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Today: Tuesday 22nd November

Amnesty International has accused Egypt's military rulers of committing worse human rights abuses than the Mubarak regime. A cancer charity says a new study will give patients clearer guidance on how long they can expect to live. And also on the programme, why you might make the world a better place by becoming a banker rather than an aid worker.

Business news with Simon Jack on news that the UK government looks set to move the goalposts for reducing the deficit.

The first reports from a commission set up to scrutinise the way in which the Department for International Development spends taxpayers money has criticised its foreign aid programme for not keeping a check on corruption. Graham Ward of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact describes their findings.

Amnesty International has condemned the rule of Egypt's interim military leadership in a report which says that the military has completely failed to live up to its promises of improving human rights. Director of Amnesty International UK Kate Allen explains why their report has described some cases as being worse than that of the ousted president.

A US congressional committee set up to find a solution to the government's $15 trillion debt has admitted failure, meaning automatic cuts to defence spending and continuing volatility in the markets. North America editor Mark Mardell reports on why the cross-party committee could not overcome their ideological differences.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Why does Health Secretary Andrew Lansley's face peer out from every hospital television screen? Following reports in the Independent newspaper, Mr Lansley rang into the Today programme to explain why people had to register before they could turn the television loop off.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

A year long inquiry into boardroom pay has found that excessive deals for the UK's top bosses is having a corrosive effect on the economy, for companies as well as society as a whole. Chair of the High Pay Commission Deborah Hargreaves and Dr Heather McGregor of executive search firm Taylor Bennett debate just how high executive pay should be.

A review of the papers.

It is a decade since Jim O'Neill of Goldman Sachs came up with the term Brics to talk about the economics of Brazil, Russia, India and China. Damian Grammaticus reports from Beijing on how much progress has been made there and Jim O'Neill reflects on whether the term is still meaningful in a world which is seeing the rise of a new group, the Civets - Colombia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey and South Africa - also coined by Mr O'Neill.

Thought for The Day with The Rev Dr Michael Banner.

Egypt's military rulers say they are seeking agreement on a new prime minister before they accept the resignation submitted by the cabinet of Prime Minister Essam Sharaf. Jeremy Bowen reports from Cairo where thousands of protesters have remained in Tahrir Square overnight. And political analyst and activist Ramy Yacoub outlines the implications for the upcoming Egyptian elections.

A study of cancer survival rates in England and Wales, by Macmillan Cancer Support, has found that on average people diagnosed with the disease typically live nearly six times longer than 40 years ago. Health correspondent Adam Brimelow reports on how the study has highlighted that progress has been patchy, with big improvement for some cancers and little, if any, for others and Professor Peter Johnson, of Cancer Research UK, talks about how far cancer research has come in the UK.

Kate Bush is releasing a new album, her third in 18 years. In a rare interview, she spoke to John Wilson of Radio 4's Front Row about the album, the current state of the music industry and how she is already working on ideas for her next album.

In an interview, the shadow chancellor, Ed Balls has revealed he is not such a tough nut after admitting what makes him emotional, including The Antiques Roadshow and The Sound of Music.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

David Cameron admitted yesterday that controlling Britain's debt was "proving harder than anyone envisaged". Political editor Nick Robinson analyses the government's position and Jonathan Portes, director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, explains why he is glad the government is waking up to economic reality in the UK.

A report published by the House of Lords Science and Technology committee, says the government is too complacent about the UK's nuclear research and development capabilities. Lord Krebs chairs the committee and describes its concerns.

Business news with Simon Jack.

A two-year research project has been tracing the way history has been taught in state schools in England over the course of the 20th century. The findings have been published in a new book, The Right Kind of History, and one of its authors, historian Professor David Cannadine, describes what they found.

New research at Oxford University suggests that if you want to make the world a better place, you would be better off becoming a banker rather than an aid worker. Dr Will Crouch, who was involved in the research and Ian Hislop, editor of Private Eye and presenter of When Bankers Were Good discuss why this may be the case.



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