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Latest update : 2014-05-07

South Africa: A long road ahead for a young democracy

Twenty years ago, the first general elections took place in South Africa in which citizens of all races were allowed to take part. People voted with a smile. This Wednesday they will vote again - but this time, many casting their ballot do so feeling angry. Over the past 20 years the gap between the rich and poor has increased. People say reforms in areas like farming have not been quick enough and infrastructure is still poor.

There is also anger over corruption. President Jacob Zuma’s waning popularity was most clearly demonstrated when he was booed during Nelson Mandela's memorial service. A recent report revealing that he had benefited unduly from public money spent on his lavish home has not helped matters. France 24 reports on the issues weighing on voters' minds.

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By Stephen CARSTENS , Caroline DUMAY , Ayesha ISMAIL

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2014-07-30 crime

What solutions for California's overcrowded prisons?

California has more inmates than any other US state - some 150,000 - and the reincarceration rate is the highest in the country, at 65%. Ordered by Supreme Court judges to reduce...

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2014-07-29 Islam

Pakistan's Ahmadis living in fear of extremist attacks

As Muslims across the world celebrate the end of Ramadan, we look at the persecution suffered by Pakistan's Ahmadis. They consider themselves Muslim, but many Pakistanis see them...

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2014-07-28 France

As France’s Carrefour pulls out, what next for India’s retail market?

French supermarket giant Carrefour announced earlier this month it is giving up on one of the world’s biggest consumer markets by closing its operations in India. Carrefour wants...

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2014-07-25 immigration

Many Turks angry over Syrian refugee situation

According to the UNHCR 2.5 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries since the conflict there began. Over 800 000 of them are now in Turkey. Ankara has maintained an...

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2014-07-24 Ukraine

Sluggish tourist season in Crimea

As early as the late 19th Century Crimea has lived off tourism. But the annexation of the peninsula by Russia, using military force, has already had an impact on the 2014 season....

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