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Today: Tuesday 21st December

The founder of Wikileaks Julian Assange explains to this programme why he does not think he would get "natural justice" if he was extradited to Sweden. In an undercover recording, the Business Secretary Vince Cable said the coalition government reforms have not been thought through and amount to a "Maoist revolution".

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Business news with Adam Shaw: A rich country filled with poor people - Vikas Pota from Saffron Chase talks about the growing political and economic importance of India as the Russian President visits the country. Also the chief executive of the Queen's bank, Coutts & Co., Michael Morley, explains its role and gives an insight into its history.

Heathrow operators are warning that the disruptions could last up to and beyond Christmas. Reporter Andy Moore is at the airport where rules on night-flights have been relaxed so that planes can get in.

Campaigners will bring a legal challenge to the European Court of Human Rights complaining that, although gay couples are granted a civil partnership, they are still denied a full marriage status. One of those bringing the legal case, Ian Goggin, explains his dissatisfaction with the current UK law.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The much-anticipated report into the assassination of the Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri could yet again spark clashes in the streets of Beirut. Correspondent Wyre Davies examines whether more violence is inevitable.

Sports news with Gary Richardson.

The website Wikileaks has been making headlines around the world with its publication of US diplomatic cables. Its founder Julian Assange explains what he has achieved with the publication of secret diplomatic cables. You can read a transcript of the whole interview here.

Paper review.

For the first time since 1638, the lunar eclipse today coincides with the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. Astronomer Dr David Whitehouse describes what people can expect to see this morning.

Thought for the Day with Reverend Dr Giles Fraser, Canon Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral.

In an undercover recording, Business Secretary Vince Cable said the coalition government reforms have not been thought through and amount to a "Maoist revolution". The BBC's James Landale examines the political tensions within the coalition. And the former head of the Liberal Democrat press office, Mark Littlewood, analyses the impact of Mr Cable's comments.

Since he was released on bail last week, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been staying in a mansion in East Anglia under strict conditions. He explained to John Humphries why he was fighting extradition to Sweden. And you can read a transcript of the whole interview here.

More long queues have formed at the Eurostar terminal as travellers are trying to make their way to the continental Europe amidst the wintry weather. Reporter Chris Mason is at St Pancras station.

Sports news with Gary Richardson.

Is Britain undergoing a long-term change in weather conditions? The former government chief scientific adviser, Sir David King, analyses whether the government should take steps to prepare for heavy snowfalls several times a year.

The inquests into the deaths of the 52 people killed in the 7/7 terrorist attacks in London have adjourned for Christmas. Correspondent June Kelly looks back at what we have learned from the inquests so far.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond says the government broadly agrees with the high-speed rail network from London to Birmingham but that 50% of the preferred route published in March has been amended. Professor of local government Tony Travers and Chris White, MP for Warwick and Leamington, discuss the impact of the changes on local people.

It is only days until Christmas but for many in Britain the day has no religious or cultural significance. Film director Gurinder Chadha, a Sikh, and columnist Daniel Finkelstein, who is Jewish, discuss their different approaches to celebrating the holiday.



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