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23rd November 2004
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3 UN workers kidnapped and held hostage in Afghanistan are reported to have been released . Our correspondent in Kabul is Roland Burke.

Relations between India and Pakistan  which were at danger point in recent times are now warming.

A review of the morning's papers.

The business news with Greg Wood.

Today's Queen's Speech is expected to herald tougher sanctions against animal rights activists and others who threaten people at work or in their homes.

Britain's five main business organisations are in Brussels today to complain about various things to the new team of European commissioners.

The sports news with Gary Richardson.

It's the Queen's speech today...Tony Blair's speech, if you prefer. Our political correspondent  is James Hardy.

The opposition candidate in the Ukrainian presidential elections, Viktor Yuschenko, is demanding an emergency parliamentary session today after Prime Minister Yanukovych was declared the winner.

A look at the papers here in the UK and in Paris.

A year ago laws were passed banning drivers from using mobile phones. But it appears that more drivers are using them.

It's World Aids Day on December 1st . But according to a report out today, there's not much to celebrate.

There have been overnight protests in the Ukraine due to the alleged fraud in the Ukrainian presidential elections.

It's the Queen's speech today.  The Liberal Democrats say it will be dominated by  a "climate of fear" created deliberately by the government.

There's supposed to be a ceasefire in Sudan - yet 4-0 aid workers from Save the Children had to flee into bush areas to escape clashes in Darfur yesterday.

One of the things to look out for in today's Queen's Speech is the inclusion of a bill to ratify the European constitutional treaty in UK law.

Apparently, eating chocolate is one of the best remedies around for persistent coughing.  

Thought for the Day.  The speaker is Martin Palmer - Director of an International Consultancy in World Religions.

When MG Rover was sold by BMW four years ago for 10 pounds to the Phoenix Consortium, its new owners predicted it would be profitable by 2003.   Wrong.

The government has been in power for seven and a half years and we'll find out today what its plans are for the next parliamentary session.  They will be delivered in the Queen's speech. Our political correspondent Iain Watson reports and we're joined by John Prescott.

Dr Andrew Wilson is Senior Lecturer in Ukraine Studies at University College London. What does he make of the recent elections there?

Remember all those campaigns to protect the rain forest?  We were told the government of Brazil and others were actually doing something to stop the forests being ripped apart. Hylton Murray-Philipson of Rainforest Concern and Stanley Johnson, a prospective Conservative candidate speak to us.

It's now a year since the British Society for Middle East Research warned of a crisis in the teaching of Arabic and other Middle Eastern subjects.  Kate Clark reports.

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The Blunder Clips

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These infamous sound clips have risen from the Today vaults again to haunt our newsreaders and presenters. Enjoy!

Who's reading the news Sarah?
Sarah introduces a guest newsreader. And it's catching, as Nick Clarke of the World at One demonstrates
- 4/5th October 2004
The boy who likes to say YES!
Sports presenter Steve May is left trying desperately to get his seven year old guest to say something other than yes!
- 23rd September 2004
When the technology fails John and Jim have to Ad-Lib...
Jim introduces a very strange sounding 
'Yesterday in Parliament' package.
 - 23th July 2004
Paul Burrell sings opera?
Sarah cues in a very odd sounding Paul Burrell clip.
 - 25th October 2003
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.

Tony Blair speaks to Jim at the British Embassy in Washington, following his controversial Rose Garden press conference with Bush. The Iraq war, the Middle East and the first hints of an EU constitution referendum u-turn. (17/04/04).
Jim Naughtie interviews the Nigerian High Commissioner in Britain, Dr Christopher Kolade, about the recent increase of religious violence in Nigeria.
John Humphrys interviews Prince Hassan of Jordan on the critical situation in Iraq.
Jim Naughtie interviews Bob Woodward. First Watergate, now a controversial book into events in the White House pre-Iraq war.
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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