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News Team 30 July 2014 4 42
The plane Thabang Motsei is supposed to travel on breaks down and is replaced by an ancient Soviet aircraft. She flies to Yakutsk to film dog sledding and can’t resist the opportunity to take part herself. Meanwhile, Paula Slier is in the West Bank preparing a report on the Palestinian-Israeli border. Every day, Palestinians who work in Israel and travel by public transport are forced to queue for hours at Israeli checkpoints. The Israeli government claims that this is necessary for security reasons. However, as those who can afford a car are never stopped or checked, questions are raised regarding how appropriate these measures really are.
A naval bombardment kills four children on a beach in Gaza, right next to Harry Fear's hotel. He interviews eye-witnesses in an attempt to find out how this tragedy could have happened. On the other side of the conflict, in Tel Aviv, Paula Slier watches on as Hamas shells explode overhead to the sound of sirens.
Some of the biggest news stories around the world. In News Team, an award-winning documentary crew traverses the globe, keeping up with the channel’s leading reporters as they cover the stand-off in Ukraine, the war in Syria, and the machinations in the EU’s corridors of power.
Maria Finoshina finds her way into Lugansk city to report on the situation there. She finds the place devastated and almost deserted. In the meantime, Peter Oliver shows us his home in Berlin, his pets and also introduces us to his fiancé who moved to Germany with him.
In Gaza City, Harry Fear interviews a UN field director. Robert Turner fills him in on the Relief and Works agency’s progress in building new schools for Gaza’s displaced children. In Ukraine, Roman Kosarev reports on the latest developments in the Malaysian plane crash investigation.
Harry Fear talks about the challenges he faces in Gaza as he arrives late for a live report and then has to interview a grieving family for the second time. Irina Galushko goes to a Russian town bordered on three sides by Ukraine to talk to Ukrainian refugees who fled to Russia.
In London, Marina Kosareva works on a story on the relevance of the British citizenship test as she learns that British people themselves often struggle to pass it. Meanwhile in Beslan, North Ossetia, Bricio Segovia returns to the tragic school where a hostage crisis happened 10 years ago, to film the memorial service.
Ilya Petrenko visits Moscow's Red Square for his first assignment as a correspondent. A military tattoo with participants from round the world could make for great footage. Meanwhile in Ukraine, Paula Slier comes across a burned out bus that’s been shelled right next to the town's central railway station.