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Last Updated: Monday, 5 June 2006, 15:51 GMT 16:51 UK
Monday, 5 June, 2006
By Jasmin Buttar
Programme producer, BBC Newsnight

Presented by Jeremy Paxman

Police continue a search of the house targeted in an armed raid in Forest Gate, East London

Terror raid

It's still unclear whether the massive armed police raid on a house in East London last week has yielded any evidence of terrorist activity.

With one suspect shot but no arrests made, there's an increasing fear that the actions may alienate certain sections of the Muslim community.

The new head of the Muslim Council of Britain is expected to meet with young Muslims in the neighbourhood this evening to hear their concerns.

Richard Watson will be in East London's Forest Gate tonight with the latest.

Haditha

The Pentagon is embroiled in accusations of cover-up in the wake of an inquiry into an alleged massacre in the Iraqi town of Haditha.

It's still not clear exactly what happened or how damaging this will prove to be to the already-ailing administration, but Peter Marshall asks who knew what when and how far up the chain of command the responsibility lies.

Syria

Imagine if John Prescott fled abroad and launched a campaign to unseat Tony Blair. That's what Abdel Halim Khaddam, the Syrian vice-President has done.

He talks to Tim Whewell about the corruption and abuse of power in Damascus that's led him to take on the all-powerful President Assad, and why he's even willing to get into bed with the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood to topple his former colleagues.

Public and private

Tomorrow we're to be lectured on how public sector workers aren't all moaning layabouts and how the private sector could even learn a thing or two from them.

But the author of this sermon isn't Arthur Scargill or Dennis Skinner, but David Cameron. His message coincides with a major Tony Blair speech on how the public sector should be reformed.

Paul Mason lifts his jaw off the floor and asks what's going on.

Join us at 10.30pm to find out more.

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