Monday, January 12, 2009

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Kirsty presents tonight's programme, here is her take on what's planned.

Heathrow's expansion is going to be a battle royal - if as expected the government announces its decision this week to back a third runway. The arguments on both sides are furious. Heathrow should be the mother and father of all airports! The gold standard of airports! The gateway to the trading capital of the world! Or Heathrow hell. Pollution of every kind will rain down on us! New flight paths will zigzag the capital! The cost could be as much as £13bn!

Tonight on Newsnight we ask a champion of each side to take on the other live in the studio. And you can read Science Editor Susan Watts' thoughts on the political and scientific imperatives behind the runway row on her blog by clicking here:

Our reporter Tim Whewell has turned up evidence that the Gaza conflict is being used by radical Muslim groups here to stir up young British Muslims. Should the Government be doing more to counter the influence of these forces, and what could be the security consequences for all of us?

Meanwhile, Israel has indicated that it may be approaching the endgame of the operation in Gaza. Our Diplomatic Editor Mark Urban is in Jerusalem, and will be speaking to key figures there to ask what Israel has achieved, and whether Hamas will emerge stronger or weaker from the conflict.

And I've been speaking to Catherine Deneuve, the first lady of French cinema about her new movie A Christmas Tale, her reaction to the upsetting allegations that her actor father collaborated with the Nazis (which she denies), and she is not impressed at all by France's Justice Minister Rachida Dati returning to work five days after the birth of her baby daughter. You can read more about my encounter with Mlle Deneuve here:

À bientôt, Kirsty

Join us tonight at 10.30pm.

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