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Today: Saturday 21 June 2008

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The election in Zimbabwe is less than a week away, but it is still not certain that the opposition will stand. Our correspondent in South African, Peter Biles, assesses the situation.

The Olympic flame has arrived in Tibet. Our correspondent James Reynolds is among the reporters who have been allowed into Tibet to see its progress.

Today's papers.

Yesterday in Parliament.

Sex selection in India means that the ratio of girls to boys is at an all time low. Dr Ritu Rathi is a GP in the state of Madhya Pradesh and she contributed to the report. The report was published by the charity ActionAid and the International Development Research Centre. The author, Professor Ravinder Kaur of the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, examines the consequences.

Sports news with John Myers.

The opposition in Zimbabwe - the Movement for Democratic Change - still has to decide whether it will fight the presidential election next week. It says at least 70 of its supporters have been killed and many more beaten in the run-up to next week's run-off. Roy Bennett is the MDC's representative in South Africa and explains what has happened.

Can it really be that a group of young girls would make a pact to get pregnant? It seems to have happened at a town in Massachusetts where 17 girls are one school are pregnant. Iain Mackenzie reports from the United States.

Today's papers.

Although we are being told we face miserable economic times, the figures show that we are still spending money. This week's retail sales figures suggest that May saw the biggest increase in high street spending for at least two decades. Benjamin Fry, a psychotherapist who has worked with "spendaholics", and Maureen Hinton of the market research company Verdict Research examine what this says about us.

Thought for the day with Canon David Winter.

The world's big oil producers and some of their biggest customers are meeting in Saudi Arabia to discuss soaring oil prices. But what can they do about it? Greg Muttit runs Platform, a research group that follows the oil industry, and discusses the rising prices with Malcolm Wicks, the energy minister.

This week, the law lords ruled that defendants in criminal trials must have a legal right to know the identity of witnesses who are given anonymity to testify against them. Now Assistant Commander John Yates of the Metropolitan Police, one of the country's most senior policemen, has said that means some of the country's most dangerous criminals could be set free. Justice Secretary Jack Straw examines the significance of the law lords ruling, as does Sally O'Neill QC, who chairs the Criminal Bar Association.

The environment minister Phil Woolas has been meeting leading figures from the biotechnology industry. He has said that he wanted to start a new debate on GM crops. As Tom Feilden examines the issue, Sir David King, the government's former chief scientific adviser, says the global population is rising and that the world needs plant technology to deliver more crops within a regulated system.

Sports news with John Myers.

As the opposition in Zimbabwe decides whether to contest the elections, observers there say the government's campaign has moved from violence to plain and simple terror. But Zimbabwe's ambassador at the United Nations, Boniface Chidyausiku, said the governing Zanu PF party believed in the rule of law. In Washington, the State Department Spokesman, Sean McCormack, said an international consensus was emerging. And Mary Robinson, former UN high commissioner for human rights, gives her opinion about what the international community should do to heal the wounds in Zimbabwe.

Today's papers.

The news of the latest deaths in Afghanistan prompted a huge amount of coverage in this week's papers - much of it focused on the fact that one of the dead was a woman. It was not so long ago that some senior officers and politicians were complaining that the British public does not appreciate the sacrifice being made in Afghanistan, so has that changed? Lt Col Simon Downey, commanding officer of the 2nd Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment, says the reception the regiment has had has been superb.

Sandrine Bonnaire made her name as a talented French actress in films like Nos Amours and Intimate Strangers. Now she has directed a documentary about her sister Sabine who is autistic - and the film has inspired much soul-searching in France about the provision of mental health facilities. Sabine, who is 38, spent five years in a psychiatric hospital. Sadrine said that after that, the family saw massive changes in her behaviour.

Why do we get so excited about Wimbledon? Maybe it is because we never win but live in hope. Sports editor Mihir Bose looks at why the tournament retains such a hold on our affections and former champion Pat Cash explains the British love affair with Wimbledon.


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