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Alan Johnston with insights into world events from BBC correspondents

Alan Johnston with insights into world events from BBC correspondents
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Alan Johnston with insights into world events from BBC correspondents

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Fighting for Life

8/11/2018
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A hostage and captor meet again in Syria, anger grows amid Assam's floodwaters and young people take to the barricades in Nicaragua. Kate Adie introduces correspondents' stories from around the world. Quentin Sommerville was wary of interviewing two former members of the so-called Islamic State: he didn't want to give them any kind of platform. But in Syria he did get to talk to them - and witness their reactions when a man whom they'd once held captive got to ask the questions. As monsoon...

Duration:00:28:30

Zimbabwe - Where Fear is a Powerful Commodity

8/4/2018
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The election was supposed to be the moment it turned a corner leaving fear behind. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world: In Zimbabwe, Andrew Harding has followed the twists and turns of the past few days and reflects on the country’s struggle to shake off a repressive past. In Colombia, Frank Gardner meets a former FARC guerrilla commander now making friends with the police and goes in search of an illicit makeshift cocaine lab hidden in the jungle. In Holland...

Duration:00:29:29

Looking Back

7/28/2018
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Elections in Pakistan, religious divisions in the Balkans and an ode to an Ethiopian airport. Kate Adie introduces correspondents' stories from around the world: Secunder Kermani looks back on the election campaign in Pakistan and assesses what it means for the country’s future. Anna Holligan travels around Bosnia - Herzegovina and finds that while the fighting may have ended more than twenty years ago, the country is even more religiously divided than it was before the war. Will Grant...

Duration:00:28:35

From Our Home Correspondent 22/07/2018

7/22/2018
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In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from writers and journalists around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country. The BBC's Social Affairs Correspondent, Michael Buchanan, tells the story of a man, now in his fifties, who discovered only after the funeral of the woman he thought was his mother, that he was adopted and that his birth mother was seeking to find him. Sally Green, the children's and young...

Duration:00:28:25

Warfare - the Soundtrack of Their Lives

7/21/2018
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Children who are able to survive the ongoing civil war have to grow up fast in Yemen. Kate Adie introduces stories, insight, and analysis from correspondents around the world: According to The United Nations, one child under five dies every ten minutes from preventable causes in Yemen. Orla Guerin meets some of the families struggling on and speaks to the President Ab’d Rabbu Mansur Hadi about the conflict. In South Korea, Simon Maybin attends a lesson in the etiquette of dating, kissing...

Duration:00:29:29

Taking on the 'Ndrangheta Mafia

7/19/2018
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One of the few people able to strike fear into the international organised crime syndicate. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories and insights from around the world: In Italy, Andrew Hosken meets Nicola Gratteri the single-minded judge who has put 6,000 Mafiosi behind bars. Today, he says, the biggest threat comes from the ‘Ndrangheta in Calabria whose power spreads far beyond their native Calabria. In Peru, Grace Livingstone meets some of the thousands of indigenous women who say...

Duration:00:27:58

A Change of Heart

7/14/2018
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Ever since Jacob Zuma's resignation his family has faced all sorts of legal headaches. Kate Adie introduces correspondents' stories from around the world: Three years ago, Duduzane Zuma drove his Porsche into the back of a minibus taxi, killing one passenger and injuring others. At the time, a magistrate concluded that the President's son had been negligent, but the state declined to prosecute. Now it's had a change of heart. Is the past catching up on the Zumas, wonders Andrew Harding in...

Duration:00:28:43

Watching the World Cup

7/12/2018
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When football takes over from Lebanon's other national obsession: politics. Kate Adie introduces correspondents' stories from around the world: Celebratory gunfire, fireworks, and moped motorcades are common sights in Lebanon usually used as shows of political power but not during the World Cup when Brazil flags replace those of Hezbollah and pictures of political leaders are replaced by Lionel Messi's image. For four week political and religious differences are put aside says Richard...

Duration:00:29:29

The Dictator Hunter

7/7/2018
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The challenge of rebuilding Syria. Kate Adie introduces stories and insight from correspondents around the world: Jeremy Bowen has just returned from Damascus and concludes that though the fighting may have stopped “the virus of war has spread - not just breaking bodies, hearts, and minds, but poisoning the future.” Lucy Ash discovers how seaweed farming in Zanzibar has proved a liberating force for thousands of women on the island. Helen Nianias hears about one Uganda woman’s...

Duration:00:28:45

The Dictator Hunter

7/5/2018
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The man trying to bring The Gambia's former strongman leader Yahya Jammeh to justice. Kate Adie introduces stories from journalists and correspondents around the world: His critics claim Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year rule over The Gambia was nothing more than a brutal dictatorship marred by allegations of state-sanctioned murder, torture and forced disappearances. Now the lawyer Reed Brody, known to some as ‘The Dictator Hunter’, is trying to help some of his victims seek justice. Far to the...

Duration:00:28:00

What Hope?

6/30/2018
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What hope is there amidst rising violence in Mexico and Afghanistan's 'forever war'? Kate Adie introduces stories and insight form correspondents around the world: The rich and poor in Mexico City may live in seemingly different worlds, but they are united by a fear of violence ahead of local and national elections. Could the prospect of peace talks in Afghanistan lead to the end of forty years of war? Lyse Doucet finds a tiny ray of hope. When Jenny Hill first met Syrian refugee Eli at...

Duration:00:28:28

A Hidden Conflict

6/28/2018
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A civil war is brewing in Cameroon, but it rarely makes the headlines. Kate Adie introduces stories and insight from correspondents around the world: In Nigeria, Stephanie Hegarty travels to its border with Cameroon which tens of thousands of people have crossed fleeing violent unrest in the République's Anglophone region. Tim Hartley listens to the fears of indigenous people in Cordillera in the Philippines - of big business encroaching on their way of life and of state sanctioned...

Duration:00:28:45

Playing To The Crowd

6/23/2018
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Turkey's presidential hopefuls, provocative Italian ministers, and masked Mexican wrestlers. Kate Adie introduces correspondents' stories from around the world: “He’s drawn vast crowds to his rallies, appearing at times like a comedy performer, breaking into traditional dances and using props to satirise Recep Tayyip Erdogan” Mark Lowen is on the trail of Muharrem Ince who wants to be the next President of Turkey. John Sweeney is in Calabria investigating the growing influence of Matteo...

Duration:00:29:04

A New Front In The Fight Against Terror

6/21/2018
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An expanding international force is fighting Islamist extremists on the edge of the Sahara. Kate Adie introduces stories and insight from correspondents around the world: Alastair Leithead is in the Sahel - the vast, often lawless, stretch of land that extends from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea and is filling up with radical extremist groups linked to Al-Qaeda and the so-called Islamic State. As the Brexit negotiations enter their second year, Adam Fleming reveals why covering the...

Duration:00:28:49

From Our Home Correspondent 17/06/2018

6/17/2018
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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. Petroc Trelawny celebrates the glittering world of Dingles, a Plymouth department store which weathered two firestorms and introduced him to glamour, magic and red gingham - but tellingly has now been humbled by the mundane; Alison Holt reflects on a thought-provoking conversation with an older...

Duration:00:28:01

Open For Business

6/16/2018
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All manner of visitors are seeking an audience with the powerful in Zimbabwe these days. Kate Adie introduces stories from correspondents around the world: Fergal Keane was once blacklisted in Zimbabwe, and resorted to undercover reporting, but now the country is “open for business” he hears, as he is welcomed into the President’s office - ahead of politicians, would-be investors, and even a former leading light in the opposition. Linda Pressly speaks to one of the survivors of a fire that...

Duration:00:28:40

Water Wars

6/14/2018
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Parts of India are facing acute water shortages and the consequences can be deadly. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world: The scramble for water in the slums of New Delhi can mean waiting in line each day for hours to fill up from government tankers – as well as occasional violent disputes. “Say no to a Chinese government” and “We are Chinese” – at two different presidential rallies earlier this year Olivia Acland heard very different reactions to China’s...

Duration:00:29:02

The Taste Of Climate Change

6/9/2018
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They say climate change has a taste in Bangladesh - it tastes of salt. Kate Adie introduces correspondents' stories from around the world: Peter Oborne has been to Bangladesh, home to some of the world’s first climate change refugees.; cyclones are common, crops are being ruined and fresh water is becoming harder to find for some. Yolande Knell examines the unexpected consequences of the Gulf blockade of Qatar, a year since it began. Masuma Ahuja visits a mandatory pre-departure training...

Duration:00:28:51

When Survival Trumps Justice

6/7/2018
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Justice can be elusive for the young domestic servants abused and mistreated in Pakistan. Kate Adie introduces stories from correspondents around the world: Secunder Kermani investigates what he describes as the "mess of allegations" surrounding the death of a 16-year-old domestic servant in Pakistan, and learns that for some people money and survival can be more important than justice. Amy Guttman explores the ironies that pervade one of the most heavily guarded borders in the world - the...

Duration:00:28:22

Cloaked in Mystery

6/2/2018
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Making sense of Italian politics, faking the news, and wedding suit shopping in Pakistan. Kate Adie presents correspondents' stories from around the world: James Reynolds looks back on an eventful few months in Italy, and at what filled the gap between elections in March and a new government taking office in June. Emily Webb meets a man accused of being a witch in Papua New Guinea. He says he was almost beaten to death by his own family and now lives in a refuge alongside others who've...

Duration:00:28:35