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Today: Friday 22nd January

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Stock markets have fallen sharply in response to far-reaching plans by Barack Obama to curb the activities of the biggest US banks. And Gordon Brown is to be called to give evidence to the Iraq inquiry before the general election.


Stock markets around the world have fallen sharply in response to new legislation proposed by Barack Obama to limit the scope and size of large financial institutions. Peter Hahn, a fellow at Cass Business School and former senior corporate finance officer at Citibank, examines the proposals.


The United Nation's role and the co-ordination of aid in Haiti remains slow and disorganised. Sir John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator at the UN discusses what action needs to be taken to speed up the aid delivery.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.


A crisis meeting was held in Germany this week between the country's three leading parties because of dividing differences in the coalition government. Steve Rosenberg reports from Berlin.


David Cameron has accused the government of "moral failure" in its social policy, creating a broken society in Britain. The BBC's home editor Mark Easton analyses Mr Cameron's comments.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


Figures on the number of Polish people who have returned home from the UK may have been overestimated. A new report on migration published this week claimed that more than 50% of the 1.5m Eastern European migrants - most of them Polish - have gone home, but migration experts in Poland claim that the numbers are far smaller. Sanchia Berg investigates how the recession is affecting Eastern European migrants.

The paper review.


Yesterday the Today programme examined obesity treatment on the NHS. A patient, who used to weigh 41 stone, contacted us to explain why such treatments should be provided in the NHS. Chris Bates explains the treatment he received.

Thought for the day with Reverend Dr Giles Fraser, Canon Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral.


Justice Secretary Jack Straw, and other ministers who have given evidence to the Chilcot inquiry this week, have presented their justifications for the Iraq invasion based on the presence of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Dr Hans Blix, head of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission at the time and charged with finding evidence of WMD in Iraq, reacts to the evidence given so far.


President Obama has hit back at the banks, proposing legislation to limit the scope and size of large financial institutions. Economics editor Robert Peston outlines the plans, and shadow chancellor George Osborne discusses whether his party will pursue similar reforms.


The prime minister is to be called to the Chilcot Inquiry before the general election, most likely at the end of February or in early March, the BBC understands. Political editor Nick Robinson comments on the prime minister's appearance.


Sir David Attenborough has returned to the South Pole after 17 years to film a BBC1 series, Frozen Planet. Sir David will re-visit the hut that still tells the story of Captain Scott's fatal trek that set off exactly a century ago, in which he and five colleagues perished. Sir David describes his Antarctic exploration so far.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.


The London conference on Afghanistan is to take place next week, with President Hamid Karzai and the secretary general of the UN among the delegates. The conference comes in the wake of opinion poll findings that Afghans are now more confident about the democratic future of their country. Michael Semple, former acting head of the EU mission in Afghanistan, and Akmal Dawi, an afghan journalist and commentator, consider Afghanistan's future.


Chinese authorities have responded to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's comments yesterday that Beijing should investigate the cyber attacks on Google, which prompted it to threaten to leave China. Beijing correspondent Damian Grammaticas reports on the latest developments.


New figures raise questions on the number of Polish migrants returning to Poland from the UK during the recession. A new report by The Migration Policy Institute claimed that more than half of Eastern European migrants - most of them Polish - have gone home, but migration experts in Poland dispute the number. Phil Woolas, minister for borders and immigration, reacts to the figures.


The Philippines is the most dangerous place in the world for journalists. More than 20 journalists were killed in a massacre in which 57 people died. Correspondent Alastair Leithead investigates the lawlessness in Asia's oldest democracy.


Competition for a place in UK universities has increased, with 26,000 more applicants missing out on places. Today, 50 heads from private schools, including Eton and Harrow, are meeting 50 state school heads to discuss how university places are allocated. Sir Michael Wilshaw, principal of Mossbourne Community Academy in Hackney, East London, and Richard Cairns, headmaster of private school Brighton College, discuss the meeting.



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