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Today: Tuesday 11th December

The deputy prime minister has threatened to block the Home Secretary's plans to give police new powers to monitor all emails and internet use. Labour has called for an urgent Commons statement by the government about the continuing violence in Belfast. And also on the programme, as Privates on Parade is revived in London's West End two veteran performers explain what life was really like entertaining the troops.

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 Justin Rowlatt on news that Britain's two biggest UK banks, are set to pay more than $2.5bn in fines over money laundering lapses as part of record settlements with US watchdogs, according to news reports.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The Joint Committee of MPs and peers which conducted pre-legislative scrutiny of the government's Draft Communications Data Bill will be publishing its report today. Julian Huppert, a Liberal Democrat MP and a member of the Joint Committee, explains his view that the bill needs to be rewritten.

Business news with Justin Rowlatt.

There is increasing concern from the UK government regarding the continuing violence over flying the flag over the city hall in Belfast and the Labour Party has called for an urgent statement in Westminster. The BBC's Andy Martin describes the continuing violence.

The government of Liberia has big ambitions for the country; it aims to be free from dependence on aid in the next ten years, and to be a middle income country by 2030. Today presenter Evan Davis went to Gbarnga, Bong County, to find out how the government is planning to persuade its citizens to pay their taxes.

A new report says the impact of busier lives and families living further apart has increased older people's loneliness. David McCullough, chief executive of WRVS, explains what that says about the modern family.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Rumours are circulating in Damascus that the Syrian President Bashar al Assad is preparing a way out for himself and his family. The BBC's Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen has been gauging the rumours from the rebels and the regime.

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The government will today set out its plans to allow same-sex marriage in England and Wales despite opposition from more than a hundred Conservative MPs. Joseph Musgrave, Campaign Coordinator for Freedom to Marry, and Colin Hart, from Coalition for Marriage, discuss the issues surrounding gay marriage.

Thought for the Day with the Reverend Rob Marshall, team rector designate of East Ham.

The 2011 census figures will be published this morning and among the plethora of statistics, they are mixed to show an increase in the mixed race population, which may exceed a million. Home affairs correspondent Mark Easton and Sharron Hall, founder of Intermix, a website which provides information for mixed-race people, examine what this says about Britain.

The Joint Committee of MPs and peers which conducted pre-legislative scrutiny of the Government's Draft Communications Data Bill will be publishing its report today. James Brokenshire, security minister, and James Landale, the BBC's deputy political editor, examine whether the bill will be dropped after criticism.

Prison inspectors have produced a damning report about Lincoln Prison. Nick Hardwick, Her Majesty's chief inspector of prisons, explains that unannounced visits to prisons in August have shown that there is widespread drug use in jail.

Last night, Los Angeles hosted the premiere of a controversial film that seen as a major contender in next year's Oscars contest. The BBC's Tom Brook, reports on the film that is called Zero Dark Thirty - it chronicles the events that led to the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Since she came to power in 2006, the president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has brought political stability and rapid economic growth to Liberia. The Today programme's Evan Davis looks into the controversial land deals that are going on in the country that have, say campaign groups, caused over 60% of the rainforest to be sold.

Business news with Justin Rowlatt.

A new series is being launched today, to help rough sleepers in England, called StreetLink and it is a hotline and website for ordinary members of the public to report their concerns about a homeless person. Rick Henderson, chief executive of Homeless Link , and Richard Burdett, editor-in-chief The Pavement, a free magazine for homeless people, discuss tackling the problem of homelessness in the UK.

There is still widespread impunity for perpetrators of violence against women in Afghanistan, according to a report from the United Nations. Orzala Ashraf Nemat, an independent activist from Kabul and studying here in the UK, outlines the difficulties that Afghani women face.

A new staging of Privates on Parade opens this week, starring Simon Russell Beale as a cross-dressing army captain entertaining other soldiers in Malaya. Stan Stennett, comedian, actor and jazz musician who served who served in the Combined Services Entertainment Unit, and Doreen Hawkins, actress who served on The Entertainments National Service Association, discuss the entertaining troops around the world and the difference that this made to soldiers.

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