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Extracts from Tony Blair's memoirs reveal the depth of the personal rift that developed between the two men who dominated British politics for more than a decade from 1997. And scientists warn against travelling abroad for stem cell treatment.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: Guy Parker of the Advertising Standards Authority explains plans for new regulations on internet-based ads. Economist Eoin O'Callaghan analyses how to handle the crisis at Ireland's state-owned Anglo Irish Bank.

Israeli and Palestinian leaders meet at the White House later today, ahead of their first direct talks in two years tomorrow. Dr Rosemary Hollis of City University explains the fragile relations between the two parties.

Tony Blair's memoirs are published today. Bloomberg' UK political correspondent Robert Hutton outlines what the public can expect to find in the book. Dr Rosemary Hollis of City University analyses what Blair thinks about a potential military intervention in Iran.

More than 10,000 school buildings have been damaged or destroyed by the Pakistan floods, according to the government in Islamabad. Correspondent Chris Morris has visited a UN-supported relief camp in Gujarat in southern Punjab, which is trying to educate displaced children.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.

President Bush announced the start the Iraq war from the Oval Office seven years ago. Last night President Obama, sitting in the same place, ended it. North America editor Mark Mardell describes how Americans have received the news.

A smaller number of schools in England than originally thought are expected to switch to Academy status for the start of the new school term. Education correspondent Sarah Campbell analyses why some schools have decided not to change their status.

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Scientists in the UK are warning desperate patients to steer clear of foreign clinics offering unproven stem cell therapies. Professor Peter Coffey of University College London outlines his belief that there is no reliable evidence that any of the costly treatments for conditions like Parkinson's disease, diabetes or blindness actually work.

Thought for the Day with the Right Reverend James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool.

The three Pakistan cricket players at the centre of the corruption allegations are expected to have a meeting with the Pakistani High Commissioner in London today. Former director of Pakistan International Airlines, Richard Bate, and economics professor Stefan Szymanski discuss how far the culture of corruption penetrates Pakistani society.

In his memoirs out today, Tony Blair reveals the depth of the personal rift that developed between him and Gordon Brown, the two men who dominated British politics for more than a decade from 1997. Political editor Nick Robinson analyses the new book's revelations about the strained relationship at the heart of New Labour.

A musical based on Kazuo Ishiguro's novel The Remains of the Day opens in London tonight. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones previews the rather melancholy tale of repressed emotions and unconsummated love.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.

A lawyer in Pakistan has filed a petition in the High Court attempting to begin proceedings against the Pakistan players accused of corruption. The charge is treason, which in Pakistan bears the maximum penalty of death. Sports editor David Bond and Daily Telegraph cricket correspondent Derek Pringle debate if people are being too tough on the players.

The first foreigner to have access to Chinese archives claims in his new book that the great famine in late 1950s was the greatest human-caused tragedy of 20th century. History professor Frank Dikotter says the famine lasted longer than originally thought and claimed 45 million lives.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Israeli and Palestinian leaders will meet face-to-face for the first time in two years later today at the White House. Former Palestinian diplomat Afif Safieh and Gilead Sher, Israeli lead negotiators between 1999 and 2001, discuss the issues that should be addressed by the two parties.

Can self-help books genuinely help improve self-esteem? Novelist Joan Smith and Michael Heppell, UK's number one self-help author, debate why so many people are buying these books.



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