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Today: Friday 13th May

About seventy people, most of them military recruits, have been killed in two bombings in north western Pakistan. A report into the UK Border Agency has found failings in the way intelligence about illegal immigrants is acted on. Also on today's programme, we speak to the latest best-selling crime writer to emerge from Scandinavia.

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Business news with Dominic Laurie: Can the economic boom in Germany continue into 2011? Holger Schmieding, chief economist at Germany's oldest private bank, explains why the country is doing so well. And our Friday boss is Peter Marks, chief executive of the Co-operative Group.

There are concerns that many migrants moving to the UK's cities are being forced to live in small buildings in gardens in appalling conditions, and to pay for it. Zubeida Malik investigates the worrying phenomenon of "sheds with beds".

Poverty fell during Labour's years in power but income inequality was at a record high, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Luke Sibieta, a senior research economist for the IFS, unpicks the findings.

How smart is the UK Border Agency at preventing and detecting illegal immigration? Independent inspector John Vine, who is today publishing two reports into the UKBA, explains why it "could do better".

The recent death of a 15-year-old at a house party, where drugs were found upstairs in a parents' bedroom, has forced a re-evaluation of the truth about drug use amongst older people. Today correspondent Nicola Stanbridge delves deeper.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

It has been revealed that Facebook hired a PR company to embark on a smear campaign against Google. Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones reports.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Data about the French and German economies, released this morning, has thrown new light on the UK's own small growth in the first quarter of the year. Economics Editor Stephanie Flanders analyses the results, and Gabriel Stein, director of Lombard Street Research, compares the state of the nations' economies.

Paper review.

The government is considering how to change copyright laws to clear up confusion over pieces of art whose ownership is unclear. Arts correspondent Will Gompertz considers what might be done to clear up the issue of the 25m "orphaned works".

Thought for the day with the Reverend Dr Giles Fraser, Canon Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral.

At least 69 people are dead following this morning's bomb attack on a Pakistani paramilitary police academy, in an attempt by the Taliban to avenge Osama Bin Laden's death. Former Pakistani army general Talat Masood gives his reaction.

A report into the UK Border Agency has found failings in the way intelligence about illegal immigrants is acted on. Immigration minister Damian Green responds to the criticisms.

An aide to the Syrian president has told opposition leaders that government forces will not fire on protesters in today's usual Friday demonstrations. Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen assesses the credibility of the report.

Pop star George Michael has apologised for being a bad role model for young gay people, as he prepares to tour again for the first time in three years. Writer and commentator Matthew Parris and John Amechi, the first openly gay NBA player, discuss whether prominent members of the gay community need to set a better example.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Education minister Michael Gove will today make a conference speech encouraging independent schools to start their own academies. Master of Wellington College Anthony Seldon, and chief master of King Edward's School, Birmingham, John Claughton, debate the benefits of the academy system.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

A damning report reveals Zimbabwe employed 75,000 public servants who were either absent or not qualified to do the job during and after the disputed 2008 election. Southern African correspondent Karen Allen looks at the impact on Zimbabwe's political future.

This weekend a new documentary will reveal the horrifying fate of a Kazakhstani town whose residents were used as guinea pigs in Soviet-era nuclear tests. Today's Tom Feilden and Stephen Wilkinson, from the Centre for Professional Ethics at Keele University, consider whether people affected by nuclear radiation should be issued with genetic passports.

Following hot on the heels of BBC4's hit series The Killing, Jussi Adler-Olsen's bestseller Mercy is published in English for the first time this week. The Danish author is joined by John Lloyd, contributing editor of the Financial Times, to determine why there seems to be such an abundance of crime writing coming from Scandinavia.



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