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Wechat No.723 EgyptAir Smoke Clues

Investigators confirm EgyptAir sent automatic messages of smoke on board; Somali Foreign Minister on the proposed closure of Dadaab refugee camp; Happy Chewbacca goes viral. (Picture: The EgyptAir A320. Credit: Reuters) Direct Link: Cdn Link: Recommended in Mainland China Original BBC Link: Expired in 30…

Wechat No.716 Enescu, Crumb and Feldman, Philip Venables Opera

Tom Service with a portrait of the Romanian composer George Enescu, as his masterpiece opera Oedipe is staged for the first time at the Royal Opera House in London. Among the contributors are Professor Erik Levi, expert on music of the 20th-Century; the Romanian violinist…

Wechat No.715 FA Cup: Finally Here

We’re celebrating the FA Cup Final by delving into the competitions history and giving more than a passing nod to Saturday’s match. Invested comedians Kevin Day (Crystal Palace fan) takes on Justin Moorhouse (Manchester United supporter) in a bid to persuade as many neutrals as…

Wechat No.714 21/05/2016

Georgie Ainslie plays host as her guests aim to gain points whilst discussing the sporting stories of the week. Points are awarded for informed comment, wit and passion but taken away for nonsense and lack of conviction in answers. The top two panellists go head…

Wechat No.713 The Siege of Dien Bien Phu

French forces surrender in Vietnam after the battle of Dien Bien Phu, signalling the end of French colonialism in Indochina. Plus, Marcus Garvey s black nationalism; the filming of Citizen Kane; Maori rights; and the 1968 riots in Paris. (Photo: a French military Red Cross…

Wechat No.710 Fish Fight

Fish are a vital source of protein around the world, but there are ever more fishermen chasing ever fewer fish. Most wild fisheries are at, or near, breaking point and it is estimated up to a third of all fish are caught illegally, feeding an…

Wechat No.708 Weekend Extra

Nigerian army claims rescue of women and children held by Boko Haram; Fighting drug-resistant infections; Man Booker winner Direct Link: Cdn Link: Recommended in Mainland China Original BBC Link: Expired in 30 days after published

Wechat No.705 Speaking Up and Uncovering Secrets

Jamala won the Eurovision Song Contest for Ukraine with her song 1944, about the mass deportation of Crimean Tatars. She reveals why it was important to her to tell this little known story in Ukraine, and the reason she cannot visit her parents in Crimea….