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Fillon, Le Pen cry 'witch hunt' over corruption probes (part 1)

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UNICEF report : Women and child migrants raped, beaten and detained in Libyan 'hellholes'

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We return to places which have been in the news - often a long time ago, sometimes recently - to see how local people are rebuilding their lives. Sunday at 9.10 pm. And you can watch it online as early as Friday.

Latest update : 2013-11-07

Ukraine: Chernobyl revisited

The world’s worst ever nuclear disaster took place in Chernobyl, Ukraine on April 26th, 1986. The environmental impact was catastrophic. A 30-kilometre exclusion zone around the power station is still in place. But many of the worst-affected villages in the zone are now inhabited again.

A new town has been built to house the former liquidators - the men and women called in to clean up the nuclear mess. Today, it has one of the highest birth rates in the Ukraine and regularly comes top in the rankings of the best places to live. FRANCE 24 reports from Chernobyl. 

By Gulliver CRAGG

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2017-02-23 Asia-pacific

Hong Kong divided over its future, 20 years after UK handover

On July 1, 1997, after more than a century of British rule, Hong Kong was officially handed back to China and became a Special Administrative Region. Thanks to the principle of...

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2017-02-10 Asia-pacific

Pakistan’s Swat Valley striving to return to its former glory

The Swat Valley, a picturesque region of Pakistan, was briefly controlled by the Taliban before they were driven out by the army in 2009. For nearly a year now, the region locals...

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2017-01-20 Africa

Video: Threat of economic crisis still looms in Zimbabwe

Some 15 years ago, Zimbabwe was hit by an economic meltdown. White farmers, who owned large farms, had their land expropriated and redistributed. This move had been promised by...

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2017-01-06 South Sudan

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More than five years after its independence, South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, is plagued by civil war. The regular army and rebel troops have been fighting since 2013....

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2016-12-16 Africa

DR Congo: Goma, a city living on the edge

Nearly 15 years after the deadly eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano and four years after the M23 rebel offensive, Goma is still tending its wounds. Amid uneven reconstruction...

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