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Latest update : 2017-10-19

Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto to vote on autonomy

As the Catalan crisis continues to rattle Spain, we turn our attention to Italy. On Sunday, 16 million Italians in the northern Lombardy and Veneto regions will vote in a non-binding referendum on greater autonomy from Rome. Since the 1990s, the battle for independence in these regions has been a driving force of the Eurosceptic, right-wing Northern League party. But with parliamentary elections fast approaching, the party is openly displaying more national ambitions. Our correspondents report.

A programme prepared by Patrick Lovett and Florence Viala.

By Natalia MENDOZA , Charlotte DAVAN-WETTON

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2017-11-17 Emmanuel Macron

France's newest political party accused of 'old' methods

Six months after becoming France's youngest ever president, Emmanuel Macron is facing signs of rebellion and frustration from within his own party. Some 100 members, including...

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2017-11-16 Africa

Why Anglophone separatists want independence in Cameroon

Over the past year, dozens of people have died in Cameroon fighting for the independence of an English-speaking area of the country, known as Ambazonia. Now their supporters are...

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2017-11-15 Middle East

Middle East: Gaza's armed groups, a sticking point in Fatah-Hamas reconciliation

The process of reconciliation between the two rival Palestinian parties, Fatah and Hamas, is reaching a critical stage. Hamas is soon to hand over control of Gaza to the...

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2017-11-14 Europe

Video: Is Italy seeing a resurgence of fascism?

Authorities in Italy are concerned about a growing number of extreme right-wing groups who admire WWII-era leader Benito Mussolini and are nostalgic about his fascist regime. At...

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2017-11-13 terrorism

Video: Those affected by the Paris attacks, two years on

Two years after 130 people were killed in terror attacks across Paris, FRANCE 24 speaks to some of the people deeply affected by the violence: a witness who gave first aid to...

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