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Our Focus programme brings you exclusive reports from around the world. From Monday to Friday at 7.45 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2012-12-05

Could Damascus be preparing chemical weapons?

The US says it has detected activity which could suggest that Bashar al Assad's regime is developing chemical weapons. 19 months into the conflict between Damascus and the rebel uprising, both sides have reached stalemate; the rebels appear to be holding their positions, even though they claim not to have received help from outside Syria. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said using chemical weapons against their own people would be a "red line" that would force Washington to react.

By Assia Shihab

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2017-01-18 Africa

CAR citizens reluctantly leave makeshift camp

When Central African Republic was hit by sectarian violence three years ago, almost 100,000 people found refuge in a makeshift camp beside the airport of the capital Bangui....

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2017-01-17 Asia-pacific

Inside China's answer to Silicon Valley

As Xi Jinping becomes the first Chinese leader to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, we're looking at the rapid and formidable growth of Shenzhen, a city where China's...

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2017-01-16 Europe

Security stepped up in Italy amid terror threat

Is Italy becoming a jihadist hub? The Berlin Christmas market attacker, Anis Amri, is believed to have been radicalised in prison there. And when a routine police stop led to...

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2017-01-13 Asia-pacific

Is India's digital revolution disconnected from reality?

In November 2016, India's government shocked the country when it announced that a massive 85% of banknotes were no longer legal tender. The move, championed by Prime Minister...

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2017-01-12 Europe

In newly retaken town, Ukrainian troops try to win local support

In eastern Ukraine, the de facto border separating the government-controlled west from the separatist-held east has barely moved in two years of conflict. But that doesn't mean...

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