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Today: Saturday 7th January

The Labour party are outlining how they would act to curb high pay. What next for the ANC, which turns 100 this weekend? And was the murder of Stephen Lawrence a turning point of British attitudes to race?

Ed Miliband has given an interview to the Guardian defending his leadership as the Labour Party sets set out its policy on high pay. The BBC's Susana Mendonca has more details.

The ANC, the oldest liberation group in Africa, is celebrating its 100th birthday this weekend with festivities including a massive golf tournament. Daryl Glaser, professor of politics at the University of Witswatersrand, gives his analysis of the state of the party.

A government-backed report has given the clearest signal yet that a new high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham will be approved. Read more

The Chinese authorities are to publish information about air pollution in the capital Beijing. The BBC's correspondent in Beijing, Damian Grammaticas, has more details, and Isabel Hilton, a journalist and China specialist, explains why this sheds some interesting light on the pressures China's leaders are under.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The Syrian government says terrorists were responsible for the attack in the capital Damascus where 25 were killed and many more were injured in a suicide bomb. However, the opposition believe the government itself may be behind the killing and they have called for an independent investigation. Salman Shaikh, director of the Brookings institute, gives his analysis of the situation.

The paper review.

Reporters are now allowed to tweet words from court giving minute by minute coverage. Until the Stephen Lawrence case this week, there had never been quite such a moment of live coverage of a judge's words in a high profile case. Philippa Thomas, the BBC correspondent sat at the Old Bailey this week, and Ian Kelcey, a council member of the law society, reflect on the implications of a new era in court reporting.

Thought for the day with Brian Draper, associate lecturer at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.

The pound has been strong against the euro in the last few days, with a pound now worth 1.21 euro. Tim Hair, who runs runs an engineering company in the West Midlands, and David Green, an official for many years at the Bank of England, discuss how a stronger pound is likely to affect manufacturers and exporters.

High pay is one issue the politicians of all main parties have decided they need to deal with this year. Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna outlines Labour's thinking on high pay.

Egypt's Coptic Christians celebrate their Christmas today and last night they held marathon services on Christmas Eve, as is their tradition. But there has been heavy security, after recent attacks on churches. The BBC's Jon Leyne reports from St Mary's Coptic church in Cairo where the Copts are feeling nervous about their future in post-Mubarak Egypt.

What should the relationship be between the police and journalists? Stewart Tendler, former crime correspondent for the Times, and John O'Connor, former Commander and head of the flying squad at Scotland yard, debate the issue.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

It has been suggested this week that the Stephen Lawrence case was a turning point in our attitudes towards race, not only within the police but also in wider society. Nicola Stanbridge has been looking through the archives of Mass Observation, which has been monitoring British attitudes to race amongst other things for the last 75 years. Professor Tony Kushner, from Southampton University, and Arthur Torrington, from the Windrush Foundation, discuss the history of race relations in the UK.

Africa's oldest and most famous liberation party, the ANC, turns 100 this weekend - but should it be celebrating? The BBC's Africa correspondent Andrew Harding reports from the small, struggling town of Ficksburg.

A government-backed report has given the clearest signal yet that a new high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham will be approved. Martin Tett, chairman of Buckinghamshire county council and leader of anti-HS2 group 51m, says that at a time of austerity, the new high-speed rail line represents a "poor investment".

The paper review.

Both Nick Clegg and David Cameron have talked about tackling Britain's 'crony capitalism', through legislation against the very rich and those evading tax. Matthew Hancock, Conservative MP for West Suffolk, and Mike O'Brien QC, former trade minister, discuss the practicalities of such legislation.


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