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Today: Saturday 2nd June

BP has announced that it is going to try to sell its stake in the TNK-BP Russian oil joint venture. The number of American jobs created falls short of what was expected as the sitting president is up for re-election in November. And also on today's programme, it is the start of four days of celebrations to mark the Diamond Jubilee, but how does this fit into the modern world?

We are no longer providing clips of every part of the programme but you will be able to listen via the BBC iPlayer .

Up to 300,000 families in England could benefit from plans to scrap council tax for so-called granny flats. Political correspondent Alan Soady explains.


While having a serious purpose, the Leveson Inquiry has taken on a theatrical tone this week, with A-list actors, Jeremy Hunt, Tony Blair and Vince Cable having taken stage. The BBC's Peter Hunt reflects on another headline-grabbing week at the inquiry.


Greece's main left-wing party, Syriza, has announced its long anticipated economic policy if it gets elected on 17 June. As expected, the core of the policy is the cancellation of the bailout deal crafted by the last Greek government. The party's Europe spokesman, Yiannis Burnoos, explains the implications of the move.

A Briton is among four people to have been rescued by coalition forces from a cave where they had been been held hostage in north-eastern Afghanistan. Correspondent Quentin Sommerville in Kabul describes the operation.

The Hay Festival marks 25 years of bringing writers and readers together in Wales. Director Peter Florence tells Today how he will mark the occasion.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.


A new computer virus has been recently discovered in Iran and other parts of the Middle East and has led to sharp warnings from the UN's Geneva-based International Telecommunications Union.

The virus was discovered by the Russian based computer security firm Kaspersky. Researcher Ram Herkanaidu sheds light on the subject.

Today the final two plays of the Globe to Globe Shakespeare project are being performed on the South Bank in London. The project has involved all of Shakespeare's 37 plays performed in a different language and by a different company.

The paper review.


Listeners born in 1952, the year in which the Queen came to the throne, have been invited to contact Today to talk about their attitudes towards the monarchy. Reporter Sanchia Berg speaks to Nigel Bath, a retired civil servant from Exeter.

Thought for the day with Reverend Rob Marshall.

BP has announced that it is going to try to sell its stake in the TNK-BP Russian oil joint venture. Energy correspondent Tom Bergin reports.

As days of dire economic news go, yesterday was a bad one. The USA's job figures were poor, China's output was slow and Indian foreign exports took a hit. Los Angeles correspondent Paul West reports.


As the Diamond Jubilee celebration gets into full swing and street parties are expected, reporter Philippa Thomas went along to one of the first in Brixton, south London, where those who have found refuge in the UK paid their own tribute to the Queen.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.


Four aid workers, among them a British woman, Helen Johnston, have been freed by coalition forces in Afghanistan after being held hostage for 11 days.

Lieutenant Colonel Jimmie Cummings, from the International Security Assistance Force, Isaf, told the programme that the rescue team was inserted by helicopter during the hours of darkness, and freed the four people, who are said to be well, from their captivity in a cave complex.

Doctors are going to refuse non-emergency care for a day on 21 June, the first strike for more than 40 years. The British Medical Association (BMA), representing doctors, says the decision wasn't taken lightly, but was thought justified because of changes to their pension arrangements, which they say are unfair: their contributions are going up, and they will be expected to work for longer. Under the new proposals, the government says, a doctor joining the NHS today could still expect a pension of £68,000 (at today's values) on retirement. Dr Hamish Meldrum, who chairs the council of the BMA, details its position.

The paper review.


The Queen's Diamond Jubilee has been celebrated throughout the country to widespread, although not universal, acclaim. Journalist and broadcaster Matthew Parris delivers his own hyperbole-free tribute to the Queen. Also, the former Conservative MP and broadcaster, Gyles Brandreth and the Guardian's satirical cartoonist Steve Bell go head to head on whether the Jubilee is a genuine expression of love for the monarch, or a hollow exercise in public sycophancy.

Three blind musicians, part of a band put together by the sitar player Baluji Shrivastav who playing seven gigs in London, join us to play the programme out in lyrical fashion.



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