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New evidence has emerged that computer software faults could have caused a Chinook helicopter crash on the Mull of Kintyre in 1994, which killed 29 people. Labour and the Conservatives are to make a series of policy announcements. And the campaign for new employment rights for Anglican clergy.


Radical Muslim group Islam4UK is debating plans to hold a march through Wootten Bassett - the market town where hundreds of people gather weekly to pay their respects to servicemen killed in Afghanistan. Former mayor of Wootten Bassett Cllr Chris Wannell and leader of Islam4UK Anjem Choudary debate whether the march should go ahead.


Union Unite claims some members of clergy face bullying and harsh employment policies. Unite says the problem has become so significant it is running a hotline for priests who feel they are being victimised. Employment correspondent Martin Shankleman analyses the case. The Right Reverend John Packer, Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, explains the conditions of service for the clergy.

Business news with Adam Shaw


US and UK Embassies in the Yemeni capital Sana'aa have been closed, apparently because of the threat of an attack. Both Gordon Brown and Barack Obama have spoken of the need to combat terrorism in Yemen. Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen reports from Sana'aa.

The Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


New evidence has emerged that computer software faults may have caused the loss of the Chinook Helicopter in the Mull of Kintyre in 1994. The RAF said the aircraft was airworthy and found the pilots guilty of gross negligence. Angus Stickler reports on internal MoD documents that have been passed to the BBC - one written nine months before the crash - which describe the engine control computer software on the Chinook fleet as positively dangerous.

The paper review.


One in six youngsters have difficulties in learning to talk, according to a new poll. Speech and language therapist Dr Sean Pert shares his concern about children's abilities to communicate well.

Thought for the day with Rabbi Lionel Blue.


Gordon Brown announced that full body scanners are to be installed in British airports, starting at Heathrow. Conservative MP Ben Wallace and Chris Yates, an aviation security analyst, debate whether the new measures can improve passengers' security.


New evidence has emerged that computer software faults may have caused the 1994 Chinook helicopter crash on the Mull of Kintyre in which 29 people died, the BBC has learned. The two pilots flying the Chinook, who died in the crash, were found guilty of "gross negligence" by the official review of the case. Malcolm Rifkind, Conservative Defence Secretary at the time of the crash, explains the position of the MoD and the RAF.


David Cameron and his senior team have started an intense unofficial election campaign around Britain. Not to be out-campaigned, Gordon Brown and the Children's Secretary Ed Balls are making an announcement about Education funding. Political editor Nick Robinson analyses the pre-election efforts of both parties.



The world's tallest building, the Burj Dubai, is being opened in Dubai. Malcolm Borthwick reports on a building almost two and a half times the height of the Eiffel tower.


One of the immediate effects of the flurry of concern terrorism emanating from Yemen is to point a spotlight on the fact that many of the men held in Guantanamo are from that country. Christopher Boucek, an expert on Yemen with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, analyses the growing political headache for Barack Obama.

The Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


New full body scanners are to be installed in UK airports, a consequence of the failed bombing of a US airliner over Christmas. But as well as scanners, the US are to start officially profiling airline passengers flying to the US. Brian Paddick, a former Deputy Assistant Commissioner with the Metropolitan Police, discusses whether the UK should follow suit.


Ten years since scientists first mapped the human genome, the man who runs the Wellcome Trust - which spends hundreds of million of pounds each year on medical research - thinks it is time to start thinking about how we use genetic information. Wellcome Trust director Sir Mark Walport explains his views.

Business news with Adam Shaw


Ukraine goes to the polls later this month to elect a new President. It is five years since the Orange Revolution swept Viktor Yuschenko to power, in defiance of the Kremlin. Once part of the Soviet Union, the country has had a turbulent relationship with Moscow since gaining its independence. As Brian Hanrahan reports from Crimea in northern Ukraine, the future of relations with Russia will remain a major issue in the election.


A small British art museum has managed to capture a rare Chagall image of the crucifixion - a missing piece of the artist's wartime images. The Ben Uri London Jewish Museum of Art bought the work in a secret operation designed to avoid alerting the world's big galleries to the existence of the painting. David Glasser from the Ben Uri London Jewish Museum of Art explains how they managed to secure the painting.


Election politics is up and running in the new year. Manifesto commitments are being unveiled and charges and counter charges made. What kind of a campaign is this going to be and what strategies will be employed? Matthew Taylor, a former head of the Number 10 policy unit under Tony Blair, former chief executive of the Liberal Democrats Lord Rennard and former media director of the Conservatives Nick Wood debate the emerging political battle lines.



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