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President Mubarak has responded to four days of mass demonstrations across Egypt by sacking his government and promising political and economic reform. Justin Webb is at the World Economic Forum in Davos where the future of the euro and bullish bankers are among the topics being discussed by movers and shakers of the world's money market. And also in the programme, veteran newspaper editor Sir Harold Evans shares his thoughts on tabloid ethics.

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Following violent riots in Egypt, President Mubarak has sacked his government and says he'll appoint a new one tonight. We hear from our correspondents Rupert Wingfield Hayes and Jon Leyne in Suez and Cairo.

Justin Webb is in Davos for the fourth day of the World Economic Forum. He speaks to the BBC's economics editor Stephanie Flanders who's been following the main threads of discussion.

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Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has issued another video insisting that, despite being embroiled in sex scandal allegations, he still deserves to remain as premier. Former senior Italian diplomat and now a political commentator, Carlo Ungaro reflects on the allegations against Mr Berlusconi.

Small business are key to economic recovery - but the Federation of Small Businesses says they're not doing well, squeezed by inflation, VAT and fuel rises and unable to access credit. The Today programme's Sanchia Berg has been to two very different constituencies in Sheffield to investigate this essential sector.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Back to Davos with Justin Webb where President Sarkozy has been defending the euro after a tumultuous few months. But the mood music behind the scenes at the World Economic Forum is not so optimistic with many believing the euro crisis is far from over.

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The Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, made a television appearance last night promising social, economic, and democratic reforms and a new government, following days of protests on the streets of Cairo and other cities. We hear the view from Washington where White House spokesman Robert Gibbs was asked at a press conference last night whether the US planned to end military aid to Egypt. Former US Defence Secretary William Cohen gives us his thoughts.

Thought for the Day with Brian Draper - Associate lecturer at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.

Following the sexism scandal in the football world which saw the departure of Sky Sports presenters Andy Gray and Richard Keys, we discuss whether the scandal was a sign that free speech must be increasingly censored in order not to offend or whether we've really moved out of the dark ages at all. Presenter of BBC 5 Live's Man Hour, Tim Samuels and feminist author Kat Banyard debate the issue.

Protesters were still defying the curfew in Cairo last night and there have been violent exchanges between crowds in the streets. President Mubarak promised reforms in response to the protests which have shaken his regime. He has said he'll appoint a new government today, and has promised social and economic reform. The BBC's Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen reports from Cairo.

Reporting from Davos where the World Economic Forum is taking place, Justin Webb examines whether this gathering of the world's economic and political elite is an effective way of influencing powerful people or a cynical exercise in back-slapping by the super rich.

The inquiry into the 7/7 London bombings in 2005 has completed its hearings into the explosion on Tavistock Square, on a No 30 bus. It happened just outside the headquarters of the British Medical Association, and Dr Peter Holden was one of the first on the scene. He gave his evidence yesterday, and joins us on the Today programme to talk about his experience.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has promised social and economic reform and has sacked his government in a bid to appease angry protesters who have taken to the streets to voice their anger over the last four days. The BBC's John Sudworth reports from Cairo and the British ambassador to Egypt, Dominic Asquith, reflects on the demonstrations.

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The phone hacking saga has picked up interest in the United States. After all, it was the New York Times that spent months investigating practices at the News of the World - owned by Rupert Murdoch's News International. Former editor of the Sunday Times and pioneer of investigative journalism Sir Harold Evans now lives in New York and weighed in on the scandal.

From the World Economic Forum, Justin Webb asks what has Davos 2011 achieved? What are the world leaders and business folk taking home in the way of extra knowledge, a sense of how the world looks? Two of the best minds at the gathering belong to Martin Wolf of the Financial Times and economics editor of the Economist Zanny Minton Beddoes, who outlined the events of the last few days.

We've heard from Cairo this morning, where there is a curfew, President Mubarak has promised reform and a new government, but protesters are promising more trouble. Professor Tariq Ramadan of Oxford University, whose father founded the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt; and Algerian journalist Nabila Ramdani discuss the regional impact of the Egyptian demonstrations.



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