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DETAILS OF TONIGHT'S PROGRAMME

From Kirsty Wark:

Elections in Iraq, Tony Blair in trouble in Brussels, stasis at the WTO talks in Hong Kong and Charles Kennedy up against it. Just a flavour of tonight's rich pickings.

Tonight, the Iraqi Prime Minister, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, tells Newsnight that if his United Iraqi Alliance wins the election there will be a role for supporters of the radical cleric Moqtada Sadr, the man behind last year's uprising in Najaf. We'll get the atmosphere on the streets of Baghdad with John Simpson.

Blair

Mark Urban is witnessing Tony Blair's pain in Brussels as any talk of CAP reform looks like turning to dust AND his offer of returning some of our rebate (once conditional on CAP reform!) is deemed too paltry.

Mandelson

In Hong Kong Stephanie Flanders hears from a bad tempered Peter Mandelson as the World Trade talks yield zippo so far by way of a better deal for developing economies.

Lib Dems

Menzies Campbell said today he won't stand against Charles Kennedy for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats - well of course he won't - not least because of the party's constitution, but the bookies are far from convinced he won't become leader.

Zimbabwe

And Zimbabwe is a country in a state of collapse. Sue Lloyd-Roberts has been filming there, finding out about the many thousands facing starvation as the economy goes into freefall and inflation spirals to 600%.

Newsnight has learned that the army has been drafted into the fields to try to halt the rapid decline in agricultural production in the country that used to be called the bread basket of southern Africa.

All that and much more.

Kirsty


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