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Germany hands over control of its Kunduz military base, West Bank prisoners smuggle their sperm to keep the family line going and Vietnam mourns General Giap. We also hear a series of stories of people 'swimming against the tide' from across the world - from the criminal underworld of Naples, to the mosques of Turkey.

Produced by André Leslie, Kate Laycock, Nancy Isenson and Karin Hennecke

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A personal reflection on leaving Kunduz

Friederike Böge has spent years covering stories from Afghanistan's Kunduz region for German newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. After the German troops withdrawal from the area this month, we spoke to her about the legacy that the Bundeswehr will be leaving behind.

Interview: André Leslie

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Palestinian prisoners smuggle out sperm for IVF

In Nablus in the West Bank, a Palestinian woman has just given birth to a baby. Her husband is currently in an Israeli jail and had his sperm smuggled out of the prison to be used in artificial insemination, known as IVF. The case is not an isolated incident.

Report: Irris Makler, West Bank

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Remembering General Giap

Vietnam is in mourning following the recent death of one of the country's most revered war heroes, General Vo Nguyen Giap. Known overseas as the "Red Napoleon", Giap was credited with masterminding the battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954, which helped mark the end of French colonial rule.

Report: Marianne Brown, Hanoi

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Sexual violence rampant in DRC

The use of rape as a weapon of war was one of the most brutal aspects of the Second Congo War. Although the war officially ended in 2003, sexual violence continues to be employed by various militias who terrorise the population of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Report: Gaïus Kowene, Goma

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From a life of crime to a life of culture

Gaetano di Vaio is an Italian filmmaker who has experienced a cultural rags to riches story. After starting out in a life of crime in Naples, he has now graduated to becoming a renowned director and producer.

Report: Dany Mitzman, Naples

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Fighting for gender equality in Argentinian football

Marcela Lesich has been on the frontlines of the fight for gender equality in Argentine football for decades. Then, three years ago, she became coach of the women's team at one of Argentina’s most famous football clubs, Boca Juniors.

Report: Eilís O'Neill, Buenos Aires

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The rock 'n' roll imam

Ahmet Tuzer works as an imam - that's the prayer leader in a mosque – and has recently started a rock band with some veteran musicians. Their novel form of Islamic rock is raising eyebrows among Turkey's conservative religious establishment.

Report: Jacob Resneck, Antalya

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