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Today: Wednesday 4 February 2009

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A possible deal to end the row over the use of foreign labour at Lincolnshire's Lindsey Oil Refinery will be put to local union leaders and workers. And US President Barack Obama has said "I screwed up" over his handling of a controversy that led two politicians to decline posts in his administration.

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Revised guidance on a drug used to treat advanced kidney cancer has been published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Chief executive of NICE Andrew Dillon explains why the drug is now approved for use after previously being rejected.

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There is a "disturbing trend" in England and Wales of locking up too many young people, human rights watchdog the Council of Europe says. There are currently 3,000 people under 18 in custody in the UK. Home affairs editor Mark Easton reports from Finland - where there are only three children in custody.

0718
Business news with Adam Shaw.

0721
The social networking site Facebook is celebrating its fifth birthday. It has more than 110m members and is still growing. Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones explains how the site has come to be so successful.

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Carol Thatcher will no longer work on the One Show on BBC One because she used the word "golliwog" to describe a tennis player in a private conversation. Media correspondent Torin Douglas explains the controversy surrounding the daughter of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

0727
Sports news with Garry Richardson.

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A 16-year-old girl has died in hospital after being injured in a sledging accident in South Yorkshire. Reporter Andy Moore gives details of the incident and information about where and when the next band of snow will arrive.

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Today's papers.

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US President Barack Obama has said "I screwed up" over his handling of a controversy that led two politicians to decline posts in his administration. Paul Glastris, of the Washington Monthly and former speech-writer for Bill Clinton, discusses how much of a distraction this is from Mr Obama's agenda.

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English schools aren't providing pupils with a decent education in music, according to inspectors from the watchdog Ofsted. Composer Howard Goodall, the national ambassador for singing, discusses how singing and music can be encouraged in primary schools.

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Thought for the day with Akhandadhi Das - a Vaishnav Hindu teacher and theologian.

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The nanny state doesn't go far enough, the UK president of the Faculty of Public Health says in an article for BBC News Online. Dr Alan Maryon-Davis suggests a ban on smoking in cars carrying children and a ban on massive price-cuts on alcohol would not be nannying but just responsible government.

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Should the age of criminal responsibility be increased? Former Conservative leader Michael Howard and Professor Rod Morgan, former chairman of the Youth Justice Board, discuss the disparity between child custody figures around Europe.

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A deal might allow some of the jobs at the Lindsey refinery in Lincolnshire to go to British workers, a source within the GMB union says. Derek Simpson, joint general secretary of the Unite union, says the issue of foreign sub-contractors must be dealt with.

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Adolf Hitler's reading habits have been revealed by a new book. Hitler's Private Library: The Books That Shaped His Life explores what Hitler's extensive private book collection contained. Author of the book Timothy Ryback and Robert McCrum, of the Observer, discuss the 20th Century's most notorious dictator.

0827
Sports news with Garry Richardson.

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What role should charities have in helping the long term unemployed get back to work in the midst of a recession? A 250m social investment should be set up to help, The Third Sector Taskforce report says. David Freud, vice chair of the taskforce that has produced the report, explains how charities can help.

0840
A fortnight after Israel ended its offensive in Gaza, talks are still going on to try to draw up a new ceasefire agreement. Correspondent Aleem Maqbool speaks to those in Gaza who had hoped that Hamas and Fatah would unite.

0845
Business news with Adam Shaw.

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Carol Thatcher will no longer work on The One Show after being reported for making an off-air remark, the BBC has announced. Michael Eboda, editor of the Power List and political blogger Iain Dale discuss if the term used was racist.

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Will the process known as "globalisation" survive the recession? FT journalist Gideon Rachman and Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee discuss if the demise of globalisation would be such a bad thing.




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