The former UN secretary general Kofi Annan is in Syria on a mission to end the violence which has claimed thousands of lives there. Liberal Democrat leaders are facing an attempt at the party's spring conference to force a debate on the coalition's reorganisation of the NHS. And also on the programme, how the art of fresco painting is alive and well in Northern Italy.
0709 A look at the papers
0712 Liberal Democrat activists will decide this morning whether Nick Clegg will face a vote on the health bill. The BBC's Robin Bryant explains why that could be bad news for the government.
0714 The former head of the UN, Kofi Annan, is meeting President Assad of Syria in Damascus this morning. Middle East correspondent Jon Donnison reports from neighbouring Beirut.
0810 Yesterday the biggest write-down of a nation's debt the world has ever seen happened in Greece as their debts were reduced by a staggering 100bn euros. The BBC's Joe Lynam explains what the impact is likely to be on the banks and insurance companies.
He's said he wants to urge President Assad to stop fighting and seek a political solution to what's happening in the country. Dr Bassma Kodmani, a senior member of the opposition Syrian National Council and Sir Malcolm Rifkind, a former foreign secretary, discuss whether this is possible.
0820 It's the first International Bagpipe day today and the School of Oriental and African Studies and the Institute of Musical Research are hosting a conference and music festival to celebrate the world's bagpipes. Cassandre Balosso-Bardin, one of the organisers who plays French and Galician bagpipes and Olle Gallmo, a Swedish bagpipe player, give us a preview of what to expect at the festival.
0842 Vladimir Putin became president of Russia again this week, and many people believe he shouldn't be. The BBC's Steve Rosenberg is in Moscow where there'll be another big demonstration today.
0845 Today is the anniversary of the accident at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. The Royal Society is holding a two-day discussion meeting assessing the current global status of nuclear energy. Prof Roger Cashmore, chairman of UK Atomic Energy Authority, and Prof Paul Dorfman, who is leading the EU Environment Agency Post-Fukushima Discussion, discuss the state of the nuclear industry one year after Fukushima.
0850 The fresco art form is very much associated with the glories of the Italian Renaissance. But it's not entirely consigned to the past. As the BBC's Alan Johnston has been finding out, the art form is alive and well right now, in the town of Pisa.
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