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Today: Wednesday 18 June 2008

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The House of Lords is voting on the Lisbon Treaty. It could be ratified swiftly but not if Conservative peers get their way. In light of the Irish rejection, Lord Howell has tabled an amendment to delay the third reading of the bill until 20 October.

Zimbabwe is preparing for the run-off presidential election. Peter Biles reports from Johannesburg.

The Game Horizon conference of leading European video games executives is being held in Gateshead. But there are warnings that the industry, which employs 22,000 people in Britain, is under threat as a result of attractive tax breaks offered by other countries and from a lack of British graduates with the maths skills required to be a games engineer. The BBC's technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones has been speaking to Craig Braithwaite, who explained what kind of skills were needed.

Business with Adam Shaw.

Why are lions and leopards being deliberately poisoned in Kenya? From the Masai Mara game reserve, Adam Mynott reports.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

A deal was struck last night with the Shell tanker drivers, who have been on strike for the past four days. The government has warned of the need for discipline in public and private sector pay to keep inflation under control. Our correspondent Martin Shankleman discusses whether unions will be demanding higher wages.

In a letter to the Times newspaper, 12 research scientists have urged the government to spend more on dementia research. They say that funding is low, while care costs are at an all-time high - and only 3% of the department of health's research budget is spent on dementia research. Roy Weller, emeritus professor of Neuropathology at Southampton University School of Medicine, explains why he signed the letter.

Today's papers.

British mercenary Simon Mann has gone on trial in Equatorial Guinea, accused of plotting a coup in 2004. The Times's correspondent Martin Fletcher has been watching the scenes in court.

Thought for the Day with Reverend Dr Giles Fraser, the vicar of Putney.

Louise Casey became a government adviser nearly 10 years ago advising on rough sleepers in the streets; now she has produced a report for Gordon Brown on the criminal justice system, which concludes that in England and Wales the system is "distant , unaccountable and unanswerable". She has made some radical suggestions for reform.

Chancellor Alistair Darling delivers his first Mansion House speech about the state of the economy later. What can he do to convince his City audience - and the rest of us - that he is in control of the economy in this difficult time? He cannot cut interest rates, the budget growth forecast was 2.5% and inflation is at 3.3% - the highest rate of CPI inflation since July 1992. He warns that the economy is slowing and pay demands must be realistic.

The first computer-generated music has been unearthed during research to mark the 60th anniversary of what is known as the Small Scale Experimental Machine, the SSEM, the forerunner of the computers we know today. Chris Burton, from the Computer Conservation Society and the Daily Telegraph's rock critic Neil McCormick listen in.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The French President Nicolas Sarkozy has suggested that he wants a stronger European defence policy and closer French involvement with NATO. The commission which produced the review on defence and national security was headed by Jean-Claude Mallet, who explains what the thinking was.

As four soldiers are killed in Afghanistan, defence correspondent Paul Adams explains what we know about the incident.

The Democrat candidate for the American presidency Barack Obama has chosen Patti Solis Doyle, former campaign manager to Hillary Clinton, as the eventual chief of staff to his potential vice president. She fell out with Hillary Clinton - so does this mean the senator is out of the running as Vice President? Clinton-watcher Joe Klein, Time magazine columnist and famously anonymous author of the Clinton-inspired novel Primary Colors, analyses what this means for Hillary Clinton's chances.

How much money is being invested in dementia research? Head of the Medical Research Council, Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, explains the levels of expenditure.

The MCC says Kevin Pietersen's activities with his bat can continue. The England batsman scored two sixes against New Zealand on Sunday with a switch-hitting shot, changing his stance and his grip after the ball was delivered to play like a left-hander instead of the right-hander that he is. Former England captain Graham Gooch and the former Middlesex captain and England bowler Angus Fraser give their views.

A new documentary about Britain's orthodox Jews begins on BBC4. Series director, Vanessa Engle, and Ita Symons, a member of the Charedi community in Stamford Hill, discuss whether it is fair to pry on a community that prefers to shy away from television.


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