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Today: Saturday 11th December

A new deal on cutting carbon emissions is emerging at the climate change summit in Mexico. Scotland Yard has rejected suggestions that a failure in police communications led to Prince Charles being caught up in student protests. And which should come first in the Middle East a peace agreement or a Palestinian state?

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The Metropolitan Police is reviewing its security procedures after a group of protestors surrounded a car in which the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were travelling during protests on Thursday. Correspondent Asha Tanna discusses police denials that the car was caught up in student protests because of a breakdown in radio communications.

Delegates at international talks on climate change being held in Mexico appear to have reached a last-minute compromise on future cuts to greenhouse gas emissions. Correspondent Richard Black reports on how Japan and Russia have indicated they may be prepared to accept emissions limits that go beyond those set out in the Kyoto protocol.

Paper review.

As Opec oil ministers meet in Ecuador today, oil prices are almost $90 a barrel and petrol is £1.22 a litre. Commodities editor of the Economist Intelligence Unit Caroline Bain discusses whether they will open their oil taps to help cash-strapped consumers.

Beyond the Crash, Gordon Brown's book on the economic crisis was published this week and although it hasn't shot to the top of the best seller's list, the former PM has done some interviews and had some coverage. The Independent's Steve Richards and the Bookseller's Neil Denny discuss whether this is the book the world was waiting for from the former PM.

Sports news with Russell Fuller.

The US is launching a frantic bid to salvage the Middle East peace process after abandoning its primary strategy for drawing Israel and the Palestinians back into direct talks. Former US Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk describes how he would use this moment of relative calm in the region to restart the negotiations.

Paper review.

The UK government has once again refused to investigate the killing of 24 men, shot by British troops during the Malaya Emergency more than 60 years ago. Correspondent Alistair Leithead reports on how survivors of the massacre, and some of the soldiers themselves, have said the men were killed in cold blood.

Thought for the Day with Reverend Roy Jenkins, a Baptist Minister from Cardiff.

How has society's notion of what public good is served by higher education been changed by the vote on tuition fees? Professor of English at the University of Cambridge Stefan Collini and journalist Peter Wilby discuss whether the government has delivered a value judgement as many arts and social science undergraduates will now effectively bear the entire cost of their degrees.

After nearly two weeks of difficult negotiations, the UN climate summit in Mexico appears to have reached an agreement. The Climate Change Secretary, Chris Huhne, and the BBC's environment analyst Roger Harrabin outline the details of the draft deal.

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, says there is no evidence on which to bring criminal charges over the News of the World phone hacking investigation. Chris Bryant, MP for Rhondda and former Sun editor Kelvin Mackenzie debate if another police force should investigate the Metropolitan Police's handling of the case.

Impressionist Alistair McGowan is appearing in a tribute to Noel Coward at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith. Alistair McGowan discusses the appeal of Noel Coward and how he used to think Coward wrote nothing but irritating songs and plays about "posh people taking tea".

Sports news with Russell Fuller.

How have the tactics used by protesters and police shifted over the course of the three education demos, and how far have they responded to each other? Student Jody McIntyre and University of Southampton politics lecturer Clare Saunders, discuss how police can struggle to keep up with a moving, developing protest.

The vote is over and the controversial bill on tuition fees has passed through the Commons. Shadow Chancellor Alan Johnson discusses why he has changed his mind on the issue of a graduate tax, which a year ago he had described as "unworkable".

The papers.

The Monteverdi Choir had been crowned the world's best by Gramophone Magazine. Tomorrow conducts them at London's Cadogan Hall mark the 10th anniversary of one of the most ambitious musical projects of recent times. James Naughtie talks to their founder Sir John Eliot Gardiner about a decade of great success for the choir.

When the Interesting Conference (a cult movement of talks about obscure subjects which has spread to New York and Vancouver but whose London event was cancelled this year) was cancelled James Ward suggested on Twitter the idea of the 2010 Boring conference and to his surprise the response was huge. Author Lee Rourke and writer and columnist Rhodri Marsden discuss the joys of boring things.



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