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Today: Friday 6 February 2009

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About 200 people have been rescued after becoming trapped in snow near Exeter. The number of people contracting measles in England and Wales has risen sharply. England's Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff have just joined the Indian Premier League for $1.55m each to become the most expensive players in the world.

Last year saw the highest number of measles cases in England and Wales since the current method of monitoring the disease began in 1995, according to figures published by the Health Protection Agency. Guy Hayhurst, consultant in public health at the central and eastern Cheshire Primary Care Trust, explains the reasons for the increase in cases.

About 150 people had to abandon their cars in Devon when they became stranded by heavy snowfall. Correspondent Sarah Ransome discusses the latest travel disruptions.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove

The right-wing opposition party is widely expected to win Israel's upcoming elections with Binyamin Netanyahu to become the next prime minister. What will this mean for the Middle East peace process? Correspondent Tim Franks examines the prospects for Israel.

When is it good to be angry, and when is it good to be calm? The communications between air traffic controllers and the pilot of the airbus, which landed safely in New York's Hudson River, illustrate relative calmness compared with Christian Bale's outburst on a film set.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson is reported to have described the prime minister as a "one-eyed Scottish idiot" to journalists in Australia. Novelist Anne Atkins and Ben Summerskill, chief executive of the gay equality charity Stonewall, discuss if that remark is offensive enough to merit a suspension.

Today's papers.

Preliminary results in Iraq's provincial elections show big wins for Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's coalition party. The prime minister's party did well in Baghdad and the country's second largest city Basra. Journalists Sudarsan Raghavan and Patrick Cockburn discuss whether the results will lead to greater stability.

Thought for the day with Lord Harries of Pentregarth, Gresham professor of divinity.

The cost of the Olympic stadium could be more than 10% over budget, according to the government. The budget for the centrepiece stadium for the 2012 London games was 496m but new figures in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport's annual report put the cost at 547m. Sports editor Mihir Bose discusses the figures. Olympics minister Tessa Jowell says the Olympic budget is still on track.

The number of measles cases in England and Wales is up from 56 cases a decade ago to 1,348 last year, the Health Protection Agency says. Professor David Salisbury of the Department of Health discusses the rise in cases.

Commenting on the credit crunch in the House of Lords, Lord Peston said "only a satirist of George Orwell's quality could do justice to all this". Professor John Sutherland, of University College, London, and novelist Will Self discuss what effect the credit crunch will have on satire.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Is it appropriate to pay bonuses to banking staff when the banks have caused such damage to the economy? The speculation on the financial pages is that banks might be preparing to rush through this year's bonus payments before the government takes action to stop them. Business editor Robert Peston and Sir George Cox, formerly on the board of Bradford and Bingley, discuss whether bonuses are going to be paid.

The Israeli writer Amos Oz has warned against the Israeli government issuing a "disproportionate" response to any further attack by Hamas on Israel. Mr Oz and Mark Regev, Israeli government spokesman, discuss what the response will be.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

President Obama is urging senators to back his economic stimulus package. North America editor Justin Webb asks what kind of administration is being revealed in these very early days. Is his approach one of centrist pragmatism - or is he attempting a rapid leap to the left?

Money may be tight at the moment, but it still seems to be swashing around the world of sport. Kevin Pieterson and Andrew Flintoff are getting sums in the Indian Premier League that only an investment banker would have dreamt of. Sky has signed a $1bn deal with the football Premier League. Ed Smith, the former captain of Middlesex, and Keith Harris, chairman of the investment bank Seymour Pierce, examine whether sport is recession-proof.


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