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Today: Friday 4 July 2008

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The most senior judge in England and Wales has said sharia law could play a role in some parts of the legal system. Dr Prakash Shah, from Queen Mary University of London, says Lord Phillips is not proposing anything more than what is already happening.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Oil prices hit another record high yesterday. Julian Lee, an analyst at the Centre for Global Energy Supplies, says it is fundamentals, not speculation, that have driven this oil boom.

Over the past two weeks Indian-administered Kashmir has had its largest protests in nearly two decades. Only when the state government withdrew plans to transfer land to a Hindu shrine did the demonstrations subside. Now there are protests elsewhere in India against that decision. Kashmir has been relatively quiet for years. So why is it suddenly back in the news? South Asia Correspondent Chris Morris reports.

Sports news with RobáNothman.

The government has decided against a cull of badgers in England to control TB in cattle, BBC News has learned. For decades farmers in this country have been telling the government that badgers spread a form of TB that infects their cattle. Lord Krebs, designer of the trials, and the government's former chief scientist Sir David King debate the issue.

Our environment analyst Roger Harrabin looks ahead to next week's G8 meeting in Japan, where climate change will be on the agenda.

Today's papers.

The Jamaican government has suspended the trade in scrap metal because the theft of telephone cables, manhole covers and even bridges has put the country's infrastructure is at risk. Nick Davis reports from Kingston.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Roy Jenkins, baptist minister in Cardiff.

In a speech last night Lord Phillips explicitly defended the comments the Archbishop of Canterbury made on sharia law earlier this year. Inayat Bunglawala, of the Muslim Council of Britain, and Liberal Democrat peer Lord Lester discuss Lord Phillips' comments.

MPs have voted to keep their ú24,000 second home allowances, but have decided not to award themselves above-inflation pay rises. Labour MP and former minister Peter Kilfoyle and Liberal Democrat MP Nick Harvey discuss the issue.

Alex Allen, the man who coordinates intelligence on threats to the UK's national security, is seriously ill in hospital. Security correspondent Gordon Corera reports.

Who is Britain's best short story writer? The author Penelope Lively announces the shortlist for the BBC's National Short Story Award and Julian Gough, who won the award last year, discusses the nominations.

Sport news with RobáNothman.

The Church of England's ruling synod is meeting in York and will be addressing the controversial issue of women bishops. Christopher Hill, Bishop of Guildford, says that those who dissent on this issue have got to accept that "the church is getting on with it".

Would a short, sharp shock or a long, gradual decline be better for the housing market? Ed Stansfield of Capital Economics and Miles Templeman of the Institute of Directors discuss the benefits and pitfalls of both options.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

The Bar Council is not impressed by the portrayal barristers and solicitors in the new BBC drama Criminal Justice. Timothy Dutton QC and Guardian journalist Eric Allison debate whether those who practice law are more interested in winning the case than the pursuit of justice.

For the 60th anniversary of the NHS, The Royal United Hospital invited 50 former patients, who were children when the NHS was founded, to return to the hospital. Jon Kay reports on the memories of those who spent many months on the wards.

The man said to be the world's first Muslim country and western singer, Kareem Salama, plays one of his songs and discusses his "okie" credentials with country music writer Sid Griffin.


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