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The pine cone line: A train ride through rural Provence

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David McAllister: 'EU involvement in Catalonia could set a precedent'

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Glyphosate: Should the EU re-authorise the weedkiller chemical?

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A piece of history: Five former US presidents gather for hurricanes fundraiser

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Chic hotels and horse races: Calais tries to shed its 'Jungle' image

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Kenyatta and Odinga call for peace before Kenya's election rerun

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Kurdish referendum a ‘colossal mistake’, says son of late president Talabani

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The new 30s club: NZ's Jacinda Ardern joins list of maverick leaders

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After Raqqa; Xi's the boss; and Spain enters unchartered waters

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Latest update : 2011-07-04

Released: French hostages on their way home at last

Stéphane Taponnier and Hervé Ghesquière, the two French journalists kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan in December 2009, have been released. They were working for state TV channel France 3 when they were captured and held for 547 days. They're expected to be home in France by Thursday morning.

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2017-10-20 Asia-pacific

The mixed legacy of 'Abenomics' in Japan

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is hoping for a landslide win in snap elections this Sunday. He's banked much of his chances of success on his economic policies, known as...

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2017-10-19 Asia-pacific

'China's Silicon Valley' symbolises high tech, prosperity and social inequality

It's known as the "Chinese Silicon Valley". Zhongguancun, a tech hub north of Beijing, has become a symbol of growth and prosperity for many young entrepreneurs. Its success has...

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2017-10-19 Europe

Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto to vote on autonomy

As the Catalan crisis continues to rattle Spain, we turn our attention to Italy. On Sunday, 16 million Italians in the northern Lombardy and Veneto regions will vote in a...

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2017-10-18 Americas

See you in court: Washington state sues Monsanto over chemical pollution

US agrichemical giant Monsanto is under scrutiny as EU leaders mull whether to ban glyphosate, the main ingredient of its herbicide Roundup. The firm is also under fire in the...

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2017-10-17 France

A shield and a target: France's anti-terrorism operation 'Sentinelle'

"Sentinelle" is the name of an ongoing military operation on French soil: French soldiers patrol the streets, acting as a first line of defence and a shield for potential...

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