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region overwhelmingly voting for secession from baghdad last month the red cross says the worst fighting since last year's battle for eastern aleppo is raging in several parts of syria the organizations as at least one hundred thirty people have been killed in airstrikes in dairies or over the past two days sources on the ground accuse russia of being responsible for the strikes u.s. and russian backed forces are both trying to retake the region who are still fighters in separate offensives at least eighteen people have been killed and at least twenty five injured after a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a shia shrine in pakistan's southwest the attack happened in the village in balad she stand province no one has claimed responsibility spain's constitutional court has suspended a session of the capital and parliament planned for monday the parliament was due to declare independence yelena unilaterally from the country after two million catalans voted in favor of secession in or more spanish national police have pulled
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out of a cattle and hotel in what the government is calling a shuttle departure that apartment triggered a standoff between rival protesters. their top stories risk it all democratic republic of congo's next by foot.
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come ina is
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a ghost station in the south of the democratic republic of congo. there's been no train service for five months but now it's running again. the train left lubumbashi the second largest city five days ago. no one knows when it will arrive. and the train everyone is waiting for has a surprising name holmdel for the swallow. the. news of the swallows arrival spreads like wildfire via the bush telegraph all word of mouth. it's the cheapest rail service in the d.r. congo like a local bus it stops a virtually every station and drools huge crowds. of them
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a street vendors at every stop even in the remotest villages the station becomes an instant market. yeah the younger. look i don't know the end of that young man but where yeah right. near you thirty five foot. by car but there's not much time for selling. the train is already packed. passengers clamber for remaining seats but. there's nothing. yeah clement has been riding this
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train for twenty years. he knows what to expect. this ill temper says it was a decision deducted it was the. big. city . today. from of the few. before the business. so this it's a sonic as i said if. people cram into whatever space they can find. nearly two thousand people altogether three times the officially permitted capacity. for those who want to able to find a place or who can't afford
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a ticket there's always the route. and it is really. what it is and you say that it is ok simple logic to well lets you got that much never tell you clearly but only did what you said that was that some of them were. located in the heart of the continent the democratic republic of congo is the largest country in sub-saharan africa. the swallow crosses half the country from lubumbashi to aleppo and is the only link between remote villages and the outside world. the swallow has been around for more than fifty years. the old engine was bought second hand in south africa. a relay of ten drivers is needed to cover the one
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thousand six hundred kilometer journey. but. the driver is sixty three years old missed him a long go has one of the hardest parts of the trip. one hundred twenty kilometers of trouble saying about the road where we've never done that it said. so right there that is on the same time that i thought about said yeah all right officer. that's why the trip was the severance that there's half of. mr malone go is the master on board and supplements his income by allowing ten passengers to travel in the drive his cabinet. it's as close as he gets to first class on the train.
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you. get. back in second class the challenge is to avoid stepping on someone as you try and move around the carriage. but. it's something clear can get used to. like a father who said. since it was set up over cement. in my head it will be someone else sends us he said don't go to the nothing for this think you'll see a lot of it this was just one thing for both your mom there from the song the song they put up with the luna. passengers take as much luggage as they can. so put a corner media. on a cd expose it equally possible i love. you. the
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full song too we're. supposed to play along was appalled to see them up here but didn't lose extraordinary things sometimes happen. you know much as i. know you. don't want to see what you want to do that for those again those earning money from some of. the muslims on sunday. night but. it does manage to argue we are for mean clearly did you say you took. the train can also be a death trap. to be told it's not so funny because i said a third i'm a sucker for. did such. a secure place in my life. last year the snail mail and
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several passengers. and those in third class risked their lives here on the route. they can easily get knocked off the moving train. right now wait i got to know before going up what's sad sad sad sad sad sad that something was going on with the smoke boy we're talking about the flu. his fellow travelers up on third class have to remain alert a lapse in attention could be fatal. flaw.
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but the big news is that those. guys are. the danger comes not just from above but also from the sun. even if the moderate speed of thirty kilometers an hour a tree branch can come like a machete. but there are a lot of the dollars some are good and there's a lot of other. so what is your best reporters say.
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these are some of the remotest areas of the d.r. congo. as dawn breaks free men are preparing for a long journey. they're traveling salesman training in kosov a flower and palm oil in the villages they work for smile. we're going on a mobile version yes you know the only one here what it was you were doing what you do does you mom up in the office or you know one of them was to give them all so much do you go one on one ok when you're a. man and his companions a setting out on an arduous one hundred sixty kilometer journey through villages in the country south. it will probably take them around four or five days and.
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you look at the little. news. most of the villages are in the middle of nowhere and reaching them means travelling on dirt tracks so the congolese improvise. they converge and reinforce their bicycles to withstand the poor conditions and up to three hundred kilos of merchandise.
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now with the include your. son the. school you know him be sure to put a foot or put a foot in the kitchen. you know. my name was difficult to sleep. tonight. but. it takes remarkable willpower to undertake such a journey. with . madness.
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but was there. or was there. you know we know. by nightfall they reach a village. to once they won't sleep by the side of the road but in a church. this will be their only meal for the day. the are. here to bend this you impose them over that they don't focus on. you can a woman son. good enough to go forcing you know it's going to. hear. you know fine you need to. come over when i was. going
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new york with you good luck to wind up my song was just if the only major fun was just too much coming in the. place you don't like. it was a joke when the window muscle footed don't come and go say do you look at the mush . didn't you get don't know what they don't see. the village of his statue is sixty kilometers away. another three days of hard labor.
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yeah there are photos of yeah the horns. a man and his family are on the tracks. by waving a red scarf he's been able to stop the train at this tiny village in the middle of the bush double. up so i'm just. going to that would you just really i don't know yet where what when where i mean i'm sure. it's often like this. called work for little pay. mr malone go fairly ends a hundred and forty dollars a month. or never ever survive that part of that. a couple of i was what a. couple what they did for the most over the long. run my. head
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was going to separate what i. see every go get your pick of the bottle for me to let up on that. but right now his main concern is the state of the truck he has to reduce speed to less than ten kilometers an hour. at this point the rails are not really aligned anymore is it but that's the way. that i like to ford loaded up with this stuff then some of. this stuff fit on a simple societies of my gosh. i just to show. you that. he does not know this is just us going to the dump
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risking up said about us just that turn dodger go with reversion to the support that he talks argue it out yet is good i go. back in the bush man and his two associates have covered a third of their journey but the day is off to a bad start as one bike has had a puncture. somebody get out the welcome. can't wait til it's the fifth time and one day. without a repair kit to a new in a cheap postman patches the punch up with a piece of rubber from an old chief and hopes for the best.
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oh. oh. oh oh oh. this man and his companions still have another thirty kilometers to go to reach the next village. and you'll come up with one you're sure to be a good luck on with on your part of the name when i need a good job or you are not but dealt with when we came in you know you don't want to hear the bottom up on. that. day and your hunger thirst and fatigue. they barely had the strength to push their bikes any further.
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the one with the most. yeah. i know the one of the old where we only got there. but i think it will make a sort of a moment of wonder the horn or it. might make a good. and perhaps their prayers have been on since the rain has stopped and they finally
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arrived. one young. girl on. a farm.
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the three companions journey will soon be over when they get home in a week's time they live and enough money to feed their families. back home build the swallow the danger has passed the rails all straight again. something under the sun. but just when everything seems more or less normal missed him a long go is confronted with a new problem. the train is losing speed. eventually it comes
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to a complete still. the fact that it does so in the middle of a village is no coincidence. mr malone go believes it's sabotage if he suspects the vendors who were known as traffickers in the congo. this is the fault of people who saw. her go over after the one got through the book that the us had it's very different i first took up i think. we go back to the stasi. methods but then again i would limit get to the tonight you're. going to do you know if you do know about it i can fly over i don't remember going
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to one of the big ten has been riding the swallow for ten years on this trade piece selling soldiering while the next time he'll sell something else out of it on the way the train provides him with a living i want to do so because she got so good to my children came on to government to do it to them it will have to be my last morning and then that will not be so it's eloquent about but they said if i. knew so much it never is about that she got most out of this or that the know we were going to succumb was an absolute those only. to be so cruel to use. right that. would head out there. and however never find out how long. do you want. to get your.
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list i'm a long go still has nine hundred kilometers to go before reaching a labor of the trains final destination. if all goes well the sixteen hundred kilometer journey will have taken eight days. to swallow continues on its way. despite the obstacles it's a necessary but precarious lifeline to thousands of congolese. in the heart of the amazon been living in families that then lives in peril to harvest brazil nuts. it's getting the congo to the capital is an even more dangerous challenge. risking it to
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