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From juvenile delinquents to hardened criminals: how El Salvador's Maras have grown up

We saw them close up in La Vida Loca, the documentary made by Christian Poveda, who was later murdered by the very subjects of his film. Killings are common along the rival gang members, who live in the poorest parts of El Savador. But the Maras are growing up. What were once petty criminals are becoming ringleaders of organised crime, with millions of dollars stashed away - leading to fears that they could soon ally themselves with powerful drug cartels in nearby Mexico.

By Matthieu COMIN , Laurence CUVILLIER

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2014-11-27 France

Thiaroye: a dark chapter in France and Senegal's common history

Senegalese 'Tirailleurs' were soldiers from France's Western African colonies who served in the French Army in both World Wars. In 1940, many were made prisoners by the Germans...

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2014-11-26 Ukraine

One year on, what has Maidan changed in Ukraine?

Ukraine recently marked one year since the start of the Maidan protests that ultimately toppled Viktor Yanukovich. Since then, fresh elections have been held. The association...

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2014-09-26 France

Americans in Paris

Last report in our series celebrating Paris's rich cultural diversity: natives of both the North and South of the American Continent now call Paris home. They've brought with...

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2014-11-25 violence against women

Working with offenders also key to ending domestic violence

To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women we bring you a report on how France is trying to stamp out what remains an all-too-common form of...

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2014-11-24 Tunisia

The growing frustration of Tunisia's jobless graduates

Tunisia's Prime minister has described Sunday's elections as a "ray of hope" for the Arab Spring countries. However hope is in short supply for many of Tunisia's unemployed. The...

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