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Today: Friday 1 August 2008

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King George Tupou V has been sworn in as Tonga's 23rd monarch in the capital of Nukualofa. He has been ruling for a while, but his swearing-in suggests he is ready to shed some power to create a more democratic country. Richard Pamatatau, the Pacific Issues correspondent for New Zealand radio, describes the coronation.

The French energy company EDF said late last night they would not be announcing a takeover of British Energy as had been widely expected. John Large, a consultant working in the nuclear industry, says EDF wants the sites that British Energy has, so it can build on them.

The UK has been deluded over its claim to be cutting greenhouse gases, according to two reports that will shake the climate change debate. Dr John Barrett, from the Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York who wrote the report, and environment minister Phil Woolas discuss the report.

Business news with Tanya Beckett.

The Democratic and Republican candidates in this year's US election must soon announce their vice presidential running mates. Does history suggest that the Vice President can really affect the outcome of an election? Our North America editor Justin Webb reports.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

A Jersey Senator and a British MP have begun legal action against Jack Straw over the prosecution of historic child abuse cases in Jersey. Sanchia Berg reports from the island and Esther Rantzen, the founder of Childline who recently visited Jersey to speak to those who lived in Haut de la Garenne, would like the UK to intervene.

Today's papers.

The first steam railway engine to be built entirely from scratch on British soil for 50 years is due to take its first trip under its own steam. Our correspondent Robert Hall reports.

Thought for the day with Catherine Pepinster, editor of The Tablet.

The big energy companies have announced increased profits, which leaves a door open to the government to impose a windfall tax. The list of Labour MPs calling for a new tax on energy companies continues to grow. Our political correspondent Iain Watson reports and Richard Lambert, director general of the CBI, says he is strongly against the idea.

A deal that would have involved the sale of most of the UK's nuclear power stations to a French state-owned energy firm now appears unlikely. How important is this deal to the British government?

The first Carry On film was screened 50 years ago today. Actress Anita Harris, who had a role in two of the films, and Kim Leggatt, who is producing the next, discuss the genre.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Two Labour MPs say Foreign Secretary David Miliband should be sacked for disloyalty, as leadership speculation continues. How does David Miliband measure up as a prime minister? Steve Richards, the political columnist of The Independent, offers his judgement and Gulam Noon, business man and Labour donor, says Miliband is "not going for the prime minister's position".

Business news with Tanya Beckett.

The government's energy policy is under pressure after the apparent collapse of a deal between the French state owned company EDF and British Energy. Business secretary John Hutton says the government are "disappointed not to reach an agreement" but that the deal "has got to be acceptable to the shareholders".

Benjamin Mullany, who was critically injured in a shooting that left his wife dead on their honeymoon in Antigua, is being transferred to a hospital in the UK. Antigua has seen a rise in violent crime over the last few years and the nation's prime minister blamed the US and UK for deporting so many criminals back to his country. Our reporter Nick Davis reports.

Conservative MP Greg Hands has criticised travel guides for displaying left-wing bias. He says that the history and politics sections of the book are misleading and promote inaccurate accounts of a country's past as well as a biased view of the political systems. Martin Dunford, one of the founders of the Rough Guide guidebooks, says their aim is to present difficult issues in a simple format.


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