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Friday's stories

Rabiya Parekh | 09:39 UK time, Friday, 8 June 2007

A very good morning to you from Television Centre. A few ideas to get you thinking this morning with the help of my colleague David over at Bush House.

G8 Deal

A pledge to help Africa - But will it be honoured?The leaders of the world's eight major industrialised nations will end their summit on Friday with a pledge to help Africa. The heads of six African nations will join G8 leaders, and a $60 billion pledge is expected to help fight AIDS and other diseases. A good result?

On yesterdays show we talked about the point of the G8 and if it actually made a difference to you. Some of you told us that you weren't convinced that they could make a difference, especially since the leaders are under pressure to honour aid commitments made in 2005.

Do you think it can be achieved?

Harry Potter

Daniel Radcliffe has just found out he's forgetten to pre-order his copy of the new bookAs the world waits in anticipation for the final instalment of the Harry Potter series, due out later this year, one teaching assistant wont be pre-booking her copy.

Sariya Allen, a Pentecostal teaching assistant who quit her job at a foundation primary school after she was disciplined for refusing to hear a child read a Harry Potter book, is seeking compensation for religious discrimination.

She claims that the book glorifies witchcraft, and since that is against her faith she objected to the 7 year old girl reading it aloud to her. The case is currently being heard at an employment tribunal, and is expected to end today.

The Harry Potter series series has been widely criticised by evangelical Christian groups as glorifying witchcraft, contrary to the Bible's teachings.Was Ms Allen right to refuse to listen to the girl reading the book..?

Big Brother...Yes, more controversy..

The British version of Big Brother has only been up and running for a little over a week, and already there's some Big controversy.

In a nutshell, a white contestant used the "N" word while in conversation with a few of the other house-mates, one of whom is black. The television channel that screens the programme, already heavily critisised for the way it treated the racism row that erupted over the Celebrity version of the show, immediately acted by throwing the contestant out.

Wise move..? Not everyone thinks so. Some say it was too harsh a decision since it wasn't used to insult the other contestant. But is the way it is sometimes used by white people, a result of them misunderstanding black culture?

Have a read of some of the hundreds of comments that have already come in on this, here.

Donation row

And what do you make of this story...The landowner of the site where Flight 93 came down on the 11th September, is in a row with The National Park Service over a donation box he has installed there.

Mike Svonavec owns 273 acres of the 1,300 acres east of Pittsburgh in Shanksville, Pa., where a $58 million permanent memorial and national park are planned.

Relatives of the crash victims say it is an insult to their memories, Mr Svonavec who owns the land says he needs the donations to cover security costs at the site.

Is he right to be asking for the money to cover his costs..? Tell us what you think, here.

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