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RFI goes behind-the-scenes of one of the week's major stories.

RFI goes behind-the-scenes of one of the week's major stories.
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RFI goes behind-the-scenes of one of the week's major stories.

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International report - IMF tells Liberia to cut state wage bill

12/9/2019
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The International Monetary Fund or IMF is demanding a further reduction of Liberia’s current wage bill of over 297 million dollars. According to Liberian Finance Minister Samuel Tweh, the IMF is worried about the increase in the wage bill because of the poor state of the nation’s economy. Currently, there are over 74,000 public sector employees on the government’s payroll, compared to about 55,000 during Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s regime. RFI’s correspondent Darlington Porkpa sends this report...

Duration:00:05:04

International report - The cartoon character worth millions

12/6/2019
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The cartoon journalist Tintin has been solving mysteries and bamboozling the bad guys since 1929. There's no mystery about the enduring appeal of this cartoon character, or of the original artwork for the comic books, drawn by Belgian artist Hergé. Fans of the boy reporter love the drawings for their simplicity of line, their energy and their humour. But the originals also attract record prices at art auctions. We sent our own intrepid reporter, Dhananjay Kadilkar, along to the Paris branch...

Duration:00:04:09

International report - Kenya's silk industry weaves wonders

12/5/2019
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A rural county in eastern Kenya has become the home of the country’s first-ever silk industry, using a special species known as Eri Silkworms. Local farmers rear these silkworms and harvest silk cocoons in less than a month. They then sell the raw silk to a local social enterprise. Correspondent David John Bwakali visited them and filed this report exploring the journey of silk from farm to fabric is a semi-arid corner of rural Kenya.

Duration:00:06:39

International report - What the #MeToo movement means to South Korea's corporate culture

12/5/2019
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The after-hours office party is an integral part of South Korea’s business culture. Typically, a boss takes his staff out on the company credit card for dinner, drinks and then some karaoke. The outings are meant to build team spirit but, for many female employees, these late night sessions are something they dread. From Seoul, Jason Strother reports that, thanks to the #MeToo movement, some bosses are starting to listen to their workers’ concerns.

Duration:00:06:32

International report - Foreign-owned fishmeal factories in Senegal threaten local livelihoods

12/4/2019
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Along the coast of West Africa, global demand for fish is endangering a long-established way of life. Many people in Senegal and Gambia depend on fish for both food and income. About a quarter of all the fish caught in the oceans don’t land directly on our plates. They’re churned into something called fishmeal. That fishmeal is mainly used to feed farmed fish, which account for more than half of the seafood we consume globally. A recent influx of foreign-owned fishmeal factories is...

Duration:00:07:38

International report - Indians turn to oxygen bars as air pollution worsens

12/3/2019
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Residents in India's capital New Delhi have been struggling to breathe clean air for weeks due to pollution, in part coming from farm fires in neighbouring states. What can they do? They are using anti-pollution masks outside and air purifiers at home to ensure that they do not breathe toxic air.Some people are turning to a bar that is selling “pure air”. Customers are given a nasal canula, which is a lightweight tube, used for oxygen intake. It offers customers several aromas to choose from...

Duration:00:05:37

International report - What are Scotland's challenges as Britain gears up to vote?

12/3/2019
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The UK General Election on December 12th has been branded the "Brexit election" by the media, but in Scotland, it’s a little bit more complicated. As the nation braces for one of the most important votes in decades, there are two elephants in the room north of the border: Brexit, and Scottish independence. In the second of two reports, Assa Samaké-Roman continues her look at the battle for electoral supremacy in a key Edinburgh constituency. Click the 'play' button above to listen to the...

Duration:00:05:03

International report - Scotland between a rock and a hard place ahead of British elections

12/3/2019
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The UK General Election on December 12th has been branded the "Brexit election" by the media, but in Scotland, it’s a little bit more complicated. As the nation braces for one of the most important votes in decades, there are two elephants in the room north of the border: Brexit, and Scottish independence. In the first of two parts on the subject, correspondent Assa Samaké-Roman talked to candidates in a key battleground in the Scottish capital city. Click the 'play' button above to listen...

Duration:00:05:42

International report - Will Thanksgiving catch on in France?

11/29/2019
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At the Cité Internationale, a large campus for international students in Paris, the American Foundation has kicked off Thanksgiving week in France. The students' committee organised a traditional and homely dinner, complete with stuffed turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce and pecan pie. For the American students, this was a time to get together and offer thanks during celebrations that run for four days. For the international students, it was a rare opportunity to...

Duration:00:04:45

International report - Tunisia's #MeToo movement message is loud and clear

11/27/2019
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Tunisia’s own #MeToo movement has been helping thousands of sex abuse victims in the north African country to share their stories. But the collective recently faced a setback as a Tunisian politician accused of sexual harassment was granted parliamentary immunity. Correspondent Alessandra Bajec reports. Click the 'play' button above to listen to the audio report, or subscribe to our podcast by searching 'RFI international report.

Duration:00:03:52

International report - Unicef warns of dire consequences if needs of south Asian youth ignored

11/27/2019
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According to studies by United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), an estimated 54 percent of south Asian youth leave school without the necessary skills to get a decent job. Unicef says if the problem is ignored, productivity and economic growth in the region will plummet leading to dire consequences. With almost half of its population of 1.8 billion below the age of 24, led by India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, south Asia will soon have the largest youth labor force in the world. On the...

Duration:00:06:56

International report - Do big international news brands threaten local media in Africa?

11/27/2019
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As more and more global media companies like Netflix, CNN, Bloomberg or You Tube, look to tap into the African market, some media interests on the continent are increasingly worried about unfair competition, cultural appropriation and essentially, domination from foreign media. Others believe nothing beats a local language, proximity, and the capacity to speak to pockets of community. Emmanuelle Landais reports from the Senegalese capital, Dakar. Click the 'play' button above to listen to...

Duration:00:06:09

International report - Bubbling under!

11/25/2019
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There's a remarkably active underwater volcano in the Indian Ocean, close to the French overseas department of Mayotte, part of the Comoros island group. A team of researchers from the Global Physics Institute here in Paris has just completed a mission to the site, mainly with a view to finding the cause of the earthquakes recorded last year on the Indian Ocean island. As Dhananjay Khadilkar reports, the expedition turned up a few surprises.

Duration:00:05:23

International report - 'Beaujolais Nouveau' - Paris celebrates France's world-famous wine festival

11/22/2019
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Like every year, France kicked off its festive season with the Beaujolais Nouveau celebrations. Japan and the US are the largest importers of Beaujolais Nouveau, a freshly harvested wine with a very short shelf-life. Marketed as a fine wine outside of France, the New Beaujolais is considered quite low-end by the French. Arnab Béranger has this report from a festive event in central Paris aimed to boost sales of the 2019 Beaujolais Nouveau in France and across the world. Click the 'play'...

Duration:00:06:01

International report - Amazon burning: Part 3

11/22/2019
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While only a few months removed, the fires in the Amazon, which stoked so much international attention in August and September, have largely been forgotten outside the region. In the Brazilian state of Pará, the flames were the cause of incredible damage. Deforestation, and forest fires in particular, have enormous implications for increased greenhouse gas emissions, and therefore the global climate. The plight of indigenous and other traditional peoples are also under growing threat. Sam...

Duration:00:05:07

International report - Amazon burning: Part 2

11/21/2019
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While only a few months removed, the fires in the Amazon, which stoked so much international attention in August and September, have largely been forgotten outside the region. In the Brazilian state of Pará, the flames were the cause of incredible damage. Deforestation, and forest fires in particular, have enormous implications for increased greenhouse gas emissions, and therefore the global climate. The plight of indigenous and other traditional peoples are also under growing threat. Sam...

Duration:00:04:00

International report - Overlooked complications from Brazil's forest fires: part 1

11/20/2019
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While only a few months removed, the fires in the Amazon, which stoked so much international attention in August and September, have largely been forgotten outside the region. In the Brazilian state of Pará, the flames were the cause of incredible damage. Deforestation and forest fires in particular, have enormous implications for increased greenhouse gas emissions, and therefore the global climate. The plight of indigenous and other traditional peoples are also under growing threat. Sam...

Duration:00:05:58

International report - International Toilet Day: what impact does limited access to toilets have in Nigeria

11/20/2019
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Tuesday 19 November is the UN’s International Toilet Day. The idea is to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. The theme for this year is on the importance of drawing attention to the 4.2 billion people around the world who do not have safely managed sanitation. Nigeria has the worst case of open defecation in Africa and second globally. Sam Olukoya has been looking at the impacts of the lack of toilets in the lives of some Nigerians. Click the 'play' button above to listen...

Duration:00:05:13

International report - Wallace Fountains still pouring out history, and free drinking water, in Paris

11/19/2019
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If you've ever visited Paris, chances are you've noticed a bizarre feature of the urban landscape: Wallace fountains. There are no fewer than 103 of these drinking fountains in the French capital. In this era of bottled water, fountains might seem a bit out of date. But, as Joan Gioacchini reports, they remain useful, beautiful, and strangely melodic. Click the 'play' button above to listen to the audio report, or subscribe to our podcast by searching 'RFI international report.

Duration:00:06:47

International report - Senegal offers free chemotherapy treatment

11/19/2019
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The month of October is dedicated worldwide to raising awareness about Breast Cancer. In Senegal, chemotherapy treatment for women with breast or cervical cancer - the leading cause of death in the country – is now totally free, subsidised by the government since 1 October in a bid to support patients and reduce their heavy healthcare costs. Around 1,500 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed annually thanks in part to public events held by the Senegalese league against cancer across the...

Duration:00:05:01