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Today: Thursday 8 January 2009

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At least three rockets have been fired into northern Israel from Lebanon. Natalia Antelava analyses the likelihood of Lebanese militants Hezbollah joining the Gaza conflict.

The government has denied newspaper reports that it is considering printing more money as a tactic to tackle Britain's credit crunch. Economics editor Hugh Pym reports on what the government can still do as interest rates drop closer to zero.

A group of prominent Muslims has written to the prime minister to express concern about the impact of events in Gaza on Muslim opinion in the UK. Jewish groups in France say there has been an increase in anti-Semitic attacks because of the conflict in the Middle East. Parvin Ali, of the Fatima Women's Network, and Rabbi Gabriel Farhi, discuss the impact of the conflict in Western countries.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The womenswear company Viyella, which was founded in 1784, has become the latest long-established British company to call in the administrators. Management consultant Peter York and Mark Hedges, editor of Country Life, discuss why old English brands being so badly hit in the recession.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

At least three rockets fired from the direction of Lebanon have landed in the north of Israel, Israeli security forces say. Correspondent Jeremy Bowen explains the latest developments.

Today's papers.

A turbine on a wind-farm in Lincolnshire has been badly damaged in what local residents claim was a collision with a UFO. Dale Vince, from Ecotricity, the company who run the wind farm, says a range of possibilities - from flying cows to monsters with tentacles - are being investigated.

An apparent sighting of a ghost has led to crowds of people descending on the Northern Irish town of Coalisland over the holidays. Correspondent Mark Simpson reports on the traffic jams and queues of cars as onlookers attempt to go hunting for ghosts.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Angela Tilby, vicar of St Bene't's Church in Cambridge.

The one positive to come from the recession was that fuel prices were falling. But as supply from Russia falls, the wholesale price of gas in the UK has risen. Correspondent Gabriel Gatehouse and Ed Miliband, minister for energy and climate change, discuss the extent to which the UK relies on gas from other countries.

The Bank of England is widely expected to cut rates to their lowest point in the Bank's 315-year history. Correspondent Greg Wood, John Redwood, chairman of the Conservatives' Economic Competitiveness Policy Group, and Roger Bootle, managing director of Capital Economics, discuss what they think the Bank should do.

Israel has come under attack from Lebanon for the first time in the Gaza conflict. Alastair Crook, director of the Conflicts Forum in Lebanon, gives his analysis of the possible groups behind the rocket attacks on Israel from Lebanon.

How easy is it to dramatise a famous figure? Toby Jones, who has played Truman Capote, and Rory Kinnear, who played Denis Thatcher in the television film Margaret Thatcher - the long walk from Finchley, discuss the current glut of movies with real-life figures as their stars.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Poor service and poor value for money in UK hotels and restaurants will cost jobs in the recession, tourism agency Visit Britain says. Agency chairman Christopher Rodrigues and Alex Polizzi, Channel Five's Hotel Inspector, discuss how the tourism industry will cope with an estimated earnings fall of 4bn during the recession.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Does it really make sense for the Cabinet to meet outside London? Communities and Local Government Secretary Hazel Blears and Mark Wallace, of the Taxpayers' Alliance, discuss the third in a series of meetings outside the capital which is to take place in Liverpool.

Despite a population of only 50 million, South Africa has the seventh highest prison population in the world. Correspondent Jonah Fisher visits Groenpunt, a high security prison near Johannesburg, to report on an Indian anger management programme proving remarkably popular with inmates.

A group of doctors have climbed Everest to conduct experiments on themselves. Dr Mike Grocott, of University College London, discusses the important evidence they found about the amount of oxygen needed in blood.

The 1970s was not an easy time to be prime minister. New biographies of Edward Heath and James Callaghan are being added to the latest Oxford Dictionary of Biography, written by Lord Hurd and Lord Hattersley, who worked under each prime minister. They discuss whether Heath and Callaghan were undervalued as national leaders.



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