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Trade talks

Tony Blair is using his Guildhall speech on foreign policy tonight to try to salvage the World Trade talks next month in Hong Kong.

He's throwing down a gauntlet to political leaders to deliver on the promises made at the G8 summit at Gleneagles to free up trade to help the world's developing countries.

So far, bitter talks aimed at reaching a deal, ahead of next month's WTO meeting, have failed - and in the complex world of trade negotiation, failure this close to the meeting could prove fatal.

Our Economics Editor, Stephanie Flanders, will be at the Guildhall for the Prime Minister's speech and joins us live.

Tim Franks has had exclusive access to the European Trade Commissioner, Peter Mandelson, as he's been trying to persuade European, and other countries, to reduce farm subsidies to encourage more trade with developing countries.

The Prime Minister says there can be no security or prosperity at home or abroad without a trade deal, but it's not been a good week for his old friend Mr Mandelson. Tim Franks' fly-on-the-wall report gives a fascinating insight into why it's so hard to get the French and others to agree a deal.

The Blair back-pedal?

On the domestic front, after last week's defeat over the terrorism bill, Mr Blair has said that he and his ministers will listen more to rebels, and expend more effort bringing them onside.

But, he says he will not back-pedal on any of his radical reform plans for education, health and welfare. But he might be hesitating a bit before presenting them to his own party.

Martha Kearney will be here with the latest.


Medical scientists are still digesting the amazing news that Andrew Stimpson, having once been found HIV-positive, has now tested negative.

Could he hold the clue to a future cure for Aids?

The hospital that carried out those tests has told us they are trying to get Mr Stimpson back in for more investigations to try to understand what's happened.

Our Science Editor, Susan Watts, has been looking into the story to find out how significant it might be for the fight against Aids.

Cry wolf

Do we trust Intelligence any more?

It used to the case that "Intelligence" was golden. When governments referred to Intelligence findings most people would trust and believe it. But no longer, it would appear.

Consider some American diplomats who recently, with their colleagues from other countries and international agencies, claimed to have cast iron information on Iranian plans for a missile capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

While some believed this, others weren't convinced. They were put off by the errors in US Intelligence on Iraq's WMD programme in the run up to the Iraq war.

So have governments cried wolf too many times, and is the old fairy tale a modern parable they should take to heart as they try to re-establish faith in their security services?

That's all at 10.30pm on BBC2.

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