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Today: Friday 16 January 2009

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Air accident investigators have praised the pilot who ditched an airliner in the Hudson River in New York - all those on board survived. And the government is launching a mortgage rescue scheme to help thousands of people in England avoid having their homes repossessed.

Some homeowners who face repossession will be able to ask the government to buy part or all of their home so that they can stay in it as tenants. Housing minister Margaret Beckett discusses the scheme aimed at the 6,000 most vulnerable households.

The pilot of an airliner that ditched in New York's Hudson River is hailed a hero after all 155 passengers and crew survive. David Gleave, of independent consultancy Aviation Safety Investigations, discusses how he thinks the crash was caused.

The man in charge of Europe's car industry has called ministers to Brussels to say what they are doing to help car makers. Vice-president of the European Commission Guenter Verheugen discusses his desire for member states to work together on a rescue plan for the industry.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

US President-elect Barack Obama has promised to shut down Guantanamo Bay, signalling a change in tack in the US' war on terror. For many in East Africa, where scores of people have been arrested and sent to secret detention centres, that will be a relief to hear. East Africa Correspondent Karen Allen investigates just how much is expected to change under an Obama administration, in a region which has experience of Al Qaeda attacks.

Sports news with Jon Myers.

Shareholders in Bellway, one of the country's biggest housebuilding companies, are to vote on the bonuses awarded to the company's bosses although bonus deals have already been agreed. Robert Peston talks to Roger Carr, chairman of both Cadbury's and Centrica, about the rewards still given to company executives despite falls in performance.

Today's papers.

Mole-catchers across the country are not suffering from the economic downturn. They are reported to be enjoying a boom because of an explosion in the mole population. Environment correspondent Sarah Mukherjee visits Cambridgeshire to discover if catchers are making mountains of money out of molehills.

Thought for the day with the writer RhidianBrook.

People from the UK who have suffered through IRA terrorism are planning to visit Libya in their campaign to obtain compensation. They claim that Libya should pay because it provided the IRA with the explosive semtex used in many of their attacks, as well as weapons and money. Home Affairs correspondent June Kelly reports on an issue which goes back to the IRA attacks of the 1980s and 1990s.

The Vice-president of the European Commission has called for member states to work together on a rescue plan for the motor industry. Correspondent Paul Greer reports on the 10,000 unsold Hondas vehicles waiting at the sea terminal at Southampton and Rex Baintain, of motor components company Stephens Gaskets, explains how a lack of consumers is harming his business. Jon Moulton, of buy-out specialists Alchemy Partners, discusses whether the government should subsidise the manufacturing industry.

The Bank of America is to receive $20bn in new money from the US government's emergency bailout fund. It will also get guarantees against losses on up to $118bn of troubled assets. Business editor Robert Peston discusses the capital which will be used to help the bank complete the takeover of Merill Lynch.

The London Astoria has closed down to make way for the new Crossrail network. The Art Deco building in the West End began life in 1927 as a cinema but it became famous as a music venue, hosting famous gigs by bands including The Rolling Stones and Nirvana. Reporter Nicola Stanbridge considers the importance of the building and the Astoria brand.

Sports news with Jon Myers.

The Conservatives are to outline what they are describing as a radical range of measures to turn the UK into a "low-carbon economy". Shadow secretary of state for energy and climate change Greg Clark discusses the 1bn the Tories would invest towards improving power distribution by the National Grid.

At what point does the unearthing of dark secrets from a nation's past become an obstacle to unity and reconciliation in the present? Correspondent Steve Kingstone reports on Spain's abandonment of an investigation into atrocities committed by General Franco, after opponents argued that old wounds should not be reopened. Politician Michael Portillo and historian Antony Beevor discuss to what extent the past should be dug up.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Israeli spokesman Mark Regev said that "Hamas is going to have a real problem with public opinion" in the Gaza conflict. Palestinian prime minister Dr Salam Fayyad says that discussions to create a sustainable ceasefire must be undertaken without rocket fire taking place.

Leader of the House of Commons Harriet Harman has proposed that the Freedom of Information Act should not apply in full to MPs and Peers. Maurice Frankel, director of the Campaign for the Freedom of Information, discusses if MPs should only be forced to release what has been spent in broad categories.



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