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Today: Thursday 27th October

European leaders have reached an agreement which they say is vital to resolving the region's massive debt crisis. Mandatory life sentences are to be applied to some crimes other than murder, in England and Wales. And also on today's programme, what's happened to our connection to the countryside?

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Business news with Simon Jack, on how investors around the world are reacting to the EU debt crisis deal.

For the first time 10 countries have come together to monitor the spread of flu across Europe in the hope of learning more about better to treat it. British researchers working on the project have been speaking to the BBC's Health Correspondent, Hywel Griffith.

EU leaders have brokered a deal to stabilise the eurozone, with private banks accepting a 50% reduction in their returns on Greek debt. Evan Davis reports on a night of complex negotiation in Brussels.
Could St Paul's Cathedral's stance on the protest camp lead to the resignation of one of its most prominent clerics, Dr Giles Fraser? The BBC's religious affairs correspondent Robert Piggott reports.

Terry Smith, CEO of brokers Tullet Prebon, reflects on the City "Big Bang" that, 25 years ago today, changed the face of British finance forever.

The chief inspector of the UK Border Agency, John Vine, has found that nearly 4,000 people who could have been deported remain at liberty in the UK. Mr Vine explains the figures.

Sport news with Jonathan Legard.

The Justice Secretary says the intends to introduce, for the first time, mandatory life sentences for some crimes other than murder in England and Wales. Kenneth Clarke explains why he is making the change.

A review of the papers.

Is the agreement reached last night in Brussels enough to save the eurozone? Wolfgang Munchau of the Euro Intelligence website and the European Policy Centre's Fabian Zuleeg analyse the deal.

Thought for The Day with Reverend Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James Piccadilly.

It is 70 years since Sir William Beveridge wrote the report which led to the creation of the welfare state. John Humphrys investigates if fears that it has created a dependency culture are legitimate.

After months of talks, EU leaders have finally agreed on a three-pronged plan to deal with the eurozone crisis. Europe editor Gavin Hewitt has the details and chancellor George Osborne reflects on the deal hammered out in Brussels.

Next week's issue of Tribune, the left-wing weekly, will be its last, as financial strains take their toll. Chris Mullin, former Labour MP and former editor of the paper and Lord Dobbs, author and former Conservative chief of staff, reflect on Tribune's demise.

Sport news with Jonathan Legard.

Simon Mann has published Cry Havoc, the story of his life as an international mercenary, written in the style of an adventure thriller. Mr Mann discusses the morality of the private wars in which he took part.

Despite the melodramas of recent times, Turkey remains committed to joining the European Union. The BBC's Kevin Connolly reports from Istanbul where the soaring economy is at odds with the eurozone debt crisis.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Is the British people's connection with the countryside on the wane? Mark Hedges, editor of Country Life and David Lindo, the well-known birdwatcher who calls himself the Urban Birder, discuss our relationship with the Great Outdoors.

After last night's discussions at the EU summit in Brussels, there are inevitable winners and losers. Business editor Robert Peston, Luigi Offeddu from Corriere della Sera and Stefanie Bolzen from Die Welt discuss how power has shifted in the union.



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