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Wed 26 Jun 2013 06:00

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An activist based in Raqqa, Syria describes the horror of everyday life in the city.

Arctic Diaries

Arctic Diaries

From the leader of the Polar Ocean Challenge, an expedition circumnavigating the Arctic.

In today's programme

The chancellor George Osborne is to set out his Spending Review in the Commons. Can Afghanistan be pacified? And the women who could potentially replace Elizabeth Fry on the new £5 note.

  • 26 Jun 2013 08:51:46


    Our editors this morning were Jat Gill and Terry O'Neill. Libby Purves presents Midweek next on Radio 4. Have a good morning.

  • 26 Jun 2013 08:47:05


    There are more than 250,000 second homes in Britain, according to the latest statistics. Lord Taylor, former Liberal Democrat MP for Truro, and Dr Sarah Wollaston, Conservative MP for Totnes in Devon, discuss whether the State intervene to restrict second home ownership.

  • 26 Jun 2013 08:49:43


    This week Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced to jail for having sex with an underage prostitute, but the case has to go through another two courts before he will actually have to serve the sentence. Rocco Franco, an Italian lawyer, explains why the wheels of justice can seem to move so slowly in Italy.

  • 26 Jun 2013 08:44:36


    California is home to the greatest diversity of Native American tribes in the US - and still has nearly 100 separate identifiable languages. The BBC's Alastair Leithead reports that many are dying out as the last fluent speakers die and English dominates.

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