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5th December 2003
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Th U.S Secretary of State is to meet the authors of the recent unofficial Middle East peace plan known as the Geneva Accord. Our State Department correspondent is Jon Leyne.

Chief Constables in England and Wales are considering a policy which would mean a police officer found guilty of domestic violence would be sacked. Our social affairs correspondent, Neil Bennett.

Hugh Pym has a round-up of today's business news.

Commonwealth summit is due to open shortly in Nigeria. The members are split over what to do about Zimbabwe. Our Southern Africa correspondent Barnaby Phillips is in Abuja.

Menzies Campbell, the Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs spokesman, has asked Foreign Secretary Jack Straw to explain Britain's policy on using intelligence gained under duress. Sanchia Berg has more details. 

The Health Department is taking new measures to try to prevent so many patients picking up infections while they're in hospital. Adam Brimelow is our health correspondent.

Today's World Press Review comes from Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in China - where they are hostiing the 'Miss World 2003' competition.

The Chancellor, Gordon Brown, and his new Conservative Shadow, Oliver Letwin, have had their first big clash in the Commons. Our Parliamentary Correspondent, Mark Darcy has the details.

Do speed cameras help road safety? The Association of British Drivers claims the Government can't produce statistics proving this, but road safety campaigners disagree. Mark McArthur-Christie of the ABD and Mary Williams of road safety charity, BRAKE.

In an editorial, the medical journal 'The Lancet' calls for a total ban on smoking and for even the possession of cigarettes to become a crime. Dr Astrid James, Deputy Editor of the Lancet and Tim Lord, Chief Executive of the Tobacco Manufacturers' Association.

The Commonwealth Summit begins in the Nigerian capital Abuja shortly. Many African countries think Zimbabwe's suspension should be lifted. Britain and Australia are determined that it shouldn't be. Barnaby Phillips is in Abuja.

The Education Secretary, Charles Clarke, faced a rough ride in Cabinet yesterday, when defending his tuition fees policy. Are there alternative proposals being discussed by back-benchers? Our political reporter, Iain Watson, has been investigating..           

Police forces in England and Wales are likely to adopt a policy which would mean that any officer guilty of domestic violence would be sacked. Assistant Chief Constable Jim Gamble.

Hear the first British interview with a Canadian citizen who was subject to what the CIA terms "extraordinary rendition". Maher Arar was changing planes in New York last summer on his way back to Canada when he was stopped by U.S officials.

Harriet Cass has a review of today's newspapers.

In Southern France, people are still without electricity and clean drinking water after a week of floods. Our correspondent Caroline Wyatt is in Avignon.

The number of infections caused by the hospital superbug MRSA is around 5000 a year. The Chief Medical officer says it costs the NHS £1 billion a year. So what can be done? Health Secretary, John Reid.

What should the Commonwealth do about Zimbabwe? Should it remain suspended or even be expelled? Some African countries, however believe re-instating  Zimbabwe is the best way of dealing with its problems. Michael Ancram is the Shadow Foreign Secretary.

Are Labour rebels using the row over university tuition fees as a way of ousting Tony Blair as party leader? Andrew Marr has more details.

The Institute of Economic Affairs says that "free and compulsory state education is a middle-class rip-off which has damaged the poor and led to lower literacy rates than those in pre-1870s Britain." Report author, Professor James Tooley, and Professor Ted Wragg.

Dr Raymond Damadian has taken out a series of advertisements claiming  he was unfairly excluded from the Nobel prize for medicine awarded earlier this year to two other scientists for the magnetic resonance imaging.

Russia holds its parliamentary elections on Sunday, and the economy will be one of the key issues. Steve Rosenberg reports on the economic problems Russia now faces during its transition into a capitalistic state.

This mornings Guardian reports that Europe Minister, Dennis MacShane has said the European commission needs a President who is 100% dedicated to questions of europe and not trying to run an opposition. Mr Prodi's spokesman is Reijo Kemppinen.

A fossil of a small sea creature extracted from a 425 million-year old British rock formation is the oldest male fossil known. David Siveter, from Leicester University.

The problems with writing about minority communities.. The novelist Diran Adebayo and the playwright and actor Kwame Kwei Armah.
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The Blunder Clips

Some of Our Less Memorable Moments
These infamous sound clips have risen from the Today vaults again to haunt our newsreaders and presenters. Enjoy!

Is 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
Where am I?
It's not always easy to remember ... Sarah forgets where she is
- 20 May 2002
Studio 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.
Laughing matter
What is Charlotte Green giggling about?
John and Jim share a joke about the weather?
Wrong guest
Sue and the wrong guest
The Extended Interview

We don’t always have time to play the whole interview on air. Listen to the extended interview here, exclusive to the Today website.

Sarah Montague interviews Paul Burrell.
The former royal butler denies betraying Diana, Princess of Wales, insisting his controversial new book was "a loving tribute".
General 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.
Hillary 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.
Mark Coles interviews Damien Hirst
......about his new exhibition in the small Slovenian capital Ljubljana, including drawings from his teenage years.
James Naughtie interviews Hans Blix:
Hans Blix says allies had motivations other than WMDs for going to war - 6th June 2003.
Michael Jackson complaint
Los Angeles based psychiatrist, Dr Carol Lieberman, tells us why she’s complained to child protection authorities about Michael Jackson.
Saudi ambassador on war
Zubeida Malik talked to Prince Turki Al Faisal - the new Saudi Ambassador to Britain before the war in Iraq
Jackie Elliott
Robin Aitken's interview with Jackie Elliott before he was executed
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