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Today: Wednesday 12th October

The latest unemployment figures show women are being hit hard. The US says it has uncovered an Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington. Also, Julian Barnes on being shortlisted for the Man Booker for a fourth time.

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Business news with Simon Jack, debating the Slovakian parliament's rejection of a plan to expand the eurozone bailout fund and gender diversity in boardrooms.

The EU has announced plans to pump some 30m euro into a project that aims to understand the human epigenome - the molecular switches that turn genes on and off. Science correspondent Tom Feilden reports on the epigenetics revolution.

Israel and Hamas have reached a deal to swap 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for captured soldier Gilad Shalit. Brigadier Mike Herzog, former chief of staff to Israel's defence minister, explains the significance of this soldier.

The latest unemployment figures show women have been particularly hard hit by cutbacks in the public sector. Work and pensions minister Chris Grayling reacts to the figures and gives his views on press comment about the Defence Secretary Liam Fox.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The story of the death of Joyce Carol Vincent, a 38-year-old woman who lay dead and undiscovered in her London bedsit above a busy shopping centre in London for three years, has been made into a film. Nicola Stanbridge met the film's director, Carol Morley.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

The parliament in Slovakia has voted against a plan which would give more power and money to the eurozone bailout fund. Former chairman of the Financial Services Authority Sir Howard Davies and Lib Dem MEP Sharon Bowles discuss the next move.

A review of the papers.

The winner of the Man Booker Prize is announced next week. In the run up to the award, the Today programme will be hearing from the six shortlisted authors about their books. First up, arts correspondent Rebecca Jones talks to Julian Barnes about being nominated for a fourth time.

Thought for The Day with the Reverend Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James Piccadilly.

US authorities say they have charged two men over a plot, linked to Iran, to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to Washington - Iran has denied the accusation. Historian Robert Lacey and Raymond Tanter, who was on the US National Security Council staff under President Reagan, examine the allegations.

The latest unemployment figures show more than a million women who wanted to work could not find a job. Tracey Copeland, a single mother of three children, outlines the difficulties she faces in finding work. Bristol University's Professor Harriet Bradley and vice-chairman of the Work Foundation, Will Hutton, discuss what can be done to reduce female unemployment.

Defence Secretary Liam Fox has denied claims that Conservative officials lied about a break-in at his home last year. Political editor Nick Robinson has the latest.

Wales will face France next weekend in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals. Welsh entertainer and rugby fanatic Max Boyce assesses the nation's mood ahead of the big match.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

A deal has been struck between Israel and Hamas that will see the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit being released, with Israel agreeing to free 1027 Palestinian prisoners. Cambridge University's Ghaled Hroub, author of Hamas Political Thought and Practice, outlines who he believes benefits from the deal.

In the last two years, the number of complaints against landlords soared by 25% to nearly 1,500. Today reporter Andrew Hosken investigates the current situation in parts of the private rented sector.

Business news with Simon Jack.

FTSE 100 boards were last year told to aim for a minimum of 25% female representation by 2015, but the latest figures show women are faring badly in the labour market. Baroness Sheila Noakes, one of two new non-executive directors appointed to RBS board in August 2011, explains why a better gender balance can benefit companies.

The government has come in for criticism from public health experts who say the prime minister was wrong to claim they support the government's health reforms. Former children's commissioner Professor Sir Al Aynsley Green outlines problems with the bill, and health minister Simon Burns speaks ahead of the Lords vote on it.



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