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Monday 24th January

A new study is expected to call for radical action to boost world food production -- to prevent millions going hungry. Also in today's programme, the first exports of Royal Wedding plates from China.

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The coldest winter in a hundred years has left a trail of potholes across Britain's roads - and councils have less money to tackle the problem because of the cuts. Peter Box, chair of the Local Government Association's Transport Board, which has made the claim, is also Labour leader of Wakefield City Council, and tells us why the holes are such a problem.

The biggest leak of confidential documents in the history of the Middle East has shed light on just how much Palestinian negotiators have been prepared to concede. Our Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen outlines what has been uncovered.

The phone hacking scandal story at the News of the World refuses to go away, with Gordon Brown now confirming he had concerns about his mobile phone and more celebrities taking legal action. Mark Stephens, one of the BBC's leading media lawyers, explains the widening concerns about other newspapers' actions.

Save The Children is searching for new funding to fund crucial vaccines against diarrhoea and pneumonia, which could save the lives of more than a million children each year. Our correspondent Mike Thomson reports from Sierra Leone in West Africa.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

A man on death row in the US state of Georgia is due to be executed on Tuesday by drugs sold by a British businessman in Acton, which the Today programme uncovered a few weeks ago. Our reporter Andy Hosken updates the story.

Sport news with Garry Richardson

Bob Diamond, the head of Barclays, will announce today a new way of paying bonuses, which is thought will be accepted by not only other banks but by their critics as well. Peter Hahn of the Cass Business School and the BBC's business editor Robert Peston discuss Mr Diamond's plan.

Paper review.

The first shipment of plates to commemorate the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton is on its way from China. Our correspondent Damian Grammaticus takes a visit to the factory.

Thought for the Day with the Canon Dr Alan Billings.

A decision on whether Tottenham Hotspur or West Ham United get the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 games will be made on Friday. Our Olympic correspondent Gordon Farquahar explains the thought process behind the decision and the International Olympic Committee's Sir Craig Reedie discusses the legacy the games are aiming to leave behind.

A government study into food security has called for urgent action to avert global hunger. BBC correspondent David Loyn outlines the crisis forming around the world and Professor Sir John Beddington, the government's chief scientific adviser, discusses the potential for a major food crisis.

New controller of BBC1 Danny Cohen is aiming to capture the lives of a broad range of British people on the channel under his new leadership. The comedian Chris McGlade, and the Spectator's TV critic, James Delingpole, debate whether BBC comedy is too middle class.

Sport news with Garry Richardson

An Israeli inquiry into the attack on the flotilla of ships heading for Gaza from Turkey last year has concluded that the Israeli soldiers opened fire in self-defence. Nine people were killed in the raid and the Turkish authorities and a UN Human rights Council investigation have condemned it. Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev and the UN's Richard Falk debate the fallout from the assault.

With new revelations coming out almost daily about the private life of Silvio Berlusconi, it is due to be discussed today at a meeting of the main decision making body of the Italian bishops' conference. Emma Bonino, vice president of the senate in Italy, talks about whether Mr Berlusconi can remain prime minister with all this going on.

Paper review.

According to the Centre for Cities annual index, Cities Outlook 2011, UK cities are bouncing back from the recession, including some of those hardest hit by job losses such as Hull, Doncaster and Northampton. Alexandra Jones, who runs the Centre for Cities research unit, outlines why some cities are fairing better than others.

Recent research from doctors in Scotland have found out putting people into artificial hibernation immediately after a stroke could dramatically improve their prospects of recovery. Hubert Hermann, is one of the few patients who received the treatment after a stroke and outlines the benefits he has found.

A recent government study has stated there is a risk of global hunger unless something is done to avert it. Devinder Sharma, who chairs the Forum for Biotechnology and Food Security and Roger Martin, of the Optimum Population Trust, discuss what should be done to prevent the crisis.


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