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Today: Monday 11th June

Stock markets in Asia have reacted positively to a deal to pump up to a 100 billion euros into Spain's troubled banks. There's to be a big expansion of a scheme to help turn around the lives of some of the most troubled families in England. And also on Today's programme, why priests are rebelling against the Vatican.

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

Business news with Simon Jack, on Spain declaring victory last night after securing a bailout for its banks.

The news that eurozone leaders have agreed to lend Spain up to 100 million euros to save their banks from going under has cheered up financial markets around the world. Simon Jack and Europe editor Gavin Hewitt have the latest details and analysis.

A £450m payment-by-results scheme is being introduced by the Department for Communities and Local Government to help councils deal with problem families. Lisa Harker, head of strategy at the NSPCC and an advisor to the last government on child poverty issues, gives her view on the new scheme.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Villagers from Pennal in Wales who had evacuated their homes on Saturday night because of the risk of flooding from a reservoir have been told it is safe to return home. Wales correspondent Hywel Griffith reports.


Researchers at Zurich University have found that we are 14% more likely to die on our birthday than any other day of the year. Psychologist Richard Wiseman explains the reasons.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.


There are more than 250 gangs in London and according to the Metropolitan Police, they could be responsible for one in seven of all crimes in the capital. In the Today programme's Andrew Hosken's first report on London gangs, he analyses the different gangs in Brixton and the conflicts between them.

The paper review.

Reports are emerging from Syria that this weekend has seen some of the fiercest clashes yet between opposition fighters and government forces. Dr Bassma Kodmani, of the Syrian National Council, gives her reaction.

Thought for the day with Rabbi Lionel Blue.

Nicola Brookes, who was a victim of online death threats, gives her reaction to a High Court order that requires Facebook to reveal the identity of internet "trolls".


Spain has requested EU aid to rescue its struggling financial sector, in a bailout that will impose no new economic reform conditions on Madrid other than existing EU budget rules. Business editor Robert Peston, economist David McWilliams and Luis Garicano, professor of Economics and Strategy at the LSE, debate and analyse what lies ahead for Spain.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles explains a new £450m payment-by-results scheme to help councils deal with problem families.

After news that the Prime Minister accidentally left his child behind in a pub, Today programme listeners emailed in to tell their own stories.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

There have been more reports of violence in Syria over the weekend. The BBC's Paul Danahar reports from Damascus and Lord Williams, a former UN under-secretary general with responsibility for the Middle East, gives his thoughts on the latest news.

Business news with Simon Jack.

As the final week of campaigning begins for the re-run of the Greek elections, there is a chance that a radical left wing party which wants to tear up the austerity programme agreed with the EU and the IMF could snatch an unlikely victory. Europe Correspondent Chris Morris reports from the northern town of Kavala.

Gary Marcus, professor of psychology at New York University and author of Guitar Zero - The Science of Learning to be Musical explains how it is possible to still learn a musical instrument as an adult.

Most adults in England and Wales want religious education to be compulsory in schools, according to a survey by YouGov. John Keast, chair of the Religious Education Council of England and Wales, and Father Tim Gardner, religious education adviser, debate.

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