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Today: Thursday 3rd January

The men who gang raped a medical student on a bus in Delhi will be charged with her murder. The Argentinean president has called for talks on the handover of the Falkland Islands, which she says Britain acquired in a "blatant exercise in nineteenth century colonialism" and exploring technology catching criminals by the way they walk.

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Five men in India are being formally charged with the murder of a young medical student in Delhi. Jyoti Malhotra, of the Times of India, discusses why thousands of women marched through the city to show their anger over attitudes to women in India.

A convicted killer who escaped from a secure hospital has been re-captured. Reporter Fiona Trott explains the events around Phillip Westwater, also known as Philip Whiteman, who was detained indefinitely in 1989.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Keepers at zoos across the UK have begun their annual stock take, when they count up every animal they have in their care. Miranda Stevenson, chief executive of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (Biaza), discusses how the information is collated, shared and used by zoos around the world.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.


Most pensioners should lose their winter fuel allowance so the money can be used instead on funding the care system, former Lib Dem minister Paul Burstow says. Home editor Mark Easton reports on the idea of a "fairer" care system and Mr Burstow discusses how the bill for care can be met.

US singer Patti Page, the biggest selling female artist of the 1950s, has died at the age of 85. Her gentle country tones fell out of fashion with the coming of rock 'n' roll but she still managed to sell more than 100 million records. Some of her hits included The Tennessee Waltz - the last song to sell a million copies of sheet music - and novelty record (How Much Is That) Doggie In The Window.

Paper review.

Quentin Tarantino is one of the world's most celebrated directors. His films have always been controversial because of their violence but that has helped Tarantino cement his reputation in Hollywood history. Arts editor Will Gompertz talks to Tarantino about his latest film, Django Unchained.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Joel Edwards, international director of Micah Challenge.


The latest biometric techniques being pioneered to identify criminals and solve crimes now go much further than fingerprints, DNA, face and iris scans. Professor Mark Nixon, of the School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, explains how looking at people's ears and the way they lay their feet on the ground could help solve a crime.


Five men in India are to be charged with the murder of a medical student who was gang-raped on a Delhi bus. The 23-year-old victim died at the weekend from injuries she sustained during the 16 December attack, in an incident that sparked national outrage. Correspondent Andrew North reports on how the crime of rape is seen in India and Indira Jaising, India's first woman additional solicitor general, discusses whether India has a problem with rape specific to the country.


Argentina's president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, has written a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron urging the UK to abide by a 1960 United Nations resolution urging member states to "end colonialism in all its forms and manifestations". Klaus Dodds, professor of geopolitics at Royal Holloway, University of London, examines the content of the letter published as an advert in some newspapers.

What you would do with an extra half an hour in the day? In the second of the series of reports, fitness expert Diana Moran shares how she makes use of waking up so early in the day.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.


White, working-class teenage boys are disadvantaged when it comes to university applications and that action should be considered to give them special treatment, universities minister David Willetts believes. Mr Willetts explains why he has made these comments.

Business news with Simon Jack.

We could be getting some spectacular meteor showers in the coming days. Dr Lucie Green, a space scientist at University College London, explains how and why.

A man has been arrested after a 22-year-old British tourist was shot dead in Thailand on New Year's Eve. Dr Rachel Harrison, of the school of Oriental and African studies (Soas) explains how Londoner Stephen Ashton is thought to have been caught in the cross fire during a fight between two groups in a beach bar.

A number of "extreme downpours" have been seen in the last year. Environment analyst Roger Harrabin explains why the Met Office says the UK will be seeing more of them in the years to come.

The BBC presenter and producer Charles Chilton has died at the age of 95. If you are a fan of old radio serials, many of his programmes will have been heard. In the 1950s he wrote and produced the classic radio sci-fi series 'Journey into Space'. Talking to Today in November 2012, he discussed the 90th anniversary of the first broadcast on the BBC.


If you get pregnant, should expectant mothers give up alcohol? There are many more questions parents to be ask. science journalist Linda Geddes, of the New Scientist and Belinda Phipps, chief executive of the National Childbirth Trust, discuss "bumpology", the difference between the science and commonly believed myths about pregnancy.

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