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Lyse Doucet

Lyse Doucet Chief international correspondent

Come here for my thoughts on places in the headlines, people who live behind or beyond front lines and who live ordinary lives in extraordinary ways

Paris attack: From 9/11 to 1/11

  • 12 January 2015
  • From the section Europe
Man holding a sign with "Je suis Charlie" in Paris
There is hope that France has found a new solidarity after the attacks in Paris

In France, many reached for the phrase recognised by all - 9/11.

"Le onze Septembre Francais" declared the banner headline in France's Le Monde newspaper. "A French September 11th."

But now France also has 1/11, another set of numbers etched in the annals of the terrible history of terrorism and stirring stories of people who fight back.

Nearly four million took to the streets and squares across France on Sunday 11 January for a Unity march in the wake of three days of terror that left 17 dead, and a nation saddened, stunned, and - it is hoped - strengthened in a new solidarity.

Never have so many French citizens turned out in such large numbers since the liberation of Paris from Nazi Germany in 1944.

Read full article Paris attack: From 9/11 to 1/11

A broken system for a broken people

A Syrian Kurdish woman crosses the border between Syria and Turkey at the south-eastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, 23 September 2014
Millions have been forced to flee their homes because of the Syrian conflict

"They're no longer living. They feel they are dying. That's why they're willing to take the risk."

That's what I heard from Metin Corabatir, founder of the Ankara-based Refugee Centre for Asylum and Migration, in the last hours of 2014 as a rusting livestock freighter, packed with nearly 1,000 exhausted Syrians, was rescued off the coast of Italy.

Read full article A broken system for a broken people

The year of living far too dangerously

  • 29 December 2014
  • From the section Africa
from left, Mohammed Fahmy, Canadian-Egyptian acting bureau chief of al-Jazeera, Australian correspondent Peter Greste, and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed appear in a defendants' cage along with several other defendants during their trial on terror charges at a courtroom in Cairo. The United States and other countries on Wednesday, 5 November 2014
Three journalists who were working for al-Jazeera remain behind bars

There's an old thriller called The Year of Living Dangerously, set in Indonesia's civil war during the 1960s. It tells a suspenseful tale of an Australian journalist despatched to replace a colleague at a dangerous time.

In the end, injured and in hiding, he makes a narrow escape from Jakarta in the wake of a failed military coup.

Read full article The year of living far too dangerously

Pakistan school attack: Blazers flecked with blood

  • 23 December 2014
  • From the section Asia
vigil remembering Pakistan school victims 17 December 2014
The attack on the army school in Peshawar shocked and outraged the world

The smallest of uniforms can be the most powerful of symbols.

In Peshawar, the boys who survived last week's massacre defiantly wear their emerald green school blazers with blackened spots of blood.

Read full article Pakistan school attack: Blazers flecked with blood

Could Aleppo plan cut Syrian bloodshed?

  • 15 December 2014
  • From the section Asia
Damaged buildings in Aleppo's al-Shaar district
Aleppo - Syria's second-largest city - has suffered massive damage after years of war

Four years into a punishing war, the West is still in search of a Syria strategy.

Now the EU is trying to find its own voice on this deepening crisis as its foreign ministers sit down with their new foreign policy chief in Brussels.

Read full article Could Aleppo plan cut Syrian bloodshed?

The brave women fighting for Afghanistan's future

  • 8 December 2014
  • From the section Asia
Rita Faizi (front) and her classmates hold flags
Rita Faizi (front) says she is proud to go to school

Nineteen-year-old Rita Faizi oozes confidence.

Taller than her classmates, when she waves a small Afghan flag, it flutters above a sea of white headscarves in the courtyard of the Zarghuna Girls' School in Kabul.

Read full article The brave women fighting for Afghanistan's future

Will Aleppo finally fall to the Syrian army?

A Syrian boy walks with his bicycle in the devastated Sukari district in the northern city of Aleppo on 13 November 2014
The Syrian army is surrounding rebel-held areas in Aleppo and cutting off supplies

On both sides of its divide, many now predict it is just a matter of time before Syria's second city falls.

And with it goes an icon of the uprising.

Read full article Will Aleppo finally fall to the Syrian army?

A new government brings hope of change in Afghanistan

Afghan elections - Ashraf Ghani poster
The Afghan people are waiting to see if their new president keeps his election promises

Optimism - not a word you have heard a lot in Afghanistan of late.

But in Kabul right now, you hear it.

Read full article A new government brings hope of change in Afghanistan

Islamic State crisis: Turkish PM rejects Kobane criticism

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has rejected claims that it is not doing enough to help Syrian fighters defeat Islamic State (IS) in Kobane.

He told the BBC it would only take part in operations if the US-led coalition's strategy included military action against Syrian government forces.

Read full article Islamic State crisis: Turkish PM rejects Kobane criticism

Are we right to censor the brutality of war?

  • 15 October 2014
  • From the section Europe
Aftermath of incendiary bomb dropped on school playground in the north of Syria. 29 Aug 2013
A BBC team covered the shocking aftermath of an incendiary attack on a Syrian school in 2013

In the heart of the ancient city of Bayeux an exquisitely embroidered cloth nearly 70m (230ft) long tells a story of war many centuries ago.

The Bayeux Tapestry, stitched on linen in the 1070s, depicts the Norman conquest of England. Woollen yarns are pulled through a chronicle of broken pledges, bloody battles, desperate refugees, frenzied looting, and decapitations.

Read full article Are we right to censor the brutality of war?

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About Lyse

Lyse has been reporting for the BBC for nearly 30 years, with posts in Abidjan, Kabul, Islamabad, Tehran, Amman and Jerusalem. In 1999 she joined the BBC's team of presenters but most of her time is spent going back to regions where she lived, and also discovering new ones too.

Lyse often presents from the field for BBC World News, and the BBC World Service's flagship Newshour programme, as well as the News Channel. She works as a correspondent too, reporting across the BBC's global and domestic TV and radio outlets. She also writes for BBC online and posts - judiciously! - on Twitter and Facebook.

Lyse feels at home in many places but is still Canadian. She was educated in Canada, at Queen's University, and the University of Toronto, and has been awarded several honorary doctorates as well as major journalism awards.

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