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bbcff_2014_01-06zoomOriginal insights, playful perspectives and surprising stories from the World Service's 27 language sections. Every week with David Amanor. - Ein wöchentlicher Blick hinter die Kulissen der 27 Sprachdienste des Weltdienstes der BBC, moderiert von David Amanor.

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0103 03.01 Syrian Refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan The journey of a Syrian reporter to meet the refugees who are fleeing the war in her homeland and seeking refuge in neighbouring Iraq. Lina Sinjab introduces David Amanor to the people of Domiz, the largest refugee camp in Iraqi Kurdistan, just an hour from the Syrian border. Lina meets people at important moments in their lives: a mother with a newborn child, a couple preparing to marry and the man who deals with the dead and the bereaved. Lukman, an army defector, describes how he had to fake his own death in order to leave Syria. We also take a trip to the hairdressers and meet the children of the camp who show us round their tented city. The majority of those crossing the border are Kurds, and their arrival in Iraqi Kurdistan has been championed by some as something of a homecoming - but for most of the people we meet, living in a tent with the barest of essentials, they still feel very far from home. Parts of this programme were first broadcast in October 2013. 49:58
0110 10.01 1) Life in the Freezer It has been so cold in the United States this week that whole parks have seemingly iced over and people have been throwing pans of boiling water in the air to watch it turn to snow before it lands. Stories like this are an every day occurrence in the Russian town of Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place on the the planet. Cars there are double glazed so the windscreens won't shatter in the cold and thermometers have to be specially built to record the extreme temperatures. Russian service head Artyom Liss, who visited the area shares some survival tips. 2) The Other Side of Fallujah If you have heard of Fallujah you will most likely have been hearing about violence. The government lost control of the city last week, but for years it's been a hotspot of insurgent activity. Why is this city so troubled and what happens there outside of the chaos we are used to hearing about? BBC Arabic's Basheer Alzaidi tells us a different story of the city. 3) Multilingual Children One of the common dilemmas that many of our Language Service journalists face is not necessarily in the newsroom, but in their own homes. It is the challenge of raising a bilingual - or even multilingual - child here in the UK. Does your child speak your mother tongue? And which language do they prefer? We get insights from the BBC's Zoya Trunova, Leyla Najafova from our Azeri language service and Thomas Pappon from BBC Brasil. 4) Juba Diary South Sudan saw out the old year with a bang and ushered in the new with more bangs. On New Year's eve, BBC Africa's Anne Soy got the green light to fly into the capital, Juba and she shares her diary from her week there. 5) Drawing Partition The lawyer Cyril Radcliffe's name is barely remembered in his native United Kingdom, but it has an immediate resonance in India and Pakistan where he was responsible for drawing The Radcliffe Line demarcating the two countries in 1947. A new play in London, by Howard Brenton, looks at the remarkably short period of five weeks in which he did so, with no prior knowledge of the area at all or experience in map making. Vandna Dhand of BBC Hindi and Arif Shamim of BBC Urdu have previewed the play and tell David what they thought. 6) Online Greatest Hits Fifi Haroon takes us on a whirl around some of the top-hitting stories from the BBC's language websites, including the dog who swallowed a diamond ring and the man who got stuck in a washing machine. 49:57
0117 17.01 1) I Witnessed the Golden Temple Siege The siege at Amritsar came back into the public eye this week with claims that Britain "colluded" with the Indian government over the bloody siege of the Sikh Golden Temple 30 years ago. Operation Blue Star, as it was codenamed, was aimed at flushing out Sikh separatists. The raid ended in a bloodbath and former BBC Hindi reporter Satish Jacob was one of the few journalists at the scene watching it unfold. 2) Singing Presidents Does your president like to sing and dance in public? It's a habit that seems to be in vogue with many Central Asian leaders at the moment, from the president of Kazakhstan bursting into folk medley in a yurt, to the Turkmen leader DJing in a white tuxedo. BBC Uzbek's Rustam Qobil and Elchin Suleymanov from the BBC's Azeri service give their top three staged (and secretive) presidential pop moments and try to understand why music matters to the Central Asian political classes. 3) Tunisia Press Freedom Did the fall of Ben Ali make any difference for press freedom in Tunisia? This week the country marked three years since the autocratic former president fled to Saudi Arabia in the face of huge protests. So has the Arab Spring delivered better or worse conditions for writers and journalists in Tunisia? BBC Africa's Sihem Hassaini tells us about freedom, red lines and black books. 4) Favourite Statues Last week ancient statues at an archaeological park in Colombia were apparently removed and replaced with cardboard cut-outs. Officials said the pieces were being transported to the national museum in Bogota, but it looked like a prank and disappointed visitors were not amused. We sent the Fifth Floor mic a roving to uncover other barmy statue stories. We hear from Latin American journalist Lourdes Heredia, BBC Brasil's Thomas Pappon and Tin Htar Swe from BBC Burmese. 5) Run Run Shaw Tribute Run Run Shaw was the co-founder of Shaw Brothers Studios, producing almost 1,000 films from early beginnings in 1937, almost up to his death earlier this month aged 107. Signature titles like The One-Armed Swordsman were huge hits, bringing together uncomplicated, trashy fiction with high action martial arts. Martin Yip from BBC Chinese and the BBC's Hong Kong correspondent, Juliana Liu pay tribute to the man and his films. 6) Online Greatest Hits Fifi Haroon picks out her favourite stories from the BBC's language service websites, including the hopeful Chinese bride who's advertising herself on a billboard and the Indian tiger who's stopping children from going to school. 49:57
0124 24.01 1) Kiev: the Story of Hrushevsky Street Anti-government protesters in Kiev have been inching closer and closer to Hrushevsky Street. The road is home to Ukrainian government buildings as well as the football stadium where local team Dynamo Kiev play, but this week it was overrun by bullets, molotov cocktails and burning tyres, the stadium was damaged and the ticket office burned down. The Ukrainian Service's Andriy Kravets tells the story of this iconic street and its significance. 2) The Hidden Musical Instruments of Iran An Iranian TV channel caused a sensation this week by showing a musical instrument on television for the first time in 30 years. The practice has been banned in the country because some Shia clerics say that broadcasting music is at odds with Islam, so Iran adopted a curious policy of broadcasting concerts but not showing the instruments - often replacing them with vases of flowers. Golnoosh Golshani and Faranak Amidi of the Persian Service discuss how to perform music on Iranian TV. 3) Travel Guide to Sochi Sochi - the Black Sea holiday resort also known as the "Russian Riveria" - is the rather unexpected, sub-tropical venue for next month's Winter Olympic Games. BBC Russian's Anastasia Uspenskaya gives her top Sochi city travel tips - though it may be difficult to avoid the "twin toilets". 4) Online Greatest Hits Fifi Haroon gives the low down on the top-hitting stories across the Language Service websites, including a Belarussian parrot running in local elections and a Chinese computer game targeting corrupt government officials. 5) Borderlife: Uzbekistan What is it like to live along Uzbekistan's borders? Our Central Asian journalists take us on a journey around the landlocked country, with Moheb Mudessir on the Afghan-Uzbek border, Sirojuddin Tolibov on the Tajik-Uzbek separation, Rose Kudabaeva from the Kazakh-Uzbek divide, and Ibrat Safo along the Turkmen-Uzbek crossing. 6) Komla Dumor Tribute This week the BBC lost a great man: journalist Komla Dumor was a friend to all who knew him in the BBC. This is our tribute to him in his own words. 49:54
0131 31.01 1) Buying Ex-army Scrap in Kandahar Mamoon Durrani, who contributes to the BBC's Afghan service, describes the scrap markets that have sprung up in Kandahar selling ex-army equipment from the military bases that are closing down as the international forces leave Afghanistan. He's seen car parts, washing machines and even military fatigues being sold for crazy prices. 2) Morsi and Sisi This week the former President of Egypt Mohammed Morsi was in the dock, and rather extraordinarily, sealed in a glass box to mute his protests. In the same week, the man widely tipped to be his successor - General al-Sisi - was endorsed by the army to run for the presidency. The rivalry between these two men has fascinated Egyptian media. BBC Arabic's Dina Demrdash reports. 3) Mixtape: Brazil Bruno Garcez of BBC Brasil spins the first ever Fifth Floor mixtape. He chooses tracks from unexpected areas of Brazil where techno, Afrobeat, "guitarrada" and groove all thrive - sometimes in the same piece of music. And he explains why his tracks reflect the Caribbean and African influences as well as international trends. 4) Online Greatest Hits Fifi Haroon gives the low down on the top-hitting stories across the Language Service websites, including flatulent German cows and placenta recipes. 5) Fleeing Bor BBC Media Action's Manyang David Mayar was among the thousands of civilians fleeing heavy fighting in Bor, a market town on the Nile river in South Sudan. When fierce fighting erupted between two factions of government in December, he decided to seek sanctuary for his family in a makeshift camp in the bush. 6) Dishonouring the Family Name? A court in India has begun hearing a case where a father is suing his son for ruining the family name, because he married a woman of a lower caste. He says his son has demolished nearly 400 years of family tradition. Marrying for love in India has never been a smooth business as Suhail Haleem from Delhi explains. 7) Currency Crisis So how do you cope when your country's currency goes awol? They call it devaluation - and Buenos Aires has just seen its most dramatic in a decade. Language service journalists from Argentina, Azerbaijan, Brazil and Zimbabwe share stories of economic woes of when their money becomes worthless. 52:58
0207 07.02 1) Why Iran Salutes a Cardboard Khomeini Iran is marking 35 years since the Islamic Revolution and Ayatollah Khomeini's return from exile in France by marching cardboard cut-outs of the supreme leader down the red carpeted steps of inflatable planes. BBC Persian's Hossein Sharif tells us why. 2) Reporting Gay Rights Gay rights has been in the headlines in Russia, Nigeria and also in Brazil, which has just broadcast its first prime-time gay kiss in a popular soap opera. The act provoked a big response across the country and on BBC Brasil's Facebook page. Homosexuality is never an easy issue to report for the language services BBC Africa's Josephine Hazeley, BBC Russian's Nikolay Voronin and BBC Brasil's Fernanda Niedecker discuss the challenges. 3) Arabic Fiction Prize The long list for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction has just been released with authors from Egypt, Syria and Iraq competing for the award. Soumer Daghastani and Anwar Hamed from BBC Arabic discuss issues of conflict and social upheaval in the novels and whether audiences might just prefer some escape from these themes? 4) Love Your Stan Kazakhstan's president has floated the idea of changing his country's name to lose the 'stan'. Why? Because he's unhappy that his country is often confused with other states in the region but many Kazakhs also like to point out that they are much better off than their troubled stan neighbours - referring not just to Afghanistan or Pakistan but also Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. So is it a good idea? We're joined by Aamer Ahmed Khan of Pakistan and Rustam Qobil of Uzbekistan. 5) Castaway Tales The unbelievable story of the man said to be lost at sea for more than a year may turn out to be just that - unbelievable - but what his tale has done is inspire journalists from across the Fifth Floor to remember their favourite tales of those who were shipwrecked and lost at sea. 6) Online Greatest Hits Fifi Haroon gives the low down on the top-hitting stories across the Language Service websites, including Sochi's shabby accommodation for journalists and couples getting stuck in embarrassing situations. 50:18
0214 14.02 1) Peace Talks Around the World Is reporting peace harder than reporting war? BBC Persian's Mehrdad Farahmand, who is currently in Geneva reporting the Syrian peace talks, and BBC Africa's Caroline Karobia, who spent three years covering talks between North and South Sudan, share their stories of what goes on behind the scenes - and why some reporters get into punch-ups while reporting peace. 2) Cairo: Reporting Under a Climate of Fear Ashraf Khalil has been reporting from Cairo since 1997 but never before has he felt so afraid to work there. He describes a climate that feels something like a witch hunt for journalists, activists and NGO workers - anyone who's not entirely in step with the accepted national narrative. The pressure to conform to an agreed script comes not just from Egyptian government circles but also from the wider population who, he argues, have spent too many months in fear. 3) Kite Flying in Delhi It's kite flying season across South Asia, and from India BBC Hindi's Nitin Srivastava reminisces about the afternoons he spent as a child flying kites on the rooftops of Delhi with his brother. He goes down to the Red Fort - one of the old town's flying hot spots - to relive his youth and join dozens of children as they compete with their material birds. 4) Love Thy Neighbour: The Azeris and the Turks Now as you know there are 27 languages here on the 5th floor. Two of them - Azeri and Turkish - are actually very close. They sort of share an alphabet, same vocabulary, the cadence and rhythm sounds in their two languages are very similar but there are some key differences which can lead to awkward moments. Editors Famil Ismailov - from Azerbaijan - and Murat Nisancioglu - from Turkey - talk through the friendly rivalry between the two countries and the mishaps of mistranslations. 5) Freedom Songs: Argentina As part of the BBC's Freedom season, Natalio Cosoy of BBC Mundo hears from the 30-something generation that grew up in the shadow of violence of military rule in Argentina. He follows the story of two boys who were kidnapped from their left wing parents and handed over to military families and talks about survival and the freedom songs that came to define their generation. 6) Online Greatest Hits Fifi Haroon gives the low down on the top-hitting stories across the Language Service websites, including a sleepwalking statue and incorrect Gujarati textbooks. 49:56
0221 21.02 1) Mugabe at 90 As President Mugabe celebrates his 90th birthday, Zimbabwean journalists working for BBC Africa share their memories of the rollercoaster of living and reporting on the man who's spent over three decades in power. Kim Chakanetsa, Lewis Machipisa and Stanley Kwenda. 2) An Ode to Kiev The golden statue of Mother Ukraine watched over Independence square in Kiev as it turned into a bloody battleground between protestors and government forces this week. Ukrainian journalist Olexiy Solohubenko paints a unique picture of the unrest as it continues amongst the city's famous landmarks. 3) The Apollo of Gaza A statue thought to be an ancient bronze of Apollo, Greek God of poetry and love, has dropped off the radar after being found in the sea off Gaza last summer and surfacing briefly on eBay. It is 2,500 years old and priceless. Shahdi Alkashif from BBC Arabic reports. 4) Pakistani Journalese It's now fairly commonplace to hear English phrases crop up in Urdu news bulletins - words like "targeted killing" and even the Latin phrase "suo moto" are used widely in Pakistani journalese and in regular conversation. But how did these phrases come about and what do they say about Pakistani media and society? Fahad Desmukh sends a letter from Karachi. 5) What Guantanamo means for Afghans It's a place that became significant across the world but in Afghanistan the word Guantanamo has become part of the national psyche - inspiring songs, literature and a national debate. More Afghans have been held in Guantanamo than any other nationality. Dawood Azami from the Afghan Service went to visit the prison in Cuba and assesses the significance of the place in the mind of Afghans. 6) Music of the Iranian Underground Why is heavy metal often the music of choice for rebellious Iranians? BBC Persian's Behzad Bolour meets the metal heads who've rebelled against the restrictions on music in the decades since the Revolution, and describes an encounter with one extraordinary musician who walked from Iran to Sweden carrying the guitar he'd made himself. 7) Online Greatest Hits Fifi Haroon gives the low down on the top-hitting stories across the Language Service websites, including Kazakh lingerie and Israeli dog poo. 49:55
0228 28.02 1) Crimea - A User's Guide The drama in Ukraine continues, but if last week all eyes were on Maidan Square, this week attention has shifted to Crimea, the autonomous peninsula to the south of Ukraine that is home to ethnic Russians, ethnic Ukrainians, Crimean Tartars and the Russian Black Sea Fleet. Yevgeny Kanevsky from the BBC Russian Service knows the place well and tells us what you need to know to understand Crimea. 2) Farewell DC10 BBC Bengali's Shahnaz Parveen has taken the last ever DC10 international passenger flight, travelling from Dhaka to Birmingham. She wondered if she would survive a long haul flight on an aircraft that's older than her, but she did. Even though there was no in-flight entertainment the party atmosphere in the cabin and the stories of the crew who have devoted their lives to the DC10 helped the hours fly by. 3) Karachi You're Killing Me! Ayesha Khan is a young, single journalist dodging bombs and bullets, avoiding lost lion cubs, and attending Pakistan's Fashion Week - all on a diet of beer, cigarettes and chili chips. She's the narrator of journalist Saba Imtiaz's first novel, Karachi,You're Killing Me! which has just been published. Saba Imtiaz and Mohammed Hanif of BBC Urdu and an acclaimed novelist, join The Fifth Floor to talk about the perils, pleasures and occasional laugh-out-loud moments of being a journalist in Karachi. 4) Fifi Fifi Haroon gives the low down on the top-hitting stories across the Language Service websites, including Chinese cats living like kings and the pitfalls of proposing in public. 5) Embedded in the Central African Republic 'A convoy of terror' that's how BBC Swahili's Kassim Kayira described his latest assignment when he was embedded with AU peacekeepers who were trying to provide a safe passage to hundreds of Muslims trying to escape Christian militia attacks. Kassim reads a few pages from his diary from the trip and tells David what it was like to be embedded. 6) Sufi Sounds BBC Uzbek journalist Rustam Qobil travelled recently to northern Afghanistan where he found a renaissance in the mysterious Sufi school of Islam. As part of his journey he encountered chanting and singing worshippers, eyes closed, lost in their hypnotic prayer. Rustam talks us through some of the unique sounds of the Sufi. 7) Lupita at the Oscars It's Oscars weekend and it's causing a frenzy of activity in Kenya. This is the first time a Kenyan has been nominated. Lupita Nyong'o is up for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 12 Years a Slave, but as Frenny Jowi from our Nairobi bureau reports it hardly matters whether she wins or loses because the Lupita effect has firmly taken hold already. 49:57
0307 07.03 1) Carnival and Crisis in Caracas How do you stage a carnival in Caracas when the city has been having street protests for more than three weeks? And one year on from his death, it seems that Hugo Chavez still watches over Venezuela - his picture is on street corners, in cafes, on t-shirts, and even earrings. Irene Caselli reports on an ongoing crisis, violence, carnival and the commemoration of the death of a man who - whichever side you are on - changed Venezuela's history for good. 2) Chechen Music The Pankisi Gorge sits in the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia. It has about 15,000 ethnic Chechen residents, whose ancestors migrated there in the 18th Century, and who maintain a strong musical heritage. BBC Arabic's Murad Shishani - a Chechen from Jordan - travelled to Pankisi to talk to the Chechen musicians about the way their dramatic landscape and turbulent history is interwoven into the music they make. 3) Online Greatest Hits Fifi Haroon gives the low down on the top-hitting stories across the Language Service websites, including an Iranian detective parrot and a smarty-pants Japanese robot. 4) Turkey's TV soaps Politics is increasingly finding its way into Turkish TV drama. This week a new soap opera "Kaizilelma" (Red Apple) is tackling the reports of plots to assassinate Prime Minister Erdogan. So how has the political crisis in Turkey influenced drama makers who try to imitate issues widely debated in society? With BBC Arabic's Dalia Haidar and Cagil Kasapoglu from the Turkish Service. 5) Stories from the Frontline: Crimea "'Don't move or I'll shoot!' someone shouts from the bushes. Slowly, I turn my head and see a gun fitted with a silencer, pointing at me." BBC Russian's Olga Ivshina describes a tense stand off with Russian-speaking troops in Crimea. 6) A Crash Course in Putinese President Putin had had very little to say in public about the Crimean crisis until Tuesday this week when he gathered together journalists in the Kremlin to share his views. His words were carefully dissected and translated - because Putin has something of a unique style. He's a fan of colourful language, street speak and criminal slang which gave some translators something of a headache. BBC Russian's Alexander Kan brings us his interpretation of 'Putinese'. 7) Understanding the Oligarchy So what's the difference between a Russian oligarch and a Ukrainian oligarch? Irena Taranyuk and Masha Alexandrova give a rundown of all you wanted to know about the Eastern European business elite but were afraid to ask - and explain why understanding the oligarchs is key to deciphering the current crisis in Ukraine. 49:56
0314 14.03 1) Pakistan Famine Crisis Thar is one of Pakistan's most remote regions. It's a desert area in the south, around 200 miles from Karachi, and has recently been hit by a devastating drought and famine. It's reported that since December around 100 children have died due to malnutrition. Riaz Sohail has been in Thar for BBC Urdu and gives his personal insights of reporting such a challenging and upsetting story. 2) No English Please, We're Gambian The Gambian President Yahya Jammeh announced this week that he wanted to get rid of what he calls a colonial relic - the English language. He's not yet specified whether he is going to replace English with Mandinka, Wolof or Fula, the other three main languages in the country. Nearly six months ago President Jammeh announced that his country would be pulling out of the Commonwealth. BBC Africa's Esau Williams explains. 3) How's Your Pidgin? Finding a common African language has been the subject of discussion for years across the continent. In Nigeria there was a move to create a language like an African version of Esperanto but it never got off the ground. But there's another language that was born out of necessity that crosses the boundaries of West African countries and that is pidgin. Peter Okwoche and Akwasi Sarpong give us a masterclass. 4) Kyrgyzstan's Robot Dancing Sensation Atai Omurzakov has become an internet sensation with his incredibly robot-like dance. The 21-year-old has also been a hit with judges, winning Cesko Slovensko Ma Talent (the Czech and Slovak version of the Got Talent franchise) and getting to the finals of Ukraine's Got Talent with his jerky "electric boogie". His performances have gained him a reputation across the world and he's hailed as a hero in Kyrgyzstan. His latest appearance has been on BBC Kyrgyz here in Broadcasting House. Gulnara Kasmambet will tell us how the 'Atai' went down on the fifth floor and why he's doing it all for his mum. 5) Hear My Country: Syria It's the third anniversary of the start of the Syrian conflict and with that in mind we bring together three Syrian journalists from the Arabic Service to reflect on the music that defines their nation now. With Soumer Daghastani, Kassem Al Mazraani and Mamdouh Akbiek. The tracks played are: Al Rosana performed by Sabah Fakhri, Wadi Al-Safi and Simon Shabeem & Quantara; Ala Mowj El Bahr by Lena Chamamyan and Sha'amu performed by Fairuz. 6) No Home, No Vote BBC Hindi's Nitin Srivastava is on the election trail travelling across India talking to voters ahead of next month's general election. His latest stop is Uttar Pradesh, where more than 40,000 people, mostly Muslims, were displaced after violence erupted with Hindus last year. Nitin planned to go to a refugee camp to find a case study of someone who now can't vote because they didn't have time to pack their identification when they fled their home. Instead of finding one, he has found hundreds and hundreds of families with the same story. Nitin will send us a report of what he's discovered on his journey through the refugee camps. 7) Online Greatest Hits Fifi Haroon gives the low down on the top-hitting stories across the Language Service websites, including naked tourists in Peru and reluctant Sri Lankan hangmen. 49:58
0321 21.03 1) Colombia's Houses of Horror Even in the context of Colombia, a country that is no stranger to violence, Buenaventura is a no go zone. It's been dubbed 'horror city' because of the depraved way in which gangs there have started to torture and kill their victims, in what have become known as 'casas de pique' or 'chop houses'. BBC Mundo's Arturo Wallace from BBC Mundo travelled there and shares his experiences. 2) Tunisia's Mubaras BBC Africa's Sihem Hassaini is fast approaching that magical age by which her aunts think she should be married off to a nice young man. In Tunisia if you're unmarried by 30 you get labelled a 'mubara', or an 'old maid'. But more and more young, professional women like Sihem are choosing to ditch this title and live an independent life, she tells us why. 3) Gaza's Only Music School It was founded in 2008, to teach young Gazans to read music, sing and play eastern and western instruments. The school currently has 185 students and is struggling on despite being pushed to the financial brink. Shahdi Alkashif from BBC Arabic reports from his a visit to the school. 4) Wiki Wars The Crimea crisis is also being played out on Wikipedia - the site has been hot with activity since the crisis began but the battles have gone into overdrive this week with people battling over terminology and details and lambasting each other for bias. Famil Ismailov from BBC Russian and Irena Taranyuk from BBC Ukranian check out the activity on the site over the last few days. 5) Kabul Cinema The Aryoub was Kabul's biggest and best loved cinema - it was the place to be and be seen before the civil war, but the crumbled wreckage has served as a constant reminder to people in the city of how much has been lost over the years. Now it has been refurbished and has just re-opened. BBC Afghan editor Meena Baktash used to go there with her family as a child and shares her memories. 6) Online Greatest Hits Fifi Haroon gives the low down on the top-hitting stories across the Language Service websites, including smelly ear wax and a man with 98 children. 50:27
0328 28.03 1) Pistorius and South Africa's Media Even if you're not following it, it seems impossible to avoid the Oscar Pistorius trial currently being played out in technicolour in South Africa. One glamorous but troubled athlete accused of intentionally killing his model girlfriend, a charge which he denies. All the twists and turns of their relationship and the events of the fateful day are pinging onto phones and being beamed into sitting rooms around the world. But what does the trial tell us about South Africa? BBC Africa's Nomsa Maseko gives us her thoughts from inside the court room. 2) On Earthquake Watch in Chile The needle on the richter scale has been pretty busy in northern Chile recently. 300 earthquakes were recorded in one week. Many were quite minor, but experts are shocked by this unusual amount of seismic activity, even in a country which is prone to tremors. People are wondering if this could be a pre-cursor to something big, and it's feeding the country's earthquake paranoia. BBC Mundo's Paula Molina is in the capital Santiago and will tell us what it's like living in a country that is constantly preparing for the next 'big one'. 3) Nigeria's Hottest Sounds This week the BBC's Focus on Africa programme linked up with BBC 1xtra in the UK to celebrate the hottest sounds coming out of Nigeria. And they had some pretty big names on air too. Focus On Africa's Peter Okwoche gives us the low down. 4) Burma VJ In the last few years Burma has faced extraordinary changes. One man who has witnessed those changes first hand is Min Htut Oo. He was working as journalist in Burma at the height of the most recent tensions, filming protests and smuggling out tapes through a network of contacts who would ensure that the story of Burma would be told despite the risks. He is now working with our Burmese language service and came to the Fifth Floor studio to tell his story. 5) Comedy in Tamil Films This weekend a new 15-part weekly series kicks off on BBC Tamil, it's called The History of Tamil Film Comedy. It will look back at the origins and the evolution of comedy in an industry that's one of India's largest cultural institutions. Chennai-based presenter Sampath Kumar and editor of BBC Tamil Thirumalai Manivannan tell us about the stars, the plots and what makes a Tamil audience laugh. 6) Online Greatest Hits Fifi Haroon gives the low down on the top-hitting stories across the Language Service websites, including a forgotten luxury boat and letterboxes stuffed with mysterious cash. 7) The Man who Loses Elections It's election time in India and BBC Hindi has come across an independent candidate who's not scared to lose. K.Shyam Babu Subudhi has contested every election since 1957 in Odisha in eastern India, and lost. Nitin Srivastava finds out why. 49:55
0401 01.04 Freedom and Journalism On this day of Freedom Live across the BBC, the Fifth Floor brings you an extravaganza of: 1) Music: São Paulo singer Monica Vasconcelos and her quartet perform Brazilian protest songs from the 1970s that rebelled against the military junta - Apesar de Voce, Carcara, and Rei Morto Rei Posto 2) Discussion: Does the freedom to report come at a cost? BBC Language Service journalists Behzad Bolour, Priyath Liyanage and Kasim Kayira debate freedom and journalism in Iran, Sri Lanka and Africa's Great Lakes region. 3) Satire: What have two African presidents got to say on the subject of freedom in the 21st Century? Resident president (the sort of democratically elected) Kibarkingmad and His Excellency Haile Unlikely (in office for a number of decades) ponder what it feels like to be free. 4) History: Did you know that the first ever African-American newspaper to be published in the US was called the Freedom Journal? Kim Chakanetsa tells the story of this pioneering paper that was printed well before the abolition of slavery. 50:54
0411 11.04 1) India at the Polls It's the biggest democratic exercise in history, but what does it take to be a candidate in India's 2014 elections? Bring out your gender, purse, and party symbols and join BBC Hindi's Divya Arya for a quiz. Plus, Divya gives her own insights of being on the election trail in India's North East - the so-called 'Seven Sisters' region - and meeting the activist Irom Sharmila who has been on hunger strike for the last 14 years. 2) Pakistan: 'VIP' Traffic Jams Major traffic jams are an unfortunate occurrence in pretty much every big city around the world, but in Pakistan - a country frequently in the news for its security issues - being stuck at the lights takes on a rather different dimension. Karachi reporter Fahad Desmukh reflects on the rise of enormous security convoys for Pakistani 'VIPs' and the impact of this on the public psyche. 3) Rwanda: 20 Years After Genocide BBC Africa has been marking the 20th anniversary of Rwanda's genocide in which over 800,000 people - mostly Tutsis and moderate Hutus - were killed in the space of 100 days. Venuste Nshimiyimana, who now works for the African Service, was in Kigali at the time and took refuge with thousands of other people in a school guarded by UN peacekeepers. He talks about being on the last convoy out of the school and the fate of those left behind. Plus, BBC Afrique reporter Maud Julien reports on the legacy of the genocide and how it sparked war and instability in neighbouring DR Congo. 4) Hear My Country: Ukraine Can you pick a song that defines your country? If you're Ukrainian it's certainly not an easy choice against the current backdrop of political and social upheaval. Ukrainian journalists Artyom Liss, Irena Taranuk and Yevgeny Kanevsky give an insight into cultural identity found in the country's music. 5) Online Greatest Hits Fifi Haroon gives the low down on the top-hitting stories across the Language Service websites including 190 bee stings on your body and a bubble wrap painting of Marilyn Monroe. 49:39
0418 18.04 1) The Politics of Diplomatic Gifts For more than 50 years, China has been sending pandas to zoos around the world as cuddly ambassadors, an exercise which has become known as 'panda diplomacy'. This month Malaysia was to be the latest country to receive a gift of a pair of pandas to mark 40 years of friendly relations between Beijing and Kuala Lumpur. However, this has now been postponed by China, reportedly as a result of strained relations between the two countries in the aftermath of the missing Malaysian plane - where over half of the passengers were Chinese nationals. BBC Chinese's Xin Li explains the politics of pandas - how does China use pandas to wield political influence? And what do diplomatic gifts say about their givers and receivers? BBC Russian's Famil Ismailov and BBC Africa's Kim Chakanetsa tell the stories behind other unexpected political presents. 2) Valparaíso: the Story of a City More than 10,000 people have been left homeless after the forest fire that broke out at the end of last week devastated parts of Valparaíso in Chile. It's a city that many people in Chile hold close to their hearts with an authentic bohemian flavour and fantastic views of a strange sort of waste beauty. BBC Mundo's Paula Molina has visited Valparaiso many times, she tells the story of the the city. 3) Benin: Facial Scarring Tribal body marking has a long history in Africa. In some communities, a child's face is incised at an early age so it to grows up with a pattern of scars that will identify lineage and ethnicity. Today, the practice is stigmatised though it still continues in many countries. BBC Afrique's Laeila Adjovi travels to Benin, where her own ancestors are from, to understand the tradition of facial scarring - the ceremonies and the secret meaning of these marks. 4) Reporting the Violence in Northern Nigeria On Monday Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, was rocked by bombs that killed more than 70 people, and that same night a girls' school in the north of the country was attacked and more than 100 girls were abducted. It is still not confirmed who is behind the attacks, but many believe them to be the work of the Islamist militant organisation Boko Haram. Just this year, the group's fighters have killed more than 1,500 civilians in three states in north-east Nigeria. Aliyu Tanko and Jimeh Saleh from BBC Hausa both come from regions that have been caught up in the violence. They tell us about reporting a story that is so close to home. 5) An NGO Mockumentary Aid for Aid is not a real organisation, but it's got people talking in Kenya. It's a fictitious NGO at the heart of a spoof programme called The Samaritans that delves into the farcical behaviour and decision-making that goes on in charitable organisations. In Nairobi, BBC Africa's Michael Kaloki meets the producers of the programme. 49:56
0425 25.04 Will there be protests or parties in Rio? David Amanor takes a tour of Rio de Janeiro with BBC Brasil journalists who are watching as the city prepares for the World Cup. There's just seven weeks to go and the tension and excitement is mounting. This week the World Cup trophy arrived in the city to a fanfare of music and queues of adoring fans, but across town, just a few blocks from Copacabana beach, two people were killed and clashes broke out in the streets. So how do you keep tabs on such a vibrant and volatile city? BBC reporter Jefferson Puff and his colleagues introduce David to their contacts, the people who help them understand what's going on inside Brazil's cultural capital right now. We hear about the passinho - the dance craze that was born in the favela and has spread across Brazil, and from the satirist who takes a creative approach to protesting. We unpick Brazil's complex relationship with the beautiful game through the football anthems past and present, and hear how a new currency was born out of a $urreal rise in prices. 49:52
0502 02.05 1) Don't Mention the Biafran War Half of a Yellow Sun is a film set against the backdrop of Nigeria's Biafra war - a terrible conflict at the end of the 1960s that pitched one ethnic group the Igbo, against Hausa and Yoruba. Its based on a novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and is released at a time when Nigeria is once more in turmoil with violence never far from the news. So is this the reason why the country's film censors have delayed its release? Chikodili Emelumadu and Aliyu Tanko, two BBC African journalists who were not born at the time, explain why 44 years on, the subject is still so sensitive. 2) Secret History of Taksim Square Istanbul's Taksim Square - a city space now synonymous with rallies and violence, but has it always held that symbolism? BBC Turkish editor Murat Nisancioglu charts the untold stories of Taksim Square through the years. 3) Love in Post-Apartheid South Africa This week marks 20 years since the first fully democratic elections in South Africa. BBC Africa contributor Mpho Lakaje, who was a teenager at the time in Soweto, remembers when his parents first voted, and how in post-apartheid South Africa he found love in an inter-racial relationship. 4) Venezuela Bootilicious? In Venezuela some women go to extraordinary lengths to achieve their ideal figure - girls get breast implants for their 15th birthday and some women are even having banned injections in their buttocks to achieve a bountiful bottom. Irene Caselli reports from Caracas on this sometimes quite dangerous pursuit of beauty. 5) Love Thy Neighbour: Afghanistan and Pakistan It's coming up to a year since Nawaz Sharif retook the reins of prime ministerial power in Pakistan, and right now he's cautiously eyeing his important neighbours - India and Afghanistan - who are both currently in the middle of general elections. So, will their new rulers be friend or foe to Pakistan? BBC Urdu's satirist Mohammed Hanif wonders how closely the old adage 'Love Thy Neighbour' applies to Nawaz Sharif. Plus, Urdu service head Aamer Ahmed Khan and BBC Afghan editor Emal Pasarly give an insight into the fractious and very complex neighbourly relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan. 6) Online Greatest Hits Fifi Haroon gives the low down on the top-hitting stories across the Language Service websites, including Indian mangoes and the weak ankles of Michaelangelo's David. 49:55
0509 09.05 1) Living in the Shadow of Boko Haram The international community is finally taking action on the abduction of more than 200 school girls by Boko Haram in northern Nigeria three weeks ago. This comes as more abductions in the region are being reported. The Hausa Service's Bilkisu Babangida knows Boko Haram and their tactics very well, she lived amongst them as a journalist in Maiduguri for 10 years and interviewed their leaders and followers. She tells us about her own personal experience of the extremist group, the fear it exerts and the characteristics of its leaders. 2) Spotlight on Egypt The campaign for the Presidency in Egypt is in full swing as the two election candidates took to the TV this week to perform for votes. Though there are two men in the running the spotlight has focused heavily on Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, Egypt's former army chief and the man who removed President Mohammed Morsi from power last July. It was his first ever televised interview as a civilian and Egyptians were glued to their televisions. Angy Ghannam from BBC Monitoring, along with many of her country folk, was watching and assessing performances. Also, BBC Persian's Mehrdad Faramand talks about Egypt's uneasy ties with long time foe Iran, and BBC Turcke's Selin Gerit breaks down the ever-changing relationship between Cairo and Ankara. 3) Online Greatest Hits Fifi Haroon gives the low down on the top-hitting stories across the Language Service websites, including fish falling from the sky in Sri Lanka and throwing tables on Jordanian TV. 4) Gujarat Ghettos Hindi service reporter Divya Arya has been on India's election trail for five weeks visiting different states to get under the skin of the issues affecting voters lives. Her final destination was front-runner Narendra Modi's patch, Gujarat. While this region is seen as a poster child for economic development under Modi's management, it also still bears the open wounds of communal violence between Hindus and Muslims 12 years ago, in riots which left more than 1,000 people dead. Divya found that one legacy of those riots has been the rapid growth of a ghetto, Jahupura, in the state capital Ahmedabad. 5) Drinking Ayahuascar in Colombia Ayahuascar is a traditional Latin American hallucinogenic drink mixed and dispensed by Colombian shamans. BBC Mundo's Hernando Alvarez explains the origins of the potion, the rituals involved and some of the dangers behind it. 6) Sea Shanties Does your country have a tradition of songs about the sea? This week the Fifth Floor mic takes you for a musical voyage on the open seas - with a playlist of songs about the ocean, pirates and nautical adventures from Somalia, Brazil, and Russia. 50:33
0516 16.05 1) A portrait of Homs Last week rebel fighters left Homs marking the end of three years of resistance in Syria's third city. Residents are now trickling back. But what has happened to the city that was once dubbed the capital of the revolution? Soumer Daghastani of BBC Arabic knows the city well. He paints us a portrait of Homs and how his family has survived the upheavals in the city. 2) Presidential Put Downs He called her a capricious prostitute and her government retaliated saying that his was not a real country anyway. The heads of North and South Korea have been trading insults with each for some time now - but it's not just this part of the world where presidents and politicians loose their cool. Kasim Kayira of BBC Africa and Famil Ismailov of BBC Russian join us to find out which politicians conjure up the most imaginative slurs and what this kind of talk brings to the world of diplomacy. 3) Wisdom of Barbers/Stories from the Fringe As well as keeping the world's sideburns level and beards in trim, the traditional men's barber often sees and hears it all - from the gossip of politicians to the secrets of superstars. In Senegal, one barber found his skills took him on the journey of a lifetime. And from Sierra Leone, stories from the fringe with BBC Africa's Josephine Hazeley who describes what your hair says about your society. 4) Afghan Traffic Jam Heavy rains at the beginning of the month caused a devastating landslides in the Badakhshan region of north east Afghanistan.The mudslides destroyed lives, homes and part of the Tashkurgon road, which is a key route, through a mountainous region, linking this region to the rest of Afghanistan. It's caused a massive traffic jam, cars and vans have been backed up for days. The Uzbek Service's Hayot Shayban's just got back from the area. 5) A Million Dollars for your Poetry While in most reality competitions around the world contestants young and old strangle out tracks to try and impress celebrity judges, the United Arab Emirates has taken a far more cultured approach to finding talent. Million's Poet has been running for many seasons and the latest is just coming to an end. The show continues to draw audiences from across the Arab world. So why is this poetry karaoke proving to be such a winning formula in the Middle East? BBC Arabic's Dina Demrdash explains. 6) Online Greatest Hits Fifi Haroon gives the low down on the top-hitting stories across the Language Service websites, including a toppling tower and a plucky cat. 49:54
0523 23.05 1) What to do with Escobar's Hippos? Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar died two decades ago, but has left a long and dangerous legacy. It wasn't just crime and cocaine that he was into, but wild animals too. Escobar's luxurious estate had a zoo with giraffe, buffalo, lions, camels and hippos. His ranch became a theme park that Colombians would visit, but after his death in 1993 it fell into disrepair and most of the animals were re-homed, all except the hippos who stayed put and made themselves very comfortable, reproducing at such a rate that they are now a menace to the local population of farmers and fisherman. Hernando Alvarez of BBC Mundo explains the dilemma of what to do with Escobar's hippos. 2) Pakistan's Revolutionary Rhetoric Why is "revolution" the current buzzword of Pakistani politics? Across the political spectrum, parties have been liberally calling for revolution, but no one is entirely sure just how they should be revolting. From Karachi, Fahad Desmukh picks his way through the different revolutions on offer in Pakistan. 3) Vietnam and China Spat Neighbourly relations between China and Vietnam seem to be at an all time low. There have been riots in Vietnam over a Chinese oil rig recently deployed to disputed waters in the South China sea. Luckily tensions haven't spread to the Fifth Floor as Nga Pham from BBC Vietnamese and Temtsel Hao from the Chinese service sit back to back. They will tell us what brings the two countries together at a time when they seem so far apart politically. 4) A Week in Soma It's Turkey's biggest ever mining disaster - last week 301 people were killed when an electrical fault triggered an explosion inside the Soma mine. Selin Girit has been reporting the story for BBC Turkish, including visiting a village that lost 11 people in the blast. She reflects on a week of tragedy, fear and anger. 5) Prescriptions and Pill Popping in India BBC Urdu's Suhail Haleem tells us why doctors are being forced to write prescriptions in block capitals. He remembers helping out at a friend's pharmacy and trying to read the scruffy scrawls with a magnifying glass and also his shock at the amount of pill popping going on in India. 6) China's Banned Books Chan Koon Chung is a Chinese author who writes about ethnicity, sex, and other provocative issues in China. His latest novel has been banned, although like other writers who delve into taboo subjects he remains free to live and continue writing from within China. The book is called The Unbearable Dream of Champa the Driver, and to talk about its themes we've bring together Vincent Ni from BBC Chinese and Juliana Liu who is based in Hong Kong 7) Online Greatest Hits Digital diva Fifi Haroon gives the low down on the top-hitting stories across the language service websites, including divorce parties in Iran and towns with crazy names. 49:58
0530 30.05 1) A Short History of Blasphemy Why is blasphemy such a big issue in Pakistan? It's constantly in the headlines - BBC Urdu's Amber Shamsi tracks the history of blasphemy in Pakistan while satirist Mohammed Hanif breaks down how one can or can't blaspheme in Karachi. 2) Mixtape: Togo BBC Afrique's music journalist Ata Ahli Ahebla spins another Fifth Floor mixtape - this time from Togo. He gives his favourite four tracks spanning 40 years of Togolese music, including Toofan, Bella Bellow, Peter Solo and Elom Vince 3) Sexual Harassment in Egypt Earlier this month, Egypt passed a law addressing one of the country's worst epidemics - sexual harassment. From Cairo, Angy Ghannam reports on what women do to avoid being grabbed and groped, and the lengths that some go to protect themselves in the streets. 4) Election Oddities In the Egyptian elections this week voting was extended, train fares were waived and a public holiday was declared in order to tempt the people out to vote. On Saturday, Syria will be holding its own elections with a whole different set of challenges - Bashar al-Assad is widely expected to win but the question is by how much. In previous campaigns his family has reached the lofty heights of 95% of the vote, and this is the first time in decades that Syria is holding a presidential election with more than one candidate. Journalists Murad Shishani and Shahida Tulaganova discuss some of the more unusual elections of past and present from around the world. 5) Online Greatest Hits Digital diva Fifi Haroon gives the low down on the top-hitting stories across the language service websites, including Mexican snakes and Russian beavers. 6) Comedy in Kampala BBC Africa's Kassim Kayira has been seeing the funny side of life in Uganda. He reports on the rise of stand-up comedy nights in Kampala, what Ugandans are laughing at and what's been tickling him. 49:58
0606 06.06 1) Skipping School to Watch a Revolution In the spring of 1989, more than one million Chinese students and workers occupied Beijing's Tiananmen Square and began the largest political protest in communist China's history. Six weeks of protests ended with the massacre of third and fourth June. It was a period etched into the memories of many in China, not least the journalists of BBC Chinese. Back then, Howard Zhang was an inquisitive and fairly rebellious 18 year old high school student and he shares his memories of the time. 2) An Ode to 1989 This week marks 25 years since Tiananmen Square and since the death of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini, but this year is also the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall and the collapse of communism. In fact, 1989 was something of a seminal year for news. David Amanor is joined by Olexiy Solohubenko to reminisce about a year that saw dramatic changes in the world of politics and had some pretty good music too. 3) Tunisia's War on Trash For years, piles of rubbish have been littering the streets of Tunisia, but in the last few years the problem of uncollected garbage has become so severe that people have been taking matters into their own hands. BBC Afrique's Sihem Hassaini battles her way through bags of rubbish to tell the story. 4) The Downfall of Egyptian Satire Bassem Youssef - the Arab world's best known satirist - has decided to end his hugely popular TV show after what he cites as pressure and intimidation from the Egyptian authorities. BBC Arabic's Dina Demrdash charts his rise and his struggles over the years. 5) Online Greatest Hits Digital diva Fifi Haroon gives the low down on the top-hitting stories across the language service websites, including deadly female-named hurricanes, and a soggy wedding. 6) Storytelling in Kenya This weekend Nairobi will host a festival of International Storytelling as part of the effort to revive a tradition in decline. Storyteller Grace Wangari is joined by Alice Muthengi of BBC Africa who shares the tales of her childhood. 49:52
0613 13.06 1) A Reporter's Guide to Karachi Karachi is the largest, busiest and most violent city in Pakistan - and it's never out of the headlines. This week militants laid siege to the airport, and just the week before the city was at a standstill when the influential leader of a Karachi-based political party was arrested. Being a reporter in the city is not a straightforward gig and it is essential to know your terrain well. Saba Imtiaz maps out an insiders guide to an alternative Karachi. 2) The Karachi Cop and his Novel Hundreds of policemen have lost their lives over the years fighting militants and criminal gangs in Karachi. In return they have been accused of corruption and not being able to deal with the violence on the streets. Omar Shahid Hamid, himself until recently a serving police officer in Karachi, has published a novel called The Prisoner, which highlights the role of the city's cops. Omar discusses these cultural depictions of Pakistan's police along with BBC Urdu's Umber Khairi. 3) Musings on Spain's Royal Family Spain is about to crown a new King after the abdication of his father King Juan Carlos. When the King stepped down it prompted much debate over the role of the monarchy and its place in Spain. Some of that discussion took place round the kitchen table of the de los Reyes family. BBC Mundo's Ignacio de los Reyes mediates the family debate. 4) World Cup Fever in Dhaka Football fever has hit Dhaka, the streets are billowing with the flags for Argentina and Brazil as Bangladeshis mark their territory of who they are supporting. Head of BBC Bangla - Sabir Mustafa, explains why a nation that has never qualified for the World Cup is so football crazy. 5) Stories From the Frontline: Iraq Mosul, the northern Iraqi city is no stranger to conquest. From the Mongol wars of the 13th Century to the latter-day US led invasion, Mosul has always been a hotspot, and this week the government lost control over the city to Jihadist militants in what appears to be a rapidly expanding insurgency. BBC Arabic's Basheer Al Zaidi was born there and his colleague Haider Adnan is from Baghdad, they talk about their hometowns and about reporting a story that is so close to home. 6) Our own World Cup Sweepstake Colleagues at BBC Africa will be watching the football tournament very closely as they want to make a buck or two on the teams they have drawn in the office sweepstake. We'll be finding out who has drawn who and whether it was a free and fair lottery. 49:54
0620 20.06 1) BBC Arabic and Iraq It's been a bleak weak in Iraq. As turmoil and uncertainty continues across the country we look at the story through the eyes of BBC Arabic. They have deployed more people to cover this crisis than any other this year. BBC Arabic Editor Mohammed Yehia talks us through the challenges of shaping and explaining such a complex story. 2) Remembering Peace in Baghdad With real questions over the future of Iraq we look back at a different time in the country, when it was at the forefront of the arts and brimming with music, poetry and painting. BBC Arabic's Lily Al-Tai grew up in Baghdad in the 1970s and has always been closely tied to the arts community there. 3) Russia's Sobriety Bus A British health charity this week suggested the launch of a pilot scheme of "booze buses" across the UK. The aim is to treat drunks and relieve pressure on Accident & Emergency units struggling to cope with hordes of boozers. Russia, orginator of the "drunk tank", has long dealt with occasions of widespread drunkenness - and getting citizens to sober up. From Moscow, journalist Sergei Berets gives a potted history of the Russian sobriety stations. 4) Online greatest hits Digital diva Fifi Haroon gives the lowdown on the top-hitting stories across the language service websites, including Buffalo Bill's bear claw necklace and dodgy condoms in Vietnam. 5) Breaking the silence on Sri Lanka's sectarian violence BBC Sinhala's Azzam Ameen has been reporting on what's being called the worst violence in Sri Lanka in recent years. Four people were killed and hundreds of shops and homes looted after hardline Buddhists attacked a muslim area. Azzam tells us why the local media were silent on this and why he had to console victims of the violence. 6) Chile's Glacier Republic Can you declare a large block of ice a republic? It's a debate that's been raging in Chile, where a legal loophole has meant that a vast spread of glaciers in the country has been declared an "independent nation" by climate activists as a way of highlighting the environmental threat of melting ice. BBC Mundo's Paula Molina in Santiago tells us why she'd like a Republica Glaciar stamp on her passport. 7) Syrian singer song-writer Lena Chamamyan Syrian-Armenian musical trailblazer Lena Chamamyan is considered one of the best singers of her generation. A spirit of Middle Eastern jazz runs through her music - a fusion of traditional eastern songs from the Arab world and Armenia with western styles. The BBC's Soumer Daghastani went backstage at her recent concert to talk music, and her memories of Syria. 49:56
0627 27.06 1) Indian Toilets A month ago two teenage girls disappeared from their homes in the small village of Katra in Uttar Pradesh. They were later found raped and hanged. They had gone out into the fields together to go to the toilet. For the Fifth Floor, Divya Arya travelled to Karmaali in Haryana State to find out more about life for women without a loo. 2) T is the Word Uzbek writer Temur Turaboy has published a novel only using words which begin with the letter 'T'. Hamid Ismailov the Central Asia service editor and the World Service's writer in residence has read it and tells us more. He rises to the challenge of describing The Fifth Floor using only the letter F. 3) Brazil’s Music Snobbery There's a long running debate in musicology circles about what image the country exports through music. We've brought together Felipe Trotta, a music academic, with BBC Brasil's Bruno Garcez for a new understanding of Brazilian music. 4) Online Greates Hits Digital diva Fifi Haroon gives the low down on the top-hitting stories across the language service websites, including a missing Lynx in Moscow. 5) Thursdays in Iraq Thursday is normally the day for celebration in Iraq, it's the traditional day to get married and mark a special occasion. And even despite the violence in Baghdad BBC Arabic's Omar Hekmat, says this Thursday will be the biggest in the wedding calendar. 6) A Slow Boat to the World Cup People have come from far and wide to watch the World Cup in Brazil but Arturo Wallace's journey must be one of the longest. He took a slow boat along the Amazon to watch Honduras play Switzerland in Manaus. 7) Hindi and Modi The Indian government are telling officials and ordinary folk to use Hindi over English when posting to social media, to promote national identity. BBC Hindi's Nitin Srivastava tells us why this push towards Hindi is easier said than done. We also hear from Famil Ismailov of BBC Russian who has been reporting that the State Duma's Culture Committee wants to ban 'foreign words'. 49:51

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