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Latest update : 2013-01-30

Political refugees await another presidential election in Iran

In June 2009, hundreds of thousands of Iranians protested against the presidential vote which saw Mahmoud Ahmadinejad re-elected. The movement was swiftly crushed by the authorities and set off a wave of activists fleeing the country. Three years on, the number of Iranian political refugees continues to rise. The majority pass through Turkey while awaiting a visa for Europe or the US. A few months before the next presidential election in Iran, they told us about their struggle.

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2015-07-30 Bangladesh

Secular bloggers live in fear after spate of killings

In Bangladesh, violence by radical Islamists is on the rise. In 2013, a group of fundamentalists published a list of 84 intellectuals and free thinkers to be "reduced to...

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2015-07-29 Colombia

Colombian community takes on drug gangs

Buenaventura is Colombia's main port on the Pacific coast and local authorities and investors are eager to transform it into a touristic destination, but the town has fallen prey...

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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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