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Today: Thursday 14th January

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International aid has started to arrive in Haiti as people search for loved ones trapped in buildings flattened by Tuesday's earthquake. And the National Audit Office says the government's dementia strategy in England is not being given the priority it was promised.


Seventeen United Nations staff have been killed in the Haiti earthquake. Another 150 personnel are still unaccounted for, including the head of mission in the country. Pete Garrett, of the British Red Cross, discusses how aid agencies are coping with the disaster.


The government's national dementia strategy is failing to deliver its commitments, according to the National Audit Office. The strategy, published by the Department of Health last year, promised to transform care for dementia sufferers - but the necessary funding and training have not taken place. Andrew Ketteringham, head of external affairs at the Alzheimer's Society, discusses the strategy.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Finland has extended its anti-tobacco laws, introducing a ban on cigarette displays in shops and restricting smoking in cars. Paul Henley reports from Helsinki.


The future of pedigree dog breeding is to be published in a report this morning. The report comes in the wake of a BBC documentary on Crufts - Pedigree Dogs Exposed, which claimed that inbreeding had led to debilitating ailments. Beverley Cuddy, editor of Dogs Today Magazine, discusses the future of dog breeding.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.


International aid agencies arriving in Haiti are counting their losses, after the UN announced that 17 of its staff were killed in the earthquake. Angus Stickler reports on the aftermath of the earthquake.


Officials at the UN say between 100 and 150 people from its 9,000-strong peacekeeping mission in Haiti are still missing after the earthquake. Elisabeth Byrs, a UN spokesperson in Geneva, discusses how its workers are coping.

The paper review.


Do you remember the Party 7? The huge can, that held seven pints of beer, was the staple of many drinks parties in the 1960s and 70s, and the Royal Society of Chemistry is offering a reward for perfectly preserved examples of the cans. Brian Emsley of the Royal Society, discusses its interest in the keg.

Thought for the day with Dom Antony Sutch, a Benedictine Monk.


Race and colour are no longer a disadvantage in Britain, the government is to announce. In a speech to mark a decade of the race relations amendment act, Communities Secretary John Denham will say that the government has made significant progress in tackling racism and that poverty and class dictate disadvantage more than skin colour. Mr Denham and Lord Herman Ouseley, chair of Kick it Out, debate whether racism in Britain is in decline.


Thousands of people are expected to have died in Tuesday's devastating earthquake in Haiti. Matthew Price reports from a hospital Haiti, and International development Secretary Douglas Alexander discusses how the UK will contribute to the relief effort.

Some listeners may find parts of this report distressing.


A fourth book in the Gormenghast series is to be published. Written by Mervyn Peake, the books describe the vast crumbling castle to which Titus Groan is lord and heir, and his battle with the Machiavellian character Steerpike. Originally published as a trilogy, a fourth book found in Peake's attic was completed by his wife, the writer and artist Maeve Gilmore. Nicola Stanbridge met Mr Peake's son to discuss the completion of the series.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.


Stories of survival are emerging from the rubble in Haiti. Troy Livesay, of the Christian charity World Wide Village, lives with his family in Port au Prince and has written a moving account in the Guardian about his family's survival. He begs people to prey for Haitians. Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, comments on how people turn to God during times of disaster.


Diplomatic talks between the US and Middle East are to begin this week after previous talks stalled. Edward Stourton reports from Cairo.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


The fate of gay marriages in the US is to be decided this week. The outcome of a court case brought by two gay couples in California will determine whether states can ban same-sex marriage. US writer Armistead Maupin discusses how Americans view same-sex marriages.


How can a country as poor as Haiti survive an earthquake disaster? The Haitian President Rene Preval has said thousands of people are feared dead, including the UN mission chief. The 7.0-magnitude quake is the worst the country has seen in two centuries. Stephen Keppel, an expert on Haiti at the Economist Intelligence Unit, and Ian Thomson, author of A journey through Haiti, discuss how the country can recover.



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