We have seen and heard from our missing colleague for the first time since he was captured in Gaza on March 12th. A video has been posted on the internet of Alan, who says he has been treated well and is in good health.
George Bush and climate change
A familiar heading, and a mixed reaction today to the American President's calls to create a "new global framework" for cutting carbon emissions. A week before the G8 meeting in Germany, Bush seems determined to come up with his own way, but his plans have been welcomed by Tony Blair and Angela Merkel as a step in the right direction. Do you agree, or this just rhetoric? Join the BBC debate here.
"Russian attitudes are locked in the past", according to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. She says the US wants a 21st century partnership with Russia, and is perplexed by the disagreement over the US missile system in Europe. President Putin has criticized "imperialism" in global affairs - clearly aimed at the United States, and a quick google news search on "cold war" throws up hundreds of articles refering to the term thought long dead.
The Beatles album widely recognized as the most important ever made celebrates it's 40th anniversary today. Some of the biggest British bands (and Bryan Adams) have recorded versions of songs from the album using the same four track mixing desk used in 1967. How has it stood the test of time? Is it as important as people say it is? Paul has just e-mailed me to say Bob Marley's Exodus album is 30 in a week or so. Give us your nominations for the most important album ever.
The female judge ruled that:
"If by perseverance, the snail could reach the Ark, why can't these worthy ladies stand on and turn the scale."
Is this an genuine issue of safety? Or as the BBC's Sanjoy Majumder puts it, part of a growing trend across all societies in India for discarding traditionally-held ideals of beauty and appearance in favour of a more Westernised skinny look?