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Nigeria and Italy

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10 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 19 July 2012

Insight, wit and analysis from BBC correspondents, journalists and writers from around the world. Introduced by Pascale Harter. In this edition:

"Even now, I still miss my mother..."

Death caused by pregnancy, or childbirth-related complications, is often preventable these days. But it's a global problem and happens far too often. Think of three jumbo jets filled with pregnant women, mostly from the developing world, crashing every day: that's how many are dying.

Health workers advise that family planning would help reduce that number significantly. But when you plan a family, how many kids are enough and who decides? Jane Dreaper found the Nigerian government venturing tentatively into a very sensitive discussion.

Il Duce's bunker mentality

What was going through Mussolini's mind in the final years of his rule, while Italy's fortunes grew ever bleaker? Our new correspondent in Rome, Alan Johnston, has been deep underground - beneath a lavish villa and ornate formal garden - to gain more insight into the dictator's fears.

(Image: A woman nine months pregnant. Credit: Royalty-Free/CORBIS)

  • Contraception: Rural Nigeria's family-planning challenge

    Contraception: Rural Nigeria's family-planning challenge

    Injections are more popular because they last for several months, meaning women who live far away from the health centre have to travel less often

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  • 'I want to stop giving birth' after nine pregnancies

    'I want to stop giving birth' after nine pregnancies

    "There's a widely believed notion that God provides for whomever he creates, so this means some people think there's no reason to limit the size of your family"

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  • Team tackling contraception myths in northern Nigeria

    Team tackling contraception myths in northern Nigeria

    "If my husband and I have more than these three, we cannot give them what we're supposed to or what they want me to give them. That's why I want to do the family planning. At least now I can train them the way I want to"

    Read more on the BBC News website
  • Mussolini's bunker: Il Duce's futile search for safety

    Mussolini's bunker: Il Duce's futile search for safety

    The extensive air-raid shelter that Benito Mussolini had built under his home gives a flavour of the fears that must have haunted the Italian dictator's final days

    Read more on the BBC News website

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