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Down’s Syndrome: equal rights, early testing and difficult choices In the UK there is a general 24-week time limit to have an abortion. But if the fetus has a substantial risk of having a series physical or mental disabilities once born, that time limit does not apply. 
Why do we keep having maternity scandals in the UK? A joint investigation by Channel 4 News and Shaun Lintern at The Independent exposed a maternity service accused of bad care and neglect after dozens of babies were left with brain damage or tragically died. They found from 2010 to 2020, at least 46 babies have suffered brain damage and 19 have been stillborn at Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS trust maternity units.
The Euro 2020 final: a dark day for Wembley and England Even before kick-off, something was rotten around Wembley Way.
Britain’s second homes ‘crisis’ Our home affairs correspondent Andy Davies has visited towns in Wales where some say that second home ownership is a threat to their very identity.
Mining for ‘blood jade’ in Myanmar Our Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jonathan Miller has been looking into the industry that’s been called “the biggest natural resource heist in modern history.”
They think it’s all over: Euro2020 and Covid Sorry to be a downer – but while the football is now over – Covid definitely is not – and is a month of sporting socials to blame?
Booster jabs and variants: is this life after lockdown? Despite rising Covid infections and the threat of new variants, the UK government promises when England exits lockdown on July 19, it will be for the very last time. But is that a promise they can keep?
Hereditary peers: too posh to push out? We speak to a hereditary peer, a life peer and a constitutional expert to understand why it’s so hard to try to change the upper chamber.
Revealed: ExxonMobil’s lobbying war on climate change legislation, and secret chemicals claims ExxonMobil say they’re committed to a greener planet, to having a carbon tax, and that they’re listening to the science when it comes to climate change. But is there more to the story?
Covid and Populism: the nightmare in Brazil South America’s biggest country has been struggling with pandemic since the start. Brazil reached a grim milestone of half a million deaths from the virus. 
Hancock’s out but what’s his legacy? While Matt Hancock may be gone, he leaves behind many questions about his handling of the Covid pandemic, particularly when it comes to care homes.
30 years unsolved. How institutional corruption stood in the way of the truth Institutionally corrupt. That’s how the Metropolitan Police have been described after a review into an unsolved murder of a man called Daniel Morgan in the 1980s.
Epstein, Maxwell and the Met: nothing to see here? Serious questions raised about why Met Police chose not to investigate alleged offences. Police said they will ‘review the information’ reported by this programme.
Sexual harassment in schools: are our children safe? Girls being constantly sent nude images, sexist name-calling, harassment, rape, a climate of fear, an over-sexualised culture that has become the normality in schools across the country. 
100 years on: America’s reckoning with its past in Tulsa 100 years ago, Tulsa saw a prosperous Black neighbourhood burned to the ground. In the aftermath, there was silence.
New York’s Homelessness Epidemic Homelessness is at record levels in New York City, and the economic carnage of Covid is making it worse. 
Voter ID-entical? Election laws from the US to the UK What role have voter ID laws played in American elections in recent years – and what could their effect be here in the UK?
Knife crime: how do we stop the bleeding? Croydon, one of the boroughs worst hit by this type of violence, is now taking a different approach, one that favours communication and community policing. But is it enough to stop the bleeding?
The Report, part 3: the Recommendations In the final episode in our series, we look at the recommendations of the report. What does the chair, Tony Sewell and his commission think can be done to address the disparities that ultimately, he doesn’t dispute still exist today?
The Report, part 2: Data and Controversy In the second episode of this three-part series, Serena Barker-Singh sets out to find some of the academics and experts cited in the report, some who say their work was misinterpreted in the dossier, and we also find out whether the report by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities was peer reviewed.
The Report, part 1: Race and the System Serena Barker-Singh has spent weeks digging into the controversial Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report. In this first episode of this mini-series, she revisits what happened the day the report was released.
Protector or abuser? The police officers accused of domestic abuse Channel 4 News can reveal more than 100 women have come forward in the last two years with claims of being raped, beaten and coerced by their police officer spouses and partners.
Afghanistan: the forever-war no more What’s changed in Afghanistan after years of international involvement? Or rather, why does it feel like nothing’s changed?
Costa del Surge: should you holiday abroad? Travel bubbles, pre-flight testing, post-flight testing: they’ve all been buzz words for more than a year, and yet we seem none the wiser.
Thailand’s Tiger Kingpins As the number of tigers in Thailand slowly grows, so does the grisly tiger trade. An illicit network of poachers, dealers and smugglers have made millions from a sinister, sometimes deadly trade in both farmed and wild tigers. Jonathan Miller has been to Thailand to meet the country’s tiger kingpins.
My (dis)honourable friend: lobbying, sleaze and ‘cash for cushions’ The current – and one former – occupants of 10 Downing Street are under investigation: one for how he funded his flat renovations and a holiday in the Caribbean, the other for his lobbying dealings after leaving office.
Eurovision: why it matters and what it takes to win From Italy’s triumph to the UK receiving zero points at Eurovision this weekend, what does it really take to win this legendary competition?
Uprooted by the Climate Crisis Our Latin America Correspondent Guillermo Galdos followed one Guatemalan farmer desperately trying to make the journey of a lifetime – travelling into the US and placing his life in the hands of human smugglers.
Israel and Palestine: old grievances break to new unrest What will take for this latest flare-up to end – and does the violence on the streets pose an existential threat to Israel itself?
Covid: what started in India, won’t stay in India Do we need to be more concerned about the variant of Covid-19 that is causing havoc in India?
Dying for Democracy in Myanmar – Unreported World What started out as peaceful protests has turned into a brutal crackdown by the military.
The Domestic Abuse Act, a bittersweet victory for women? At the end of April, the Domestic Abuse Act was signed into law closing loopholes around rough sex claims that favoured defendants in court and strengthening the laws on revenge porn.
To mask or not to mask? The science and the politics of face coverings Do masks actually protect against Covid-19? Why is there so little scientific evidence that they are effective? And how did a piece of health advice get so political? 
Northern Ireland, Part 2: Will Brexit lead to a United Ireland? As some say the call for a border poll on a United Ireland is growing, what would it take to get to that point, and what would it mean to be a Unionist, if the Union no longer exists?
Northern Ireland, Part 1: A return to the “bad old days”? Paraic O’Brien explores how even though Northern Ireland’s youth weren’t around during the Troubles, the stories they are told strengthen the bonds of Unionism today.
Covid and the death of the red carpet Has a year of lockdowns, shut cinemas and limited red carpet events changed celebrity culture forever?
India’s Covid dystopia: what went wrong? We look at the situation on the ground right now at the heart of this Covid hell and ask: what went wrong in India?
Sickle cell disease: do we take Black pain seriously? The recent case of Richard Okorogheye, a 19 year old found dead in Epping Forest, has revealed the difficulties and discourse around sickle cell, the struggle of shielding for the past year, and the lack of understanding around this condition. 
Living under the volcano. The St. Vincent eruption On the morning of the 9th of April, La Soufrière , a volcano on the island of St Vincent and the Grenadines, awoke for the first time in more than 40 years.
Free Britney: Fans’ obsession or legal injustice? Britney Spears fans across the world have formed a Free Britney campaign. They want the pop star out of a legal arrangement called a conservatorship.
Australia: Covid sanctuary or prisoner island? In this podcast, we speak to two Australian Channel 4 News journalists – one stuck in New South Wales and one stuck in London – and ask about the pluses and minuses of the Australian model, and whether a slow roll out of the vaccine may mean the borders are closed for a lot longer.
History: what is it good for? Should history create some form of national identity? Or simply give us a better sense of our place in an ever-changing world?
How poverty and corruption fuel terrorism across Africa Attacks are on the rise across the African continent; a consequence of poverty, domestic grievances new and old, and Africa’s resource “curse”.
Auf she goes: how Merkel made Germany great again Our Europe Editor, Matt Frei, explains how Merkel became the powerful presence she is today, someone uniquely qualified for the role: a unifier, a pragmatist, the most talented politician of her generation.
Blood clots and broken promises: the AstraZeneca saga Is the AstraZeneca jab safe? Spoiler alert: yes, probably. So why has it been dominating the headlines for weeks? And do broken promises and missed targets mean that the supply of the AstraZeneca vaccination is under threat? 
Revisited: Hero to zero, the NHS staff abused online We meet the brave NHS staff speaking out about online abuse, and why they want big tech to do more to stop it.
Revisited: It’s the final lockdown. But is it really? Does our Covid “roadmap” mean that this could be the final lockdown?
Revisited: Essex lorry deaths, the journey of 39 Vietnamese migrants We look into the story of one woman found in that container – who risked it all to come to the UK and provide for her family.
Revisited: Football, dementia, and the legacy of brain injury in sport In recent years, we’ve lost many of the heroes of England’s World Cup winning team of ‘66 – and many of them suffered from dementia. Clare Fallon has been looking at sport and the long-term effects of head injuries.
Revisited: Could Covid-19 and Brexit lead to Scotland’s exit from the UK? Our Scotland correspondent Ciaran Jenkins has been talking to voters who previously rejected independence to see if the tide is turning, and what might be behind their change of heart.
Revisited: Should BAME groups be fast-tracked for the vaccine? Our Home Affairs Correspondent Darshna Soni has spent the year telling the stories of Black and brown families affected by the virus and reflects on whether enough is being done to protect people of colour during the pandemic.
Are we taking flashing seriously enough? Our North of England Correspondent, Clare Fallon, has been looking into the sexual offence of indecent exposure for over a year and questions whether we are taking this offence as seriously as we should. 
Why did we forget the Spanish Flu? What have we learned and what have we forgotten from one hundred years ago – and will we make the same mistakes again?
The deadliest pesticide. Made in the UK, banned in the UK and exported abroad It’s responsible for killing tens of thousands of people, and yet it continues to be shipped worldwide from Yorkshire.
Horror and unspeakable crimes in the war in Tigray Our Africa Correspondent Jamal Osman gained rare access to Tigray and spoke to women who told him their accounts of soldiers using rape as a weapon of war. 
The women trapped and traumatised by Poland’s near-total abortion ban Poland already had some of the strictest abortion laws in Europe, but new changes have effectively banned them completely. 
Covid and conspiracies: Disinformation that kills As the Covid vaccine is offering new hope around the world to end the pandemic, the biggest growing threat for people’s health is the surge in disinformation, conspiracy theories and fake news.
The murder of Jamal Khashoggi: will justice ever be served? Our foreign correspondent Jonathan Rugman is the author of “The Killing in the Consulate”.
Gay conversion therapy: when will the UK ban the practice? Minnie Stephenson talks about the distressing and painful practices LGBT people are being put through, and how, at its heart, this so-called “therapy” exploits the emotions of many LGBT people.
Supply and reprimand: vaccine trouble in Europe The UK has already given a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine to a third of its population. The EU however has only given the jab to one in ten.
We need to talk about Clubhouse Serena Barker Singh takes us through the corridors of Clubhouse – and asks whether this is an app that really is like no other – or whether it’s got all the baggage of its social media ancestors.
It’s the final lockdown. But is it really? The Channel 4 News Factcheck team ask: how safe are schools? Does the latest data show that the vaccines are working?
10 years of hell: Is the dream of a different Syria still alive? In today’s Fourcast, Waad and Hamza Al-Kateab describe the defining moments of the revolution through their eyes and discuss whether the dream of a different Syria is still alive after ten years of war. 
Sick for a year: my life with long Covid As most of us look ahead to a life without Covid, we’ve been speaking to some of the people who feel like normality is still a long way off.
Israel and vaccines. A template for Britain? Is Israel’s vaccination programme a sign of hope for Britain?
Uber and out: Is your cheap cab about to disappear? There is a question lingering over the gig economy: are the apps companies employers?
Violence on the doorstep: the mothers fighting for a safe home Jackie Long asks whether families caught up in criminal exploitation should be given the same priority as victims of domestic violence when it comes to providing safe accommodation.
A global camdemic. Meet the young people stripping for cash on OnlyFans Is OnlyFans the new frontier of sex work? Or an exploitative fad, with potentially life-ruining consequences?
Homeschooling: an inequality timebomb The pandemic has exposed growing inequalities in society, not least when it comes to our childrens’ education. Our Home Affairs Correspondent Darshna Soni asks whether those gaps can ever be closed again.
A drugs trip: the United States of Cannabis Kiran Moodley visits Montana to find out more about the political and social factors behind cannabis legalisation. And asks whether what’s allowed in Montana – could soon be the law across all 50 states?
Hero to zero: the NHS staff abused online Our Home Affairs Correspondent, Andy Davies, has met the brave NHS staff speaking out about the online abuse and why they want big tech to do more to stop it.
Racism in football, is anyone really owning up to it? There has always been a problem of racism in football. But the most recent incidents of online abuse show that despite the efforts the beautiful game is far from having defeated racism.
The international students going hungry in the UK The plight of the international students who pay thousands for the prestige of a British education but are now left relying on food banks.
What’s the point of impeaching Donald Trump? With the latest trial beginning tomorrow, Donald Trump stands accused of something completely unique and unimaginable: that he incited an attack on the US Capitol, an impeachable offense of historic proportions.
The Redditors of Wall Street Our Business and Global Trade Correspondent Paul McNamara explains for the financially illiterate how the keyboard warriors  shook Wall Street.
Rich, richer, richest: the pandemic billionaires During a year of economic hardship for many, some have in fact taken advantage of the pandemic and got even richer. 
The Second Wave: new treatments, Covid deniers, and frontline fatigue Our health and social care editor Victoria Macdonald tells us about her experiences over the past year, and looks ahead to an uncertain future. 
What do the biggest protests in the world mean for India’s government? India is currently witnessing not just the biggest protests in its history – but the largest demonstrations in the world.
Are lockdowns our only option? Sweden took a different path, and found out. Our foreign affairs correspondent Jonathan Rugman, has been to Sweden to figure out why they decided to go it alone – and why it was always a risky strategy.
Was Donald Trump destined to join the one-term president club? Donald Trump has become something he never wanted to be: a loser. He joins a list of US presidents who asked the American people for another chance, another term – and failed.
What will President Biden do to heal America? The inauguration of the 46th US President marks the end of America’s four-year experiment with carnage and chaos – with a new Commander in chief being sworn in today.
Getting the jab: vaccine scepticism and Coronavirus Our reporter, Ayshah Tull, has been speaking to those who are convinced the vaccine is too risky – as well as those trying to fight this disinformation so that normality can return sooner rather than later.
Can the UK vaccinate its way out of the Covid crisis? Throughout the pandemic, Paddy Worrall and his award-winning Channel 4 News FactCheck team have crunched the data and the challenged government soundbites, and he joins us today to discuss how to vaccinate a nation.
Will Trump survive his last few days in office? Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to move towards impeaching Donald Trump claiming he incited an insurrection on the Capitol last week.
Essex lorry deaths: the journey of 39 Vietnamese migrants When the bodies of 39 Vietnamese migrants were discovered in a lorry container in Essex in 2019, it shocked the nation. We look into the story of one woman found in that container – who risked it all to come to the UK.
What might 2021 have in store? We ask three Channel 4 News reporters, with very different areas of expertise, what the future might hold.
Football, dementia, and the legacy of brain injury for our sporting heroes Our North of England Correspondent, Clare Fallon, has been looking at sport and the long-term effects of head injuries.
Africa and coronavirus: Why did we think the continent would be brought to its knees? How have so many African nations managed to contain the coronavirus and why we have we left them out of the Covid conversation?
What next for the Iran nuclear deal? Our International Editor, Lindsey Hilsum, has been reporting on Iran for over 20 years, and explains the recent tensions in the region.
Could Covid-19 and Brexit lead to Scotland’s exit from the United Kingdom? Our Scotland correspondent Ciaran Jenkins has been talking to voters who previously rejected independence to see if the tide is turning, and what might be behind their change of heart.
Should BAME groups be fast-tracked for the vaccine? After a summer where concerns were raised over the numbers of BAME people dying in the community, should they be offered a vaccine early?
How bad was Donald Trump for the planet – and can Joe Biden turn things around? When Donald Trump responded to the California wildfires by saying it would “start getting cooler”, it was a prime example of the president’s climate change scepticism that has partly defined his tenure in the White House. 

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