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17 November, 2005 - Published 05:08 GMT

The World Today Select

The best of our programme in fifteen minutes.

Friday 25th November

Augusto Pinochet has been put under house arrest again - this time on charges relating to "Operation Colombo". We hear from a reporter who covered Chile in the 1970s.

Steve Rosenberg reports from southern Chechnya on how the Kremlin is relying increasingly on local forces to take on the rebels.

And we speak to Egyptian writer Nasr Abu Zeid, who has just won a freedom of speech award.

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Thursday 24th November

Extended drinking hours have just come into effect in England and Wales, so what impact will it have on binge-drinkers?

We hear from the New York Police Department Commissioner - he is worried future terrorist attacks on the city could be similar to those carried out by insurgents in Iraq.

And find out what happened when a Professor of Philosophy played his clarinet to different species of birds.

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Wednesday 23rd November

We talk to a rebel spokesman in Ivory Coast to find out why there has not been an agreement yet as to who should be Prime Minister, despite the visit of the Presidents of South Africa, Nigeria and Niger.

We hear about the life of "beer girls" in Cambodia, who are employed to sell beer but are often treated as if they were for sale too.

And we have a special report from Brazil on the level of gun crime committed by the police.

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Tuesday 22nd November

We speak to Professor Manfred Nowak - the UN envoy who China has finally allowed into the country to investigate allegations of pervasive torture.

The UN has published its annual report on the number of people infected with HIV/AIDS and we find out which countries are faring well and which are not.

We have a report from New Orleans on how the musical spirit of the town is still alive despite the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.

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Monday 21st November

Ten years on from the Dayton peace accord, the chief American negotiator at the talks Richard Holbrooke tells us how a deal was reached and what it has meant for Bosnia's different communities.

A multi-million dollar centre has opened in Louisville Kentucky to celebrate its most famous son : Muhammad Ali. We speak to another boxing legend who fought him in 1963.

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