle Ages to Victorian times. Mr Blumenthal and TV chef Michela Chiappa discuss the history of British cuisine.