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Today: Friday 11 July 2008

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David Davis, the former Conservative home affairs spokesman, has won the Haltemprice and Howden by-election. The turnout was 34%. Political correspondent Iain Watson reports on Davis and the other 25 candidates who stood for election.

Women in countries where abortion is heavily restricted are using drugs bought on the internet to have abortions at home. Dr Martin Lupton, of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, discusses the effects of these drugs and why they are being used.

The Association of British Insurers and the government have reached an agreement that ensures flood insurance remains widely available. Insurers will offer cover to anyone whose annual chance of flood is below one in 75. Environment minister Phil Woolas discusses how important this is for homeowners.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

A children's charity has warned that parents are leaving themselves open to prosecution if they leave their children home alone in the summer holidays. Dominic Bascombe, of charity the Children's Legal Centre, discusses what age it is acceptable to leave a child home alone.

Sports news with Rob Nothman.

Town halls should be banned from selling edited versions of the electoral rolls, a report on the use of personal information has said. Dr Mark Walport, of the Wellcome Trust, says that the case for change is "overwhelming".

With the 'waste wars' that often make headlines in this country, environment analyst Roger Harrabin visits Kamikatsu, a south-east Japanese island where there are no waste collections at all.

Today's papers.

The arts community in Australia has clashed with the country's new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd after he spoke out about the use of naked children in works purporting to be art. Sydney Correspondent Nick Bryant reports on the debate about what constitutes art and what constitutes child pornography.

Thought for the day with Professor Mona Siddiqui, of the University of Glasgow.

A group of Zimbabwean exiles in the UK are calling for concessions for those who have been denied asylum status. They argue that some failed asylum seekers face persecution in their home country. Jeff Sango, a Zimbabwean exile, describes his situation. The Archbishop of York John Sentamu calls for the government to be more "pragmatic" with asylum rules.

David Davis, the former Conservative home affairs spokesman, has won his by-election battle over civil liberties. He won with more than 70% of the vote, but neither Labour nor the Liberal Democrats offered a candidate. David Davis discusses what he will do with his 42-day detention campaign now he is an MP once again.

Nine British paratroopers have been wounded in Afghanistan after being accidentally fired on by one of their own army helicopters. Alistair Leithead, correspondent in Kabul, and Charles Heyman, author of Armed Forces of the United Kingdom, talk about the situation there.

A new album from Carla Bruni, Nicolas Sarkozy's wife, has been released. Music journalists Pierre Perron and Olivier Nuc review the album.

Sports news with Rob Nothman.

There is no absolute right to have as many children as we want, a study from the Optimum Population Trust argues. Professor John Guillebaud, a patron of the trust, and Dominic Lawson, columnist for the Independent, discuss whether humans have a right to procreate.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

What would have happened if Britain had done a deal with Hitler? Patrick Buchanan, former aide to Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, argues that the long conflict with Hitler was a disaster because it brought to an end the British empire and empowered Stalin and the Soviet Union.

The shortlist for the BBC National Short Story Awards has been announced. Each morning, one of the shortlisted authors talks about their work. The fifth author is Adam Thorpe with his story The Names.

Who is to blame for the surging price of oil? Many in the United States think that speculators are driving up commodity prices. Leading legislators are now looking at ways to control them. Congress is holding a series of hearings this week to examine ways of curbing the excesses of the futures market. From New York, North America business correspondent Greg Wood reports.

The UN Security Council is set to make a decision on whether new sanctions should be imposed against Zimbabwe. Alex Vines, head of the Africa Programme at Chatham House, and Georgina Godwin, a Zimbabwean journalist, discuss how important this decision is.


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