Our chief correspondent roams across the news agenda bringing both light and shade to his topical reports.
Sometimes it takes a rebel with a cause. Sometimes it needs the genuine outsider to step up and shatter the cosy established orders. Sometimes it takes a special kind of someone to tell it like it is.
And also sometimes it takes Malcolm Rifkind.
On the point just outside Oban a freelance cameraman joins us as we watch the bright red, Norwegian-flagged fishing vessel nose out gently from Oban harbour.
Across swathes of Afghanistan, many Afghans already know the game is over – and what law and order they may enjoy is at the dispensation of the armed insurgent warlords.
Hope and desperation live side by side in Sierra Leone, as success in treating the Ebola virus confronts a still growing trail of infections.
Amid the sombre disposal of Freetown’s dead, a pharmacist who treated Ebola sufferers follows in their footsteps.
Many query why the response has been so slow to Ebola from Europe and you can certainly argue not enough was done in the early months. But the work is getting underway – and it’s making
Like unaccompanied minors – not in an airport but in life – they stand there as the Unicef Jeep rolls into the village, silently holding out their nameplates.
The Sierra Leone government says it will pay $5,000 compensation for every health worker to die from Ebola.
Osman Gbondo lies dead under a tree. His wife Aminata lies 200 metres away, blood oozing from her mouth. We are in Devil Hole Junction, an hour’s drive from Freetown.