1. Ukraine's Frontline Bakery
The war in eastern Ukraine between Russian-backed rebels and the Ukrainian army has killed more than 10,000 people over four years, and peace remains a distant prospect. Despite the violence and poverty though, civilians in the war zone try to live as normal a life as possible. In the frontline town of Marinka, a new bakery has opened which brings some comfort and sustenance to war-weary locals. From Marinka, Lucy Ash reports.
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2. Chinas Chat Girls
Lele Tao is an internet superstar in Chinas $3 billion dollar live streaming industry. With more than a million fans she can earn thousands of dollars a day singing, dancing, flirting, or often just chatting into her webcam. Fans buy her virtual gifts which she redeems for cash. In return she works hard to keep them entertained, always conscious someone younger and prettier could be waiting to take her place.
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3 .Russias Ghost Towns
Hundreds of industrial towns across Russia face extinction. Once the pride of the Soviet Union, many have now been abandoned and millions have lost jobs and homes after the collapse of their local industry. The government now has a plan to save at least some of Russias dying towns.
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4. Frances Stolen Children
More than 2,000 children were taken to France from the Indian Ocean island of Reunion between the 1960s and early 1980s, as part of a French government plan to repopulate rural areas. Promised a better life and an education, many suffered sexual and physical abuse. Some, now middle-aged, are seeking an apology and compensation from the French state. Katie Razzall travels from France to Reunion with two women searching for the families they lost more than 50 years ago.
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5.The Trauma of War
For nearly 40 years Afghanistan has been in a constant state of war. How has this affected the mental health of its peopleWith unprecedented access to Afghanistans only secure mental health unit, Sahar Zand meets patients, including a former Taliban fighter, struggling to deal with the trauma of war.
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6. We Lived Through a War: Compton LA
Gangs are still a fact of life in Compton but homicide and gun violence have fallen significantly. As Katty Kay discovers though, years of extreme gang violence have taken their toll.
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7. Crushing Dissent in Egypt
Leading challengers have been harassed out of the March 2018 presidential race in Egypt and Abdel Fattah al-Sisi looks guaranteed to be re-elected. Critics accuse him of an unprecedented assault on human rights. They say mass arrests, torture and disappearances are hallmarks of his regime. With press freedom under attack much of the brutality goes unseen. The BBCs Cairo correspondent Orla Guerin meets victims and their families.
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8. Russia's 'Fake' Election
Ksenia Sobchak is young, wealthy and famous. Her father helped bring down the Soviet Union. Now she's challenging ex-KGB officer Vladimir Putin for the Russian presidency. A perfect pedigree Perhaps. But some say she's a fake candidate, running a no-hope race to boost the Kremlin's democratic credentials. Gabriel Gatehouse travels to Russia to unravel a tale of family loyalties, a death in suspicious circumstances, and double dealings in the quest for power.
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9. Working for the Enemy
Collaborating with Israel can mean prison or death in Gaza. So why do people do itSome Palestinians say theyre forced or blackmailed, others believe theyre helping to prevent attacks on innocent people. Israel says recruiting Palestinian agents helps protect its citizens. Murad Batal Shishani travels to Israel and Gaza to unravel a complex web of desperation and exploitation.
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10. Iraq's War On Meth
Iraq's oil-rich southern province, Basra, is in the grip of a crystal meth epidemic. High levels of unemployment, poverty and despair are fuelling the crisis, along with plentiful, cheap supplies of the highly addictive drug. Yalda Hakim has gained exclusive access to Basra's police SWAT team, and the prison where dealers and addicts are all kept in the same cell. She reports on the authority's tough approach to drug-related crime
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11. Mexicos Streets of Blood
Mexicos murder rate reached a record high in 2017, with close to 30,000 dying in drug related violence. The coastal city of Acapulco is particularly dangerous, in the grip of vicious turf wars between gangs over control of the drugs trade. Clive Myrie follows a paramedic and a body collector in Acapulco and meets a senior member of a powerful drug syndicate.
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12. My Stolen Childhood
Thousands of women across West Africa have been enslaved by a centuries-old practice called 'Trokosi', whereby girls are forced to live and work with priests in religious shrines to 'pay' for the sins of family members. Brigitte Sossou Perenyi was one of those girls, until she was adopted by an American and moved to the US. Twenty years later, Brigitte goes on a journey to understand what 'Trokosi' really is and why her family gave her away.
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13. Escaping Europe
Every week hundreds of Syrians, given asylum in Germany, are returning home. They risk arrest as they're smuggled from the EU into Turkey, en route to Syria. For Our World Nawal Al-Maghafi joins them to discover why they're giving up the safety of Europe to return to their war-torn country.
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14. Crisis in Catalonia
The independence vote in the north-eastern region of Catalonia shook Spains democracy to the core. The Spanish authorities used force to try and stop it, but more than two million Catalans defied the police to back a new independent republic. Nine months on, Catalonia is still part of Spain, its leaders are in prison or abroad and its people are deeply split on the regions future. Niall OGallagher, who reported on the referendum, has gone back to ask what happens next.
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15. Pakistan's Child Maids
Tens of thousands of children in Pakistan are legally employed as domestic servants. They cook and clean for their employers - and are vulnerable to exploitation and physical abuse.
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16. Guatemala: After The Fire
When a fire at a children's home in Guatemala killed dozens of teenage girls, it exposed a terrifying culture of abuse. For Our World, Linda Pressly investigates how the tragedy, in what was meant to be a place of safety, has revealed a child protection crisis of epic proportions.
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17.Weapons of Mass Deception
It has been a year since Qatars neighbours cut off diplomatic and economic ties. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt all accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism. A BBC investigation has uncovered an arsenal of media weapons being used in the war of words in the Gulf, and examines whether people in the region will ever know the truth in an age of fake news and twitterbots.
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19. Norways Silent Scandal
In April this year, a highly respected Norwegian child psychiatrist was convicted of downloading thousands of images of child pornography. The psychiatrist had been used as an expert, until his arrest, by Norways controversial child protection system and was involved in decisions about whether children should be removed from their parents. Campaigners in Norway have long accused the system of removing children from their parents without justification and now, despite the serious nature of this mans offence, the authorities are refusing to review the child protection cases he gave evidence in. Tim Whewell has been to Norway to try to discover why child protection in one of the worlds wealthiest countries appears to be in crisis.
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20. A Tale of Two Swedens
For decades Sweden has been held up as a model society: prosperous, egalitarian and well-integrated. But in recent years a counter-narrative has taken hold. According to this story, Sweden is a nation where liberal values, a generous welfare state and an open-door policy towards refugees have led to a crime wave that threatens to spiral out of control. Against this backdrop, Sweden is holding a general election in which an anti-immigrant party, with its roots in the Neo-Nazi movement, is threatening to upset politics-as-usual. So what is going onGabriel Gatehouse goes to Sweden to find out.
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21.Colombia: A Fragile Peace
Two years ago a peace deal saw Colombias FARC guerrilla group lay down their weapons, ending Latin Americas longest running insurgency. The BBCs Frank Gardner has travelled across the country to assess how the peace is holding. He finds some areas have been stabilised, but in others cocaine production has reached unprecedented levels, murder rates have soared, and criminal gangs have filled the vacuum in areas formerly controlled by FARC.
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22. Gaza Dreams
With nearly two million people living in miserable conditions in Gaza, the Israeli blockade has taken its toll on mental health there. Against the backdrop of the border clashes earlier in 2018 this film goes deep inside the minds of the people of Gaza to explore the mental health issues affecting many there.
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23.Philippines: Democracy in Danger
Outside the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte is best known for his violent war on drugs. Now, two years after being elected, critics say Duterte is attacking the very institutions designed to keep his power in check. Hes locking up those who criticise him whilst the children of former dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, are emerging as powerful players. As Howard Johnson reports from the capital, Manila, the outlook for democracy looks bleak.
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24.Dont Shoot, Im Disabled
Hundreds of people are killed by the police in the US each year. Much of the media attention has been on the race of victims, but there is another pattern to the deaths. A large number of those killed in interactions with police had a disability and many of the dead had been living with a serious mental illness, learning difficulties or a physical disability. North America Correspondent Aleem Maqbool investigates some of the recent incidents.
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25.Whats Killing Americas White Men
Every year, nearly 45,000 people in America kill themselves. That is more than twice the number that die in homicides, and the numbers are increasing. There is one group in particular causing this spike white, middle aged men. India Rakusen goes to Montana, where suicide rates are double the national average, to find out what drives so many of these men to despair and taking their own lives.
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