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Good Friday Morning

Peter van Dyk | 08:23 UK time, Friday, 6 April 2007

Hello all, it's a public holiday here in England but of course we'll still be talking about the news that matters to you this evening. And it's rather pleasant to come into TVC on a bank holiday because the car park is open to all staff, rather than (the admittedly many) people who ar emore important than the likes of me. And being a holiday, there's no traffic, so the drive is good too.

But on to the news - the top story on the web site and World Service radio is that a major UN report is set to conclude that climate change is already having an impact on the natural world.

We talk about climate change quite often, but as environmental campaigner Mark Lynas pointed out on The World Today this morning, when the previous version of this report was issued in 2001, it was hardly news at all; six years later its our top story. Is it your top story?

The IPCC's Rajendra Pachauri said G8 governments' actions would be affected by the change in public opinion - do you agree? He admitted that previous gatherings have sounded good but delivered little. Pahauri also said that it is the poorest people and the poorest countries - those least responsible for emitting greenhouse gases - which will be worst hit. He wants to see the industrial powers of the G8 act. But for now, the scientists can't even agree on what their report should say...

We've also talked a lot about the British sailors who were held in Iran. Iranian radio this morning made a point of telling its listeners that the 15 service personnel weren't allowed to speak to reporters when they returned home. So the PR-war goes on. But does our conversation?

Many of you who get in touch refer to the dispute over where the two boats were captured. The British navy says it has begun a "wide-ranging" inquiry into the capture of 15 of its personnel by Iran. Should we have a trial in the court of public opinion?

The English disease?

And another story from yesterday's programme - hooloiganism. Both fans of English clubs Manchester United and Middlesbrough blamed Roma fans for instigating violence around Wednesday's game, and a year ago when Boro visited Rome. But last night Tottenham Hotspur went to Spain and today Uefa says it will investigate the trouble in the stands.

So is the "English disease" back? Pat, a Man United fan in Edmonton, wrote on the blog:

Every time this type of incident happens and it usually does, when Utd. play away in Europe, we are expected to believe that it always the fault of the opposition’s fans and their police forces. We can no longer treat each incident as an entity, we have to look at the trend and that is a disgraceful picture. Club and Supporter’s Associations always want to blame others. Come on guys accept the blame and lets all do something about it!!

Kamran points out that the night before there was no trouble in Milan between the fans of AC Milan and Bayern Munich. He concludes:

Manchester United has been fined by UEFA in their previous away match against Lille as well for 'crowd disturbance'. Their supporters are not really as innocent as they're portrayed to be by the media.

However, writing in The Times, Gabriele Marcotti puts it down to English fans not being familiar with Italian policing.

Punish Sudan?

Britain's international development secretary says Sudan should be punished over Darfur. Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Hilary Benn catalogues a series of ways in which Khartoum was not cooperating with efforts to resolve the crisis in Darfur.

And there's a lot of buzz about the "Talibanisation" of Pakistan in the news at the moment. http://www.dawn.com/2007/04/06/top7.htm

A couple of weeks' ago, Time Magazine detailed how it was happening along the Afghan-Pakistan border, and today The Times reports on Talibanisation in the capital Islamabad, where yesterday there were protests against militant madrassa students.


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