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Today: Saturday 12 January

David Cameron is going to find it impossible to renegotiate Britain's relationship with the EU, according to one of Angela Merkel's key allies. The NSPCC says that the Jimmy Savile case should mark a cultural shift in the way that we deal with allegations of child abuse. And, what is the largest structure in space? An international team of astronomers claim to have found it.

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The prime minister is "ill-advised" to be thinking about any referendum on the Britain and the EU, according to Lord Heseltine, one of the guardians of the Conservatives' pro-European flame. He's given an interview to The Times. The BBC's political correspondent Alan Soady explains.

Four police officers have been injured during another night of violence in Northern Ireland. Loyalist protesters who are angry at the decision by Belfast City Council to fly the Union Flag only on certain days, threw more than 30 petrol bombs. Police responded with water cannon and baton rounds. Reporter Chris Page describes the scenes.

What's the future of press regulation in the wake of the Leveson report? Ministers are looking at plans to set up a new watchdog backed by royal charter. But there wasn't much support for the idea when the House of Lords spent the day debating Sir Brian Leveson's proposals. The BBC's correspondent, Mark D'Arcy was watching.

In the aftermath of the riots, the government vowed to get to grips with gang culture. Today politicians and police will meet to discuss current strategy on gangs at an event organised by the think tank the Centre for Social Justice and XLP, a charity which works to stop young people in cities turning to a life of crime. David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham and Jennifer Blake from Safe 'n' Sound, a youth project that works with young people in gangs join the debate.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

French military forces have gone into action in Mali against Islamist rebels, who've taken over half the country. The French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, confirmed that the intervention had included air strikes. President Francois Hollande described the rebels, who are linked to Al-Qaeda, as terrorists threatening Mali's very existence. The Guardian reporter Tamasin Ford and the BBC's correspondent Hugh Schofield in Paris join the programme.

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Journalist and historian, Robert Kee, has died at the age of 93. He had already established a reputation on The Sunday Times and the Observer before he became a television journalist in 1958, when he become a correspondent and presenter on Panorama. Robert Fox, defence correspondent at the Evening Standard and an historian of journalism reflects on Mr Kee's life.

Israel's parliamentary election campaign has entered its final two weeks, but it was edged out as the nation's top talking point by a spectacular outbreak of wintry weather. Even before the storms, bread and butter campaign issues were struggling to force themselves onto the agenda of a nation where national security issues traditionally dominate political life. Correspondent Kevin Connolly reports.

Thought for the Day with the Reverend Roy Jenkins.

It has long been thought that the number of court convictions for rape and sexual assaults is just a fraction of the offences that actually take place. But the scale of the problem set out in figures published this week by the Government was still considered shocking. We were told there are as 517,000 claims of sexual assault every year; 54,000 of those are recorded by the police as crimese and just over 5,500 are convicted. Natasha Walter, Guardian columnist and Uanu Seshmi, director of the From Boyhood to Manhood Foundation, join the debate.


David Cameron is going to find it impossible to renegotiate Britain's relationship with the EU, according to one of Angela Merkel's key allies, Gunther Krichbaum, the chairman of the Bundestag's European Affairs Committee. Krichbaum has been in Westminster this week talking about Berlin's concerns over Cameron's policy. Mr Krichbaum and Conservative MP Bill Cash debate the effect of a renegotiation.


The first ever "Delia Derbyshire Day" is taking place later in Manchester. In 1963 Delia Derbyshire was working for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop when she converted a Ron Grainer composition into a TV theme-tune which has had children running behind the sofa for 50 years - Dr Who. Today's event claims that Delia Derbyshire deserves to be celebrated as a true pioneer of electronic music. The BBC's entertainment correspondent Colin Paterson has been to rehearsals.

Islamist rebels have taken over half the west African country of Mali. Matthias Gebauer of the German magazine, Der Spiegel, is close to the conflict zone.


A python hunt in the Florida everglades starts today. Hundreds of people are going to go on the prowl for Burmese pythons which have multiplied in recent years and become predators who are disturbing the ecosystem of the area. Professor Frank Mazzotti at University of Florida is part of the team behind the hunt.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.


The NSPCC says that the Savile case should mark a cultural shift in the way that we deal with allegations of child abuse. Its head of child protection John Cameron said: "We want this to mark a cultural shift so that if a child speaks out against someone, we take what they are saying seriously and we act upon it always in future". How will this translate into the way that the police, CPS and courts deal with investigations and prosecutions? Baroness Helena Kennedy and John Cameron, head of child protection for the NSPCC, shed light on the matter.

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The government is giving hints of its plans for a flat rate old age pension to start in 2017. The Daily Telegraph reports this morning that the simplification of the system, producing a pension worth perhaps £155 a week, will mean that many working people will have to pay higher national insurance contributions. Head of pensions research at Hargreaves Landsdowne, Tom McPhail talked to Today's presenter James Naughtie about the ramifications.


An international team of astronomers claim to have found the largest known structure in the universe. Dr Roger Clowes, reader in astrophysics at the University of Central Lancashire and Professor Heather Couper, broadcaster, and a former president of the British Astronomical Association, explain.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the publication of Alain-Fournier's Le Grand Meaulnes. The hero of Jack Kerouac's On the Road carries this book on his three-year travels across America, Henry Miller venerated its hero and F. Scott Fitzgerald borrowed its title for The Great Gatsby.

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