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From Our Own Correspondent Podcast

BBC Radio 4

News & Politics

Insight, wit and analysis as BBC correspondents, journalists and writers take a closer look at the stories behind the headlines. Presented by Kate Adie and Pascale Harter.

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The Busy Executioner

August 1st, 2015

Episode 711 of 817 episodes

Story-telling from reporters around the world. In this edition, as the UN, EU and others voice criticism of the number of executions now being carried out in Pakistan, our correspondent meets a hangman who talks frankly about his job; a colleague visits a far-right militia group's training camp in Ukraine and hears why it's against not only the pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country but also the government in the capital, Kiev; we gaze at a minaret in Tunisia and consider the forgotten history of a town where migrants FROM Europe once arrived in search of a new life. A reporter tours the capital of Albania, Tirana, and discovers why soft toys have been pressed in to service against the 'evil eye.' And we find out how a posse of elderly Italian ladies raised enough money to enjoy a holiday by the sea

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