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Today: Wednesday 28 January 2009

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Sir Paul Stephenson will be named as the new Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. And the authors of a report on how to deal with the legacy of the Troubles in Northern Ireland have defended their suggestion that families of all those killed should get 12,000.

Proposals to offer 12,000 to families of those killed in the Troubles in Northern Ireland have come under fire from Unionists and some victims' campaigners. Former Church of Ireland Primate Lord Eames, one of the report's co-authors, discusses the 190-page report which contains more than 30 recommendations.

President Obama's plan for an $825bn stimulus package to revive the US economy is due to be voted on in the House of Representatives. North America editor Justin Webb considers if the bill could be altered to make it a truly bi-partisan bill.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Many people think that science is "too clever for them or elitist in some way", science minister Lord Drayson says. He discusses his view with Professor Marcus du Sautoy, professor of the public understanding of science at Oxford University.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Ministers have been ordered to release minutes of the cabinet meetings which dealt with the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Peter Hennessy, professor of contemporary British history at Queen Mary, University London, and former Conservative leader Michael Howard discuss whether the government will appeal against the decision.

Today's papers.

Renowned US novelist John Updike has died at the age of 76, his publisher has announced. He had been suffering from lung cancer. From the archives, he reads his sonnet Jesus and Elvis from March 2002.

How credible are the more ambitious solutions to climate change? Scientists at the University of East Anglia have completed a comprehensive assessment of geo-engineering solutions - ideas like seeding the oceans with iron or building giant mirrors in space to deflect the sun's rays. Author of the study Professor Tim Lenton explains his findings.

Thought for the day with the Right Reverend Tom Butler, Bishop of Southwark.

Sir Paul Stephenson is to become the new Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone and Brian Paddick, former deputy assistant commissioner at the Met, discuss the man who was deputy to the previous chief Sir Ian Blair.

The authors of a report on Northern Ireland's Troubles have defended their plan that families of all those killed should get paid. Reporter Angus Stickler examines what has changed in Belfast since the Good Friday agreement; and Paul Bew, professor of Irish history at Queen's University Belfast, discuss if the proposal to compensate the families of victims is a fair recognition of the pain suffered in the Troubles.

Pulitzer-prize winning US novelist John Updike has died of lung cancer at the age of 76, his publisher has announced. Novelists John Banville and Philip Hensher pay tribute to the man who chronicled sex, divorce and other aspects of life in post-war America.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The government's "piecemeal measures" to restore bank lending may not be enough given the extent of economic problems, the Commons Treasury Committee says. Chair of the committee John McFall discusses if the economy could fall into a "self-reinforcing deflationary cycle".

A major humanitarian crisis is unfolding in northern Sri Lanka, with a quarter of a million people trapped by fighting, the Red Cross says. Correspondent Chris Morris reports on the situation in the north of the country; and MP Andy Lowe, secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Sri Lanka Group, discusses calls for both sides to allow immediate and free access to the combat zone for humanitarian workers.

Giving cows a name and treating them with more of a personal touch makes them happier, a report from scientists at Newcastle University says. report co-author Dr Catherine Douglas and Graham Carter, a dairy farmer in Wiltshire, discuss if befriending cattle can lead to higher milk yields.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Britain's biggest farmer, the Co-op, will launch a 10-point rescue plan for the honeybee, after a steep decline in numbers. Science correspondent Tom Feilden reports on the package which even includes a ban on a group of pesticides.

Global political and business leaders are gathering for the annual World Economic Forum, which is due to start in the Swiss ski resort of Davos. Business editor Robert Peston examines the mood at the summit, the theme of which is "shaping the post-crisis world".

The Royal Navy's newest ship, HMS Daring, is to arrive at her home port of Portsmouth for the first time. Former Navy officer Lewis Page and Mike Mansergh, Commodore of the Portsmouth Flotilla, discuss if the cash that has been spent on these new warships the best use of Navy money.



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