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Today: Thursday 26 June 2008

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Nelson Mandela has added his voice to the chorus of criticism of Robert Mugabe. The Zimbabwean author Peter Godwin talks about the disintegration of the country and about Mr Mandela's remarks. Richard Dowden, director of the Royal Africa Society, says the comments are a great encouragement to the opposition.

A conference in Paris may approve a huge expansion of Internet addresses. New combinations of letters could supplement the existing codes which designate businesses and organisations. Our technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones reports.

When it comes to equal pay, legislation has been in place since 1970. So just how successful has it been and how much further can the law go in closing the gap? Our Home Editor Mark Easton takes a look.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The removal of anonymity from sperm and egg donors has provoked a crisis in fertility treatment that is denying couples the chance to try for a baby. Tom Feilden reports.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The government says it can produce 15% of the energy we need from renewable resources by 2020. The biggest component will be wind energy, with 7,000 wind farms operating by that date; 3,000 of them offshore. Business Secretary John Hutton says it is the biggest shake-up in power generation since the industrial revolution. But will it work?

Today's papers.

In the United States, both Ford and General Motors have cut the production of the pick-up truck. Ford has even been forced to delay the introduction of a new model for next year, as Americans turn reluctantly to smaller vehicles - which are cheaper to run in a time of rising gasoline prices. Kevin Connolly reflects on the past and the future of an American icon.

Reverend Angela Tilby, vicar of St Bene't's Church in Cambridge.

The law says that adults must be vetted if they want to work with children. There is a strict legal procedure in place designed to protect children from abuse. But have we gone too far and created a climate of suspicion where, not only is an adult is afraid to give a child a hug, but society is lulled by a false sense of security? Professor Frank Furedi of Kent University has written a report that says we have. He discusses the issue with Esther Rantzen, who set up Childline.

The government is to propose a new law to promote the equal treatment of all groups in society. The law will also try to close the gender pay gap. Prof Bhupinder Sandhu, who chairs the BMA's equal opportunities committee says the quality of the care for the elderly needs to be improved and Harriet Harman, the minister responsible for the law explains how the legislation would work for employers.

The BBC Proms begin in mid-July and one of the aims of the season has always been to bring new audiences to music. In advance there is an effort to suggest to people what they might be missing if they've never thought of going. Mike Thomson has been listening to a string quartet at Paddington Station in London with Proms director Roger Wright.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The government's chief advisory body on housing affordability is urging the construction of more new homes, saying that long-term demand will not be sidetracked by the housing slump. Steve Nickell, chairman of the NHPAU explains why and Councillor Keith Mitchell, the Conservative chairman of the South East Regional Assembly says the housing figures are undeliverable.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Nelson Mandela has finally spoken out against what is happening in Zimbabwe. Of all the voices in Africa his has the most moral authority. Will his intervention push his successor Thabo Mbeki into a tougher stance against Mr Mugabe and his regime? Our correspondent Peter Biles reports from Johannesburg.

Listeners have been emailing their responses to the discussion with Professor Frank Furedi and Esther Rantzen, on the findings of the report, Licensed to Hug.

On 7 August 1974, Philippe Petit stepped out onto an illegally constructed high-wire strung between the twin towers of the World Trade Centre. He describes his 45 minute tight-rope walk as "the artistic crime of the century."

Doctors are increasingly involved in advice about lifestyle. And one of a series of debates that starts at the Wellcome Collection in London tonight poses the question, has it gone too far? Dr Mike Fitzpatrick GP thinks it has, while Dr Howard Stoate, a GP and Labour MP says doctors need to intervene to help people live longer and more productive healthy lives.


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