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23
MAY

International report - Should I stay or should I go? Scotland and the European Elections

With Brexit being postponed until later this year, the United Kingdom is obliged to take part in the European Parliament elections.

Voters in the UK, including EU citizens, are going to the polls today, Thursday 23 May.

This has been a very peculiar campaign for EU voters and candidate.

In Scotland, a nation which voted to stay in the EU, today's elections are gearing up to mean more than usual as Assa Samaké-Roman reports.

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22
MAY

International report - India's Dhobi Ghat laundry workers care more about survival than politics

As the eyes of the world turn towards India where ballot counting is continuing after a month-long election involving 900 million voters, we go to one area in Mumbai where many voters work in the informal sector of laundry. 

Their day-to-day life is not so much influenced by politics but more by a need for survival in what is, in many cases, a generations-old industry.

Dhananjay Khadilkar reports from Dhobi Ghat in Mumbai - one of India's largest open-air laundries.

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21
MAY

International report - How Istanbul mayor could pose biggest threat to Turkey's president Erdogan

Ekrem Imamoglu shook Turkish politics when he won Istanbul's mayorship, ending 25 years of domination by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party.

But Turkey’s electoral board controversially ordered a run of the vote, putting Imamoglu at the center of an unprecedented political storm.

Correspondent Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul.

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20
MAY

International report - India awards largest compensation to Bilkis Bano, a rape victim from anti-Muslim riots

In March 2002, Bilkis Bano was gang raped and 14 members of her family murdered in one of the worst episodes during the 2002 anti-Muslim riots in the western Indian state of Gujarat.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of the state at the time.

For three days the rioters had free rein, as the state administration and  police turned a blind eye.

In the end, more than 1,000 people died, most of them Muslim.

Now, 17 years later, India’s Supreme Court has awarded Bilkis an exemplary compensation of 5 million Rupees or 64,000 euros, a house in a place of her choice and a government job. 

This is the highest compensation ever given to a rape survivor in India.

Murali Krishnan met up with her and has this report.

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17
MAY

International report - Wave of suicides among Indian students

No fewer than 23 teenage students committed suicide in a single week in April in the Indian state of Telangana after they failed their high school exams.

Thousands of others also failed to make the grades, sparking a scare among politicians running for office.

And as public protests stirred Telengana amid national elections, the spotlight has once again fallen on the nation’s archaic education system.

Vikram Roy has this report from Delhi, presented by Michael Fitzpatrick.

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17
MAY

International report - Miles of Smiles convoy arrives in Gaza

Forty-one international peace activists from different Islamic and European countries arrived in Gaza earlier this month, for a five-day visit.

The activists represent the Miles of Smiles convoy that has visited Gaza 35 times since 2009, in an attempt to relieve the Israel-besieged coastal territory.

Correspondent Rami Almeghari has this report from Gaza.

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15
MAY

International report - Irrigation projects flood Zimbabwe's worst-hit drought region

The United Nations says it is struggling to raise funds to ease food insecurity in Zimbabwe where over five million people need assistance after the country was hit by an El Nino-induced drought.

In one of the worst-hit regions, Masvingo, about 500km south of the capital Harare, the UN has called on the government to boost irrigation projects to ease the impact of recurring drought.

Correspondent Columbus Mavhunga travelled to the stricken region and sent this report.

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14
MAY

International report - Has Liberia's George Weah scored an own goal?

The Liberian economy has taken a serious nose-dive under the leadership of former soccer icon, President George Weah. He came to power in January 2018, elected on promises to revive the nation’s economy and improve living standards, but he is struggling to turn things around.

Since Weah's election, prices of basic commodities such as rice, cooking oil and sugar have more than doubled. The local currency has seen a drastic depreciation. You currently need 176 Liberian dollars to buy a single United States dollar.

As correspondent Darlington Porkpa reports from Monrovia, there is growing consternation over the government’s inability to address the situation.

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13
MAY

International report - Bollywood plays lead role in India elections

India's film industry, the legendary Bollywood, has been playing a lead role in the country's on-going epic elections, involving 900 million voters.

Many top actors have jumped aboard the political bandwagon of Prime Minister Narenda Modi as he seeks a second term.

Opposition parties too have been fishing for celebrities to try to dazzle undecided voters.

The 39-day marathon Indian ballot ends on Sunday May 19 with results expected four days later.

This report from correspondent Vikram Roy is presented by Michael Fitzpatrick.

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10
MAY

International report - Fright flight

World migratory bird day lands on 11 May. It will be an occasion to highlight  thousands of species which migrate around the world, stopping in some of the most beautiful natural wetlands. Sometimes also in the most polluted ones.

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09
MAY

International report - How Cameroon's armed conflict is making medical access difficult for pregnant women

In Cameroon's restive Anglophone regions - where armed groups campaigning for a separate state -- pregnant women face major difficulties in accessing medical care.

Many residents fear being attacked or killed should they attempt to visit local health units at night since local authorities imposed an indefinite nighttime curfew on the English speaking communities.

In late 2016 protests calling for better treatment of minority English speaking Cameroonians by the Francophone dominated government were met with a brutal crackdown by security forces.

From Bamenda, correspondent Alphonse Tebeck reports.

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07
MAY

International report - African culinary roadshow hits Dakar

Delicious smells have been wafting over Dakar this week as the Afro Cooking roadshow We Eat Africa, set up base in the Senegalese capital. Frequently under-appreciated off the continent, African ingredients have a lot of diversity to them - with no two dishes identical from one country to the next.

A lot of these delicious African recipes are never written down, but are passed on from mother to daughter.

Our correspondent Emmanuelle Landais went to find out how that's starting to change.

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