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Monday 18th April 2005
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The Fire Brigades Union says there are at least forty attacks on fire crews in Britain every week.

China reject calls to apologise over a wave of anti-Japanese protests.

Business news with Greg Wood.

Sports news with Steve May.

Roman Catholic cardinals in the Vatican will begin the process of electing a new pope today.

Conservative leader Michael Howard is to make an announcement about "financial issues" today, but his party won't say what exactly. Why not?

Employees MG Rover will receive their redundancy notices today.

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has doubts about signing a death warrant for Saddam Hussein if he's found guilty.

A review of the today's papers at home and abroad.

Former Labour MP George Galloway will unveil today the manifesto for his anti-war party, Respect.

A senior Labour figure in Tony Blair's constituencyis resigning his party membership today in protest at the Iraq war.

Edward Stourton is in Rome as the papal conclave gets underway.

The Home Office are concerned about government plans to merge the prison and probation service.

Business update with Greg Wood.

Plaid Cymrulaunches its election manifesto today. Plaid Cymru policy director Simon Thomas joins us.

Sports update with Steve May.

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani speaks to the BBC's Jim Muir about the future of his country.

Are betting markets a better guide to election results than opinion polls?

Thought for the day with the Reverend Angela Tilby, Vice Principal at Westcott House in Cambridge.

What is Pope John Paul II legacy?

Shadow Chancellor Oliver Letwinon whether the Conservatives' policies will address the UK pensions crisis.

Jim is in our election battlebus in Kettering.

Sports update with Steve May.

What is the best way of getting the truth out of politicians? Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow discusses.

Business update with Greg Wood.

Father Thomas Reese, an authority on the workings of the Vatican on the rituals involved in the election of a new Pope.

Our veteran political watchers John Cole, John Sergeant and Julia Langdon gives us the views on the election.

Listen to a political poem - an "ode to Andrew Marr" - by performance poet Jude Simpson.
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Some of Our Less Memorable Moments
These infamous sound clips have risen from the Today vaults again to haunt our newsreaders and presenters. Enjoy!

Can of what John?
John gets confused over the expression, 'opened a can of worms.'
- 18th March 2005
What is our website and email address John?
John gets confused about all this modern technology and it's David Blunkett Jim!
- 22 December 2004
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
Sarah decides it's her turn - and interrupts Allan's discussion
-7 June 2002
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?
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.

Edward Stourton interviews Monsignor Charles Burns, a retired head of the Vatican's Secret Archives, in Rome about the funeral of the Pope John Paul II.
Part 1
Part 2
First BBC interview of Moazzam Begg, former Guantanamo Bay detainee. Mr Begg speaks to our reporter Zubeida Malik about his ordeal and how he continues to campaign for five Britons still there to be freed.
Justin Webb interviews Walter Cronkite who pays tribute to Dan Rather, a 73 year old news presenter in America whose is retiring after 24 years.
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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