In Iran, homosexuality is punishable by imprisonment, stoning and even execution, but the attitude to transsexuals is a different story, as seen in Transsexual in Iran. Sex changes have been legal in Iran since the Ayatollah Khomeini passed a fatwa authorising them for "diagnosed transsexuals" 25 years ago. Today, Iran carries out more sex change operations than any other nation in the world except for Thailand, and the sex change is officially recognised on one's birth certificate.
Over a period of seventeen years, the beautiful city of Florence was the scene of seven horrific double murders of young couples. Under pressure to find the killer, the authorities charged Pietro Pacciani who died before his trial. Many believe that the case remains unsolved and that the murders had been carried out by a group of well-connected and seemingly respectable Florentine citizens.
Looks at the arid and isolated archipelago of Cape Verde where music is a central part of the life of the islanders, as it reflects the harsh past of the people and the current economic difficulties.
Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India, was assassinated on 31 October 31 1984 by her Sikh bodyguards as she walked in the garden of her New Delhi home. It appeared that her murder was an act of revenge for her orders to storm the Sikh's holiest shrine at Amristar in 1983. Six years later, on 21 May 21 1991 in Sriperumbudur, near Madras, her eldest son Rajiv was also assassinated by Khan separatists in a bomb explosion.
On 6 September 1966, seven minutes after taking his seat in the House of Assembly, South African Prime Minister Dr Henrick Verwoerd was assassinated by Demetrio Tsafendas, a Bible-quoting parliamentary messenger. Verwoerd had played a key role in constructing South Africa's Apartheid laws, but ironically the assassin claimed he was not doing enough for whites. It was the second attempt on Verwoerd's life.
On August 17 1988, en route for a military base in Northern Pakistan, Pakistan's pro-military strongman was brought down by a bomb in his Hercules transport plane, possibly in retaliation for helping the rebels fight the Russians in Afghanistan. Was a Russian agent in the aircraft minutes before he took off?
On November 4, 1995, as he was about to address a mass rally of his supporters celebrating the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Accord, one of Israel's greatest Prime Ministers was gunned down by a young Israeli opposed to his concept of Land for Peace. The trial revealed shortcomings in the Israeli President's security arrangements.
The residents of the low-lying Carteret Islands have the sad claim to be the planet's first climate change refugees; and Menorca: The Preserved Island - In 1993 UNESCO declared the Balearic island of Menorca a Biosphere Reserve thanks to its people's collective effort to preserve its unique environment.
On the morning of 10 June 10 1942, whilst driving his open-top Mercedes to his office, Hitler's effective deputy and architect of the Final Solution was blown to pieces by a bomb thrown by two Czechoslovakian agents parachuted in by the British Royal Air Force. Hitler exacted a terrible revenge on the village of Lidice.
The internet has become a new battleground in political conflict. This program asks how has computer hacking changed and developed? And how has it been utilised by organised crime?
On September 6th 1901, whilst opening an expedition, President McKinley was shot by Polish anarchist, Leon Czolgosz. McKinley's successor, 42-year-old Teddy Roosevelt, was sworn in within 12 hours. McKinley was the third US president to be assassinated. How did his killer get so close?
On 4 July 1943, General Wladyslaw Eugeniusz Sikorski, Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Army, was flying to the Middle East on a Liberator bomber when it crashed into the sea off Gibraltar. He was very anti-Russian at the time and German propaganda claimed that he had fallen victim to the dirty tricks of the Allied Secret Service.
The trafficking of women and children for prostitution is a global problem. The United Nations estimates that more than one million children are forced into sexual slavery each year. Some of them are trafficked into Australia. This documentary follows former police officer turned private investigator, Chris Payne, as he investigates this shocking crime.
In January 1981 the biggest manhunt in Britain came to an end when the police arrested Peter Sutcliffe, the serial killer dubbed the Yorkshire Killer. Over five years Sutcliffe murdered thirteen women claiming it was a divine mission to rid the world of prostitutes.
The residents of the low-lying Carteret Islands have the sad claim to be the planet's first climate change refugees. At certain points, the sea has advanced 50 metres inland, uprooting coconut trees and even splitting one of the islands in two.
On June 25, 2006 a Palestinian resistance force in Gaza crawled out of a tunnel and attacked an IDF tank. Two Israeli soldiers were killed and Gilad Shalit was captured and taken to Gaza. The Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, refused to negotiate with the captors for his release and pursued aggressive retaliations. This documentary picks up two years later, with Gilad still in captivity, and examines the events that followed the capture. Over 600 Palestinians were killed in a large scale retaliatory operation, in the first three months.
A group of Serbian nationalists were determined to kill the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne. Two of the assassins had bombs and one had a pistol. The Archduke and his wife were mortally wounded. The events of that day on Sunday 28 June led to the outbreak of World War I.
Ninety five per cent of the world's pearls are born in China, which supplies almost all the pearl growing nuclei to pearl farms around the world. This episode takes us to China and Polynesia, where Chinese pearl technicians are in great demand.
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