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Today: Tuesday 27 January 2009

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Mediators say Zimbabwe's rival parties have agreed to share power, but the MDC denies any deal was reached. And urgent reform of the Lords is being urged, following claims that four peers were ready to accept cash to help amend laws.

Mediators say Zimbabwe's rival parties have agreed to share power, but the MDC denies any deal was reached. South African spokesman Thabo Masebe explains the deal and MDC spokesman Nelson Chamisa discusses if an agreement has indeed been reached.

Police in Glasgow say that using online social networking sites to crack down on gang violence has resulted in hundreds of weapons being taken off the streets. Reporter Dan Whitworth explains exactly how the initiative works.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The government is set to appoint a troubleshooter to help tackle delays with with re-building plans for schools and colleges in England. Correspondent James Westhead reports on the troubles facing colleges to raise the funds needed to re-build.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The introduction of computerised NHS patient records in England could be hit by more delays, MPs warn. Nigel Edwards, director of policy at the NHS Confederation, discusses the scheme which is costing 12bn and was expected to be completed by 2015.

President Barack Obama has said that if Iran "unclenches its fist" it will find "an extended hand of diplomacy" from the new US administration. Sir Richard Dalton, former British ambassador to Iran, discusses if the two countries can engage in meaningful communication.

Today's papers.

Why is it that a large percentage of Oscar-nominated films have only just been released? Helen O'Hara, of film magazine Empire, discusses if the panel of judges making the decisions have a short memory.

Thought for the day with the Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks.

Two of the Labour peers at the centre of claims of amending legislation in return for cash have defended themselves in the House of Lords. Political editor Nick Robinson explains the complexity of the rules that govern peers' behaviour and Lord Goodhart discusses the acceptable limits of political lobbying.

Over 3,000 British jobs have been lost in one day - including 2,500 at the steelmakers Corus. Reporter Jack Izzard visits Llanwern Steelworks to discover the state of the UK steel industry. Ross Walker, chief UK economist for the Royal Bank of Scotland, and Tony Woodley, joint general secretary of the union Unite, discuss if taxpayers' money should be used to subsidise industry as the recession takes hold.

An Israeli solider is reported to have been killed in an explosion near Gaza. Correspondent Aleem Maqbool reports from Gaza on latest development in the fragile ceasefire.

Why is the British depiction of lawyers in literature so much less clean cut than their US counterparts? Comedian and broadcaster Clive Anderson and Labour MP Bob Marshall-Andrews - both former lawyers - discuss which version is the most accurate description.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The government wants to push ahead with spending plans to re-build colleges and sixth forms - after colleges have warned of delays. Sion Simon, minister for further education, discusses if there could be any adverse effects on standards of education.

Private schools in Pakistan's troubled north-western Swat district have been ordered to close in a Taleban edict banning girls' education. Correspondent Barbara Plett reports on the militants who are suspected of having blown up several schools in the north-western town of Mingora.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

One of President Obama's first acts in office was to announce that he will shut down the camp at Guantanamo Bay. Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, discusses if measures taken by the Obama administration go far enough.

Doner kebabs sold in the UK contain "shocking" levels of salt, fat and calories, a survey has concluded. Comedian Arthur Smith discusses why he has every intention of still enjoying one, despite the health advice.

Four Labour peers have insisted they have done nothing wrong after allegations that they were happy to negotiate fees with uncover reporters posing as businessmen in return for Parliamentary help in advancing their interests. Member of the House of Lords the Earl of Onslow discusses if there is any truth in the allegations.


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