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On this week's show: A Palestinian speaks out about Israel's offensive. Europe's watchdog OSCE gathers clues to the MH17 crash in Ukraine. Who were the HIV activists onboard MH17? And what Kurdish independence might look like. Plus, the outcasts and castaways of society: from survivors of female genital mutilation and acid attacks to the man who was swallowed up and spat out by the sea.

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Speaking out from Gaza

Israel's offensive against Hamas has left more than 800 people dead - many of them civilians. Palestinian journalist and Gaza resident Abeer Ayyoub speaks out about the Israeli offensive.

Interview: Neil King

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MH17 facts mission

Europe's security watchdog OSCE continues to gather information about the Malaysian airliner which was shot down near Donetsk last week. Michael Bociurkiw, spokesman for the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, gives an update from the MH17 crash site.

Interview: Neil King & Charlotta Lomas

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HIV activist onboard MH17

298 people onboard the MH17 flight died when it was shot down in Ukraine. Some were HIV activists on their way to a conference in Australia. Pim de Kuijer, from the Dutch charity Stop Aids Now, was one of them.

Report: Lyndsey Melling, Hove, England

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Kurdish independence

Kurds are the world's largest ethnic group without a homeland. In Iraq, conflict has led many Kurds to dream of an independent Kurdish state. But the perception of what this state could look like has changed over the years and across generations.

Report: Hermione Gee, Erbil, Iraq

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Fighting FGM in Europe

Female Genital Mutilation is a dangerous practice aimed at keeping women chaste, and is wide-spread in Africa and the Middle East. In Europe, at least 180,000 girls are at risk too. But attitudes towards FGM are slowly changing.

Report: Naomi Conrad, Berlin, Germany

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Ugandan acid attack victim

Every year around 1500 acid attacks are recorded worldwide, and 25 to 30 of those occur in Uganda. The majority of victims are women who are left with horrendous burns across their faces and bodies. But survivors have little chance of seeking justice.

Report: Laura Salm-Reifferscheidt, Kampala, Uganda

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Critic of Vietnam-China relations

Vietnam's relationship with China has been particularly fraught over the last few months. Adding to the tension is Professor Tuong Lai - one of Vietnam's best known critics of the government's close ties with China.

Report: Marianne Brown, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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The Perfect Storm

In 1998, Matt Lewis took a job on a fishing vessel to the Southern Ocean, near Antarctica. But a massive storm hit the boat and sank it. Many of his crewmen died. Now aged 40, Matt's finally able to talk about this traumatic event in his new book Last Man Off.

Interview: Neil King and Charlotta Lomas

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