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Turkey's tourism industry reels from string of deadly attacks

This week, we focus on Turkey, where a New Year’s Eve attack by the Islamic State group on a nightclub in Istanbul concluded a bloody year for the country. Just a few years ago, Turkey was listed as the world's sixth most visited nation, with tourism representing 6% of its GDP. Catherine Clifford takes a look at how its tourism industry is now faring after a year of deadly attacks and a failed coup.


We also head to Aleppo. Although the battle for the Syrian city is at an end, the nightmare for its children is far from over. They may now be able to play in the streets, but they remain scarred by years of air strikes, shelling and street fighting. Plus they still have no access to education or basic healthcare.

Finally, we discover a monument that's been fascinating archeologists and tourists for centuries. The Abu Simbel temple has been standing for some 3,000 years and was saved from the rising waters of the Nile thanks to a UNESCO campaign. But according to experts, it's now facing a new threat.

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