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Today: Monday 22nd February

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Labour has challenged an anti-bullying charity to prove that members of Gordon Brown's staff complained about their treatment at Number Ten. Rescuers in Madeira, where 42 people have died in floods and mudslides, say they fear more bodies will be found. And bobsleighing versus ballet dancing, which is tougher?

The Foreign Office has said that a British citizen is among the 40 people who've been killed in flash floods on the Portuguese island of Madeira. More than 120 people have been injured, including a small number of Britons. Britain's ambassador to Portugal, Alexander Ellis, who has visited the island, explains the current situation.

The preliminary hearing of the inquest into the 52 people killed on in the attacks on 7 July 2005 will finally go ahead this week. It has taken nearly five years for the process to start because of court cases linked to the bombings. Relatives are already upset by the fact that the inquest will cover the four suicide bombers, as well as those who were murdered. Correspondent June Kelly reports on the victims' families concerns about the inquest.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

A British bobsleigher has walked away from a dramatic crash at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Driver John Jackson was trapped in the upturned car while his brakeman Dan Money was thrown out onto the track. Money, who suffered a gash on his left calf, said: "The track's fast, the fastest track in the world but it's a technical track. If you get it wrong at a high speed it can go very wrong... It's bobsleighing, not ballet dancing." Chief executive of Sadlers Wells, Alistair Spalding, discusses whether it is unfair for other athletes to make unfavourable comparisons with the physical rigours of ballet.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Business leaders from across the world will meet in London today for a conference that Gordon Brown hopes will secure pledges of investment. UK trade and investment minister Lord Davies explains how investment will be key to global recovery.

The charity the Wellcome Trust is offering a new system of long-term funding for scientists in an attempt to solve the most important questions facing our understanding of health and disease. It says the scientists which come up with the most original proposals in areas such as genetics and ageing will get awards as part of a 10-year project. The Trust's director, Sir Mark Walport, details the new funding project.

The paper review.

There hasn't been an 'official' war in the Democratic Republic of Congo for seven years. But, for most of last year, government forces have been going all-out to rid the east of the country of one of its most notorious rebel Hutu militias. But the military operation to defeat them has caused more than nearly a million people to flee their homes and led to a record rise in reported rapes, some carried out by Congolese government soldiers themselves. Correspondent Mike Thomson reports on popular fears surrounding this new military operation.
Thought for the day with the Rev Dr David Wilkinson, Principal of St John's College, Durham.

The Liberal Democrats are unveiling their plans for social care this morning at the Kings Fund. They are proposing a week's break from caring every year to the million unpaid carers who provide more than 50 hours of care each week. The total cost of this scheme will be £460m. Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg explains how carers would receive a "personal budget" equivalent to the cost of a week's residential care, allowing them to take a seven-day holiday or series of smaller breaks while patients are looked after elsewhere or by other people.

Labour has demanded that an anti-bullying charity provide proof for its claims that it received calls from four of Gordon Brown's staff. Downing Street says it was never contacted by the National Bullying Helpline. The Helpline's Christine Pratt and Mr Brown's aide, Labour MP Anne Snelgrove, debate the reports of the prime minister's treatment of his staff.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Reports from embedded journalists suggest that the day when the Afghan Army will be well led and able to perform complex operations independently, rather than merely assist American missions, remains far off. US General Paul Eaton, who was in charge of training the Iraqi army in 2003 and 2004, outlines how long it could be before the Afghan Army can lead its own operations.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The Iraq war drama, The Hurt Locker, has won Best Film at the Baftas, beating James Cameron's box-office smash, Avatar. British talent scooped the acting prizes: Carey Mulligan for her role in the coming-of-age film, An Education, and Colin Firth, who plays a gay academic in Tom Ford's debut movie A Single Man. Arts Editor Will Gompertz discusses the reaction to this year's Bafta awards.
Michael Morpurgo, the former children's laureate, is spearheading a writing award for children. He outlines how, with the encouragement of their teachers and families and the excitement of this kind of challenge, he hopes to see see original and creative writing coming through from children of all backgrounds and abilities.

The eating disorders charity Beat says there is an increase in the number of children developing anorexia and bulimia. They asked 150 young people with an eating disorder when they first had a problem with food. The average age of the replies was 13. Georgie is 12 years-old and developed anorexia last summer. She detailed her experience of the illness and what the treatment was like.

For more than four centuries it has been one of the great unsolved deaths of the Tudor age. Did Amy, wife of Elizabeth I's favourite, Robert Dudley, break her neck after an accidental fall down the stairs, or was she murdered to clear the way for her husband to marry the Queen? Chris Skidmore explains how he has unearthed a coroner's report . which presents important new evidence and is likely to re-open the debate about Dudley's guilt


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