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Our Focus programme brings you exclusive reports from around the world. From Monday to Friday at 7.45 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2011-08-10

Standard & Poors downgrades US credit rating

Three years after the subprime crisis, Washington is still suffering. Private debt from households and businesses has become public debt, reaching 100% of GDP. Years of tax cuts and increased spending have taken their toll - US growth is expected to be under 1% for 2011. Ratings agencies also believe Washington is not doing enough. Standard & Poors has now downgraded the nation's credit rating for the first time in its history.

By Mark Thompson

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2018-02-21 Europe

Italy helps integrate asylum seekers through training

Italy is one of Europe's main arrival points for migrants, but processing each asylum request can take up to two years. That's a long period of forced idleness for asylum...

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2018-02-22 France

'It's a jungle': Living on the street in the City of Light

A tally of homeless people in Paris last week counted at least 3,000 people sleeping rough in the capital. The French government is being criticised for not sticking to its...

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2018-02-20 Africa

Inside the murky business of cobalt mining in DR Congo

Cobalt is an essential component of batteries for smartphones and electric cars. Around 60% of it comes from just one country, DR Congo – and most of the metal is exported to...

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2018-02-19 Europe

What's behind Germany's steep drop in juvenile crime?

One in five prison beds in Germany are empty. The figures from German juvenile offenders' institutions are even more striking: the rate of youth crime fell by half between 2007...

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2018-02-16 Africa

The revival of the Ethiopia-Djibouti railway line

In eastern Africa, you can now reliably take the train from Ethiopia's capital to neighbouring Djibouti. The new railway line - built and paid for by China - went into operation...

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