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29 October 2014
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BBC Arabic launches phone-in programme

BBC Arabic Service launches a new phone-in programme, Nuqtat Hiwar (Talking Point).

Starting on Wednesday 26 March, and broadcast after the 1000 GMT News, Monday through Friday, the programme offers a forum for exchange of opinion on specific topics.

The first edition of Nuqtat Hiwar will present listeners' views on the war in Iraq.

Presented by Hosam el-Sokkari, the programme invites listeners of the BBC Arabic Service and visitors to its online site - - to participate in the programme by sending their phone number and their input to

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