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Today: Saturday 25th February

Aid workers are hoping to rescue more people trapped by the shelling in the Syrian city of Homs after bringing out some women and children last night. Do we really have "free will" or is what we do decided by other factors affecting our brain? And, with one American presidential candidate sporting tank tops on the campaign trail, we discuss political fashion with that devotee of the woolly jumper, Gyles Brandreth.

Humanitarian workers in Syria have begun moving injured people out of Baba Amr in the city of Homs. Our middle east correspondent Jim Muir is in Beirut.

Paper review.


A new self-help book called 'The Start-Up of You' is co-written by Reid Hoffman, one of Silicon Valley's most successful entrepreneurs. He is co-founder of LinkedIn and has been involved in other start-ups too. The book shows readers how to bring a bit of Silicon Valley start-up philosophy to their career. Presenter Evan Davis spoke to him about it.


Is there such a thing as "free will"?

Advances in neuroscience mean it is now possible to map areas of the brain to actions. Anthony Gottlieb, who recently wrote an article about it in the Economist Intelligent Life magazine and Professor Patrick Haggard from the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL argue and debate what new scientific evidence tells us about our so called 'freedom to choose.'

Our correspondent in Mexico, Will Grant gives the latest from the G20 finance ministers meeting in Mexico.

Sports news with Alison Mitchell.


Parents in Kent think they can obtain permission for a new "satellite" grammar school to be built. The county is one of a handful which have retained selection at 11. The conservative-run local authority will make a decision whether to allow the scheme to go ahead next month. But critics argue this is ruse by Conservatives to reintroduce grammar schools through the back door. Gillian Hargreaves reports.

Paper review.

The British Medical Association will decide today whether they should ballot doctors on industrial action in their dispute over pensions. Adam Brimelow is our health correspondent.

The Saudi foreign minister has publicly backed the arming of Syria's opposition for the first time. Speaking at an international conference in Tunis yesterday, Prince Saud al-Faisal said it was an "excellent idea" which would allow people to protect themselves. The BBC has been told that Saudi Arabia has been funding the rebels and that money, arms and militants have been taken into the country via Iraq since last autumn. Richard Galpin reports.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Rob Marshall, an Anglican Priest.

Recently a number of employers have pulled out of a work-experience scheme for the young, because they do not want to be accused of exploitation as it involves people working for benefits rather than wages. Moreover, one of the private companies delivering the work programme A4E is facing allegations that it falsified work referrals. Ian Mulhern, director of the Social Market Foundation and Kirsty McHugh, chief executive of the Employment Related Services Association - The Umbrella Body, reflect on the work programme and whether it is delivering.

The boss of the country's largest pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline has accused the government of "systematically delaying" the release of new drugs to try to save money. Sir Andrew Witty said it is a problem across Europe as governments cope with austerity. But he argues that it is short-sighted and will ultimately be counterproductive. Professor Jonathan Waxman is professor of Oncology at Imperial College London.


The Sun on Sunday hits news stands this weekend. Rupert Murdoch's latest creation will be launched with a huge advertising campaign and a print run of around three million copies and is expected to be more family-friendly and less salacious than its predecessor, The News of the World. Chris Horrie, professor of journalism Winchester University and author of Stick it Up Your Punter!: The Uncut Story of the Sun Newspaper and Douglas McCabe, media analyst with Enders Analysis, examine its sisiter paper's historical track record and the prospects for the new title.

Sports news with Alison Mitchell.


The Red Cross is hoping to move more people out of the besieged and bombarded Syrian city of Homs today. The first 27 people, including six wounded, were taken out yesterday by humanitarian workers. Saleh Dabbakeh, a spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), who is in Damascus, said talks were underway to secure a ceasefire for another evacuation today.

Paper review.

America has a new sporting hero. Jeremy Lin is a 23-year-old basketball player for the struggling New York Knicks, who until just a few days ago, was officially homeless, after being sacked by two different teams at the end of last year. Now, following an extraordinary run of record-beating play, he is become an overnight sensation, who is defying all the conventions of his sport. Matt Wells reports from New York.

Robert Mugabe continues celebrations for his 88th Birthday this weekend. He is insisting he will stay in power in Zimbabwe despite international condemnation for his record in office, and mutterings in his own party about handing over to a younger leader. Simon Bright, a former Mugabe supporter, now exile has been back to the country to make an undercover film. Simon Bright director of 'Robert Mugabe…What Happened?'.


Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has been causing quite a stir during his primary appearances, not because of his political views, but because of his "sweater vests", what the British call 'tank tops'. So does it help to have a signature look in politics? Gyles Brandreth, former Tory MP and wearer of dodgy jumpers and Helen Lewis, assistant editor at the New Statesman, debate the importance of sartorial style to politicians.



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