Week in Review: Baghdadi’s fall, France's vampire retrospective and inside Miss Maggie’s kitchen
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A look at the rise and fall of the Islamic State group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, British fishermen are fed up with the Brexit delay, France struggles with its secularist ideals and FRANCE 24 takes a look inside Miss Maggie’s kitchen.
The man the world came to know as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi seized on the conflict, chaos and mismanagement in his native Iraq to propel himself from a low-level prisoner in US detention to one of the world’s most dangerous terror chiefs.
Islamic State (IS) group chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was found and killed over the weekend in northern Syria just a few miles from the Turkish border in a US raid that evaded the Turkey’s Incirlik base, in a sign of the increasing distrust between US and Turkish militaries.
More than three years after Britain voted to leave the EU, the fishermen of Ilfracombe are thoroughly fed up. They were promised a greater share of fishing quotas, that Britain would “take back control” of its waters and become an independent coastal state. But they’ve seen little of the change they voted for. FRANCE 24 reports.
Weeks after a far-right politician unleashed controversy by asking a woman accompanying children to remove her veil, the Senate on Tuesday approved an amendment that would extend a ban on wearing religious symbols to those supervising school trips. Some say French secularism is becoming too extreme, while others believe it is being used to shroud Islamophobia.
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Reporting from Ethiopia, we meet Sehin Teferra, co-founder of the feminist group Setaweet, and also speak to the country’s first female President Sahle-Work Zewde, asking them both about the challenges that lie ahead.
She's one of the most enigmatic individuals to feature in recent news headlines: Soldier Bradley Manning came to global attention after leaking classified military documents and, in doing so, became a key figure in the WikiLeaks operation. While serving a 35-year sentence for those actions, Manning was contacted by filmmaker Tim Travers Hawkins, who wanted to tell her story. His documentary, "XY Chelsea", deals with Manning’s gender transition but also with her shift from prison life to the media spotlight after her sentence was commuted by Barack Obama in 2017.
Film critic Lisa Nesselson tells us about an exhibition at the Cinémathèque Française that draws the undead out of the shadows to celebrate cinema's most iconic vampires. Classics like "Nosferatu", "The Addiction" and "The Hunger" are also part of the spooky seasonal programming. Next, we check out director Marco Bellochio’s adaptation of the true story of a key Mafia informant in 1980s Italy. And we learn more about the French heartfelt drama "The Specials", which has drawn crowds here in its home country, with Vincent Cassel and Reda Kateb in the main roles.
In Mexico, it's not uncommon to hear of women being abducted, raped or even killed after getting into taxis. Every day, there are new victims of drivers and their accomplices in organised crime. So far this year, there have been more than 200 reports of attacks inside taxi cabs in Mexico City alone.
Indonesia's sinking capital Jakarta to be relocated
With 11 million inhabitants, the Indonesian capital Jakarta is one of the most densely populated cities on the planet. It's also one of those most threatened by rising sea levels. As a result, authorities recently announced that they will move the capital to a new location over 1,000 kilometres away.
We take a look at leftist Alberto Fernandez's victory in the Argentinian presidential race. In a country facing the worst economic crisis in two decades, voters delivered a stunning rebuke to incumbent conservative Mauricio Macri's austerity measures.
What exactly is "l'art de vivre"? Why do some of us photograph our food more as much as we eat it? And have we all become so obsessed by what we eat that we've forgotten how to simply enjoy food? We talk recipes and foodie culture with home-cooking guru Heloïse Brion, author of "Chez Miss Maggie's Kitchen".
Last year, more than 5 million counterfeit goods were seized by the authorities in France. Theft of intellectual property isn’t just a French problem: After US products, French goods are the most faked products in the world. Among the things typically copied are luxury products such as perfume and watches, football shirts, medication, artworks and much more. As the techniques used to make and sell fake goods become ever more sophisticated, companies need to do more to stay ahead of the counterfeiters.
Prime Minister Saad Hariri has resigned after nationwide rallies brought the country to a virtual standstill. The protesters want a complete overhaul of an establishment that they call corrupt. Our correspondent Leila Molana-Allen reports on how women have taken an active role in the protests.
In France's western Poitou region, dancers dressed in 18th-century costumes twirl in time to the music. Meanwhile, in the southern town of Gémenos, a dance troupe called La Poulido de Gèmo keeps the local Provence culture alive through traditional dances. Perhaps surprisingly, the majority of its dancers are young people.