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Today: Saturday 12th February

The people of Egypt wait to see what will happen next as they begin a new era without Hosni Mubarak as their leader. And the Justice Secretary, Ken Clarke, has said the middle classes don't realise how great an impact government spending cuts will have on them.

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After 18 days of protests, last night Cairo was awash with jubilation and exhilaration at the revolution in Egypt. The BBC's Jon Leyne reports from a country that now begins a complicated political transformation which promises a period of great uncertainty.

Meanwhile in Algeria, police are out in force today to stop a pro-democracy rally. Chloe Arnold reports on the mood in the country's capital, Algiers.

Paper review.

In parliament this week, backbench MPs have lavished many hours on Private Members' Bills, which are close to their constituents' hearts. And as parliamentary correspondent Mark D'Arcy reports, it is often the job of a junior minister to kill off these legislative dreams.

Ministers have putting on hold the sale of 15 percent of publicly-owned woodland in England. Tim Montgomerie, website editor at Conservative Home, discusses how this sharp u-turn joins a list including the Bookstart reading programme for youngsters, school sports and the sell-off of nature reserves.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Throughout the 18 days of Egyptian protest we have spoken to ordinary people from Tahrir Square. Sara Hawas, a student describes the scene in Cairo.

Across the border from Egypt in Israel, the government there has been rather quiet in the last few days. But there has been deep alarm about the consequences of the fall from grace of its ally President Mubarak as our middle east correspondent Jon Donnison reports. And Justin Webb asks Martin Indyk, former American ambassador to Israel, about the prospect of a democratic Egypt.

Paper review.

This weekend sees the anniversary of the 1945 bombing of Dresden by 3,600 American and British aircraft. The commemoration of thousands of deaths has become increasingly contentious as more critics say the attack was unnecessary. The BBC's Steve Evans reports from the city on the Elbe.

Thought for the Day with Reverend Joel Edwards, International Director of Micah Challenge.

The words "Big Society" have become very familiar now, even if the concept is a little vague. This week we heard the banks will be funding it, with a capital injection of £200 million pounds to a new Big Society bank. It will lend money to charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises. Tim Blume of the Urban Forum and Danny Kruger, once a special adviser to David Cameron discuss if the Big Society will make a big impact.

Following President Mubarak's resignation, the BBC's middle east editor Jeremy Bowen reports on what the Egyptian people are expecting and how they plan to get it. Essam El-Erian, spokesperson for the Muslim Brotherhood discusses the prospect of a liberal, democratic state. And Mona Makram-Ebeid, a professor of political science at the American University in Cairo, analyses the constitutional and leadership changes that may emerge.

Ever wondered what a vocoder is? It is a sound distorter originally invented during World War II to protect secret phone conversations between Churchill and Roosevelt and went on to become a favourite of rock artists. Dave Tompkins, thought by some to be the world's leading hip hop writer, explains his love for the vocoder.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Following the resignation of President Mubarak, the BBC's Paul Adams reports from Alexandria, Egypt's historic Mediterranean port and describes the mood there. And the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, analyses this historic moment and the potential impact on the middle east.

Paper review.

The Oldie magazine has bestowed the title of Consort of the Year on the Duke of Edinburgh in advance of his 90th birthday in June. The Oldie's Jayne Thynene and Katie Nicholl of the Mail on Sunday, author of The Making of a Royal Romance, discuss the role of royal consort.

As Egypt wakes up to the beginning of a new political era. Steve Clemons, publisher of the political blog The Washington Note and David Wurmser, who was a middle east adviser to the former US vice president Dick Cheney, discuss whether the country can look forward to stability and democracy.

The Today programme hears some final thoughts on events in Egypt from our Middle east editor Jeremy Bowen.



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