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Today: Monday 21st January

Around 80 people are now thought to have died in the siege at an Algerian gas plant, where more bodies have been found. MPs have criticised Downing Street's investigation into the row between the former Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell and police officers, saying it should have been handled by an independent adviser. And also on the programme, is it true that British politicians are scared of showing off their interest in the arts?

We are no longer providing clips of every part of the programme but you will be able to listen via the BBC iPlayer .

Business news with Simon Jack on news of the implications for the global oil and gas industry after the Algerian hostage crisis.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

An update of the travel situation after more snowfall in the UK last night. The BBC's Jenny Hill reports from Ainley Top in West Yorkshire at junction 24 of the M62 near Huddersfield.

The most senior civil servant in Downing Street "failed to resolve" key questions about the Andrew Mitchell "plebgate" affair when he looked into the matter, a group of MPs has said. The chairman of the Public Administration Select Committee, Conservative Bernard Jenkin, outlines the view that Sir Jeremy Heywood should have urged a wider probe into "discrepancies" of accounts between the MP and police.

Business news with Simon Jack.


Later today Americans will celebrate Barack Obama's inauguration, the ceremony that marks the beginning of his second term as President, after his election victory last November. The BBC's North American editor Mark Mardell asks what Obama's legacy will be in four years' time.


The movie Skyfall is opening in China today, three months after it opened in London. The BBC's John Sudworth explains that certain key scenes have been cut, notably, the one where a French hit-man shoots a Chinese security guard in Shanghai.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, has said it is time to take a "long hard look" at legal aid in criminal cases. Maura McGowan QC, chairwoman of the Bar Council, responds to Mr Grayling's complaints that £1bn a year is still being spent on criminal legal aid, and Chris Grayling, Justice Secretary, explains his views.

The paper review.


Pope Benedict has tweeted in Latin for the first time as the Vatican continues its efforts to revive interest in the language. The BBC's David Willey explains what he has been saying, while Peter Jones, co-founder of Friends of the Classics and author of the Ancient and Modern column in The Spectator, says that the Vatican are being a bit dull with their translations for the Pope's Twitter page.

Thought for the Day with Canon Dr Alan Billings, an Anglican Priest.

Heathrow has been an epicentre of chaos over the weekend with flights delayed and cancelled, and passengers sleeping on the floor. The BBC's John Andrew reports on the disruption the snow has caused and Chris Tarry, is an aviation analyst, gives his take on how the problems are being dealt with.


With the Algerian hostage crisis over - although the numbers of fatalities are not yet final - attention turns to back to Mali, the French intervention and the north African region. The BBC's correspondent Andrew Harding examines the situation in Mali and William Hague, foreign secretary, outlines the UK's political stance.


Today is the anniversary of George Orwell's death. His most famous novels 'Animal Farm' and '1984' are classic examples of dystopian literature. John Sutherland, professor of English literature at University College London, and Margaret Reynolds, professor of English at Queen Mary's University, discuss the appeal of the dystopian novel.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Communities across the UK are likely to become less cohesive according to a report published by the government's chief scientist. Professor Sir John Beddington explains that that social networks such as Facebook and online gaming are changing people's views about who they are and their place in the world.

Business news with Simon Jack.


Israel's long election campaign is in the home strait. The BBC's Middle East correspondent Kevin Connolly reports that voters will head for the polls tomorrow to choose between the bewildering array of 34 parties fighting for seats in the Knesset.

The outgoing head of the Arts Council, Dame Liz Forgan, has taken a parting shot at public figures she says are reluctant to show they have any interest in culture, assuming that they have any in the first place. Gisela Stuart, Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston and David Mellor, the first national heritage secretary in John Major's government, discuss whether MPs have a vested interest in culture.

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