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Today: Monday 25th June

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith explains how the prime minister wants the welfare system to change. Egypt's new Islamist president has sought to reassure Christians and women that they have nothing to fear from his government. And also on Today's programme, was there really a plot to try to blackmail Ted Heath into working for the Czech secret service?

Business news with Simon Jack, on RBS banking group's announcement that it will extend opening hours for another day in a bid to get on top of a computer glitch.


The Prime Minister is to give a speech on welfare in which he is expected to call for a first principle look at the benefit system. Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne gives his thoughts on the government's approach to welfare.


RBS Group says customer accounts should be "largely back to normal" today after the chaos caused by technical glitches. Robert Peston has more details.

The BBC's Ian Pannell has spent the last two weeks with opposition activists in Idlib Province in northern Syria, where the violence appears to have escalated.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.


"Better Together" - the cross-party campaign to keep Scotland in the UK - is launched today. Former Labour Chancellor Alistair Darling, who leads the campaign, explains why he opposes Scottish independence.

The paper review.

England lost to Italy on penalties after extra time last night in the quarter final of the Euro 2012 football championship. Henry Winter of the Daily Telegraph and Alyson Rudd of The Times discuss England and the history of failed penalty shoot-outs.

Thought for the day with John Bell of the Iona Community.

A year and a half after a revolution ousted Hosni Mubarak as Egypt's leader, the country's first democratically-elected president has been announced - Mohammed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood. Kevin Connolly reports from Tahrir Square and Mona Makram-Ebeid, former Egyptian MP, shares her thoughts on the what the outcome of the election means for the future of the country.


David Cameron is stepping up his call for changes to the benefits system, which he says has created a "culture of entitlement". Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith explains the coalition approach to the welfare state.


In the mid-1970s, a book came out which said a failed attempt had been made in the early 1960s to blackmail Edward Heath, then a Conservative Cabinet minister, into working for the Czech Secret Service. The BBC's Gordon Corera has been investigating.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

Sarah Montague reports from Liberia, where international mining companies are returning after many of the country's mines were lying idle because of the civil war.

Heptathlete and gold medal hopeful Jessica Ennis speaks to Evan Davis about her preparations ahead of the Olympics.

There were huge crowds in Tahrir Square in Cairo again last night celebrating the election of the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Mursi as president. Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen shares his thoughts on what this means for Egypt's future.

Business news with Simon Jack.

What should individuals expect from the state, and vice versa? Graeme Cooke, associate director at the think tank IPPR and Sheila Lawlor, director of Politeia, debate the welfare state.

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