14/01/2012

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

ARAB SPRING REVOLUTIONS: IT'S A FAMILY AFFAIR
On the first anniversary of the downfall of president Ben Ali of Tunisia, we hear from a husband and wife team working for BBC Arabic.

Egyptian journalist Reda el Mawy joins The Fifth Floor from Tunis, while his wife, Tunisian producer Wafa Zaiane is with us in the studio.

They talk about the impact of reporting the Arab Spring on family life - and jostling for the TV remote control as both watched the revolutions unfold at home and at work.

JAKARTA JOURNEYS
For BBC Indonesia, Dewi Safitri reports on the perilous lengths that commuters go to get their ride back home - clambering, in their thousands, onto the rooftops of trains.

DIARY: A WEEK IN NIGERIA

"I finally got to the hospital after taking a long way round to avoid the feared Kaduna hoodlums who could either harm me or smash my vehicle."

In a chaotic week in Nigeria, there's dangerous reporting and a difficult task for Nurah Ringin, the Kaduna correspondent for the Hausa Section.

ONLINE GREATEST HITS
World Service internet guru Falko Mortiboys gives the rundown on the big-hitting stories across the BBC language sites this week.

IT'S ALL A CONSPIRACY!
Earlier this week, the embattled Syrian leader President Assad made a rare public address pointing the finger at a "foreign conspiracy" for the troubles in Syria.

And the following day we awoke to hear the news that Iran was accusing Israel of assassinating one of their nuclear scientist.

So how do you make the distinction between conspiracy and conspiracy theory?

We gathered together Aamer Ahmed Khan head of the Urdu Service, Josephine Hazeley from BBC Africa, and Persian TV reporter Hossein Sharif for a discussion.

(Image: Women show the flags of Syria, Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt and Libya painted on their palms during a demonstration. Credit: Reuters)

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