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Saturday 28 April 2012

The British soldiers in Afghanistan have lost faith in their mission, there are fields full of opium poppies and the Taliban are everywhere. Quentin Sommerville talks of the mood among the troops as they prepare at last to return home.

After Charles Taylor, who'll next be taken to court to face charges relating to war crimes? Fiona Lloyd Davies has been in the Democratic Republic of Congo meeting one former rebel commander who is wanted for trial.

Ian Pannell has been talking to an English scholar in Syria whose library was destroyed as the struggle continues between protestors and the security forces.

What makes Kenyan athletes such fine distance runners? Claudia Hammond's been jogging through the Great Rift Valley learning some of the answers.

and Stephen Sackur went to Cairo to report on how the people's uprising there was faring but instead found himself captivated by a revolutionary TV chef whose recipes are being lapped up throughout the Middle East!


6 items
  • Introduction

  • Patrolling in Helmand

    Quentin Sommerville speaks to British soldiers serving in Afghanistan and says many have lost faith in their mission and simply want to come home.

  • Meeting the "Terminator"

    In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Fiona Lloyd Davies meets a former rebel commander who is wanted for war crimes.

  • Running from poverty

    Claudia Hammond meets the children in western Kenya who know athletic success can offer them the chance of a scholarship.

  • Anger in Syria

    Ian Pannell hears that many in Syria's anti-government movement feel they have been abandoned by the West.

  • Pudding and politics

    Stephen Sackur explains how an Egyptian TV news channel tried bringing light relief to its schedules and created an unexpected new star.



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