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Today: Tuesday 19 August 2008

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A three day strike by maintenance workers on three London tube lines begins this evening. The chief executive of Tube Lines Terry Morgan and Bob Crow, the general secretary of the RMT union, discuss the dispute over pay and conditions.

How should the British authorities respond to the release of Garry Glitter from a Vietnamese jail after serving a 22 month sentence for molesting two children. Dr Zoe Hilton, who advises the NSPCC, explains her concerns.

Nato foreign ministers are meeting to decide how to respond to Russia's action in Georgia. Andrew Wilson, senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, explains how the crisis has affected the Ukraine, the other former Soviet republic seeking Nato membership.

Business news with Simon Jack.

A BBC documentary says pedigree dogs are suffering acute problems because looks are emphasised over health when breeding dogs for shows. Programme maker Jemima Harrison and Caroline Kisko, secretary of the Kennel Club, discuss the threat to the future of some breeds.

Sports news with Jon Myers.

Semtex was used for the first time in a dissident republican attack on police in County Fermanagh on Saturday. The Independent's Ireland Correspondent David McKitterick and Paul Leighton, deputy chief constable of Northern Ireland Police, discuss how serious a development it is.

Today's papers.

One of the little known facts that has emerged from the Olympics coverage is that in 1908 the City of London police took the gold in the tug of war. It took place just up the road from what is now the BBC Television Centre. Tom Feilden reports from Wood Lane.

Thought for the day with Vishvapani, a member of the Western Buddhist Order.

Nato foreign ministers are gathering in Brussels for an emergency summit to discuss how the alliance should respond to Russia's military action in Georgia. Jessica Barry, spokeswoman for the International Committee of the Red Cross, explains the situation on the ground and Professor Michael Clarke, the director of the Royal United Services Institute speculates on the best course of action for Nato.

Great Britain still lies third in the Olympic table, with 13 gold medals. The Games are being heralded as the best since 1920. Former Prime Minister Sir John Major discusses whether lottery funding, which he began in 1994, is behind recent successes.

Pakistan's president, General Pervez Musharraf, has resigned. His resignation speech lasted almost one hour. Former BBC political correspondent Nick Jones and Michael Dobbs, a former advisor to Margaret Thatcher and political thriller writer, explain how a leader's final speech creates a lasting impression.

Sports news with Jon Myers.

Did British officials have evidence that weapons of mass destruction in Iraq did not exist before the conflict? Author Ron Susskind claims that a senior Iraqi official had given credible information to intelligence services. He discusses his account with former head of MI6 Sir Richard Dearlove, who strongly denies this version of events.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The government of Spain will offer a lump-sum to citizens of 19 non-EU nations who voluntarily return home. Steve Kingstone reports on the thousands of newcomers that are falling victims to a mounting economic crisis.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson will open Redbridge Cycling Centre - the first purpose-built training facility since London secured the 2012 Games. Vic Hopkin, of the board of British cycling, discusses the planning and development of the centre.

How should Russia's actions in Georgia be interpreted by the international community? General Sir Michael Jackson, former head of the army and historian Anthony Beevor discuss the resurgent Russian bear.

The fine art of resignation
Tuesday, 19 August 2008, 06:25 GMT |  Today


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