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On this week's show: Trying to make sense of Syria, revisiting a massacre by Brazilian police and Apple suppliers under pressure. Then, a woman tries to protect her family from genital mutilation, a modern-day slave wins his freedom, and dog-lovers attempt to keep their furry friends off Chinese dinner plates.

Produced by Kate Laycock, Nancy Isenson, André Leslie and Jürgen Kuhn

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Crossing the line

Veteran Middle East commentator Robert Fisk on the apparent use of chemical weapons in Syria and how that tallies with his assessment of President Bashar al-Assad as a leader.

Interview: Kate Laycock

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Bloodbath in the favelas

The anniversary of a brutal massacre has Brazilians considering the difficult relationship between favela dwellers and the police. Twenty years ago, a death squad made up of military police entered one of Rio de Janeiro's favelas and killed 21 innocent people within half an hour.

Report: Sam Cowie, Rio de Janeiro

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Made in China

What's the connection between the attempted suicide of a Chinese teenager and that snazzy piece of computer gadgetry you've got in your bag?

Interview: Kate Laycock and André Leslie

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Freedom in the desert

Born into slavery in modern-day Mauretania, one man not only found the courage to flee from his master, but then spent a decade fighting for the liberation of his remaining family.

Report: Robert Asher, Nouakchott, Mauretania
Presenter: Conor Dillon

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Asylum plea rejected

After watching one daughter die from female genital mutilation, one woman is doing everything in her power to protect her other daughter from the threat. It may not be enough.

Report: Mischa Wilmers, northern England

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Animal rescue, Chinese-style

Eating dog meat has a long history in China. Yet ever more Chinese urbanites would rather rescue dogs than see them on their dinner tables.

Report: Primrose Riordan, Beijing

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