Cuba has just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the revolution that saw Fidel Castro take power. Yet, just like its iconic leader, the island is today in decline. As FRANCE 24's Virginie Herz found out, many Cubans are now ready for change.
Before the election of US President Barack Obama, there was another lesser-known election also full of symbolism: that of James Fields, a black representative for Alabama, home of the anti-black and ultra-racist Ku Klux Klan.
Icelanders were once some of the world's wealthiest people but today the country is bankrupt. Since the collapse of the banking sector last autumn, thousands have held demonstrations calling for the government to step down, which it did on Jan. 26.
Following the subprime mortgage crisis and the global credit crunch that followed, the worst nightmares of the motor trade are becoming a reality. And nowhere does this reality bite harder than in the Motor City, Detroit.
The Mecca pilgrimage is growing each year in popularity. Around 3 million people from all over the world made the trip to Saudi Arabia this year. A financial blessing for the kingdom but a challenge for the security of pilgrims.
Europe’s biggest textile center lies in Tuscany, close to the city of Florence. Since the 90’s more and more Chinese immigrants have arrived in the region. Chinese mafias, Italian authorities hot on their heels, control the immigration network.
Around 600 illegal immigrants live in makeshift camps around the northern French harbour town of Calais, hoping to hide in a lorry bound for the United Kingdom. The authorities do little for them and local charities say they are overloaded.
Despite violent protests, Indian authorities are determined to hold local elections in the troubled Kashmiri region. France 24's special correspondents Kostia Prodromides and Priyanka Zindaba brought their camera to investigate the ongoing conflict.
Nearly 30 years after nearly 2 million people died in Cambodia’s killing fields, five senior Khmer Rouge officials are finally set to face justice. FRANCE 24’s Cyril Payen takes a behind-the-scenes look at a much criticised trial.
Barack Obama's election has stirred the winds of change inside and outside America. From Nairobi to Washington via Baghdad or even Phoenix, our correspondents report on how Obama’s victory left people across the world awestruck.
Americans voted en masse to elect the first black president of the United States, Barack Obama. From Harlem to Los Angeles, our special correspondents followed events in the African-American community at this historic moment.
In Uganda, the evangelical movement is gaining ground. From the poorest swathes of the population to the highest reaches of power, the adepts of this multi-faceted movement see their ranks growing steadily.
Youngstown, in north-east Ohio, was once a steel-making boomtown. But its steel mills closed in the 70s and 80s, leaving its citizens jobless and desperate. Today, the swing state's eyes and hopes hang on the presidential candidates.
FRANCE 24 reporters travelled to the Indian state of Orissa to investigate brutal religious violence by Hindu extremists. Thirty-two Christians have been killed, their churches vandalised and their villages razed.
Just days before their unit suffered heavy losses in Afghanistan, FRANCE 24’s Matthieu Mabin accompanied troops from France’s 8th Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment as they faced off with the Taliban in Afghanistan.
The Dalai Lama is respected worldwide for his peaceful philosophy. Today, some exiled Tibetans, shunned by their peers, no longer believe in his leadership. A controversial buddhist deity lies at the heart of the dispute. (Report: C. Henry, N. Haque)
Brazilian leaders are launching a 200 billion euro plan to clean up impoverished favelas. Residents think the plan was created to help police catch drug lords and they worry the areas will be turned into war zones. (Report: M. Monteiro, J. De Silva)
This year, the banking community was rocked by a huge scandal involving a rogue French trader. 14 years earlier Joseph Jett, a star trader in the US was accused of a fraud involving several million dollars. (Report by G. Savery and H. Frade)
Hebron, less than an hour from Jerusalem in the West Bank, is the city that best symbolizes Israeli settlement in Palestinian territory. To watch Lucas Menget and Karim Hakiki' s report, click on 'play video'.
Along the Egyptian border Hamas controls hundreds of tunnels through which all types of goods are smuggled. The Israeli embargo helps to legitimize this kind of commerce. (Report: M. de Chalvron and R. Abou Dagga)
Alavaro Uribe made the fight against the FARC the cornerstone of his presidency. Colombia's elite troops are in charge of defeating the guerrillas in the heart of the jungle. (Report: I. Aibar, S. Dufour, A. Yeoh)
After a wave of xenophobic violence rattled South Africa in May, hundreds of thousands of Zimbabwean refugees were left homeless. We met a number of refugees who found shelter with the Methodist Church in Johannesburg.
Faced with a lack of health professionals, France is looking abroad for doctors. Yet, the new recruits have a hard time with integration and are demonstrating against what they say are unfair salary levels. (Report: G.Desqueyroux-Quidu)
Three years ago, dozens of Buddhists from across Europe converged on France's rural Auvergne region to start a long spiritual retreat. They returned to the world last month before FRANCE 24’s cameras. (Report: K.Hakiki)
In Chechnya, the end of the second war against the Russian army and peace since 2003 haven't changed the living standarts of the people around Grozny. This forbidden region still looks like a battlefield, without the gunfight. (Report: Lucas Menget)
Since April, hundreds of illegal workers have been protesting in and around Paris - this time, with union backing. The workers pay taxes but receive no job benefits, and they say its high time they're granted legal status. (Report: Hélène Frade)
The foundation of Israel rests on Aliya, or the immigration of Jews into the Holy Land. The experience of four young migrants shows that the movement is still strong, although the founding myth may be fading away (Report: G. Auda, M. de Chalvron)
In Gonesse, two neighborhoods face each other, linked only by a bridge over a railroad. On one side, Christians from Turkey and Iraq. On the other, most of the families come from Northern Africa. (Reportage: M. Mascarello, W. Bracciano)
After an anti-Islamic film by far-right deputy Geert Wilders hit the web, prompting outrage in the Muslim world, the Netherlands' image as a model multicultural nation is beginning to tarnish. (Report: G. Cragg, N. Ransom)
The Comoran island of Anjouan was the scene of a military landing that led to the overthrow of its renegade leader, Colonel Mohamed Bacar. Following in the footsteps of the Comoran army, FRANCE 24 reports on the fall of Bacar. (Report: F. Berruyer)
The 600-km border separating Ecuador and Colombia has become a FARC sanctuary. Bogota accuses Quito of backing the guerrillas and tolerating the drug-dealing going on in the area. (Report: H. Frade, C. Vanier)
The region of Naples has recently become synonymous with rubbish. Tens of thousands of tons of rubbish are piled up in the streets, putting the region's inhabitants in danger of deadly poisoning. (Report: Bruno Gex)
Burma's military regime is one of the harshest in the world. Last September, pro-democracy protests were violently suppressed. The media is tightly controlled, but FRANCE 24 was able to make this report. (Report: C. Payen, S. Kane)
Birobidjan lies 6,000 kilometres south-east of Moscow, in remote Siberian. The first Jewish homeland was created there, years before the foundation of Israel. Decades later this homeland still exists. (Report: S. de Saint Hippolyte, J. Bodin)
Since President Emile Lahoud stepped down in Nov. 2007, tension in Lebanon has been at boiling point. Weapon prices have quadrupled in the last year, suggesting that opposing factions are arming themselves. (Report: J-M. Quemener)
French President Nicolas Sarkozy met his Brazilian counterpart this week to discuss illegal immigration in French Guiana. Thousands of Brazilians flock there every year to work illegally in the country's gold mines. (Report: N. Ransom)
Anger spilled onto the streets after the disputed re-election of Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki in Dec. 2007. Now the conflict has taken a more sinister turn with ethnic violence splitting communities along tribal lines. (Report: C. Vanier/ V. Herz)
A French court on Monday sentenced six members of the French charity to eight years in jail after they were convicted of child abduction in Chad. The sentence replaces the eight-year forced labour term handed down by a Chadian court.
On the British island of Jersey, a picturesque tax haven in the middle of the English Channel, former Haut de la Garenne orphanage residents relate damning abuse revelations that local authorities have tried to cover up. (Report: K.Spencer, V.Herz)