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Today: Friday 27 June 2008

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Zimbabwe holds the second round of a presidential election in which incumbent Robert Mugabe is the only candidate. Ian Pannell in Cairo, Adam Mynott in Nairobi and Africa Editor Martin Plaut report.


The Conservatives have won the Henley by-election with a 10,116 majority, while Labour only managed fifth place and have lost its deposit. The Health Minister Ben Bradshaw says it was a disappointing result but too much shouldn't be read into by-election results.

The probation service have criticised the early release of prisoners with a history of domestic violence. Harry Fletcher, assistant general secretary of Napo, says the end of the custody licence scheme was "introduced quickly" and was "clearly flawed".

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

The chairman of the NHS drug watchdog wants extra government funding to expand guidelines on the use of new treatments. Professor Sir Michael Rawlins has been speaking to our health correspondent Jane Dreaper to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the health service.

Sports news with John Murray.

The government is failing to narrow the gap between rich and poor according to the latest research from the Sutton Trust. The Trust's director of research Dr Lee Eliot Major and David Halpern of Cambridge University debate Labour's approach to social mobility.

The paper review.

A type of sedge thought to be extinct has been re-discovered on the remote South Atlantic island of St Helena. Dr Colin Clubbe, from the the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, explains the discovery's importance.

Thought for the day with the Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks.

The most senior Asian police officer in Britain, Tarique Ghaffur, is considering legal action against Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair on grounds of racial discrimination. We speak to Dr Ali Dizaei, President of the National Black Police Association and Keith Vaz MP.

Robert Mugabe will be re-elected as president of Zimbabwe today following a second-round presidential election in which only he is standing. We hear the diary of an ordinary Zimbabwean and John Simpson reports from inside the county.

Has Gordon Brown followed his school motto and tried his utmost in his first year as Prime Minister? Headmaster Dr Anthony Seldon gives his end-of-year report.

Sports news with John Murray.

One of the surprise highlights of this year's festival season could be a band from Ethiopia. Nicola Stanbridge reports on the musicians whose experience spans the time of Emperor Haile Selassie, the Golden age of swinging 60s Addis Ababa and the challenges of the Marxist Derg regime.


David Davis, the former Conservative home affairs spokesman, launches his by-election campaign today. Danny Savage reports on some of his more unlikely supporters.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove

One year after he stepped down as Prime Minister, Tony Blair discusses the challenges facing the international community in its battle against climate change and reflects on the difficult job for his successor Gordon Brown.

Labour's fifth place in the Henley by-election is a cruel birthday present on the anniversary of Gordon Brown's first year as Prime Minister. Times commentator David Aaronovitch and former Conservative foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind discuss where it all went wrong.

Should doctors cut out international conferences in order to lead an example in the battle against climate change? Professor Malcolm Green and Professor James Owen Drife weigh-up carbon footprints and professional partnerships.


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