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Europe: April 2012 Archives

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April 26 & 29, 2012: from Baku, Azerbaijan - Mumbai, India - Manila, the Philippines - Copenhagen, Denmark - Shanghai, China

From our correspondents around the world...

 

Danish film director Mads Brugger in a scene from The Ambassador. He posed as a diplomat and arranged to smuggle diamonds from Africa.  Here he takes a boat ride with his new assistants in the Central African Republic. (Photo/The Ambassador)

A journalist in Azerbaijan discovers Big Brother isn't just watching her. He's filming her.

Stop with the honking! The quest for quiet in one of India's noisiest cities.

A Danish filmmaker turns diamond-smuggling diplomat. Mads Brugger sets up a sting in central Africa.

And, the rebellious new farmers of China. Young. Well-educated. And getting no respect.

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April 12 & April 15, 2012 - from Libya - Ganta, Liberia - Montreal - Paris

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A man points to the place where a bomb exploded. The target was a UN convoy in Benghazi, Libya. The attack reinforces concerns about instability in Libya, since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. (Photo: REUTERS/Esam Al-Fetori)

Remember Libya? The one before Syria. Some Libyans think we've forgotten and it's helping tip the country into chaos.

If a neighbour killed your kin and went unpunished, you'd have an idea what it's like in Liberia, where victims of war crimes live in peace without justice.

And from the archives, we strut with The Society of Revellers and Elegant People. Of course they're French. French-African.

Then, as cholera makes a comback in Haiti, a Canadian author tells why it's poised to become the quintessential disease of our time.

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Turkish minorities tread carefully in opening doors to multi-culturalism


People in Instanbul enjoy the newly-revived Baklahorani Carnival. What was once a pagan Christian rite, has morphed into one of the few celebrations of Turkey's multi-cultural past and present. Dominant Turkish nationalism has made its organizers tread with caution. (Photo/Meghan MacIver)

Dancing to the tune of reconciliation

With a history of conflict dating back more than 600 years, Greeks and Turks are not often found at the same party. As recently as the 90s, they sent warships into the Aegean in a sovereignty dispute over a tiny rump of rock cherished only by goats. And don't even get them started on Cyprus.

But now it seems, times are changing, ever so slightly.

Canadian journalist Meghan MacIver has found some Greeks and Turks dancing to the same tune at an unusual, and very historic party in Istanbul.

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The April 5 Dispatches program

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April 5 and April 8, 2012 - from Port-au-Prince, Haiti - Kiev, Ukraine - Prato, Italy - Ganta, Liberia - Tel Aviv, Israel

From our correspondents around the world...

 

Haiti's President Michel Martelly (c) leaving a news conference in March, held to dispel rumours that he holds dual US-Haitian nationality. (Photo REUTERS/Swoan Parker)

The power of rumour in Haiti. It's enough to shut down a city.

Greeks and Turks make nice. Together! A cautious change in a troubled relationship.

And from the vaults, a story of Italian factories powered by Chinese labour. Business turns a profit, but both cultures take a loss.

Then, something few in Israel want to talk about.  How the state uses, and abuses, its Arab informers.

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