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Kate Adie presents stories on young Spanish farmers, drought in Nebraska, Filipino workers in Syria, the World War 1 battlefields of Gallipoli, and a month of Sundays in Paris.

Chris Stewart is in Spain where some farmers are reporting that young people, unable to find employment in the cities in these austere times, are returning to work in the countryside.

The agricultural sector's been holding up reasonably well as parts of the US economy take a hammering. But Paul Adams has been finding out that in the corn fields of Nebraska, drought is the main threat. And farmers there fear they are losing their battle with the elements.

Kate McGeown in the Philippines has been learning that the government in Manila is trying to bring home Filipina domestic workers in Syria who've been caught up in the civil war there. She's been talking to one group who have made it home and have hair-raising tales to tell.

Peter Biles has been to the First World War battlefields of Gallipoli. He wanted to discover more about the place where his grandfather was killed as Allied forces spent months engaged in deadly trench warfare against Turkish troops.

And we hear why they say August in Paris is like a month of Sundays! Joanna Robertson talks of a special atmosphere on the streets of the French capital during the weeks when up to half of its residents are off on holiday. Could it be true what some say: the air there in August is so fresh it's like breathing in the Swiss mountains!?

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Sat 11 Aug 2012 11:30

Chapters

  • Introduction

    Duration: 00:29

  • Spanish farming

    Chris Stewart on why young people in Spain are returning to work in the countryside.

    Duration: 05:22

  • Battling the elements

    Paul Adams visits the corn fields of Nebraska threatened by drought.

    Duration: 04:58

  • Returning home

    Kate McGeown speaks to the Filipino women working in Syria who have been caught up in the country’s civil war.

    Duration: 05:28

  • Family diary

    Peter Biles visits the battlefields of Gallipoli, where his grandfather was killed in the First World War.

    Duration: 05:50

  • August in Paris

    Joanna Robertson soaks up the atmosphere in the French capital where nearly half the residents are on holiday.

    Duration: 06:11

Filipinos caught up in Syria violence

Filipinos caught up in Syria violence
Thousands of Filipinos, many working illegally, are caught up in the continuing violence in Syria and the BBC's Kate McGeown met some who have managed to return home. Read more...

Diary clues to grandfather's last days

Diary clues to grandfather's last days
The BBC's Peter Biles took his grandfather's Gallipoli diaries back to Turkey, to learn more about the place where is grandfather was killed in 1915. Read more...

Summer exodus brings smiles to Paris

Summer exodus brings smiles to Paris
With an estimated 50% of the population away on holiday, Joanna Robertson finds locals in Paris enjoying the their city without the crowds. Read more...

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