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Today: Saturday 12 July 2008

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A draft resolution to impose sanctions on Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and a number of his key allies has been vetoed at the UN Security Council. Our correspondent Peter Biles reports.

The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, will launch his big ideas for his six month French EU presidency. Our world affairs correspondent Nick Childs outlines what we can expect.

Today's papers.

Does the Bible say that the leaders of the Church must be men? This argument is used by some who oppose women bishops, but leading theologian Gary Macy, professor of theology at Santa Clara University in California, says there's historical evidence that women have occupied positions of power in the Church from as early as the fifth century.

A grim inevitability about many recent conflicts is the discovery of mass graves, requiring the expertise of forensic archaeologists. Bournemouth University runs the only course of its kind in the world, where students uncover a simulated mass grave. Correspondent Sarah Mukherjee reports.

Sports news with Jon Myers.

The Daily Telegraph has reported that General Sir Richard Dannatt may quit his role as the Chief of General Staff due to being by-passed by the Government for the military's top post of Chief of Defence Staff. Caroline Wyatt, our defence correspondent, explains the story. Author Allan Mallinson, who knows Sir Richard, and Labour MP Eric Joyce, a former Army officer, discuss whether Sir Richard should be made Chief of Defence Staff.

Today's papers.

Is non-fiction still less popular than fiction? The judges of the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction believe the non-fiction market is in good shape. Journalist Rosie Boycott, who chaired the judges' panel, and Joel Rickett, editor of the Bookseller discuss.

Thought for the day with writer Rhidian Brook.

Iran has carried out two sets of ballistic weapons tests this week and one revolutionary guard commander was quoted as saying the manoeuvre is a lesson for its enemies. Sir Richard Dalton, former British ambassador to Iran, and Bronwen Maddox, Times chief foreign commentator, discuss whether the weapons tests have changed anything.

Shares in US mortgage firms Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae fall as much as 50% in volatile trade amid concerns for their future. Steven Bell, chief economist at the hedge fund GLC, discusses whether the US government will have to help.

The United States Military are trying to explain how they killed forty-seven people at a wedding party in Iraq. Our correspondent Alastair Leithead reports.

A medieval marriage contest in the Essex town of Dunmow still takes place today. Known as the Dunmow Flitch, a side of bacon is won by any couple who can prove they have not wished to be unmarried once in "twelvemonth and a day". Michael Chapman, one of the judges, and a married couple who are taking part explain the tradition.

Sports news with Jon Myers.

In the last of John Humphrys reports from his trip to Iraq, he examines whether Basra is still the dangerous place it was four months ago and if the promised reconstruction has taken place.

Today's papers.

Tatler has published its list of the 100 most often invited party guests and quite a lot of them are Tory politicians. Political commentator Andrew Neil and Carole Stone, who has made a career out of networking, discuss whether this tells us anything about the current state of politics.

The United Nations Security Council has failed to pass a resolution imposing sanctions on the Zimbabwean government; the proposal was vetoed by China and Russia. We ask foreign secretary David Miliband if this a failure on the part of British diplomacy.


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