In this week's edition of From Our Own Correspondent ...
Will Ross meets the people of rural south Sudan who have been voting in a referendum for independence and finds widespread optimism for the future.
Hamilton Wende revisits a national park in Mozambique still haunted by the ghosts of the country's civil war.
Claudia Hammond travels to Laos and sees the seeds of capitalism take root in the communist republic.
Laura Trevelyan asks why the British royal family continues to captivate a section of American society.
And Clive Lawton visits the town in Galilee at the centre of Jewish mysticism.