Paris - On May 2, 2011 correspondent Emmanuel Duparcq is woken from his sleep in Islamabad by the call he had been waiting for for years. Hours later he was outside the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed.
“I never thought a day would come when survivors of the war would tell me there was something worse during peacetime,” writes Beirut’s deputy bureau chief Layal Abou Rahal. Born halfway through Lebanon’s devastating 15-year civil war, she never imagined the heart-ache, hunger and hopelessness her country would experience more than two decades later.
“We thought we’d covered every kind of atrocity. But for three months now, the horror has reached a new level, as much of our daily reporting is about mass kidnappings of children for ransom,” writes our deputy Lagos bureau chief Sophie Bouillon, describing the work of Aminu Abubakar and the rest of our tireless reporting team in Nigeria.
Travelling to Wuhan to cover an international probe into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, Beijing correspondent Laurie Chen found a city labouring under an unspoken divide between those who choose to remember the city’s traumatic initial outbreak, and those who choose to forget.
Scanning a code with your smartphone to prove your health credentials has become indispensible for everyday life in post-Covid China - and tracking apps have never been so intrusive, writes our Beijing correspondent Sébastien Ricci.
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