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Security is nationalised in Afghanistan - but will expats feel any safer?

Eighteen months after Hamid Karzai vowed to shut down private security firms in Afghanistan, it's finally happening. By July, all security contracts will have been handed over to the Interior Ministry-owned Private Protection Force, or APPF. Despite the upcoming deadline, many foreign companies still haven't made the switch. Poorly trained and barely equipped, the new guard force is perceived as an additional security threat to expats, already working in an increasingly hostile environment.

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2016-08-29 Israel

The rise of political tourism in the Middle East

Every year, millions of tourists visit Israel and the West Bank to discover the historical and religious treasures of the region, the birthplace of Christianity, Islam and...

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2016-08-26 Gabon

Pro-Opposition stronghold Port-Gentil feverishly awaits presidential elections

This Saturday, Gabon will be electing its next president in a one round vote. 11 candidates were initially in the running, among them incumbent president Ali Bongo Ondimba and...

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2016-08-25 Germany

Chancellor Merkel's immigration policy faces test on her home turf

In Germany the final days of campaigning are winding down ahead of this weekend's elections in two of the country's federated States. Immigration and integration are key issues...

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2016-08-24 Ivory Coast

Video: The European dream of Abidjan street footballers

An Ivorian businessman who used to be a professional footballer in France is now trying to give young disadvantaged Ivorians the same opportunity. France 24 met Lucien Kouassi...

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2016-08-23 Niger

In Niger the malnutrition of children is worsening

In Niger the combination of food insecurity, scarce water resources and lack of infrastructure are affecting children’s lives. The country holds the highest infant mortality in...

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