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Latest update : 2014-12-08

Approaching terminus? On board Iraq's last train line

Basra, Baghdad, Mosul, Aleppo, Istanbul... This is the train line which once connected Iraq to Europe. Nowadays though, most of the Iraqi and Syrian cities served by this route are under control of the Islamic State group and trains no longer operate. But a FRANCE 24 team has been on board Iraq’s very last segment in operation: the Baghdad-Basra Line, connecting the Iraqi capital and the southern oil-rich city.

Programme prepared by Elise Duffau and Patrick Lovett

By Julien FOUCHET , Miyuki DROZ

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2018-07-17 Charlotte PRUDHOMME

Is French oak under threat?

Is French oak under threat? Around a third of France is covered with forests, and the country is the largest oak producer in the EU. But as international demand soars, the...

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2018-07-16 Sylvain LEPETIT

Despite economic blockade and corruption scandals, Qatar prepares for its 2022 World Cup

Although the World Cup in Russia only just ended, interest has already turned to the competition’s 2022 host: Qatar. The nation’s reputation has already been tainted by...

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2018-07-13 Middle East

How sports therapy is helping wounded Syrians

In the northern Syrian city of Idlib, where many civilians have fled amid the ongoing bloodshed, one physical therapist with his team of volunteers is using football to treat...

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2018-07-12 Shirli SITBON

Paris synagogue bombing case remains unsolved, 38 years on

On October 3, 1980, a bomb exploded in front of a Paris synagogue, killing four people and injuring dozens more. The attack sent shockwaves across the country. The sole suspect -...

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2018-07-11 Europe

Video: Humanitarian corridor to Italy brings hope to Eritrean refugees

Amid the hardline approach to immigration from Italy's new government, we look at one initiative giving refugees safe and legal passage to Europe. A group of Italian NGOS have...

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