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Today: Tuesday 3rd January

Seventy-two organisations and advisers have called on the government to work urgently with the other parties to reform long-term social care for elderly and disabled people. Also on today's programme, the Iowa caucuses, breast implants and Iran's missile tests.

Business news with Simon Jack on whether Britain is facing a so-called "lost decade".

One of our guest editors from last week, Baroness Boothroyd, was concerned about the direction that South Africa's leaders are taking their nation. So we asked Karen Allen, the BBC's Southern Africa correspondent, to find out how young people in that country feel about their country's political leadership.

Seventy-two signatories are calling on David Cameron to work with all parties to take urgent action and keep up momentum on the issue of social care reform ahead of the planned white paper on the issue in the Spring. Nicola Stanbridge looks back on how politicians have tried to address the problem of social care in the past.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The man who shot himself after killing three women in Horden, County Durham, at the weekend was a licensed holder of six firearms. Jean White, chair of the Horden Parish council, gives her reaction.

Tens of thousands of South Sudanese people are fleeing from their homes, after inter-ethnic clashes around the town of Pibor. The United Nations is warning villagers to run for their lives ahead of advancing fighters from a rival tribe. Parthrsary Rajendran, head of mission for Medecins Sans Frontieres in South Sudan, and Dr Sara Pantuliano, Sudan Analyst at the Overseas Development Institute, give their reaction.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet

A leading surgeon and member of the Government-commissioned panel investigating the faulty breast implant scandal, Tim Goodacre, says all faulty implants should be removed because of the uncertainty. Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham gives his analysis of the issue.

The paper review.

Athletes all over the world are gearing up for the Olympic Games. The BBC's Pakistan Correspondent, Aleem Maqbool, reports from a school which has, against a background of poverty, produced no less than 57 international hockey players, some of whom will be representing their country later this year in London.

Thought for the day with Vishwapani.

We will get the first indications later of who will challenge Barack Obama for the US presidency as Republican caucuses take place in Iowa. Three contenders, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum, lead the pack ahead of the vote. Jonny Dymond takes a look at the three candidates and Simon Conway, British journalist and Talk Show Host on WHO Radio in Iowa shares his thoughts on the race.

An open letter to David Cameron has called on him to work with rival politicians in order to reform social care for older and disabled people in England. Richard Humphries, Senior Fellow Social Care at the health think tank the King's Fund, former Conservative cabinet minister John Redwood and Lord Warner, former Labour health minister, debate the issue.

The man who police say killed three women in a house in County Durham before shooting himself was licensed to own six firearms. Roger Gray, a former tactical adviser to the Metropolitan Police firearms unit, explains the rules for firearms ownership.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

Iran has tested missiles near the Strait of Hormuz, as preparations are made to impose further economic sanctions on Iran over Tehran's nuclear programme. James Reynolds has the latest and Mark Fitzpatrick, director for non-proliferation programme at the International Institute for Security Studies, explains the dangers of Iran's nuclear ambition.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Alesha Dixon is leaving her role as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing to join the panel on Britain's Got Talent. Ann Widdecombe, who previously won Strictly Come Dancing, gives her reaction to the news.

With less than two months to go to the start of a huge civil law action in the United States over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, BP lawyers are trying to reach a settlement out of court. Roger Harrabin, the BBC's environment analyst, has the latest.

Why are there so few female top surgeons? Helen Fernandes, a Consultant Neurosurgeon at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge - where she was the first female to be appointed - shares her views.

The Princes Trust youth charity says it has discovered that the wellbeing of many young people is diminished, and their school grades affected, by a lack of "structure and direction" at home. Paul Brown of the Princes Trust and Dr Pat Spungin, a family psychologist, discuss whether having a routine is important for school children.


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