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Monday 29 April: The Truth About Pope Francis

A series of difficult questions have been raised about Pope Francis’s role during Argentina's "Dirty War" and the military dictatorship of the 1970s and early 1980s.  Mark Dowd travels for the BBC World  Service to Buenos Aires to find out the truth. (BBC)

Tuesday 30 April: Pope Francis

John Laurenceson travels to the Italian town of Assisi where St. Francis lived and died to find out about the enduring appeal of this mystical, musical and radical saint, and to explore what we can expect if the Pope walks in the footsteps of his namesake.

Wednesday 1 May: Egypt's Challenge: Returning Home (Part 1 of 6)

In the first programme, Shaimaa Khalil returns to her hometown, Alexandria, to see how it has changed since the revolution of 2011. She visits old haunts and talks to family, friends and people on the streets to gauge their feelings on a range of political, economic and social issues. In the city they call the mermaid of the Mediterranean she finds a new sense of empowerment but also a distrust of the newfound voice of political Islam and an overwhelming sense of personal insecurity.

Thursday 2 May:  Christine Lagarde – Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde says the challenge right now is to move from a fragmented, 3 speed world economy to a full speed economy. It's a neat slogan, but how is it be done?