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Kasai province killings : government releases footage allegedly showing execution of UN investigators

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MEDIAWATCH

France's First Round Controversies

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THE CAMPAIGN BEAT

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

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THE DEBATE

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

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THE DEBATE

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

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ENCORE!

Khatia Buniatishvili, the 'pop star pianist'

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IN THE PAPERS

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

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THE CAMPAIGN BEAT

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

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TALKING EUROPE

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

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REVISITED

We return to places which have been in the news - often a long time ago, sometimes recently - to see how local people are rebuilding their lives. Sunday at 9.10 pm. And you can watch it online as early as Friday.

Latest update : 2017-03-24

Ecuador: The rush for oil in Yasuni National Park

© For 12 years, Diego Mosquera has been studying the outstanding biodiversity of the Yasuni Park.

Located in eastern Ecuador, the Yasuni Park is a unique ecosystem. Thousands of species of plants and wildlife are concentrated in this part of the Amazon rainforest. But the park and its treasures are directly threatened by drilling for oil.

Ecuador's Yasuni National Park covers 10,000 square kilometres of rainforest. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1989, its biodiversity is among the most outstanding on the planet. Hundreds of species of mammals, birds and butterflies, plus thousands of rare specimens of plants and trees, crowd this corner of the Amazon.

But the park is also a victim of the riches beneath it, where almost half of the country’s crude oil reserves lie. Drilling began in September 2016, much to the dismay of indigenous communities and environmental activists.

Our reporter visits this contested corner of the Amazon.

By Antoine BODDAERT

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2017-04-05 Africa

Video: Ebola survivors set on rebuilding their lives

Just over three years after the Ebola epidemic hit West Africa, our reporters returned to Guinea - where the outbreak began - and Liberia. They met locals who are still mourning...

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2017-03-10 Africa

Video: On Saint Helena, Emperor Napoleon is still waiting for his fans

Our reporter has been to the island of Saint-Helena, in the middle of the South Atlantic, where the French emperor Napoleon was exiled by the British in 1815 after Waterloo. Two...

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2017-02-23 Asia-pacific

Hong Kong divided over its future, 20 years after UK handover

On July 1, 1997, after more than a century of British rule, Hong Kong was officially handed back to China and became a Special Administrative Region. Thanks to the principle of...

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2017-02-10 Asia-pacific

Pakistan’s Swat Valley striving to return to its former glory

The Swat Valley, a picturesque region of Pakistan, was briefly controlled by the Taliban before they were driven out by the army in 2009. For nearly a year now, the region locals...

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