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Today: Wednesday 12th January

Up to 20,000 homes may now be hit in Brisbane, officials say, as deadly floodwaters surge towards Australia's third city. European economies await the Portuguese bond sale. And MPs versus bankers - who came out top in yesterday's parliamentary encounter.

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Business news with Adam Shaw.

The duo Gilbert and George, who have been among Britain's leading modern artists for more than 30 years, are opening their latest exhibition, Urethra Postcard Pictures, at the White Cube gallery in London. Evan Davis asked them what is in store.

Many areas in England are not offering proper care to people who have had strokes once they leave hospital, according to a new report for the Care Quality Commission. Chief executive of the commission Cynthia Bower explains the concerns.

The Portuguese bond auction is being held today, seen by many as a risk that could trigger a downward spiral and the need for a bail out. Europe editor Gavin Hewitt reflects on what the Portuguese public make of their economic problems.

Mickey Harte, one of Northern Ireland's best known sporting figures, says he is heartbroken at the death of his daughter, Michaela McAreavey, who was found strangled in her hotel bedroom in Mauritius during her honeymoon. The BBC's Andy Martin reports from Belfast.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The coalition faces its first big electoral test tomorrow as the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election gets underway. The BBC's chief political correspondent Norman Smith reports on why it may not be the disaster for the Liberal Democrats that some have predicted.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Australian police are searching for more than 90 people missing in the floods in Queensland, and there are now warnings that the waters are surging towards the country's third largest city, Brisbane. Correspondent Nick Bryant reports.

A risk-free blood test has been developed to alert pregnant women to check whether their baby might be born with Down's Syndrome . Professor Kypros Nicolaides of King's College London explains the findings.

The paper review.

Barclays chief executive, Bob Diamond, emerged relatively unscathed from a largely hostile session before the Treasury Select Committee yesterday, saying that big bonuses were here to stay. Quentin Letts of the Daily Mail describes the drama of the session.

Thought for the day with Shaikh Abdal Hakim Murad, Muslim Chaplain at the University of Cambridge.

The daughter of Governor Salman Taseer, who was assassinated by his own bodyguard last week, has said that he "lived and died" for Pakistan. Sarah Montague spoke to Shehrbano Taseer about why she is calling on those who share her father's beliefs to speak out about injustice. And Aleem Maqbool speaks about the 'palpable fear' in Pakistan.

Portuguese bonds go on sale today amid speculation that, if the country fails to raise the money it needs, it could go the way of Greece and Ireland. Economics editor Stephanie Flanders considers the threat to the Euro. Former chancellor Norman Lamont and the German ambassador Georg Boomgaarden discuss how high the stakes are for the Eurozone as a whole.

Grieving relatives think they have been unfairly treated after a vicar banned them from laying artificial flowers at their loved-one's grave. Dr Kate Woodthorpe, lecturer in sociology at the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath, analyses just how sensitive the issue has become.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The pending population explosion is the biggest threat to humankind's survival, according to a new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Head of Energy, Environment and Climate Change Dr Tim Fox, the author of the report, examines how technology is aiming to ease the impact.

Are we falling out of love with marmalade? As new figures from the retail trade journal newspaper The Grocer show a rapid decline in the amount consumed in the UK, Paddington's creator Michael Bond sings the praises of the traditional breakfast favourite.

Business with Adam Shaw.

Lebanese viticulture has survived centuries of conflict, and the winemakers of the Bekaa Valley are optimistic their product will outlive future wars. Middle east editor Jeremy Bowen delves into the cultural and ethnic mosaic of this unstable but extraordinary country to hear the stories of those who, in defiance and dedication to their craft, continue to grow their vines so close to the frontline.

The film Black Swan is a new thriller about the dark side of ballet, directed by Darren Aronofsky. Deborah Bull, a former principal dancer at the Royal Opera House, tells arts correspondent Will Gompertz why the film is being tipped to win an Oscar.

Young people appear to be suffering disproportionately in terms of unemployment in this recession. Employment minister Chris Grayling and Shadow Work and Pensions secretary Douglas Alexander discuss how young people can be taken out of unemployment.



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