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The European Court of Human Rights is to decide whether an England football fan should be extradited to Portugal to serve a prison sentence. And Gordon Brown is expected to give more details about proposed reforms to the voting system.

A small number of powerful scientists have been accused of deliberately vetoing publication of their competitors' researches into stem cells. Fourteen of the world's leading stem cell researchers have written an open letter to the editors of the major scientific journals saying that they are giving undue prominence to research that is "scientifically flawed". Science correspondent Pallab Ghosh investigates the row.

Cadbury workers will lobby the government today to block the takeover by US food giant Kraft. Workers will ask the government to protect jobs and investment at the company's UK sites. Two of those taking part, John Flavin and Keith Taylor, outline the aims of the demonstration.

The business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Car maker Toyota has recalled millions of vehicles worldwide after they were found to have accelerator faults. The company's boss has publically apologised for letting its customers down, and promised to take "extraordinary measures" to remedy the situation. David Willis reports from Los Angeles.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

MPs will vote next week on holding a referendum on electoral reform, the BBC has learnt. Today Gordon Brown is expected to announce that the vote will be the first step towards replacing the first-past-the-post system of electing MPs with an alternative vote system. Political editor Nick Robinson explains the two voting systems and Labour MP Martin Linton, who is in favour of electoral reform, considers the effect of changing the system on the outcome of elections.

The paper review.

A woman in Cumbria has cracked open six eggs which each contained a double yolk. Radio 4's Tim Harford calculates the probability of finding six double yolk eggs.

Musician Pat Metheny has invented an orchestra made up of hundreds of instruments that he can play through his guitar. The musician's Orchestrion will be brought to life at the Barbican, London. Reporter Nicola Stanbridge met Pat Metheny to find out how the invention works.

Thought for the day with the Right Reverend Tom Butler, Bishop of Southwark.

The US is reported to be increasing its warship patrols in the Gulf and upgrading its anti-missile systems in Gulf states that fear an attack from Iran. Ellen Tauscher - US under-Secretary of State for arms control and international security affairs - discusses whether the US is preparing for military action.

The European Court of Human Rights will decide today whether a British man should be extradited to Portugal under a European arrest warrant (EAW) because he was not made to serve his sentence in the UK after deportation. Garry Mann was given a two-year term for his role in a riot in Albufeira, Portugal, during the Euro 2004 football tournament. Legal affairs analyst Clive Coleman reports on the case, and Liberal Democrat MEP Graham Watson, who steered the EAW through the Parliament, explains the legislation.

A new play tackles confronts head-on our embarrassment and fear about old age. Really Old, Like Forty Five, by Tamsin Oglesby, argues that the elderly will eventually be killed by the state. Ms Oglesby and Baroness Mary Warnock, a supporter of euthanasia, discuss how older people are viewed by society.

The Archbishop of Westminster has backed the Pope's criticism of the government's equality bill. Archbishop Vincent Nichols, head of the Catholic church in England and Wales, argues that the Pope was right to want his "reasoned voice" to be heard in the political debate.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Internationally renowned stem cell scientists have told the Today programme that they believe important research in their field is being effectively vetoed from being published by a small number of powerful scientists. Last year, 14 of the world's leading stem cell scientists wrote an open letter to the editors of the major scientific journals saying that they are giving undue prominence to research that is "scientifically flawed". Sir Mark Walport, director of the Wellcome Trust, considers the accusations.

Yesterday, Health Secretary Andy Burnham told the Today programme that out-of-hours care offered by GPs is "unacceptable" in some areas, and that the government was trying to improve the service. about the out-of-hours GP service. The King's Fund, the health service think-tank, has set up an inquiry into the quality of general practise in England. Dr Nick Goodwin who is heading the report comments on the quality of GP out of hours services.

Should public sector workers in the north be paid less for doing the same job in the south? Yesterday a debate took place in reaction to a reports suggesting that workers in the north should be paid less because living conditions are cheaper. Reporter Mark Hutchings investigates what a pay divide would mean for Wales.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Does it matter what a high-profile figure does in their private life? There are calls for John Terry to be stripped of his England football captaincy as more details of his private life become public knowledge. Comment editor for The Times, Daniel Finkelstein, and chief sports writer for the Mail on Sunday, Patrick Collins, debate the relationship between our public and private lives.



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