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The Guardian Audio Edition: Russell Bran…d on a strange encounter with maggie thatcher - edition 19

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In this week's edition:

• The favourite has won the Venezuelan election but not as convincingly as the emphatic endorsement of Hugo Chávez suggested. Read the article here.

By Virginia Lopez and Jonathan Watts

• This week civil war was predicted in Afghanistan, a result of the west giving so much power to warlords after the Taliban's overthrow. Read the article here.

By Lucy Morgan Edwards

•Never mind aliens in outer space. Some scientists believe we may be sharing the planet with 'weird' life forms that are so different from our own they're invisible to us. Read the article here.

by Robin McKie

•Russell Brand recalls a bizarre recent encounter with the Iron Lady, and how it prompted him to think about growing up under the most unlikely matriarch-figure imaginable. Read the article here.

•On the death of one of our greatest conductors, we revisit Tom Service's meeting with Sir Colin Davis in 2011. Read the article here.

And our audiobook review turns to non-fiction, with Ahmed Errachidi’s account of his time in Guantanamo Bay, The General, and a parable of innovation from Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble, How Stella Save the Farm

To read these stories and more go to www.guardian.co.uk and to hear the full audiobooks reviewed visit www.audible.co.uk/guardianaudio.

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