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Today: Wednesday 9 July 2008

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Two years after his first visit, John Humphrys returns to Basra. The area has changed a lot, he says, but the city is still a mess.

Leaders from the world's developed nations have agreed a "shared vision" on climate change with rising economic powers at the G8 summit in Japan. Political editor Nick Robinson reports.

A code of conduct on what is appropriate to screen embryos for will be produced by the European Fertility Society. Professor Guido de Wert, chair of its ethics task force, says the aim is to ensure that screening improves fertility treatments rather than creates so-called "designer babies".

Business news with Adam Shaw

The value of Bradford and Bingley's shares have fallen by over 90% over last year and almost halved over the past week. Economics editor Hugh Pym reports on the consequences for the financial markets.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Shadow Chancellor George Osborne will address the environmental group the Green Alliance with a focus on recycling. The shadow Chancellor discusses Conservative views on green tax.

Today's papers.

The defence secretary Des Browne described Basra as a "transformed city" recently. John Humphrys reports from Basra on what has really changed.

Dozens of rabbits have been killed in their hutches in Germany with their heads cut off and removed. Steve Rosenberg reports from the Ruhr Valley.

Thought for the day with John Bell, of the Iona community.

Police are being urged to set up specialist squads in every force to investigate allegations of rape. Assistant Commissioner John Yates, who is proposing the idea, talks about why this would help improve conviction rates in rape cases.

John Humphrys is visiting Basra, two years after his last visit. He learns how the British are working side-by-side with the Iraqis to bring security to a dangerous city. Defence Secretary Des Browne says that when he visited he was able to call into a café in the city centre for a cup of tea. So is that really possible?

Motorsport boss Max Mosley is taking legal action against the News of the World which alleged he had engaged in a "Nazi orgy". Mosley does admit engaging in a German prison scenario. Thomas Kielinger, UK correspondent of the German daily Die Welt, discusses the characteristics of the German language.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The man who is credited with the invention of the world wide web is now looking ahead to a new and more sophisticated way of using the internet known as the semantic web. Sir Tim Berners-Lee explains.

John Humphrys reports from Basra, with more on the current situation in Iraq. He asks Major General Barney White-Spunner, the officer commanding British forces in southern Iraq, why the British forces are still there.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The shortlist for the BBC National Short Story Awards has been announced. Each morning, one of the shortlisted authors will be speaking about their work. The third author is Clare Wigfall, with a story called 'The Numbers'.

Lord Saatchi has published a mock legal indictment of New Labour which finds the government guilty on seven counts including conspiracy to enslave UK citizens and incitement of poor people to pay more tax than rich people. The chief prosecutor debates the New Labour record with Lord Giddens.


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