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






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A tour of Angela Merkel’s childhood, swapping books with Kurdish fighters and reading the landscape of Gabon. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories. Jenny Hill visits the town where Angela Merkel grew up as she tries to learn more about the notoriously private politician. Richard Hall’s repeated trips to the Qandil mountains of Iraq allow him to assess the evolution of the PKK. But is a copy of Hemingway’s ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’ an appropriate gift for a battle-hardened Kurdish...

Duration: 00:28:04

The Rohingya Running For Their Lives

Kate Adie introduces correspondents' stories and analysis from around the world - including from the Bangladeshi border, where we meet the Rohingya fleeing violence in Myanmar. Sanjoy Majumder is on the banks of the Naf River as families arrive by the boatload trying to escape Rakhine state. In Uganda, Ruth Alexander finds out what it’s like to try and build a home and a new life in the country often applauded for its generous policy towards refugees. In Germany, Damien McGuiness meets the...

Duration: 00:27:59

“That’s the Judicial Process.”

Kate Adie introduces dispatches by: Yolande Knell in Qaraqosh, who observes Iraq's trials of people accused of fighting for so-called Islamic State; Martin Patience, who takes his leave of Nigeria with mixed emotions after a two-year stay; Matthew Hill in Sri Lanka, who finds that the strains and tensions between those who govern and many of those whom they govern are intensifying; Harriet Constable, who reports from Kenya on the increasingly violent and costly incidence of sand...

Duration: 00:27:42

The Aftermath

Catalonia's uncertain future, Sierra Leone after the mudslide, Ethiopia embraces industrialisation, Uzbekistan's Soviet era bus shelters and reflections from a Macedonian nail bar

Duration: 00:27:54

The Calm On Guam

Despite the threat from North Korea to fire missiles towards Guam, we find a surprising calm on the island. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world. From Guam, Rupert Wingfield Hayes has the latest developments in the war of words between the US and North Korea. Secunder Kermani hears tales of the horrific violence that followed the Partition of India 70 years ago but finds little remorse amongst some of its perpetrators. Hannah Armstrong visits Cape Verde where...

Duration: 00:28:03

From Our Home Correspondent 21/08/2017

Mishal Husain presents stories on modern pilgrimage, British Asians' Partition experiences, reviving an ancient festival in Cornwall, a special stonemason and a cow man's reprieve

Duration: 00:27:57

An Act of Striking Bravado

Marshal Khalifa Haftar has big ambitions for his army and his country, but what is the military strongman's vision for Libya? Caroline Wyatt introduces correspondents' stories. Stephen Sackur has some challenging questions for The Marshal in Benghazi, but will he get to ask them? In Liberia, Olivia Acland visits the Hotel Ducor and reflects on what it reveals about the country. It once attracted world leaders with its 5-star luxury - now it lies in ruins. For an insight into President...

Duration: 00:28:19

Fear, Foreboding & Fake News In Kenya

Strange and sinister things often happen before Kenyan elections, but recent events have left the country in shock. Kate Adie introduces correspondents' tales and insights: In Nairobi, Alastair Leithead analyses the fallout from the murder and torture of the Kenyan election commission’s head of technology. In Italy, Bob Walker walks the Francigena pilgrim trail amidst apocalyptic scenes caused by the wildfires that are sweeping parts of the country. In Romania, Linda Pressly enters the...

Duration: 00:27:55

Fridge Magnets And Foreign Policy

Afghanistan’s new Top Guns and America’s dilemma over sending more US troops to the region.

Duration: 00:28:10

From Our Home Correspondent 23/07/2017

Mishal Husain presents reports from Jersey as a childhood islander returns, from Birmingham's closing greyhound stadium, plus the reflections of an ex-children's television star.

Duration: 00:28:05

The Heat Is On

Gaza's power struggle: the city where mains electricity is available for two hours a day. Kate Adie introduces this and other reports from Italy, Alaska, Nigeria and the Black Sea. The UN has said that conditions in Gaza are becoming increasingly "unliveable". Education and healthcare are declining, and energy is becoming increasingly scarce. Yolande Knell visits some old acquaintances to find out how Gazans are managing. Tim Whewell takes a ferry across the Black Sea joining the...

Duration: 00:28:15

A Closed Notebook

People spotting, chance encounters, briefings in the pub - trying to decipher how Brexit negotiations are progressing. Kate Adie introduces this and other correspondents’ stories. In Brussels, Adam Fleming is following negotiations on Britain’s exit from the European Union, but finding out what is going on is not easy, he finds. In Uganda, Catherine Byaruhanga visits the place that has become home to more than 250,000 people who’ve fled war in South Sudan. Bidi Bidi is now one of the...

Duration: 00:27:52

The Battle For Our Beliefs

Retaking Raqqa, revulsion in South Africa, and remembering an attempted coup in Turkey. Kate Adie introduces correspondents' stories from around the world. From Syria, Gabriel Gatehouse brings a tale of two women. One is a young Kurdish fighter trying to drive out the so called Islamic State from their de facto capital Raqqa. The other is an unrepentant jihadi bride. One year on from the failed coup in Turkey, Mark Lowen finds a nation divided and defensive. In Russia, the men who killed...

Duration: 00:28:12

The Fight Goes On

Myanmar’s drug vigilantes, on the front-line in Mosul, and the mystical music of Morocco. Kate Adie introduces correspondents' stories from around the world

Duration: 00:27:33

Talk of War

Nuclear fears in South Korea, a homeless tour of Athens, and a porcupine hunt in Tanzania. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world. Talk of war is worrying Steve Evans in the South Korean capital Seoul - he now fears for the future of his home city. In Italy, Nick Sturdee finds plain-clothes policemen following anti-migrant campaigners, while a TV drama is being filmed about the mayor opening up his town to Syrians, Bangladeshis and others. ‘Migrants wanted’ is...

Duration: 00:27:38

Strange Locations and Free Minds

A nightmare ferry journey in The Gambia, a musical metro ride under East Berlin and a Shakespearean train journey in Russia. Kate Adie introduces correspondents' stories. In Pakistan, Secunder Kermani explores why the university student Mashal Khan, who was accused of blasphemy, ended up beaten to death by an angry mob on campus. In The Gambia, Shaimaa Khalil makes the long and arduous commute across the River Gambia. The ferries – which are often over-crowed and much delayed - are the...

Duration: 00:28:00

Building A Better Future

Narcopolitics in Paraguay, demolitions in Moscow and the incessant barking of feral dogs in Seychelles. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world. In Moscow, Polina Ivanova visits one of the thousands of Soviet-era housing blocks earmarked for demolition as part one of the biggest urban redevelopment projects ever undertaken. While many residents support the plans, others suspect it’s a ruse to divert money to construction companies. In Paraguay, Laurence Blair...

Duration: 00:28:17

From Our Home Correspondent 25/06/17

Mishal Husain presents four dispatches, including Annalena McAfee on a Cotswold utopia, Ed Smith on leadership in cricket and John Ashton on the diabetes he, like his father, has.

Duration: 00:27:28

Dressed For Success

Tight-fitting briefs in Mongolia, matching Donald Trump t-shirts in Iowa, NATO camouflage and some cut-off jeans in Romania. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories. In Romania, Emily Unia watches NATO put on a show of force; 4,000 troops, drawn from nine different countries, backed by helicopters and armoured vehicles – serious stuff, or so she was expecting. In America, Rajini Vaidyanathan meets the Trump fans willing to sleep on the pavement in order to bag a prime spot at one of...

Duration: 00:28:17

Identity Politics

A blood sausage, a clockwork orange and a glass of dirty water. Kate Adie introduces correspondents’ stories from around the world.

Duration: 00:28:04

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