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Thursday 8th December 2005
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Condoleezza Rice has announced that the UN Convention Against Torture will apply to American interrogators in the US and now also overseas.

The law lords will rule today on whether intelligence obtained through torture is admissible in this country.

The business news with Rebecca Marston.

The sports news with Steve May.

The kidnappers in Iraq have extended their deadline by two days and said they will kill their hostages if their demands are not met.

David Cameron is expected to organise his Shadow Cabinet today.

Tony Blair is meeting six European leaders today to settle the row over the EU budget.

The Red Cross has a new emblem, a red crystal, which paves the way for Israel to join the movement after nearly six decades of exclusion.

The paper reviews from Britain and Cairo.

A look at the events of Yesterday In Parliament.

MPs will be told today how many animals are being used for laboratory tests.

Norman Kember's kidnappers have threatened to kill him unless Iraqi prisoners are freed.

We speak to Iztok Mirosi, the Ambassador of Slovenia about Tony Blair's EU budget proposals that would involve big cuts in handouts to smaller newly joined countries such as Slovenia.

The business news with Rebecca Marston.

David Cameron promised to tackle the lack of women MPs from his party. What can he do?

We heard last night that Lady Thatcher had been admitted to hospital after complaining of feeling faint.

The sports news with Steve May.

How will the Liberal Democrats react to the new leader of the Conservatives? We speak to Charles Kennedy.

Hear the Today Programme report from 25 years ago when John Lennon was shot outside his apartment building in Manhattan.

Thought For The Day with Anne Atkins, Novelist and Columnist.

The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Jan Egeland, has appealed for intervention from the international community to tackle the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe.

We speak to William Hague, who is now Shadow Foreign Secretary, and ask him why he has returned to the front bench.

Hear a Jim Naughtie report about a young British conductor who made a public debut yesterday at the opening of the opera season at La Scala.

John Lennon was shot 25 years ago today. Here on Radio 4 various fans and friends will be remembering him in two-minute interviews played between programmes. Hear one recorded by Libby Purves.

The business update with Rebecca Marston.

We talk to Ahmed Hashim, a Professor of Military Stategy at the US Naval War College, about the kidnapped peace activist Norman Kember.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has to decide today whether to save the life of a notorious convicted killer. He is under considerable pressure from death penalty opponents and fellow Hollywood stars.

Will being an Old Etonian be a curse or a blessing for David Cameron? Two former pupils, Lord Onslow and Jacob Rees Mogg, tell us their views.
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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 the President of Mexico, Vincente Fox, and Tom Shannon, the United States Under Secretary of State with responsibility for the Americas, on the Summit of the Americas in Argentina and the prospect of a free trade agreement for the region.
President Vincente Fox.
Under Secretary of State Tom Shannon.
50th anniversary of Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett.
The uncut interview with Sir Peter Hall, the first director to stage the play in 1955, with the last surviving member of the original main cast, Timothy Bateson who played 'lucky', and playwright Ronald Harwood.
Jim Naughtie speaks to the Archbishop of Kaduna, Josiah Idowu Fearon, about the Anglican Church in Africa and tensions between Christians and Muslims. (25/05/05)
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.
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