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It has been revealed that the government will commit to cap the amount older people should pay for social care in England. What is an appropriate response to a terror threat? The false alert on a bus on the M6 begins the debate. Also on today's programme, with Andy Murray in the men's final, can he win?

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It has been revealed that the government will commit to cap the amount older people should pay for social care in England in reforms to be unveiled next week. While no final agreement has been made on how to fund it, there are calls for a cross-party consensus from all sides to decide on an affordable and sustainable system. The BBC's Alan Soady outlines the initial plan.

Libyans go to the polls today. For many of the citizens of Libya, it will be the first time they have ever voted. Rana Jawad is the BBC correspondent in Tripoli.

Calculating risks and estimating probabilities are extremely important and something that we are no good at, says Dr Dylan Evans in his new book, Risk Intelligence, How to Live with Uncertainty.

The Labour MP, John McDonnell, has failed in his attempt to give Parliament a greater say in the appointment of the next governor of the Bank of England. His private member's bill was "talked out". The BBC's correspondent Mark D'Arcy reports.

Almost 150 years ago this week a maths don at Oxford went for a picnic on a boat with a young girl called Alice.

He made up a story for her, a story that has since become one of the most famous children's stories ever. The Lewis Carroll Society and the Story Museum will be recreating the famous boat trip today. Chairman of the Lewis Carroll Society, Mark Richards and children's author, Cressida Cowell recount the famous tale.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.


Torrential rain has been causing disruption as a month's rain fell in parts of the UK within one day yesterday. The number of flood warnings - meaning flooding is expected - reached more than 60 in England, and 145 flood alerts were in place across the UK last night. Pete Fox from the Environment Agency surveys the extent of the flooding.

As the Syrian conflict rages on, there have been frequent warnings that it may spill over the borders into neighbouring countries. None is more likely to explode than Lebanon, where attitudes to the Syrian regime are the defining issue in the country's politics. The BBC's correspondent Jim Muir reports from Tripoli.

The paper review.

For years the word Timbuctoo came to symbolise some far-away magical place of which little was known. It is only recently that the town itself has been in the news because an Islamist group has been destroying its ancient shrines. But twenty years ago the novelist Tahir Shah heard about an American, Robert Adams the first white man to see the city which prompted him to write a novel called Timbuctoo. Mr Shah explains.

Thought for the Day with ordained Buddhist, Vishvapani.

The government is expected to outline plans to cap the cost of social care in England. Simon Gillespie, chairman of the Care and Support Alliance, comments on the news.


The response to the false terror alert on a bus on the M6 has been seen as an over-reaction on the part of police and security services. Was it a heavy handed response from police getting too twitchy in the run up to the Olympics? Or given that there were other arrests this week when weapons were found in a car - was it entirely proportional? Dr Tim Brain is a former chief constable of Gloucestershire. Jodie Blackstock is from the civil rights group Justice.


The news of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes's divorce has brought scientologists to the fore once again, but has the religion been around long enough for us to take it seriously and stop calling it a cult? Ian Haworth, found and spokesperson of Cult Information Centre and Dr David Barratt, freelance writer and researcher of esoteric religions, debate the difference between a religion and a cult.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.


Labour says cross-party talks on social care have broken down and the government have confirmed the cap on the social care. Health Secretary Andrew Lansley and his shadow, Andy Burnham, outline the importance of the latest developments.

The paper review.

Andy Murray has made it to the men's finals at Wimbledon. Chief sports writer of the Times, Simon Barnes and sports psychologist, Roberto Forzoni discuss his chances.

The deputy speaker of the House of Commons said the bad-tempered debate over Barclays Bank this week was the worst he had ever seen. But does it matter if there are loud exchanges in the chamber? Rachel Sylvester of The Times and The Independent's Steve Richards debate.

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