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Africa's Covid-19 mortality rates higher than global average, head of Africa CDC warns

France 24

Dr. John Nkengasong, the head of Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), granted an interview to FRANCE 24 from Addis Ababa. He said he was "extremely concerned" about the second wave of the coronavirus in Africa, where mortality rates in more than 20 African countries are higher than the global average. Nkengasong also warned that the South African variant of Covid-19 is spreading to other African nations. He rejoiced at the Biden administration rejoining the WHO in the global fight against Covid-19, saying it was "a happy day for the global health community".

January 22nd 2021, 5:52 am

France's 'James Bond' stuntman Rémy Julienne dies of Covid-19

France 24

One of France's leading stuntmen, Remy Julienne, who worked on several James Bond films, has died from Covid-19 aged 90, friends and family said Friday.

January 22nd 2021, 5:39 am

Hungary unilaterally procures Russian vaccine without EU health approval

France 24

The Hungarian government said Friday it had reached a deal to buy large quantities of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, even though it has not been approved by the European Union's medicines watchdog.

January 22nd 2021, 5:39 am

Covid-19 death toll tops 50,000 in Germany as Merkel mulls border checks

France 24

Germany has recorded more than 50,000 deaths from the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, the Robert Koch Institute disease control centre said Friday.

January 22nd 2021, 4:09 am

As Kamala Harris makes history, will a female president be next?

France 24

On January 20, Kamala Harris became the first female vice president in United States history. What does her arrival in the White House mean for gender equality in US politics? And will we be seeing a woman president in four years?

January 22nd 2021, 2:39 am

EU leaders 'discourage' travel, consider tougher border rules to curb Covid

France 24

EU leaders on Thursday "strongly discouraged" Europeans from non-essential travel and warned tougher restrictions on trips could come within days if efforts to curb the coronavirus fell short.

January 22nd 2021, 12:22 am

US Senate's Schumer reviewing Republican push to delay Trump impeachment trial

France 24

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is reviewing a request from Republicans to put off the start of former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial until mid-February, a Schumer spokesman said Thursday.

January 22nd 2021, 12:22 am

Lebanon extends lockdown by two weeks as Covid-19 deaths soar

France 24

Lebanon decided Thursday to prolong a total lockdown by two weeks to stem an unprecedented rise in coronavirus cases and protect its collapsing health sector.

January 22nd 2021, 12:22 am

Islamic State group claims responsibility for deadly twin bombing in Baghdad

France 24

Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack in a crowded Baghdad market on Thursday, killing at least 32 people in Iraq's first big suicide bombing for three years, authorities said, describing it as a possible sign of the reactivation of Islamic State.

January 21st 2021, 10:21 pm

Senegalese student who went missing in France says she is 'fine, safe and deeply sorry'

France 24

A prize-winning Senegalese student whose disappearance in France caused concern in both countries said she was taking "a little break to regain my senses" and apologised to those worried about her in exchanges published by a Senegalese government minister.

January 21st 2021, 10:21 pm

Judge refuses to reinstate conservative social media site Parler after Amazon shut it down

France 24

A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected Parler's demand that Amazon.com Inc restore web hosting services for the social media platform, which Amazon had cut off following the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol.

January 21st 2021, 7:50 pm

As students despair, France addresses plight of pandemic’s ‘lost generation’

France 24

France is scrambling to address the hardship and isolation experienced by students whose university years have been hijacked by the Covid-19 pandemic, with unions describing the government’s latest measures as too little, too late.

January 21st 2021, 5:20 pm

Biden signs Covid-19 orders requiring quarantine, widening mask mandate

France 24

Travelers to the US will be required to quarantine on arrival while masks will be mandated on many domestic trains, planes and buses, President Joe Biden said Thursday as he signed a raft of new executive orders to curb the Covid pandemic.

January 21st 2021, 5:20 pm

Central African Republic declares state of emergency as rebels surround capital

France 24

The Central African Republic on Thursday announced a 15-day emergency as armed groups tried to blockade the capital Bangui in a bid to topple newly re-elected President Faustin Archange Touadera.

January 21st 2021, 4:20 pm

Covid-19: France aims to vaccinate entire population by end of August

France 24

The French government will be able to vaccinate 70 million people by the end of August "if all of the vaccines ordered are approved by European and global health authorities", French Health Minister Olivier Véran said Thursday.

January 21st 2021, 4:20 pm

France upholds rural 'sensory heritage' over city-slicker grousing

France 24

From crowing roosters to the whiff of barnyard animals, the "sensory heritage" of France's countryside will now be protected by law from attempts to stifle the everyday aspects of rural life from newcomers looking for peace and quiet.

January 21st 2021, 2:20 pm

Biden's America: What are the new US president's priorities?

France 24

One day after Joe Biden's incident-free inauguration as the 46th US president, we bring you another special edition of the France 24 Debate live from Washington. What to make of Biden's inaugural address? What are his priorities now that he's in the White House? We discuss all this and more with our guests.

January 21st 2021, 1:05 pm

French Muslim groups at odds over Macron's anti-extremism charter

France 24

The head of France's main Muslim organisation on Thursday slammed a "unilateral" move by three Islamic groups not to sign up to an anti-extremism charter championed by President Emmanuel Macron.

January 21st 2021, 11:32 am

Chinese citizens, rescue workers mobilise to save 21 trapped gold miners

France 24

An explosion in the Hushan gold mine on January 10 in Qixia, a city in China’s eastern Shandong province, killed one miner and trapped 21 others underground. After a week without contact, rescue workers established communication with the miners on January 18, when the latter sent up a handwritten note via a shaft that workers had drilled from the surface. Images from Chinese social media show rescue workers and citizens alike mobilised to aid the miners, in an urgent mission that has provoked an outpouring of support from the population.

January 21st 2021, 11:18 am

A silent death: Residents of Brazilian town of Santo Amaro poisoned by lead

France 24

In a remote town in Brazil's Bahia State, a health and environmental disaster linked to industrial pollution has been going on for decades. A lead smelter that opened in 1960 and closed in the 1990s continues to poison residents of Santo Amaro. They have rarely succeeded in getting justice, and time is running out: former employees are suffering from illnesses linked to their constant exposure to the metal. Our correspondents went to meet former factory worker Adailson Pereira Moura, who is fighting tirelessly for victims to receive compensation before it's too late.

January 21st 2021, 11:18 am

After Duhamel incest scandal, French lawmakers bid to break omerta

France 24

French senators on Thursday began studying a new bill aimed at tightening the country’s laws on sexual abuse against children, including harsher penalties for the non-reporting of such crimes. The changes come on the heels of an incest scandal that brought down one of France’s most prominent intellectuals after he was accused of sexually abusing his stepson.

January 21st 2021, 11:18 am

Biden inauguration puts US poet Amanda Gorman on bestseller list

France 24

President Joe Biden's poet woke up a superstar on Thursday, after a powerful reading at the US inauguration a day earlier catapulted 22-year-old Amanda Gorman to the top of Amazon's bestseller list.

January 21st 2021, 10:43 am

Cartoonist resigns from French daily Le Monde in free speech row

France 24

A leading French cartoonist on Wednesday said he would no longer work for Le Monde after the newspaper apologised for a cartoon he drew that tackled a sex-abuse scandal.

January 21st 2021, 10:31 am

France's 2021 Michelin Guide released despite Covid-19 restaurant shutdown

France 24

France is known around the world for its gastronomy and love of food. In this week's show, we take a closer look at what's been called the food lover's bible: the Michelin Guide. Arguably the standard-bearer for haute cuisine, many people wondered if the guide would come out at all this year given that restaurants in France had to shut down for six months in 2020 due to the coronavirus lockdown. But for the famous red guide, it was important to keep up the tradition, especially this year.

January 21st 2021, 10:31 am

Covid-19 restrictions to remain in place, Macron warns protesting students

France 24

French President Emmanuel Macron warned students on Thursday to expect Covid-19 restrictions to remain in place for much of the remaining academic year.

January 21st 2021, 9:01 am

Who are the nominees for US President Biden's cabinet?

France 24

US President-elect Joe Biden took office on Wednesday, starting off with several measures to tackle the Covid-19 crisis, revive the battered economy and reverse many of former president Donald Trump’s controversial policies. FRANCE 24 takes a look at his cabinet nominees.

January 21st 2021, 6:12 am

Uighur refugee Gulbahar Haitiwaji: 'The Chinese want to eradicate the Uighurs'

France 24

Gulbahar Haitiwaji lives in France and belongs to China's Uighur minority, a mainly Muslim community from the northwestern province of Xinjiang. Back in 2016, her life changed dramatically. Summoned to return to China under a spurious pretext, she was thrown into prison then sent to a "re-education" camp. She recounts the appalling conditions of her detention in a new book entitled "Survivor of the Chinese Gulag". The Chinese "want to wipe out the culture and the tradition of the Uighurs and eradicate the Uighurs themselves", she told FRANCE 24.

January 21st 2021, 6:12 am

Google and French publishers sign landmark copyright agreement

France 24

In a first in Europe, Google and a group of French publishers said onThursday they had signed an agreement aimed at opening the path to digital copyright payments under which the US tech giant will pay publishers for online content.

January 21st 2021, 5:12 am

Deadly twin suicide blasts rock Baghdad market

France 24

A rare twin suicide bombing killed at least 13 people on a bustling commercial street in the heart of Baghdad on Thursday, the military said, rupturing months of relative calm.

January 21st 2021, 5:00 am

French doctors unsure of Covid-19 vaccine effectiveness for immunocompromised

France 24

Health professionals in France are concerned about the effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines on their patients whose immune systems are weakened, for instance by chemotherapy since clinical trials for the vaccines did not focus on immunocompromised patients.

January 21st 2021, 5:00 am

President Joe Biden: A return to 'normalcy'?

France 24

Vice-president under Barack Obama and a senator for 36 years, Joe Biden is a political figure familiar to most Americans. To many, he may lack the charisma of the previous Democratic president, but after a tumultuous four years in US politics, is he the steady pair of hands the nation needs?

January 21st 2021, 2:55 am

Hope and mourning, in star-studded song, as D.C. marks Biden inauguration

France 24

From Lady Gaga to Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bruce Springsteen to Katy Perry, top performers delivered musical messages of remembrance and possibility to cap off the inauguration proceedings.

January 21st 2021, 1:10 am

Biden rejoins Paris Agreement, reverses Trump immigration policies in first-day blitz

France 24

President Joe Biden moved swiftly to dismantle Donald Trump’s legacy on his first day in office, signing a series of executive actions that reverse course on immigration, climate change, racial equity and the handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

January 21st 2021, 12:25 am

After four turbulent years, world leaders welcome Joe Biden presidency

France 24

World leaders said they were looking forward to working with Joe Biden, the Democrat sworn in as US president on Wednesday after four turbulent years under Donald Trump.

January 20th 2021, 4:36 pm

China imposes sanctions on Pompeo, Trump officials for violating 'sovereignty'

France 24

China is sanctioning more than two dozen officials and members of former president Donald Trump’s cabinet, including his secretary of state Mike Pompeo, for violating the country’s “sovereignty”, its foreign ministry said Wednesday.

January 20th 2021, 4:07 pm

France to keep ski lifts shut due to Covid-19, in blow to winter sports tourism

France 24

Ski lifts at resorts in France will stay closed at the start of February, the government said on Wednesday, essentially writing off this winter sports tourism season due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

January 20th 2021, 1:52 pm

Biden vows to end the 'uncivil war' in inaugural address

France 24

Democrat Joe Biden was sworn in as president of the United States on Wednesday, vowing to end the ‘uncivil war’ in a deeply divided country reeling from a battered economy and a raging coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 400,000 Americans.

January 20th 2021, 1:18 pm

At least 43 African migrants drown off Libya, UN agencies say

France 24

A “tragic” shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya’s coast killed at least 43 migrants bound for Europe, the U.N. migration agency said Wednesday.

January 20th 2021, 10:37 am

Trump leaves White House for last time, snubbing Biden's inauguration

France 24

US President Donald Trump left the White House for the final time on Wednesday, heading by helicopter to a nearby military base where he will fly to Florida, skipping the inauguration of successor Joe Biden in an extraordinary break with tradition.

January 20th 2021, 9:18 am

Live: Presidential-elect Biden set to take oath of office amid tight security

France 24

US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are being sworn into office Wednesday in the 59th inauguration ceremony of the world’s oldest democracy. The inauguration comes exactly two weeks after rioters opposing the results of the 2020 election stormed the US Capitol, raising security concerns across the nation.

January 20th 2021, 9:04 am

'No repentance nor apologies' for colonial abuses in Algeria, says Macron

France 24

French President Emmanuel Macron has ruled out issuing an official apology for abuses in Algeria, his office said Wednesday, ahead of a major report on how France is facing up to its colonial past in the country.

January 20th 2021, 8:03 am

On Day One, Biden to sign orders reversing Trump policies on climate, virus, immigration

France 24

US President-elect Joe Biden plans to kick off his new administration Wednesday with orders to restore the United States to the Paris climate accord and the World Health Organization, aides said.

January 20th 2021, 6:18 am

Will Biden-Harris usher in a new chapter for the Black Lives Matter movement?

France 24

After four years of a Trump presidency marked by racial tensions, some hope the arrival of Joe Biden in the White House could be a turning point in the fight waged by anti-racism movements like Black Lives Matter. But not all are convinced that real change will arrive soon.

January 20th 2021, 4:33 am

In parting shot, Trump administration accuses China of 'genocide' against Uighurs

France 24

The Trump administration has determined that China has committed "genocide and crimes against humanity" by repressing Uighur Muslims in its Xinjiang region, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday, in an embarrassing blow to Beijing just before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

January 20th 2021, 3:59 am

Jack’s back: Chinese tycoon makes first public appearance since Alibaba crackdown

France 24

Jack Ma, the billionaire founder of Chinese internet behemoth Alibaba, made his first public appearance in over two months in an online video Wednesday, ending weeks of speculation about his whereabouts.

January 20th 2021, 3:02 am

Trump halts deportation of Venezuelans for 18 months

France 24

With the clock winding down on his term, U.S. President Donald Trump shielded tens of thousands of Venezuelan migrants from deportation Tuesday night, rewarding Venezuelan exiles who have been among his most loyal supporters and who fear losing the same privileged access to the White House during the Biden administration.

January 20th 2021, 2:45 am

Trump grants clemency to former advisor Steve Bannon in final round of pardons

France 24

U.S. President Donald Trump has granted clemency to former White House aide Steve Bannon as part of a wave of pardons and commutations he will issue during his final hours in office, a senior administration official said.

January 20th 2021, 12:45 am

UK sees record new Covid-19 deaths as virus variant identified in 60 countries

France 24

Britain on Tuesday registered another 1,610 fatalities from coronavirus, a record high over 24 hours since the pandemic arrived in 2020, but the number of new cases fell.

January 20th 2021, 12:32 am

China rushes to build quarantine center in new Covid-19 hotspot Hebei

France 24

Thousands of prefabricated rooms fill a vast field on the outskirts of China’s Shijiazhuang city as construction crews work around the clock to erect a large quarantine facility to curb the city’s growing Covid-19 outbreak.

January 19th 2021, 11:31 pm

Germany to extend Covid-19 lockdown until mid-February

France 24

Germany on Tuesday toughened a partial lockdown and extended it to February 14, with Chancellor Angela Merkel warning of possible border checks to contain “the danger” of new coronavirus variants believed to be more contagious.

January 19th 2021, 7:28 pm

Biden arrives in Washington with daunting agenda as Senate hears first cabinet picks

France 24

President-elect Joe Biden made a sober entrance to the nation’s capital Tuesday, ready to assume power as America reels from the coronavirus pandemic, soaring unemployment and grave concerns about more violence as he prepares to take the oath of office.

January 19th 2021, 6:43 pm

Trump touts record of 'no new wars', standing up to China in farewell address

France 24

US President Donald Trump said in a farewell address Tuesday, his last full day in office, that he was the first president in many years to have left office without starting a war.

January 19th 2021, 4:54 pm

US death toll from Covid-19 tops 400,000 on eve of Biden inauguration

France 24

More than 400,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the United States since the pandemic began, according to Johns Hopkins University on Tuesday, the eve of the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden, who has made the fight against the coronavirus a priority of his first term.

January 19th 2021, 3:54 pm

French gentleman thief series 'Lupin' tops 'Queen's Gambit' views on Netflix

France 24

The Netflix-produced series "Lupin", a sly modern take on France's beloved gentleman thief, is on track for 70 million views worldwide in its first month, setting a record for a French TV show, the streaming platform said Tuesday.

January 19th 2021, 1:56 pm

Watch our special debate: Washington under lockdown for Trump-Biden transition

France 24

On the eve of Joe Biden's inauguration as the 46th US president, we bring you a special edition of the FRANCE 24 Debate from a heavily fortified Washington. Can Biden reconcile an America that's more divided than ever? Have we heard the last of Donald Trump as he retreats to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida? We discuss all this and more with our guests and team of reporters.

January 19th 2021, 1:26 pm

Debunked: The so-called 'doctor' claiming Bill Gates wants to kill 3 billion people

France 24

Does Bill Gates really want to eliminate 3 billion people, most of them African, to decrease the global population? That’s what controversial American homeopathic doctor Robert Young claimed in a video that recently emerged on social media. It turns out that Young and the organisation that held the conference where he made his claims have a history of spreading unfounded conspiracy theories.

January 19th 2021, 1:26 pm

France's Macron says success in Sahel enables operational change

France 24

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday opened the door to withdrawing some troops from the Sahel region saying that Paris was able to adjust its operations after successes over against Islamist militants and the arrival of more European forces.

January 19th 2021, 1:26 pm

China defends early actions on Covid-19 outbreak after panel report

France 24

China on Tuesday defended its early actions taken to fight the COVID-19 outbreak, saying that it immediately notified the World Health Organization and took "the most comprehensive, thorough, strict prevention and control measures".

January 19th 2021, 1:26 pm

EU regulator to clear Boeing 737 MAX to resume flights next week

France 24

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) plans to clear the Boeing 737 MAX to fly again next week, 22 months after the plane was grounded following two fatal crashes.

January 19th 2021, 12:10 pm

Troop vetting for Biden’s inauguration tackles racism in the ranks

France 24

The FBI vetting of National Guard troops deployed for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration amid fears of an insider attack has put the current and former security officials who participated in the January 6 assault on the Capitol in the spotlight – as well as the overlooked issue of links between some security officials and White supremacist groups.

January 19th 2021, 11:53 am

Trump supporters rally for gun rights in Virginia ahead of Biden swearing-in

France 24

Security has been ramped up in state capitals across the United States ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday. In Virginia, just two hours' drive from Washington, DC, protesters and militia members turned out to lobby against gun control, although not in large numbers as the tense countdown to the handover of power continues. Hardline conservatives are vowing to keep making their voices heard – for the next four years.

January 19th 2021, 10:10 am

Biden’s first 100 days: What to expect on Covid-19, the economy and immigration

France 24

US President-elect Joe Biden is set to issue a flurry of executive orders following his inauguration at noon on Wednesday as well as legislation that will quickly begin working its way through Congress on pandemic relief, immigration and much more.

January 19th 2021, 6:23 am

Oxygen supplies are running low in Brazilian town of Iranduba

France 24

The mayor of the small Brazilian town of Iranduba imposed a daily curfew of 2pm last week to fight the spread of the coronavirus. The streets may now be empty but the town's hospital beds are at 90 percent capacity.

January 19th 2021, 5:06 am

‘We will not go back to business as usual’: The far right after Trump

France 24

Donald Trump's presidency may be coming to an end, but many far right voters he courted believe their influence on American politics will continue long after he has left the White House. At a pro-gun rally on Monday in Richmond, Virginia, FRANCE 24 spoke with some of them to find out where they believe the movement will go from here.

January 19th 2021, 3:03 am

French ex-PM Balladur goes on trial over 'Karachi affair' kickback allegations

France 24

Former French prime minister Edouard Balladur goes on trial Tuesday on charges that he used kickbacks from arms deals in the 1990s to fund a failed presidential run, a case known as the "Karachi affair".

January 19th 2021, 2:51 am

Clashes between Tunisian police, rioters continue in wake of revolution anniversary

France 24

Hundreds of youths clashed with police in cities across Tunisia late on Monday, throwing stones and gasoline bombs in the capital as security forces used tear gas and water cannons to try to quell the unrest.

January 19th 2021, 12:50 am

Clashes in Sudan’s Darfur region leave dozens dead

France 24

The latest inter-ethnic violence to rock Sudan’s restive Darfur region had killed nearly 140 people by Monday, tribal leaders said just weeks after a peacekeeping mission ended operations.

January 18th 2021, 9:59 pm

Portugal tightens Covid-19 lockdown amid record numbers of new cases, deaths

France 24

Stricter lockdown rules are being enacted in Portugal, the government announced Monday, as a surging COVID-19 pandemic sets grim records and pushes hospitals to the limit of their capacity.

January 18th 2021, 9:59 pm

Italian PM wins confidence vote, but tougher test comes next week

France 24

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte won a crucial confidence vote in the Chamber of Deputies on Monday, hanging on to power after a junior partner quit his coalition and opened a political crisis amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic.

January 18th 2021, 8:17 pm

Pandemic review panel criticises China, WHO for acting too slowly on Covid-19

France 24

China and the World Health Organization could have acted faster to avert catastrophe during the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak, a panel of independent experts has concluded.

January 18th 2021, 7:47 pm

US to lift travel restrictions on Europe, Brazil starting Jan. 26, Trump says

France 24

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday rescinded entry bans imposed because of the coronavirus on most non-U.S. citizens arriving from Brazil and much of Europe effective Jan. 26, the White House said.

January 18th 2021, 7:47 pm

Fashion student, retired firefighter charged over US Capitol riots

France 24

Federal authorities arrested a retired firefighter and a fashion student, both from New York, and a man from Iowa on Monday in the storming of the U.S. Capitol, according to the FBI and court documents.

January 18th 2021, 5:30 pm

Michelin bestows 2021 restaurant stars despite Covid-19 closures

France 24

The Michelin Guide consecrated France's 30th three-star restaurant on Monday as it presented its awards for 2021 against the backdrop of the Covid-19 crisis, which has seen chefs forced to close their doors.

January 18th 2021, 5:30 pm

Central African Republic's Touadéra calls for national reconciliation as re-election upheld

France 24

Central African Republic's highest court on Monday confirmed the re-election of President Faustin-Archange Touadéra, rejecting rivals' objections as the government fends off a rebel offensive. In a speech broadcast on national television on Monday evening, Touadéra called for national reconciliation.

January 18th 2021, 4:14 pm

Uganda presidential election: Main opposition candidate Bobi Wine speaks to France 24

France 24

The leader of Uganda's main opposition party, Bobi Wine, said troops raided its headquarters on Monday as staff tried to prepare a legal challenge to President Yoweri Museveni's declared victory in an election last week. Wine, who is himself under house arrest, spoke to France 24.

January 18th 2021, 1:57 pm

Belarus stripped of hockey world championship amid sponsor pressure over crackdown

France 24

Belarus has been stripped of the right to co-host this year's ice hockey world championship due to safety concerns over political unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic there, the sport's governing body said on Monday, in a blow to President Alexander Lukashenko.

January 18th 2021, 1:41 pm

Disneyland Paris delays reopening to April 2 amid coronavirus pandemic

France 24

Disneyland Paris said on Monday it was postponing its reopening by almost two months, to April 2, due to the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

January 18th 2021, 12:57 pm

Central African Republic: Families in Bouar seek refuge in church after rebel attacks

France 24

Armed groups opposed to President Faustin-Archange Touadéra carried out attacks on the town of Bouar in northwestern Central African Republic on January 7 and 9. Since then, more than 5,000 people have sought refuge in the town’s cathedral. Even though calm has returned, the town remains paralysed and the humanitarian situation is getting worse, according to the bishop who has welcomed families into the cathedral.

January 18th 2021, 11:27 am

Kremlin critic Navalny decries ‘mockery of justice’ as state seeks jail term

France 24

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Monday his treatment was beyond a "mockery of justice" as he was brought before a hastily organised court a day after his dramatic airport arrest.

January 18th 2021, 8:56 am

Covid-19: UK vaccinating 140 people per minute, says supply not as good as hoped

France 24

Britain's vaccine rollout is limited by a "lumpy" manufacturing process with production changes by Pfizer and a delay by AstraZeneca that could lead to brief supply disruption, Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi said on Monday.

January 18th 2021, 6:36 am

French Muslim council draws up charter to combat extremism

France 24

Muslim leaders in France have agreed on a "charter of principles" requested by President Emmanuel Macron in his bid to eradicate sectarianism and extremism.

January 18th 2021, 5:23 am

France begins Covid-19 vaccination rollout for people over 75

France 24

France began a nationwide campaign to inoculate people over 75 on Monday as officials sought to ease concerns about deliveries of coronavirus vaccines.

January 18th 2021, 4:53 am

FBI vetting National Guard troops in Washington amid fears of insider attack

France 24

US defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, prompting the FBI to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for the event.

January 18th 2021, 3:53 am

Video: How will people remember the Trump years?

France 24

"The worst president ever" and someone who has divided the country "like never before".... With Donald Trump's time in office set to come to an end with the inauguration of Joe Biden on January 20, FRANCE 24 spoke with residents of Washington, DC, about how they viewed the legacy of the 45th president of the United States.

January 18th 2021, 3:53 am

Rioters in Tunisia clash with security forces for third night

France 24

Clashes broke out for a third consecutive night on Sunday in several Tunisian cities, pitting stone-throwing youths against security forces despite a tight lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus.

January 18th 2021, 3:53 am

China enters 2021 on rebound after recording lowest economic growth in 40 years

France 24

China’s economy picked up speed in the fourth quarter, with growth beating expectations as it ended a rough coronavirus-striken 2020 in remarkably good shape and remained poised to expand further this year even as the global pandemic raged unabated.

January 18th 2021, 1:21 am

Guatemalan security forces beat back caravan of Honduran migrants

France 24

Guatemalan police and soldiers launched tear gas and wielded batons and shields against a group of Honduran migrants that tried to push through their roadblock early Sunday.

January 17th 2021, 11:35 pm

Brazil approves two Covid-19 vaccines, kicking off long-delayed inoculation campaign

France 24

Brazil’s health regulator gave emergency approval Sunday for two coronavirus vaccines, kicking off a mass inoculation campaign amid a devastating second epidemic wave killing over 1,000 people in the vast South American nation daily.

January 17th 2021, 10:47 pm

Death toll of Indonesian earthquake rises to 78 as more bodies found

France 24

Indonesian rescuers on Sunday retrieved more bodies from the rubble of homes and buildings toppled by a strong earthquake, raising the death toll to 78, while military engineers managed to reopen ruptured roads to clear access for relief goods.

January 17th 2021, 8:33 pm

US state capitals largely quiet after bracing for violent protests

France 24

Law enforcement officers far outnumbered protesters at state capitol grounds on Sunday, as few Trump supporters who believe the president’s false claim that he won the 2020 election turned out for what authorities feared could be violent demonstrations.

January 17th 2021, 8:17 pm

Legendary music producer Phil Spector dies at 81

France 24

Phil Spector, the eccentric and revolutionary music producer who transformed rock music with his “Wall of Sound” method and who later was convicted of murder, has died. He was 81.

January 17th 2021, 12:44 pm

Can the ‘Great Green Wall’ carry out Sankara’s ecological, pan-African dream?

France 24

Thomas Sankara, Burkina Faso’s folk-hero president, once marshalled a nation to halt the spread of the Sahara. Decades after his brutal death, a pan-African project of epic scale and ambition is aiming to reverse the creeping desertification that threatens to engulf a vast region, accelerating climate change, migration and conflict.

January 17th 2021, 12:44 pm

France may require rapid Covid-19 tests from Irish truck drivers arriving via sea, not UK

France 24

France is considering requiring rapid COVID-19 tests from Irish truck drivers operating on a logistics route that has become key since Britain's exit from the European Union, Ireland's transport minister said on Sunday.

January 17th 2021, 11:42 am

France launches public consultation on legalising cannabis

France 24

France is Europe’s biggest cannabis consumer, despite having some of the continent’s toughest laws against the drug. In response to this failure of the law to act as a deterrent, a group of MPs from across the political spectrum have launched an initiative to shift the terms of the debate on this issue.

January 17th 2021, 10:58 am

Uganda’s opposition leader Bobi Wine under ‘house arrest’ after disputed vote, party says

France 24

Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine remains under "house arrest", his party said on Sunday, after a disputed election returned President Yoweri Museveni to office for a sixth term.

January 17th 2021, 9:28 am

Joe Biden reveals executive orders he will sign on day one of his presidency

France 24

In his first hours as president, Joe Biden plans to take executive action to roll back some of the most controversial decisions of his predecessor and to address the raging coronavirus pandemic, his incoming chief of staff said Saturday.

January 17th 2021, 8:58 am

French incest affair sparks 'hundreds' of #Metooinceste testimonies on Twitter

France 24

In the wake of the Olivier Duhamel affair, when this leading French political scientist was accused of the incestuous sexual abuse of his stepson, a hashtag #Metooinceste sparked "hundreds" of testimonies on Twitter on Saturday, according to French feminist movement #Noustoutes.

January 17th 2021, 6:25 am

Kremlin critic Navalny faces potential arrest as he flies back to Russia

France 24

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is due to fly back to Russia on Sunday for the first time since he was poisoned last summer, despite the authorities' stated desire to arrest him and potentially jail him for years.

January 17th 2021, 3:49 am

Two Afghan female Supreme Court judges shot dead in Kabul car ambush

France 24

Gunmen shot dead two Afghan women judges working for the Supreme Court during an early morning ambush in the country's capital Sunday, officials said, as a wave of assassinations continues to rattle the nation.

January 17th 2021, 3:38 am

France says Iran is building nuclear weapon capacity, urgent to revive agreement

France 24

Iran is in the process of building up its nuclear weapons capacity and it is urgent that Tehran and Washington return to a 2015 nuclear agreement, France's foreign minister was quoted as saying in an interview published on Saturday.

January 17th 2021, 2:19 am
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