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Today: Saturday 16 August 2008

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Georgia has signed a truce agreement with Russia. Gabriel Gatehouse, in the Georgian district of Kaspi, reports on what has actually happened as a result.

The chairman of the airport operator BAA says he expects the company is going to be forced by competition rules to sell at least two of the airports it runs. Transport correspondent Tom Symonds reports.

Today's papers.

Sports news with Rob Nothman

The political stalemate in Zimbabwe will cast a shadow over the Southern African Development Community (SADC) annual meeting in South Africa. President Thabo Mbeki, who acts as the official mediator in Zimbabwe, has tried to strike a power sharing deal between Robert Mugabe and the leader of the Zimbabwean opposition, Morgan Tsvangirai. He failed and Robert Mugabe will attend this weekend's SADC conference as Zimbabwe's head of state. In protest, the President of Botswana has announced he will be boycotting the talks. Karen Allen reports from South Africa.

The Walthamstow dog track - probably the most famous in Britain - is to close after 75 years. Neil Gerrard, the local MP, marks the end of years of racing as the site is sold to housing developers.

Britain's gold medal winner Rebecca Adlington says she is overwhelmed by the attention, having won two gold medals at the Olympics.

Around 50 detainees at the Campsfield immigration removal centre in Oxfordshire are on hunger strike. The protest began after the suicide of a Kurdish man, who was sent back to Iraq. Fazzel Abdul, who is also Kurdish, explains why the detainees are on hunger strike; and Keith Best, the chief executive of the Immigration Advisory Service, explains what is being done.

Today's papers

Will officials from the London Olympic committee be taking notes in Beijing? How is London going to match that opening ceremony? The Today programme asked Stuart Hall, who has watched sporting occasion great and small, to imagine what London might come up with in 2012.

Thought for the day with Brian Draper, the associate lecturer at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.

Relations between Russia and the west are going from bad to worse, prompted by the attack on Georgia and the threat to Poland after the Poles agreed to have American missiles on their soil. Richard Galpin reports from Georgia and Kurt Volker, the US principal deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs, discusses the situation.

The airport operator BAA may be forced to sell two of its airports. The chairman, Nigel Rudd, believes the Competition Commission is going to say that its near monopoly must be broken up. Business editor Robert Peston reports. The Conservative spokesperson on transport, Theresa Villiers, discusses the news and the future of Heathrow.

The first truffles tournament in Britain is happening. It has been a good year for British truffles, with the amount of rain there has been this summer. But unlike other countries, the Brits use dogs rather than pigs - for the very good reason that pigs tend to eat them when they find them. The tournament is happening in Hampshire and Nicola Stanbridge has been watching one hound at work.

Sports news with Rob Nothman.

Southern Africa's leaders are meeting in Johannesburg - and opposition leaders from Zimbabwe have been invited. The hope is that they will find a way of settling the crisis in their country. It is two months since the last round of presidential elections there and President Mugabe seems to be as firmly entrenched as ever. Our correspondent Allan Little reports from Johannesburg. Meanwhile, Professor Stephen Chan, from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and Hebson Makuvise, of the main opposition party, the MDC, discuss the problems facing Zimbabwe.

Today's papers

As the conflict in Georgia continues to worry international observers, Caroline Wyatt reports from Mosocow and General Nikolai Uvarov explains Russia's view.

The situation between Russia and the west may be of concern but it's a good time (professionally speaking) for the cartoonists. That symbol of Russian power, the bear, is being pictured in the newspapers. Lord Baker, a former minister who established the cartoon museum in London and Martin Rowson, who draws brilliant cartoons for the Guardian, discuss why the bear is back.

Team GB are creeping up the medal table in Beijing. Professor David Forrest, a sports economist from Salford University, has produced an alternative method of calculating performance, taking into account population and national wealth. So what does the alternative table look like?


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