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Archived Since:March 3, 2011

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Technology helps outside world seep into North Korea

John Sparks speaks with North Korean defectors and activists to get an understanding of the secretive regime and how technology is helping the outside world to seep across the border.

North Korea: beware of the bluster

Talk of all-consuming hell-fire and nuclear war sounds grim. But North Korea's violent sabre-rattling must be viewed in context.

Burma and its failing leadership

When Burma elected its first democratic president, it was the dawn of a new era. But the country is in a downward spiral of ethnic violence, reports Asia Correspondent John Sparks.

China’s new president and a media-aware nation

The newly elected Argentinian Pope isn't the only one with more than a billion people on his mind - Xi Jinping was officially endorsed as Chinese president on Thursday, but what kind of leader will he be?

New Pope, new doctrine?

The wait is over, but who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio and as Pope Francis does he have the ability to connect with Catholics around the world?

And they’re off! The race to be Pope begins

The race for the next Pope is on. All 115 runners and riders lined up in the paddock of the Basilica to celebrate Mass, all dressed in splendid red and white, writes Jonathan Rugman in Rome.

Next Pope: church looking for ‘Jesus Christ with an MBA’

It will be letting the world's 1.2 billion Catholics down if this conclave does not choose a pontiff who breathes new life into the institution.

Will increased UK aid prolong Syria’s agony?

As Syria's civil war increases humanitarian suffering throughout the country, will the UK's pledge of non-lethal help merely extend its conflict, asks Jonathan Miller.

Hugo Chavez – Latin American demagogue with the common touch

The Venezuelan president was a polarising figure - someone who could bait George W Bush on TV while championing the poor and presiding over a unique social experiment in the country he led.

Air-pocalypse now: the hazardous pollution in China’s cities

How bad is China's air pollution? Asia Correspondent John Sparks meets residents of an apartment block in China's most polluted city, who have found their homes enveloped in black smoke.

Thailand: teachers risking their lives to do their job

2 years agoNews : World News Blog

Life as a teacher in southern Thailand is becoming increasingly perilous. Asia Correspondent John Sparks has spent time with some of the brave women risking their lives.

Walking wounded: the moving tale of Afghan amputees

2 years agoNews : World News Blog

Channel 4 tells the tragic tale of the 55,000 Afghan amputees, many maimed by landmines. It's a powerful film unlikely to leave viewers dry eyed

Sri Lanka: skeletons in the cupboard?

2 years agoNews : World News Blog

The UN human rights commissioner didn't mince her words this week when she accused the Sri Lankan government of "triumphalism" in the Tamil north, home of the vanquished Tamil Tiger insurgency.

In Texas with the gun-lovers

2 years agoNews : World News Blog

It's hard for gun-phobic Brits to get their heads around America's love affair with guns - so I went to Texas to hear some locals explain it in their own words.

Rocket attack on New York: the latest in North Korean propaganda

2 years agoNews : World News Blog

North Korea's latest propaganda video shows a rocket attack on New York but, as John Sparks asks, is anyone listening?

‘Push back’: the desperate search for refuge in Thailand

2 years agoNews : World News Blog

Thousands of Burmase people are trying to flee persecution to neighbouring Thailand, but with an unresponsive result. Our Asia correspondent, John Sparks, reports

A Syrian refugee’s story of her flight to freedom

2 years agoNews : World News Blog

The story of Syrian refugee Marwa and her desperate flight to freedom - she spoke to Channel 4 News Foreign Correspondent Jonathan Miller.

Less mission creep, more mission fatigue

2 years agoNews : World News Blog

For all the talk of "mission creep" in north Africa and comparisons to Tony Blair, this Prime Minister does not have the stomach for foreign wars of any scale.

Indonesia death penalty Briton ‘was coerced’

2 years agoNews : World News Blog

After a British women received the death penalty for drug trafficking in Indonesia, a spokeswoman for Reprieve tells Channel 4 News she believes the defendant was coerced.

My Venezuelan jail hell

2 years agoNews : World News Blog

Rather like my experience in one of Venezuela's jails, it has often been hard with Hugo Chavez to tell how much was comedy, how much deadly serious, Foreign Affairs correspondent Jonathan Rugman reflects on the president's legacy.

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