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Today: Saturday 16th January

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Haiti has handed control of its main airport to the United States, to try to speed up the earthquake relief effort. And Gordon Brown is expected to try to appeal to middle class voters in his first major campaign speech of the year.


International aid has begun slowly trickling through to Haiti, as the situation becomes increasingly desperate. Four days after the disaster, people have still not received medical supplies, food or water. Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon will be visiting the country this weekend. Mike Thomson reports from Haiti.


A Church of Scotland priest could be elected as the UK's first woman bishop today. Canon Alison Peden, a rector in Stirling, is among three candidates to become the Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway being considered at a special meeting in Glasgow. Religious affairs correspondent Robert Pigott discusses the candidates.

The paper review.


There is a clear sign today that a general election is looming. Gordon Brown, Lord Mandelson, Alistair Darling and George Osborne all appear prominently in the newspapers in interviews or articles. And later today Gordon Brown will make what is being reported as his first major campaign speech. Political correspondent Robert Brandt discusses the campaigns.


The Liberal Democrat peers are seeking to change laws allowing live music in cafes and bars, which they say are too restrictive. Parliamentary correspondent Mark D'Arcy reports from the Lords.

The sports news with Arlo White.


Fears are growing of mounting tension and chaos in Haiti following Tuesday's earthquake. As people struggle to survive, the grief and trauma is worsening. Lizelle Howes, who fled Montserrat in 1997 after a volcanic eruption, and Dr Maarit Brooks, a GP with more than 20 years' experience in treating people with psychiatric problems, discuss whether Haitians will recover.

The paper review.


Tony Blair's former communications and strategy director, Alastair Campbell, gave evidence to the Chilcot inquiry into the invasion of Iraq this week. Defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt looks back on the week's proceedings.


A public outcry has stopped an experiment investigating what happens when someone is buried by an avalanche. Austrian researchers planned to bury 29 pigs in snow and observe how long it took them to die. Bethany Bell reports from Vienna.

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


The US Middle East envoy, George Mitchell, is visiting Jerusalem to try to re-ignite talks between the Israelis and Palestinians. Palestinians are unhappy that Israel has only partially agreed to stop its settlement building in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Edward Stourton reports from Jerusalem.


International aid agencies are struggling to deliver emergency aid to hundreds of thousands of earthquake survivors in Haiti. The UN World Food Programme said the destruction caused by Tuesday's quake was so great that moving supplies and equipment was extremely difficult. It said the UN expected to distribute food aid to two million people but so far had managed to reach only 4,000. Correspondent Mike Thomson reports from Haiti, and Lieutenant Commander Ron Flanders, a spokesman for the US 4th fleet based in Florida, discusses how the relief effort is being co-ordinated.


The Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, has arrived in the Afghan capital, Kabul, as the Afghan parliament begins voting on President Karzai's choice of cabinet ministers. World affairs correspondent Alan Little examines the likely cabinet.


A history of the world in 100 objects, a new collaboration between the BBC and British Museum, tells the story how each of the objects represent a moment in history. Neil MacGregor, the museum's director, discusses the idea behind the series.

The sports news with Arlo White.


Investment bank JP Morgan has reported a huge jump in profits and bumper pay packets. The bank, which received support in the US government bail-out, posted a quarterly profit of almost $3.3bn, compared to just over $700m in the same period last year. Gillian Tett, assistant editor of the Financial Times, and David Pitt-Watson, chair of Hermes shareholder activist funds and member of a new Which? commission to reassess the future of our banks, discuss whether the UK should follow the US in imposing a tax on banks.

The paper review.


The most unpopular banker in the land is back. Fred Goodwin, the former head of Royal Bank of Scotland who led it to the brink of collapse, has started work as an adviser to the world's fifth biggest architectural practice, RMJM. Alan Cochrane, Scottish editor of the Daily Telegraph, comments on the appointment.


Schools Secretary Ed Balls has condemned the Rap group N-Dubz after one of its members made threatening phone calls and text messages to a Radio 1 listener. The listener had earlier sent a text message to the station calling the rapper 'vile'. N-Dubz had been recruited by Mr Balls and the charity Beatbullying to launch a campaign aimed at beating 'cyber-bullying'. Matthew Parris, former Conservative MP and columnist for the Times, examines the use of celebrities in campaigns.


One of the strongest men the world has ever known will be laid to rest later today. "Mighty" Joe Rollino worked as a strongman at the amusement park in Coney Island, New York. During his glory-days he once lifted a weight 475 pounds using only his teeth. Mr Rollino, who was 104 years old, was killed by a van earlier this week. Matt Wells reports from Brooklyn, on a truly legendary life.


Over the past couple of days the Today programme has been hearing from religious speakers about how God can allow a devastating earthquake to occur. Philosopher and prominent humanist, AC Grayling, discusses religion and disasters.


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