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Today: Saturday 2nd July

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been released without bail after prosecutors in New York said the hotel maid who accused him of trying to rape her lied to a grand jury. And also in the programme, one of the doctors arrested in Bahrain tells Today of the physical and verbal abuse he suffered at the hands of interrogators.

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The senior French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been released without bail, due to new doubts about the reliability of the woman who accused him of rape. Europe editor Gavin Hewitt describes the latest developments, and Pierre Haski, co-founder of the news website Rue89.com and former political editor of Liberation, considers the potential impact on French politics.

There have been further riots in Belfast over night. Correspondent Alexandra MacKenzie assesses the latest violence.

In the coming days another flotilla of ships will try to break Israel's blockade of Gaza, which was tightened after the Islamist movement, Hamas, came to power there in 2007. The BBC's Jon Donnison reports on whether people in Gaza think such flotillas do any good.

Paper review.

Sports news with Garry Richardson, including an interview with Andy Murray.

With the Hutton report into public sector pensions making it clear that they are potentially affordable, the debate now focuses on whether it is fair to ask private sector workers to pay for "generous" public sector pensions. John Ralfe, the independent pensions expert, crunches the numbers, and Dr Mary Bousted, General Secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, explains why she's campaigning for a good pension for all.

Paper review.

The intriguing question 'Who exactly IS Julian Assange?' is at the heart of a play about his life that has just opened in Sydney. The BBC's Nick Bryant has been to see the latest attempt to unravel the mystery of this enigmatic global figure.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Roy Jenkins.

Next week a report into how to pay for the long-term care of the elderly will be published, attempting to find a balance between individual and community responsibility. Lord Sutherland chaired the Royal Commission into Long Term Care in the 1990s, and considers the situation now.

The former head of the IMF, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has been released from house arrest in New York, where he's been facing allegations of attempting to rape a hotel maid. Prosecutors are said to have new doubts about the maid's credibility as a witness. Former Socialist minister Jack Lang considers what this will mean for the French Socialist Party at next year's presidential election. And Elaine Sciolino, New York Times Paris Correspondent, describes French reactions to his release.

There has been an internet storm this week following the circulation of an email sent by Carolyn Bourne to the fiance of her step-son, Heidi Withers, admonishing Heidi for her "uncouthness and lack of grace". The Today programme's Mike Thomson has followed Mrs Bourne's advice, and visited a finishing school to improve his manners.

The population of the UK rose faster last year than at any time since the early 1960s, according to the Office for National Statistics - by about 0.8% to just over 62,000. Professor Jane Falkingham, director of the Centre for Population Research at the Economic and Science Research Council, assesses the facts behind the figures.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

In the last few months Bahrain has been wracked by violence and political disagreement. Today hears from allegations of abuse from a doctor arrested in March and released this week, one of many of his profession targeted for helping demonstrators who had been injured by the security forces. And the BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports on the latest developments in the Gulf state.

Paper review.

Yesterday Andy Murray once again failed in his attempt to reach the Wimbledon final, losing in four sets to Rafa Nadal. Roberto Forzoni, a performance psychologist who is credited with creating 'Team Murray', explains the mental pressure top sportspeople regularly face.

It's not been a good week for the nation's high streets, with familiar names such as Thorntons and Habitat added to the growing list of those in financial trouble. Social historian and High St expert Juliet Gardiner and John Timpson, chairman of service chain Timpsons, try to answer a tricky conundrum: where have all the shoppers gone?



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