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Thursday 23rd February 2006 
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Dozens of cancer specialists are trying to ensure that two cancer drugs for use against brain tumours are approved for the NHS in England.They are angry at the delay in reaching a decision.

40 million pounds has been stolen in what is thought to be Britain's biggest robbery.

Thes business news with Greg Wood.

The sports news with Gary Richardson.

The Iraqi president is calling for calm, but there has been more violence in the wake of the destruction of the shrine at Samarra.

Ugandans go to the polls today in the country's first multi party elections in 26 years.

The Government will publish its plans for "victims' advocates" who will be allowed to address a court in cases of murder and manslaughter on behalf of the relatives of the victim.

review of today's papers in the UK and Sarajevo.

President Bush is embroiled in one of the biggest political battles since he came to office. Senior politicians from both main parties are threatening to block a deal which would mean several US ports, including the port of New York, being run by a company based in Dubai.

The human rights organisation Amnesty International has strongly criticised Britain's anti terrorism laws. Its report says their effect has been not only to undermine human rights at home but also overseas. Amnesty's Secretary General is Irene Khan.

Nigeria is suffering inter-faith violence as a result of the row over the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. Nearly a hundred people have been killed in the last few days. Bishop Cyril Okorocha of the Owerri Diocese in south-east Nigeria, joins the programme.

As much as forty million pounds may have been stolen from a security depot in Kent. Can the robbers get away with it? Bob McCunn is a solicitor who was hired to track down the money and gold taken in the Brinks Mat robbery in 1983, and Nick Kochan has written a book about money laundering called The Washing Machine.

The fallout from the destruction of the shrine in Samarra in Iraq has been violent. Up to 17 sunni Muslims are thought to have been killed in reprisal attacks by Shia muslims, for whom the shrine was particularly important. Sheik Yosif al-Nasari, is director of the Shia Al-Sadr Centre for Research and Study, and he's a supporter of Muqtada a-Sadr, the prominent Shia leader.

The business news with Greg Wood.

Elections are underway in Uganda. They are the first multi-party elections in 26 years. The Labour MP, Chris Mullin, is the special representative of the British government at the elections.

The sports news with Gary Richardson.

How can Britain reduce CO2 emissions produced by the country's 32 million cars. Transport Secretary, Alistair Darling, talks about the government's plans.

A new book on Shakespeare is claiming that the playwright died of cancer. The book is called 'The True Face of William Shakespeare', and the author is Professor Hildegard Hammerschmidt-Hummell, who says she has also solved the mystery of what Shakespeare looks like.

Thought for the day with John Bell of the Iona Community.

Britain's biggest energy supplier, Centrica - which owns British Gas - says its profits went up by 11% last year to one and a half billion pounds. From next week, its 12 million gas customers and 6 million electricity customers will have to pay 22% more for their gas and electricity. Mark Clare, Managing Director of British Gas, and Deputy Chief Executive of Centrica, talks to the programme.

The government is introducing a "victim's advocate" in murder and manslaughter trials in a number of crown courts in England. It is an effort to meet the claims of the families of the victims of murder who say that despite a great deal of rhetoric about the importance of the victim in recent years they're still not being treated properly. Lord Falconer,the Lord Chancellor, talks to the programme.

Our Arts Correspondent, Rebecca Jones, talks to George Clooney about his new CIA thriller, Syriana, and to former CIA agent, Robert Baer, who's memoirs the film is loosely based on.

The sports news with Gary Richardson.

Charles Shoebridge, a security analyst and former Scotland Yard detective, speaks about the robbery at a security depot in Kent. 25 million pounds was taken in what is believed to be Britain's biggest cash robbery.

When Jan Dacombe wanted to put an angel on her child's grave, she was told by the Church of England that she couldn't. Its rules on what is appropriate for graves wouldn't allow it. So she organised a petition calling on the church to change those rules and handed it to the General Synod last week. Jan Dacombe, and Canon Michael Ainsworth, a member of the Synod, join the programme.

The business news with Greg Wood.

There is increasing pressure this morning on Serbia to hand over the former Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic. The Serb authorities are being warned their negotiations to join the European Union could be affected.

The celebrity restaurant has been one of the features of the West End of London in recent years, but the chef, Jamie Oliver, thinks they are getting too expensive and has started a home catering business, as people prefer to eat locally. Oliver Peyton, a London restaurateur, and Peter Harden, editor of the Harden restaurant guide, share their views.

Britain should convert all its road signs to metric by the time of the Olympics in 2012 otherwise it will be seen as a backward nation. So says the UK Metric Association. Its campaign is supported by among others Lord Howe who speaks to the programme, along with the columnist Peter Hitchens.
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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?
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The nominations for the Oscars were announced yesterday, and The Constant Gardener is tipped for a place on the shortlist. It stars Ralph Fiennes who picked up an Evening Standard Film Award this week for his role in the film. Polly Billington spoke him and to the author, John le Carre, about the film and its chances at the Oscars. (31/01/06)
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 who 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.
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