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FRANCE 24 EXCLUSIVE: The lives of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb fighters

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is increasing its influence in the Southern Sahara and estimates now put their number at 400. When one of their fighters defected, a videotape was found on his person. It showed amateur footage of the group during training sessions. France 24 has obtained a copy of the tape - watch the exclusive pictures here.

By Kate WILLIAMS , Franck BERRUYER

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2014-07-11 Burma

In Burma, the rise of radical Buddhism

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2014-07-10 women

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2014-07-09 UK

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2014-07-07 Pakistan

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