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Interpol’s new chief

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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the question about the Acting Head of Interpol. There’s listener news, music chosen by Jayanta Chakrabarty from New Delhi, India and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo above and enjoy!


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There’s a new musical segment on The Sound Kitchen – your favourite songs. We started with female singers, and now we’re moving on to male singers. What I want you to do is send in your favourite song by a male singer, and tell why that song and that singer are important to you. Every week I’ll play one of your suggestions, and then we’ll change to band, instrumental, film, your children’s favourites … but for January and February, we’ll focus on men, so to your pens! Write to me at, and be sure you include your city and country in your note. I think it is quite nice to share your favourite music as well as your thoughts about it – thanks to Daniel Singleton, the RFI English Head of Service, for the idea!

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Welcome to our new RFI Listeners Club members:Bazlur Rahman, the Chief Executive Officer for the Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication in Dhaka, Bangladesh; Monzurul Alam Ripon, a member of the Uttaran Listeners Club in Dhaka, and Adam Grzenia from Pszow, Poland.

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This week’s quiz: On 24 November, I asked you a question about Interpol, the international organization that facilitates police cooperation. The current head of Interpol, Meng Hongwei, disappeared in his native China in September. The Chinese government has since said that he is "under investigation by the National Supervision Commission for alleged violations of laws”. He was to serve through 2020.

On 21 November Interpol elected an Acting Head, to serve out the rest of Meng Hongwe’s term. There were two candidates, and I asked you to tell me the name of the man who was named Acting Head of the agency, and which country he is from. I also asked you to send in the name of the other candidate, as well as his home country – and why hisnomination was controversial.

The answer is:KimJong Yang of South Korea will serve out Meng's term until 2020.  In 2015, Kim became Interpol's vice-president for Asia.

The other candidate was RussianAlexander Prokopchuk, a former major-general at Russia’s Interior Ministry, currently one of Interpol’s four vice-presidents and head of the agency’s bureau in Russia.

As RFI English reported on 21 November, there had been growing calls from some Western nations and Russian dissidents to reject Prokupchuk over concerns that Moscow had used the agency to target its political opponents.

The winners are: Two winners from Rajasthan, India: Mrs Sukhi Devi, and first-time quiz player, Savita Sharma – welcome Savita! I hope I’ll see your name every week now!  There are three RFI Listeners Club members this week: from Eisleben, Germany, Mr Ralf Urbanczyk; Radhakrishna Pillai N from Kerala State and P Sivashanmugham from Tamil Nadu, both in India.

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: Frank Loesser: “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” sung by Nancy Wilson; Rimsky-Korsakov: “The Flight of the Bumblebee”, and “Que Vendra” written and sung by Isabelle Geffray, better known by her stage name “Zaz”.

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This week’s question ... You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 28 January to enter this week's quiz; the winners will be announced on the 2 February podcast. When you enter, be sure you send your postal address in with your answer, and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

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Susan Owensby

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