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Today: Saturday 19th November

A government review has recommended stripping GPs of the right to sign off people on long-term sick leave. And later on the programme, more experiments seem to indicate that it is possible to travel faster than the speed of light.

The government has been told that people who have been claiming sickness benefits for a long time should be assessed differently. Political correspondent Terry Stiasny explains the changes.

Thirty years after the Hollywood actress Natalie Wood died, police in Los Angeles have re-opened an investigation into her death. Alastair Leithead outlines why the incident is being re-examined.

As fresh anti-government protests erupted and France called for the UN to act against President Bashar Assad, the British Foreign Secretary William Hague is set to hold talks with the leaders of the rebellion in Syria. Middle east correspondent Jim Muir reports.

Spain is holding its general election tomorrow and the outgoing Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero will not be standing for a third term. Shaun Ley, presenter of The World this Weekend which will be coming from Madrid tomorrow, examines the current prospects for the Spanish elections.

The Leveson inquiry, which was set up after the News of the World closed following the phone hacking scandal, has been hearing evidence all week mostly about the importance of a free press. BBC correspondent Peter Hunt has been at the hearings where there have been calls for the industry not to be over-regulated and claims that the tabloids operate in an ethical vacuum.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

The Guardian newspaper is reporting this morning that Mark Duggan - the man whose shooting triggered the August riots - was not holding a gun at the time he was shot. Home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw analyses this latest twist in the story.

The financier David Norman, who used to be chief executive of Credit Suisse, has written to the prime minister saying pension charges are too high, deliberately complex and sometimes hidden. He explains why he believes urgent and radical changes are needed to the way pensions are sold.

A review of the papers.

The English academic Francis Galton, often described as the father of eugenics, wrote a novel based on the idea 100 years ago that has only just been published for the first time. Dr Matthew Sweet, who has written an introduction to the book, titled Kantsaywhere, explains his view that much of the modern welfare system is rooted in Galtonian thought.

Thought for The Day with the Reverend Roy Jenkins.

David Cameron and Angela Merkel have acknowledged differences over the eurozone crisis but stressed they have the "same plan" for European growth at their meeting in Berlin yesterday. David Rennie, political editor of The Economist, and George Eustice, a eurosceptic Tory MP, debate how Britain's position in the EU is likely to change.

The teaching union NASUWT is the latest to say it will be joining the public sector strike on 30 November along with 26 other unions and more than two million government workers who will not be working on that date. Brendan Barber, the general secretary of the TUC, discusses how much backing there is for the strike.

Albert Einstein's law that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light has come under threat again from the same controversial experiment which had been disregarded by many physicists. Dr Giles Barr, a physicist at Oxford University, explains whether E still equals mc squared.

Few in Britain will have heard of Rohullah Nikpai but he is a hero in his native Afghanistan as the first Afghan to win an Olympic medal - for taekwondo - at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Mike Thomson went to meet the 24-year-old athlete in Kabul as he trains for next year's London games.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

A government-commissioned review is going to say changes should be made in the way people on sickness benefits are assessed. Lord Freud, the minister for welfare reform, and Dr Richard Vautrey, deputy chairman of the BMA GPs committee, debate the proposed changes.

A review of the papers.

We all borrow interesting and clever phrases from other people: it's how we all communicate, and of course it's what makes the English language so wonderful. The writer and broadcaster Max Cryer has examined the origins of some of our better known sayings in his book Who Said that First?

The second series of the Danish crime series The Killing begins on BBC 4 tonight with the question on everyone's mind on whether the actress Sofie Grabol, who plays the main character Sarah Lund, will be wearing the same snowflake sweater. Gerard Allt, the founder and manager of I Knit London, reflects on why the garment has become so iconic.

The protesters who have been camped outside St Paul's Cathedral for the past month are spreading their wings with some moving into an office block owned by an investment bank that is no longer occupied by them. Veteran campaigner Lindis Percy, and Matthew Sinclair, director of the Taxpayer's Alliance group, debate what lies ahead for the protesters.


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