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Today: Saturday 7 February 2009

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Forecasters have warned of very low temperatures overnight, after snow brought a fifth day of chaos to the UK. Senate Democrats say they have enough Republican backing to pass the US economic stimulus plan, but only in reduced form. And Tory leader David Cameron pledges to send his children to state schools, if he finds one that offers them a good education.

Gloucestershire Council begins to use table salt on roads and thoroughfares as the snow and ice continue to cause disruption around the country and grit supplies run low. Reporter Alex Bushill gives the latest on where the weather is worst.

President Obama appears to have won over enough Republican senators to get the economic stimulus package passed in the senate. Washington correspondent Richard Lister explains what concessions the new president has had to make.

Today's papers.

Yesterday in Parliament with Mark D'Arcy.

The founder of the Pakistani nuclear programme has been released from house arrest. Abdul Qadeer Khan had been convicted of involvement in selling nuclear secrets to Iran, North Korea and Libya. Security correspondent Gordon Correra explains the story behind the man hailed by many people in Pakistan as a national hero.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Sharon Shoesmith - former director of children's services at Haringey Council - has given first interviews after Baby P affair. Education correspondent James Westhead and Barry Sheerman MP, chairman of the Select Committee on Children Schools and Families, discuss if there is sympathy for the former director.

A Hamas delegation will be in Cairo for talks on a permanent ceasefire with Israel. Separately, the UN has suspended aid into Gaza because it says it is being seized by Hamas. Cairo correspondent Yolande Knell discusses if progress has been made towards peace in the region.

Today's papers.

Monks are offering weekend courses to attract more people into monasteries. Reporter Yvonne Murray lives the peaceful life and discovers why the number of novices in monasteries has declined over the last 25 years.

Thought for the day with CanonáLucyáWinkett, of St Paul's Cathedral.

US Vice-president Joe Biden is expected to say that the United States is no longer interested in building a missile defence shield in Europe. Correspondent Rob Watson discusses the interest surrounding the new administration's first big speech on global security.

The arrest of a senior British army officer, Colonel Owen McNally, who allegedly passed classified information to a human rights worker in Afghanistan is "bewildering", the worker involved in the allegations says. Rachel Reid, of Human Rights Watch, denies receipt of any such information and also says insinuations by the MoD that her and Colonel McNally were close are a "vicious slur" on her character.

What is everyday life like in Iraq? After Iraq's provincial elections passed off relatively peacefully, pharmacist Dr Sana Nimer, who first spoke to the Today programme in 2006, explains what has changed over the last two years.

The cold weather looks set to continue as more snow is forecast around the country. Councillor David Sparks, chairman of the transport board of the Local Government Association, discusses how well councils are coping with the adverse weather conditions.

A tribute show has been held in New York City for George W Bush. Hosted by the comedian and actor Will Ferrell, the show commemorates the end of a political era. New York correspondent Matthew Price considers if it could also herald the end of a golden age of political comedy in the US.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The ex-head of Haringey children's services has criticised the way ministers handled the outcry over the Baby P case. Joanna Nicolas, who trains social workers in child protection, discusses if the handing of the case was "breathtakingly reckless".

Today's papers.

US Vice-president Joe Biden is to give his first speech about global security at a conference in Munich. Joseph Nye, professor of international relations at Harvard University, discusses what he would like to hear in the speech.

Are there any positive arguments for protectionism? Ha Joon Chang, an economist at Cambridge University, discusses if calls by most world leaders to protect global trade agreements should be ignored.

A lottery winner's extraordinary tale of keeping his fortune a secret from his fiancÚ has been told in the newspapers. He wore shabby clothes and took her on cheap dates because he had been stung by women pursuing him for his fortune. They are now happily married. Journalist AA Gill and author Wendy Moore, discuss famous examples of men and women looking for money instead of love.


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