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‘Prospects good’ for kidnap couple release

Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed tells Channel 4 News prospects are good for the release of Paul and Rachel Chandler, kidnapped by pirates last October, but warns against paying a ransom. Sheikh Sharif sheikh Ahmed, president of Somalia’s transitional …

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On the trail of the Detroit bomb suspect

Jonathan Rugman follows the journey to Yemen of suspected Detroit airline bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who met one of Channel 4 News’ investigative team just weeks before boarding the flight in the US. When Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was taken off …

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British kidnap couple make video plea

Hostages Paul and Rachel Chandler have made a direct plea in a video obtained by Channel 4 News, warning UK authorities they fear the Somali pirates who kidnapped them may kill them. Jonathan Rugman reports. The couple, from Tunbridge Wells, …

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Untold suffering of Kenya’s children

Jonathan Rugman reports on the child sex trade in Kenya, amid fears that up to 20,000 children are engaged in some form of under-age sex work – often with white men. Kenya’s beaches represent the best in tropical paradise, mutually …

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US pledges military aid to Somalia

The US throws its weight behind Somalia’s fragile government – 16 years after American soldiers were killed in Mogadishu in a battle that inspired the film Black Hawk Down. At that time, Bill Clinton was president. Today his wife, Secretary …

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UN probe after aid stolen from Somalia refugees

The head of the UN’s £580m aid operation in Somalia has launched an inquiry after Channel 4 News revealed that thousands of sacks of food have been diverted from refugees and sold by Somali businessmen on the open market. An …

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Somalia, the ‘new Pakistan’?

In this special report Jonathan Rugman follows the path taken by newly radicalised youths, amid fears they could return to attack targets in the UK. A young man blows himself up in Somalia, killing several people, but he is from …

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Exclusive: inside the pirate lair

Jonathan Rugman has a special report from inside the pirates’ lair as it is revealed that the owners of the supertanker hijacked by Somali pirates are “highly likely” to pay a ransom to secure its release. The owners of the …

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Nomads blame Ethiopian military for starvation

Trapped in the middle of a war, Muslim ethnic Somalis face starvation. Jonathan Rugman reports from Ethiopia. Deliberately starving people to death: that’s the accusation being levelled at the Ethiopian government by the poor nomadic people of the country’s eastern …

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