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Today: Friday 27th January

A government minister has called on the chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland to turn down his share bonus of nearly a million pounds. Doctors say they may be able to detect autism in young children at a much earlier age. Also on the programme, what lies behind the vinyl revival?

Business news with Simon Jack on the decision to award the boss of Royal Bank of Scotland, Stephen Hester, a bonus of £963,000 on top of his £1.2m salary. And the Friday boss is Stephen Collier, CEO General Healthcare Group.

A medical kit used by British Army medic Major John Russell Grice during the liberation of British troops at Belsen in 1945 has been given to the National Army museum by his family to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. Defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt went along to see it.

Ahead of a meeting of Sudan and South Sudan's presidents, Dr Sara Pantuliano, of the Overseas Development Institute - who has worked on Sudan for 20 years - gives her analysis of the current situation in the region.

The Royal Bank of Scotland boss Stephen Hester is going to get a bonus just short of £1m. Dr Ruth Bender of the Cranfield School of Management reflects on whether the bonus is fair.

Police have seized about 16 kg of cocaine that were sent, apparently by mistake, to the United Nations' headquarters in New York. UN correspondent Barbara Plett has the details. Read the news story.

Accommodation is to be built, on the site of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, to allow the families of wounded service men and women to stay close to where their relatives are being treated. It is being done in partnership with a US charity. Steve Kingstone reports from Washington to find out how it works.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

Official figures show that the number of police officers in England and Wales has fallen to its lowest level for a decade. Police minister Nick Herbert and shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper debate the state of the police force.

Several of today's national newspapers are reporting that Mark Thompson, the BBC's director general, has signalled to senior colleagues that he is ready to step down. Presenter of BBC Radio 4's The Media Show, Steve Hewlett, looks behind the story.

The paper review.

Thought for the day with Lord Harries of Pentregarth, Gresham Professor of Divinity.

Scientists have shown for the first time that measuring brain activity in infants as young as six months may help to predict the future development of autism. Tony Charman, professor in autism education at the Institute of Education, is co-lead on the study and outlines the details.

The boss of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Stephen Hester, is to receive a £963,000 bonus. Business editor Robert Peston and deputy political editor James Landale analyse the economic and political implications. Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna gives his reaction.

Vinyl record sales have reached a six-year high, according to the Official Charts Company. BBC 6Music presenter Liz Kershaw and Will Page of the Performing Rights Society for Music (PRS) discuss the secret of vinyl's success.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

The success of the Large Hadron Collidor at Cern has opened the door to many more questions and theories about physics. Rolf-Dieter Heuer, director general of Cern, and Geoff Forshaw, co-author of The Quantum Universe: Everything that Can Happen Does Happen, discuss the future of physics research.

Lubomyr Melnyk is a Ukrainian pianist who has developed what he says is a new approach to the piano which he calls "continuous music". The speed at which he plays is at the heart of the technique and at times there are 19 notes being played every second. Arts correspondent David Sillito went to meet him as he prepared for his debut concert.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Iraq continues to be plagued by wave after wave of violence, with an increase in attacks since US troops left last month. Mithal al-Alusi, leader of Iraq's Democratic Party, explains what he thinks is next for the country.

Savage austerity cuts coupled with a massive EU bail out were supposed to save the Greek economy and hold the eurozone together, but the single currency is still in danger of unravelling. Allan Little has been investigating how the EU got into this mess for a BBC Radio 4 series.

The commonly held perception of the WWI British commander Douglas Haig, as seen in the likes of Blackadder, was as an inarticulate, upper-class, charmless Scot whose sole military strategy was to attack the strongly defended German trenches with massed waves of unprotected British infantry. The University of Birmingham's Professor Gary Sheffield, author of The Chief, examines whether this is a fair representation.


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