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A ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian militant group, Hamas, has begun. Aleem Maqbool reports from Gaza and Wyre Davies is in the Israeli town of Sderot. Yaakov Amidror, a retired Major General in the Israeli army, discusses whether it is a long term solution.

The downturn in the housing market is proving good news for housing associations. It is allowing them to buy newly built properties that developers can no longer sell privately and the Housing Associations are then using them for social renting. Now it wants the government to help them buy more. John Andrew reports and David Orr is chief executive of the National Housing Federation.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Bristol and 10 other cities in England have won a share of 100m that the government is to invest in cycling. It came up with the money in January and towns and cities were invited to bid for it. The government hopes that cycling will help tackle road congestion, improve air quality and create more opportunities for exercise. Part of the investment will be in a bike hire scheme similar to a successful one being run in Paris, though expected to be much smaller. Transport correspondent Tom Symonds went to both Paris and Bristol to see how the schemes compare.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Simon Mann, a former British army officer, is on trial in Equatorial Guinea for his alleged role in an attempted coup in 2004. His MP, Richard Benyon, explains how he is fighting to ensure Mann receives fair treatment.

A review of today's papers.

What is the difference between something that is "bespoke" and something that is "made to measure"? Nicola Stanbridge reports from No 1, Savile Row.

Thought for the Day with Reverend Angela Tilby, vicar of St Benet's church in Cambridge.

There are concerns over next week's presidential election re-run in Zimbabwe. A UN official has been expelled from the country and African neighbours are speaking out. Rupert Colville speaks for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and discusses with Foreign Office minister Mark Malloch Brown on whether the integrity of the vote can be retained.

London's mayor Boris Johnson has maintained that Londoners would not have to pay more for the Olympic Games in 2012. He admits that while there is a dispute over who is going to pay for any 'over-run' he says that the games will be kept within the 9.3bn budget.

A striking cancer case is reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. Scientists in American treated a man suffering from advanced melanoma by cloning some of his own blood cells. Dr Cassian Yee led the team at Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre and he explains what they did.

Sport with Garry Richardson.

Shell tanker drivers are being offered a pay rise of 14% over two years just as the Chancellor calls for pay restraint in both the public and private sectors. Economics editor Hugh Pym reports on echoes of the calls made by ministers during the industrial disputes of the 1970s. John Cridland, the deputy director of the CBI, and William Keegan, senior economics commentator of the Observer who covered those turbulent times, discuss the current crisis.

Business with Adam Shaw

Earlier, Boris Johnson maintained that Londoners would not be liable for overspend at the 2012 Olympic Games. Former mayor Ken Livingstone contacted the Today programme to confirm that an agreement existed to protect the capital's council tax payers from soaring bills.

As leaders arrive at the EU summit in Brussels, memories of negotiating the very treaty which the Irish rejected last week will resurface. Will they accept that their efforts were in vain? Europe editor Mark Mardell explains that, on the contrary, no does not really mean no in this case.

Harley Davidson - that quintessentially American brand - is launching a bike specifically designed for the European market. Michael Van Der Sande, the managing director of Harley Davidson Europe, and Mike Carter, author of Uneasy Rider, discuss the open road and freedom.


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