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The secret garden of the 'Syrian Kurdistan'

Despite the civil war that's been raging in Syria for a year and a half, there is one corner of the country that can say it has relative peace. On the border with Turkey lies the Kurdish part of Syria and this area is not controlled by President Bashar al-Assad or the Free Syrian Army. The fighting elsewhere in Syria means the Kurds have been left largely to themselves, and they're making the most of the opportunity to redefine their own identity.

By Assia Shihab

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2014-08-22 environment

Lifting the veil over China's air pollution

In China's major urban centres air pollution can sometimes reach alarming levels. Faced with the rising discontent of manty city dwellers the Chinese government has vowed more...

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2014-08-21 economy

Republicans block Obama's bid to hike minimum wage

Raising the minimum wage remains a key point of contention in the US. President Obama wants to bring it up to $10.10. This might seem like a win-win situation: earn more, spend...

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2014-08-19 Gaza Strip

Israel's minorities and military service

We look at how Israel's religious minorities feel about military service. At the end of last month - three weeks after the latest conflict with militants in Gaza started - Israel...

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2014-08-20 tourism

Spain's El Hierro to become world's first self-powered island

Spain's Canary Isles are a popular tourist destination offering year-round sun, sea and sand. But they could be about to gain a new string to their bow as a sustainable energy...

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2014-08-18 religion

South Korea: The Catholic Church's Asian Tiger

We head to South Korea, where Pope Francis has just wrapped up a five-day visit. A pope hadn't set foot in the country for a quarter of a century. Yet Catholicism is thriving in...

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