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The Syrian authorities are showing no sign that they'll meet a deadline, set by Kofi Annan, to withdraw their forces from urban areas today. The European Court of Human Rights will rule on whether six terror suspects can be extradited from Britain to the United States. And also on the programme, why the police think football clubs need to pay out more for match policing.

We are no longer providing clips of every part of the programme but you will be able to listen via the BBC iPlayer .


Business news with Simon Jack on Facebook's announcement it is to buy Instagram, the photo-sharing smartphone app, for $1bn.

Syrian forces opened fire across two tense borders Monday, killing a TV journalist in Lebanon and at least two people in a refugee camp in Turkey on the eve of a deadline for a cease-fire plan that seems all but certain to fail. World affairs editor John Simpson has the details.


One of the world's largest funders of science is to throw its weight behind a growing campaign to break the stranglehold of academic journals and allow all research papers to be shared online. Mark Walport, director of the Wellcome Trust, explains why the organisation is challenging the established journals.

The European Court of Human Rights will rule this morning on whether six terrorist suspects can be extradited from custody in the UK to the United States including the radical cleric, Abu Hamza. Dominic Raab, Conservative MP and member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, gives his thoughts.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has asked Bahrain to consider transferring a jailed activist, who has been on hunger strike for two months, to Denmark for medical treatment. Security correspondent Frank Gardner reports on the case of Abdulhadi al-Khawaji, a Danish citizen who is serving a life sentence for his role in Bahrain's uprising.

Sports news with Rob Nothman.


Homeowners who carry out improvement work like extensions on their properties could be forced to pay for loft insulation and draughtproofing at the same time. The Today programme's Nicola Stanbridge met one energy efficient renovation expert in South London who has completely insulated his own home and thinks many homeowners should be compelled to do the same. While Tim Yeo, chairman of the Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee, explains why he thinks forcing people to insulate their homes will not work.

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In its heyday, it called itself the most famous music club in the world. In a few weeks time, Manchester will be marking the 30th anniversary of the opening of the city's Hacienda Club. Mark Coles caught up with former New Order and Joy Division bass player Peter Hook to find out why the iconic music that made the club famous is back in fashion.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Dr David Wilkinson, principal of St John's College at Durham University.


England's most senior football policing officer says be believes clubs should be paying millions more towards the cost of staging games after research commissioned by the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) found a significant rise in crime and disorder away from stadiums on match days. The BBC's Rowan Bridge spends a day with one police force as they prepare to police a football match while Andy Holt, the Acpo lead on football, and Dr Geoff Pearson, expert in football crowd disorder at the University of Liverpool, discuss whether it should be clubs and not the taxpayer that foots the bill for matches.


Tensions along Syria's borders have heightened as doubts intensify about an international peace plan due to come into effect today. The BBC's Jonathan Head reports from the Syrian border with Turkey while Manhal, an activist living in Hama, describes what life is like in the city. And Sir Jeremy Greenstock, the UK's ambassador to the United Nations from 1998 to 2003, and Henry Hogger, British ambassador to Syria between 2000 and 2003, discuss what the next steps should be.


David Cameron is expected to visit Burma this week. He will be the first western leader to visit the country since it first fell foul of international sanctions in the late nineties. The move comes after this month's elections, which saw the opposition win all the contested seats. Jim Della Giacoma, south east regional director of the International Crisis Group, examines the opportunities and challenges awaiting Mr Cameron.

Sports news with Rob Nothman.


The European Court of Human Rights will rule this morning on whether six terrorist suspects, including the radical cleric, Abu Hamza, can be extradited from the UK to the United States. The six men involved in today's case say they face ill-treatment if sent to America because they could be held in solitary confinement in a high-security jail in Colorado, known as a "supermax" prison. Lance Tapley, journalist at the Portland Pheonix and writer on "supermax" maximum security jails in the US, and Ray Luc Levasseur, former inmate at ADX Florence Penitentiary in Colorado, discuss the effectiveness of such prisons. And Dr. Amna Ahmad, sister of Babar Ahmad, a 36-year-old computer expert who has been in a UK prison without trial for nearly eight years, talks about her brother's experience.

It is now more than five years since the notoriously brutal rebel group the Lords Resistance Army left northern Uganda. East Africa Correspondent, Will Ross, has returned to Kitgum from where he reported for the BBC at the height of the conflict, to find out how things have progressed.


Business news with Simon Jack on the troubled Indian airline, Kingfisher.

A consultation has begun which could see homeowners, who carry out improvement work on their properties, being forced to pay for loft insulation and draught proofing at the same time. Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker outlines the proposals.

At the moment, four out of five MPs at Westminster are men - the highest it's ever been - and a lot higher than when Margaret Thatcher became prime minister. Rosina St James, vice-chair of the British Youth Parliament, and Ann Widdecombe, former Conservative MP and minister, discuss whether something should and can be done to increase the number of women in politics.

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