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Today: Friday 13th January

London police are being ordered to use fewer stop and searches to improve relations between the police and ethnic minorities. Schools in England will be given new powers from September to sack bad teachers. And also on the programme, director Steve McQueen on why he decided to make a movie about sex addiction.

Business news with Simon Jack on Wall Street's earning season in the US in which banks begin reporting their latest results. And the Friday boss is chief executive of BAA, Colin Matthews.

A year ago this weekend Tunisians overthrew the dictatorship of Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in the first popular revolution of the Arab Spring. The BBC's Wyre Davis reports from Tunis, where there have since been elections and there's a new interim government, but has the situation improved?

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe has ordered police in London to dramatically reduce the number of random stop and searches to improve relations with black and ethnic minority communities. Lord Victor Adebowale, former chair of the Home Office's Stop and Search Community panel, and Peter Smythe, chairman of the London branch of the Metropolitan Police Federation, give their analysis of the move.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The largest textiles in the world created from the silk extracted from spiders goes on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London later this month. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones has been to meet the people behind it.

In Pakistan, tensions continue to rise between the Pakistan People's Party government and the military over the so-called "memogate" scandal in which a former ambassador to the US is accused of asking for US help to restrain the military. The BBC's Aleem Maqbool has the details and General Talat Masood, formerly of the Pakistan army, reflects on whether a military coup is on the cards.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

David Cameron is making his first visit to Saudi Arabia since becoming prime minister and with the aim of deepening the UK-Saudi relationship. Security correspondent Frank Gardner reports.

Head teachers in England will soon be able to sack under-performing teachers much more quickly under new rules being introduced by ministers. Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, and Chris Harrison, president of the National Association of Head Teachers, discuss whether the move is a good idea.

The paper review.

The British video artist and director Steve McQueen's latest release Shame tackles the subject of sex addiction. He spoke the the Today programme's Sarah Montague ahead of it's UK release.

Thought for the day with the Rev'd Dr Giles Fraser.

On the Today programme yesterday, former Justice Secretary Jack Straw accused the credit hire industry of conspiring against motorists whose cars are off the road after an accident by employing tactics which force them to extend the length of courtesy car hire. Martin Andrews, director general of the Credit Hire Organisation (CHO), gives his response.

The Met Police Commissioner, Bernard Hogan-Howe, is ordering police in London to use fewer stop and searches as a way of improving relations between police and ethnic minorities. Ken Hinds, chair of Haringey Stop and Search Monitoring Group, and Commander Tony Eastaugh, who is in charge of the new approach to stop and search, discuss the implications.

The Pakistani parliament is to hold a vote of confidence in the prime minister, Yousuf Gilani. Aleem Maqbool reports from Islamabad.

The Today programme has been the exclusive premiere of a rediscovered piece by the composer Johannes Brahms which was discovered in a library in the US. Arts editor Will Gompertz has the details of the piece and Tom Service, presenter of Radio 3's Music Matters, explains how the BBC got access.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

From the start of the next school year in England, head teachers will find it easier to remove under-performing teachers. Education Secretary Michael Gove explains why he wants to streamline the process.

The Burmese government has continued its apparent policy of reform, with the release of high profile political prisoners. Wai Hnin, daughter of Burma political activist Mya Aye, who was released from prison today, explains her hopes for the country.

Business news with Simon Jack.

As part of the Welfare Reform Bill, the government wants to replace the Disability Living Allowance with a Personal Independence Payment - which is a lot lower. The BBC's Richard Steade spoke to James Wesson, who has learning difficulties, about how the change will effect him. And the BBC's disability affairs specialist, Peter White, has the details on how it will work.

David Cameron has begun a visit to Saudi Arabia for talks with the King and the Crown Prince. Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski discusses how the UK should engage with the kingdom.

The Odeon at Whiteleys shopping centre in Queensway is launching a cinema called The Lounge which gives customers the option of ordering and eating a meal while watching a film. Rowley Leigh, the chef tasked with coming up with the menu, and food critic Jay Rayner discuss this new dining experience.


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