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Good Easter Monday morning

Peter van Dyk | 10:05 UK time, Monday, 9 April 2007

Top story here in the UK today is that the 15 Royal Navy personnel held captive by Iran have been allowed to sell their stories to the media.

The Ministry of Defence decision has sparked outrage, but now we know that Faye Turney "felt like a traitor". You can join the debate here.

That story isn't registering here at the World Service though. On our bulletins you'll hear about Shia Muslims in Iraq demonstrating on the anniversary of Saddam Hussein's removal from power to demand the withdrawal of foreign forces.

Also, there's been a strong turn-out in East Timor's first presidential election since independence and Roman Catholic bishops in Zimbabwe have warned of a revolt and launched a campaign for a new constitution.

There's also the start of the official campaign in France's presidential election. The first round of voting is due in two weeks' time. Polls suggest that the right-wing candidate, Nicolas Sarkozy, is extending his lead.

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