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Today: Friday 17th February

Britain and France are to sign a landmark deal on civil nuclear co-operation. Rupert Murdoch has arrived in London for talks about the crisis at The Sun. And the significance of Nixon in China, 40 years on.

Business news with Simon Jack, with Friday boss Gary Elliott on the future of airships.

The British Medical Association (BMA) is says it has serious misgivings about the new 111 phone number for non-urgent health problems in England. Dr Laurence Buckman, chairman of the BMA's GPs Committee, explains his concerns.

The chief executive of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), Kent Woods, said on Thursday that the EU's system of regulation of medical devices did not need radical reform in the wake of the PIP breast implants furore. Dr Peter Wilmshurst a consultant cardiologist at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, outlines his concerns over medical device regulation.

Foreign Secretary William Hague has hinted that sanctions on Zimbabwe could be relaxed. Karen Allen reports.

Business news with Simon Jack.

To music fans of a certain age Devo Max, one of the options that may be part of the Scottish independence referendum, conjures up images of a certain US New Wave pop group. Devo were famous for wearing yellow reactor-attendant suits and making grand political claims. Entertainment correspondent Colin Paterson explores Devo's thoughts on Devo Max.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

News International's Rupert Murdoch has flown into the UK to attend crisis meetings with staff at the News International headquarters in Wapping, in the wake of arrests at the weekend and ongoing investigations. Reporter Mike Thomson reports from Wapping. Bob Satchwell, director of the Society of Editors, and Chandu Krishnan, executive director of Transparency International, debate whether the investigation is putting the freedom of the press at risk.

Paper review.

The Advertising Standards Agency has received almost 100 complaints from the public expressing concern about the billboard campaign for the latest series of Channel 4's My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. The complaints have focused on concerns that the adverts might be offensive to members of the gypsy community, and some that it might be racist. Jill Brown, from the London Gypsy and Traveller Unit, gives her thoughts.

Thought for the day with the Bishop Tom Butler.

It is one year on from the revolution in Libya. Celebrations are being expected around the country and David Cameron has promised continued British support. But Amnesty International are warning that armed militias are threatening the country's stability and security. The BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse reports from the country. And Ahmed Gebreel, deputy head of mission with the Libyan embassy in London, discusses the allegations of human rights abuses.

It is thought around 40,000 women in Britain have faulty PIP implants. Professor Sir Kent Woods, chief executive of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), discusses whether the regulatory agency is fit for purpose.

It is the 40th anniversary of President Nixon's visit to meet Mao in China. In an important week for US-Chinese relations, does the event continue to influence policy makers on both sides? Margaret MacMillan, author of Seize the hour: When Nixon met Mao, and Lord Charles Powell, foreign affairs adviser to Margaret Thatcher and John Major and the First Secretary in the Washington embassy at the time of Nixon's visit in 1972, debate the repercussions of the meeting.

The UK is to sign a deal with France to strengthen co-operation in the development of civil nuclear energy. One of the companies involved is the French nuclear power firm Areva, which is signing a deal with Rolls Royce. Robert Davies, of Areva, told the Today programme that it was "a very important deal".

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond claims that an independent Scotland could raise £30bn in the next 20 years or so from North Sea oil by adopting a model for investment used in Norway. John Busby, a retired engineer who has studied the future of oil, and Stewart Hosie, treasury spokesman for the SNP, discuss whether the claim stands up to scrutiny.

Business news with Simon Jack.

According to MI5 files released today, Nazi counterfeiting during WWII was so effective that it destroyed confidence in British bank notes in Europe after the defeat of Germany. The forged notes, made by prisoners at Sachsenhausen concentration camp, were so skilful only an expert could spot they were fake. Reporter Sanchia Berg has been looking at the files.

Fawzia Koofi, Afghan politician and prospective presidential candidate in the 2014 elections, is giving a talk at Chatham House on how the withdrawal of international forces affect the country . She explains why she believes the international community must not abandon Afghanistan.

Yesterday we heard from BBC racing commentator Richard Pitman, who donated one of his kidneys to a stranger. Does the living organ donor system work well or is there room for improvement? Helen Rambaut, recipient of kidney from a living half-brother, and Andy Williamson, recipient of kidney from a living friend, debate the issue.


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