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First broadcast:
Saturday 09 June 2012

From Mogadishu -- Gabriel Gatehouse on how the al-Shabab militants have managed to lose friends and influence among the population of Somalia and given a boost to the African peacekeepers there

Andy Martin's talking of a rift in the Irish church as Dublin prepares to welcome tens of thousands of Catholic visitors to the capital

A shaded graveyard in Kabul: Andrew North says the memorials there tell a story about Afghanistan's strategic value and the many times foreign soldiers have marched onto its soil

Chancellor Merkel of Germany likes straight talking, Steve Evans in Berlin believes. During the visit to Berlin of prime minister Cameron, she used vocabulary British politicians would hesitate to voice in public.

And the repressive policies of the apartheid era may be long gone but colour remains a preoccupation in South Africa as new mother, Tara Neill, has been finding out.


6 items
  • Introduction

  • Al-Shabab on the run

    Gabriel Gatehouse in Somalia explains how defections and defeats have seen support for the militant Islamist group ebb away.

  • 'Catholic Olympics'

    As Dublin hosts the 50th International Eucharistic Congress, Andy Martin finds that some people think Irish Catholicism has little to celebrate.

  • 'Graveyard of foreigners'

    In Afghanistan, Andrew North visits the British Cemetery in Kabul, where soldiers and civilians of many nationalities are buried.

  • Strong language

    Steve Evans in Berlin says that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has a sense of humour which the world does not generally get to see.

  • Shadows of apartheid

    Tara Neill describes how mixed race couples are still treated with suspicion in South Africa.


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