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South Africa's French learning curve

French is spoken in many countries in continental Africa, but South Africa has not been a place traditionally associated with the French language. That could be about to change, with French being increasingly synonymous with "chic". One university professor has tapped into this new energy to promote the Romance language.

By Stephen CARSTENS , Caroline DUMAY , Ayesha ISMAIL

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2014-07-09 UK

Sharia law to be enshrined in British legal system?

It's not often that a discreet publication in obscure legalese makes press headlines. But that is exactly what has happened in the UK, after the Law Society of England and Wales...

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2014-07-08 environment

US shale gas: Full steam ahead with fracking

Recent calls for less European dependence on natural gas from Russia are adding to pressure on countries like France to open up its massive shale gas deposits and allow fracking....

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2014-07-07 Pakistan

Pakistani parents forced to send children to madrassas

Schools providing a modern education in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province and tribal areas struggle to survive as Islamist trusts running madrassas force parents to send...

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2014-07-04 UK

Tour de France arrives in cycling-mad UK

The 2014 edition of the Tour de France is ready to roll, and this year the starting line has been drawn in the British city of Leeds, in Yorkshire. Considering the notorious...

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2014-07-03 culture

Northern Ireland reconnects with its Gaelic roots

Hundreds of years of British rule on the island of Ireland saw the native language demoted to the vernacular of peasants and the poor. English was the language for advancement. ...

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