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Child Migrants In America: What to do about the wave of unaccompanied minors? (Part Two)

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Child Migrants In America: What to do about the wave of unaccompanied minors?

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Abbas Araghchi, Iranian deputy foreign minister

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When water becomes a weapon of war

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Eve Ensler: 'In The Body Of The World'

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Ed Husain, Author of 'The Islamist'

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Latest update 23/10/2010

Special report: France's pension battle

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has earmarked pension reform as the last flagship policy of his conflict-riddled mandate. A controversial push to raise the legal retirement age has clashed head on with France's notoriously stubborn and powerful unions. A necessary change for some, an injustice for others, pensions reform is a hot-button issue whose success or demise will have profound consequences for France's generous welfare system.

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Sarkozy vows to raise pension age despite protests

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Sarkozy official seeks appeasement ahead of protests

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Govt and unions ready for pension reform battle

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Govt approves draft law to raise retirement age to 62

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Unions stage protests against plans for retirement age hike

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Government unveils pension reform amid union discontent

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