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Today: Wednesday 19 November 2008

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Doctors have used stem cells to help create a new organ in what they describe as a major step forward in transplant surgery. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is setting out plans making it illegal for men to pay for sex with women who are forced into prostitution. And tipping - should we give up on it altogether?

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Serving and former police officers, teachers and soldiers are listed as members of the British National Party in a leaked document published online. The BNP leader Nick Griffin says that whoever published the list was wrong to do so.

0715
The Liberal Democrats have felt buoyed by their stance on the banking crisis, with some of their suggestions, like the nationalisation of Northern Rock, becoming policy. They now claim the bank bail-out has only half worked. Party leader Nick Clegg says more needs to be done to get encourage lending to small and medium-sized businesses.

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The Common Fisheries Policy is up for discussion in Brussels. Pushed by Norway, the Scottish are coming up with some solutions that may form a middle way between an outright ban on fishing in sensitive areas like the west coast of Scotland, and a free-for all approach. Mark Mardell reports.

0718
Business news with Adam Shaw.

0726
Sports news with Garry Richardson.

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The science of stem cell research has demonstrated a major practical advance - a Colombian woman has become the first person to receive a whole organ transplant developed using her own cells. She had a damaged trachea - so could not breathe properly - and has received a transplanted trachea from a donor. It might have been rejected - but scientists used cells to trick her body into thinking it was its own. Science correspondent Tom Feilden reports and Anthony Hollander, professor of Rheumatology and Tissue Engineering at the University of Bristol, describes some of the methods used.

0740
Today's papers.

0744
What happens to the tips you might leave in a restaurant, or a hotel, or a bar? They should be shared out by staff but there is evidence the money is used to bring the pay of the staff up to the level of the minimum wage. The government is asking for views on legislation that would stop mandatory service charges being used in that way. Bob Cotton, chief executive of the British Hospitality Association, and Peter Harden, co-editor of Harden's Restaurant Guide, discuss the issue.

0748
Thought for the day with the Reverend Giles Fraser.

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The three US car giants - Ford, Chrysler and General Motors - are still trying to get a $25bn bail-out from Washington. In Britain the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says there is a case for short-term assistance so that, as they put it, "the industry can help itself". Labour MP Geoffrey Robinson, former chief executive of Jaguar, and Martin Leach, a former head of Ford Europe and Maserati, discuss whether that would be justified.

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Across the UK, paying for sex with a prostitute is legal. But the law in England and Wales is set to change - the government is proposing a change to make it illegal to pay for sex with a prostitute working to benefit someone else who is controlling them. Crucially, the onus is on the client to know that the prostitute is working for a pimp or a drug dealer. Niki Adams, a spokeswoman for the English Collective of Prostitutes, and Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the clampdown.

0820
There has been another stand off in the Gulf of Aden between Somali pirates and those trying to put an end to the spate of ship hijackings - this time, it was the Indian navy who saw action. Damian Grammaticus explains what happened.

0822
Few jazz musicians have borrowed as freely from other genres as Herbie Hancock. Since he first earned widespread attention over 40 years ago, as part of the Miles Davis Quintet, he has dabbled in everything from funk to Africana. He is playing at the Barbican as part of the London Jazz Festival.

0825
Sports news with Garry Richardson.

0830
It has been suggested that video conferencing should be adapted for use in certain court cases. Virtual courts could try defendants who do not need to be transported from jail to court at vast expense. A three month prototype has been running in Camberwell Green, in south London. There is a plan to run a full-scale pilot in 15 sites. Andrew Keogh, a solicitor in Wigan, explains why he is trying to get signatures on to a petition on the Downing Street website against the idea.

0835
After months of wrangling, the Democratic Unionists and Sinn Fein have agreed how to handle some of the most difficult questions that divide them: policing and justice powers. The power-sharing Cabinet has agreed on a timetable for the transfer of powers from Westminster - breaking the deadlock, and allowing devolved government to survive. The Democratic Unionist MP for Lagan Valley, Jeffrey Donaldson, explains.

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Business news with Adam Shaw.

0846
Scotland are set to play Argentina in Glasgow and Diego Maradona will be there, in his first match as the Argentinean manager. He is not a favourite with England fans because of the infamous "Hand of God" goal which which helped knock England out of the 1986 World Cup. Although he's not quite so unpopular in Scotland, Scotland's assistant manager Terry Butcher, who played for England in that game, has said he'll never forgive him. Poet Elvis McGonagall has written some lines to welcome Maradona to Scotland.

0848
The Italian film Gomorra, depicting the insidious and destructive workings of the Neapolitan criminal organisation, the Camorra, is based on a book by the young Italian writer Roberto Saviano. The Camorra now says it wants him dead by Christmas. Increasingly it is brave individuals - not the Italian state - who are taking on the Camorra, by breaking the code of silence and stripping away the glamour that surrounds organised crime in Italy. Pascale Harter reports from Naples.

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The idea of fair play in sport is important to most of us and most sports in this country take their rules very seriously indeed. Regulations matter. But in his book Can We Have Our Balls Back, Please, Julian Norridge argues that our love of rules and regulations has made it more difficult to win. He and Matthew Syed of The Times - and former table tennis international - discuss how the British invented the rules of sport.




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