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BBC TwoNewsnight
Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 October 2006, 16:28 GMT 17:28 UK
Tuesday, 17 October, 2006
By Robbie Gibb
Producer, BBC Newsnight

Tim Whewell talks to a former member of the Janjaweed
Tim Whewell talks to the former member of the Janjaweed
Presented by Jeremy Paxman

From Khartoum to Britain

On Newsnight this evening, we have a world exclusive interview with a former member of the Janjaweed who was involved in raids that massacred thousands of civilians.

He claims he was acting on orders from the Sudanese Government.

Our correspondent, Tim Whewell, visited him in the UK where he now lives and is seeking political asylum.

We ask the International Development Secretary Hilary Benn whether the Sudanese Government has been actively involved in war crimes and if so, what role they now have in determining whether an international force is deployed there.

Ethical holidays

Working tirelessly to live ethically can exhaust even the most energetic of men.

So - in need of a much deserved break - our ethical man, Justin Rowlatt, has turned his attention this week to the fraught issue of ethical holidays and flying.

He headed for the sun and beaches of Jamaica to explore the theory of carbon offsetting.

We hope to put his findings and discuss the future of the aviation industry with the environmentalist and co-founder of direct action group "Plane Stupid" and a representative from the aviation industry.


In his monthly press briefing today Tony Blair predicted that there would be only "a few hundred" compulsory redundancies in the NHS this year, not the tens of thousands of job cuts claimed by the Conservatives.

Who's right? We'll be speaking to the Shadow Health Secretary Andrew Lansley.

Also tonight

How have you spent your day? Hundreds of thousands of people across the country have recorded their day's activities on the One Day in History website. We've been reading their blogs and will give you a snapshot of Britain today.

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