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Today: Friday 25th November

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is promising to create hundreds of thousands of work and training placements for unemployed young people. An undercover report from Syria, at the heart of the fight against the Assad regime. Also, the disabled cyclist who regained the use of her legs after an accident.

Business news with Simon Jack on "credit easing", a way for businesses to bypass banks to stimulate a wave of investment to small firms.

Oxford university's Migration Observatory is reporting that, if the policy remains unchanged, the government will not meet its target of cutting total net migration to the tens of thousands. Migration Observatory director Dr Martin Ruhs explains their analysis.

The government says it is going to create 400,000 new jobs for young people through a £1bn Youth Contract plan. Shadow work and pensions secretary Liam Byrne discusses whether he thinks the strategy goes far enough.

One of the most pressing problems for whoever gets into government in the upcoming Egyptian elections, is the country's huge and growing population. Middle East correspondent Kevin Connolly reports from Alexandria on how the infrastructure will cope with a greater demand on jobs, hospital beds and school places.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

On Monday a new housing strategy was announced and debated in parliament. On Tuesday official figures were released which showed that the number of new affordable homes on which a start had been made had fallen dramatically. Housing Minister Grant Shapps responds to criticism of the timing of the announcement of the government's housing strategy.

A review of the papers.

Thought for The Day with Catherine Pepinster.

The BBC has obtained first hand evidence that the struggle for democracy in Syria is becoming an armed insurgency, with some members of the government forces defecting to form the Free Syria Army. BBC correspondent Paul Wood and cameraman Fred Scott were smuggled into Syria from Lebanon and have spent the last week undercover in the main centre of the opposition to the regime, Homs - the first journalists to have spent time with the Free Syrian Army inside the country.

The government is to outline a £1bn strategy to tackle youth unemployment, which promises to create over 400,000 jobs in three years. Krystina Robinson from Middlesbrough, is one of a million "Neets", young people not in education, training or work and describes her experience. And Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg lays out his plans.

High end restaurant culture has divided somewhat in recent years, with molecular gastronomy of the Heston Blumenthal kind on the one hand and "slow food", a way of cooking that insists on using only the most local and seasonal of ingredients, on the other. The New Yorker's food critic Adam Gopnik and David Moore, restaurateur and one of the inspectors on the TV programme The Restaurant, discuss the developing trends of food fads and fashions.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

Monique Van der Vorst, a Paralympic silver medallist in hand cycling, lost the use of her legs as a result of an operation that went wrong when she was a teenager. Last year she had another accident while training and, in an extraordinary twist, she regained the use of her legs. Monique describes her incredible story.

There is growing consensus among particle physicists that the Higgs Boson, the particle many think gave the universe form after the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago, may not exist. Jon Butterworth, professor of physics at University College London and Cern explains how results from the Large Hadron Collider suggest that the particle might be more than just elusive.

Business news with Simon Jack.

A tribal leader from Indonesia, who was granted asylum in Britain nine years ago, has been named by Interpol on a wanted list of suspects called the red list. Benny Wanda is wanted on suspicion of murder and arson but maintains his innocence. Billy Wibisono is the third secretary at the Indonesian embassy in London and responds to claims by legal campaigners that this is a political move to stop him campaigning for independence for his home province of West Papua.

Does restorative justice work? Columnist Peter Hitchens and Lizzie Nelson, director of Restorative Justice Council, debate whether you can manufacture a sense of remorse.


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