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Reporting Mali

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 19 January 2013

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

This week thousands of demonstrators, led by the colourful cleric Tahirul Qadri, marched on Islamabad demanding the resignation of the government and an end to corruption. The Urdu Service's Mohammed Hanif was watching the proceedings - is it time for revolution to strike Pakistan?

As the conflict in Mali deepens, what have been the challenges for BBC Africa in covering such a fast unfolding story? Ibrahima Diane of BBC Afrique, Ahmed Abba Abdullahi of the Hausa Service and BBC Africa's Josephine Hazeley reflect on the issues and the impact on audiences from Nigeria to Somalia, and the Sahara to the Great Lakes.

"A market is always a small window to a society", and so BBC Afrique's Leila Adjovi takes us to Bangui market in the Central African Republic to unearth the local reactions to a peace accord between a perpetually shaky government and a rebel coalition threatening to topple it.

BBC Brasil's Thomas Pappon gives the lowdown on the big-hitting stories across the World Service language sites this week - including permits for snowball fights, Kiev's carnival of disguise and saving bears in Vietnam

Reporter Rustam Qobil takes us behind the scenes at the Afghan-Tajik border, a transit point for one of the most lucrative drug trade routes in the world.

(image: Newspaper stand in Bamako, Mali. Credit: Reuters)


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