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28 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 14 July 2012

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

Last week has been a busy one for Russian Service video reporter Oleg Boldyrev. As flash floods hit southern Russia, he was the only BBC journalist who went to the region. Having covered a natural disaster from a town in panic, where some drowned while sleeping in their beds, Oleg recounts his hectic four days in Krymsk.

Our very own online guru, Thomas Pappon, has switched hats for one week only as he gives us his take on the city where he lives and now loves. Thomas has been out and about in east London, presenting a short documentary in the build up to the Olympic games, part of the BBC series London Calling. He tells us about the area of Whitechapel, including its infamous history of serial killings, tradition of bell-making and influx of fashionistas. Even his father, Pappon Snr couldn't resist coming out to London to see the area when he knew about it.

The internet is awash with scenes of politicians throwing punches or worse - like the sensational case of the Jordanian MP who brandished a gun during a live television debate. (Okay, go ahead, watch it online.) Parliaments are the most popular venues to have political fistfights, it seems! What should we make of this? Three BBC editors have a "gentlemen's debate". In the red corner it's Emal 'the Afghan Avenger' Parsarly, in the blue corner Sam 'Lightening Lebanese' Farah and hot from Ukraine heckling in the front row is Olexiy Solohubenko. Can they keep it civilised?

A certain policeman has been making partying in Bollywood's hometown a bit of a chore. Mumbai's assistant police commissioner Vasant Dhoble is known to the city's midnight ravers as the "killjoy cop". He's been leading a campaign against unregulated nightlife - raiding dance parties, bars, massage parlours, late night cafes and allegedly any activity deemed to be morally decadent. BBC Urdu's Suhail Haleem has been following the party shenanigans in Mumbai.

Kazakhs love their horsemeat. It's considered a delicacy. Now the Kazakh Olympic team has announced that they will have "kazy" (dried horsemeat sausage) specially shipped to Britain to power their sportsmen with some good old home cuisine. Ibrat Safo and Nasiba Abeiva from BBC Uzbek tell the shadowy tale of smuggling some horsemeat from back home. And, even worse, eventually having to bin the sausage at airport customs.



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