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Today: Monday 10th January

The man accused of the Tucson shootings is expected to appear in court. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg explains his plans for the year ahead. And how do we prepare to meet ET?

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The airline Virgin Atlantic has told Heathrow that it will not pay any airport fees to BAA until the completion of an inquiry into the problems at the airport during the Christmas snow. Steve Ridgeway, chief executive, discusses why the airline is so angry.

Parliament returns today after its Christmas break and it looks to be an interesting new year for the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who has the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election as well as an impending decision on control orders coming up. Our chief political correspondent Norman Smith reports on the challenges facing the Liberal Democrat leader.

Chinese vice-premier Li KeQiang is visiting the UK as part of a massive trade delegation. Dr Kerry Brown, a senior fellow at Chatham House, explains what we know about the man many believe will China's next leader.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

A new invention which cancels out the noise of a dentist's drill could help people overcome their fear of a check-up. Professor of dentistry at King's college Dr Brian Miller who invented the device, outlines the good news.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is responding well to treatment and can follow simple commands after surgery for gunshot wounds, surgeons say. The shootings, which claimed the lives of six other people at a Tucson supermarket on Saturday, have sparked a major debate about whether the language of American political debate has become too vicious. The BBC's Jonny Diamond reports from Arizona.

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BBC Lab UK have made a quick musical test for Radio 3 which questions people's ability to hear different pitches. The station's presenter Petroc Trelawney and Dr Lauren Stewart, of Goldsmiths University of London and one of the scientists who is running the project, discuss how the test works.

Voting is continuing in the referendum that is generally expected to approve the formation of a new country in southern Sudan. The BBC's Andrew Harding, who is in the city of Juba, has been speaking to one of the election observers, the former UN secretary general, Kofi Annan.

Thought for the day with Canon Dr Alan Billings.

The collapse of the trial of six environmental campaigners in Nottingham has brought to light the story of an undercover policeman who spent six years as an activist, but apparently offered to give evidence for the defence. Richard Watson of Newsnight examines the case, which was abandoned by prosecutors, and what the officer did next.

It is set to be a difficult year for all, and above all for Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who has already had to rework Liberal Democrat pledges he made at the election less than a year ago, with more to come. Mr Clegg talks about the coalition and explains his plans for the year ahead.

According to a special issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, published today, scientists want us to take seriously the possibility that extra terrestrial life forms exist, and to start preparing for possible contact with them. How do we prepare and might these aliens actually be rather like ourselves?

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Following the Tucson shootings, business has been suspended on Capitol Hill in Washington, and a national debate has begun about the ferocity of contemporary political rhetoric and the undercurrent of violence in the country. North America Editor Mark Mardell reflects on what the attack means for American politics.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr has returned to Iraq after four years in self-imposed exile in Iran, with a fiery anti-American speech that called for unity among all Iraqis. Correspondent Jim Muir and Faleh Abdul Jabar discuss whether the former leader of the Mehdi Army militia has left violence behind.

A number of campaign groups are using the occasion of the Second Reading of the Armed Forces Bill to call for the end of bringing in recruits as young as 16. Rachel Taylor, from the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, and Col Richard Kemp, former commander of British troops in Afghanistan, debate the role of child soldiers.



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