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Lu Xun has been often been called the father of modern Chinese literature. His short stories about the misery and cruelty of ordinary life in China have been interpreted both as revolutionary political statements inspired by the May Fourth Movement of 1919 which wanted to sweep-away outdated social mores, and as a brilliant new take on ancient ...…
 
The Rohingya people in Myanmar and the Uighur people in China are familiar to many of us through news reports. And usually their story is told by journalists in sombre voices reporting on the political situation or alleged human rights abuses. But in this episode, Rohingas and Uighurs themselves will tell us another story - about their cuisine. ...…
 
Trump has three days to sign legislation which would prevent a second government shutdown, a deal between the Republicans and Democrats in Congress which doesn't include funding for a border wall with Mexico. A new report from the UN's International Labour Organisation shows that the quantity and quality of jobs around the world has declined in ...…
 
Germany arrests two suspected members of President Assad's security network; President Trump says he's considering all options to solve the crisis in Venezuela; and NASA has declared that the Opportunity rover it sent to Mars fifteen years ago is officially dead.
 
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To date there have been no cases of schizophrenia in people who are cortically blind from birth or in the first few years of life. Cortical blindness is the total or partial loss of vision caused by damage to the primary visual cortex. This idea that being blind is somehow protective against developing the mental illness schizophrenia has been ...…
 
Mr Kamto who disputed the outcome of last year's presidential election is facing trial in a military court.Should it matter what religion you practice, when contesting elections in Nigeria?
 
Footage shows masked security agents chasing and beating anti-government protesters. Witnesses say the agents then took the protestors to secret detention-centres. Also, Thailand's Princess Ubolratana 'saddened' as she's disqualified from standing for Prime Minister, and scientists gain new insight into the life of one of the world's most endan ...…
 
Thousands of South Africans have protested against unemployment and poverty. The BBC's Vauldi Carelse tells us what's behind the demonstrations. Also in the programme, a national strike over pay and conditions is causing widespread disruption in Belgium. We find out more from Sandra Langenus, general secretary of the transport workers' union BT ...…
 
A political row has blown up in Australia over the decision by the prime minister, Scott Morrison, to re-open a controversial migrant detention centre on Christmas Island. The local government leader of Christmas Island, Gordon Thomson, says they have no facilities to provide anything but the most basic medical care. Also in the programme: a re ...…
 
Jessica Hanson is a trauma nurse in the state of Arizona in the US and before the death of her son three years ago, death wasn't something she thought about that deeply. She is now determined that people should be able to have, what she calls 'a beautiful death.' Jessica believes that changing the way we experience death can be unexpectedly emp ...…
 
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