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Business with Simon Jack on the news that the US has reached a deal to reopen the government and avoid a fiscal default.
Republican and Democratic leaders of the US Senate have struck a cross-party deal to end a partial government shutdown and raise the US debt limit. The Today programme's Evan Davis has more from Washington.
Business news with Simon Jack who has been in New York as Wall Street reacts to the news that a deal has been struck to end the government shut down.
The Chancellor George Osborne has announced that the government is to give the go ahead to Chinese companies taking a stake in the development of the next generation of British nuclear power. The BBC's Business editor Robert Peston reports.
A controversial Muslim free school in Derby, has been branded as "dysfunctional" after an official inspection. The Al Madinah free school had already made the news because of allegations of segregation. The BCC’s Sima Kotecha reports.
Morrissey's autobiography came out at midnight and he has now joined Keats, Yeats and Wilde as a Penguin Classic. The BBC's Colin Paterson offers his analyses.
The Scottish National Party begin perhaps the most crucial party conference in their history today with less than a year to go before the referendum on Scottish Independence. The Deputy First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, discusses the challenges facing the party over the next year.
The paper review.
Traditional African sculpture heavily influenced the founding fathers of modern art - but while Matisse and Piccasso have become household names the artists from around the world who inspired them have not. WIll Gompertz, the BBC's Arts editor, has been to the Frieze art fair in London, to explore why art has excluded so many of the artists and cultures that helped shape it.
Thought for the Day with Akhandadhi Das, a Vaishnav Hindu teacher and theologian.
New guidance on child sexual abuse prosecutions has been published today to better protect victims and build stronger cases for prosecution. Prosecutors are now being told to challenge "myths and stereotypes" such as the victim invited the abuse through the way she dressed or acted. The mother of a victim of the Oxford sex grooming ring describes her experiences and Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions, explains what the new guidelines will mean.
The US Congress has passed a bill to reopen the government and raise the federal debt limit, with hours to spare before the nation risked default. The Today Programme's Evan Davis is in Washington to get reaction to the announcement with Tim Huelskamp, a tea party supporting congressman from Kansas, democrat Jan Schakowsky and US Senator John McCain.
The rebel attack earlier last month on the Syrian village of Maaloula heightened worries that the conflict there is becoming increasingly sectarian, with some members of the historic Christian community there fleeing and saying churches had been desecrated. The BBC's Jim Muir reports and Patriarch Gregorius, the Melkite Greek Catholic Patriach of Antioch, analyses the role of Christians in the conflict.
For millions of families, work no longer pays enough to provide a route out of poverty, the government's social mobility tsar is expected to warn. In its first report, the government's Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission is also expected to warn that middle-class children face lower living standards than their parents for the first time in more than a century. Alan Milburn, the former Labour Health Secretary, chaired the commission and discusses the findings.
Later this morning, Ed Miliband will set out how a future Labour Government plans to impose a levy on the profits of payday lenders, using the money to double public funding for low cost alternatives such as credit unions. The Today Programme’s Tom Feilden has been to Walthamstow, where there are 18 payday lenders on the High Steet, to find out if pay day loans can ever be a force for good.
Business news with Simon Jack.
As part of the BBC's plans to commemorate the centenary of world war one, starting next year, there will be series of programmes and a "digital cenotaph" of people's memories with photos, trench diaries and family stories. One, released yesterday, comes from Rupert Murdoch, talking about the experience of his father, an Australian soldier who fought in one of the war's best known campaigns.
New research is being published which may finally solve the mystery of the Yeti. Tests on hair samples were found to have a genetic match with an ancient polar bear. Professor Brian Sykes conducted the research and explains the findings.
New Research has identified bacteria-eating viruses which could be used to fight against superbugs. Dr Martha Cloke, one of the researchers from the University of Leicester's Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation and Professor John Watson, the government's deputy chief medical officer, describe what is being done to meet the challenges of antibiotic resistance to viruses.