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Latest update : 2013-09-18

Syria: a tale of two cities in Homs

As the world pushes for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons, our reporters head to the city of Homs, the site of some of the fiercest fighting of the civil war. Also, we look at how daily life in Iraq has literally become a battle as sectarian violence takes hold. Finally, a war of a different kind is under way in Egypt between the military-backed government and some media outlets accused of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood.

By Stéphanie CHEVAL , Kalvin NG , Joanna COCKERELL

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2014-08-26 Yemen

Terrorist ransoms: Should governments pay up for hostages?

This week, US journalist Peter Theo Curtis was released after 22 months in captivity in Syria. But the joy of his freedom was dampened by the horrific beheading of another...

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2014-08-19 Kurds

Iraq: Kurdish forces fight to protect Yazidis

France 24's reporters in Iraq have caught up with refugees near Mount Sinjar, who spoke of kidnappings and rape at the hands of Islamist militants. Next, we take a look at the...

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2014-08-13 Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS)

Iraq: Yazidi minority persecuted by ISIS militants

This week, as Yazidi people continue to flee ISIS militants in the north of Iraq, we look at this ancient community and just why they're fleeing persecution. Next, in Turkey,...

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2014-08-06 Middle East

Gaza: Business at a standstill

With more than 1,800 Palestinians killed during the Israeli offensive, the people of Gaza now face a reconstruction bill running into the billions of euros. Meanwhile, in...

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2014-07-29 Syria

Gaza conflict: Palestinians mark sombre Eid

It's usually one of the biggest celebrations in the Muslim calendar, but for people in Gaza this year, Eid was blighted by more deadly violence. Next, nearly all those belonging...

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