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At least 65 people have been killed in suicide bomb attacks on Shi'ite mosques in the east of Iraq. The continuing violence has put pressure on an already beleaguered Bush administration. This week some of America's most senior public figures - including President Clinton - spoke out against the policy in Iraq. Tonight Newsnight has an exclusive interview with one of the most controversial American critics of the War on Terror.


Iran has announced that it has resumed its uranium enrichment programme despite international concerns about their ability to develop nuclear weapons. Fears that the election of a new hard line president would deepen the rift with the West seem to have been realised. Reports from Tehran also suggest that the President has largely purged the government of his critics and that women have had many of their freedoms curtailed. We speak to Shirin Ebadi, the lawyer whose campaign for human rights in Iran was rewarded with a Nobel Peace Prize.

Education reforms

And radical visionary or sell-out? The Prime Minister promised his reforms of education would be far-reaching and revolutionary. But have his efforts to win the backing of his backbenchers compromised reforms that were billed as a central plank of his legacy?

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