Mark Davis profiles Julian Assange, the Australian behind the secretive whistle-blower website WikiLeaks, while Ginny Stein is in Louisiana with those badly affected by the terrible oil spill.
Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister recently agreed to the country's biggest ever business deal - a $16 billion plan to extract and export gas. But landowners and residents living near the proposed gas plant and pipeline are literally up in arms over fears they'll lose some of their land and see few of the benefits. Nick Lazaredes meets Albania's oldest 'sworn virgin' - a celibate woman forced to act as a man while her male relatives hide from a blood feud. Plus an interview with Sabria Jawhar on France's controversial banning of the burqa.
US military bases in Japan are always contentious. Now, Japan's prime minister must rule on the future of one base in Okinawa. Should it stay or should it go? Meanwhile, as the UK gears up for an election, meet the Tory Party's new-look female, gay and ethnic minority candidates. What will the party's rusted-on voters think?
The dark side of Japan's hugely-popular anime (animation) craze as it struggles to maintain dominance over the booming industry. With increasing competition from China and Korea, Japan's anime houses are placing immense pressure on their already overworked anime artists.
Evan Williams enters the tense world of JuD, a Pakistani charity organisation that many believe is just a front for terrorist group Lashka-e-Toiba,
Mark Davis investigates the explosion of political violence in the Philippines and asks whether, given last year's horrific massacre of journalists and election officials, the upcoming poll can be properly conducted.
An exclusive fly-on-the-wall look at America's counter-insurgency tactics in Afghanistan. Lt. Col. Robert Campbell has worked hard to win the trust of local warlords and the respect of his troops. What will happen to his legacy now that his time in Afghanistan has ended?
Thailand's king, the world's longest-serving living monarch, has been a stabilising force through years of bloodshed and division. But are strict laws banning any criticism of the royal family helping or hindering Thailand to decide its political future?
Ukraine's famously beautiful women are becoming prostitutes in record numbers. While some welcome the chance to turn their country into Europe's sex capital, others are trying to close the industry down, sometimes with violent consequences.
Why are Americans disenchanted so soon into his first term? Aaron Lewis investigates. Also on the show, George Negus chats to America's new ambassador to Australia and David O'Shea revisits Bali to find that the mentally ill patients once held in chains have thankfully been released.
Could four children, a teenager and an adult have been killed by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan in a case of mistaken identity? Sampat Pal from Uttar Pradesh in India had little education, was married off at 12 and became a mother at 15. It's a familiar story in the impoverished area, but now she's literally hitting back against such age-old traditions, and the men who enforce them. Plus George Negus interviews renowned atheist Richard Dawkins.
What really went on during the Tamil Tiger war? New eye witness accounts reveal atrocities on both sides, and Ginny Stein investigates the reluctance to acknowledge them.
When Dateline returns for 2010 on Sunday, 21 February at 8.30pm, its intrepid host will be in Libya, conducting a rare, face-to-face interview with the country's leader, Muammar Gaddafi. Also on Dateline, video journalist David Brill takes you inside the utterly surreal world of Bagram Air Base. And finally, dive into the world's first national shark sanctuary.
Not far from the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, is the Danish island of Samso, which thinks it has the answers to tackling climate change that everyone else can learn from. India is caught in a vicious circle in the climate change debate... like China and Brazil it's been told it's exempt from agreements to cut emissions because it's developing, but the fact the country is developing means it's coming under closer scrutiny for its pollution. Plus, the Danish Minister for Climate and Energy, Connie Hedegaard, faces a daunting task... she's hosting the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen and says failure to reach agreement over the future 'is not an option'.
After eight years locked up in the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, six Uighur men have arrived in the remote Pacific nation of Palau. You may have been to Hollywood, you're familiar with Bollywood, and if you saw Evan William's Pakistan story earlier this year, you may have even heard of Lollywood... But how much do you know about Nollywood? Plus an interview with Jeremy Leggett on the upcoming Copenhagen summit.
Aaron Lewis travels to the oil-rich creeks of the Niger Delta where militants have been responsible for more than a decade of violence, sabotage, and hostage-taking. Despite the hugely profitable oil industry nearby, 90% of the Niger Deltans are unemployed, and live oan a few dollars a day. Their frustration and anger has led many young men to take up arms, reducing Nigeria's oil production - once the 5th largest in the world - to a fraction of what it once was. Plus, George Negus interviews Pakistani intellectual Pervez Hoodbhoy.
David O'Shea travels to the hills outside Jakarta, where asylum seekers wait for people smugglers to transport them to the coast - en route to Australian waters. Dateline takes you inside Jaffna's public library, a building with a tortured history that echoes Sri Lanka's long civil conflict and George Negus interviews Annie Lennox.
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