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29/02/2012 (1400 GMT)

55 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 29 February 2012

Interviews, news and analysis of the day's global events.


11 items
  • Syria

    As the Syrian army steps up its attack on the besieged city of Homs, we speak to an activist in the Baba Amr area who described what has been happening there.

  • Syria 2

    With information from activists being impossible to verify independently, our correspondent Jim Muir has been monitoring events from Beirut.

  • Euro crisis

    Our economics correspondent Andrew Walker discusses the European Central Bank's 530-billion euro loan to refinance banks in the Eurozone.

  • Valencia poverty

    Tom Burridge reports from Valencia which has the worst debt of any region in Spain and has had its credit worthiness downgraded to "junk status."

  • Michigan & Arizona results

    As the US Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney scores important wins in the states of Michigan and Arizona, we speak to Republican party adviser and strategist Sarah Lenti.

  • Favela pacification

    A report on the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro's efforts to rid the city's urban slums (favelas) of drug gangs ahead of the football World Cup tournament of 2014 and the Olympics two years later.

  • China Xinjiang

    Bloodshed and tension in Xinjiang province between the Uighur community and the Han Chinese people. Dr Michael Dillon of Newcastle University explains the situation.

  • North Korea

    Mark Fitzpatrick, a nuclear analyst at the International Institute for Strategic Studies speaks about the US aid policy towards North Korea.

  • Murdoch

    Rob Broomby is in the studio with news that James Murdoch, the youngest son of Rupert Murdoch, has relinquished his post as executive chairman of News International newspapers in the UK.

  • Uttar Pradesh

    Divya Arya reports from India's biggest state which goes to the polls to elect its legislative assembly but many voters are concerned about rampant political corruption.

  • Anniversary

    A report from the big tent in the courtyard of Bush House, the venue for the World Service's 80th birthday celebrations.


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