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How does IS group finance itself?

This week, we look at how the Islamic State group finances its operations, one year after it declared a caliphate in the areas under its control in Iraq and Syria. Contraband oil is top of the list, but extortion and cotton sales are on it too.

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Also, we head to Egypt, where the holy month of Ramadan gives many people the chance of an odd job for a few weeks. We tell you why.

Finally, we take you to Damascus, where nightlife provides an important release from the daily grind of war.

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