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Today: Thursday 5 February 2009

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The brother of a British resident held at Guantanamo Bay tells the BBC the foreign secretary "betrayed" him. More snow falls overnight in parts of England and Wales bringing fresh travel disruption and school closures. And the US Senate votes to soften a "Buy American" clause in a recovery package after warnings it might spark a trade war.


Councils say they have used up much of their supplies of salt and grit as more snow hits the country. Paul Bettison, chairman of the Local Government Association's environment board, and Derek Turner, director of network operations at the Highways Agency, discuss how the councils will cope if the snow continues.


The Liberal Democrats are to publish a new set of proposals for schools in England. Leader of the party Nick Clegg discusses the ideas that include plans to reduce infant class sizes and to pay more to schools with children who need extra support.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


The word golliwog has become loaded with meaning - but it didn't start out that way. Golliwog was the name given to a character in a children's book over 100 years ago. Sanchia Berg went to the Museum of Childhood, in London's East End, to find out more about the history of the toy.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


Aribert Heim, one of the most wanted Nazi criminals, has been dead since 1992, German's ZDF television reports. Berlin correspondent Tristana Moore and Laurence Rees, author and historian on the Nazis, examine the claims.

Today's papers.


The explorer Pen Hadow is about to set off for the North Pole to measure the thickness of the ice and so predict when it will no longer be covered year round. He explains the damage being done to this most fragile region.


Binyam Mohamed has been held at Guantanamo Bay for four years after being accused by the US authorities of planning a terrorist attack. He alleges he was tortured. Two British judges claimed that the US threatened to stop sharing intelligence with the UK if it made public details of Mr Mohamed's treatment. So were British intelligence officers complicit in his torture? Baroness Pauline Neville Jones, the shadow security minister, examines the relationship between the US and UK.

Thought for the day with the writer and broadcaster Rhidian Brook.


President Barack Obama has announced a $500,000 (£355,000) limit on executive pay at US firms that need substantial fresh government aid. John McFall, chairman of the Treasury Select Committee, discusses if the same thing could happen in the UK.


Carol Thatcher has been fired from The One Show for "inappropriate behaviour", the BBC confirms. Jay Hunt, controller of BBC One, says that no-one thought the "golliwog" remark was a joke and - despite ample opportunity- Miss Thatcher has refused to apologise.


More snow has fallen in parts of England and Wales. Correspondents give the news from around the country.


The personal ad is nearly 100 years old. Author Dr Harry Cocks and Rowan Pelling, writer and former editor of the Erotic Review, discuss if the way lonely hearts find love has changed over the last century.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


The Pope has ordered an ultra-conservative bishop from Britain to publicly renounce comments he has made in the past denying that the Holocaust happened. Dr Edward Kessler, director of the Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian relations, and William Oddie, former editor of the Catholic Herald, discuss the outrage at the denial of the Holocaust.


How well does the judicial system deal with miscarriages of justice? Correspondent Danny Shaw interviews Richard Foster, head of the Criminal Cases Review Commission, in his first full interview since taking the post in November. Criminal lawyer Michael Turner reacts to the interview by saying Mr Foster's idea of televising trials would be a disaster.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Christian Bale has come under criticism - including his mother being "upset" - after footage of his expletive-filled outburst on the set of the latest Terminator picture was released. Film director Michael Winner discusses how regularly these sort of outbursts happen on set.


There are 361 intelligent civilisations across the galaxy, research from the University of Edinburgh suggests. One of the researchers, Duncan Forgan, explains how they came to this conclusion.



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