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Today: Saturday 10 January 2009

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Senior Palestinian officials are in Egypt for talks, as fighting continues between Israeli forces and Hamas militants in Gaza. And the UK economy is likely to have shrunk 1.5% in the last three months of 2008, its worst performance in 28 years, a study concludes.

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The government's economic package to be announced next week may include plans to guarantee more than three-quarters of bank loans to small businesses. Political correspondent Ross Hawkins explains the most recent plans to deal with the recession.

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Despite it being more than 24 hours since the Gaza ceasefire resolution was passed at the United Nations, both sides continue to defy it. Correspondent Tim Franks says only one mortar shell has been fired from Gaza into Israel since midnight, though Israel's ground offensive is pushing on.

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Russia and Ukraine are still arguing about the price of gas; a disagreement that means that Russia is still refusing to allow supplies to pass through the pipelines that carry gas to several European countries. Correspondent Nick Thorpe considers how the dispute might be solved.

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Today's papers.

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For a group of comedians in the US, celebrity memoirs have meant a comedy goldmine. In a show called Celebrity Autobiography - In their own Words, passages from the tomes of Diana Ross, Sylvester Stallone and Neil Sedaka - to name a few - are read verbatim. Correspondent Andy Gallacher reports on the show proving to be a big success.

0725
Sports news with Jon Myers.

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Delegations from both Israel and Gaza are expected in Cairo in an attempt from the Egyptian government to improve Middle East diplomacy. UN correspondent Laura Trevelyan speaks to Egypt's UN Ambassador Maged Abdelaziz. Foreign Office minister Bill Rammell discusses how ongoing violence between Israeli forces and Hamas militants can come to an end.

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Today's papers.

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French Justice Minister Rachida Dati has come under fire from women's groups for returning to work just five days after giving birth. Natasha Walter, author of the New Feminism, and Allison Pearson, a Daily Mail columnist who thinks that the minister is behaving in an "unnatural" way, discuss if this puts pressure on new mothers to return to work quickly.

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Thought for the day with the Catherine Pepinster, editor of the Tablet.

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Organisers of Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture say it produced an extra 800m to the economy in the area and 14m individual visits to events. Phil Redmond, creative director of Liverpool's year of events, and Bet Davies, part of the team that tried to win the Capital of Culture title for Cardiff, discuss if the idea of a regular "British City of Culture" would be a success.

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What impact will the Gaza conflict have on Palestinian society and the prospects for a Palestinian state? Correspondent Aleem Maqbool reports from Ramallah in the West Bank and Manuel Hassassian, the Palestinian Authority's representative in London, discusses if he thinks a sustainable ceasefire can be achieved.

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With below-freezing temperatures and icy conditions across the country, shelters for homeless people have been inundated. Frostbite is the main worry for those spending day and night on the streets and few provisions are in place to help them. Reporter Nicola Stanbridge spends a morning with volunteers doing what they can in London.

0825
Sports news with Jon Myers.

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Will the UK's economic stimulus package lessen the impact of the impending recession or "bring too many dangers in its wake"? MPs Geoffrey Robinson, of Labour, and Michael Fallon, of the Conservatives, discuss "growing signs" that the economic downturn is worsening.

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Barack Obama's transition team has just confirmed that his mother-in-law, Marian Robinson, will be moving into the White House when he takes office. Comedian Arthur Smith and Luisa Dillner, author of the Complete Book of Mothers-in-Law, discuss the implications of living with the in-laws.

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Today's papers.

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Jacob Zuma will lead South Africa's ruling ANC into this year's elections even if he is charged with corruption, the president has said. Correspondent Peter Biles interviews political analyst Steven Friedman about Mr Zuma's chances of becoming president after the polls in a few months' time.

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Beloved children's character Winnie the Pooh is to return to the bookshelves, 80 years on from his first literary appearance. Author of the new story David Benedictus discusses the first sequel to AA Milne's work that has been authorised by the author's estate.

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy is leading the EU's diplomatic efforts to deal with the Gaza conflict, but - as the Czech Republic currently holds the EU presidency - should he be taking such an active role? Sir Stephen Wall, former British representative in Brussels and prime ministerial adviser on Europe, and Gisela Stuart, Labour MP and former member of the European Constitution Convention, discuss EU involvement in Gaza.




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