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A new system of regulation for care homes is being proposed, to try to prevent a repeat of the crisis caused by the collapse of Southern Cross. Around 25,000 people in the UK are thought to be unaware that they have HIV. And what are the lessons from this week's by-election results... that the big three political parties aren't dealing with people's worries?

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

In his 2,000 page report into the culture, practices and ethics of the press Lord Justice Leveson dedicated only one page to the internet saying that it was an "ethical vacuum that was impractical and unnecessary to regulate". In an age of the declining newspaper, was he right? Editor of the Guido Fawkes blog, Paul Staines, discusses.

Different Islamic groups supporting President Mohamed Morsi are expected to rally in Tahrir Square. Yesterday tens of thousands of protesters opposed to Egypt's president and the sweeping new powers he assumed last week, hours after a new constitution was hastily approved. The BBC's Jon Leyne reports.

Metal thieves, safer harbours and mobile home tenants are some of the issues that have been on the agenda in parlaiment. The BBC's correspondent Mark D'Arcy reports on a productive day.

Australia has become the first country in the world to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes. Duncan Kennedy is the BBC's correspondent in Sydney.

Ban Ki Moon described the conflict in Syria has having reached "new and appalling heights of brutality and violence" as opposition activists reported that more than 80 people died in violence in Syria on Friday. The country has an internet blackout since Thursday which activists have blamed on Assad's government. Reporter James Reynolds describes the scenes from neighbouring Turkey.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Today is World Aids Day. According to the latest Health Protection Agency figures on HIV, one in four people in the UK who have HIV do not know it. Of those who are being diagnosed, rates for gay and bisexual men have reached a record high in Britain. HIV specialist Dr Stephen Taylor and deputy chief executive of Terrance Higgins Trust charity, Paul Ward, debate the findings.

The paper review

The FA Cup second round will be dominated by the first ever match between AFC Wimbledon and MK Dons. Wimbledon moved to Milton Keynes in 2003 after the sale of their Plough Lane ground and were eventually renamed the MK Dons. Fans, angry at the move, set up their own club AFC Wimbledon, which has steadily climbed up the leagues after having to start at the bottom. Chairman of MK Dons, Peter Winkelman and chairman of AFC Wimbledon, Eric Samuelson join the programme separately.

Thought for the Day with Vishvapani, member of the Triratna Buddhist Order.

Mexico elects a new president, Enrique Pena Neto, and the drug problem is firmly on the agenda. The BBC correspondent Will Grant reports. Also, former deputy foreign minister of Mexico explains why a war on drugs is not the solution.


Health minister Norman Lamb is today launching a consultation into measures which would protect care home residents if their care providers face bankruptcy. Last year, the abrupt collapse of Southern Cross, Britain's biggest care homes operator, caused turmoil for more than 30,000 elderly and vulnerable people. Brunswicks LLP solicitor, Keith Lewin dissects the proposals.

It's a commonly held belief that men and women view things differently. However, new research from Bristol University suggests that it might literally be true. Researchers examined where men and women looked while viewing still images from films and pieces of art. They found that while women made fewer eye movements than men. Felix Mercer Moss, researcher at Bristol University explains.


In the 60s the Walker Brothers amassed a following, that for a while, matched Beatlemania. Scott Walker lives here but usually stays out of the spotlight. Although with his new album, Bish Bosh, he agreed to speak to the Today programme's reporter Nicola Stanbridge.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

The UK Independence Party had its best ever showing in a by-election this week, in Rotherham. This is the second time the party (22 per cent) has come second in a by-election. These are only two by-elections but does their rise point to something more than public disenchantment with the main parties' take on the EU? Ipsos Mori chief Ben Page, former home secretary Charles Clarke and director of think-tank Politeia analyse the results.


Water has been discovered on Mercury. Even though it is the second hottest planet in the solar system, Nasa's Messenger spacecraft has found evidence not only of water but also organic molecules near its poles. Professor Andrew Coates, deputy director of the Solar System at the Mullard Space Laboratory explains.

The paper review

After a successful pilot scheme, the government has announced plans for Personal Health Budgets to be rolled out across England. The scheme involves patients being given money by their primary care trust to spend as they please on their treatment. Michelle Harrison, whose son has autism and diabetes, and benefited from the personal budget explains. Also on the programme, Dr Matthew Davies GP.

The Bratislava Symphony Orchestra have recorded 25 new mobile ringtones. Yet another demonstration of what orchestras must do to pay bills? Andrew Skeet, independent composer and arranger, and Richard Slaney, the Philharmonia Orchestra's head of digital, explain.

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