Could Boeing really have allowed ill-fitting and dangerous parts into the construction of some 737 planes, potentially risking the lives of passengers?; Dateline asks if the murder of Palestinian actor and activist Juliano Mer-Khamis could signal a deadly conflict over culture and; Dateline now has its own dedicated YouTube channel, bringing our international stories to an even wider audience around the world.
Dateline reports on the unlikely friendship between a woman who was shot and critically injured, and the stranger who attempted to kill her; meet Israeli entrepreneur Shai Agassi, who believes he can turn the dream of mass-selling electric cars into reality; and supporters describe him as the 'Basque Mandela', but what does Gatza's release from prison mean for Spain's disputed region?
What drove asylum seeker Ahmad Al Akabi, who feared for his life in his home country of Iraq, to take his own life inside an Australian detention centre?; Javier Sicilia's son is one of the thousands of innocent victims of Mexico's drug violence - now the poet is leading the fight for justice; behind the healthy image of supermarket fruit and vegetables, Dateline reports on the virtual slavery in the European food industry.
Yalda Hakim returns to the present Dateline this week with a special episode from Libya. There has been a mind-spinning amount of tumult and anti-government uprising throughout North Africa and the Middle East this year. Since February, the rebellion in Libya has been in the spotlight but not much has been told about the role women have played in the fight against Gaddafi. This week, Yalda Hakim travels to Benghazi to tell the stories of the mostly unseen faces of Libya's revolution.
In the week that saw the death of Osama Bin Laden, Mark Davis presents a special edition of Dateline from the United States on the worldwide reaction to the killing of the al-Qaeda leader in Pakistan.
Amid the media frenzy over the royal wedding in the UK, Dateline meets some of the Brits who don't want to share in the celebrations; families of Colombia's hundreds of hostages reach out over the airwaves in an unusual radio lifeline to their loved ones; and animal rights groups want to stop the use of performing monkeys in Indonesia, but it's the only way some people can make a living.
In an exclusive interview with Dateline, Aung San Suu Kyi condemns Burma's elections, as Evan Williams reports on what's happened after vote; Robots are increasingly being sent into warfare instead of soldiers, but what of the ethical questions is raises?; and followers of the Ahmadiyah religious community in Indonesia are coming under increasingly violent attack.
As Bahrain is torn apart by protest and brutal government repression, Dateline gains access to investigate a series of mysterious deaths and disappearances. In Bolivia, women's wrestling is hugely popular, with crowds flocking to see women in traditional dress, known as cholitas, fighting it out in the ring. Plus, it's estimated that nearly half the population of the French island of Mayotte are illegal immigrants... most arrive on dangerous boats hoping for a new life in Europe, but end up living in filthy slums.
Yalda Hakim reports on the human cost of the battle over Gaddafi's rule, as thousands of refugees flee across the Libyan border into Tunisia; Is Nuri el Okbi a Bedouin version of Australia's indigenous land rights campaigner Eddie Mabo? Plus, could Australia's long-standing cooperation with its neighbour East Timor be coming under threat from China?
Dateline takes a personal journey into the Japanese disaster zone, as video journalist Toshi Maeda goes on a road trip to see for himself how bad the situation really is. As troops loyal to Muammar Gadaffi close in on the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, Dateline reports from that city, amid preparations for a final showdown with the Libyan leader. Plus, vast new cities of apartments and shops are being built across China at a rate of ten a year, but they remain almost completely uninhabited ghost towns.
On Dateline this week, Yalda Hakim presents the program from Rome as Italy prepares for the trial of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
The United Kingdom is currently facing the largest cuts in public spending for decades. Amid widespread protests and discontent, video journalist Evan Williams has been to meet some of the people worst affected. Visitors are travelling from all over the world to a remote part of the Peruvian jungle for what they hope will be a life changing experience. Plus, when Dateline reported on the cholera outbreak in Haiti last year, it had left 300 dead. Now, 4,500 have been killed, and up to 200,000 could be infected.
As New Zealand begins the long recovery from this week's deadly earthquake, video journalist David Brill has been getting the personal stories from what's been described as the country's 'darkest day'. Iraq has been mostly out of the headlines recently, but daily life there is still a struggle that few of us could comprehend. Plus, 1200 Israeli-born children have been told they're not welcome in Israel, because they're not Jewish.
The waters off Somalia in east Africa are the most dangerous in the world. 92% of pirate hijackings in 2010 took place there... over 1,000 hostages and 49 vessels were seized. Now it's threatening tourism and fishing, and therefore the livelihood, of the Seychelles, with the idyllic islands finding themselves thrust into the midst of the piracy crisis. In the Middle East, speaking out against authoritarian regimes comes at a high price. In the shadow of the deadly revolution in Egypt, Yaara Bou Melhem reports on Syria's hardline stance against discontent. Plus a report on the unemployment crisis facing Las Vegas.
Video journalist Amos Roberts was shot at, tear gassed, attacked, detained and interrogated while reporting from Egypt for this Sunday's Dateline. But despite the intimidation from the military intelligence and Hosni Mubarak's supporters, he gets inside the protest movement against the president's 30 years of authoritarian rule. Video journalist Mark Davis's unprecedented access to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange continues, with an exclusive interview for Dateline with the Australian whistleblower. Plus, the name, Valerie Plame, was never meant to be publicly known, but the former CIA spy ended up being exposed by the very government she had pledged to serve.
In this, George Negus's last episode as Dateline's host, what really happened to the cargo ship MV Arctic Sea? As Nick Lazaredes reports, it was supposed to be moving a shipment of timber before it mysteriously disappeared, so why did Russia's navy send five destroyers and two nuclear submarines after it? Was it hijacked? Was it carrying weapons to the Middle East? This international investigation is a story the Russians don't want told.
In a world exclusive, we meet the faceless men of the Bali Nine. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are scheduled to die by firing squad for their role in the bungled drug smuggling operation five years ago. Unlike the rest of the Bali Nine, they've never spoken on camera, and their lives inside "Death Tower", the super-max section of Bali's Kerobokan Prison, have remained secret - until now.
American political satirist and TV host Jon Stewart launched his 'Rally to Restore Sanity' as a funny counterpoint to the current 'Tea Party' movement that's sweeping America. But as Aaron Lewis reports, joke or not, many people are taking the rally seriously, thrilled to be able to voice their opposition to the fear-mongering in the mainstream American media.
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