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Today: Saturday 28th January

David Cameron is to discuss Britain's future role in Afghanistan during talks with President Karzai today. The United Nations is discussing a resolution on Syria that would call for President Assad to hand his power to a deputy. And also on Today's programme, do London's Secondary schools have lessons for those in the rest of England?

President Karzai of Afghanistan is in Britain today for a meeting with David Cameron. The BBC's World Affairs correspondent David Loyn reports.

The House of Lords has voted for a new law designed to help protect children and vulnerable adults from cruelty and physical harm. The BBC's Parliamentary correspondent Mark D'Arcy was in the press gallery.

It's the RSPB's annual Birdwatch this weekend but are the birds confused with the seasons after the recent spell of warm weather and if they are what effect is it having on them? Victoria Gill is in Lancashire this morning to find out.

The Leveson Inquiry has been hearing evidence this week from the likes of Google and Facebook and from broadcasters including the former Conservative politician, Lord Patten, who is now Chairman of the BBC Trust. The BBC's Peter Hunt was at the hearings this week.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet

The diplomatic pressure is being ratcheted up against President Assad of Syria and so is the pressure inside the country, as the head of an Arab League monitoring mission said unrest had soared this week "in a significant way". Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen has been in Syria for the past ten days, and Rusi's Shashank Joshi analyses what lies ahead for the troubled country.

The paper review.

Chelsea play Queens Park Rangers for the first time since John Terry allegedly racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand. The latest news in the build-up to today's game is a report that Anton Ferdinand was sent some kind of letter containing a bullet or shotgun cartridge. The BBC's Tim Franks has more details.

Thought for the day with the writer Rhidian Brook.

The prevailing mood at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week has been one of measured optimism, but there are still questions over whether EU leaders will agree the terms of a new fiscal pact and bail-out fund when they meet in Brussels on Monday. Stephanie Flanders has been in Davos to find out whether we are getting any closer to a solution to the eurozone crisis.

President Karzai will be in London today meeting David Cameron as the ten-year mission in Afghanistan is drawing to an end. Robert Fox, defence correspondent of the Evening Standard, and Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, former British ambassador to Afghanistan, discuss what Hamid Karzai and David Cameron are likely to talk about.

The build-up to a big FA Cup match, a London derby between Chelsea and QPR, is dominated by antagonism over an alleged racist incident last time the teams played. Olivier Bernard, former Newcastle United player and anti-racism campaigner, gives his thoughts on whether the two players will shake hands and how the fans will react.

As the sporting world begins to countdown to the start of the London Olympics in the summer the tiny Gulf Emirate of Qatar is already preparing to host the World Cup in 2022. Kevin Connolly went to find out more about Qatar's plans for the World Cup in a country where temperatures soar to 45 degrees Celsius in the summer.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet

EU leaders will meet in Brussels on Monday as talks about reducing Greek debt remain unresolved, with fears that a disorderly default could happen in March. Former chancellor Lord Lamont and Baroness Vadera, who worked for Gordon Brown at the Treasury, discuss the future of the eurozone.

League tables of more than 3,300 secondary schools published by the Department for Education on Thursday show that London's education system outshone the rest of the country with only three secondary schools of 427 deemed to be failing, compared with four out of 14 in Hull and nine of 100 in Kent. Isobel Cattermole, who works for the Tower Hamlets borough council and Vivienne Porritt, from London University's institute of education, debate why the capital is outstripping the rest of the country.

The paper review

Privacy on the internet has been a hot topic this week with the European Commission publishing plans to give people the power to delete personal data they might not want to see online. Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones reports on whether there is a need for more regulation.

The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games has been given the title Isles of Wonder by Danny Boyle, the ceremony's director. Jude Kelly, artistic director of the South Bank Centre and Janie Hampton, an Olympic historian, discuss what the opening ceremony means for the UK as a nation.



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