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Week 4 2017 Lots of news this week – most of it about “you know who”
V = video report
My Pick of the Week
V How realistic is Donald Trump’s Mexico wall?
Syria peace talks: Armed groups come in from the cold
Islamic State group ‘lost quarter of territory’ in 2016
Where are Sierra Leone’s missing Ebola millions?
Reina attack highlights widening chasm in Turkish lifestyles
FRANCE & Europe
V Why the French presidential election matters
Francois Fillon ‘outraged’ over criticism of wife’s pay
France’s Benoit Hamon rouses Socialists with basic income plan
France election: Hamon and Valls in run-off for Socialist candidacy
Marine Le Pen hails patriotism as the policy of the future (at a meeting where she was judged too ‘socialist’)
France’s Socialists open battle for party’s future
Why the row about inauguration ‘lies’?
President attacks ‘dishonest’ media over crowd photos (despite photographic evidence)
Compare 2017 with 2009 (interactive)
V Protesters vs supporters
Eight ways President Donald Trump makes history
Why more and more Democrats are refusing to go
Executive order pulls US out of TPP trade deal
Ethics concerns swirl around Trump team (mainly concerning ‘conflict of interest’)
Can Obamacare be repealed?
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
Brexit will damage UK and EU, says Pierre Moscovici
Artificial intelligence predicts when heart will fail
Hedge fund managers admit it: They’re delighted that Donald Trump “conned America”
Will Trump’s Presidency Empower Creationists?
The 5 Biggest Myths About School Vouchers (the Trump administration is in favour of school vouchers)
Ball girl sends heartfelt letter to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY & ENVIRONMENT
Tomorrow’s Cities: What can be done to improve air quality?
(Net) neutrality fear over Trump appointee
CULTURE (including LANGUAGE)
Why we must save dying languages
How Irish falconry changed (the English) language
The highest waterfall on Earth
Monstrous spiders and centipedes that prey on large animals (not recommended for those of a delicate nature)
Iraqi Kurdish fashionistas make a splash
The policemen who dressed as women to hide from IS (Unbelievable – something to laugh about from Syria)
Moth with ‘golden flake hairstyle’ named after Donald Trump
Meet the people leaving Trump’s America