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A look at France's efforts to boost patriotism and social cohesion

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War in Syria: The battle for Aleppo

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Battle for Aleppo: A turning point in Syria's civil war? (part 2)

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Battle for Aleppo: A turning point in Syria's civil war? (part 1)

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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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2016-02-10 France

A look at France's efforts to boost patriotism and social cohesion

The French government wants to boost patriotism and social cohesion among the young following the November terror attacks. It's part of a bid to counter radicalisation by...

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2016-02-08 Tunisia

The Arab Spring's unfulfilled promises

In January, Tunisia saw a week of protests as people voiced their anger over unemployment and corruption. The country is often held up as an example of one which survived the...

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2016-02-09 tourism

Morocco sees drop in tourist numbers

Unlike its neighbours, particularly Tunisia, Morocco has been spared terrorist attacks in recent years. The last one was five years ago. But tourist numbers are still down.

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2016-02-05 children

Transgender children: Embracing the transition process

A generation ago, only adults would go through the daunting, but often liberating, process of changing their gender. Today, a growing number of children and adolescents undergo...

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2016-02-04 Syria

Syrian refugees forced into statelessness

In Lebanon one in five people is now a Syrian refugee. The country closed its borders over a year ago, and the government has become more restrictive in issuing residence...

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