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Today: Monday 31st January

Police have been ordered back onto the streets of Cairo as President Mubarak tries to reassert his authority. MPs have their first chance to vote today on the government's controversial re-organisation of the NHS in England. And also in the programme, 50 years since the first chimpanzee was sent into orbit, we celebrate the history of animals in space.

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Business news with Adam Shaw. The new head of the CBI, John Cridland, who takes over today, outlines his plans. Jonathan Herbst - a partner at the law firm Norton Rose - analyses proposed reforms for tighter regulation of the financial sector. And Howard Wheeldon reflects on the markets.

More than 120 MPs have joined an all party parliamentary group to call for compulsory financial education for young people. They want children to be given lessons on money, consuming and debt to ensure they are equipped to make financial decisions. Its chair is the conservative MP Justin Tomlinson who tells the Today programme about their plans.

Police have been ordered back onto the streets of Cairo following continuing violent protests over the weekend. So what happens now? From Cairo, the Human Rights Watch's Peter Bouckaert and Egyptian-born novelist Ahdaf Soueif share their thoughts.

From today, police forces will have new powers to help them deal with gang violence across England and Wales. Reporter Debbie Randle has been to visit one project in Nottingham where they use football to try to ease tensions between those from rival gang areas.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Three quarters of a million people will become higher rate tax payers in April even though they don't earn any more. That's because the level at which the upper rate kicks in is coming down. That's according to figures from analysis carried out by the Institute for Fiscal studies. It's director Paul Johnson reflects on their findings.

Fifty years ago today Nasa sent the first chimpanzee into space. Ham the "astrochimp" returned to earth safely after a flight lasting just over 16 minutes. It was a crucial moment in attempts by the Americans to catch up with the Soviets in the space race. From the space centre in Leicester Anu Ojha has studied the history of animals in space and shares his expertise in the area.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The battle over coalition plans to lease or sell off England's forests is intensifying. Not only has the Archbishop of Canterbury and actor Dame Judi Dench urged the government to change it's mind but over the weekend protesters marched through Cumbria to also voice their anger. Caroline Spelman is the minister responsible for the sell-off and Dame Fiona Reynolds of the National Trust debate the controversial plans.

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Twenty thousand British tourists are currently caught up in the political unrest in Egypt. Most of them are in Red Sea resorts like Sharm El Sheikh. and flights are still operating in and out of the country but are restricted by the extended curfew. Diane Gardiner speaks to the Today programme from Cairo International airport and the LSE's Prof Fawaz Gerges analyses what could happen next.

Thought for the Day with religious commentator Clifford Longley.

Police in England and Wales are to have new powers to deal with gangs. Liberty's Isabella Sankey and Kirk Dawes who works as a mediator between gangs in Birmingham, discuss whether "gangbos" will work.

Is there a risk that extremists could fill the Egypt's security vacuum? The BBC's Kevin Connolly has been speaking to people who have set up barricades in their neighbourhoods. And former US National Security Council Advisor and State Department official in Cairo and Jerusalem, Michele Dunne reflects on the simmering political tensions.

Andy Murray needs a mentor if he's to win a grand slam title; that's the verdict of Boris Becker writing in one of the papers today. Times columnist Matthew Syed and former British tennis player Jo Durie give us their thoughts on stepping up to the mark during those crucial sporting moments.

It has been announced that the British composer John Barry has died at the age of 77. During his career he won five Oscars and four Grammys. We present a selection of some of his best known film soundtracks and film composer David Arnold remembers the man who inspired him.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

With the exception of wartime years, the number of people using trains in this country is higher than it's been since the 1920s. That's according to figures from the Association of Train Operating Companies (Atoc). The association's Michael Roberts and transport analyst Christian Wolmar react to the figures.

A leaked memo from Nick Clegg's office to the Sunday Telegraph reveals that the Deputy Prime Minister's ministerial box closes at 3pm Monday to Thursday and at noon on Friday, so that he can see more of his family. Former Conservative cabinet minister David Mellor and the FT's Sue Cameron debate just how hard we should expect our politicians to work.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The police have been ordered onto the streets of Cairo this morning by the Egyptian Interior Ministry. Our Middle East editor, Jeremy Bowen, assesses the mood in the Egyptian capital. 0854
The Arab broadcasting network Al-Jazeera has been at the forefront of coverage of unrest in the Arab world over the last few weeks. Now its entire Cairo staff have had their accreditation withdrawn. Hugh Miles, who has written a book on Al-Jazeera, and the network's Al Anstey discuss Al-Jazeera's role in the recent crises.



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