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On this week's show: Fear and trepidation in Israel and Gaza as the conflict intensifies. We ask whither Iraq's future? And the woman who has worn purple every day since 2012. Also: Keeping it in the family, from the man in Waziristan who is searching for his son; the Kurdish families looking for their children in Turkey; and the woman inspired to rediscover her heritage in Bangladesh.

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Questioning Zionism?

The Israelis launched a ground offensive on Friday in Gaza. 250 Palestinian lives have been lost and fear and trepidation is a constant on both sides. But living under constant threat is making some question Zionism.

Report: Kate Shuttleworth, Jerusalem, Israel

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Whither Iraq?

It's been over a month since ISIS took over swathes of Iraqi territory. The Iraqi army has so far been unable to reclaim the land ISIS has occupied and the militants remain strong. So is Iraq a failed state? What is its future?

Report: Rebecca Collard, Iraq

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Wearing purple

Earlier this week, the Church of England's General Synod voted for the first time in its history to allow female bishops. This is good news for women in the Church who hope one day to wear the purple reserved for bishops.

Interview: Emma Wallis and Neil King talk to Philippa Boardman.

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IDPs in Pakistan

The Pakistani government are in the middle of an operation to fight the Taliban in North Waziristan. This has displaced about 800,000 people to date. Shireen Jan is one of them, and now he's lost his son in the confusion.

Report: Malik Ayub Sumbal, voiced by André Leslie

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Stolen children

The southeastern part of Turkey is predominately inhabited by Kurds. In recent months a number of families have complained that the PKK have abducted their children - something the organization denies.

Report: Dorian Jones, Diyarbakir, Turkey

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Loving Bangladesh

Yasmin Choudhury is a British Bangladeshi. She is on a mission to "solve a big social Problem: to change how the world experiences the least developed countries." Starting with Bangladesh, she's rediscovered her own heritage too.

Interview: Emma Wallis and Neil King talk to Yasmin Choudhury.

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Imprisoned for love

During its war with the US, North Vietnam had a ban on which songs its citizens could sing. Some music was banned, including love songs. Nguyen Van Loc was imprisoned for 10 years. He talks about his experience.

Report: Christopher Johnson, Hanoi, Vietnam

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