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Bayrou decides to march with Macron

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France's Topsy-Turvy Election: Uncertain outcome as insurgents blow away old guard (part 1)

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France's Topsy-Turvy Election: Uncertain outcome as insurgents blow away old guard (part 2)

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Amnesty chief urges France to 'stay true to its values'

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Film show: 'Certain Women', 'Rock’n Roll' and 'A Wedding'

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#BringBackOurInternet: English-speaking Cameroon hit by digital blackout

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MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Preaching coexistence: Avant-garde mosque opens in Lebanon's Druze heartland

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Prison guards turn guns on prisoners in Chile, and thousands of migrants stuck in smoky warehouses in Serbia

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FACE-OFF

French presidential race: Le Pen makes groundbreaking visit to Lebanon

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Middle east

Syrian Kurds get a first taste of freedom

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2012-08-14

The Syrian army appears to have withdrawn from northern Kurdish areas near the border with Turkey to focus on securing key cities such as Damascus and Aleppo. For Syria’s Kurds, this has ushered in a period of relative autonomy and newfound freedom.

Syria’s Kurds have been enjoying relative autonomy in northern areas of the country since forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad withdrew in July to focus on ousting anti-regime rebels from key cities such as the capital, Damascus, and the commercial centre of Aleppo.

 

 

Date created : 2012-08-14

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