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Insight, analysis, colour and wit from correspondents in Bahrain, Cairo, Madrid, Abidjan and Johannesburg.

Is the name of Bahrain being dragged back into the Middle Ages by a string of alleged human rights abuses? Frank Gardner gives his assessment after meeting the king and the prime minister and joining the riot police on patrol. Yolande Knell in Cairo says that with every month that has passed since President Mubarak was overthrown, public frustration has mounted. Katya Adler's investigating the scandal in Spain of the so-called 'Ninos Robados,' the stolen children sold off to 'more deserving' parents. A long way from Abidjan and a long way from Monrovia: John James is in that part of Ivory Coast close to Liberia and sometimes referred to as the 'Wild West.' It's a part of the country which was particularly hard hit during the struggle, earlier this year, for the country's presidency. And Andrew Harding talks to Zarganar, his friend the Burmese comedian who's just been released from a 59-year prison sentence. Jeeves and Wooster, Andrew hears, were a great comfort in his cell.

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Sat 15 Oct 2011 11:30


  • Introduction

    Duration: 00:30

  • Simmering Bahrain marks time

    Frank Gardner returns to Bahrain to find a country in the midst of allegations of murder, beatings and torture.

    Duration: 05:15

  • Copts mourn their 'Egyptian Guevara'

    Recent violent clashes between Coptic Christian protesters and police in Cairo have left many Egyptians with a deepening sense of disenchantment with the authorities, says Yolande Knell.

    Duration: 05:44

  • The Spanish babies stolen at birth

    Katya Adler investigates the scandal of Spain's so-called "ninos robados" - children who were sold off to "more deserving" parents.

    Duration: 05:49

  • Ivorians come home to rebuild their lives

    As refugees from conflict return to their homes in Ivory Coast, John James discovers how little they have to come back to.

    Duration: 05:05

  • Burma's favourite comedian free

    Andrew Harding talks to Zarganar, the Burmese comedian, who has just been released from a 59-year prison sentence.

    Duration: 05:19


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