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Today: Friday 12th August

After a week of riots across England, The Today Programme is being broadcast from Tottenham, in north London, where the violence first broke out. Labour leader Ed Miliband and a panel of local people reflect on the riots, their causes and what should happen to prevent further unrest.

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Business news with Lesley Curwen, on why four European countries have banned the short selling of financial stocks, and how today's Friday boss Guy Parsons, chief executive of the Travelodge, has kept business booming.

One of the first areas to hit the headlines after being ravaged by riots this week was Tottenham, north London. Historian Keith Flett provides a portrait of how the area has changed over the last decade.

The unprecedented wave of violence over the past week has left London and other English cities reeling. Today presenter James Naughtie reports from Tottenham, where the violence first broke out.

The average student debt in England could rise to more than £50,000 when tuition fees are introduced next year, according to a report. Johnny Rich, editor of the website Push which carried out the research, and Professor Michael Arthur, vice chancellor of Leeds University and chair of the Russell Group, debate the dilemma for young people considering university.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

After a week of rioting in English cities, the Today Programme is being broadcast from Tottenham with a panel of local leaders reflecting on events, causes and what should happen next.

The US military has lost one of their Falcon aircraft, which is capable of hypersonic flight and which was only on its second test flight when it disappeared. Bill Hennigan, aerospace writer with the LA Times, looks at what happened.

Paper review.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Dr Michael Banner, Dean and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.

Four European countries have banned the so-called short selling of financial stocks. Jeremy Warner, financial commentator and assistant editor of the Daily Telegraph, and James Bartholomew, investor and columnist, discuss how we should read the turmoil on the markets.

The Today programme is being broadcast from Tottenham, where a panel of local people from across the community are discussing and dissecting the reasons behind the violence of the past week. Labour leader Ed Miliband gives his reaction to the rioting and looks at what can be done to avoid it ever happening again.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Protests are expected to break out after Friday prayers in Syria, following the death of 11 people shot dead by the army this week. Rime Allaf, Syrian writer and associate fellow at Chatham House, reflects on the determination of President Bashar Assad to crush the five-month uprising despite growing international condemnation.

Are there parallels between the rioting of the 1980s and that which took place over the last week? Former conservative employment secretary Lord Tebbit says "a much more complex set of circumstances" led to the riots this time around.

The advent of e-books and kindle-type gadgets has allowed us, for the first time, to keep our summer pool-side reading secret from the scrutiny of other high-brow holidayers. Brian Viner of the Independent and Erica Wagner, the US author and critic, debate the benefits of private perusing.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

What have we learned from the riots and how can we avoid them happening again? Today present James Naughtie reports from Tottenham, where a panel of local leaders consider the question.



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