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From Gavin Esler:

Deaths in custody

We've an exclusive look at a report on deaths in US military custody in the War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I'll be putting the findings to the US ambassador in Baghdad, Zalmay Khalilzad, and trying to figure out how damaging all this may be for the future of US policy in the region.

Trends

It used to be described as being "born out of wedlock". Now, increasingly, it's the norm.

Do we care whether mums and dads are married? Does it matter for the stability of society? Or is the stability of relationships more important?

We'll be assessing the latest revelations from the Office of National Statistics.

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Haiti

The Caribbean island of Haiti has been a by-word for hopelessness for so long it is difficult to understand what might improve the lot of ordinary people. Cut the crime would be a start.

Today the new - and highly controversial - President Rene Preval is expected to give his first speech since his election.

But behind the political changes at the top, the hopelessness of the slums is almost unbelievable. We've a special report on crime and kidnapping among some of the most wretched citizens in the western hemisphere.

Newsnight is at 10.30pm on BBC TWO.

Gavin


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