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Today: Saturday 5 July 2008

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The General Synod will hear some of the ideas being put forward to deal with the concerns of people within the Church of England who do not want women bishops. Robert Piggott, our religious affairs correspondent, reports.

Bad headlines for the Tories following the resignation of Boris Johnson's deputy. Political correspondent Ross Hawkins assesses what Ray Lewis' resignation means.

A group drawn from nearly 80 countries have signed a demand for an international ban on organ trafficking and what has been called transplant tourism. Dr Adrian McNeil, the chief executive of the Human Tissue Authority, explains what this means.

Sports news with Garry Richardson

The NHS may be the service that deals with the sick - but the review of the NHS this week looked at the service's role in keeping the UK healthy. There are many who think the NHS should be actively involved in dealing with things like education and housing because those things have such a direct influence on our health. Our health correspondent, Adam Brimelow reports.

Today's papers

The British government has added the military wing of the Lebanese political party, Hezbollah, to its list of banned organisations under the Terrorism Act. The move has been widely criticised in the Arab world. Many say it fails to recognise the reality of Hezbollah's increasingly powerful and important role in Lebanon's - albeit precarious - political system. From Beirut, Wyre Davies reports.

Thought for the day with Rhidian Brook.

The International Criminal Court came into existence six years ago and it has just been hearing its first case, about war crimes in Congo. Now the trial has collapsed and the court has ordered the release of a Congolese warlord charged with forcing children to become soldiers. Mike Thomson reports and Geraldine Mattioli, from Human Rights Watch and Beatrice Le Fraper, from the ICC, explain.

The fighting between Shia and Sunni Muslim factions in Iraq has left a terrible death toll, although no-one knows how many have died. There have been similarities with what happened during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Politicians from Northern Ireland, including the deputy first minister Martin McGuinness, have travelled to the region as part of the effort to use the peace process as a model for reconciliation.

The drop in sales reported by Marks and Spencer this week was regarded as a signal of the way our spending habits are being changed by the credit crunch. Nick Hughes of the Grocer Magazine and Allegra McEvedy, the chef who founded Leon, the group of healthy fast food shops, discuss whether our shopping and eating habits have changed.

It is 20 years since the Piper Alpha rig in the North Sea caught fire, resulting in the deaths of 167 men. The anniversary offers the chance to remember the heroism shown in the rescue operation. Stephen McGinty, who writes for the Scotsman, looks at that rescue effort in a new book called Fire in the Night. He and Michael Jennings, who was one of the survivors, remember the tragedy.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Knife crime in London has overtaken terrorism as the Metropolitan police's top priority. The police have set up a task force to target gang members. Is that the answer? Rod Morgan, the chairman of the youth justice board for England and Wales, looks at the strategy.

Charles Darwin, author of the Origin of Species, may have seriously considered the possibility that life arrived here in a meteorite. Dr John Van Whye, a historian of science at Cambridge, has been exploring this theory for a paper he is giving and he discusses the possibility with Dr Caroline Smith, the meteorite curator at the Natural History Museum.

Boris Johnson has been mayor of London for two months, but already two of the people he appointed to senior positions have been forced to resign. The Labour party says it shows his administration is falling apart. Professor Tony Travers, from the LSE, is an expert in London politics and examines whether it is just bad luck for Mr Johnson.

Today's papers

Video evidence has emerged of the vote-rigging which took place during the presidential election in Zimbabwe last month. Prison officers were forced to vote for Zanu PF by their superior officers, who had organised a postal ballot and who stood over them as they cast their vote. A Zimbabwean prison officer, Shepherd Yuda, secretly filmed vote-rigging at his jail, for Guardian Films and the BBC's Newsnight.

Professor Sir John Sulston, who won the Nobel prize for his work on the human genome project, and Professor Joseph Stiglitz, formerly of the World Bank, who was awarded a Nobel prize for economics, are both giving lectures to mark the launch of Manchester University's Institute for Science Ethics and Innovation. They are discussing the impact of commercial pressures on scientists.


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