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Fresh violence has erupted in Cairo between opponents and supporters of President Mubarak. Authorities and residents in the Australian state of Queensland have been assessing the trail of destruction left by a powerful cyclone. And is there an art to time wasting? As Lords relax after some marathon sessions we examine the beauty of the filibuster.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: The UK's biggest drug maker, GlaxoSmithKline, is expected to report a loss. PWC's Andrew Packman analyses events in the pharmaceutical industry. Professor of Business at the University of Maryland School Peter Morici talks "stagflation" and James Bevan of CCLA Investment Management reflects on the markets.

The number of obese people in the UK has grown to such an extent that ambulance services say they are having to revamp their fleet to cope with heavy patients. Health correspondent Dominic Hughes reports.

British scientists have developed the world's first reliable blood test for VCJD, the human version of mad cow disease. Professor John Collinge of Medical Research Council explains the results of the research.

The US has expressed deep concerns about the violent protests on the streets of Cairo. North America editor Mark Mardell reports on the view of the unfolding events in Washington. And Kamal El-Helbawy, a member and former spokesman of opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood, discusses the group's political position.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

A proposal to cap the cost of loans in certain situations, particularly high interest "pay day loans" , is being motioned in the Commons. Labour MP Stella Creasy who proposed the motion and the Consumer Finance Association's John Lamidey discuss the move.

Sports News with Garry Richardson.

A controversial website which allows children to post messages anonymously online, and which campaigners say leads to "vicious" cyber-bullying, still has more than 200 UK schools and colleges listed on it despite the website saying it would ban everyone under 18 years of age. Tom Bateman reports and the UK Council for Internet Safety's John Carr reacts to the story. This report contains some language you may find offensive.

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Cairo's Tahrir Square has turned from the scene of jubilant hope to one of violence and tension as protesters clashed with Mubarak supporters. Mona Seif has been in the square throughout and describes the current situation.

Thought For The Day with Reverend Angela Tilby, Vicar of St Benet's Church in Cambridge.

A debate on voting reform in the Lords has finally come to an end after a marathon 17-day debate. So have Labour peers overtaken MPs in the art of filibustering? Guardian sketch writer Simon Hoggart gives his thoughts.

Despite bus travel being more popular than rail, tube or air combined, bus operators in the UK are facing huge cuts as government subsidies are slashed. Stephen Joseph of the Save Our Buses campaign and Mac McGuire from Cambridgeshire County Council debate how spending reductions may affect local bus services.

At least three people have been killed on the streets of Cairo as violence erupts following days of peaceful protest. Jon Leyne reports on the retired general who says the army have turned against President Mubarak. The BBC's Kevin Connolly reports from Tahrir Square. And US Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns analyses what might happen next.

Jimmy Webb is the man behind such songs as MacArthur Park and By the Time I Get to Phoenix. Nicola Stanbridge met the songwriter as he prepares for a tour of the UK.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

As protests continue in Egypt and tensions simmering in other Arab countries, what has been the reaction of Israel? Today presenter James Naughtie reports from Beirut on Lebanese views of the crises in Arab countries.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The Pakistani government is being urged to free a schoolboy arrested for blasphemy after he allegedly wrote derogatory remarks about the Prophet Muhammad on an exam paper. Our correspondent Aleem Maqbool outlines the details of the case.

The Iraq Inquiry, which began hearing evidence in November 2009, has finally finished holding public hearings. Its chairman, Sir John Chilcot, has said it may take some months to complete their report. The BBC's Peter Hunt, who has been at many of the public sessions, now looks back on what we have learnt and what conclusions the Chilcot panel may reach.

A new book, compiled by headmistresses and staff from more than 200 leading private girls' schools, gives advice on raising girls. Caroline Jordan, headmistress at St. George's School in Ascot, contributed to the book, Your Daughter: A guide For Raising Girls and tells us why we should be taking its advice.

A debate has erupted over the sale of the Port of Dover with the local MP wanting the community to acquire it while the Treasury seems more interested in selling it off in the conventional way. Tory MP for Dover Charlie Elphicke and Labour's Tristram Hunt discuss commerce versus community in the Big Society.



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