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Today: Saturday 21st January

The widow of a British hostage whose body has been returned five years after he was kidnapped says his family can now grieve properly. Thousands of former Woolworths employees have been awarded compensation totalling nearly 70-million pounds. And also on Today's programme, why are so many people going to Accident and Emergency?

The shopworkers' union Usdaw says it has won £67m in compensation for former employees of Woolworths who lost their jobs when the firm collapsed. The BBC's Joe Lynam reports.

A Conservative backbencher has put forward legislation that would have paved the way for the UK to go on Central European Time for a three-year experiment. But the Daylight Saving Bill was talked out of time in the Commons by a small group of MPs as Parliamentary correspondent Mark D'Arcy reports.

The biggest event in African football, the African Cup of Nations, kicks off today. Jonathan Wilson, editor of the football quarterly The Blizzard and Musa Okwonga, a poet and sports writer, discuss the importance of the event for the continent.

At the Leveson Inquiry this week, editors of national and regional newspapers continued to give evidence and Lord Justice Leveson was also given an insight into the world of celebrity journalism. The BBC's Peter Hunt reviews the week's hearings.

This week the International Monetary Fund said it will seek to increase its resources by $500 billion to help stabilise the global economy. The extra money could be used to help countries in the eurozone struggling to pay their debts. Douglas Carswell MP - one of the Conservatives who rebelled against the extra contribution Britain made to the fund last year - and Ngaire Woods, a member of the IMF European Advisory Group, debate if the IMF is on the right path or whether it is exceeding its remit.

The paper review

Police stations and other government buildings have been attacked in the big northern Nigerian city of Kano. At least six people have been killed following the growing tensions between Muslims and Christians. The BBC's Mark Doyle is in Nigeria and he examines why so many people are turning to violence.

Thought for the day with Brian Draper - associate lecturer at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.

Arab foreign ministers will meet at the Arab League's headquarters in Cairo on Sunday to discuss the report into their recent mission in Syria and a decision will be made on whether to extend the mission for another month. Jon Leyne reports on the latest developments and Salman Shaikh, the director of the Brookings Institute in Doha, outlines how the wider Arab world is responding to events in Syria.

David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg have all delivered speeches this week on their visions for a more ethical capitalism in the UK. Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator at the Financial Times and Michael Portillo, former Conservative cabinet minister, analyse if politicians are anywhere near to offering a viable solution.

During Wednesday's session of the Leveson Inquiry, the idea was raised that celebrities might be able to opt in or opt out of a register which determined the level of media scrutiny they received. Alan Edwards who runs an entertainment PR company called Outside, gives his thoughts on whether this could work in practice.

Since devolution in 1999 Scotland has changed and some Scots like to claim it's not just policies which mark Scotland apart from England, as they make the claim that their society is fairer, more democratic and more tolerant. The BBC's Scotland correspondent Colin Blane has been investigating how much Scotland has already moved away from the rest of the United Kingdom.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Admissions to A&E in England have increased dramatically over the last decade from 12 million to 21 million. Nigel Edwards of the King's Fund and David Stout, deputy chief executive of the NHS Confederation, discuss how the system, with ever-more stretched budgets and increasing patient demand, can cope.

Press TV, the Iranian state broadcaster's English-language outlet, has been forced off the air in the UK after Ofcom revoked its licence for breaching the broadcasting code. The BBC's Torin Douglas reports and Yvonne Ridley, a former war correspondent who works for Press TV, reacts to Ofcom's move.

The paper review.

A British security guard, Alan McMenemy, was kidnapped in Iraq five years ago and murdered. Yesterday his body was handed over to the British embassy in Baghdad. The BBC's security correspondent Frank Gardner explains how this brings to a "sad and tragic" end years of waiting for Alan McMenemy's widow.

Italy has been utterly gripped by the drama of the past week: the sinking of the Costa Concordia, the great bravery of some of the passengers and the extraordinary behaviour of its captain. Beppe Severgnini, Italian writer and political commentator, and Annalisa Piras, London correspondent of the Italian news magazine, L'espresso, discuss how much soul-searching this incident has prompted in the land of the dolce vita.


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