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Today: Monday 12 January 2009

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Employers are to be given cash incentives by the government to recruit the long-term unemployed. There's to be an investigation into Children's Services at Doncaster Council in south Yorkshire.


An EU-brokered accord on terms for Russia to resume gas supply to Europe collapsed on Sunday when Russia accused Ukraine of secretly altering the deal and declared it null and void. Ferran Tarradellas, spokesman for EU energy commissioner Andris Piebalgs, discusses how the dispute could be settled.


The body of a Somali pirate has washed onshore together with $153,000 in cash, according to local residents. He was one of five pirates who have drowned since receiving the reported $3 million ransom for releasing a Saudi oil tanker. Security correspondent Frank Gardner analyses the aftermath of the oil tanker hijack.


A social mobility commission chaired by Martin Narey, the chief executive of children's charity Barnardo's, has concluded that social background remains a major factor in a child's life chances despite increased investment in education and progress in reducing child poverty. Mr Narey discusses what the government can do to improve children's chances with former health secretary Alan Milburn, who will head a new commission on social mobility.

Business news with Adam Shaw


According to UN reports, the number of children killed in Gaza now stands at 300, which accounts for almost a third of the Palestinians killed in the conflict. Dr Anwar Sheikhalin, Director of Naser Hospital in Gaza and consultant paediatrician, explains the dangers faced by these children, including the risk of death for babies in the ICU when the hospital runs out of electricity in the next 24 hours.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


A senior army officer is to look into the circumstances surrounding Prince Harry's use of racist language. The prince has apologised for calling a fellow soldier a "Paki" in a home video he took at Sandhurst in 2006. Home Affairs select committee chairman, Keith Vaz and former Foreign Office minister Rod Richards consider whether these types of nicknames can be justified in army life.

Today's papers.


British film makers have much to celebrate after a night of success at the Golden Globe awards in Los Angeles. Rajesh Mirchandani reports on awards for Slumdog Millionaire and a memorable acceptance speech from actress Kate Winslet.

Thought for the day with Clifford Longley


The Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, has said that Israel is "nearing" its goals, while in Gaza doctors and aid agencies speak of a humanitarian crisis that is getting worse by the day. Mark Regev, a spokesman for the Israeli Government, explains what Israel's stated goals are and whether they want to demilitarise Hamas or eradicate it.


Unemployment is on the rise in the UK, with one prediction suggesting that more than three million people could be unemployed by 2010, an increase of more than a million from current levels. As Gordon Brown holds a jobs summit in an attempt halt the trend, work and pensions secretary James Purnell explains what the government intends to do to get the unemployed back to work.


With the release of Frost/Nixon, Che and Valkyrie, historical films are set for box office success, but are important events being reinterpreted in the process? Dr Saul David, professor of war studies at Buckingham University and Nick Fraser, editor of the Storyville documentary series on BBC4, debate what happens when history and entertainment meet.


Motown records was founded by Berry Gordy 50 years ago. It went on to have a string of number one hits and launch the careers of stars including Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. Correspondent James Coomarasamy has been to Detroit to speak to some of those who were there at the beginning of Motown's half century.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Is the job of Middle East envoy Tony Blair being circumscribed by the fact that he cannot talk to Hamas? Former senior British diplomat Sir Jeremy Greenstock, who has made direct contact with Hamas as part of his work with the charity Forward Thinking, discusses what can be gained from talking to the militant Islamic organisation.

The business news with Adam Shaw.


Both Gordon Brown and David Cameron are to give speeches on the economic crisis. Political editor Nick Robinson examines the latest arguments in the politics of the recession.


In the wake of the Baby P case in Haringey, the BBC has learnt that an independent investigation is to be launched into children's services at Doncaster Council after serious case reviews were ordered into the deaths of seven children in the area. Jenny Hill reports from outside the council headquarters.


A night to remember for British film Slumdog Millionaire, an acceptance speech to remember from British actress Kate Winslet and a lifetime achievement award for Steven Spielberg. Peter Bowes reports from this year's Golden Globes awards in Los Angeles.


The government's jobs summit is expected to announce a push for job creation in the environmental services. Adrian Wilkes, chairman of the Environmental Industries Commission and Geoffrey Wood, professor of economics at Cass Business School, debate whether "green collar jobs" offer a solution to the current economic crisis.


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