Make Friends, Break Friends

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

Iran's Moment of Social Media Freedom
When the censor's block on social media in Iran was lifted earlier this week, Iranians were able to gain free access to Facebook and Twitter for several hours. So what did they say? BBC Monitoring's Camelia Sadeghzadeh was glued to her screen.

Leaders on Twitter
How are the big shots on the world's political stage using social media? Who is the most prolific tweeter? Who follows who and who befriends or de-friends the most? Answers from BBC Mundo's Hernando Alvarez, BBC Arabic's Mohammed Abdul Qader and BBC Africa's Naziru Mikailu.

Dilma and Obama
Something of a tiff transpired this week between Dilma and Obama when the President of Brazil announced she wouldn't be coming for a planned state visit in October. BBC Brasil's Pablo Uchoa tells the story of this rocky relationship

Pakistan's YouTube Ban
It's a year since the video sharing platform was banned in Pakistan and Nosheen Abbas from BBC Urdu tells us how she's been coping.

The King's Vision
During a recent lightning storm King Mswati of Swaziland said he had a vision of a 'monarchical democracy'. It's election day in his kingdom and BBC Africa's Josephine Hazeley explains what might happen.

Vietnam Hear My Country
What song defines your country? Journalists from BBC Vietnamese share the songs that they believe represents Vietnam. With Ha Mi, Ly Truong and Quynh Le.

Picture: Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff (L) sits and talks with President Barack Obama of the USA

Picture Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

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