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Egypt's Coptic Christians targeted by Islamic State group

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France's wartime past takes centre stage in presidential campaign

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Latest update : 2017-01-05

Prison break: Brazil to overhaul penal system after bloody riot

This week, we focus on Brazil's penal system after a deadly prison riot. 184 inmates escaped from two jails in Brazil in the wake of the worst prison violence there in 25 years. Close to 60 were killed in fighting between rival drug gangs at Manaus jail. Many of those slain were beheaded before being tossed over the prison walls. The violence prompted the justice minister to announce plans to completely overhaul the country's overcrowded prison system.

We also head to the US, where the 115th Congress opened this week. When Donald Trump takes office on January 20th, it will be the first time Republicans have controlled both houses of Congress and the White House since 1928. The GOP has vowed to push through one of the most conservative agendas in decades. But divisions are likely to emerge over Trump's cabinet picks and allegations of Russia's interference in the election.

One of Trump's big campaign promises was bringing jobs back to the United States. This week, US carmaker Ford said it was cancelling a 1.6 billion dollar plant in Mexico in order to beef up a current factory in Michigan. Several major US companies have also started investing in production sites at home. American-made products are still more expensive than those made overseas, but consumers say they're willing to pay a little bit more to buy local.

By Genie GODULA , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Joanna COCKERELL , Sonia BARITELLO

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2017-04-26 Colombia

Colombia: FARC disarmament leads to baby boom

In Colombia, the current disarmament of some 7,000 FARC rebels has led to one particularly interesting result: a baby boom! Almost half of the fighters were women and were...

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2017-04-19 USA

USA: America's ageing infrastructure

In the United States, the state of public infrastructure has been deteriorating for years, sometimes even posing a safety risk to citizens. One of US President Donald Trump's...

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2017-04-05 USA

USA: Sonoran Desert at risk from real estate development

In the US, the Sonoran Desert stretches from Arizona to California and further south to Mexico. It's home to some 2,500 different species of plants and animals. But as the...

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2017-03-29 USA

Jared Kushner: From son-in-law to top Trump advisor

Until now, US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner had been able to avoid much of the scrutiny that comes with working in the White House. But not...

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2017-03-24 Brazil

Export bans hit Brazil amid tainted meat scandal

After the discovery by Brazilian police of a corruption network in which some meatpackers paid crooked inspectors to pass off rotten and adulterated meat as safe, worldwide...

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