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Latest update : 2012-12-06

Is the French steel industry going into meltdown?

French steel production has slumped over the last 40 years. The only plant still in operation is in the eastern town of Florange. But the mill's owner, steel giant ArcelorMittal, has said it wants to close Florange. The French government has stepped in and reached a deal with ArcelorMittal that should save the threatened jobs. But will the agreement go the same way as a similar - doomed - deal in neighbouring Gandrange three years ago?

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2015-07-28 Russia

Russia's private military firms operate in legal grey area

Kiev and the West have accused Russian troops of participating in the Ukraine conflict on a massive scale. The Kremlin denies sending professional troops into the country and...

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2015-07-27 Niger

Cultural centre in ruins months after Charlie Hebdo riots

In mid-January, violence erupted in Niger's southern city of Zinder, sparked by the post-attack edition of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. The front cover showed a weeping...

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2015-07-24 Afghanistan

Afghanistan's unity government gets down to work

Last September, Ashraf Ghani became president of Afghanistan but had to share power with Abdullah Abdullah, his rival in the presidential election. The two men took months to...

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2015-07-23 USA

The great US divide over the Confederate flag

The United States is still grappling with its troubled race relations. Police treatment of minorities has fanned the flames of debate, but the touch paper was lit after nine...

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2015-07-22 Niger

Boko Haram violence triggers refugee crisis in Niger

Terrorist attacks and atrocities committed by Islamist militant group Boko Haram have forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes and seek refuge elsewhere. While...

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