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Covid-19 crisis in Brazil, Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Christians in Iraq

By France24
28 March 2021   |   11:37 am
In our show "Correspondence", we explore how the world is coping with the twists and turns of 2021, amid the consequences of Covid-19 and beyond. FRANCE 24 brings you a selection of original reports from our correspondents and teams around the globe. Our reporters went to Brazil, Lebanon, Iraq and Niger.

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