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Today: Thursday 3 July 2008

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Iran's foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki has raised hopes of reaching a negotiated "multi-faceted solution" with six major powers on its controversial nuclear program. Our Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen reports.

The French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other hostages have been rescued by Colombian government troops. They had been held for six years by Farc, the country's main leftist rebel group. Security correspondent Frank Gardner reports.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

A new report says police sergeants are afraid to challenge scruffy constables because they are worried about being accused of bullying. Jane Stichbury, who led the review, and John Giblin, of the Police Federation, discuss whether untidy Pcs are a big problem.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

High oil prices and the global credit crunch mean that the economic outlook looks increasingly precarious. The American treasury secretary Henry Paulson is meeting Chancellor Alistair Darling in London to talk about the global downturn.

Today's papers.

Thought for the day with Oliver McTernan, director of the NGO Forward Thinking.

0750 The government has made much of patient choice, but the health minister Ben Bradshaw has told the BBC that some GPs have a "gentleman's agreement" not to take on someone else's patient. GP Dr John Canning, from the BMA, says these "agreements" are not common and that some GP lists really are full.

New European rules on pesticides could ban 80% of those used in British farming, supposedly leading to reduced yields. Dr Ian Denholm of Rothamsted Research Institute and Elliott Cannell from Pesticide Action Network debate the issue.

Could Francis Ford Coppola's film The Godfather be a metaphor and a guide for the choices facing American foreign policy? That's the claim of two American policy experts who have written a study called 'A Foreign Policy You Can't Refuse'. One of the authors Wess Mitchell, from the Centre for European Policy Analysis, spoke to our security correspondent Gordon Corera.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

Former chancellor Lord Howe discusses the results of the Conservatives' commission on tax reform. He says the UK needs fundamental reforms of tax law to simplify our tax system.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Back in 1965, Bob Dylan made history by plugging in his electric guitar at America's Newport Folk Festival. Next month, 43 years on, his son Jakob will be up on that same stage, doing it all in reverse. After two decades, Jakob is trading in his electric guitar for an acoustic one. Is he finally stepping into his father's shoes? Mark Coles asked Jakob Dylan why he'd decided to go solo now.

The athlete Dwain Chambers has started the legal procedure to overturn the ruling banning him from competing in the Olympic Games. Gordon Farquhar reports.

The cultural phenomenon of Mexican wrestling is visiting the UK. One of their masked superstars Mystico de Juarez and event organiser Andy Wood explain the lure of 'lucha libre'.

International organisations are holding a series of meetings to discuss the food price crisis. Europe correspondent Jonny Dymond and developing world correspondent David Loyn report.


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