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The Fifth Floor - 17/11/2012

A devastating night for BBC Arabic in Gaza; the highs and lows of Kurdish culture; and Somali comedy in London's diaspora.

A fresh look at the week's global news from across the World Service's 27 language sections, with David Amanor.

TRAGEDY IN GAZA This week, an air strike in Gaza killed the baby boy of BBC Arabic picture editor Jihad Misharawi. His home was close to a factory targeted by the Israeli military on Wednesday amid a tit-for-tat series of attacks bringing casualties to both sides. Events unfolded live on television with Jihad walking through a crowd holding the body of his son wrapped in white cloth. He was interviewed by Shahdi Al-Kashef, who reports for the BBC from the Palestinian territories. We talk to him about this horrendous experience.

THE KURDISH WAY The Kurds live in an area encompassed by five nations, including Turkey where thousands of lives have been lost in a 30 year old conflict between Kurdish militants and the Turkish government. Some Kurds want an independent Kurdistan, others want cultural rights, but what does it mean to be Kurdish? Jiyar Gol, an Iranian Kurd reporting for BBC Persian, Kareem Abdulrahman, an Iraqi Kurd with the BBC's media monitoring service, and Guney Yildiz, with the Turkish language service, enlighten us.

ONLINE GREATEST HITS BBC Brasil's Thomas Pappon gives the lowdown on the big-hitting stories across the World Service language sites this week - including amorous bicycles, grasshopper chat-up lines and an expensive diamond.

SOMALI COMEDY Somalia, a country ravaged by two decades of civil war, is not known for its comedy. In an attempt to find the lighter side of the Somali character, David visits a comedy gig in London, fronted by Somali comedian Prince Abdi, with BBC Somali's Farhan Jimale, Abdirahman Koronto, and the Arabic Service's Abdiraheem Saeed.

(Picture: Girl playing outside graffiti-stained wall in Gaza. Credit: Getty.)

  • Broadcast on BBC World Service, 1:32AM Mon, 19 Nov 2012
  • Available until 12:00AM Thu, 1 Jan 2099
  • First broadcast BBC World Service, 5:32AM Sat, 17 Nov 2012
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  • Duration 28 minutes

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