Macron urged to press Egypt’s Sisi on human rights during Paris visit

Issued on: 06/12/2020 – 16:17Modified: 06/12/2020 – 16:27 President Emmanuel Macron hosts Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi from Sunday for a three-day state visit with France facing calls from activists that Egypt should not be “indulged” despite the close alliance between Cairo and Paris. Egypt and France have enjoyed an increasingly close relationship under the […]

Hundreds arrested in fresh Belarus protests against Lukashenko

Issued on: 06/12/2020 – 18:45 More than 300 people were detained in the Belarusian capital on Sunday, where crowds of people took to the streets for the 18th consecutive weekend, demanding the ouster of the country’s authoritarian leader who won a sixth term in office in an election widely seen as rigged. Thousands of people […]

Amid the verbal barbs, Macron and Turkey’s Erdogan may be ideal foes

Issued on: 06/12/2020 – 19:04 Relations between Turkey and France sank to new lows this week as the countries’ heads of state engaged in the latest bout of vitriol that had all the colour and spectacle of a ringside sport. French President Emmanuel Macron has been caught up in a series of verbal spats with […]

Last-ditch push as Britain, EU resume Brexit trade talks in Brussels

Issued on: 06/12/2020 – 11:46 British and European Union negotiators will meet in Brussels on Sunday in a last-ditch attempt to strike a post-Brexit trade deal before a transition agreement ends on Dec. 31. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen spoke on Saturday and instructed their teams to […]

Jailed Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul accused of passing classified information

Issued on: 06/12/2020 – 14:27 Jailed Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul is accused of contacting “unfriendly” states and providing classified information, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister told AFP Saturday, after the campaigner’s trial was transferred to a terrorism court. Hathloul, 31, was arrested in May 2018 with around a dozen other women activists just weeks before the […]

Sudden-death penalty hands England Nations Cup victory over France

Issued on: 06/12/2020 – 17:27Modified: 06/12/2020 – 17:28 England won the Autumn Nations Cup final in the most dramatic circumstances on Sunday, as Owen Farrell landed a “golden point” penalty in sudden-death extra time to secure a 22-19 victory over a young French team who had been seconds away from a famous victory. Farrell converted […]

Campaigning in Ghana winds up ahead of presidential, parliamentary polls

Issued on: 06/12/2020 – 14:47Modified: 06/12/2020 – 15:01 Defeaning vuvuzelas and party songs took over Ghana’s capital Accra on Saturday, the final day of campaigning ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections. Twelve candidates, including three women, are vying for the west African nation‘s top job, but Monday’s vote is essentially a fight between President Nana […]

Amnesty, rights groups urge Macron to press Egypt’s Sisi during Paris visit

Issued on: 06/12/2020 – 16:17Modified: 06/12/2020 – 16:27 President Emmanuel Macron hosts Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi from Sunday for a three-day state visit with France facing calls from activists that Egypt should not be “indulged” despite the close alliance between Cairo and Paris. Egypt and France have enjoyed an increasingly close relationship under the […]

French govt vows ‘transparency’ amid widespread vaccine scepticism

The French government on Thursday unveiled its Covid-19 vaccination strategy, vowing transparency as it sought to placate fears and growing levels of scepticism in France over the safety and efficacy of the new vaccines. The French government will begin its vaccine rollout in January, with nursing homes first in line before the programme is extended in February to the vulnerable elderly and […]

Tear gas fired as thousands protest in Paris against security bill

Issued on: 05/12/2020 – 16:24 Thousands protested in Paris on Saturday to denounce police violence and President Emmanuel Macron’s security policy plans which the demonstrators say would crimp civil liberties. In one incident, police fired tear gas and charged after fireworks were launched at their lines. Hooded youths smashed one store window. There were violent clashes between protesters and police in […]

‘Vaccines do not equal zero Covid,’ warns WHO as jab rollouts start

Issued on: 05/12/2020 – 14:55 The World Health Organization warned that vaccines were no magic bullet for the coronavirus crisis, as Russia started vaccinating its high-risk workers Saturday and other countries geared up for similar programmes. The WHO warned about what it said was an erroneous belief that the Covid-19 crisis is over with jabs […]

Military officer elected head of Mali’s interim legislature

Issued on: 05/12/2020 – 14:31 Mali’s interim legislature on Saturday elected Colonel Malick Diaw, a member of the military junta that toppled president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in August, as its president.  The 121-seat body known as the National Transition Council was meeting for its inaugural session in the capital Bamako, and is a key part […]

Argentina introduces ‘millionaire’s tax’ to help pay for coronavirus

Issued on: 05/12/2020 – 11:10 Argentina’s Senate passed a tax on about 12,000 of the country’s richest people on Friday, to pay for coronavirus measures including medical supplies and relief for the poor and small businesses. In a session streamed live on YouTube, and after a long and polarizing debate, the so-called solidarity contribution was […]

Iran’s Supreme Court to retry three on death row over anti-govt protests

Issued on: 05/12/2020 – 11:50 Iran’s supreme court said Saturday it will review the cases of three young men sentenced to death over links to deadly November 2019 protests after a request from their lawyers. Numerous calls had spread online after the verdict was announced, calling for a halt for executions in Iran, with the […]

Moscow starts vaccinating high-risk workers against Covid-19

Issued on: 05/12/2020 – 11:25 Moscow on Saturday began vaccinating workers at high risk of becoming infected with the coronavirus at newly opened clinics across the city. Health officials said they had opened 70 coronavirus vaccine centres in the Russian capital that would initially offer jabs for health, education and social workers. “Citizens from the […]

‘We are in our homeland, the invaders are attacking us,’ says Tigray’s Gebremichael

Issued on: 05/12/2020 – 11:03 As fighting continues “in many parts” of Ethiopia’s Tigra, according to the United Nations, Tigray’s regional president Debretsion Gebremichael told FRANCE 24 that the northern region would continue fighting as long as federal “invaders” are on Tigrayan soil. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced military operations in the northern region of […]

Saudi Arabia says end to diplomatic rift with Qatar is ‘within reach’

Issued on: 05/12/2020 – 08:10 Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Friday a resolution to a bitter dispute with Qatar seemed “within reach” after Kuwait announced progress towards ending a row that Washington says hampers a united Gulf front against Iran. The United States and Kuwait have worked to end the dispute, during which Saudi […]

At least 18 Chinese miners killed in underground gas leak

Issued on: 05/12/2020 – 07:13 Eighteen people have died after being trapped in a mine in China’s southwestern city of Chongqing, the official Xinhua news agency said on Saturday, the region’s second such accident in just over two months. The dead were among 24 people trapped underground by excessive levels of carbon monoxide gas at […]

Trump orders a near total withdrawal of American troops from Somalia

Issued on: 05/12/2020 – 06:24 President Donald Trump has ordered nearly all American troops to withdraw from Somalia, U.S. officials said on Friday, part of a global pullback by the Republican president before he leaves office next month that will also see him drawdown forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. The United States has about 700 […]

‘We’re not Hungary, Turkey or somesuch’: Macron rejects ‘illiberal’ accusations

Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 22:39 French President Emmanuel Macron, in a more than two-hour-long, wide-ranging interview on Friday with the online media outlet Brut, rejected accusations his government had taken an illiberal turn with a contested bill to protect police officers and a crackdown on Islamist groups. The interview, broadcast live by the video-based news […]

Napoli stadium renamed after Maradona in honour of their footballing legend

Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 21:38 Italian side Napoli’s San Paolo stadium has been officially renamed the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium after the late Argentina striker who led them to their only two Serie A titles and the UEFA Cup, the city’s council said on Friday. Maradona died last week after suffering a heart attack at […]

Iraqi activists go underground after wave of attacks by pro-Iran militias

There has been a wave of kidnappings, torture and killings of high-profile anti-government activists in Iraq in recent months. Protesters and experts blame pro-Iran militias within the Popular Mobilisation Forces, a paramilitary organisation created in 2014 to combat the Islamic State group. The Popular Mobilisation Forces have been accused of numerous instances of violence against civilians. […]

Erdogan expresses hope that France will ‘get rid of Macron’ as soon as possible

Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 20:00 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday he hopes France will get rid of Emmanuel Macron as soon as possible, the latest salvo in an escalating war of words between the two leaders. Turkey is embroiled in a series of disputes with France and its EU partners, from tensions […]

Venezuela’s Guaido risks political irrelevance as Maduro eyes poll victory

Juan Guaido, Venezuela’s opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president, has called for a boycott of legislative elections on Sunday, a move critics say will consolidate President Nicolas Maduro’s grip on power and leave Guaido out in the political cold. Eights years into a crippling economic crisis, Venezuelans head to the polls on Sunday in parliamentary […]

Beirut detains Lebanese-French businessman close to Sarkozy after Interpol request

Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 17:19 Lebanon has detained a Lebanese-French businessman who was close to former French president Nicolas Sarkozy after receiving a request for his arrest from Interpol, a judicial source told AFP Friday. “Internal security forces have detained (Ziad) Takieddine, based on an arrest warrant Interpol sent the public prosecution, over him being […]

Exiled in Sudan, Tigray refugees face new struggle for survival

Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 15:38 Since fighting erupted between Ethiopian forces and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) earlier this autumn, tens of thousands of civilians have fled across the border into neighbouring Sudan. But once safe from the violence in their homeland, they have to survive their new lives in exile.   By December […]

Ivory Coast issues passport to exiled former president Laurent Gbagbo

Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 16:06 Ivory Coast has issued passports to former president Laurent Gbagbo, allowing him to return from exile in Belgium before the end of the year following his acquittal on war crimes charges at the International Criminal Court, his lawyer said on Friday. Gbagbo welcomed the move as a conciliatory gesture from […]

A decade on, Strauss-Kahn to give his version of New York sex-assault case

Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 14:25 Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former IMF chief and presidential hopeful whose career was derailed in 2011 by a sensational New York sex-assault case, has said he will give his version of events “for the first time” in a documentary due to be released a decade after the events. “For the first […]

Remembering Giscard d’Estaing, fighting to ski despite Covid-19 & decoding ‘The Crown’

After France lost former president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing to Covid-19 at 94 on Wed., FRANCE 24 took a look back at the “modernist” ex-leader’s life and times. This week, France dropped a controversial measure to curb the filming of police on duty, outlined its vaccine plan and weathered skiers’ dismay at slopes shuttered during the pandemic. […]

Warner Bros says its 2021 films will stream while simultaneously playing in theatres

Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 11:03 In the most seismic shift by a Hollywood studio yet during the pandemic, Warner Bros. Pictures on Thursday announced that all of its 2021 film slate — including a new “Matrix” movie, “Godzilla vs. Kong” and the Lin-Manuel Miranda adaptation “In the Heights” — will stream on HBO Max at […]

Giscard grasped the 70s mood, but French women won their own rights

Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 08:00Modified: 04/12/2020 – 08:13 The French presidency of Valery Giscard d’Estaing, who died on Wednesday aged 94, was marked by a series of breakthroughs on women’s rights, most famously with the legalisation of abortion in 1975. But was the self-styled “moderniser” a driving force behind the reforms or was he merely […]

Brexit talks hang in the balance as EU warns it can make no more concessions

Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 08:22 European diplomats warned Thursday they have made all the concessions they can in trade talks with Britain, as Downing Street vowed to press ahead with a UK law that could undermine Brussels’ remaining trust in London. The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier has been in London for six days, trying […]

Surgeon sentenced to15 years in France’s biggest ever paedophilia case

Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 06:48 A retired French surgeon has been sentenced to 15 years in jail at the end of his closed-doors trial for the rape and sexual abuse of four children in the first part of France’s biggest ever paedophilia case. Joel Le Scouarnec, 70, remained impassive as the verdict was read out […]

Bangladesh sends more than 1,600 Rohingya refugees to remote island

Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 06:17 Authorities in Bangladesh on Friday started sending a first group of more than 1,500 Rohingya refugees to an isolated island despite calls by human rights groups for a halt to the process. The 1,642 refugees were boarding seven Bangladeshi naval vessels in the port of Chittagong for the trip to […]

Italy, US mark grim records as global Covid-19 deaths surpass 1.5 million

Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 05:13 The world passed the grim milestone of 1.5 million coronavirus deaths on Thursday, as several nations planned to deliver much hoped-for vaccines early next year to break the cycle of lockdowns and restrictions. US President-elect Joe Biden said that on his first day in office he would ask Americans to […]

Nearly half of Yemenis face acute food insecurity, UN says, pushing country closer to famine

Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 03:53 Famine-like conditions have re-appeared in parts of Yemen and almost half the population is experiencing high levels of food insecurity, new United Nations data showed on Thursday, with aid agencies warning time is running out to prevent mass starvation. Around 45% of Yemen’s population is facing high levels of acute […]

UK promises to cut greenhouse gas emissions two-thirds by 2030

Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 00:27Modified: 04/12/2020 – 01:00 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce Friday a new target that he says would reduce the U.K.’s greenhouse gas emissions “faster than any major economy.” The target aims to cut the U.K.’s emissions by at least 68% from 1990 levels by 2030 and to […]

California announces regional lockdown plan as Covid-19 overwhelms hospitals

Issued on: 03/12/2020 – 23:57 The number of U.S. COVID-19 hospitalizations topped 100,000 for the first time, as California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday said he was likely to impose stay-at-home orders on every region of the state except the San Francisco Bay Area later this week. California’s new policy will take effect in any […]

US Justice Department lawsuit says Facebook favoured immigrants over US workers

Issued on: 03/12/2020 – 21:59 The Trump administration on Thursday sued Facebook, accusing it of discriminating against American workers by favoring immigrant applicants for thousands of high-paying jobs. “The Department of Justice’s lawsuit alleges that Facebook engaged in intentional and widespread violations of the law, by setting aside positions for temporary visa holders instead of […]

Macron declares national day of mourning for Giscard d’Estaing on December 9

Issued on: 03/12/2020 – 21:06 French President Emmanuel Macron said in a TV address on Thursday evening that France would pay tribute to the late president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing with a national day of mourning next Wednesday, December 9. The centrist former head of state died on Wednesday from Covid-19 at the age of 94. […]

Four people die after blast at English waste water plant

Issued on: 03/12/2020 – 18:58Modified: 03/12/2020 – 18:59 Four people have died following an explosion at a waste water treatment plant near the southwest England city of Bristol, police said Thursday. Chief Inspector Mark Runacres of Avon and Somerset Police said that a fifth person was injured during the explosion at Avonmouth but that his […]

French PM Castex announces Covid-19 vaccine will be free to all

Issued on: 03/12/2020 – 18:52 French Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Thursday it was “a matter of weeks” before the country will start rolling out Covid-19 vaccinations and that they will be free of charge for everyone. Castex also told a news conference that the vaccinations would be deployed in three phases. He said […]

Central African Republic court rejects ex-president Bozizé’s election candidacy

Issued on: 03/12/2020 – 16:57 The top court in Central African Republic (CAR) rejected on Thursday the candidacy of former President François Bozizé in a December 27 election being held despite security concerns because of fighting between rival militias. Bozizé planned to run against President Faustin-Archange Touadéra. But the court said Bozizé, 74, did not […]

Closed French ski resorts cry ‘catastrophe’ as neighbours keep slopes open

A European dispute on the wisdom of opening ski resorts amid the Covid-19 pandemic has turned into a battle pitting France, Italy and Germany – whose slopes remain shut – against the defiant Alpine nations of Switzerland and Austria, backed by Spain. France’s flag still flutters above the entrance to Châtel’s town hall, but visitors […]

France to investigate dozens of mosques suspected of radicalisation

Issued on: 03/12/2020 – 12:56 French authorities will swoop down Thursday on dozens of mosques and prayer halls suspected of radical teachings as part of a crackdown on Islamist extremists following a spate of attacks, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said. Darmanin told RTL radio that if any prayer hall was found to promote extremism it […]

New bill offers hope to people with disabilities in DR Congo

Issued on: 03/12/2020 – 11:46Modified: 03/12/2020 – 11:49 One in eight people in DR Congo live with disabilities and most receive no aid from the government and are left to fend for themselves. But a new bill aims to change that. As the world marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, France 24 reports on a new glimmer of hope in this central […]

French-British duo pick up thousands of discarded Covid-19 masks on 880km trek

Issued on: 03/12/2020 – 10:56 Edmund Platt, a British environmental activist, and his French photojournalist friend Frédéric Munsch set off on October 1 to follow the high-speed TGV train line to the French capital, aiming to open people’s eyes to the extent of everyday pollution. “We ended up with 6,300 masks,” Platt told AFP in […]

French press bids 'adieu' to former president Valéry Giscard d'Estaing

Thursday, December 3: The French press pays tribute to former French president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, who died, aged 94, of complications linked to Covid-19 on Wednesday. We also take a look at international coverage of his legacy. Source link

France, world’s most vaccine-sceptic country, warily eyes Covid-19 shots

Issued on: 03/12/2020 – 09:54 France was once home to the father of immunisation, Louis Pasteur, but it is now among the most vaccine-sceptic nations on Earth – a pressing concern as it prepares one of the biggest vaccination campaigns in its history. Britain’s announcement on Wednesday that it was approving a Covid-19 vaccine for […]

Biden vows to aid workers hit by Covid-19 pandemic while Trump hints at 2024 run

Issued on: 03/12/2020 – 09:22 President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday promised a group of workers hit by the raging Covid-19 pandemic that more aid would be on the way, while President Donald Trump hinted he may be ready to begin planning another run for the White House in 2024. Biden, who has pledged to act […]

Key dates in the life of former French president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing

Issued on: 03/12/2020 – 08:45 Following are key dates in the life of former French president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, who died Wednesday, aged 94, of complications linked to Covid-19. February 2, 1926: Valéry Giscard d’Estaing is born in Koblenz, Germany. 1944: Enters the École Polytechnique in Paris, graduating in 1951 from the respected École Nationale d’Administration […]

Hong Kong media mogul and activist Jimmy Lai detained on fraud charges

Issued on: 03/12/2020 – 05:56 Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai was remanded into custody on Thursday after being charged with fraud, the latest in a string of prosecutions brought against high-profile Beijing critics and democracy campaigners. Lai, 73, is the owner of Hong Kong’s best-selling Apple Daily, a popular tabloid that is unashamedly pro-democracy […]

Officials warn of bleak winter as US Covid-19 hospitalisations reach record 100,000

Issued on: 03/12/2020 – 04:27 The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned on Wednesday the COVID-19 pandemic, still raging with unprecedented fury nationwide, will pose the country’s grimmest health crisis yet over the next few months, before vaccines become widely available. CDC Director Dr Robert Redfield urged stricter adherence to […]

political leaders remember Valéry Giscard d’Estaing

Issued on: 03/12/2020 – 03:11Modified: 03/12/2020 – 03:14 The French National Assembly and Senate held a minute of silence, and tributes poured in from across the political spectrum, after former president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing died Wednesday from complications linked to Covid-19. Emmanuel Macron: A presidency that ‘transformed France’ In a long statement released by the […]

PSG beats Manchester United, dodging early Champions League knockout

Issued on: 03/12/2020 – 00:22Modified: 03/12/2020 – 00:23 Neymar scored twice to lead Paris Saint-Germain to a 3-1 victory at 10-man Manchester United in the Champions League on Wednesday, leaving both teams’ hopes of reaching the knockout stage uncertain heading into their final group games. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær was left to rue not […]

Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, ‘modernist’ French president, dies at 94

France’s former president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, who brought about rapid social change and was a leading force in founding the European Union, died Wednesday at the age of 94 from complications linked to Covid-19, his family said. Although Giscard d’Estaing only served a single term as president from 1974 to 1981, his death marks the […]

UN, France urge Lebanon to form new government amid pledges of aid

Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 22:47 France and the United Nations vowed Wednesday to keep providing humanitarian aid to Lebanon but urged the country’s leaders to form a new government as a political deadlock in Beirut has blocked billions of dollars in assistance for the cash-strapped country hit by multiple crises. A meeting organized by the […]

Pompeo criticises Turkey over Russian missiles, alliance reforms at NATO talks

Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 22:25 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo strongly criticised Turkey at a NATO ministerial meeting, participants told AFP on Wednesday, raising the hopes of some allies pushing for sanctions against Ankara. A US spokesman would not confirm or deny the details of Pompeo‘s participation in Tuesday’s foreign minister’s videoconference, but several […]

Frappart to become first woman to referee a men’s Champions League match

Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 19:46 France’s Stéphanie Frappart will become the first woman to referee a men’s Champions League match on Wednesday when Juventus host Dynamo Kiev in Turin, European football’s governing body UEFA confirmed on Sunday. The 36-year-old has already made history as the first woman to referee in the French top flight, and […]

UN chief slams ‘suicidal’ war on nature as 2020 on track to be one of hottest years on record

Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 19:26 This year is on course to be one of the three warmest ever recorded, the United Nations said Wednesday, as the UN chief warned the world was on the brink of “climate catastrophe”. The past six years, 2015 to 2020, are set to make up all six of the hottest […]

Afghan government, Taliban reach deal to conduct peace talks

Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 18:33 Afghan government and Taliban representatives said on Wednesday they had reached a preliminary deal to press on with peace talks, their first written agreement in 19 years of war and welcomed by the United States as a chance to halt the violence. The agreement lays out the way forward for discussion but is considered a […]

French ex-minister faces legal complaint over death of 80-year-old struck by police grenade

Algerian national Zineb Redouane died shortly after she was struck by a tear gas grenade in her apartment in Marseille. Two years after her tragic death, relatives have filed a legal complaint against former interior minister Christophe Castaner for “concealing evidence” while investigative journalists have challenged the findings of a ballistic report that cleared officers of […]

Ethiopia grants UN access to deliver humanitarian aid to Tigray region

Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 14:15 Ethiopia has granted the United Nations full access to deliver aid to the northern region of Tigray, following weeks of lobbying amid military operations there, according to an agreement seen Wednesday by AFP. The agreement, signed by Ethiopia’s peace minister, allows for “unimpeded, sustained and secure access for humanitarian personnel […]

France announces random checks to prevent skiers from crossing borders, spreading Covid-19

Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 12:53Modified: 02/12/2020 – 12:59 France will make random border checks to stop people getting infected with Covid-19 by crossing into countries where ski resorts remain open, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Wednesday. The measures, also aimed at appeasing French resort operators complaining of an uneven playing field, will apply to France’s borders […]

Chief EU Brexit negotiator Barnier says talks nearing ‘make-or-break’ point

Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 11:52 Chief EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warned Wednesday he could not guarantee he would strike a trade deal with Britain, diplomats said, and the next few days will be crucial.  “We are quickly approaching a make-or-break moment in the Brexit talks,” Barnier told a video meeting of European envoys, a […]

France hosts aid meeting in effort to break Lebanon’s political gridlock

Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 10:41Modified: 02/12/2020 – 10:45 President Emmanuel Macron will seek to revive a French initiative on Lebanon when he hosts an international aid conference on Wednesday, but with the country’s fractious political class bickering, hopes of a breakthrough appear slim. Four months after a massive explosion that killed more than 200 people […]

Some Iranian children are literally climbing mountains to access online school

Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 10:23Modified: 02/12/2020 – 10:24 Some Iranian children are finding virtual school harder than others. Photos have recently emerged on social media of children in rural areas who literally have to climb a mountain every day to find an internet connection strong enough so that they can attend their online classes. People […]

Hong Kong dissident Joshua Wong and two others jailed for democracy protests

Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 09:15 Leading Hong Kong dissident Joshua Wong was jailed alongside two other young activists on Wednesday for taking part in last year’s huge democracy protests as the crackdown on Beijing’s critics gathers pace. Wong, 24, was prosecuted alongside fellow activists Ivan Lam and Agnes Chow over a rally last summer outside […]

UK first to approve Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for rollout ‘next week’

Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 08:49Modified: 02/12/2020 – 08:51 Pfizer and BioNTech say they’ve won permission Wednesday for emergency use of their Covid-19 vaccine in Britain, the world’s first coronavirus shot that’s backed by rigorous science – and a major step toward eventually ending the pandemic. The move makes Britain one of the first countries to […]

Police arrest Swedish mother suspected of locking her son up for 28 years

Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 07:31 A woman in Sweden suspected of holding her son captive inside their apartment for decades has been arrested, police said on Tuesday, with reports claiming the man was found undernourished with infected sores on his body and almost no teeth. Stockholm police spokesman Ola Osterling told AFP the man had […]

Steps from Eiffel Tower’s original staircase sells for €274,000 at auction

Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 07:59Modified: 02/12/2020 – 08:01 A 14-step chunk of the Eiffel Tower’s spiral staircase was sold for 274,475 euros ($328,427) in Paris on Tuesday, nearly 10 times the guide price, auction house Artcurial said. The nearly-three-metre-high artefact was part of the original 1889 staircase that connected the second and third floors of […]

Israel’s Gantz says will back initial vote to disband parliament

Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 05:28 Israel’s Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz said Tuesday his party will vote for an opposition bill to dissolve parliament, a move that could force a fourth election in under two years. Gantz‘s centrist Blue and White party is currently the key partner in a precarious coalition led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s […]

Music producer for presidential candidate Bobi Wine wounded in clashes in Uganda

Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 04:40 A music producer for Ugandan pop star and presidential candidate Bobi Wine has been wounded in the mouth by a rubber bullet during clashes between security personnel and Wine’s supporters, a spokesman for his party and police said on Tuesday. The incident is the latest in escalating violence in the east […]

Afghan army kills mastermind of Taliban car bomb attack on military base

Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 02:31 Afghan forces have killed the Taliban mastermind of a suicide car bomb attack that left at least 30 security personnel dead, officials said Monday. Hamza Waziristani was killed in an air strike overnight in the eastern province of Ghazni where the bomber struck an Afghan military base on Sunday. “The […]

US attorney general says no evidence of fraud to alter election result

Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 02:53 The US attorney general rejected Republican claims of significant voter fraud in the presidential election on Tuesday, adding to the pressure on President Donald Trump to give up his quixotic effort to overturn Joe Biden’s clear victory. “To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have […]

US Justice Dept investigating potential White House ‘pay-for-pardon’ scheme

Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 02:43 The U.S. Justice Department is investigating a potential crime related to funneling money to the White House in exchange for a presidential pardon, according to court documents unsealed in federal court. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell on Tuesday released a heavily redacted order that described what she called a “bribery-for-pardon” […]

‘Help is on the way,’ Biden tells coronavirus-hit Americans in unveiling economic team

President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday introduced top advisers he says will help his administration rebuild an economy hammered by the coronavirus pandemic, declaring, “I know times are tough, but I want you to know that help is on the way.” Biden said he’d chosen a “first-rate team” that is “tested and experienced” to tackle the […]

China lands probe on Moon to obtain first lunar samples in decades, Beijing reports

Issued on: 01/12/2020 – 21:50 A Chinese probe sent to the Moon to bring back the first lunar samples in four decades successfully landed on Tuesday, Beijing’s space agency said. China has poured billions into its military-run space programme, with hopes of having a crewed space station by 2022 and of eventually sending humans to […]

France hopes to offer Covid-19 vaccines to general public from April, Macron says

Issued on: 01/12/2020 – 18:40 France hopes to offer Covid-19 vaccinations to the general public between April and June next year, President Emmanuel Macron told a press briefing at the Élysée Palace on Tuesday. Early 2021 will see a first campaign targeting those most at risk followed by a second campaign for the rest of the […]

UN warns food supply exhausted for nearly 100,000 Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia’s Tigray

Issued on: 01/12/2020 – 17:23 The United Nations says food has now run out for the nearly 100,000 refugees from Eritrea who have been sheltering in camps in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, which has been cut off from the world for nearly a month amid fighting. “Concerns are growing by the hour,” U.N. refugee spokesman […]

Is China provoking a diplomatic fight with Australia?

China has recently stepped up its aggression towards Australia, from introducing new customs taxes to trolling on Twitter. Relations between the two countries have rarely been so bad and, according to regional experts, the world should be paying attention to the way Beijing is treating Canberra. When Zhao Lijian, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson, posted a photo […]

At least two dead after pedestrian-zone car collision in German city of Trier

Issued on: 01/12/2020 – 15:41 Two people were killed and up to 15 injured on Tuesday when they were hit by a car in a pedestrian area of the western German city of Trier, the city’s mayor said, according to public broadcaster SWR. Police said several people had been killed, having earlier put the death […]

HIV-positive patients in Libya struggle for care amid Covid-19 pandemic

Issued on: 01/12/2020 – 14:12 Tuesday is World AIDS Day and, today, an estimated 38 million people around the globe are living with HIV or have gone on to develop AIDS. Conditions for those living with HIV and treatment vary wildly around the world. In this video dispatch, FRANCE 24 reports on the situation in […]

French interior minister outlines proposals for police reform amid outcry

Issued on: 01/12/2020 – 12:03 Amid a wave of anger and street protests in France over police violence, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin outlined proposals for police reform before a National Assembly committee on Monday evening. President Emmanuel Macron‘s ruling party earlier agreed to completely rewrite a draft plan that would have curbed the right to […]

Transatlantic divides after Biden win

After Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda exposed longstanding strains in US-Europe relations, Joe Biden’s victory has prompted a Franco-German row over Emmanuel Macron’s vision of “strategic autonomy” – while transatlantic tensions simmer over tech taxes and extraterritorial US law. The US president excoriated European countries’ failure to pay for its own defence in stark terms: “We […]

AIDS prevention progress brings hope for women, children in South Africa

Issued on: 01/12/2020 – 09:18 Tuesday is World AIDS Day and, despite the virus fading into the background of public discourse in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic, an estimated 38 million people live with HIV or AIDS around the world. In this video dispatch, FRANCE 24 reports on the continuing fight against AIDS in South […]

From plague to Covid-19, 300 years of resistance against pandemics in the Mediterranean

Issued on: 01/12/2020 – 09:26 The Mediterranean of the Future is a diplomatic summit organised by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region to deal with issues faced by countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Its fourth edition, which opens on Tuesday by videolink, will focus on the Covid-19 pandemic. History repeats itself, as the saying goes. The great plague […]

Azerbaijani forces enter Lachin, last district handed over by Armenia

Issued on: 01/12/2020 – 07:44Modified: 01/12/2020 – 07:45 Azerbaijani forces on Tuesday moved into the final district given up by Armenia in a peace deal that ended weeks of fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Azerbaijan‘s defence ministry released a video showing a tank flying an Azerbaijani flag leading a column of trucks into the […]

French sailor Escoffier rescued by rival during Vendée Globe yacht race

Issued on: 01/12/2020 – 05:31 French Vendee Globe yachtsman Kevin Escoffier was reported “safe and sound” after being rescued from the Atlantic off the Cape of Good Hope by rival skipper Jean Le Cam in his monohull Hubert on Tuesday. The skipper of PRB had to abandon his ship Monday afternoon and had been floating […]

Trump’s controversial Covid-19 advisor resigns

Issued on: 01/12/2020 – 03:19 One of President Donald Trump’s favoured coronavirus advisors who sparked controversy over his comments against mask-wearing and other issues has resigned, US media reported Monday. Fox News obtained the resignation letter dated December 1 for Scott Atlas, who lacked relevant experience or qualifications in public health or infectious disease.  The […]

President-elect Joe Biden picks Janet Yellen for US treasury secretary

Issued on: 01/12/2020 – 03:25 President-elect Joe Biden announced Monday he will nominate former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen to lead the Treasury, topping a slate of economic officials who would break racial and gender barriers in the US government. The rollout of Biden‘s economic team comes after running mate Kamala Harris made history as […]

Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon reaches 12-year high under Bolsonaro

Issued on: 30/11/2020 – 23:39 Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon surged again over the past year, hitting a 12-year high, according to official figures released Monday that drew a chorus of condemnation of President Jair Bolsonaro’s government. A total of 11,088 square kilometres (4,281 square miles) of forest was destroyed in Brazil‘s share of the […]

French health authority outlines country’s Covid-19 vaccination plan

Issued on: 30/11/2020 – 22:34 France’s national health authority unveiled on Monday its five-step vaccination roll-out strategy, which aims to prioritise the elderly and those most at risk from Covid-19.  France’s roll-out for the Covid-19 vaccine is set to start at the end of December or early January. The French national health authority, the Haute Autorité […]

Iranian official blames Paris-based opposition, Israel for death of nuclear scientist

Issued on: 30/11/2020 – 21:12 As a top nuclear scientist was laid to rest in Tehran on Monday, a senior Iranian official said a Paris-based opposition group was suspected of involvement in his assassination alongside Israel and the United States. No one has claimed responsibility for the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who died when his […]

At least 110 farmers dead in Nigeria after suspected jihadist attack

Issued on: 30/11/2020 – 18:28 At least 110 people were killed in a weekend attack on farm workers in northeast Nigeria blamed on jihadists, the UN humanitarian coordinator in the country said on Sunday, making it the deadliest raid on civilians this year. The attack, in a state gripped by a jihadist insurgency for more than […]

France’s Sarkozy complains of being victim of six years of ‘slander’ at corruption trial

Issued on: 30/11/2020 – 18:44Modified: 30/11/2020 – 18:46 Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy complained Monday of being the victim of six years of “slander”, in his first remarks to the court at his landmark corruption trial. Sarkozy became France’s first modern head of state to appear in the dock last week, going on trial on […]

French parliament drops draft law curtailing right to film police

Issued on: 30/11/2020 – 16:58 The French parliament has dropped a controversial bill that would have curbed the right to film police officers in action, the speaker of parliament and MP from French President Emmanuel Macron’s ruling party announced on Monday. “The bill will be completely rewritten and a new version will be submitted,” Christophe […]

Moderna seeks US, European regulators approval for emergency use of its Covid vaccine

Moderna Inc. said it would ask U.S. and European regulators Monday to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine as new study results confirm the shots offer strong protection — ramping up the race to begin limited vaccinations as the coronavirus rampage worsens. Multiple vaccine candidates must succeed for the world to stamp out the […]

Hervé Le Tellier wins Goncourt Prize, France’s most prestigious literary award

Issued on: 30/11/2020 – 13:09 French author Hervé Le Tellier has been awarded the Goncourt Prize for his novel “L’Anomalie” (The Anomaly). France’s top literary honour was attributed by videolink owing to the coronavirus pandemic. Le Tellier, 63, is a mathematician by training and former journalist. He is president of the international literary group Oulipo, […]

Australia demands China apologise after ‘repugnant’ fake image posted on Twitter

Issued on: 30/11/2020 – 11:31 Australia demanded an apology after a senior Chinese official posted a fake image of an Australian soldier holding a knife with blood on it to the throat of an Afghan child, calling it “truly repugnant” and demanding it be taken down. Prime Minister Scott Morrison called a media briefing to […]