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Today: Friday 12th February

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The head of MI5 has denied that the service covered up its alleged involvement in torture. And Gordon Brown has admitted he struck a deal with Tony Blair over the 1994 succession to the Labour leadership.

Cross-party talks on the future of long-term care for the elderly have broken down, it was revealed this week. Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrat health spokesperson involved in the discussions, explains why they collapsed.

The government body set up to look after children's interests in court (Cafcass) and the family court system as a whole is in chaos, a new report published by Napo, the union that represents the family courts. The system of children's services and family courts has been under growing pressure to reform following the case of Baby P in 2009. Anthony Douglas, chief executive of Cafcass, and Christina Blacklaws, a child care representative on the Law Society council, examine what progress has been made.

Savage snow storms are battering the east coast of the United States causing massive disruption and the closure of the federal government in Washington. North America editor Mark Mardell. reports from a Washington in white-out.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

An official report into the breakdown of Eurostar trains which caused travel chaos in December is to be released today. More than 2000 passengers were left trapped beneath the Channel Tunnel for up to 16 hours. Catherine Bearder, Liberal Democrat MEP for the South East, outlines what she wants from the report.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The head of MI5, Jonathan Evans, has made an unusual public denial that the service covered up its alleged involvement in torture. Mr Evans made the comments to the Daily Telegraph in response to allegations that security officials were aware of the alleged torture of Binyam Mohammed by US officials in Guantanemo bay. Dr Kim Howells, chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee, and Clare Algar, executive director of Reprieve which has been representing Binyam Mohammed, debate whether MI5 officials were complicit in torture.

The paper review.

Thought for the day with Lord Harries of Pentregarth, Gresham Professor of Divinity.

The fashion world is mourning the death of Alexander McQueen, one of the biggest names in British fashion, who was found dead from a suspected suicide at his home in London, yesterday. Mr McQueen was one the fashion's most celebrated and controversial figures, winning British designer of the year four times. Correspondent Laura Trevelyan looks back on the designer's career, and Caroline Cox, author and visiting professor at University of the Arts, reflects on Mr McQueen's unique style.

Talks to agree a political consensus on the future of long-term care for the elderly have broken down despite the need for a reformed system being widely accepted among the three main parties. Lord Sutherland, a cross bench peer who chaired the Royal Commission into long term care for the elderly in the late 1990s, analyses the implication of the breakdown in talks on elderly care policies. Andrew Lansley, shadow health secretary, explains why the talks collapsed.

The Berlin International Film Festival is underway and tonight the Brandenburg Gate will be transformed into a giant cinema. The big screen will show the 83 year-old German sci-fi classic, Metropolis. Part of the film has been missing for decades, presumed destroyed, but the missing scenes were recently rediscovered and restored. Berlin correspondent Steve Rosenberg took a look at the completed version of the film.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

A month after a devastating earthquake struck Haiti killing 200,000 people, Haitians have erected signs around the capital Port-au-Prince pleading for food. World affairs correspondent Mike Wooldridge reports from Haiti on the challenges facing donor agencies.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Times flies when you are having fun, but you can also have fun by being fooled into thinking time has flown, new research has found. Aaron Sackett, assistant professor of marketing at the University of St Thomas, Minnesota, explains how people can be tricked into thinking more or less time has passed than they really thought.

For decades the people of North Korea have lived under an oppressive regime, only recently beginning to recover from their government's disastrous currency devaluation last November which sparked panic buying and reports of protests in some areas. Many observers believe that their will be little change until the current leadership dies. Correspondent Paul Danahar reports from North Korea, where he has been given unprecedented access to a school attended by the leaders' children.

Sport is seen as an outlet for everyone to participate but women's ski jumping is still rejected as an Olympic sport. Deedee Corradini, president of Women Ski Jumpers USA, comments on female skiers' struggle to compete.

British troops in Helmand are preparing to take part in Operation Moshtarak, one of the largest joint Afghan-Nato operations during the current war. The aim of the offensive is to force Taliban militants from an area surrounding the town of Marja in Helmand province. Patrick Bishop, a foreign correspondent, and Patrick Hennessey, a former captain in the Grenadier Guards, discuss how troops prepare for major combat.


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