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BBC TwoNewsnight
Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 January 2007, 18:17 GMT
Wednesday 17th January
By Kavita Puri
Programme producer, BBC Newsnight

Presented by Jeremy Paxman


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The People's Mujahadeen - known as the PMOI - are labelled terrorists by the State Department. They were given sanctuary by Saddam Hussein in Iraq in Camp Ashraf - where they still are.

Newsnight has uncovered an extraordinary letter written after the invasion of Iraq in 2003 where Tehran offers to withdraw military backing for Hamas and Hezbollah as well as give open access to their nuclear facilities in return for Western action in disbanding the PMOI. Tim Whewell investigates this organistaion and whether they may be used as a bargaining chip in negotiations between Iran and Washington.


What part of No does Angela Merkel not understand? The French and Dutch people voted against the European Constitution - so why is the German Chancellor trying to bring it back ? David Grossman investigates.


Ofcom have now received nearly 20,000 complaints against the allegedly racist bullying of Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty. And everyone's talking about it - even our politicians. Tony Blair told the Commons today all racism should be opposed. In India where Shilpa is a huge star, effigies of Big Brother bosses have been been burnt. But should a public broadcaster be exposing or censoring such bullying behaviour?


And we have an interview with 92 year old Olive Christopher, Winston Churchill's secretary during the height of World War II. She shares her personal memories of the war leader with us.

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