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Our Focus programme brings you exclusive reports from around the world. From Monday to Friday at 7.45 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2012-09-17

Pope Benedict XVI visits Lebanese Christians

It's uncertain whether Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Lebanon will succeed in reassuring Lebanese Christians about their future. Declining demographically and divided politically, the community has been shaken by the Syrian crisis. Many see Bashar al-Assad as the protector of Syria's minorities - the Alawites, the Christians and the Druze - in the face of a Sunni majority. But all recall the suffering of Christians in Egypt and Iraq and fear for the fate of the region's Christians if Assad goes.

By Lucy FIELDER , Selim EL MEDDEB

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2018-10-17 Focus

Irish border remains stumbling block in Brexit talks

With five months to go until Brexit comes into force, one of the key unresolved issues is the border between the Republic of Ireland – an EU member state - and Northern Ireland,...

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2018-10-16 Focus

France explores alternatives to prison

In order to tackle overcrowded prisons and the issue of repeat offending, the French authorities are increasingly turning to alternatives to incarceration. Out of the 250,000...

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2018-10-15 Focus

US Supreme Court decision boosts anti-abortion activists in California

California is often considered one of the most forward-thinking and liberal states in the US. But recently, so-called "pro-life" medical centres have been popping up across the...

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2018-10-12 Focus

From Bouaké to Abidjan, the bumpy road to reconciliation in Ivory Coast

In November 2010, a disputed presidential election in Ivory Coast sparked violence. Rival supporters of Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara clashed for weeks, leaving some 3,000...

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2018-10-11 Focus

White-only South African town nostalgic for apartheid

Some 27 years after the abolition of apartheid, there are still communities of white South Africans who refuse to mix with their black fellow citizens. It's the case in the town...

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