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Today: Tuesday 19th January

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US aircraft are dropping emergency food and water supplies to survivors of the earthquake in Haiti, as the aid effort begins to gather pace. And a takeover of Cadbury by food giant Kraft, looks increasingly likely.


Agreement has been reached between Kraft and Cadbury on an £11.2bn takeover of the 200 year old British confectioner. Business presenter Adam Shaw outlines the bid and Robert Talbut, chief investment officer at one of Cadbury's shareholders, Royal London Asset Management, comments on the potential takeover.


The government is set to announce tougher measures to tackle binge drinking in England and Wales, including a ban on drinking promotions. The Tories are also announcing their plans, proposing a targeted increase in taxation on the drinks that they think are strongly associated with anti-social behaviour. Professor Ian Gilmore, president of the Royal College of Physicians and chair of the UK Alcohol Health Alliance, discusses both parties' policies.


The government is to appeal a High Court ruling allowing compensation to be paid to two terror suspects. The suspect's control orders were quashed after a secret evidence legal battle. Mohammed Ayub, defence lawyer to one of the men, discusses the appeal.


The British government has postponed plans to build an airport on the tiny south Atlantic island of St Helena. The overseas territory, which takes two-weeks to reach by ship, was promised an airport by 2012 but spending cuts have put the plans on hold. Paul Greer reports from St Helena.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.


Many of the victims of Haiti's earthquake are children, 50 percent of the country's population is under 18. But access to the care they need is hindered by a crippling shortage of medical equipment and professionals. Make-shift hospitals, set up by international aid agencies are struggling to fill the gap. Mike Thompson reports from the Haitian capital, Port au Prince.


A British Airways clerk is taking the company to the Court of Appeal today after she was disciplined for refusing to remove a crucifix at work. Nadia Eweida wants to overturn a ruling that BA did not religiously discriminate against her in 2006. Former Labour home secretary, John Reid MP, discusses the case.

The paper review.


An exhibition looking back on secret world of espionage is opening at Cambridge University library today. It will trace espionage from biblical times to the present day, including some rarely seen documents about the infamous Cambridge spy ring which included Kim Philby and Guy Burgess. Reporter Nicola Stanbridge went to take a look at some of the old university records.

Thought for the day with Canon Lucy Winkett, of St Paul's Cathedral.


New government measures to tackle binge drinking are to be announced today for England and Wales. All alcohol sellers will be required to check the identity of anyone who appears to be under 18, and pub promotions including happy hours, and "dentist chair" sessions will be banned. Home Secretary Alan Johnson discusses the new code of practice.


The BBC has learned that the board of British confectioner Cadbury has accepted a takeover bid from the US food giant Kraft. Business editor told Today presenter Evan Davis that Kraft had offered more than the market had expected even a few days ago. Kraft's bid of 840p a share, which values Cadbury at £11.5bn, includes 500p in cash plus the promise of a 10p dividend payable by Cadbury.


The situation in Haiti is becoming increasingly desperate as aid struggle to reach the thousands of people left without food and water since last week's devastating earthquake. The aid effort remains disorganised and aid agencies are concerned that priority is being given to US troop movement instead of international aid. Adam Mynott reports from the capital's port where little aid is able to get through, and Mark Toner, US state department spokesperson, discusses co-ordination of the relief effort.


Poet Philip Gross has won the TS Eliot award 2009 for his work The Water Table, a collection of poems inspired by the Bristol Channel. Inaugurated in 1993, the award is seen as the UK's most prestigious prize in poetry, and comes with a £15,000 cash prize. Mr Gross, a professor of creative writing at Glamorgan University, gives his reaction to the honour.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.


The Tories are to announce their plans to tackle binge drinking in England and Wales today. New measures include a targeted increase in taxation on the drinks that they think are strongly associated with anti-social behaviour, and giving more powers to local authorities and the police to veto new license applications. Chris Grayling, shadow home secretary, discusses the proposals.


The science, technology and governance of geo-engineering are to be discussed by a panel at the Royal Society today. The technology is seen as one of the possible routes to counter climate change and includes mounting giant mirrors in space to reflect sun energy away from the planet. Professor Steve Rayner, director of the Institute for Science Innovation and Society at the Said Business School at Oxford University, discuss geo-engineering.


Tomorrow is the first anniversary of President Obama's inauguration as the 44th President of the United States. But his performance in office has been subject to mixed reviews. Correspondent Kevin Connolly was with Barack Obama when he visited the mid-Western town of Evansville Indiana to talk about how American jobs were going overseas. He went back this week to find that the local refrigerator factory is being moved to Mexico.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


A new film based on the life of the Independent's political sketch-writer Simon Carr is to be released this week. The Boys Are Back documents Mr Carr's life after the death of his wife to cancer, as he tried to bring up two sons alone, with some unconventional parenting. Mr Carr, and actor Clive Owen who plays the artist's alter ego, discuss the film's context.


Tony Blair is being lined up to play a role in Labour's election campaign. Andrew Rawnsley, chief political commentator for The Observer, and Matthew D'Ancona, editor of The Spectator, debate whether former leaders should play a part in their old party.



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