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Today: Monday 13th February

Greek MPs have approved more austerity measures designed to secure a new bailout amid violent protests on the streets of Athens. The CBI says the economy's improving and it predicts there won't be a double dip recession. And also on the programme, are parents avoiding fairytales because they are too scary?

Business news with Simon Jack on news that harsh austerity measures were passed by the Greek parliament last night in order to secure a further EU bailout.

A paper in the medical journal, the Lancet, says official figures fail to reflect the real improvements in the NHS in England in recent years. Author of the report, Professor Nick Black from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, explains why.

Greece's parliament has passed a controversial package of austerity measures, demanded by the eurozone and IMF in return for a further bailout to avoid default. Head of Economic Policy for the opposition New Democrats, Notis Mitarachi, and Peter Bofinger, one of the five key economists who advises the German government, analyse the prospects for the Greek economy.

British singer Adele has picked up six awards at the Grammys in Los Angeles. The BBC's Peter Bowes reflects on a night dominated by tributes to singer Whitney Houston.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The diaries of social reformer Beatrice Webb, co-founder of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the Fabian movement, are published digitally and in full for the first time today. Head of archives at the LSE, Sue Donnelly, describes what will be on show.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The British Medical Association (BMA) is calling for a renewed debate on organ donation saying that while donations have increased in recent years, they still lag a long way behind the number of people waiting for a transplant. Dr Tony Calland, chairman of the BMA's Medical Ethics Committee, outlines their concerns.

Paper review.

The French silent film, The Artist, won seven awards at the Baftas in London last night, while Meryl Streep won best actress, for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. Arts editor Will Gompertz has the details.

Thought for the day Reverend Giles Fraser.

Following the refusal by the Liverpool FC striker, Luis Suarez, to shake hands with Manchester United's Patrick Evra at the start of their match in old Trafford on Saturday, is it time for the FA to modify its Respect campaign, even though it has said it won't abandon it? John Barnes, the former Liverpool and England player, gives his reaction.

Greece's parliament has passed a controversial package of austerity measures, demanded by the eurozone and IMF in return for a £110bn bailout to avoid default. The BBC's Chris Morris reports on the violent protests on the streets of Athens. Alexandros Papadamos, a young engineer from Athens, and Guy Verhofstadt, former prime minister of Belgium and current president of the Alliance of Liberals in the European parliament, reflect on the personal an political significance of the measures.

According to research by TV channel Watch, parents are avoiding reading their children fairytales because they are too scary. Dr Jacqueline Simpson, formerly of the Folklore Society, and Nicholas Tucker, educational psychologist, discuss whether this is a good or a bad thing.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The Sun's Trevor Kavanagh has written an opinion piece in response to the arrest of five senior journalists from the paper . "The Sun's journalists are being treated like members of an organised crime gang" he complains. And both the Telegraph and the Daily Mail also carry editorials criticising the scale of the their operations. Media commentator Roy Greenslade, a former journalist at the Sun and former editor of the Daily Mirror, gives his thoughts on the article.

The Commonwealth is sending a team to the Maldives to investigate why the first democratically elected president of the Indian Ocean nation has suddenly been replaced. Dr. Farahanaz Faizal, the country's former high commissioner in the UK, reflects on the political unrest there.

Business news with Simon Jack.

As proposed reforms to the Health Bill continues to be debated by the Lords this week, what next for the controversial bill? Daily Telegraph columnist Peter Oborne and Steve Richards, chief political commentator for The Independent, discuss the prospects for this most controversial piece of legislation.

Greek MPs have approved more austerity measures designed to secure a new bailout amid violent protests on the streets of Athens. Economics editor Stephanie Flanders assesses the impact of the vote.



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