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BBC foreign correspondents with the stories behind the world's headlines

BBC foreign correspondents with the stories behind the world's headlines
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BBC foreign correspondents with the stories behind the world's headlines

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Episodes

A Different Yemen

3/16/2019
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The BBC's Paul Adams returns to the country he roamed 35 years ago - and it's much changed. Kate Adie introduces this and other stories from around the world. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, there's plenty of grief to go around, and it's important to show your emotions at funerals - so much so that one entrepreneur is setting up an agency for paid mourners to cry on demand, and give the deceased a proper send-off. Olivia Acland met him and one of the hopeful applicants for the job. The...

Duration:00:27:59

Powerless in Venezuela

3/14/2019
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How did it feel to survive the days of near-total blackout in Caracas? The BBC's Will Grant reports on what drove people to loot beloved local shops, or scoop water from filthy canals. Kate Adie introduces this story and others from around the world. Across Europe, relations between Romany Gypsy or Traveller families and their neighbours are often strained. Successive governments in France have cracked down on informal settlements of Roma people from Romania, and left French 'gens de voyage'...

Duration:00:28:29

Orban's EU offensive

3/9/2019
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The appeal of Viktor Orban, the man who wants to remake the European Union in his own image. Stephen Sackur visits the Hungarian Prime Minister’s hometown and tries to figure out what makes him one of Europe's most successful and influential populists.

Duration:00:28:58

An American contradiction

3/7/2019
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The Proud Boys say they are nothing more than a fraternal drinking club, but they regularly show up armed to far-right rallies across the US. On a marijuana farm in Oregon, Mike Wendling meets one of their local leaders – a man who, in between stints farming weed, survives on government disability benefits while also agitating for an end to all forms of welfare. Kate Adie introduces this and other stories from correspondents around the world: Sahar Zand has an unsettling visit to the Museum...

Duration:00:28:35

Losing hope in Venezuela

3/2/2019
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Venezuelans are divided on what caused the crisis in their country and on whether the foreign governments offering help are potential saviours or invaders. In Caracas, Katy Watson hears how people on all sides are losing hope. Kate Adie introduces this and other stories from around the world: Colin Freeman meets Yasin Abu Bakr the man behind what was probably the only Islamist coup ever to have been attempted in the Western hemisphere. In 1990 Jamaat al Muslimeen took the Prime Minister of...

Duration:00:27:52

It just didn’t happen!

2/28/2019
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The UN says the treatment of the Rohingya in Myanmar was genocidal; women were raped and killed, men were shot and whole villages were razed, but as Nick Beake has discovered many Burmese people dismiss it all as 'fake news' and some even claim there's no such thing as Rohingya. Kate Adie introduces this and other stories from correspondents around the world: Tom Bateman was in Egypt as EU and Arab League leaders talked tackling terrorism and boosting trade. There were lots of questions...

Duration:00:28:44

Where To Next?

2/23/2019
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Quentin Sommerville considers the last days of the Islamic State in Baghouz, Syria - and examines the question of what to do with its fighters and sympathisers once the battle is over. The case of Shamima Begum has dominated the headlines, but there are many more like her. Kate Adie introduces his report and other stories from around the world. The Dadaab camp in northeastern Kenya is one of the largest refugee settlements anywhere - with nearly a quarter of a million people living there,...

Duration:00:28:56

Take It Gently

2/21/2019
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Uruguay's anti-drug laws were never as strict as expected - and its path to decriminalisation of cannabis has also been full of paradox. Simon Maybin explores why the country's taken a slow and steady path to regulate marijuana growers and sellers - and visits a greenhouse full of legal weed. Kate Adie introduces this and other stories from correspondents around the world. In Nepal, joining the ranks of the British Army's Gurkhas has long been one of the few options for a stable income....

Duration:00:28:59

From Our Home Correspondent 17/02/2019

2/17/2019
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Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom which reflect the range of British life today. Writer and broadcaster Horatio Clare reveals the deeply personal story of how he was sectioned under the Mental Health Act and his experiences on an in-patient ward in Yorkshire. In the month of the National Parks Dark Skies Festival and a star-counting survey run by the British Astronomical Association and the Campaign to Protect Rural England, Andrew...

Duration:00:27:56

The Power of God

2/16/2019
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The remote religious retreat which has become the intellectual spearhead of Steve Bannon’s plans for a populist revolution in Europe. Edward Stourton visits the Trisulti monastery in Italy from where the vision of the former chief strategist to Donald Trump is being spread. Kate Adie introduces this and other stories from correspondents around the world. Lois Pryce is in Jamaica. As the battle against gang violence continues, and soldiers patrol some of its streets, she visits a village...

Duration:00:28:46

Celebrating the Iranian revolution in Lebanon

2/14/2019
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In much of the world Hezbollah is considered a terrorist organisation, but in Lebanon it is one of the country’s most powerful political and military forces. Lizzie Porter was in Beirut as the Iranian backed group began a three-day festival to mark the 40th anniversary of the Islamic revolution in Iran. Kate Adie introduces this and other stories from correspondents around the world: Mark Lobel tries to make sense of Dubai where migrant workers are welcomed with open arms – until they become...

Duration:00:28:35

Peace Is More Difficult Than War

2/9/2019
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Moscow isn’t the obvious place for talks on how to bring an end to the violence in Afghanistan, the country has been at war ever since the Soviet invasion 40 years ago, but it was where senior Afghan politicians met the Taliban. 'A military solution is not the answer' was the message Secunder Kermani picked up from negotiators there. Kate Adie introduces this and other stories from around the world: Juliet Rix is in Dominica, an island known for its natural beauty, national parks, and...

Duration:00:28:44

Watch Your Back!

2/7/2019
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"Watch your back Howard!" was one of the politer messages the BBC Philippines Correspondent received after making a documentary about Rodrigo Duterte. As Howard Johnson has found, journalists who question the President can become the target of organised attacks by online trolls. Kate Adie introduces this and other stories from correspondents around the world: The CFO of Huawei once saw Vancouver as a refuge, a base outside of China should she ever need it, now she’s not allowed to leave the...

Duration:00:28:49

The Sound of Danger in Yemen

2/2/2019
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At the site of a US drone strike in Yemen, Safa Al Ahmad hears the sound of danger – the jihadi songs of ISIS fighters who want to know why she’s there. She reports from the no man’s land between Houthi rebels, the Yemeni army, armed tribes, Al Qaeda and ISIS - and she reflects on just how complicated the conflict has become. Kate Adie introduces this and other stories from around the world: In Nigeria, Mayeni Jones enters the wired world of political “Godfathers”. Their faces stare out of...

Duration:00:29:05

From Roses to Rifles

1/31/2019
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To mark their transition from a heavily armed rebel group to a political party FARC has adapted the meaning of their name and replaced the rifles on their logo with roses. Mathew Charles finds out how some former guerrilla commanders are adapting to life as members of the Colombian congress. Kate Adie introduces this and other stories from around the world: As Greek MPs voted to accept a deal to end a dispute over the name of its northern neighbour ‘Macedonia’ a familiar cry echoed around...

Duration:00:29:11

Smiling through the fear

1/26/2019
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'My smile should tell you everything' one victim of an army rampage explains in Zimbabwe. In a society where you never know who’s listening, and who can be trusted, people smile to protect themselves, says Andrew Harding. Kate Adie introduces this and other stories from around the world: Lyse Doucet is in Timbuktu where the threat of terrorism and a changing climate are making life harder for the people who live there and are deterring others from visiting the ancient, storied city. Krupa...

Duration:00:29:04

The New Pirates of the Caribbean

1/24/2019
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The impact of Venezuela's economic crisis is being felt far beyond its shores; Colin Freeman hears how some former Venezuelan fisherman have turned to kidnap and smuggling guns and drugs into Trinidad to make money. Kate Adie introduces this and other stories from around the world: How will the Trump administration judge its allies in the Middle East, wonders Barbara Plett Usher. She joined the US Secretary of State on part of his rapid round of diplomacy in the region where one word kept...

Duration:00:27:53

From Our Home Correspondent 20/01/2019

1/20/2019
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In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country. James Naughtie considers the contemporary legacy of Scotland's national bard as preparations for Burns Suppers reach their climax. Sima Kotecha wears a saree for the first time and looks at the place of the garment in her family's life. Chris Haslam sets sail off the Norfolk coast with firkins of...

Duration:00:27:44

Terror in the Secret Garden

1/19/2019
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“As I approached the Dusit there was a strange smell in the air; a combination of smoke, petrol, and explosives. I’d smelt it before - the last time was in Northern Syria.” Joe Inwood reflects on the Al Shabaab terror attack on a luxury hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya. Kate Adie introduces this and other stories from correspondents around the world. Stephanie Hegarty meets an 11-year-old social media star in Mexico who is using her online videos to come to terms with the death of her mother....

Duration:00:32:20

#SaveRahaf: Last night a retweet saved my life

1/12/2019
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The Saudi teenager Rahaf al-Qunun was spared deportation after details of her plight were spread on social media while she barricaded herself in a hotel room in Thailand. She feared being killed by her family if she was forced to return to Kuwait. She was saved not by her passport but by her phone, observes Jonathan Head. Kate Adie introduces this and other stories from correspondents around the world: Olivia Acland reflects on why the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo may have to...

Duration:00:27:56