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27th November 2003
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The votes will start to be counted this morning after yesterday's elections to the Northern Ireland assembly. Kevin Connolly is there.
A European Parliament committee is voting on a plan to make it easier for health professionals from other EU members to work here - the General Medical Council doesn't like it. Adam Brimelow is our health correspondent.
Rebecca Marston has a round-up of the business news.
The government will publish a new asylum bill today. It was mentioned in yesterday's Queen's speech and aims to tighten up the asylum system. Danny Shaw is our home affairs correspondent. Norman Smith is our political correspondent.
A European Parliament committee is voting on a plan to make it easier for health professionals from other EU members to work here - the General Medical Council doesn't like it. Adam Brimelow is our health correspondent.
The World Press Review comes from Phil Mercer in Sydney.
The customary week-long debate on the Queen's Speech follows yesterday's State Opening of Parliament. As always, the event was accompanied by plenty of pomp and pageantry. David Wilby reports.
The rain continues and and we could be facing more flooding. But that's not stopped the Environment agency warning of possible water shortages next year. Norman Baker is the Liberal Democrat's spokesman on environmental issues.
There's an independent report into the NHS out today and it says the health service is improving the quality of healthcare. It comes from the Nuffield Trust, Sir Denis Pereira Gray is the Trust's chairman.
The latest figures for asylum seekers are published this morning and the results show the Prime Minister's promise - to cut the figure by 50% by September 2003 - has been fulfilled. Maeve Sherlock is the Chief Executive of the Refugee Council and Harriet Sergeant.
Votes will be counted this morning following yesterday's elections in Northern Ireland - the result will be known tomorrow. Dr Sydney Elliott is a psephologist at Queen's University Belfast.
Australia have reached a deal with the U.S on their Guantanamo detainees - they have been promised the prisoners won't face the death penalty, and may be able to serve any jail sentences in Australia. Geraint Davies is the MP for Feroz Abbasi.
They're calling it the "Sweet Chariot Victory" Parade. On Monday 8 December the England's rugby team will be honoured with an official day of celebration. Not everyone is happy -  Nick Holmes is a rugby teacher.
The Queen's speech spelt out the government's priorities for next year. Are these the right issues? Shadow Chancellor, Oliver Letwin and Menzies Campbell is Liberal Democrat Spokesman.
Harriet Cass has a review of today's newspapers.
There's a row between some senior British mountaineers and 'Trail' the biggest selling hill-walking magazine - about the dangerous routes the magazine has recommended. Scotland reporter, Huw Williams has more details.
The European Parliament is voting on a set of guidelines to make it easier for doctors to work wherever they choose within the E.U. Is this a good thing? Sir Graeme Catto of the G.M.C and M.E.P Manuel Medina Ortega.
Today the government publish the new asylum bill which shows they have met their asylum targets. We speak to the Home Secretary, David Blunkett.
Country Life has declared a coming crisis over Christmas puddings because young people don't like them. So they've developed a new recipe.. Editor Clive Aslet and cook Clarissa Dickson-Wright.
The British poet Benjamin Zephaniah has rejected an OBE from the Queen in a protest against the war in Iraq and the legacy of the British empire.
One notable omission from the Queen's speech yesterday was the gender recognition bill which would have given transexuals the right to change their birth certificates to show their new gender. Shaun Woodward MP and  his transexual sister Leslie Woodward.
Where's the best place in Britain to go for a weekend away? Apparently Portsmouth.. according to The Good Britain Guide. Mike Hancock is the MP for Portsmouth South and Sam Jordison is co-author of the Crap Towns Guide.
Tim Blackman has been in a court in Japan listening to the trial of a Japanese businessman who is accused of killing his daughter Lucy Blackman.  Mr Blackman spoke to our reporter Jonathan Head.
The next event for Labour MP's is the Big Conversation. A friendly chat or a dialogue of the deaf? Iain Watson has been speaking to grassroots members and backbench MPs who'll be there.
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These infamous sound clips have risen from the Today vaults again to haunt our newsreaders and presenters. Enjoy!

ListenIs that Alec Stewart?
Garry Richardson interviews an Australian cricket fan masquerading as England star Alec Stewart.
- 7 January 2003
Sarah decides it's her turn - and interrupts Allan's discussion
-7 June 2002
ListenWhere am I?
It's not always easy to remember ... Sarah forgets where she is
- 20 May 2002
ListenStudio invasion
Jim is besieged by his friends in the studio
- 15 December 2001
Jim attempts to interview Gruff Rhys of 'Super Furry Animals'.
John gets a little confused as to which Greg he has on the programme
Garry Richardson waits and waits and waits for Brendan Foster.
ListenLaughing matter
What is Charlotte Green giggling about?
John and Jim share a joke about the weather?
ListenWrong guest
Sue and the wrong guest
The Extended Interview

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ListenSarah Montague interviews Paul Burrell.
The former royal butler denies betraying Diana, Princess of Wales, insisting his controversial new book was "a loving tribute".
ListenGeneral James L. Jones
During his visit to  London - the Supreme Commander of Nato talks to James Naughtie about the threat posed to NATO by a stronger EU military force.
ListenHillary Clinton talks to James Naughtie
Her questions surrounding the White House handling of the Iraq war, plus her years with Bill in that stately building.
ListenMark Coles interviews Damien Hirst
......about his new exhibition in the small Slovenian capital Ljubljana, including drawings from his teenage years.
ListenJames Naughtie interviews Hans Blix:
Hans Blix says allies had motivations other than WMDs for going to war - 6th June 2003.
ListenMichael Jackson complaint
Los Angeles based psychiatrist, Dr Carol Lieberman, tells us why she’s complained to child protection authorities about Michael Jackson.
ListenSaudi ambassador on war
Zubeida Malik talked to Prince Turki Al Faisal - the new Saudi Ambassador to Britain before the war in Iraq
ListenJackie Elliott
Robin Aitken's interview with Jackie Elliott before he was executed
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