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Today: Monday 11th January

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The Met Office says it expects conditions to ease slightly today as milder weather moves in from the Atlantic. Gordon Brown will appear with members of his election team before the Parliamentary Labour Party. And the first criminal trial in England and Wales to take place without a jury is due to go ahead this week.

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Some farmers are experiencing major difficulties in England and Wales due to the snow. Paul Temple, an arable and livestock farmer in East Yorkshire explains the challenges.

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Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson is facing growing pressure to resign amid a scandal over his wife's affair with a teenager and allegations about her financial dealings. Alex Maskey is a Sinn Fein Assembly member for South Belfast.

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Business news with Adam Shaw.

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Obligatory quotas for the number of women put forward to stand for parliament by political parties have been suggested. Anne Begg MP, vice chair of the Speaker's Conference, is urging government, political parties and parliament itself to implement the changes.

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According to neuroscientists, having a lack of willpower isn't a character flaw, it could all be down to the physical make-up of the brain. The American science writer Jonah Lehrer explains an experiment by a psychologist at Stanford University.

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The sports news with Rob Bonnet.

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A 31 year-old man, Sukhwinder Singh, was attacked on Friday as he pursued two men who had mugged a 28 year-old woman in Barking. He died later in hospital. Reporter Andrew Hosken went to speak with people who knew Mr Singh best.

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Togo's footballers flew home from the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday as the tournament got under way in Angola. Peter Horrocks, the head of the BBC World Service was there for the opening ceremony and Richard Dowden is Director of the Royal African Society.

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Thought for the day with Rabbi Lionel Blue.

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Gordon Brown will appear with members of his election team before the Parliamentary Labour Party. Our political editor Nick Robinson explains how the PM will attempt to rally his MPs and Education Secretary Ed Balls outlines a scheme to put laptops and broadband in the homes of 270,000 low-income families.

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The Met Office says it expects conditions to ease slightly today as milder weather moves in from the Atlantic. But, despite the apparent thaw for some of us, the big freeze continues to cause problems in many places. Our reporter Cameron Buttle is at the Borders General Hospital in the Scottish Borders town of Melrose, Derek Turner, Director of Network Operations at the Highways Agency, has an update on the state of the UK's roads and Phillip Eden, vice president of the Royal Meteorological Society, explains what's still in store.

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The Liberal Democrats have shelved a number of policy pledges including free universal childcare and the scrapping of tuition fees in the face of the recession. Speaking on the programme, the party's leader Nick Clegg said that the time when politicians could "bandy about shopping lists" was over and that "when money is short you have to make choices".

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It is just days until the first anniversary of Barack Obama becoming president and a new book by two of America's best connected political journalists has been casting fresh light on the campaign that got him there. Race of a Lifetime by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann chronicles the rise of Obama and the failings of the John McCain.

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The sports news with Rob Bonnet.

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The first criminal trial in England and Wales to take place without a jury is due to go ahead this week. The case is that of four men accused of being part of a gang that stole £1.75 million in a raid at Heathrow. The BBC's Legal Affairs analyst Clive Coleman explains the case, while the columnist Simon Jenkins and Michael Mansfield QC discuss non-jury trials.

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The Icelandic parliament has decided that the referendum on repaying £3.5 billion to this country and the Netherlands will take place before the 6 March. The government was forced to organise the vote after Iceland's president refused to sign legislation into law on the repayment of money owed after the collapse of the country's banks in 2008. Our business editor Robert Peston considers whether 'people power' might also have been used to curb the excesses of the banks in the first place.

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Business news with Adam Shaw.

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A scheme begins in London today to reduce the amount of disruption caused by roadworks. You'll need a permit if you want to dig in the street. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, explains the initiative.

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WG Sebald may have been a relatively minor writer in his lifetime, but since his early death his work has been increasingly appreciated to the point where the word "Sebaldian" has been coined to describe a literary genre (a mix of history, fiction, myth, landscape, travel, autobiography and photography). Each year there is a lecture delivered in his memory and it's being given tonight in London by the novelist Will Self. He discusses the novelist's work with Prof Amanda Hopkinson from the University of East Anglia.

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What is the best way of clearing your path of ice and snow and keeping it clear? All manner of substances are being pressed into service. Martyn Poliakoff, professor of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham, presents a scientific view.




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