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Last Updated: Friday, 30 April, 2004, 13:44 GMT 14:44 UK
Brian Hanrahan
Brian Hanrahan
BBC diplomatic correspondent, BBC television News

Brian Hanrahan has been a BBC foreign correspondent for 20 years.

He was the BBC correspondent during the Falklands war.

He covered Asia from a base in Hong Kong during the 1980s - observing the reforms of Deng Xioping in China, the assassination of Mrs Ghandi and the succession of her son as Indian Prime Minister.

He moved to Moscow when Mikhail Gorbachev became the Soviet leader and reported on the country's struggle to reform.

In 1989 he was present in Tiananmen Square, in Poland for the installation of the first non-communist government in Eastern Europe, at the fall of the Berlin wall and the Romanian revolution.

Since then he has become a diplomatic correspondent - interpreting international affairs from London and travelling the world particularly during the Balkan wars and the Middle East peace process.

Following the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11 2001, Brian reported live from BBC World's London television studios and afterwards flew to New York to anchor special programmes.

From there, he travelled to Bonn to report live on the Afghan leaders' meeting to sign a power-sharing agreement.

Brian has also reported from the Middle East in the aftermath of the attack on Yasser Arafat's headquarters and The Hague where he has presented several BBC World television news specials on the Milosevic trial.

He is currently one of the presenters of The World the BBC's daily current affairs programme which is transmitted internationally on BBC World television and domestically on BBC Four.

Brian also presents special programmes on major national and international events and provides live commentary for state occasions - among them the ceremonial funerals for Princess Diana and the Queen Mother, and the transfer of Hong Kong's sovereignty from Britain to China.


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