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Today: Friday 29th January

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The Chilcot inquiry is to question Tony Blair today about his decision to take the UK to war in Iraq in 2003. And two MPs have told BBC News that they have won their appeals against the repayment of their parliamentary expenses.

The problem of how to feed a growing global population is set in a new paper. The population is expected to rise to 9 billion by 2050, more than 30 percent of what it is today. Professor John Beddington, one of the report's authors and the government's chief scientific adviser, outlines the future of food production.

Former prime minister Tony Blair is to appear today before the Chilcot inquiry into the 2003 Iraq war, with some are billing his long-awaited appearance as Judgement Day. Political correspondent Norman Smith examines how Tony Blair is likely to deal with the questioning.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

The Conservative party have turned to behavioural economist help them win the election. Chicago University's Richard Thaler believes that the insights of psychology can be exploited by governments to improve public behaviour, from picking up litter to saving for retirement. Prof Thaler explains how psychology can be used to change public behaviour.

Sports news with Arlo White.

Banks and policy-makers around the world are in the midst of a great debate on the reform of the banking system at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Evan Davis reports on the conference so far.

For some, Tony Blair's appearance before the Chilcot inquiry today is not just about his decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003, but also about his political and governing style. Simon Jenkins, columnist for the Guardian, and Peter Stothard, former editor of the Times, reflect on Tony Blair's leadership.

The paper review.

A senior Hamas military commander has been killed in Dubai. Tim Franks reports on the significance of the death.

Thought for the day with the writer Rhidian Brook.

The number of people committing suicide has risen according to new figures. 5,706 suicides were recorded for 2008, up on previous years. The highest rates were among young men. Dr Michael Powers QC, an expert on coroners' law, explores whether the figures are a true indication of suicide rates.

Former prime minister Tony Blair is to make his long-awaited appearance at the Chilcot inquiry today. He will be questioned about his decision to take the UK to war in Iraq in 2003, and claims about the presence of weapons of mass destruction. Political editor Nick Robinson and reporter Andrew Hosken outline the key accusations against Mr Blair. Former home secretary David Blunkett gives his opinion of how Mr Blair is likely to deal with the questioning.

American novelist JD Salinger, author of the classic 20th Century book The Catcher in the Rye, has died aged 91. The Catcher In The Rye, first published in 1951, become one of the most influential American novels of the modern era. Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City, discusses Mr Salinger's appeal.

Sports news with Arlo White.

Yesterday a major international conference in London considered the future of Afghanistan, with discussions on the how to combat corruption and reintegrate the Taliban. Abdullah Abdulla, former Afghan foreign minister and presidential candidate discusses whether the country can ever eradicate corruption.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

The Haiti rescue effort is shifting towards focussing on how to rebuild the shattered country. Haitians and aid agencies are working together to clear rubble and re-build infrastructure. Karen Allen reports from Haiti.

When author John Lanchester began to research for his novel about the workings of the financial industry, his work turned into a book of non-fiction, Whoops - Everyone Owes Everyone and No-one Can Pay. Mr Lanchester discusses why he decided to change his book's message.

Within the banking system reform intense talks taking place in Davos, a Chinese pianist has stolen a lot of attention. Lang Lang, the rock star of the classical world, is to deliver a speech at the conference. Lang Lang describes how he came to learn the piano as a child in north east China.

Tony Blair is a gift to cartoonists - some of whom have already been sharpening their pencils and having fun with him in the build up to his Chilcot inquiry appearance. Steve Bell, cartoonist at the Guardian, and Peter Brookes, cartoonist for the Times, discuss what makes a good cartoon subject.



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