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The trial of RFI's Hausa-language correspondent in Cameroon, Ahmed Abba, has been postponed for a month, by which date he will have spent 17 months in prison, because experts had failed to provide a report on the contents of his computers and mobile phone at today's hearing. France Médias Monde again called for his release and the dismissal of complicity with terrorism charges.
Fighting between forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and the Free Syrian Army -- FSA-- continues in the second city of Aleppo. People in the surrounding countryside are also suffering the consequences of the bombardment of Aleppo. The area between the ancient city and the Turkish border is a nominally "free zone" protected by the FSA, but the continued shelling as well as shortages of basic provisions have lead to a siege mentality among those who are left.
France - Russia
France and Russia set to discuss Syria during Medvedev visit