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From a rainy Thursday in London

Rabiya Parekh | 10:57 UK time, Thursday, 24 August 2006

I'm a bit late with the morning round up, it's been pouring down with rain all night and it kept me awake well in to the wee hours of this morning.

But there's plenty around to talk about. Kev put this suggestion up at the end of yesterday's show. A video was released on Wednesday of two Fox News journalists captured in Gaza. There are suggestions that the news hasn't been making the headlines because of the organisation the pair work for. What are the risks journalists take to bring us the latest news from hostile environments?

The British Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly has given a major speech to launch a Commission on Integration and Cohesion, calling for a "new and honest" debate on diversity. The body, which will start work next month, will look at how communities in England tackle tensions and extremism. Should the state be responsible for encouraging integration?

The scientists removed single cells from the embryos
The stem cell debate continues. Scientists have found how to make stem cells from embryos without destroying the embryo in the process - an advance that could open the door to billions of dollars in research funding. Could the latest breakthrough lift the ethical taboo?

Equality and women's' pay - How far have we really come? (not far enough Ed..) `Women just aren't getting paid fairly,' a professor says and Statscan says "There may be more women breadwinners, but their income still lags". Is that your experience? Will things ever change?

I quite liked this story that Richard helpfully added to the mix. Roberto Carlos Alvarez-Galloso sent us this email

I want to take advantage to talk about the US Conglomerate CBS is doing a new version of their Reality TV Station "Survivors: Cook Island". This new version wants to segregate contestants on the basis of race, and ethnicity. This will inflame racial and ethnic tensions in America and I cannot remain silent. The USA has not learned from the Holocaust, Cambodia, Rwanda, and Bosnia. According to Simon Wisenthal, "in order to avoid genocide, the root of its etiology must be identified and eradicated."

And here's the story. Tell us what you think, email us here.

Well that's it for now, we have our meeting in a few minutes. But if you think there should be something we should be talking about, do get your email in quick!


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