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September 5 2014

From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Fri Sep 5 2014, 13:43:34

Will the jihadists' attempt to create a caliphate across Iraq and Syria lead instead to an independent Kurdish state? FRANCE 24's Roméo Langlois, Adam Pletts and Estelle Vigoureux went to the frontline to find Kurds from Iraq and Syria joining forces in the fight against Islamic State (IS) militants. In part two of the Debate, François Picard and his panel discuss international support for Kurdish forces and whether borders will be redrawn in the process.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Fri Sep 5 2014, 12:31:02

French President François Hollande on Friday hit back against claims from his former partner that he secretly despises the poor, in his first reaction to Valérie Trierweiler's explosive memoirs published the day before.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Fri Sep 5 2014, 11:12:49

NATO approved wide-ranging plans on Friday to boost its defences in eastern Europe, aiming to reassure allies nervous about Russia's intervention in Ukraine that the US-led alliance will shield them from any attack.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Fri Sep 5 2014, 10:42:18

When sectarian violence thrust the Central African Republic into the spotlight at the end of last year, there were relatively few journalists on hand to document what was to become a massive humanitarian crisis.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Fri Sep 5 2014, 09:52:23

A controversial French comedian is facing charges for comparing the killing of US journalist James Foley to French Revolution beheadings and therefore an "access to civilisation" for his murderers.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Fri Sep 5 2014, 09:45:39

Envoys for the Ukrainian authorities and pro-Russian rebels have agreed to a ceasefire from 6pm (3pm GMT) on Friday at talks mediated by Russia, the European Union and OSCE in Belarus.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Fri Sep 5 2014, 04:51:34

Ukrainian forces pounded pro-Russian separatists to the east of the vital strategic port of Mariupol on Friday, just hours before ceasefire talks were due to begin in the Belarusian capital of Minsk.

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September 4 2014

From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Thu Sep 4 2014, 19:17:39

Police handcuffed some 465 protesters who blocked traffic in cities across the United States on Thursday in their latest attempt to get McDonald's, Burger King and other fast-food chains to pay employees at least $15 an hour.

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From Zambian Economist Thu Sep 4 2014, 17:36:00

A fascinating comment in Business Week on the potential of the ebola virus on the West African region :

"Sierra Leone's prospects were bright before the worst-ever outbreak of the virus. The economy was expected to grow 14 percent this year, almost three times faster than the average for sub-Saharan Africa. In neighboring Liberia and Guinea, rich iron-ore deposits were luring billions of dollars in foreign investment and fueling growth. Then, in December, the first case of Ebola appeared in Guinea. Its emergence at first was seen as a short-term outbreak with limited economic impact. The disease now threatens to cripple three economies with a combined gross domestic product of about $13 billion. Commodity companies are slowing production, and airlines are shutting routes. In Liberia, the ...

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From Zambian Economist Thu Sep 4 2014, 17:30:00

Populist leaders...start out attacking their opponents' corruption and accuse them of hijacking the state for a self-serving political establishment that excludes the interests of ordinary people. Yet, when in power, they end up behaving exactly the same, treating the state as their or their party's property and engaging in, or at least condoning, corruption. Usually, this apparent hypocrisy does not hurt populists' electoral prospects"

From Jan-Werner Mueller's fascinating piece on the paradox of populism. It has a lot of resonance with much of the African experience.  The authors suggest that the reason why this paradox exist is because populism erodes the distinction between government and the people.

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