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There's been horror and outrage in South Africa over news that 21 teenage boys have died during circumcision ceremonies. And interestingly it's traditional leaders who are demanding the police and the National Prosecution Authority take action after the deaths. Can you have Migration with dignity? On UN International Migrant's Day we hear from ...…
 
Jose Mourinho dismissed from his post at Manchester United after bad start to season. He'd faced growing pressure over his team's poor performances and negative style of play. Also, more than twenty South African boys die after botched circumcisions, why there are now fewer women in global workforce, and how falling in love led to an Indian man ...…
 
Marking 40 years of economic reform, President Xi says China will not be dictated to. Jinny Yan is chief China economist at ICBC Standard Bank, and tells us whether she thinks the country will be able to keep its economy on track. Also in the programme, as senior UK government ministers step up preparations for a potential 'no-deal' Brexit, we ...…
 
MisSa Blue from Germany started shocking audiences with her highly dangerous sword swallowing stunts after recovering from bulimia nervosa and deciding to turn her life around. In spite of a life-threatening accident that happened while she was performing, MisSa is back on stage wowing crowds. (Photo credit: Tigz Rice.)…
 
It was a brazen and violent attack by North Korean forces on an American ship sailing in international waters, leading to the death of one sailor and the imprisonment of the remaining 82 crewmen who were confined and tortured for 11 long months. Yet the capture of the spy ship the USS Pueblo, the only active-duty vessel of the US Navy still hel ...…
 
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Sajjan Kumar was a Congress party MP at the time and has been found guilty of inciting crowds to kill Sikhs and sentenced to life in prison. More than 3000 Sikhs died in riots following the assassination of then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards. We’ll hear from someone caught up in those 1984 riots, as well as our corresponde ...…
 
Japanese troops reached the Chinese city of Nanjing in December 1937. The violence that followed marked one of the darkest moments in a struggle that continued throughout WW2. Rebecca Kesby has been speaking to former General Huang Shih Chung, who survived the slaughter in Nanjing as a boy and then fought in China's war of resistance against th ...…
 
Wine has been referred to as the nectar of the gods, and has been tempting connoisseurs for centuries. But contained in this simple pleasure is an incredibly complex product; and anyone interested in reaching the pinnacle of the wine world must learn more about what goes into every wine bottle than most of us will ever take the time to know. In ...…
 
In 1988 President Ronald Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act which gave a presidential apology and compensation to Japanese Americans interned during World War II. Farhana Haider has been speaking to Norman Mineta a former congressman who was instrumental in pushing through the landmark legislation and was himself incarcerated as a child.Imag ...…
 
The people vying for success in India's tech startup scene. Rahul Tandon explores how Bangalore has turned into a hub for Indian tech startups, and meets the young Indians who have shunned the security of a salaried job in the tech sector to strike out on their own.(Photo: Interns working at one tech startup in Bangalore, Credit: Getty Images)…
 
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Stephen Sackur speaks to Gulnur Aybet, senior adviser to President Erdogan of Turkey. The murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul put Turkey at the heart of a story about a shocking abuse of power and a total disregard for human rights. Turkey was the accuser, Saudi Arabia the accused. And yet for all its app ...…
 
As a conflict photographer you need bravery, passion and an ability to bear witness to unimaginable horror. Kim Chakanetsa brings together two women who are exceptional photojournalists and asks do female photographers look at conflict differently? The American photographer Lynsey Addario is one of very few women on the frontline, documenting m ...…
 
New US sanctions target three top members of the North Korean regime. We ask if sanctions will be good enough to encourage North Korea to denuclearise. Ireland considers contingency plans for how to deal with no-deal Brexit and its northern border – we speak to Mark Kennedy from Mazars in Dublin for the business view. And ecommerce in Africa is ...…
 
They say sanctions risk permanently blocking efforts to rid Korea of nuclear weapons. Washington had vowed to seize the US assets of three top North Korean officials, after a report threw up a raft of human rights abuses in the country. Also: Georgia's first female president has been sworn in, and why rap music could come under government contr ...…
 
There's been a muted welcome to the agreement reached at the UN climate conference in Poland, which lays down how the 2015 Paris Accord will be implemented. But some countries and environmental groups have criticised the deal for lacking the ambition needed to prevent dangerous levels of global warming and to protect the world's most vulnerable ...…
 
Investigations beneath our deep oceans have revealed an immense variety of incredibly hardy microbial life. Investigators even found life after drilling 2.5 km into the rock beneath the oceans. They found microbes that can resist immense pressure and incredible temperatures. They say it’s plausible that life itself could have developed under su ...…
 
A deal on how to put the 2015 Paris climate change agreement into action was agreed in Katowice, Poland on Saturday. However critics of this weekend’s plan claim that it does not go far enough.Also in the programme: Georgia’s first female president is inaugurated; and challenging Japan’s tattoo taboos.(Image: Steam and smoke from waste coal and ...…
 
Sohail Yafat is from Lahore, part of the Pakistani city’s minority Christian community. In 2001, Sohail was filled with optimism. Although he'd grown up in poverty, he'd worked tirelessly to fund his education and it looked like it was paying off. He'd got a job at an IT college, and he'd also fallen in love. But Sohail's life plan was derailed ...…
 
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Nearly 200 nations agree rules on implementing 2015 Paris agreement at UN climate conference after marathon talks.Also in the programme; Another weekend of unrest in France as the 'yellow vest' protests continue and; more than five decades after the release of the much loved musical 'Mary Poppins' a sequel hits the silver screen. (Picture: Smok ...…
 
Delegates from nearly 200 countries have extended their talks in the Polish city of Katowice, in an effort to reach an agreement on how to limit global temperature rises.Also in the programme: French police are out in force in Paris as anti-government protests continue; and India's ambitious plan to train 2 million doctors.(Picture: Staff at th ...…
 
How do World Hacks find their stories? A listener wants to know - the programme’s editor tells us exactly how things get fixed!Plus the story behind BBC Arabic’s much-praised interactive 3D map of tunnels discovered below a destroyed Mosque in Mosul.Presenter: Rajan DatarProducer: Howard Shannon
 
Boxer Patricio Manuel reflects on his first professional win since transitioning.
 
The British prime minister saw off a leadership challenge after pulling a key Brexit vote. And European leaders rejected her please for help. Also in this edition: Japan decides to permit hundreds of thousands of foreign workers - because of its own shrinking population; why some people think Mark Zuckerberg should step down as Facebook chairma ...…
 
At Christmas 1968, the biggest audience in TV history watched NASA's Apollo 8 mission beam back the first pictures from an orbit around the Moon. The broadcast captured the world's imagination and put America ahead of the Soviet Union in the Cold War battle to make the first lunar landing. Plus, the rape of Nanking, WWII spy drama in the Nether ...…
 
"Brain Drain" is what happens to a country when its best and brightest minds leave and don't return. The flip side of this is called "Brain Gain." But even when countries benefit from new arrivals, they don’t always make it easy for them. We meet Maria Merza, working hard to overcome bureaucratic and social obstacles standing in the way of her ...…
 
Shares in Johnson & Johnson plunged more than 10% on Friday, after Reuters reported that the US pharmaceutical giant had known about asbestos tainting its talcum powder for decades.The report comes as the company faces thousands of lawsuits claiming that its talc products caused cancer.Reuters' review of documents found the company was aware of ...…
 
A journey in sound along the mighty Congo River in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This adventure transports you to the heart of the country on the eve of long-delayed elections. You’ll encounter busy ports, vibrant markets and rare gorillas. You’ll learn why this mineral-rich country the size of western Europe is so poor. You’ll ride on the ...…
 
Shares in the US pharmaceutical giant plunged by more than ten per cent following the claims made by Reuters. The company's lawyers say its baby powder is safe and asbestos-free and the allegations are "one-sided, false and inflammatory". Also: sporadic violations of the ceasefire in the Yemeni port of Hodeidah; and Egypt's Mohamed Salah wins B ...…
 
The company faces lawsuits claiming that its talc products caused cancer, which it denies
 
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YouTube has deleted thousands of videos after a BBC Trending investigation. Seven months after we initially broke the story of essay-writing services advertised by top YouTubers, we found that the problem is bigger than ever, and academic cheating companies like EduBirdie have now moved on to other platforms like Snapchat, Facebook and Google.A ...…
 
Liverpool forward Mo Salah wins BBC African Footballer of the Year; UN warns violence in the CAR could spread to region; And we discover the rock art of Somaliland.
 
The Hodeidah agreement, sponsored by the UN, was reached during talks in Sweden. Also: proposals for an army in Kosovo enrages Serbia, and the jazz singer, Nancy Wilson, dies aged 81.
 
For decades, British DJ Deke Duncan has run a pretend music radio station from his garden shed, with his friends. Typically he has only one listener - his wife. But he is now broadcasting to thousands of people for the first time. Image: DJ Deke Duncan broadcasting from his garden shedCredit: Deke Duncan…
 
A deal at global climate talks in Poland looks more likely after a new draft was released. Frank Jordans is a reporter for the Associated Press at the talks in Katowice, and fills us in on the latest developments. And the environmental campaigner George Monbiot considers the future for environmental policy in France, after President Macron canc ...…
 
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