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Today: Monday 14th December

PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to offer transcripts for our programme interviews. Today is broadcast live and the running order is subject to change.

There are growing tensions between rich and poor countries over the scope of any deal at the climate change summit in Copenhagen. And Gordon Brown is back from Afghanistan promising more money and equipment to tackle the threat from roadside bombs.


Greece's debt has reached the highest level in its modern history. The country's prime minister is to announce emergency action to deal with the economic crisis. Athens correspondent Malcolm Brabant explains the plan to be announced and Gerard Lyons, chief economist at Standard Chartered Bank outlines the issues.


Despite the narrowing of categories of people who will not have to be vetted to come into contact with children and vulnerable adults in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, new rules are still set to affect up to nine million people. Liberal Democrat spokesman David Laws discusses whether the change of policy goes far enough.

The business news with Nick Cosgrove.


The AA is concerned that too many local authorities have neglected to keep adequate stocks of salt to cope with a deep freeze on the roads. AA president Edmund King outlines the concerns and Councillor David Sparks, chairman of the LGA transport board, explains preparations for the winter weather.


The X Factor came to an end last night watched by an estimated audience of 20 million. Simon Cowell is not only a judge on the show, he owns the format, signs the winning act, and profits from their inevitable chart success. Tom Bateman looks at the business behind the man with the put-downs.

The sports news with Rob Bonnet.


All MPs and peers would have to pay taxes in the UK under legislation that would be rushed through if he became prime minister, David Cameron has said. Shadow chief secretary to the treasury Philip Hammond discusses the proposal with Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne.

The paper review.


The Australian prime minister, Kevin Rudd, is on his way to Copenhagen where he is set to play a key negotiating role as one of the appointed "friends of the chair". But the Australian government's plan to take a lead at the summit have been thrown into doubt after the opposition Liberal party elected a self-confessed climate change sceptic, Tony Abbott, as leader. That marked the end of Australia's political consensus on climate change, as Nick Bryant reports.

Thought for the day with Dr Colin Morris, a Methodist minister.


Are bankers planning to leave London in response to the supertax on bonuses and what they perceive as hostility to their trade? Stuart Popham, chair of City UK, a new organisation formed to promote financial services and Will Hutton of the Work Foundation discuss the importance of financial services to the country.


New rules to vet people working with children in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are to be watered down after an outcry from teachers and parents. Around nine million people who work in schools and sports clubs will still have to have a criminal records check and register with a new agency. Our home editor, Mark Easton, explains how the system will work in practice and Roger Singleton, who chairs the Independent Safeguarding Authority, on the recommendations of the scheme.


Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is recovering in hospital after a man hurled a statuette at him at a rally. Beppe Severginini, a columnist for Corriere della Sera in Milan, reports on how the attack has been reviewed in Italy.


The musician Robert Wyatt, formerly of the rock band Soft Machine, will be guest editing an edition of the Today programme at Christmas. He'd like any Today listeners who are involved in amateur choirs to send us recordings of their work which he will play on his programme on New Year's Day.

The sports news with Rob Bonnet.


The Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has issued a warning that the growing acidity of the oceans could be harming vital ocean life. He has been making the speech to the UN climate conference in Copenhagen. Mr Benn outlined his concerns.

The paper review.


The Sundarbans, mangrove forests at the mouth of the River Ganges between India and Bangladesh are home to man-eating tigers. Dozens of people are killed every year and local villagers say the number of attacks is increasing. Scientists believe climate change threatens the delicate eco-system in which the tigers live, pushing them into greater contact and conflict with humans. Our South Asia Correspondent Chris Morris reports from the Sundarbans.


Research published online in the British Medical Journal provides the invaluable insight that resuscitating patients in heart failure is best done by following the rhythm of Nellie the Elephant. We were duly emailed by a sister in an emergency department in the north of England who told us they'd been using Nellie the Elephant "for donkey's years to get the timing right." Which led us to wonder what that might sound like.


A play by Agatha Christie is to be given a West End run more than 50 years after it was written. Agatha Christie's grandson Matthew Prichard and John Curran, author of the recently-published Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks discuss the parallels between this novel and Christie's life.


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