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Today: Wednesday 17 December 2008

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Conservative and Labour MPs are calling for a review into the arrest of Tory MP Damian Green to be published in full. Political correspondent Gary O'Donoghue reports on the Metropolitan Police's review which, it says, "raises concerns" about methods but found the arrest to be "lawful".

People are so sensitive to the issue of obesity that they will not discuss it, the Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson says. Health correspondent Adam Brimelow examines whether the obesity epidemic has become "a national crisis".

Iran's economic and political weakness could mean they are prepared to negotiate some sort of settlement in the row over their nuclear ambitions, the former British ambassador to Iran Sir Richard Dalton says. He discusses why he thinks the time is right to negotiate with the country.

The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) is expected to announce a cut in production of oil in an attempt to boost prices. Moscow correspondent James Rodgers reports on Russia's decision - despite it not being a member of the cartel - to send a delegation to the meeting.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Inspection verdicts on all children's services in England are expected to show a significant increase in the number condemned as inadequate. Barry Sheerman, chairman of the Children, Schools and Families Committee, discusses if reviews based around self-assessment can trusted. He says the schools commissioner has been complacent by rejecting criticism about children's services.

The cholera epidemic that has infected around 18,000 people in Zimbabwe could dramatically increase as the rainy season nears and a growing food crisis descends, Oxfam warns. Correspondent Karen Allen spends a week travelling across the country to assess the extent of the crisis.

Today's papers.

Sir Victor Blank, chairman of Lloyds TSB, has spoken out about the takeover of HBOS. He told Martha Kearney, of the World at One, that the two new independent directors announced when the bank was re-capitalised will be appointed, with the government's approval, to the bank's board.

Thought for the day with Professor Mona Siddiqui, of the University of Glasgow.

The government has said it accepts a report's recommendation that the Royal Mail should be part-privatised. Adam Crozier, chief executive of Royal Mail, says that service has been improving, but new capital investment will make modernisation, which took other companies 10 years, possible within three years.

The US Federal Reserve has cut interest rates to 0% - 0.25% in an attempt to revive the economy. Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich and business editor Robert Peston discuss what else can be done if this unprecedented measure is not successful.

Gordon Brown has arrived in Baghdad and is meeting the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki. They have confirmed that British troops will leave Iraq "in the first half of next year". Defence correspondent Paul Adams outlines what the announcement means.

A teenager has been jailed for life for the murder of 11-year-old Rhys Jones who was shot outside a Liverpool pub. Assistant Chief Constable Patricia Gallan, of Merseyside Police, Winifred Robinson, Radio 4 presenter who grew up in the Norris Green area of Liverpool, and Merseyside poet Roger McGough discuss what the killing of Rhys Jones has done to change life in the area where he was murdered.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The UK is still not taking the problem of obesity seriously enough, Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson says. In an article for the BBC News website he argues the subject has become as big a taboo as cancer used to be. He discusses whether measures to tackle childhood obesity may be too late once children start school.

While much attention has been focussed on the crises in neighbouring Sudan and the Congo, a humanitarian disaster has been unfolding in the Central African Republic. In the third of his reports, correspondent Mike Thompson reports on why the average life expectancy in the area has fallen to 42.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Christmas films are a tradition stretching back to the early days of cinema. But few can be as weird and original as the sci-fi fantasy film Christmas On Mars - it stars US alternative rock band the Flaming Lips. The band's front man and co-director of the film, Wayne Coyne, discusses where he got the idea of the film from.

Gordon Brown and Iraqi prime minister Nouri Maliki say UK forces will have "completed their tasks" and leave the country by the end of July next year. Defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt and James Arbuthnot, chairman of the Defence Select Committee, discuss the recent developments.



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