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Jihadists, but no terror attacks: The case of Italy

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FOCUS

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

Latest update : 2014-08-15

Buddhism: Growing number of Westerners seek out spiritual retreat

Buddhism, which originated some 2,500 years ago in South Asia, is attracting more followers every day. Now even a growing number of Westerners are giving up their worldly possessions for months and even years at a time to become Buddhist monks. Our correspondent Cyril Payen went to meet some of them in eastern Thailand.

Programme prepared by Elise Duffau and Patrick Lovett

By Cyril PAYEN

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2018-09-25 Focus

Jihadists, but no terror attacks: The case of Italy

Italy is regularly named as a target by the Islamic State (IS) group and has been confronted with the presence of jihadists for several years. An estimated 130 foreign fighters...

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2018-09-24 Focus

Germany: Where providing information on abortion remains a crime

Abortion is anything but simple in Germany. Just providing information about the procedure can lead to criminal charges, with several doctors charged in the past few months....

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2018-09-21 Focus

Britain’s Labour Party: No home for Jews?

Britain’s main opposition Labour Party is gearing up for its annual conference. This past summer has been dominated by toxic allegations of anti-Semitism at all levels in the...

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2018-09-20 Focus

Austria restricts immigration and hampers integration

Immigration is on the menu as EU leaders gather in the Austrian city of Salzburg. But the issue is also high on the domestic agenda. Austria's coalition government, made up of...

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2018-09-19 Focus

Even in Kenya, exiled Burundians fear for their lives

In 2015, a political crisis in Burundi sparked deadly violence. Since then, more than 400,000 Burundians have fled the country, some of them to Kenya. But even there, many still...

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