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Latest update : 2012-11-08

A new chapter for China's ruling Communist Party?

With Chinese President Hu Jintao retiring, the ruling Communist Party is in turmoil. The Bo Xilai scandal has revealed the internal divisions. But at the grass-roots level, few outsiders really know how the Party operates. It is the biggest political organisation in the world, counting 82.6 million members in 2011 - more than the entire population of Germany. Though the Party has evolved over the years and is longer seen as Maoist, it still criticised, mainly over corruption.

By Joris ZYLBERMAN , Henry MORTON

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2017-07-27 French politics

France: Teething problems for Macron's fledgling party

President Emmanuel Macron's "La République En Marche" party is having its first teething problems, as it transitions from a grassroots movement to France's most powerful...

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2017-07-28 France

Was Jewish pensioner's murder religiously motivated?

We look at a recent murder in France that received relatively little media attention. In early April, Sarah Halimi, a 65-year-old Jewish woman, was killed at her Paris home by...

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2017-07-26 Americas

The limits of affirmative action in Brazil

Brazil has the highest proportion of so-called "mixed race" people in the world. Yet only 13% of people aged 18 to 24 in that category are enrolled at university. Back in 2012,...

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2017-07-25 Africa

Kenyan authorities step up security amid Al-Shabaab threat

The last few weeks have seen a rise in attacks by Al-Shabaab Islamists along the Kenya-Somalia border. One area particularly affected is the county of Lamu, where 18 people have...

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2017-07-24 Africa

How Senegal is leading the fight against AIDS in West Africa

Amid the ongoing international AIDS conference in Paris, we take a closer look at efforts being made to fight the disease. In its report published last week, UNAIDS revealed that...

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