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Trump rocks the boat in UK

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World Cup Grand finale, Donald Trump blindsides Theresa May, Erdogan's family business

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Latest update : 2014-01-20

Laos: Small country, big ambitions

Like other countries in southeast Asia, Laos has been living in the shadow of China's economic rise. But as Chinese costs rise, manufacturers are looking beyond the world's second-biggest economy. Laos is one of the countries that are hoping to tap into that need. What is the potential, and what are the pitfalls of this small country with big ambitions? A FRANCE 24 team travelled to Laos to find out.

By Johan Bodin, Markus Karlsson and Sonia de la Forterie

By FRANCE 24

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1970-01-01 Ali LAIDI

Winning the Games: What's the recipe for Olympic success?

The Olympics is a giant shop window for the host nation, providing priceless publicity.

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1970-01-01 Markus KARLSSON

Weed and work: Could cannabis legalisation bring an economic jolt?

The debate on whether to legalise marijuana, and the health hazards associated with the drug, is a divisive one, and there are many strong opinions. But in recent years there's...

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1970-01-01 Ali LAIDI

Interest before profit: Making money by saving the world

The private sector is increasingly entering the humanitarian field, flipping the conventional model on how to make a buck.

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1970-01-01 Ali LAIDI

Race of ideas: is the US pulling away from France?

French intellectuals have helped to shape critical thought and Western philosophy. And France and French academic institutions used to attract thinkers from around the world. But...

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1970-01-01 Ali LAIDI

Knowledge is money: Business intelligence changes Burkina Faso's cotton industry

”Knowledge is power” is a well-known saying. But knowledge is also money. In Burkina Faso, West Africa, business intelligence is key for the local cotton industry.

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