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Today: Saturday 12th December

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The former prime minister Tony Blair has said it would have been "right to remove" Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein even without evidence that he had weapons of mass destruction. And Tiger Woods is taking an indefinite break from professional golf to tackle problems in his private life.


World leaders are set to arrive for the final week of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. Environment correspondent Richard Black reflects on what the summit has achieved so far.


The former prime minister Tony Blair has said it would still have been right to invade Iraq even if it was known that Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction. Mr Blair made the comments during a BBC interview. Correspondent Robin Brant discusses the revelations.

The paper review.


Haemophiliacs infected with HIV or Hepatitis C from contaminated blood suffer a worse death rate than victims of the Black Death, the House of Lords heard yesterday. Peers were debating legislation to provide compensation for the victims and their families of contaminated blood provided by the NHS. Parliamentary correspondent Mark D'Arcy reports on the debate.


The challenges to security in the Gulf region are to be discussed at a major security conference in Bahrain today. Delegates from more than two dozen countries in the region will participate. Security correspondent Frank Gardner discusses the talks.

The sports news with Rob Bonnet.


What are bond markets? The lucrative system of bonds could potentially cause problems for Gordon Brown if the markets decide they are unimpressed with efforts to deal with the debt crisis. Steven Major, global head of fixed income at HSBC, explains how bond markets operate and what influence they have over policy.


Spymasters have been dominating the headlines from the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war this week. There was a full house for the appearance of the former head of MI6, Sir John Scarlett and his successor, Tony Blair's former foreign affairs adviser Sir John Sawers. Correspondent, Peter Hunt reviews the week's events.

The paper review.

Lawyers for the US golfer Tiger Woods have obtained a High Court injunction preventing certain information purportedly about him being published. Many lawyers are concerned about how injunctions are granted and have criticised Justice Eady's decision in the Tiger Woods case. Mark Stephens, a solicitor at Finers Stephens Innocent, comments on the injunction and its implication on privacy laws.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Rob Marshall, an Anglican priest.


The Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, is seeking re-election as Zanu-PF's leader at the party's annual conference. During presidential elections last year Mr Mugabe was forced to share power with the opposition MDC party, a result which Mr Mugabe yesterday told his party was the result of in-fighting among Zanu-PF factions. Southern Africa correspondent, Karen Allen, reports from the conference in Harare, and Zimbabwe's finance minister Tendi Biti, a member of the opposition MDC, discusses plans for the country's economic recovery.


The Copenhagen climate change summit has ended its first week of deliberations. Environment analyst Roger Harrabin reflects on the week's events, and Professor Diana Liverman, director of the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University, examines what has been achieved so far.


The sci-fi film Avatar has been released in cinemas, and is said to be the most expensive movie ever made. A new language, Na'vi was created for the film, spoken by the film's Na'vi aliens. Professor Paul Frommer of the University of Southern California, who invented the language, discusses its creation.


A group of City bosses have come together to back a scheme that will pay investors for reductions in the re-offending of former prisoners. The plan is one of a number of Social Impact Bonds that the government is keen to pilot next year. Sir Ronald Cohen, founder of a private equity fund, discusses how the policy will work.

The sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Has the public sector understood the magnitude of what awaits following this week's pre-Budget report? Yesterday, academics and government officials gathered at a conference in London to discuss the future of public services in the coming "age of austerity". The government's top civil servant, Cabinet Secretary Gus O'Donnell, warned delegates that future governments would have to learn to provide more services with less money, but not all the speakers agreed. Sally Hunt, general secretary of the Universities and College Union, and David Clark, director general of Solace, debate the future of public services.

The paper review.


Tiger Woods is taking an indefinite break from professional golf to tackle problems in his private life. The situation has flagged up concerns within the Olympic movement about the decision to bring golf into the 2016 Olympics. Writer and broadcaster Mihir Bose, and veteran BBC golf commentator Peter Alliss, discuss Tiger Woods' golf future.


Tony Blair says his conviction that it was right to try to get rid of Saddam Hussein did not depend on evidence that he had weapons of mass destruction. Sir Menzies Campbell, the former leader of the Liberal Democrat party and its foreign affairs and defence spokesman during the run up to the 2003 war, gives his reaction to the news.


Economic growth does not increase happiness, according to a former chief analyst in Tony Blair's strategy unit, David Halpern. In his new book, The Hidden Wealth of Nations, Mr Halpern explains that it is citizens who independently drive both economic growth and well-being. Mr Halpern, and economist and author Paul Ormerod, discuss happiness.



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