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Today: Friday 14th September

Aerospace firm EADS, which owns Airbus, is negotiating a merger with UK defence contractor BAE Systems, but will this boost the prospects for Britain's defence industry, or is it selling out to the Germans and French? More anti-American protests are expected across the Arab world, as anger grows over a video seen as insulting to Islam. Also on the programme, why one man wants to keep cod off the dinner plate for a decade.

We are no longer providing clips of every part of the programme but you will be able to listen via the BBC iPlayer .

Business news with Simon Jack: The US central bank is resuming its policy of pumping billions of dollars into the world's number one economy to stimulate growth.

A French magazine has claimed it will publish topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge today. The BBC's Peter Hunt reports from Kuala Lumpur where the royal couple are mid-way through their tour.


Leanne Wood, the new leader of Plaid Cymru, which opens its conference in Brecon in mid-Wales today, speaks to Jim Naughtie about the challenges the party has been facing.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The Defence Secretary Philip Hammond is in Afghanistan today to assess the situation there after recent green on blue, or "insider attacks" by Afghan soldiers on Nato troops, and sackings in the Afghan government. World Affairs Editor John Simpson reflects from Kabul on the increasing concern over the calibre of political leadership in Afghanistan.

Sport news with Chris Dennis.


More than 2,000 overseas students from the London Metropolitan University have to find another university to take them before the new term begins. The Today programme's Zubeida Malik has been following one of the students as he tries to find a new place to study.


The Children's Society say that 8,000 children in care in England are more than 20 miles from their own home. Taylor, who ran away from seven children's homes tells her story. Jim Sullivan, of the Independent Childrens Homes Association, and Jenny Whittle, cabinet member for Specialist Children's services in Kent, debate whether children taken into care should be moved closer to their home.

The paper review.


The French version of the magazine Closer has published topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge. The pictures were apparently offered to British papers before being taken up by the French magazine. Professor of journalism at City University Roy Greenslade, discusses the issue.

Thought for the day with the Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks.


Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary general, stepped down as UN envoy to Syria in the summer after admitting failure in trying to bring the warring parties together. He speaks to Jim Naughtie about the challenges ahead for Syria and the rest of the Middle East.


Aerospace firm EADS, which owns Airbus, is negotiating a merger with UK defence contractor BAE Systems, but will this boost the prospects for Britain's defence industry, or is it selling out to the Germans and French? Lord Reid, former defence secretary, gives his thoughts on the possible merger.


A new study published in the Lancet throws new light on the research that has been done into the link between stress at work and heart attacks. Prof Andrew Steptoe, professor of epidemiology and public health and co-author of the study, explains the findings.

An exhibition of punk graphics starts today at the Hayward Gallery called Someday All The Adults Will Die. The journalist John Savage and Johan Kugelberg, who curated the exhibition, describe the particularity of punk art.

Demonstrations have been taking place in Iran, Iraq and Lebanaon against the United States as a consequence of the film that provoked the murderous attack on the consulate in Benghazi, in which the American ambassador was killed. Aaron David Miller, a veteran American Middle East adviser, gives his analysis of the situation.


What does the publication of topless pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge say about the culture of French magazines? London correspondent of France 24 Benedicte Paviot, talks about the issues surrounding the publication of these pictures across the Channel.

The government's announcing changes to employment law today which will have the effect of making it easier for employers to dismiss staff when the working relationship has broken down. Unions are claming that the proposals will undermine employment rights. Employment law barrister Daniel Barnett talks about the impact of these changes.

What should we do about overfishing? One answer from the New Economics Foundation is to stop fishing completely for nine years. Author of the report Aniol Esteban discusses the issue with Barry Deas, chief executive of the National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations.

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