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Monday 3 June: John Kerry, United States Secretary of State

HARDtalk is in Ethiopia for a special edition of the programme with US Secretary of State John Kerry. As the African Union celebrates 50 years, young people from across the continent put their questions on US foreign policy to him. Zeinab Badawi hosts the show from Addis Ababa, as John Kerry also takes questions from the BBC's global audience about his country's relationship with the rest of the world.

Tuesday 4 June: Azerbaijan – Heroes and Villains

This is a story of heroes and villains in the former Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan. What exactly did convicted murderer Ramil Safarov do to earn hero status in his country? And why has the Azeri government denounced one of the country’s leading writers, Akram Aylisli, as a figure of public hate? And what does all of this say about Azerbaijan’s decades-old grievances towards neighbouring Armenia, its enemy in a recent brutal war. Damien McGuinness reports.

Wednesday 5 June: Egypt's Challenge: The Next Generation (Part 6 of 6)

Egypt has one of the world’s fastest-growing populations; already 90-million strong, it’s growing by over a million each year and around half of that population is under the age of 25. It was Egypt’s youth who were at the forefront of the revolutionary protests in Tahrir Square in 2011. They were demanding an end to corruption, cronyism, poverty and to social injustice. Two years on has the revolution delivered for them? In this final programme in the series Egypt’s Challenge, Shaimaa Khalil talks to young people in Cairo and Alexandria and finds a generation caught between hope and despair.

Thursday 6 June: The Truth About Mental Health (Part 1 of 6)

From anxiety and depression to psychosis, one in four of us will become ill over our lifetime, and over the next 18 years it is predicted that mental health will make THE biggest call on global health resources. From Africa, to Asia, to the Middle East and to Europe, Claudia Hammond explores radically different attitudes and definitions of mental health and mental wellbeing. Using personal stories as our starting point, we hear how individuals (and their families, friends and colleagues), wherever they live in the world, can have hope that treatment and recovery is possible from a range of painful mental health conditions. In the first programme she looks at the role of culture and how mental illnesses are defined in different countries. She visits Cultural Psychiatrist Micol Ascoli at Newham’s Centre for Mental Health in the UK to find out how cultural differences can be taken into account.