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Today: Saturday 31 January 2009

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Hundreds of UK workers have gone on "sympathy strikes" to support a walkout by energy workers in Lincolnshire angry at the use of foreign workers. And at the World Economic Forum in Davos, German Chancellor Angela Merkel says a United Nations Economic Council modelled on the UN Security Council is needed.

It is the 30th anniversary of the Islamic revolution in Iran. Correspondent Jon Leyne reports from the military parade that is marking the occasion.

The World Economic Forum in Davos is entering its fourth and final day. Economics editor Stephanie Flanders and diplomatic correspondent Bridget Kendall discuss what have been the overriding themes of the event.

Today's papers.

Wildcat strikes against foreign workers in Britain are expected to spread further as fears over rising unemployment increase. Reporter Jane Hadden considers the mood of the UK workforce.

Huge crowds have taken to the streets in France to protest over the handling of the economic crisis, causing disruption to rail and air services. French finance minister Christine Lagarde discusses if she was surprised at the extent of the discontent expressed in the strikes.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

A full-scale security clampdown is being rolled out in Iraq ahead of regional elections this weekend. It comes after gunmen killed three candidates in separate incidents across the country. Correspondents Andrew North, in Baghdad, and Paul Adams, in Basra, examine if the the elections, which were relatively violence-free, will remain peaceful.

Today's papers.

Workers at the Waterford Crystal factory in Ireland are staging a sit-in protest after the closure of the factory. They have occupied the visitor centre and are refusing to leave. Joe Kelly, of the union Unite and a city councillor for Waterford, discuss what prompted the protest.

Are there different types of happiness? Psychologist and Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman has been studying what constitutes a happy mood and about a more general sense of life satisfaction. He explains what the current thinking on happiness is.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Bob Marshall, an Anglican Priest.

Of all the countries, regions or cities of Europe, it is arguably London that stands to lose the most as the financial services sector shrinks. Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who is at the World Economic Forum in Davos, discusses how the city will deal with recession.

Hundreds of staff at British Nuclear Fuels will meet to decide if they will join the protests about the use of imported labour, as industrial unrest grows. Political editor Nick Robinson and Andrew Taylor, employment correspondent of the Financial Times, discuss if the government will intervene.

The online encyclopaedia Wikipedia has been an extraordinary phenomenon - with over 2.7m entries in English all compiled by users. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, tours round the website and discusses the difficulty in maintaining neutrality on controversial topics.

Test Match Special's statistician and scorer Bill Frindall has died. He was 69 and had been suffering from Legionnaire's disease. Lyricist Sir Tim Rice, a huge cricket fan, pays tribute to the longest serving member of the commentary team - known as "the Bearded Wonder".

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

What will happen to government policy when the economy begins to recover? How easy will it be to remove special measures that have been introduced? Peter Sands, group chief executive of Standard Chartered Bank, explains what the bankers believe should happen now.

Today's papers.

Sir David Attenborough has said he gets hate mail for not crediting God in his documentaries. He discusses his new series - Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life - which shows on BBC One at 9pm.

It is the 30th anniversary of the return of the Ayatollah Khomeini from exile in France to Iran - triggering the Islamic revolution in the country. Correspondent John Simpson discusses his journey with the Ayatollah as he left France.

Have you ever been "read the riot act"? The last time it was - literally - read was exactly 90 years ago at the Bloody Friday riots in Glasgow. BBC newsreader Peter Donaldson reads the piece of archaic piece of legislation passed in 1715 and Professor Bob Shoemaker, professor of 18th Century British history at Sheffield University, explains when and how often the riot act was used.



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