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Saturday 2nd September 2006
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Keith Doyle reports on a police anti terrorism raid in a South London Restaurant overnight

The pressure is still building on Tony Blair to name a date for his departure.

The government says a retired senior judge should take charge of the inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Today's papers

Should the European Union start talking to the Palestinian Hamas government? We talk to Edward Macmillan-Scott, a conservative MEP and a vice-president of the European Parliament with special responsibility for the Middle East.

TheSports News with Garry Richardson

Molly's story - or Mishbah's story as she would presumably prefer it to be called - is turning out to be something rather different from the tale of kidnapping and arranged marriage which was initially told in some of the newspapers.

A series of murders of British men in Thailand has drawn attention to the rising number of men from the UK who going to South East Asia in search of a wife. Jonathan Head reports

Thought for The Daywith the Reverend Dr Giles Fraser.

The Government decided Private Harry Farr, the soldier shot at dawn during the first world war for cowardice, should be pardoned. He was one of many. Professor Simon Wessely of the Institute of psychiatry at King's College London and consultant to the army says he should not be. We talk to him and Lord Dubs, who argued for the pardon.

Our reporter Keith Doyle spoke to the owner of a South London Restaurant where police carried out an anti terrorism raid in a South London Restaurant overnight.  We also speak to our security correspondent Gordon Corera.

Did the Prime Minister's hard line stance on the Lebanon war soften after receiving an empassioned letter from Sir David Manning? 

Your letters

The Sports News with Garry Richardson

Two million people have been forced from their homes and two hundred thousand have died in Darfur in the past two years.  The United Nations has passed a resolution calling for a peacekeeping force, but the government of Sudan must agree. We talk to John Ryle, the chairman of the Rift Valley Institute, a research organisation that focusses on Sudan and to Hilary Benn, the international development secretary.

The beginning of a new era of space exploration could be sparked from the deliberate crashing of the Smart 1 spacecraft into the lunar surface.

A report from the charity Homeless Link has raised concerns about the number of people from new EU members who are living on the streets in the UK.

The papers have had great fun this morning analysing Tony Blair's mug. The one he drinks his tea from.

A book on America that's just come out argues that it's suffering from a psychosis so serious that it will eventually collapse under the weight of its own contradictions. It is written by the former Tory MP George Walden, we sprak to him and  Douglas Murray, author of Neoconservatism - why we need it.
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Thought for the Day

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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.
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.

Don De Lillo Interview
The American writer Don de Lillo who wrote Underworld and is one of the biggest figures in modern American literature - has become a classic. A Penguin classic. A great accolade, but usually one reserved for the dead. John interviewed him and asked what it's like to be thought of as a "classic"?
Mouloud Sihali Interview
Mouloud Sihali from Algeria, North Africa, is one of the suspected terrorists that the Home Secretary wants to deport back to Algeria. Based on secret intelligence and police investigations, the Home Secretary has deemed Sihali a threat to the Nation's security. Last year Mouloud Sihali was found not guilty of being a part of a so called released Ricin plot.
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.
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