Friday 20 January 2012
Mass protests are continuing in Syria, even after the Arab League observer mission ended.
The country's capital, Damascus, has seen rallies by the Free Syrian Army, a group previously located in Homs.
Tonight, Tim Whewell reports on whether the unrest is gaining momentum, or are the many thousands of deaths and detentions taking their toll on the spirit of the activists?
Also, the government has published its first ever estimates for the proportion of foreign-born people who are claiming working-age benefits in the UK.
It found that 371,000 migrants made claims last year, the vast majority of which were legitimate.
So with immigration continuing in the hundreds, rather than tens of thousands, how will the welfare system be effected? David Grossman reports and we'll be crunching the numbers in the studio.
And finally, letters by Voltaire have been uncovered which reveal how much this icon of French writing profited financially and intellectually from a stay in England.
They include a signed acceptance from the 18th Century philosopher for a £200 grant from the Royal Family. Steve Smith looks into the writer's time in Blighty.