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Today: Saturday 4th February

How can you prevent vulnerable people dying in the cold? Is our moral outrage against bankers justified? And, Westerns transformed the movie soundtrack, but what is the future of music in films?

Anti-government forces in Syria say that two hundred people have been killed in the city of Homs in what they claim is the heaviest attack by government forces since the uprising began. Read the news story.

The cold snap which has hit the UK is particularly dangerous for older people. Claudia Wells, head of Mortality Analysis at the Office for National Statistics, explains winter mortality figures.

Some 180 people were killed in Nigeria last month after a coordinated strike on the city of Kano. But what happened afterwards has come under scrutiny. The BBC's Mark Lobel reports.

A study by Imperial College has given insight into the possibility of there being life on Mars. Dr Tom Pike led the study and explains the findings.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Foreign Secretary William Hague is visiting Somalia, which he calls "the world's most failed state" ahead of a conference being hosted by the British government in London to address the terrorism and kidnapping that characterise the country. This week the UN re-opened an office in the capital Mogadishu after 17 years. East Africa correspondent Will Ross looks at its mission, and UN special envoy to Somalia Augustine Mahiga details the challenges ahead.

Paper review.

Carmaker BMW has said it regrets the decision to name the cold front that has killed some 100 people in Germany after the Mini Cooper. Allyson Stewart-Allen, a marketing expert who runs International Marketing Partners, explains what brands can to to avoid such marketing disasters.
Thought for the day with Reverend Dr Giles Fraser.

Meetings between the Greek government and debt inspectors from the IMF, the European Central Bank and the European Commission, are going on over the weekend. The BBC's Mark Lowen reports on the latest from Athens. And Stephen Major, head of Fixed Income research at HSBC, and Sharon Bowles, a Liberal Democrat MEP who chairs the Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs committee, debate what Greece should have to agree to in order to get its second EU bailout.

Is the moral outrage against bankers justified? Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee and the chief executive of the British Bankers' Association Angela Knight discuss.

A rally by opposition parties for the forthcoming Russian elections is taking place in Moscow today. At the same time pro-Putin supporters are demonstrating near the Kremlin. Correspondent Steve Rosenberg gives us the latest.

Sports with Rob Bonnet.

What needs to be done to help elderly people get through the winter? Reporter Nicola Stanbridge speaks to Nancy, a 89-year-old who is fighting the cold without the aid of central heating. And Mervyn Kohler, an advisor to Age UK, explains what can be done to save lives.

Paper review.

More than 3,000 civilians were killed in Afghanistan last year, according to figures being released by the United Nations. The BBC's Quentin Sommerville has the details.

Many football fans have dreamt of playing for their national team, but it is rather unrealistic when you are from England or Spain or Germany. Football journalist Paul Watson describes his attempt to find a place in one of the worst football teams in the world - the Federated States of Micronesia.

The Chris Huhne case is the first instance of a minister resigning because of criminal charges since the Lord Lambton scandal of the early 1970s. Mr Huhne says he is innocent and will fight to clear his name against the accusation of perverting the course of justice. Matthew Parris explains the history of ministerial resignations.

A lecture to be delivered at the Watershed in Bristol today, by the cultural historian Sir Christopher Frayling, is to look at the Spaghetti Westerns which transformed movie music. Sir Christopher Frayling and Debbie Wiseman, a film composer, analyse the future of music in film.


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