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In Memory of Jean-Karim Fall, 1958-2017

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Bad diplomacy, brawls & bromance

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Cannes 2017: Pitch Perfect's Brittany Snow becomes an urban warrior

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THE WORLD THIS WEEK

US President wraps up world tour in Italy (Part 1)

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THE WORLD THIS WEEK

US President wraps up world tour in Italy (Part 2)

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FOCUS

The battle against illegal fishing in West Africa

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DOWN TO EARTH

Trump has already quit the Paris climate deal - just not publicly

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The Ice Memory Project: A treasure trove for future scientists

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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. Or you can catch it online from 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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2017-05-11 Europe

Video: Kosovo, the impossible nation-state

For over a year, Kosovo has been in mired in political crisis, which reached a climax this week when the government collapsed and the president called snap parliamentary...

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2017-04-27 Americas

What remains of Nicaragua’s revolution?

In 1979, Daniel Ortega was a revolutionary commander who overthrew Nicaragua's pro-American dictatorship and took power. Today, after a long period in the wilderness, he is...

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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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