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BBC Trending20141117

Activists in Libya have been receiving threats online from people who do not like their views. Some have even been assassinated. The killing of 18-year-old prominent activist Tawfik Bensaud two months ago provoked anger online and there was an outpouring of support using the hashtag #IamTawfik. But more recently many activists have kept a low profile online after they were directly threatened on a number of Facebook pages.

Presenter Mukul Devichand speaks to Tawfik Bensaud’s cousin Huda El Khoja, and to one of the founders of Libyan Youth Movement on Facebook, Ayat Mneina. He is joined in the studio by Mohamed Madi of BBC World Online

The Inquiry20141118

Are sanctions hurting Putin? Veteran European diplomat Sir Robert Cooper and Fyodor Lukyanov, editor of Russia in Global Affairs, give their view.

The Why Factor20141119

The extraordinary and hidden histories behind everyday objects and actions.