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8th December 2003
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Russia's voters seem to like what their President has been doing - he's leading the polls. Damian Grammaticas is our Moscow correspondent.
Verdicts are due in Athens today on 19 people accused of being part of the terrorist group called November 17th. Our correspondent is Jill McGivering.
Rebecca Marston has a round-up of today's business news.
Zimbabwe is leaving the Commonwealth and its departure has produced strains among the members meeting in Nigeria. Our correspondent is Barnaby Phillips.
The Education Secretary Charles Clarke begins a campaign to secure support for the government's policy on university tuition fees today - Norman Smith is our political correspondent.
Today is the big one - the World Cup winning parade through Central London by the England Rugby team. Our Sports Correspondent is Andy Swiss.
This morning's World Press Review comes from Damien Grammaticus in Moscow - following the Russian Parliamentary Elections.
The Medical Research Council says it wants more money for research - but some scientists are saying the drugs don't work.... Professor Colin Blakemore, is the MRC Chief Executive.
The Liberal Democrats are committed to a tax increase for people earning more than £100,000 a year - What exactly would they spend the income on? Vincent Cable, the party's Treasury sokesman is here to explain.
President Mugabe has decided to end Zimbabwe's membership of the Commonwealth following the decision to continue with their suspension. We speak to George Shire, supporter of Zanu-PF.
Three years ago, the British military attache in Athens, Brig Stephen Saunders was killed by the terrorist group called November 17th. And today verdicts will be delivered in court in Athens on 19 alleged members of the group. We speak to his wife, Heather Saunders.
We'll hear how the government plans to overhaul the laws on consumer credit today. Trade and Industry Secretary, Patricia Hewitt.
The Education Secretary, Charles Clarke will invite rebellious Labour MPs to attend "seminars" on top-up fees. Where does the Chancellor Gordon Brown stand? Our Political Editor, Andrew Marr.
European Union heads of government will try to settle the constitution this week, and it will be difficult. They've been negotiating for 18 months on the draft - Today, one of the British representatives expresses doubts about what's been achieved : Gisela Stuart, Labour MP and President of the European Parliament, Pat Cox.
Peter Donaldson has a review of today's newspapers.
Within 15 years, the light bulb, will fade into history. Scientists say the light bulb is being superseded by LEDs - light emitting diodes. We speak to Robert Wheeler, the great, great grand-nephew of Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb.
Should 16 year-olds be allowed the vote? Lord Falconer, the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs will float the idea in a speech to students tonight. Not everyone thinks this is a good idea...
Robert Mugabe has announced that Zimbabwe has quit the Commonwealth following the controversial decision to continue their suspension. We speak to International Development Secretary, Hilary Benn and Shadow Foreign Secretary, Michael Ancram.
The Turner Prize has been won by a transvestite potter - Grayson Perry, also known as Claire. He tells us about his award winning work..
The Prime Minister returns from the Commonwealth summit in Nigeria. After a few hours sleep it will be business as usual again - with another punishing schedule of engagements. So how much wear and tear is it taking on the Prime Minister? Norman Smith investigates.
The latest avenue towards peace in the Middle East has turned out to be another blind alley - Palestinian groups have been meeting to discuss the possibility of a comprehensive ceasefire, but they failed to agree. Yuval Shteinitz is Chairman of Israel's Foreign Affairs committee.
The woman who blew the whistle on what was happening at Enron says it would be all too easy for it to happen all over again. Sherron Watkins is here to talk to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
The man who keeps the books at the European Union says the culture of the EU's bureaucracy needs radical reshaping. Jules Muis, the chief internal auditor, led an investigation into large scale financial irregularities in the Commission's statistical arm.
It's the day of the parade for England's world cup winning rugby team, who drive in procession through Central London. We speak to some of the earlybird fans gathering and John Drew, who won the opportunity to join the team on their victorious bus journey...  
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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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