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Today: Friday 20 June 2008

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European leaders are meeting in Brussels to try to chart a way forward for the European Union in the wake of Irish voters' rejection of the Lisbon Treaty. Sam Smyth of the Irish Independent newspaper explains what is happening.

Detectives have visited Bulgaria twice this year to investigate the murder of Georgi Markov in London nearly 30 years ago. World Affairs correspondent David Loyn covered the case at the time.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

A rare type of meteorite that could hold clues to the birth of our solar system has been bought by London's Natural History Museum. Dr Caroline Smith is the meteorite curator at the museum and she explains its importance.

Sport with Rob Bonnet.

African states monitoring Zimbabwe's election campaign have added their voice to growing international pressure over the presidential run-off vote. Chris McGreal, Guardian correspondent in Zimbabwe and the MDC's chief representative in London, Hebson Makuvise discuss what the international community can do now.

Today's papers.

The glory that was the Circus Maximus in Rome is being restored. Julius Caesar built it in 46 BC and it is thought that in its heyday as many as 250,000 people gathered to watch chariot races there. Our Rome correspondent David Willey reports.

Thought for the Day with the Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks.

Education Secretary Ed Balls has drawn up a list of 638 schools where fewer than 30% of the pupils are getting five good GCSEs. But a new study throws doubt on whether those schools are failing. The National Union of Teachers is challenging the basis on which the government's list was drawn up and Christine Blower, the acting general secretary of the union, says inspectors make better judgements on the schools they visit. Schools Minister Jim Knight discusses the government's plan.

The Foreign Secretary David Miliband has said the EU is not stuck in a quagmire following the Irish rejection of the Lisbon treaty and voters wanted to see it tackle global issues.

A new no-holds-barred, warts-and-all account of life in London's financial heartland has been released. The book, called Cityboy, reveals what really happens in the fevered world of the money markets. The author, Geraint Anderson and Justin Urquhart-Stewart, a veteran of city life, discuss the sleazy world of the Square Mile.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The trial of the British mercenary Simon Mann in Equatorial Guinea is due to end. Martin Fletcher, correspondent on the Times newspaper, explains what is going to happen.

Business with Nick Cosgrove.

President Sarkozy hopes that the United Nations will award "heritage" status to France's cuisine. Our Paris correspondent Emma Jane Kirby reports.

The transport minister and Labour MP for Glasgow South, Tom Harris, says the British are less optimistic than they once were.

Are we seeing a resurgence in vinyl records? BBC Radio 2 presenter Bob Harris and Mark Ellen, editor of Word magazine, discuss whether the era of the LP is over.

European Union leaders meeting in Brussels have failed to resolve the crisis prompted by Ireland's rejection of the Lisbon Treaty. The former Conservative Foreign Secretary, Sir Malcolm Rifkind says that questions need to be asked as to why Ireland rejected the treaty and Liberal Democrat MP, Danny Alexander states why co-operation is key to the success of the EU.


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