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Strategic Manoeuvres

Gambia's secret intelligence services reformed; the USA's once-notorious city of Compton remodelled; the migrants changing Chile and Armenia's ambitious moves in world chess .

Pascale Harter introduces analysis and reportage from writers around the world. In this edition - stories of reputations rehabilitated, migrant aspirations and awkwardness, and an entire nation's love affair with chess.

In Gambia's capital Banjul, Colin Freeman meets the new head of its once-feared intelligence agency, who's trying to reform the service's approach as well as its methods. His watchword is now a nationally-circulated hashtag: #NoMoreExcesses.

Despite her driver's fears, Katty Kay ventures to the city of Compton in California - once shorthand for West Coast gang wars fought with heavy weaponry, but now a neighbourhood which has worked hard to change its fortunes.

Laurence Blair is in Antofagasta and Santiago in Chile, meeting the migrants from across the Americas who're making the country more diverse - and who sometimes struggle with a decidedly chilly welcome.

And Emma Levine challenges some of Armenia's brightest young chess prospects - as well as hearing why the whole nation wants to make its mark in this field.

Photo: Gambian Military police guard the door of a conference room while Ousman Badji, Army chief, holds meetings on January 26, 2017. (Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)

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