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Today: Friday 9 January 2009

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The UN Security Council has passed a resolution urging an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, with the US alone abstaining. And Al-Qaeda's operations chief in Pakistan and another top aide are believed to have been killed, US intelligence sources say.

The European Union says gas supplies should start again after it struck a deal with Russia on supervising the flow of gas through Ukraine. Moscow correspondent James Rodgers and Ferran Tarradellas Espuny, a spokesman for the EU energy commissioner, discuss how long it will be before homes and businesses can turn their heating on again.

The UN Security Council votes for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza as Israeli bombs reportedly claim more lives in the Strip. UN correspondent Laura Trevelyan discusses the thinking behind the US abstaining from the vote at the last minute.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

The government is proposing a new law which would criminalise the act of paying for sex with someone who is "controlled for another person's gain". Ruth Alexander, a reporter for BBC Radio 4's More or Less programme, has been looking at questions surrounding prostitution, and discusses whether claims that 80% of women in prostitution are "controlled by their drug dealer, their pimp, or their trafficker" are reliable.

There is a real worry in the US about the degree to which flu is proving resistant to the leading anti-viral drug Tamiflu. John Oxford, professor of virology at St Bartholomew's and the Royal Hospital London, discusses if the same type of thing is likely to happen in the UK.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

British scientists have come up with a way of dramatically enhancing the body's ability to repair itself. Dr Sarah Rankin, of Imperial College London, technology correspondent Tom Feilden, and Roger Pederson, professor of regenerative medicine at the University of Cambridge, discuss how the body can be made to release a flood of stem cells into the bloodstream - enabling the body, potentially, to repair heart tissue after a heart attack or even mend broken bones.

Today's papers.

Israeli warplanes continued to bomb Gaza on the night when the UN called for an immediate end to the fighting between Israel and Hamas militants. Correspondent Tim Franks has been hearing from those Israelis who say that this is a battle which resonates far beyond Gaza.

Thought for the day with Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, from Alyth Gardens synagogue

The government has failed to live up to its manifesto promise to phase out mixed-sex wards in hospitals in England, the Conservatives say. The party's health spokesman Andrew Lansley and Nigel Evans, director of policy at the NHS Confederation, discuss the 15% of hospitals which, Conservatives claim, still use at least one open-plan, mixed-sex ward.

The UN Security Council has passed a resolution urging an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. Correspondent Jeremy Bowen explains why the US alone abstained from the UK-drafted resolution.

More than 500,000 jobs in the US were lost in December, figures are likely to show. This follows US President-elect Barack Obama's call for "drastic action" to prevent the US economic situation worsening. Correspondent Kevin Connolly and Professor Joseph Stiglitz, former chief economist at the World Bank, discuss why the US is now losing jobs at the fastest rate since the demobilisation that followed World War II.

There are 3,500 luggage related injuries in Britain every year, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (Rospa) reports. Top Gear presenter James May and travel writer Jennifer Cox discuss why people have such troubles with suitcases.

Sports presenter Garry Richardson interviews Sir Clive Woodward, the British Olympic Association's elite performance director and former coach of the England Rugby Union team, and gives the rest of the sports news.

How likely is Israel to agree to the ceasefire urged by a UN resolution agreed overnight? Yigal Palmor, Israeli foreign ministry spokesman, says Hamas must not be able to rearm itself, and the resolution "does not provide practical means to create a sustainable ceasefire".

This month marks the 30th anniversary of the United States formalising diplomatic relations with China. Isobel Hilton, long-time China watcher who runs the China Dialogue, and James Lilley, former US ambassador to China, discuss how the relationship between the two countries has changed over the last three decades.

Is it right to compare Gaza to the Warsaw Ghetto in the days of Nazi occupied Poland? Journalist David Aaronovitch has written a piece in the Times criticising those who do so. He discusses his view with former London Mayor Ken Livingstone.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Do you enjoy your "beer from the wood"? It is a term used for beer stored in wooden casks made by coopers as opposed to the modern metal barrels now used by most pubs. England's last remaining master cooper in Wiltshire is desperately seeking an apprentice to pass on the skills of this very old tradition. Correspondent Treeva Fenwick visits the Wadworth Brewery in Devizes to find out more about the vacancy.

Rare footage that solved the secret of how a cuckoo lays its eggs in other birds' nests is being shown on television almost 90 years after it was recorded. Producer of Natural World Mike Birkhead discusses the significance of the footage.



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