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Our Focus programme brings you exclusive reports from around the world. From Monday to Friday at 7.45 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2014-02-12

Four million Pakistanis working in slave-like conditions

Pakistan is home to some four million de-facto slaves, one of the highest figures in the world. Most of them are poor farmers working in servitude for wealthy land owners, or bonded labourers struggling daily in brickyards. The downward spiral to slavery is almost always the same: bosses incite workers to borrow a sum of money from them, usually in case of a medical emergency or to pay a dowry. But exhorbitant interest rates mean the borrowers end up working for free for years to come.

By Taha SIDDIQUI , Sylvain LEPETIT , Kate ROUSSEAU

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2017-07-26 Americas

The limits of affirmative action in Brazil

Brazil has the highest proportion of so-called "mixed race" people in the world. Yet only 13% of people aged 18 to 24 in that category are enrolled at university. Back in 2012,...

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2017-07-25 Africa

Kenyan authorities step up security amid Al-Shabaab threat

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2017-07-24 Africa

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2017-07-21 Middle East

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2017-07-20 Africa

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