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Latest update : 2011-11-09

Is social media a friend or a foe of the drug war?

The internet has become a battleground in Mexico's deadly drug war. In violent cities, microblogging site Twitter has played a role in public safety - people use it to know which places to avoid. Social media report on matters traditional outlets are scared to cover and hacker group Anonymous is using the web to put pressure on the notorious Zeta cartel. But social media is both a tool for self-defence and a source of danger.

By Matthieu COMIN , Laurence CUVILLIER

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2015-05-04 Argentina

The health risk behind Argentina's soya paradise

Glyphosate, created in the 1970s by Monsanto, is the world's most widely used herbicide. Last month, the World Health Organization classed it as a "probable cause of cancer". Our...

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2015-05-01 Lebanon

Lebanon's Roumieh prison: Iron-fist policy against a jihadist hub

In Lebanon, the number of people locked up for jihadist activities rises every month. They're filling up the cells of the notorious Roumieh prison near Beirut. The overcrowded...

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2015-04-30 environment

The canal project dividing Nicaragua

Nicaragua is planning to build a massive canal, three times as long and twice as deep as the Panama Canal. But the $50 billion project, funded by a Chinese millionaire, has its...

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2015-04-29 Germany

Germany faces housing conundrum for asylum seekers

Germany receives the biggest number of asylum applications in Europe, and finding accommodation for all of these people is proving difficult. With state reception centres full,...

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2015-04-28 Ebola

Video: Experimental Ebola vaccine gives hope to Guinea

The Ebola outbreak has killed close to 11,000 people in West Africa. Although the infection rate has fallen sharply, the disease is still active, particularly in Guinea, where...

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