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July 23 2014

From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Wed Jul 23 2014, 05:56:42

As Israeli forces continue to pound Gaza, a FRANCE 24 team in the southern city of Khan Younis follows the now familiar cycle of airstrikes, deaths, funerals - and pledges of allegiance to Hamas.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Wed Jul 23 2014, 05:15:26

US Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Tel Aviv on Wednesday in a bid to negotiate a ceasefire in Gaza. Kerry is due to hold talks later in the day with UN chief Ban Ki-moon in Jerusalem and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

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From empty sky Wed Jul 23 2014, 04:12:00

Last week, South Africa celebrated Mandela Day. 18 July was Nelson Mandela's birthday. At some point, someone decided that the best way to honour the legacy of Mandela was to encourage people to volunteer 67 minutes on his birthday to help others. This sounds like a good idea. Replace volatile rallies, endless speeches and the risk of the legacy being politicised, with getting people to commit to helping others.

Instead, South Africa has managed to turn voluntourism into a national sport. Yes, I know local volunteering normally avoids the pitfalls of voluntourism; this doesn't. All the problems with rich (white) people popping over to Africa/Asia/South America to "volunteer" by hugging smiling babies for a week-long vacation, crammed into one day of the year. Into 67 minutes, ...

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July 22 2014

From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Tue Jul 22 2014, 23:01:16

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius responded with a strong dose of sarcasm to British criticism of France's planned sale of two warships to Russia, saying the UK should put its' own house in order before criticising others.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Tue Jul 22 2014, 20:48:21

Pro-Russia rebels probably shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, US intelligence officials said on Tuesday, but they were likely 'ill-trained' and did not know what they were shooting at.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Tue Jul 22 2014, 16:58:38

Despite international efforts to negotiate an end to the Israeli-Gaza conflict on Tuesday, Israel continued to strike at targets in the Gaza Strip, where the death toll rose to above 600.

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From Africa in Transition Tue Jul 22 2014, 14:40:06

Unlike other radical Islamist groups, such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Nigeria's Boko Haram has not...

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Tue Jul 22 2014, 14:36:46

French authorities have given the green light for a pro-Palestine demonstration to be held in Paris on Wednesday, despite previous protests descending into violence.

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Tue Jul 22 2014, 12:30:13

Six years ago, as a young, inquisitive and idealistic undergraduate, I traveled to my country of birth, Ethiopia, on a quest to answer one of the toughest questions in political science: how does democracy develop in a poor country with a long-standing history of authoritarian rule? At the time Ethiopia had recently passed through a [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Tue Jul 22 2014, 12:30:13

Six years ago, as a young, inquisitive and idealistic undergraduate, I traveled to my country of birth, Ethiopia, on a quest to answer one of the toughest questions in political science: how does democracy develop in a poor country with a long-standing history of authoritarian rule? At the time Ethiopia had recently passed through a [...]

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