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In-depth, hard-hitting interviews with newsworthy personalities.

Chile is South America's boom economy, growing at a rate which almost echoes that of China. Chile's key commodity is copper, for which China is the world's biggest importer. A perfect marriage. Only China is losing its appetite and Chile risks feeling...
To their critics they're publicity hungry blasphemers. To their minds they are feminist punk rockers protesting against what they say is Russian president Vladimir Putin's authoritarianism and sexism. When three members of the Russian band Pussy Riot...
For years, it's been one of the biggest questions in sport: did Lance Armstrong, the seven-time winner of cycling's greatest race, the Tour de France, dope? Armstrong has denied wrongdoing. But now a former teammate and roommate of Armstrong's, Tyler...
The future of the Gulf state of Bahrain remains uncertain after eighteen months of street protests inspired by the Arab Spring. Some of the most outspoken Bahraini critics of the ruling Al Khalifa family are behind bars, violent clashes between police...
The 2008 banking crash prompted a prolonged crisis of confidence in the financial institutions and markets that underpin western capitalism. Governments on both sides of the Atlantic have tried to recalibrate the balance between risk and reward and to...
The grim threat of renewed conflict hangs over the Democratic Republic of Congo. An armed rebellion in the east - on the Rwandan border- has already forced hundreds of thousands to flee. The DRC army is in disarray and the Kinshasa government has been...
In the 10 year life of the International Criminal Court every case prosecuted and every suspect charged has come from Africa. Why? The ICC is supposed to be the court of last resort for victims of egregious human rights abuse all over the world. Stephen Sackur talks to the British …
HT: Tariq Al-Hashemi Aug. 30, 2012
The conflict in Syria is fuelling sectarian tension across the Middle East. In neighbouring Iraq, a political and security crisis has deepened in the last year. At the heart of Iraq's instability Tarek al Hashimi - the country's vice president but...
Western powers led by the United states would dearly like to deal with a well organised, united anti-Assad opposition in Syria; but right now there is no such thing. Which leaves the west's strategy tentative at best - supportive of the rebels, but...
Maajid Nawaz is a British born Muslim who became a radical Islamist. He was arrested and imprisoned in Hosni Mubarak's Egypt but when he emerged from prison he renounced his former views and launched a campaign to counter Islamist ideology. To some...
HT: Rob Davies 24 Aug 12 Aug. 24, 2012
The labour unrest in South Africa’s platinum mines has claimed the lives of dozens and produced the kind of violence not seen since apartheid. The strike has driven up the cost of platinum prices and shaken investor confidence. It has also drawn the...
Angelique Kidjo has been hailed as Africa's premier diva - known for the passion in her voice and her fierce determination to help African girls fulfil their potential. Three decades ago she had to leave her continent to become an international star....
The expenses scandal tarnished those at the very heart of British democracy. Some politicians in the Mother of Parliaments were shown to be greedy and a few criminal. A handful went to jail -- and one of those is the former Conservative peer and...
Lord Moynihan is the Chairman of the British Olympics Association and Director of the London Organising committee of the Olympic Games. London 2012 has been a resounding success - applauded at home and abroad but what can be done to ensure an enduring...
The Eurozone crisis has been a test not only for Europe's politicians but also its institutions. The European Union's response to the economic turbulence in its midst has been criticised as too slow and ineffective. Sharon Bowles is a British Liberal...
HT: Michael Barber Aug. 13, 2012
The United Nations had hoped that by 2015 every child would be able to go to primary school. But the last time they reported on progress to that goal they said 69 million children were still not getting an education - most of those in sub-Saharan...
London's reputation as a global financial centre has been tarnished yet again. This time another British bank, Standard Chartered, stands accused of irregularities. New York's top financial regulator claims the Bank carried out two hundred and fifty...
There is no room for sentiment in elite sport. That is the lesson Lewis Moody learned when he captained England’s rugby team at last year’s World Cup in New Zealand. Never mind his 70 odd caps and reputation for wholehearted commitment, Lewis Moody came under heavy fire for England's poor …
Stephen Sackur talks to Nigel Farage the leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP)and self-styled scourge of the EU establishment in his role as a member of the European Parliament....
HT: Amos Gilad 01 Aug 12 July 31, 2012
Zeinab Badawi talks to Amos Gilad, Policy Director at the Israeli Defence Ministry. Upheaval in the Arab world, especially in Syria, means that political realities are still evolving in the Middle East. Is the Iranian threat and Syrian instability...