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Today: Monday 9 February 2009

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More than 130 people have died in the bushfires that have devastated south-eastern Australia. The Treasury has revealed more details of the investigation it has ordered into the way banks are run.

Many people have died in wildfires tearing across southern Australia, and officials warn the toll will rise further as fires continue to burn. Peter Beales, a councillor for Kinglake, and Heather Cleland, director of the burns unit at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, describes the suffering the fires have brought to the area.

As the Chancellor plans a review in banking governance, Britain's third largest bank, Barclays, announces its annual results. Business editor Robert Peston speaks to Barclays chief executive John Varley about bad debts built up in the run-up to the current credit crunch and the global economic recession.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove

Leading agricultural scientists are claiming that it is vital we take another look at genetic modification if we are to cope with food security issues raised by population growth and climate change. Science correspondent Tom Feilden explains what is in the report, Making Sense of GM.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The Treasury has responded to anger over multi-million pound bank bonuses by announcing a review of the financial sector, chaired by a leading City figure, Sir David Walker. He will announce preliminary conclusions by the autumn. Yvette Cooper, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, explains the aims of the review.

Today's papers.

The Israeli election campaign ends on Tuesday with Tzipi Lizni of the Kadima Party and Benjamin Netanyahu of Likud vying for the prime minister's job. The Likud party is still holding a slim lead according to some polls. Edward Stourton is in Israel and explains how the outcome of the election is difficult to predict.

Thought for the day with Rabbi Lionel Blue

Guantanamo prisoner and British resident Binyam Mohamed is very ill as a result of hunger strike according to his American military lawyer, Lieutenant Colonel Yvonne Bradley. She is urging the Foreign Office to discuss the release of Mr Mohamed after claims that he has been tortured.

Australia is experiencing its worst bushfires since 1983 with the death toll now at 131. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has called the bushfires mass murder after suspicion that some of the fires were started deliberately. Correspondent Nick Bryant has flown to the town of Whittelsea, on the outskirts of Melbourne and describes the situation there.

The earliest known sex education film was 90 years ago and now the British Film Institute has compiled nearly a century's worth. Katie McGahan, curator in the non-fiction unit of the BFI national archive and Dr Petra Boynton, psychologist at UCL, discuss the usefulness of these films.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is in the news for a controversy over her housing allowance. She claims her lodgings in London as her first residence - and the constituency home where her children live as her second. Political editor Nick Robinson outlines the rules and explains why Ms Smith does not appear to be breaking the rules.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove

A guide published by scientists aims to make the British people reconsider their objections to genetically modified food. Prof Ian Crute, a contributor to the guide, and Peter Melchett, policy director of the organic farming group the Soil Association, discuss if the Britain is ready for a more rational debate about the merits of GM crops.

It is 30 years since the regime of the Shah of Iran collapsed and was replaced by the Islamic Republic. But the majority of today's Iranians were not born when those momentous events took place. Tehran correspondent Jon Leyne has been examining the impact of the revolution, three decades on.

Newspapers are regulated by the Press Complaints Commission, a body set up and run by the papers themselves. A report by the Media Standards Trust, an independent charity, says existing press self-regulation is not working. Sir David Bell, chairman of the trust, and Sir Christopher Meyer, chairman of the PCC, discuss the report.

The furore over banker's bonuses continues as the chancellor announces a review into banking governance. Reporter Nicola Stanbridge met two people who in the last year have left the city - and asked how big their bonuses were and whether they can be justified.

Waldemar Januszczak, the Sunday Times art critic has launched a stinging attack on modern art and specifically on Tate Britain calling it "pompous, arrogant, all-powerful and utterly convinced of its superiority". Andrew Nairne, executive director of for Arts Strategy at the Arts Council, discusses the state of British art with the art critic.



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