The Fifth Floor

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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

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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 BBC's Peter Macjob got more than he bargained for when he reported on a traditional festival in Nigeria's Ogun State. Suffice to say he came back crowned.

The Half-Widows of Diu
Every year hundreds of fishermen from India and Pakistan stray into each other's maritime territory and end up in jail. BBC Gujarati reporter Roxy Gagdekar met some of the wives left to cope alone for years at a time, the "half-widows".

Somalia's Gabooye
Qalib Barud of BBC Somali recently reported on discrimination in Somali society against a group of clans commonly referred to as the Gabooye.

Egypt's Golden Age
Angy Ghannam of BBC Monitoring in Cairo nominates the time of the Pharaohs as Egypt's golden age.

My Tale of Two Cities
Ha Mi of BBC Vietnamese grew up in the capital Hanoi believing that the southern capital Saigon - now Ho Chi Minh City - was a hostile place. She explains how her feelings for Vietnam's second city changed.

(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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