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Today: Saturday 23rd January

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The UK terror threat has been raised to "severe", but the Home Secretary has said there is "no intelligence to suggest an attack is imminent". And Sinn Fein leaders are to meet in Dublin to discuss the collapse of talks on the future of the Northern Ireland Assembly.


The terror threat in the UK has been raised from "substantial" to "severe". The new level is the second most serious and means an attack is considered "highly likely". Home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw explains the change.


Yesterday President Obama announced his commitment to reforming the banking system with proposals to limit the size of banks and stop them engaging in certain risk activities. Bank shares have dropped on both sides of the Atlantic in the wake of the announcement. Flora Watkins reports from the City on the reaction to Mr Obama's plans. Clark McGinn, a Royal Bank of Scotland banker and author of Out of Pocket, examines the reforms.

The paper review.


India and Pakistan are involved in a heated dispute over cricket. Relations between the two old adversaries has been tense since gunmen based in Pakistan attacked targets in the Indian city of Mumbai just over a year ago, killing more than 160 people. South Asia correspondent Chris Morris reports on the row.

Sports news with Arlo White.


This week a rare public spat has broken out between the heads of the Army and the Navy, arguing their corners as the military gears up for cuts after the election. First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope has stressed the continued importance of the UK's "hard power" and General Sir David Richards called for a "radical" shift in priorities. Major General Tim Cross who was second in command of efforts to rebuild Iraq after the coalition invasion in 2003, and Andrew Brookes, a former RAF pilot and director of the Air League, discuss the arguments.

The paper review.


Sinn Fein's ruling executive is to meet in Dublin today to discuss the collapse of negotiations aimed at securing the future of the Northern Ireland Assembly. The talks fell apart yesterday over the devolution of policing powers and the management of controversial parades. Ireland correspondent Mark Simpson considers the likelihood of a deal being reached.


This week it emerged that Gordon Brown is to give evidence at the Iraq inquiry before the general election. Correspondent Brian Hanrahan reflects on this week's Chilcot inquiry evidence.

Thought for the day with Brian Draper, associate lecturer at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.


An attempt by undercover forces to rescue a British couple being held hostage by Somali pirates was bungled, the BBC has learnt. Rachel and Paul Chandler, who were captured in October, have since been threatened with death. Will Geddes, managing director of International Corporate Protection discusses the rescue mission.


The UK terror threat level has been raised from "substantial" to "severe" in a warning that a terrorist attack is considered highly likely. Home Secretary Alan Johnson has stressed that there is no intelligence to suggest a terrorist attack is imminent. Security correspondent Gordon Correra and Mike Granatt, former head of Head of Civil Contingencies Secretariat in the Cabinet Office, explain the raised threat.


The future for hundreds of thousands of Haitians left homeless after last week's earthquake remains bleak. While food and water begin to trickle through, many are living in inadequate camps with no sanitation. Correspondent Adam Mynott reports from Port-au-Prince.

Some listeners may find parts of this report disturbing.


Singer and actress Charlotte Gainsbourg nearly died after a water skiing accident severely damaged her brain in 2007. She has used her ordeal to make her third album, a collaboration with the American singer Beck. Reporter Nicola Stanbridge spoke to Ms Gainsbourg about her experience.

Sports news with Arlo White.


Two brothers who tortured two young boys in a sadistic attack have started an indefinite period of detention. Doncaster Social Services have accepted the attack was preventable, after a number of warnings were raised about the pair's "toxic home life". Journalist Winifred Robinson who made Radio 4 documentary Inside the Child Prisons, and Dr Eileen Vizard, a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who worked with the boys convicted of the murder of toddler Jamie Bulger in 1993, discuss whether it is possible to predict whether a child will carry out a violent attack.

The paper review.


The selling of Cadbury's to the US firm Kraft has ended years of a great British institution. Created in Birmingham in 1824, the chocolate-maker holds a place in all our childhoods. Social commentator Peter York went shopping to take a look at some great British brands. Economist John Kay and Rita Clifton, chairman of Interbrand, discuss the fate of iconic British brands sold to foreign companies.


Are you a Motorway Man? If you are, you will be the key demographic targeted by the two main parties in the next election. Motorway man lives on a housing estate, drives a people carrier and has easy access to the motorway network, is a middle manager, loves computers and has little interest in religion or the arts. Lord Philip Gould, architect of the electoral strategy during the election that brought Tony Blair to power, and Rob Hayward, former Tory MP and political analyst, look back on election campaigns



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