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Today: Monday 23 June 2008

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Zimbabwe's opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change led by Morgan Tsvangirai, has confirmed that it will not contest the election because of the way its people have been terrorised by President Mugabe's supporters. Zimbabwe's Information Minister Sikhanyiso Ndlovu says Mr Tsvangirai has "chickened out" of the election.

Traditionalist Anglicans are meeting for a conference in Jerusalem and exhibiting some frustration with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. Our religious affairs correspondent, Robert Pigott reports.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Oxfam launches its 10-year manifesto for tackling global inequality. It argues for a global new deal: a redistribution of wealth and power over economic growth. Head of research at Oxfam, Duncan Green and Michael Spence, an economist and Nobel prize winner, discuss whether the route out of poverty is the empowerment of the poor.

Sport with Garry Richardson.

A strategic review unveiled by Network Rail includes the suggestion that there could be a new rail network in Britain. It will look at five of Network Rail's strategic routes north and west of London: Chiltern, east coast, west coast, Great Western and Midland main lines. Ian Coucher, the chief executive of Network Rail, discusses the review.

Today's papers.

We tend not to associate the Neanderthals with sophisticated tools. But archaeologists working at a site called Beedings, in West Sussex, have made some finds which could change our minds about the people who used them. Dr Matthew Pope runs the team from University College, London that has been doing some of the work.

Thought for the day with Dom Antony Sutch, Benedictine monk.

Morgan Tsvangirai has withdrawn from the Zimbabwean election, saying that the party could not ask people to cast their vote, when that vote will cost their lives. It had been a dilemma to take part in the run-off Presidential vote, and a dilemma to withdraw, handing power to Robert Mugabe and the generals supporting him. Peter Biles reports from Johannesburg and Lord Malloch Brown discusses what can be done now to ensure fair elections in Zimbabwe.

Local authorities in England have been told to review the way they use surveillance powers to investigate suspected crime. The head of Local Government Association Sir Simon Milton says councils must use their powers with care

Our political editor Nick Robinson has been listening to discussions about how the government can recover, starting with the economy.

Former England footballer, Graeme Le Saux and the former Downing Street press officer, Lance Price discuss how to make the most of a short temper.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Business leaders want the government to rethink plans for students in England to study for academic diplomas instead of A-levels. Deputy director of the CBI, John Cridland and Ken Boston of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority discuss the government's proposals.

Businesses are giving out personal and confidential details about customers to third parties in a bid to boost sales, an internet security firm has claimed. Paul Bates, managing director of StrongMail UK, says he is unhappy about the way internet companies share personal details.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Is the Anglican Communion facing its biggest ever challenge? Traditionalists are angry, and their meeting in Jerusalem is seen as a challenge to the Archbishop of Canterbury's Lambeth conference next month. Henry Orombi, the Archbishop of Uganda, said homosexuality was only one of the dilemmas facing the church.

Moscow correspondent James Rodgers reports on plans to restore the Narkomfin building in Moscow, an experiment in Stalinist living, begun in the 1920s.

A company that prints Robert Mugabe's banknotes is being urged to stop supplying them to Zimbabwe. The MP Nigel Griffiths is tabling an Early Day Motion in Parliament condemning the German printer's continued involvement with the Mugabe regime.

What, if anything, could Nelson Mandela do for Zimbabwe? Dr Vincent Magombe of Africa Inform International and Dr James Sanders who worked on Mandela's authorised biography discuss whether his voice alone could urge Robert Mugabe to stand down.


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