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Today: Monday 5 January 2009

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Israeli forces are pressing on with their attacks inside Gaza as an international diplomatic effort to stop the fighting gathers pace. Conservative leader David Cameron outlines his plans for 2009 and Shakespeare's Shylock gets a fair trial at last.

As the Israeli ground assault on Gaza continues, Middle East Correspondent Tim Franks reports on the end-game in the Israeli strategy and Fikr Shalltoot, Gaza coordinator of Medical Aid for Palestinians, describes the situation on the ground.

Business with Adam Shaw.

It is 200 years since the birth of Louis Braille, the man who invented the embossed dots writing system that enables millions of blind people across the world to read. To mark the anniversary, a 2m campaign is being launched to re-house the UK's leading Braille printing press and protect its future for the next 100 years. Former Home Secretary David Blunkett describes the liberating power of the Braille writing system.

After the excesses of the past few weeks you might be tempted to buy a detox product, but the charity Sense about Science says you will be wasting your time. They have compiled a leaflet debunking claims made on eleven products from drinks and diet supplements to patches and even a detox brush. Dr Ben Goldacre, author of Bad Science and Nas Amir Ahmadi, managing director of Detox in a Box, discuss if our bodies are capable of recovering from binges on their own.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Gordon Brown has said that the country's big banks may have to lend even more money in the next few years than they did at the height of the lending boom. Business editor Robert Peston gives his analysis of the prime minister's strategy.

Today's papers.

Saturday night television looked like it was in trouble. But in the last few months more than 20 million people have stayed in to watch either Strictly Come Dancing or the X Factor on a Saturday night. This Saturday 7 million tuned in just to find out who is going to be the next Doctor Who. ITV Chairman Michael Grade explains what happened to "the death of the schedule".

Thought for the day with John Cornwell, Director of the Science and Human Dimension project at Jesus College, Cambridge.

Conservative leader David Cameron is setting out his economic policy. He attacks Gordon Brown for "burning money" in the VAT cut and sets out his beliefs that the economy needs to be rebalanced and the state needs to be "pruned back".

Israeli forces are pressing on with their attacks inside Gaza as an international diplomatic effort to stop the fighting gathers pace. Edward Stourton reports from the West Bank city of Nablus and speaks to Danny Gillerman, Israel's former ambassador to the United Nations.

Conservative leader David Cameron has dropped a hint of future Conservative tax policy. Political editor Nick Robinson explains why an abolition of the tax on savings for basic rate tax payers may be on the cards.

Does Shylock deserve his pound of flesh after all? Lawyer Anthony Julius discusses what happened when seven senior lawyers met in New York to reconsider the case against Shakespeare's money lender.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The opening ceremony for the new American Embassy in Baghdad is taking place. The $600m site has enough room for 4000 staff and you need a golf cart to drive around the 100 acre site. US Ambassador Ryan Crocker tells BBC correspondent Caroline Wyatt in Baghdad that the opening of the embassy is an important step in the "normalisation" of the US-Iraqi relationship.

Terrorism and detention; CCTV cameras and ID cards; speed cameras and lost personal information. Dominic Raab, chief of staff to shadow home secretary Dominic Grieve, is publishing a book called The Assault on Liberty. He debates whether a systematic erosion of liberty has taken place under the Labour government with former home secretary Charles Clarke.

Barack Obama has steered clear of commenting on international events since his election as US president, but had the Israeli offensive in Gaza happened a few weeks later, how would he have responded? Aaron David Miller, a former Middle East negotiator and author of "The Much Too Promised Land" analyses the likely response if Israel had launched its aerial and ground offensive of Gaza with Barack Obama in the White House.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Defiance, a film that tells the story of the largest armed rescue of Jews by Jews during World War II, is released this week. Author and historian Nechama Tec describes the life of Tuvia Bielski, who set up a community in a forest in western Belorussia which smuggled fellow Jews out of the heavily armed ghettos.

Music may be digitally recorded these days, and easy to download, but who will ever let go of their lovely old vinyl discs? This year the seven-inch single is 60 years old and, as Robert Plummer reports, is still in robust health.


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