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Today: Monday 14th January

The Today programme hears from the Prime Minister David Cameron. Ministers say their plans for a single, flat rate pension will simplify the system and ensure millions of self-employed people and many women receive more when they retire. France says its military intervention in Mali has halted the advance of Islamist rebels. And will travelling at high speed remove some of the joys of going by train?

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 on news that the biggest reform of the state pension in decades is set to be unveiled later today.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


The possession and use of all illegal drugs should be decriminalised and the least-harmful substances should be regulated and sold in licensed shops, an inquiry by a group of cross-party peers has found. The chair of the committee Baroness Meacher, explains the reasoning.

The Middle East faces a "staggering" humanitarian crisis due to the conflict in Syria, according to an international aid agency. Sir John Holmes, UN Emergency Relief Co-ordinator, outlines the extent of the crisis.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The Golden Globes winners were announced on Sunday night. The BBC's Peter Bowers reports.

There are no reliable estimates about how many Romanians and Bulgarians will come to Britain when access restrictions are lifted at the end of this year, a Cabinet minister admitted on Sunday. Dr Scott Blinder, acting director of the Migration Observatory at Oxford University, explains why Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has said any influx from the European Union states would "cause problems" with services such as housing.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Full details of the radical shake-up of the state pension will be unveiled by the coalition today. Paul Johnson, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, gives analysis of the impact that potential changes will have.

The paper review.

The goalkeeper is the ever-lonely, exposed player at each end of the pitch - easy to humiliate, and facing the pressure to be the hero who saves the day. The journalist Jonathan Wilson explains his new book, The Outsider, and Bob Wilson, who was Arsenal's goalkeeper in the 60s and early 70s, reflects on his time on the pitch.

Thought for the Day with Canon Dr Alan Billings, an Anglican Priest.

France has increased domestic security in response to threats of retribution against its citizens, following its military intervention in Mali. Axelle Lemaire, an MP in President Hollande's party, and Professor John Gaffney, co-director of the Aston Centre for Europe at Aston University, discuss how the intervention is being received at home and how past interventions have fared.

The Today programme hears from the Prime Minister David Cameron.

The Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson has said the political process is the only way forward, following another night of violence in Belfast on Saturday. David Ford, Northern Ireland Justice Minister, explains the significance of what happened on Saturday night.

First interview with the chief executive of Typhoon, the company behind Britain's first private navy in almost 200 years. Anthony Sharp, chief executive of Typhoon, explains that the company model has been designed to detect piracy at long range, to avoid confrontation and to de-escalate violence.

Business news with Simon Jack.

As of today, most Cubans will be free to travel abroad without getting government permission. The BBC's Sarah Rainsford from Havana reports on why they have not been able to do this for half a century.

For over 20 years, a small, specialist London-based company called Artangel has been commissioning leading contemporary artists to produce pieces shaped by specific places and spaces. The BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz and Michael Morris, co-director at Artangel, explain the company have teamed-up with Radio 4 to invite artists working in any media to submit proposals for a new "ground-breaking project".

The HS2 high-speed rail link is to be hidden behind a ribbon of 4m trees between London and the north of England, the Department for Transport has said. Michael Portillo, railway documentary maker and former minister, and Tony Russell, tree expert and author of The Complete Book of Trees of Britain and Europe, ask whether the trees will be make the line less interesting to travel on.

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