Turkey calls for ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib but Russia opposes

Turkey called for a ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib Friday, warning a government assault on the rebel-held region could end in a “bloodbath”. But Russia opposed the plan, and Iran said the Syrian regime needs to regain control over all of its territory.

Video: The North Korean gamble

As North Korea celebrates its 70th anniversary, FRANCE 24 brings you a unique report from inside the world’s most secretive nation. In an extremely rare move, the authorities in Pyongyang allowed a TV crew to spend a week in the three-generation dictatorship. Officials want to show the world that the country is changing and developing, in spite of international sanctions. Innovation has become the watchword, while scientists have replaced peasants and workers as icons of the regime.

One year after Hurricane Irma, St Martin struggles to recover

On September 5, 2017, Hurricane Irma – the most powerful the Caribbean has ever seen – hit Saint-Martin, the small island France shares with the Netherlands. At least 11 people lost their lives on the French side, 95% of which was damaged. Thousands fled in the coming days and months; many are yet to return. FRANCE 24’s Chris Moore and Julie Dungelhoeff covered the aftermath of Irma and witnessed locals struggling to come to terms with the scale of the destruction. A year on, they returned.

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