News Team 24 December 2014 195
Paula Slier is sent on a last-minute assignment to Erbil in Iraq. She plans to stay for 10 days, filing a different report each day. Their main focus will be ISIS and its blackmarket oil trade. The militant group managed to capture several oil refineries in Syria and now uses the profits from the oil it sells illegally to fund its terrorist activities. The town is safe and Paula has a local producer helping her, even so, working in a new place is still a challenge, especially when you’re in the business of being the first to break a story.
In the meantime, Ilya Petrenko who was recently promoted to a correspondent, goes to the famous Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Three Russian cosmonauts are preparing to board a rocket that will take them to the International Space Station. It’s the first time in his life that Ilya has seen a space ship launch. His new career as a correspondent is off to a good start and it promises fascinating trips and lots of adventure.
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