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Has Eritrea reached its Millenium Development Goals target early? BBC’s Yalda Hakim finds out in areas such as child mortality, maternal health and HIV/Aids and malaria.
In a rapidly changing Russia, Sasha Tsaliuk continues to fight for the existence of his beloved Moscow Acapella Jewish Choir. Formed as the Soviet Union collapsed around him, Sasha came to the choir as conductor when it was a potent, exciting and hopeful symbol of the new Russia. Here was music both ...
India is home to an extraordinary number of people, languages and religions, but one of the more surprising statistics is that hundreds of millions of people still live on, or below, the poverty line. Indian journalist Rupa Jha starts her journey in Patna, capital of the state of Bihar. She gets to ...
As evidence grows that major historical sites are being looted in Syria, how much are groups such as Islamic State profiting from the global trade in illicit antiquities?
Four reigning Arab monarchs have passed through the UK's Royal Military Academy Sandhurst or its associated institutions - the kings of Bahrain and Jordan, the Emir of Qatar and the Sultan of Oman, alongside a long list of lesser sheikhs and princes, and many of the region's military chiefs of staff. ...
Lucy Ash examines the Russian military strategy of deception, maskirovka, from the 14th Century to the current crisis in Ukraine.
If the statistics can be believed, over the last 30 years the gap between rich and poor in the West has grown as cavernous as it was in the Nineteenth Century. In the US, for example, the richest 1% of the population is estimated to own more than 40% of the country's wealth. And it is a similar picture ...
Claire Bolderson reports on the tiny independent cities that make up St Louis County and how they stand accused of fuelling community tensions
As part of the BBC's A Richer World season, Rustam Qobil visits a desert where people have lost their sea, health and loved ones to a man-made disaster.

He meets 86 year-old Khojabay who lives in Kazakhstan in the middle of a vast toxic desert made of mud, dust and pesticides – once The Aral Sea. ...
My Africa offers a series of inspiring snapshots of a continent working towards future prosperity. In the third part of this series, Alan Kasujja travels to Tanzania to investigate how its unique blend of modern and traditional music is attracting the world’s attention and helping social mobility ...
The Chinese Cricket Association has set itself the target of achieving Test match status and playing against the likes of England, Australia and South Africa by 2020, and a grass roots campaign to get the game taught in schools is well underway. Fred Dove investigates China's attempts to make itself ...
Australia is one of the most popular destinations for asylum seekers escaping their home countries. But Australia doesn’t want them.

Asylum seekers dreaming of a life in Australia are being banished to camps in Papua New Guinea. Fariba Sahraei presents.
As part of the BBC's Richer World season, Alan Kasujja travels to three countries in his native east Africa to meet young Africans determined to build a better future.

In the second programme, Alan travels to Rwanda, a country notorious for the genocide that took place there in 1994. Yet a bright new ...
The imperial summer palace in Beijing was looted and destroyed by French and British troops in 1860. Chris Bowlby discovers why.
One year on from the massacre in Kiev’s Maidan square, when more than fifty protestors were killed.

It was the events on Maidan that led to Ukraine’s pro-Russian president fleeing the country, sparking a confrontation over Crimea and now in the east of the country. So what did ...
For Stalin, privacy was key. So how would he feel about his secrets being revealed? The Stalin Digital Archive aims to release 400,000 pages of Soviet secrets from 1890 through to 1952, and may give us a new way of looking at this period, and at Stalin.
Claire Read has spent the last six months following a court case in Egypt and trying to get to grips with how the country's justice system operates under the government of President Sisi.
My Africa offers a series of inspiring snapshots of a continent working towards future prosperity.

As part of the BBC's Richer World season, Alan Kasujja travels to three countries in his native east Africa to meet young Africans determined to build a better future
A Vietnamese woman's perspective of the Vietnam War. Her memoirs have inspired film director Oliver Stone and given an essential insight into the conflict between Vietnam and the US.
Tata is the biggest industrial employer in the UK, owning Jaguar, Land Rover & Tetley. Now, the Tata family no longer controls the companies which bear its name. Can this powerful organisation hold onto its historic values in a world of the ruthless multinationals?
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