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Soul captured James Hunter's heart at a young age

James Hunter loves soul and he's been a fan of the genre for a long time. He admits a lot of musicians in the UK try to emulate it, but the "results are mixed at best, I suppose." Hunter tells us who his favorite soul artists and picks a couple of tracks from his new album.

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Arts, Culture & Media

Billy Bragg

New music from Billy Bragg. Known widely for collaborating with Wilco on the "Mermaid Avenue" albums, Bragg has had a celebrated career writing some of the best protest songs of the last 30 years.

Science, Tech & Environment

Raising Iraqi oil

As a new law regulating its oil industry sits stalled in Parliament, Iraq's oil minister is starting talks with international oil companies. Guest: geopolitical analyst Peter Ziehan of the online magazine 'Stratfor'

The Taliban strategy

The luxury hotel in Kabul where Taliban attackers killed seven people yesterday is frequented by foreigners and diplomats, and The World's Jeb Sharp examines whether yesterday's raid represents a new strategy by the Taliban to target civilians, especially

The end of the plastic bag?

The plastic shopping bag is a major shopping convenience, but it's also a major environmental blight, and some countries, like Australia and China, plan to phase out the use of the bags completely

Worsening conditions in Gaza

The World's Quil Lawrence reports on how Gaza has fared since Israel withdrew from the territory in 2005 and since the militant group Hamas took over in Gaza last June.

Global Hit Bishi

The World's Andrea Smardon profiles a rising star in London's underground music scene...the multi-faceted performer Bishi.