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Today: Monday 8 December 2008

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Negotiations are underway in Poland in an effort to seal a European Union deal on emission targets. Environment analyst Roger Harrabin discusses whether a new agreement can be reached.

Flights at Stansted airport have been delayed after more than 50 protesters occupied a secure area near the runway. Lily Kember, of climate action group Plane Stupid, says for every minute of the protest, 4.2 tonnes of carbon are prevented from being emitted.

The Taleban are increasing their hold on Afghanistan, according to a think tank with field staff in the country. President of the International Council on Security and Development Norine MacDonald, who led the research, and Nato spokesman James Appathurai discuss the research that suggests that the Taleban has managed to gain a presence in 72% of the country, rising from 54% a year ago.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Gordon Brown has invited French president Nicholas Sarkozy and the president of the European Commission to Downing Street to discuss the economic crisis with business leaders. But the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, will not be in attendance as she is against the plan to follow the Prime Minister's lead. Europe editor Mark Mardell considers what lies behind German reluctance to join in.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


Police at Stansted airport are arresting protestors from climate action group Plane Stupid who have broken into a secure area near the runway and are delaying flights. Chief Superintendent Ian Gruneberger, divisional commander at the airport, says the protestors may face criminal prosecution.

Former Vice-President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Jean-Pierre Bemba is facing trial for alleged war crimes and human rights violations. Correspondent Mike Thomson reports from the town of Bossangoa, in the Central African Republic, where it is alleged some of the worst atrocities occurred.

Today's papers.

Dogs are sensitive and can display emotions like jealousy, empathy and embarrassment, a study from the University of Vienna says. Dr Paul Morris, of the psychology department at the University of Portsmouth, discusses whether it is a conclusion that dog lovers already know.

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

The government should replace some traditional lessons in primary schools with new "areas of learning", a report by former senior Ofsted inspector Sir Jim Rose suggests. He says teaching children about emotional well-being and social skills should be a compulsory part of the curriculum.

The runway at Stansted airport is now open following a protest from climate change group Plane Stupid, according to BAA. Commercial director of Stansted airport Nick Bartham says security were on the scene as soon as protesters were on the airport and did not reach the runway.

There is "bitter disappointment" with the current leadership of Zimbabwe, the Elders group of influential statesmen has said. Former US President Jimmy Carter discusses if Robert Mugabe can lead Zimbabwe out its current humanitarian crisis.

Journalist and former 'Strictly Come Dancing' star John Sergeant features on a song launched by BBC TV's The One Show in aid of Children in Need. Writer and main singer Chris Difford, formerly of the band Squeeze, and Neil McCormick, music critic of the Daily Telegraph, discuss if the single can beat the X Factor winner to be Christmas number one.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Fresh discussions are planned to try and arrange peace talks with the Taleban, an investigation for the Today programme has learned. Correspondent Ian Pannell and Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, British ambassador in Afghanistan, discuss reports that the presence of the Taleban is growing in Afghanistan.

Cuts in legal aid are denying justice to many people, the incoming chairman of the Bar Council says. Desmond Browne QC also says that increases in court fees for child care cases could deter some local authorities from going to court and, as a consequence, endanger children.

A decision by a number of UK internet providers to block a Wikipedia page showing an image of a naked girl has angered users of the popular site. Sarah Robertson, of the Internet Watch foundation, and David Gerard, of Wikipedia, discuss if censorship of the internet should be allowed.



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