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Today: Saturday 10th December

The prime minister has met Conservative backbenchers to brief them on his decision to veto a new EU-wide treaty designed to stabilise the single currency. Also in the programme, on the 70th anniversary of the sinking of HMS Prince of Wales and her sister ship HMS Repulse we'll hear from some of the survivors.

A review of the papers.

European leaders say 26 out of 27 EU member states have backed a tax and budget pact to tackle the eurozone debt crisis. Political correspondent Gary O'Donoghue examines how this has affected Mr Cameron's standing in his own party.

Talks are ongoing at the climate change conference in Durban in the hope of reaching some sort of deal. Environment correspondent Richard Black looks at the likelihood of a swift agreement.

In a couple of hours a demonstration will be held in Moscow, which some say will be the biggest Russia has seen for 20 years. Moscow correspondent Daniel Sandford reflects on the implications for presidential hopeful Vladimir Putin.

The main opposition candidate in the Democratic Republic of Congo has rejected official results showing the incumbent, Joseph Kabila, won the presidential election. Today reporter Mike Thomson has been speaking to one of Tshisekedi's advisers.

What the does the Arab Spring mean for Christians living in the Middle East? That was a question for peers at Westminster yesterday. Parliamentary correspondent Mark D'Arcy reports.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

The UN estimates more than 4,000 people have died in Syria during the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, which began in March. Middle East correspondent Jim Muir has the latest from the country.

A review of the papers.

Is it wise to try and reach a deal at big conferences when leaders have had so little sleep? Derk-Jan Dijk is a professor of sleep and physiology at the University of Surrey.

Thought for the Day with the Reverend Rob Marshall, an Anglican priest.

A report into the death of a prisoner who hanged himself suggests governors delayed sending him back to a jail in which he felt safe because there was an inspection going on. Home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw explains the circumstances, and a lawyer at his inquest Ben Conroy explains how this could have happened.

Where do the past couple of days leave Britain's relationship with the European Union? Diplomatic correspondent James Robbins reflects on this question, and Lord Heseltine, former deputy prime minister, reflects on what David Cameron has done.

An iconic image from Scotland's storms this week was that wind turbine exploding into flames, but why did it happen? Is it true that wind turbines really can't cope with wind? Paul Marks of the New Scientist explains why this happened.

It's the 70th anniversary of the sinking of HMS Prince of Wales and her sister ship HMS Repulse by the Japanese off Kuantan on the Malayan coast, in which 800 lives were lost. A few lucky survivors of this and subsequent POW camps met BBC reporter Bob Walker to look back on those hard times.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

David Cameron was toasted at a dinner in Chequers last night after refusing to sign up to the European Union's treaty change. Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times explains why they have printed a leading article casting grave doubt on what Mr Cameron did, and the chancellor George Osborne explains the financial implications of the UK's veto.

A review of the papers.

President Robert Mugabe wants new elections in Zimbabwe next year as he believes the unity government he shares with the Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, is dysfunctional. The government was formed amid the violence that broke out during the last elections in 2008, but what effect has it had? Andrew Harding reports from the country.

Just where are we left as a result of the prime minister using Britain's veto in Europe? Has it left us stronger or weaker? David Rennie, political editor of the Economist and Melissa Kite, contributing editor to the Spectator discuss.


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