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Today: Monday 6th February

Reports from the Syrian city of Homs say the bombardment by government forces has intensified. The Queen has marked the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne by renewing her promise to serve the nation. Also on the programme, why stand up comedy in the Gulf state of Qatar is no laughing matter.

Business news with Simon Jack on the continuing talks on new austerity measures in Greece

Opposition to Syrian President Assad is at its strongest in the city of Homs, the focus of much of the regime's violence. Andrew Hosken managed to speak to Omar, an anti-government campaigner, in the district of Baba Amr.

The government is to announce plans to change the law on shared parenting, to ensure more children have better contact with both parents if a couple split. Nicholas Cusworth, a QC and part-time judge who chairs the family law bar association, gives his view on the new plans.

Party leaders in Greece are to meet to try to reach agreement on whether to support the austerity measures demanded by the European Union and IMF as a condition of the latest bail out. Read Europe editor Gavin Hewitt's analysis.

Business news with Simon Jack

The Queen is marking the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne. Royal Correspondent Peter Hunt looks back at the events of 1952, and how they have shaped the Queen's life ever since.

Sports news with Simon Jack.

The problem of youth unemployment has reached an "emergency point" according to a new report. Former foreign secretary David Miliband, who chairs the Commission on Youth Unemployment which produced the report, explains what he believes needs to be done.

A look at the papers

Is India, the world's largest democracy, becoming more like China and clamping down on free speech? Andrew North reports from Delhi.

Thought for the day with the Right Rev Graham Jones

MPs on the home affairs committee are warning the government not to neglect the threat to the UK from extreme far right terrorism. Home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw has more details on the report and Dr Matthew Goodwin, an expert on right wing extremists at the University of Nottingham, explains the dangers of radicalisation.

At least 55 people have been killed in Homs over the weekend in clashes between the Syrian authorities and protestors. Paul Wood reports from the city of Homs, where the battle for the country has taken a brutal turn.

The government plans to change the law on shared parenting to make it easier for children to have a meaningful relationship with both parents. Sanchia Berg explains the planned changes and Justice Secretary Ken Clarke outlines how the new plans will benefit children.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet

Last June the Today programme spoke to Dr Michael Dixon, chair of the NHS Alliance, who supports the government's proposed reforms of the NHS and Dr John Lister, director of the Health Emergency campaign group, who opposes them. Eight months on, and as the bill reaches the report stage in the House of Lords, have their opinions changed?

Business news with Simon Jack.

It is 60 years to the day since the Queen's accession to the British throne. Reg Turnill, who reported for the Press Association on the day in 1952 when the new Queen arrived back in the UK from a trip to Kenya, and author Sarah Bradford reflect on her place in British society.

An exhibition of Lucian Freud's portraits will open at the National Portrait Gallery on the 9th of February, the first major exhibition since his death in July last year. Arts editor Will Gompertz has been to the show, and author Martin Gayford explains what it was like to be painted by Lucian Freud.

Following the veto from Russia and China at the UN, what can the international community do to end the violence in Syria? Andrei Ostalski, former editor of BBC Russian Service, and London-based Syrian broadcaster and writer Rana Kabbani, debate what comes next for Syria and the diplomatic process.


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