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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

Lahore Literary Festival: Book lovers defy the bombers

  • 24 February 2015
  • From the section Asia
Crowds at the Lahore Literary Festival
The Alhamra Arts Centre hosted the third Lahore Literary Festival

A suicide bomber struck in the Pakistani city of Lahore, just two days before its annual literary festival was due to start.

The night before, the provincial government tried to stop the three-day festival from going ahead, insisting it was not safe.

Then, on the day itself, the darkest of storm clouds invaded, stealthily smothering the light. A warm winter's morning was eerily transformed into an ominous night.

And, through a procession of threats, there was that word: Lahore.

"A Literary Festival in Lahore? Blimey!!!" someone said to me on Twitter.

Read full article Lahore Literary Festival: Book lovers defy the bombers

Ukraine conflict: Marathon in Minsk

  • 13 February 2015
  • From the section Europe
Fractures between the negotiating parties' positions were reflected in the body language on display
Fractures between the negotiating parties' positions were reflected in the body language on display

There's something about Minsk's opulent Palace of Independence. Even in the dark of night, its shimmering chandeliers and opaque windows can trick you into thinking it's still broad daylight.

Little escapes the bright glare of this cavernous complex.

Read full article Ukraine conflict: Marathon in Minsk

Ukraine conflict: Back to Minsk with so much at stake

  • 11 February 2015
  • From the section Europe
An elderly woman walks past vehicles destroyed in shelling between Russian-backed separatists and the Ukrainian government forces in Donetsk on 11 February 2015
Civilians have been caught up in intensifying violence in Donestk

It is five months since Minsk gave its name to a peace deal for Ukraine.

Now key players are meeting here for what has been widely called "one of the last chances" to stop a widening trail of destruction and death, which threaten the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Read full article Ukraine conflict: Back to Minsk with so much at stake

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."

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?

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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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