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On this week's show: we look at the human rights situation in Chad ahead of Independence Day there, in Argentina a rubbish collector wants to be elected to parliament and in Portugal one woman is protesting against austerity measures with opera singing. We also step back in time on the 50 year anniversary of the UK's Great Train Robbery.

Produced by Kate Laycock, André Leslie, Neil King and Mattias Wenke

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Human rights in Chad

While Chad celebrates Independence Day this week, the country continues to struggle with its human rights record. Delphine Djiraibe is an attorney in Chad, who has been fighting for an improvement in social, economic and environmental rights in the country for many years.

Interview: Kate Laycock

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From rags to politics

Primaries for Argentina's October legislative elections are to be held this Sunday, and there's a surprising candidate - a former "cartonero". For two decades, Jacquelina Flores made a living by sorting through other people's rubbish and pulling out the recyclable materials she found there.

Report by: Eilís O'Neill

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Singing in protest in Portugal

In austerity-struck Portugal, an opera singer has taken to showing up at the President's meetings and drowning him out in song. Ana Maria Pinto has become the new face, and voice, of her country's anti-austerity protests.

Report by: Lauren Frayer

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The Great Train Robbery, 50 years on

In Germany this week a documentary marking the 50 year anniversary of the Great Train Robbery aired on national television. Bruce Reynolds was the leader of the group who pulled of one of the UK's biggest heists back then. We met up with Nick Reynolds, Bruce's son, to find out more about this unique crime back in 1963.

Report by: Ashley Byrne

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Saving the Mien language

How do you solve a dying language if it isn't even able to be written down? Herbert Purnell, a professor emeritus at Biola University in La Mirada, California, thinks he has the answer. He's trying to make sure that the Mien language survives.

Report by: Melonie Magruder

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Comics for the Ivory Coast

Marguerite Abouet has written a series of French comic books set in the Ivory Coast, which has captivated readers both in Africa and overseas. Unlike other tales, the stories don't dwell on the continent's problems, like war and disease, but rather focus on everyday life in Abidjan's vibrant neighbourhood of Yopougon.

Report by: Lisa Bryant

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