A fresh look at the week's global news from the World Service's 27 language sections, with David Amanor.
A fresh look at the week's global news from the World Service's 27 language sections
David Amanor showcases global stories from the Fifth Floor - home to the BBC’s 27 Language Services.
Marking the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, our language service colleagues share stories of its influence. With Diloram Ibrahimova from Uzbekistan, Nga Pham from Vietnam, Manoshi Barua from India and Shakeel Anwar from Bangladesh.
I Went to Report, I Came Back a Chief
The Half-Widows of Diu
Egypt's Golden Age
My Tale of Two Cities
(Photo: T-shirts portraying Karl Marx, Lenin, Che Guevara and Bob Marley. Credit: Andre Vieira/Getty Images)
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BUSY WEEK FOR BBC HAUSA: Nigeria has been in the grip of increasing violence by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram this week. A surge in attacks means our BBC Hausa service has had a busy time reporting events. But for one man in the team it has been particularly hard. Jimeh Saleh is from Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram. He was back in his home town recently and in a moving interview he tells us he was shocked by the changes he saw there.
PAPPON'S PICKS: Our internet guru Thomas Pappon gives a rundown on the big-hitting stories across the World Service language sites this week - including why a toad made it big on BBC Brasil and how Justin Bieber caused a stir in Indonesia
BIN LADEN BACK IN THE HEADLINES: A year ago this week in the then little known town of Abbotabad a dramatic event was taking place which was first reported by an unsuspecting tweeter. It's a year since the world's most wanted man - Osama Bin Laden - was caught and killed by US forces and the occasion was marked by the release of some of his personal letters seized during the raid. The Head of the BBC's Urdu Service got his head down and waded through hundreds of pages of script to give us his insights into what Osama's missives mean.
COUP PLOTTERS: FINAL PART: Captain Mbango and his sidekick Sergeant Zumzoom have ousted their government, but the African Union is upset, so is a former UN chief, and rebels in the north of the country have declared independence. And now relations have gone sour between the captain and the sergeant and things are about to turn -
PUTIN'S COMING BACK: Here's a handy hint when you're remembering your Russian Presidents: they go, bald, hairy, bald, hairy...Lenin was bald, Stalin was hairy, Khrushchev was bald and Brezhnev was hairy, Gorbachev, bald and Yeltsin, hairy, then there's Putin who's receding followed by Medvedev with hair, and now Putin again. This pattern goes all the way back to the 19th Century. Never say you never learnt anything from the The Fifth Floor
(Image: Osama Bin Laden. Credit: Getty)
Bin Laden's letters are released but what do his missives mean?
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