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Starting to end the week

Peter van Dyk | 09:13 UK time, Friday, 2 June 2006

Good morning, what should we talk about today?

Iran is still the top story - we hosted our own talks between the US and Iran yesterday - so should we return to that? President Bush's senior intelligence advisor has warned again that the Iranians could have a nuclear weapon within 10 years.

Another of our top stories is the US military probing a new massacre claim in Iraq. The US is investigating an incident in which 11 Iraqis may have been shot by US troops. How do these reports affect the coalition effort in Iraq or support for the troops back home?

Yesterday we tried to hear from people in Basra about the state of emergency that has been put in place in an attempt to restore order after days and weeks of escalating violence. The phone lines were against us, and several people we contacted were not comfortable speaking on the radio - should we try again today?

Another headline on the web site is a new World Health Organisation report condemning the practice of female genital mutilation, saying it causes terrible infection and serious long-term damage, as well as appalling pain. And, it warns that it makes childbirth much more risky for women and their babies.

And what about Nepal, where tens of thousands of people have massed in Kathmandu to show support for Maoist insurgents. We've followed the anti-monarchy protests in Nepal closely, and many callers we heard from after the king reinstated parliament expressed worries about the role of the Maoists.

As always, we want to know what you want to talk about. Here are a few suggestions that have come into the web site:

  • What can we do to avoid world cup fever and media saturation with the event?
    Tom, Ipswich, UK
  • We can survive without Bill Gates but even Bill Gates cannot survive without farmers. Do farmers get due respect?
    Sebastian Thomas, New Delhi, India
  • Are the 'democratic' governments of the world starting to take control of the internet?
    Chris, UK
  • Should the UN force countries to implament birth control programs before they can recieve aid, world bank loans or use any program the UN Provides?
    Phillip, Gresham, USA
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