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Today: Saturday 8th January

The former Home Secretary, Jack Straw, has said that some men of Pakistani origin prey on vulnerable white girls for sex, regarding them as "easy meat". Also in the programme, why second-hand yachts are the stars of this year's London Boat Show.

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Southern Sudan will vote this weekend in a referendum over whether to split from the north, but the international community has long harboured fears that a divide could result in war. Africa correspondent Andrew Harding reports from the capital Juba. And former foreign minister Lady Kinnock talks about her time as a visitor to the area, and considers its future.

Paper review.

There was a rare sight at the swearing in of the new US Congress in Washington as members of the House of Representatives read out the entire American constitution, averaging 17 words each. Our Washington correspondent Paul Adams has been reflecting on this unusual spectacle.

An Israeli soldier has been killed and four others wounded by "friendly fire" on the border with Gaza. Our Middle East correspondent in Jerusalem, Wyre Davis, analyses tensions in the area.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The ringleaders of a gang which groomed and abused 15 young girls in Derby were yesterday sentenced to indeterminate jail terms. BBC reporter Tom Symonds considers how widespread "street grooming" of young girls is. And former Detective Chief Superintendent Max McLean, who investigated one of the first cases of sexual exploitation of this kind, talks about whether it is fair to say that the perpetrators are predominantly Muslim men targeting white girls.

Paper review.

The chief executive of Universities UK Nicola Dandridge says the government's proposal for poorer students to get two free years at university after the rise in tuition fees will "not be workable". She explains why.

Thought for the Day with the Reverend Rob Marshall, an Anglican Priest.

The murder of the Governor Salman Taseer in Pakistan has raised the darkest of questions over the country's political situation, at the same time as the ruling coalition reforms. Victoria Schofield, who was a close friend of Benazir Bhutto, discusses how politics and violence seem to go hand in hand in the country.

Sudan is on the brink of divide as people in the south prepare to vote in a referendum on whether to split from the north. BBC reporter Mike Thomson, who is in the southern capital of Juba, explains why the international community fears that a split could lead to renewed civil war.

The French car maker Renault says it has been the victim of industrial espionage and three executives at the company have been suspended. Jay Nagley, managing director of the RedSpy Automotive consultancy, considers the possibility of economic warfare in the light of several recent cases of Chinese interests targeting western carmakers for technology.

The King's Speech has just been released in cinemas around the country and is being widely tipped for an Oscar. The film deals with the King George VI's efforts to control his stammer and Dr Trudy Stewart discusses the difficulty of overcoming such an impediment.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The case in Derby, in which two men were convicted of abusing young girls, has cast light on a crime that many say is a hidden scandal. The two men were Asian and it led former Home Secretary Jack Straw to speak about it in rather dramatic language on Newsnight last night. Chair of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee Keith Vaz and Martin Narey, chief executive of the charity Barnardos, examine whether the grooming of young girls is a cultural phenomenon.

Paper Review.

It is over four months since Scotland's first poet laureate Edwin Morgan died, but the post of "makar" left vacant by his death has yet to be filled. Edwin Morgan reads from his poem The Apple Song. And the writer AL Kennedy considers what is being done to find a successor, and why there have been calls for a clearer definition of the post.

The South African President Jacob Zuma will make a speech today to mark the ninety-ninth anniversary of the ANC party. World correspondent Mike Wooldgridge explains why he is under increasing pressure from his party to deliver basic services and improve lives.

The London International Boat Show opens to the public in Docklands today and, for the first time, it will feature second-hand boats for sale. The author of Missing the Boat, Michael Hutchinson, asks whether this is a sign of the times and goes down to see what he could buy.

The Deputy Prime Minister announced yesterday that the current rule where documents are not released for 30 years would be cut to 20 years. Historian and cross-bencher Lord Hennessy and Anthony Seldon, Tony Blair's biographer and the master of Wellington College, debate the impact on politicians and civil servants.



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