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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

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.

"Syria is not a crisis that can be solved from Brussels alone but we have to fully play our role," the EU's Federico Mogherini told me in an interview in London.

"We want to empower more actors and we believe the UN is the right actor."

Ms Mogherini's predecessor Baroness Catherine Ashton took a backseat to other world powers on the Syria file as she focused on other crises.

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?

The Nobel's noble battle

  • 11 October 2014
  • From the section Asia
Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi
Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize

At a time when news has been a dark canvas of conflicts and calamities worldwide, the announcement beamed a bright light through the gloom.

News of the Nobel Peace Prize did seem noble in its spirit, and symmetry.

Read full article The Nobel's noble battle

Iraq's battles need sense of resolve

Two French Rafale jet fighters flying over Iraq - 19 September 2014
Air strikes by Western nations are helping Iraqis, their prime minister says

In Iraq's capital, you hear many stories about a harsh new order being imposed, measure by measure, by the group calling itself Islamic State in the second city of Mosul.

"Female doctors say they now have to cover their hands with surgical gloves so thick they can't carry out medical operations with them," an Iraqi doctor in Baghdad told me.

Read full article Iraq's battles need sense of resolve

Political temperature rises in Baghdad amid IS threat

The last time I came to Baghdad, it was its hottest day on record - a blistering 51C in August 2011.

The political temperature was a scorcher too. I flew into the Iraqi capital with then US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen, who was making his last trip to try to convince Iraq's leaders to keep some American troops on the ground.

Read full article Political temperature rises in Baghdad amid IS threat

Tumultuous birth of Afghanistan's power sharing accord

  • 24 September 2014
  • From the section World
Afghan rival presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah (L) and Ashraf Ghani shake hands after signing agreements for the country's unity government in Kabul (21 September 2014)
There are fears the deal between Abdullah Abdullah (L) and Ashraf Ghani may set a dangerous precedent

In the end, news of a long-awaited Afghan deal arrived in the wake of Scotland's impressive referendum, and just as World Peace Day began.

Afghanistan's power-sharing accord marks a defining moment in a tortuous process meant to bring more democracy, as well as peace, to a nation worn down by war.

Read full article Tumultuous birth of Afghanistan's power sharing accord

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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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