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Today: Tuesday 22nd December

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Icy weather is continuing to disrupt motorists and air passengers across England and Wales. And the Office of Fair Trading says it will not take further action against banks over their charges for unapproved overdrafts.


The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has announced it will drop its cases against the banks over the level of unauthorised overdraft charges. Business presenter Adam Shaw outlines the decision and John Fingleton, the OFT's chief executive, explains the outcome.


Heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures have caused travel chaos across southern England. Correspondent Andy Moore reports on the latest weather conditions and Simon Calder of the Independent outlines the disruption.


Aid agencies have strongly criticised the international community for failing to help bring an end to Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip. The charities made the accusation in a report published just ahead of the anniversary of Israel's offensive, in which almost 1,400 Palestinians died, and tens of thousands were displaced. BBC producer Hamada Abuqammar examines life in Gaza a year on.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


The fall in fitness levels in young children is unrelated to their weight, according to a new report by Essex University. The study of more than 600 children found that there has been a "large and worrying" fall in children's cardio-respiratory fitness, in England. The report's author, Dr Gavin Sandercock, discusses the findings.

The paper review.


A new range of sauces has been developed by a group of homeless soldiers to help veterans who have fallen into financial difficulty. Correspondent Angus Crawford met the scheme's founders.


Snow and ice have caused further travel problems throughout the UK. Last night 2000 people were trapped in their cars in Basingstoke. Supt Andy Stewart from Hampshire Constabulary describes the situation in Basingstoke. Edmund King, the president of the AA and the Local Government Association's Cllr David Sparks debate what could have been done to prevent the disruption.

Thought for the day with novelist and columnist, Anne Atkins.


Iranian security forces and opposition supporters have clashed following the funeral yesterday of one of the country's most influential dissident figures, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri. And President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accused the US government of forging documents revealing that Tehran plans to test a trigger for a nuclear bomb. Mr Ahmadinejad made the comments in an interview with the US television network, ABC. Correspondent Jon Leyne discusses the implication of the allegations.


Further investigations into the legality of bank charges have been dropped by the trading watchdog. The decision comes a month after the Supreme Court ruled that the charges for unauthorised overdrafts were not illegal. Mike Dailly, director of the Govan Law Centre, and Angela Knight of the British Bankers Association, discuss the ruling.


Scrabble boards will be making their annual appearance in family living rooms on Christmas day. The game was invented in the 1930s depression by an unemployed New York architect and has become a household necessity ever since. BBC executive Alan Yentob is profiling the game in the last of this series of Imagine on BBC 1. Mr Yentob and scrabble enthusiast Alan Simmons, play a quick round.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.


Heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures have caused travel chaos across parts of the country. Transport minister Sadiq Khan discusses the disruption.


It will take 500 years to rebuild Gaza at the current rate of reconstruction, according to a report by 16 charities and non-governmental organisations. The group have accused Israel of refusing to allow supplies for reconstruction through its blockade on the Gaza border. Israeli ambassador in London, Ron Prosor, and chief executive of Oxfam, Barbara Stocking, debate the allegations.


The UK is set to have its first-ever televised leader election debates after a deal was struck between the three biggest parties and the main broadcasters. The comparison has been drawn with US political debates which have been part of the presidential elections there since the 1950s. London Bureau Chief for Time Magazine, Catherine Mayer, looks back on the most influential televised election debates.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Deprived areas of the UK have 11 fewer GPs per 100,000 of population on average than more affluent areas. The deficit leads to 1,300 deaths a year, according to a new report by the Policy Exchange. The report's author Henry Featherstone and Dr Laurence Buckman, chairman of the British Medical Association's GPs Committee, discuss the findings.


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