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Carnival in violence-wracked Haiti: good business or bad taste?

Port-au-prince - Haiti is gearing up for its annual Carnival celebration, but the Mardi Gras festivities are controversial in a country struggling with gang violence, kidnappings and political unrest.

French government under pressure after student sets himself on fire

Lyon - The French government on Wednesday attempted to defuse the anger caused by the attempted suicide of a student who set himself alight to protest the hardships of his university life.

French government faces backlash after student sets himself on fire

Lyon - The French government on Wednesday attempted to defuse the anger caused by the attempted suicide of a student who set himself alight to protest the hardship he faced.

Evangelical churches gain ground in Pope's crisis-hit Argentina

Buenos Aires - The pastor's voice bellows through an old converted cinema in a rundown Buenos Aires barrio and hundreds of hands reach out in prayer.

Middle class feels the squeeze in debt-wracked Argentina

Buenos Aires - Facing mounting piles of credit card debt, unpaid medical bills and private school fees, Argentina's cash-strapped middle class, much like the state itself, is facing its own debt default.

Rights group calls on Senegal to tackle Koranic school abuses

Dakar - Children studying in Senegal's Koranic schools face "alarming rates" of abuse, including rape, neglect and imprisonment, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday, urging the government to reform the still-unregulated religious institutions.

Ladj Ly: From Paris riots to Cannes red carpet

Clichy-sous-bois - The 2005 riots that shook France began in the suburban high rises where he grew up. Now Ladj Ly, who has been dubbed France's answer to Spike Lee, is bringing his story of angry youth to the red carpet at the Cannes film festival.

Thousands of Haitians protest corruption, rising living costs

Port-au-prince - At least two people died and 14 police officers were injured Thursday, police said, as thousands of Haitians protested against rampant inflation and demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moise on the two-year anniversary of his inauguration.

Deaths highlight children's plight in migrant surge to US

Guatemala City - The death of two Guatemalan children in the United States within weeks of each other has highlighted why there are so many children among Central American migrants heading north: smugglers tell them families have a better chance of being allowed in by ...

The feisty Breton defender of fed-up French motorists

Bohal - Jacline Mouraud, an accordionist whose YouTube tirade over rising fuel prices propelled her to the fore of a French motorists' revolt, hopes Saturday's blockade of roads will be the beginning of something big.

Migrants in Rome squat call for better lodgings

Rome - As political temperatures simmer in Italy over undocumented migrants, a group of mostly Africans squatting in an abandoned penicillin factory on Rome's northeast outskirts on Wednesday demanded more dignified lodgings.

Brazil's favelas, the oft-overlooked election hunting grounds

Rio De Janeiro - A quarter of Rio de Janeiro's population lives in slums, or favelas, yet too often those very people are left feeling marginalized.

Award-winning Bosnian Roma actor dies penniless

Sarajevo - Bosnian Roma actor Nazif Mujic, who won a Silver Bear acting award at the Berlin Film Festival in 2013, has died aged 48, following a harrowing descent into extreme poverty despite his film success.
 

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