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Basra without the British

Ros Atkins Ros Atkins | 19:00 UK time, Monday, 3 September 2007

Hi from Ros. We're off air now, but you can listen again here.

The Brits say they're not going to be flying out just yet but the significance of their departure from the centre of town is there for all to see. Whether they leave with their mission accomplished, whether the move has shifted the tenor of the coalition's operations to one of an end game is for you to decide. George Bush certainly doesn't see this as a job done and he's arrived in Iraq today to say so.

Here are the rest of today's stories...

It looks like in the next couple of years, all women in the UK will start having the option at 20 years old to freeze some of their healthy eggs. They'll then be able to use them when it suits their career or relationships. (Fertility experts are emphasising that it is far from certain that the eggs will be successfully fertilised.)

If you're a woman and under 20 would you consider doing this, and if you've passed 20 would you have taken up the option if it was available?

While we were in Africa in May the story of the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp was playing out in Lebanon. The government had lost control, and Islamic militants had gained it. After this weekend that situation has been reversed. We are going to try and speak to those of you who joined us in May to find out your reaction and to hear what life is like in Nahr al-Bared.

My favourite email of recent times arrived on Friday when Ken in Cleveland signed off 'The original Ken in Cleveland'. We had no idea two of you were competing for the same moniker. Ken, I just thought your opinions had become a little more scattered (that's original Ken I'm talking to there). Ken in Cleveland Mk2 you may need a new sign off. Alternatively the two of you could meet each other on the pavement outside WCPN (just by the roadworks that never end) and arm-wrestle to a conclusion.

Friday's show was a record-breaker - more comments by the end of the hour than we've ever received. Thanks to all of you for getting in touch and to Rose for saying that now well-used phrase 'an armed society is a polite society'.

Speak to you later.


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