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03
JUL

International report - Eleven die in deadly scramble on the roof of the world

Nepal promised to re-write its mountaineering rules after at least 11 fatalities this spring on Mount Everest.

As the climbing season came to an end, veterans blamed the carnage on the world’s highest mountain on unruly pileups by rookie adventure-seekers.

Eight others, including four Britons, two Americans and an Australian died elsewhere in the bleak Himalayas.

This report by Vikram Roy who travelled to Kathmandu, is presented by Michael Fitzpatrick.

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02
JUL

International report - A long history of discrimination

In the mountainous regions of north-western Argentina is where you can find descendants of the Diaguitas, an aboriginal ethnic group that migrated to this region in the 5th and 6th centuries.

Suffering from discrimination since the Spanish invasion, they have seen their traditional knowledge erased to the profit of intensive industrial agriculture, which makes up 60 percent of cultivated land in Argentina.

Such practices have had diasterous consquences on the environment and on the health of farmers and consumers.

During the 1990s an alternative programme was put in place to overcome this and today it represents nearly 20 percent of the national production.

In the final report of a two-part series, Pauline Bandelier has more on this programme.

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01
JUL

International report - Argentina series part 1: Indigenous people reclaiming their land

In Argentina, the descendants of the natives make up only 1.49 percent of the argentinan population.

Recent studies however say that over 50 percent of argentines have at least one indigenous ancestor on one parental lineage.

Despite this biological connection, descendants of the aboriginal groups suffer from discrimination and struggle to have their rights to their ancestral land recognized.

In the first of a three part series, Pauline Bandelier takes us to meet the Diaguita ethnic group, that includes 14 tribes, including the Quilmes.

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01
JUL

International report - How Scotland took on knife crime and won

Scotland used to be one of the most dangerous places in the developed world, and Glasgow, in particular, had an exceptionally high level of gang-related crime. But thanks to a ground-breaking approach to tackle violence, Scotland has started to solve its problem.

Assa Samaké-Roman has this report from Glasgow.

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27
JUN

International report - Plans to privatise part of Kenya's busiest port: who will benefit?

Mombasa port in Kenya is one of the largest cargo terminals in the world. But recently there has been a plan to privatize some of the container handling. This has sparked a division between government officials and coastal leaders.

Those against the proposals are worried about the economic impact and possible loss of job opportunities to locals.

Joseph Jira has this report from Mombasa.

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25
JUN

International report - Award-winning African turtle expert Tomas Diagne talks conservation

Back in early June of this year, National Geographic presented its most prestigious awards to honor the trailblazing conservationists, scientists, educators, and storytellers who are leading the push to protect our planet for future generations.

Among them was Tomas Diagne, a Senegalese expert in African turtles, terrapins, and tortoises who’s been fighting to protect them for 25 years. 

He received  this year’s Leadership in Conservation Award. 

Emmanuelle Landais has this report from Dakar.

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25
JUN

International report - Checkmate by France's female chess champions

French competitors have been making history in the game of chess.

The recent Top Twelve club competition in the western French city of Brest was crucial for International Master Sophie Milliet, who has already won the French women's championship a record-equalling six times.

Dhananjay Khadilkar travelled to Brest to meet Milliet and talk about the world of women's chess.

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24
JUN

International report - How the war on drugs is worsening gender violence in Mexico

This week, we’ve explored gender violence in Mexico. It’s been on the rise for the last few years. Every day, an average of nine women are murdered in the country. In some places, women don’t go out alone, because they fear they’ll be abducted.

This alarming situation is taking place in a country where violence in general has soared in the last twelve years. It is, in part, a result of the never-ending war on drugs.

For more on this, RFI's Ollia Horton spoke to Mexico correspondent Alix Hardy. 

 

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22
JUN

International report - Istanbul's mayorial elections means more than just running the city

In an unprecedented move, Istanbul will re-run a mayoral election this Sunday, June 23.

At the end of March, President Recep Tayip Erdogan's AKP party was defeated in the city's local elections, ending its 25 year control of Istanbul.

That result was widely seen as a political game changer, but a re-run was called after authorities annulled the vote.

Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul on the election is now more than just about who runs the city.

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21
JUN

International report - Report Mexico Part 4 - Social media challenges for Mexican womens' rights activists

In Mexico, the scope of violence against women is particularly wide.

It goes from unsolicited cat-calling to socially accepted harassment to increasing levels of femicides.

In March 2019, hundreds of women took to social media to report the many abuses they have suffered under the #MeToo and off-shoot hashtags.

But the suicide of a 64 year-old rockstar after accusations were levelled against him made the issue more complex.

Alix Hardy followed the case in this final report in a four-part series on women in Mexico.

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19
JUN

International report - Mexico Pt3: Why women don't trust Mexico's authorities

Mexico is suffering an unprecedented level of gender violence. Femicides are on the rise and six out of every ten women has suffered some kind of physical or sexual violence. Yet a majority of victims don’t dare to go to the authorities to file a complaint.  In this third report from a four-part series, Alix Hardy takes a look at why the authorities’ record is so bleak, when on paper, Mexico has it all figured out.

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