Correspondents Report - Individual Items
By ABC News and Current Affairs
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The ABC's overseas reporters give their interpretation and analysis of the week's major events.
||Orcas: SeaWorld's killer whale of a problem||This week efforts to stop SeaWorld using killer whales in its American theme parks floundered, with Californian politicians putting on hold a proposed law to stop the practice. The treatment of killer whales has pitted animal welfare activists against powerful corporate interests. SeaWorld is an important part of San Diego's tourism industry.||12 4 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Tuna-ing in to Pacific trade||The ABC's Pacific correspondent, Sean Dorney, was guest speaker recently at a Pacific Media Business Summit in Sydney. He was asked what he considered to be the big business story for the Pacific Islands. His answer surprised me. Sean Dorney told the gathering it's all about tuna.||12 4 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Steel City's war on smog||China's leaders have declared war on smog in response to the huge public outcry over high levels of pollution in many of its cities. Unsurprisingly, the air is particularly bad in the province which surrounds most of Beijing. That's where most of China's heavy polluting industries like steel and cement are based.||12 4 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Doubts about Free Trade Agreement in Japan's agriculture sector||Last week the Prime Minister clinched a Free Trade Deal with Japan and signed another in South Korea. Tony Abbott called the Japanese agreement historic and said it was good for Australian businesses and jobs. The Japanese consumers will be winners too but some Japanese farmers say it could mean the end of their lifestyles.||12 4 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Just one story away from arrest||There's no end in sight to the detention and trial of Australian correspondent Peter Greste in Egypt. That's despite each trial hearing appearing even more farcical than the one before it. This week's appearance included a monumental blunder by the prosecution - they played the wrong footage to the court. Greste's case is just one of several in a nation where journalism is viewed with deep suspicion by authorities, and sometimes can be deadly.||12 4 14||Free||View In iTunes|