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Darfur, Middle East arms, breast cancer, scouting, and Sanjay Dutt

Martin Vennard | 08:50 UK time, Wednesday, 1 August 2007

The UN Security Council voted unanimously on Tuesday evening to send a peacekeeping force of up to twenty-six-thousand to Sudan's Darfur region, where more than two-hundred-thousand people have been killed in four years of fighting.

But the resolution says the force will only be used to protect civilians who are under threat and limits the use of force against militias.

The British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, whose country co-sponsored the resolution, told the UN he wanted to create a "great coalition of conscience" to tackle issues such as Darfur and global poverty.

Is the new UN force going to help solve Darfur's problems and is Mr Brown's aim realistic?

The US has announced a massive arms deal with its allies in the Middle East. Israel will get $30bn of military aid, Egypt $13bn, while Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and UAE will share $20bn.

The US hopes that the deal will help to counteract the influence of Iran. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, currently touring the region, has warned that Iran poses the biggest threat to US Middle East interests.

But the German government's coordinator for German-American cooperation, Karsten Voigt, has suggested that US policies would end up destabilising the region. Do you agree with the arms deal or is Mr Voigt right?

US TV news presenter Robin Roberts has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The 46-year-old, who is one of the main presenters on ABC's Good Morning America programme, is due to undergo surgery on Friday.

She told viewers about her cancer on the show, saying: "I am so blessed that I found this in the early stages." Her story has received a lot of interest in the US and beyond, with many blog postings. about it.

One of India's best-known film actors, Sanjay Dutt, is beginning a six-year jail term for acquiring guns from bombers who brought carnage to the city of Mumbai. An Indian court cleared Sanjay Dutt of conspiring to carry out the blasts in 1993, but found him guilty of illegally possessing an automatic rifle and a pistol.

He called for leniency and plans to appeal. Was his sentence too harsh or was the court right?

Millions of scouts around the world are today celebrating the 100th anniversary of the movement's founding.

On Friday, our programme will come from the 21st World Scout Jamboree in Hylands Park, near Chelmsford, east of London, where around 40,000 people from around the world are taking part in the event.

Young people at the jamboree will be helping us produce and present the programme. Were you involved in the scouts? What did you get from being involved? Does the movement still offer useful skills for people in the 21st century?


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