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Latest update : 2013-11-13

Iran: nuclear talks end with no agreement

We look at the failure to reach a deal over Iran's nuclear ambitions. Iran's foreign minister blames France for scuppering the deal. Next, we find out why there are calls for Egypt's army chief, General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, to stand in next year's presidential elections. Finally, Hamas gets its very first spokeswoman: a 23-year-old trilingual journalist and single mother.

By Jeanne LAVENANT , Stéphane BERNSTEIN , 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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