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Today: Wednesday 25th January

David Cameron is to tell the European Court of Human Rights it should leave most decisions to national courts, and stick to the most serious cases. Have we become more dishonest as a society? And also on the programme, Bill Gates on his vision for capitalism.

Business news with Simon Jack on the start of the annual world economic forum in Davos.

Millions of people every year from around the world make the pilgrimage to Mecca for the Hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam, and tomorrow the first ever exhibition on this journey opens at the British Museum. The Today programme's Zubeida Malik went to take a look.

David Cameron is to address the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and will call for a change in the way the European Court of Human Rights filters cases to ensure fewer and more important cases are heard. Conservative MP Martin Vickers and human rights lawyer and Labour peer Baroness Helena Kennedy QC debate the need for reforming the system.

Angela Merkel is to address the World Economic Forum in Davos as Germany continues to come under pressure to increase its contributions to EU bailout funds. Business editor Robert Peston previews her speech, as well as the news that the Royal Bank of Scotland's chief executive Stephen Hester is under increasing pressure to receive a significantly reduced bonus.

Business news with Simon Jack.

US President Barack Obama has delivered his annual State of the Union address setting out his political vision for the year ahead. North America editor Mark Mardell reflects on one of the opening shots in Obama's re-election campaign.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

Bill Gates is one of those heading to the World Economic Forum in Davos. Mr Gates tells the Today programme's Evan Davis about the message he is taking with him.

The paper review.

The Socialist candidate in the French general election this year is Francois Hollande, who is well ahead of President Sarkozy in the polls. Paris correspondent Christian Fraser spoke to Mr Hollande about his election campaign.

Thought for the day with Reverend Joel Edwards - International Director of Micah Challenge.

According to new research by the University of Essex, the public is now more tolerant towards a range of misdemeanours such as having an extramarital affair and drink driving. Professor Paul Whiteley, director of the new Essex Centre for the Study of Integrity and author of the study, outlines their findings.

David Cameron is to address the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and is expected to call for a filtering system to make sure only the most important cases reach the European Court of Human Rights. Sanchia Berg reports on some of the more memorable decisions of recent years, chief political correspondent James Landale analyses whether the prime minister's speech will have any impact and Attorney General Dominic Grieve shares his thoughts on the legal implications of any changes.

As part of the 2012 World Shakespeare Festival and the Cultural Olympiad, this summer the Royal Shakespeare Company will give up their stage to a select few amateur productions. The Today programme's Nicola Stanbridge reports on the quintessentially British pursuit of amateur dramatics.

New research into how the brain works examines why some people may have a mediocre IQ but might be very good at certain subjects, like maths for example. Professor Nancy Kanwisher, of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is leading the research and outlines her findings.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said yesterday in the Commons that an escalation of a dispute with Iran could see Britain sending military reinforcements to the Gulf. Former defence secretary Liam Fox gives his thoughts on relations with the Middle East.

US President Barack Obama used his annual State of the Union address to lay out his political vision as he faces a challenge to his presidency in this years elections. US ambassador to London, Louis Susman, reflects on the president's words.

Business news with Simon Jack.

After losing their first game to Equatorial Guinea, Libya play Zambia in the Orange African Cup of Nations today. Jo Glanville, editor of the Index on Censorship, and her father Brian Glanville, football writer, discuss who we should support for sporting reasons and who for political reasons.

With just over five weeks to go before Russia's presidential election, authorities have begun installing web cameras at polling stations across the country as a way of preventing election fraud. Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg reports from Veliky Novgorod, where the first webcams have been installed.

According to new research published today by the University of Essex, the public are now more tolerant towards dishonest actions such as having an extramarital affair or drink driving. Angie Hobbs, professor of philosophy at Warwick University, and Anastasia De Waal, head of family and education at the think tank Civitas, discuss what the findings say about the morality of modern society.



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