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Monday's agenda

Rabiya Parekh | 15:07 UK time, Monday, 13 November 2006

Three ideas have made it on to the agenda for today, Afghanistan, iran and Syria and sexism in football.

Talking to Iran and Syria

After years of adopting a tough stance on both Iran and Syria, Britain and the US now seem to be opening up to the idea of talking to these two countries.

Indeed Iran is one of the three original members of President Bush's Axis of Evil. But now the Americans say a 'fresh approach' is needed to try and solve Iraq's problems.

We want to hear from Iranians and Syrians - do you want your governments to engage with the US and Britain? Or are you sceptical about their intentions?


It's exactly five years since the Taliban were ousted in Afghanistan. The Us-led coalition targeted the regime immediately following the September 11th attacks in the States. But an UN-backed report claims that there's been a four-fold increase in the number of deaths in the ongoing conflict there.

is life any better or more secure for Afghans? We're hoping to speak to our correspondent Alastair Leithead, who has been spending time embedded with British troops in Southern Afghanistan. If he's able to talk to us, we want you to ask him about his experiences with the forces.

Sexism in football

And a British football manager has apologised for saying that having women referees is 'tokenism, for politically correct idiots' and having them involved in the game causes 'big problems'.

After his team Luton Town lost an important game, Mike Newell blamed the referees' assistant - who happened to be a woman.

What do you think? Should women be allowed to referee men's football matches?


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