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Today: Friday 5th February

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The DUP has agreed a deal with Sinn Fein over the devolution of policing and justice powers from Westminster to Northern Ireland. And six MPs and peers are to learn whether they will face criminal charges over their expenses claims.

British Airways has announced a better-than-expected loss of £50m for the three months up to December, bringing its total losses for the last nine months to £342m. The results come as the airline defends an action in the High Court over claims that it failed to lawfully negotiate changes to cabin crew pay and conditions. Howard Wheeldon, senior strategist at BGC Partners, examines the airline's performance.

The DUP has agreed a deal for the devolution of policing and justice powers from Westminster to Northern Ireland after 10 days of tense negotiations. Jeffrey Donaldson, MP and MLA for Lagan Valley, and who backed the deal, outlines the agreement.

The chairman of the UN's Inter-government Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Dr Rajendra Pachauri, has said the science driving international fears about global warming is still extremely convincing. His comments follow recent controversies surrounding the IPCC's scientific claims. South Asia correspondent Chris Morris spoke to Dr Pachauri about the IPCC's reputation and trust.

MPs and peers will learn today whether they will face criminal charges over their expenses claims. Yesterday 370 MPs were told to repay more than £1.1m related to second home expense claims since 2004. Political correspondent Iain Watson spoke to voters in a closely-fought constituency in the West Midlands about their reaction to the scandal.

The last speaker of an ancient language in India's Andaman Islands has died at the age of 85. Boa Sr lived in the Bo tribe which is believed to be descended from the oldest human culture on Earth. Dr Nicholas Ostler, a linguist and chairman of the Foundation for Endangered Languages, explains the historical significance of the language.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Hundreds of patients who suffer serious injuries are dying as a result of poor care, according the National Audit Office. It found that the death rate in England for major trauma patients is 20 percent higher than in the United States. Health correspondent Adam Brimelow reports from the trauma unit at the Royal London Hospital, and Professor Keith Willett, national clinical director for Trauma Care, discusses the quality of treatment of trauma patients.

The paper review.

Fragile butterflies and moths migrate thousands of miles every year using a sophisticated compass which enables them to detect fast-moving winds, scientists have found. Environment correspondent Sarah Mukherjee reports on the discovery.

Thought for the day with Canon Dr Alan Billings, an Anglican priest.

Car maker Toyota is investigating whether to recall its Lexus and third-generation Prius hybrid over brake problems. Correspondent Alistair Leithead reports from Toyota's headquarters in Japan, and Miguel Fonseca, Toyota UK's managing director, outlines the worldwide recall of cars.

Northern Ireland's DUP has agreed a unanimous deal over the devolution of policing and justice powers following ten days of intense negotiations with Sinn Fein. Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his Irish counterpart Brian Cowan are set to leave for Belfast to sign the deal. Northern Ireland Secretary Shaun Woodward, reflects on the importance of the agreement.

British Airways has announced losses of £50m for the three months to December against the backdrop of a continuing industrial dispute over cabin crew pay and conditions. Economics editor Robert Peston outlines the results, and Len McCluskey, assistant general secretary and chief negotiator for the Unite union, discusses the prospect of future strike action at the company.

Two of Britain's best soaps celebrate big milestones on our screens this year. Coronation Street, set in the imaginary Manchester suburb of Weatherfield, is celebrating 50 years on our screens. The BBC's own long running soap EastEnders marks its own 25-year landmark with a special exhibition opening in London today and a live episode on February 19th. Ashley Pharoah, former EastEnders scriptwriter, and James Rampton, television critic for the Independent, consider what makes a soap sink or swim.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Concerns over Greece's precarious financial position has spread to other high-deficit eurozone countries. Portuguese and Spanish bonds and shares were hit for the second day running yesterday as concern over sovereign debt expanded. Spain correspondent Sarah Raynsford reports on the state of the markets from the Madrid stock exchange, and Steven Bell, chief economist at the hedge fund GLC, comments on the future stability of the eurozone economy.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Five journalists have spent the last five days locked up in a farmhouse in southwest France with only the social networking websites Facebook and Twitter to rely on. The journalists were taking part in an experiment to test the quality and accuracy of news to be found through social networking sites and to see if they can compete with traditional media. Janic Tremblay, journalist for Radio Canada, reveals what the journalists found.

Should we take a leaf out of the statecraft of the Byzantine empire in our dealings with Afghanistan? Edward Luttwak, American military strategist and historian, suggests that the West should not fight the Taliban and Al-Qaida ourselves but instead pay rival groupings and even consider subsidising India or China to take the war to the Taliban. Mr Luttwak explains his radical new approach.

Can Toyota recover its damaged reputation? When firms and celebrities experience a crisis the damage control must be limited for them to survive. Stephen Cheliotis, chief executive of the Centre for Brand Analysis, and Martin Langford, who has advised brands on crisis management, examine how high-profile companies should manage a crisis.



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