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Today: Monday 8th August

There has been more looting and rioting in several parts of London during the night. The European Central Bank is poised to buy government bonds issued by Italy and Spain to try to contain the eurozone debt crisis. Also on today's programme, should musicians be willing to perform for free at charity concerts?

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Business news with Adam Shaw, on the ECB's pledge to buy government bonds in the eurozone and the US economy's rating downgrade. Download the podcast

There are fears that Cyprus could be the next eurozone country to face financial difficulties because its banks hold a lot of Greek debt, and because of an accident that destroyed the island's main power station. Tabitha Morgan reports from Nicosia.

Asian markets have fallen in reaction to the US debt downgrade and global growth fears. Hong Kong correspondent Andrew Wood reports on the response. And business editor Robert Peston analyses if uncertainty is likely to spread further across financial markets today.

More people demonstrating against the government have been killed in Syria over the weekend, as diplomatic pressure builds against the ruling regime. Bob Jordan, former US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, explains why he believes Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's days are numbered.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

TV personality Carol Vorderman is recommending that all schoolchildren should study maths until the age of 18, in a report commissioned by the Conservatives to find out why young people do badly in the subject. She explains why more maths is a good idea.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Riots on the streets of Tottenham in London over the weekend left 26 police officers injured and many buildings burned or looted. Claudia Webbe, who helped pioneer Operation Trident, set up 13 years ago to deal with those caught up in crimes and killing in the capital, and who chairs the Trident Independent Advisory Group, examines just how successful Trident has been. 0738
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In 1938 two Church of England ministers helped save the lives of 1800 desperate Jews in Austria, baptising them in the hope that the certificates would help them escape the country. Mike Thomson investigates why so little is known about the Church of England's own "Schindler's list".

The two teenagers who were sharing a tent with Horatio Chapple, who was killed in the polar bear attack last week, and who were injured in the struggle with the bear, have have come back to Britain to a hospital closer to home. Terry Flinders, father of Patrick, talks about his son "the hero".

Thought for the day with Canon Dr Alan Billings, an Anglican priest.

China's official news agency has harshly criticised US borrowing, although China itself is the US's banker and biggest lender. Economist Vicky Pryce, former head of the Government Economic Service, and China observer, editor and writer Jonathan Fenby, now with the research group Trusted Sources, debate whether China is flexing its economic muscles and what it might mean for countries like the UK that are heavily indebted to it.

Cars and shops have been burned out and police officers injured in violent riots in a number of areas of London, following the death of 31-year-old Mark Duggan, who was shot during a police operation in London on Thursday. Nicola Stanbridge reports on a weekend of violence. And Met commander Steve Kavanagh says the police response "was not flat-footed".

Will this week be as tumultuous as last week in the financial markets? Stephen Bell, economist with the hedge fund GLC, assesses the state of the markets this morning.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Did the Met police react quickly enough to the London riots? Kit Malthouse, deputy mayor of London for policing and chair of the MPA, discusses the response.

Thirty American servicemen, seven Afghan soldiers and an interpreter were killed when a Chinook helicopter was shot down on Saturday, in what has been America's biggest single-day loss in the ten-year war in Afghanistan. Quentin Somerville reports on morale from Kabul. And Tim Ripley of Jane's Defence Weekly considers the impact back home.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Roller Derby, the sport which was hugely popular in the 1950s and 60s, is making a comeback across America and beyond. Andy Gallacher reports from Florida on the sisterhood spreading across the United States.

The Musicians' Union is arguing that its members are sometimes emotionally blackmailed into performing for free for fundraising events. John Smith, general secretary of the union, and the comedian Arthur Smith, who gets asked to do the odd charity show, discuss just how far performing for a good cause should go.

Were the weekend riots in London a one-off, or are they symptomatic of wider malaise? Symeon Brown of Haringey Young People Empowered and Jimi Jagne, a youth mentor and community worker who took part in the riots in Toxteth during the eighties, debate whether we are headed towards a return to meltdown.



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