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Today: Saturday 3rd December

One of the architects of the euro has accused members of the single currency of doing "too little, too late" to stem the sovereign debt crisis. The UN's main human rights forum has condemned the crackdown on protests by the Syrian government. And also on today's programme, we'll hear from our panel of Watford residents on how they're coping in these tough economic times.

A look at today's papers.

There were nearly 3000 cases of so-called "honour-based" acts of violence recorded by police across the country last year. Sarah Campbell has been looking at the figures.

BBC correspondent Jon Leyne is in Egypt where the first results from the recent round of elections are being announced.

At the Leveson Inquiry this week, the way the tabloids operate has been under scrutiny. BBC correspondent Peter Hunt looks back at the week's evidence including a former reporter at the News of the World who told the hearing that phone hacking was not uncommon among the rank and file, but that the paper's editors had known what was going on.

There are parliamentary elections in Russia tomorrow. David Clark, the chairman of the Russia Foundation which tries to encourage democracy in Russia, explains why these elections could prove problematic for Mr Putin, who expects to become president again next March.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Much has been written this week about the significance of the Autumn Statement for the coalition parties and the Labour Party and their strategies for the next election. Fraser Nelson, editor of the Spectator, and Graeme Cook, associate director of think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research, debate the future of the political landscape in Britain.

The paper review.

As the global financial crisis has unfolded, people have been taking to the streets in Wall Street, London and other cities. Alan Johnston reports from one of the other sites that have been occupied, a famous old theatre in the heart of Rome.

Eric Daniels was the boss of Lloyds Bank until last March and when he left he took a bonus worth £1.45m with him, which the bank is now thinking of telling him to partly pay back. BBC reporter Ben Ando assesses the implications of such a move.

Thought for The Day with Reverend Rob Marshall.

The latest big international conference on climate change is under way in South Africa. John Prescott, former environment secretary who led the British delegation at the Kyoto talks, explains what is at stake at the conference.

Over the last few days there have been a series of announcements from Sarkozy, Merkel and ECB president Draghi which have reinforced the idea that a fully formed plan to resolve the euro crisis will be in place for the 9 December summit. Ulrike Guerot, head of the Berlin office of the European Council for Foreign Relations, and Anton la Guardia, Brussels correspondent for The Economist, discuss if the leaders of the eurozone really do have a plan and what it may be.

According to a survey from the charity Scope, most disabled people think the Paralympic Games should become a part of the Olympics rather than be held separately as they always have been. Scope chief executive Richard Hawkes and disabled basketball player and Olympic silver medallist Dan Johnson discuss the issue.

What does austerity mean in practical terms for people in this country? To try to answer that question, John Humphrys went back to Watford, a small town north of London, to talk to a panel of eight people the programme rounded up a few years ago, to reflect on the Chancellor's Autumn Statement and what life is like for them and their families in Britain today.

The paper review.

The Australian photographer Richard Simpkin is having an exhibition at the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool of photographs of him pictured with a range of celebrities he has taken during the last two decades. On the line from Sydney, he looks back at how our obsession with celebrity culture has evolved over the last 20 years.

Jeremy Clarkson has created a media storm this week after comments he made on the BBC One Show calling for strikers to be shot in front of their families. Toby Young and Joan Burnie, of the Daily Record, debate the way in which the press have reacted to the controversy.



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