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Journalist Donald Kirk and the BBC's Chris Hogg analyse the significance of the North Korean attack on a South Korean island.
Investor Patrick Armstrong analyses the markets' reaction to Ireland's acceptance of a financial bail out. Mike Duggan of the Civil Service Pensioners Alliance assesses what impact the change in pension calculation will have on the elderly.
Councils and housing associations will be able to offer contracts for just two years, as part of the Localism Bill to be published later this week. Reporter Tom Bateman gauged the feelings of people on an east London estate.
The Chancellor says that it in the UK's "national interest" to help the struggling economy but "a matter of regret" that British taxpayers were again footing the bill for the failure of the banking system.
Economist Michael O'Sullivan analyses the political consequences for Ireland after having accepted the financial bail out. Economics professor Marcus Miller assesses the future of UK's banks.
Leo Tolstoy, one of the world's greatest writers, died 100 years ago today.

Rosamund Bartlett, author of Tolstoy, A Russian Life and Anastasia Tolstoy, Leo's great-great-great-grand-daughter, analyse the legacy of the author.
It is the final day of the Nato summit in Lisbon following agreement to develop a missile defence system to cover all 28 countries in the alliance from long-range attacks and terrorism.
The Sun's page three was inaugurated 40 years ago, when editor Larry Lamb put a topless woman there when Rupert Murdoch was out of the country. Feminist writer Bea Campbell and journalist Jennie Bristow discuss the controversies surrounding The Sun's page.
Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox says large numbers of UK forces "may or may not" stay in Afghanistan "in more of a civilian role" following the end of combat operations.
Professor of economics and law Jagdish Bhagwati assesses the chances of reviving the Doha trade talks. And our Friday boss is David Levin of United Business Media.
Lord Carlile says the verdict against Guantanamo Bay prisoner Ahmed Ghailani in a civilian court is "a great cause for satisfaction".
John Miles of Arup warns of the tightened regulation of deep water drilling which could see oil prices rise and threaten the UK economy. Robert Weissman, of the group Public Citizen, is asking President Obama to suspend the share sale at General Motors. And Emeritus professor of cognitive neuropsychology, ...
The first musical about the life of an afrobeat performer opens tonight at the National Theatre in London. Music journalist Robin Denselow examines the music, politics and controversial life of Fela Kuti.
Royalist and republican debate the announcement that Prince William and Kate Middleton are set to wed next year.
Economic adviser Dr John Philpott and economist Graham Leach discuss unemployment figures due to be published later today. Peter De Lorenzo of Autoextremist.com analyses the latest success of the US carmaker General Motors.
Minister Dick Roche says he hopes European finance ministers will inject "logic" into the debate over the Irish economy.
The government is planning the biggest ever shake-up of the NHS in England. Sarah Montague examines the possibility that the reform marks the end of a universal and free health service.
Philip Tyson, of money brokers MF Global, analyses whether the Bank of England has got the inflation under control. Former senior executive at ITV, Roger Laughton, examines whether ITV has got its X Factor back when it comes to trading.
Lord Falconer and Lord McNally debate whether the House of Lords should pass the electoral reform bill.
The government is planning radical change to the way the NHS works in England. Sarah Montague went to East Anglia where one of the first GP commissioning groups has been set up to see how the new system might work.
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