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France's First Round Controversies

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"Front National" makes it to the second round for the first time since 2002

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Macron vs. Le Pen: Unprecedented Choice in French Presidential Election (part 1)

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Macron vs. Le Pen: Unprecedented Choice in French Presidential Election (part 2)

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Khatia Buniatishvili, the 'pop star pianist'

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French press review: Macron 'just a step away' from Elysée Palace

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Will the traditional alliance against France's National Front work in round two?

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Greek Cypriot negotiator: 'We regret that Turkey is distancing itself from Europe'

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Latest update : 2014-08-12

Iraq violence: ISIS insurgency catches up with Kurdistan

We focus on events in Iraq’s autonomous region of Kurdistan. The Baghdad parliament has handed the role of Iraqi president to the veteran politician Fouad Masoum, who is of course a Kurd. It’s a largely ceremonial post and in line with unofficial power-sharing agreements, the president is always a Kurd, the prime minister a Shiite and the speaker a Sunni.

Meanwhile, for several weeks now, Kurdish peshmerga fighters have been battling militants from ISIS and in several areas they are providing the only effective counterweight to these advancing jihadists. But how long will that last?

By Tom BURGES WATSON

Our guests

Abdelraman Dara SULEIMAN

Iraqi Writer and Political Analyst

Ardavan AMIR ASLANI

International Lawyer

Shwan ZULAL

Kurdish Blogger; Political and risk analyst

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2017-04-24 France

Macron vs. Le Pen: Unprecedented Choice in French Presidential Election (part 1)

For the first time since World War Two, neither the main center-left or center-right parties in France will be on the ballot. Instead it's far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen...

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2017-04-24 Emmanuel Macron

Macron vs. Le Pen: Unprecedented Choice in French Presidential Election (part 2)

For the first time since World War Two, neither the main center-left or center-right parties in France will be on the ballot. Instead it's far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen...

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2017-04-20 French Presidential Elections 2017

Up for grabs: Total uncertainty ahead of French presidential election (part 1)

The stakes couldn't be higher ahead of Sunday's first round of the French presidential election. Open or closed borders? More Europe or less? A bigger or smaller welfare state? A...

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2017-04-20 French Presidential Elections 2017

Up for grabs: Total uncertainty ahead of French presidential election (part 2)

The stakes couldn't be higher ahead of Sunday's first round of the French presidential election. Open or closed borders? More Europe or less? A bigger or smaller welfare state? A...

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2017-04-19 Venezuela

Where will it end? Venezuela's downward spiral (part 1)

Where will it all end in Venezuela? This Wednesday sees a day of duelling demonstrations with mass rallies by the opposition after several weeks of sometimes deadly protests....

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