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Today: Saturday 9th January

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The future of Northern Ireland's First Minister, Peter Robinson, remains in question amid continuing controversy about his wife's financial dealings. And the Chancellor is warning that the toughest spending review in 20 years is needed to reduce the budget deficit.

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The elderly are at risk from the prolonged cold spell, Age Concern has warned. The charity is calling for an immediate review of the level of support that the elderly receive over winter. Reporter Jonty Bloom examines fuel poverty policy.

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A celebrity campaign is being launched to try to raise awareness about the political crisis in Sudan. Drummers from Pink Floyd, Radiohead and The Police will come together to drum for peace as part of an international campaign to press world leaders to prevent more bloodshed in Africa's largest nation. James Copnall reports from Khartoum, Sudan.

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The paper review.

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Foreign Secretary David Miliband has begun a two day visit to Pakistan. The visit comes at a time when Pakistan's economic stability has been shaken by a number of recent bomb attacks. Correspondent Aleem Maqbool investigates the impact of the militant attacks Pakistan's economy.

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The hunt for Osama Bin Laden was "almost destined to failure," according to the special forces commander in charge of the hunt. In his first UK TV interview, Dalton Fury claims that the British and US governments paid substantial amounts for the services of Afghan warlords, but that warlords were later paid by al-Qaeda to allow Osama Bin Laden to escape from Afghanistan at the end of 2001. Mike Rudin, series producer of The Conspiracy Files, discusses the interview.

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The sports news with Arlo White.

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The big freeze looks set to continue for at least another week, turning bitterly cold with the arrival of easterly winds. The government has told councils to cut the amount of salt and grit they use by a quarter, to prevent supplies running out. David Sparks, chair of the Local Government Association's Transport and Regeneration Board, discusses the transport outlook.

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The paper review.

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Northern Ireland's first minister has called for an inquiry into whether he has breached parliamentary rules. The DUP leader has rejected allegations that he acted inappropriately in not disclosing details of his wife's business dealings. Reverend David McIlveen, a Free Presbyterian minister in Mr Robinson's East Belfast constituency, discusses how people have reacted to the revelations, and correspondent Mark Simpson outlines the inquiry.

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Thought for the day with the Catherine Pepinster, editor of the Tablet.

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Thousands of activists are expected to gather at events in 15 countries, calling on world leaders to prevent a return to severe and widespread conflict in Sudan. In London, Sudanese Archbishop Daniel Deng will speak at a gathering of activists opposite No 10 Downing Street ahead of a meeting with the Prime Minister and Archbishop Rowan Williams on Monday. The effort marks the 5th anniversary of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended the civil war between Northern and Southern Sudan. Archbishop Deng and Glenys Kinnock, minister of state for Africa and the United Nations, discuss Sudan's political crisis.

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The dust has settled on Wednesday's failed coup, led by Patricia Hewitt and Geoff Hoon. Political correspondent Rajini Vaidyanathan analyses a new tone from cabinet ministers following an interview with Chancellor Alastair Darling in the Times. Former Tory minister Michael Portillo and Guardian columnist Jackie Ashley discuss who in the cabinet has been strengthened and weakened by the plot.

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Scotland has been worst hit by the cold weather. Correspondent Jamie McIvor reports from Aviemore on how people there are coping with further snowfall.

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"A Prophet", a new French Gangster film set in a prison, is being hailed as a classic. It has won top prize at the London Film Festival and Sight and Sound Magazine have named it their film of the year. "A Prophet" opens in the UK on 22nd January. Entertainment reporter Colin Paterson met the film's director, Jacques Audiard.

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The sports news with Arlo White.

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Even before yesterday's bomb attack in Northern Ireland and the crisis surrounding the Robinson family, the Northern Ireland political process was locked in stalemate. Plans to transfer policing powers from Westminster to the Northern Ireland Assembly were in deadlock, threatening the whole power sharing deal. Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Shaun Woodward, discusses how recent events will affect the power-sharing deal.

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A Question of Sport celebrated its 40th anniversary last night with a special episode aired on BBC One. The first ever episode of the programme was broadcast on 5th January 1970, hosted by David Vine, and featured team captains boxer Henry Cooper and Wales rugby union star Cliff Morgan. Sir Henry, and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth, look back on 40 years of the sports quiz.

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Inspired by the snow which has covered the country, the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has written a poem for the Today programme.

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The paper review.

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The neuroscientist and peer, Baroness Susan Greenfield, has been fired from her role as director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. Baroness Greenfield was let go by the charity after it found itself in financial difficulty. Science correspondent Pallab Ghosh examines the move.

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With the weather expected to take a turn for the worse, turning bitterly cold with strong winds, is it best to stay home or brave the elements? A massive scout winter camping weekend has gone ahead despite the weather. Asa Gurden, the event's organiser, and Mike Granatt, former head of the civil contingency secretariat at the cabinet office, discuss what you should do in the cold weather.




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