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Independent autopsy finds George Floyd died of asphyxiation

France 24

An autopsy commissioned for George Floyd’s family found that he died of asphyxiation due to neck and back compression when a Minneapolis police officer held his knee on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes and ignored his cries of distress, the family’s attorneys said Monday.

June 1st 2020, 5:09 pm

Covid-19: France reports slight drop in hospitalisations on eve of further easing of lockdown

France 24

France’s health ministry said on Monday that people should continue applying protective measures against the new coronavirus outbreak even as the number of cases in hospitals and intensive care continues to fall.

June 1st 2020, 2:51 pm

Once a radical idea, universal basic income is gaining support

France 24

As the Covid-19 pandemic sinks economies around the world and leads to record rates of unemployment, some politicians and analysts are revisiting the idea of a universal income. Spain on Friday introduced a basic income for the poor – a version of a universal basic income that could see the concept gaining ground.

June 1st 2020, 1:50 pm

Facebook staff attack Zuckerberg over company stance not to act on Trump posts

France 24

Facebook employees critical of CEO Mark Zuckerberg's decision not to act on President Donald Trump's inflammatory comments about U.S. protests went public on Twitter, praising the rival social media company for acting, and rebuking their own employer.

June 1st 2020, 1:34 pm

Jihadists launch deadly attack on Niger refugee camp, UN says

France 24

Jihadists carried out a coordinated attack on a camp housing thousands of Malian refugees in western Niger, killing three civilians, abducting a guard and sabotaging the water supply, the United Nations said Monday.

June 1st 2020, 1:21 pm

DR Congo declares new Ebola outbreak

France 24

Democratic Republic of Congo declared a new Ebola epidemic on Monday in the western city of Mbandaka, more than 1,000 km (620 miles) away from an ongoing outbreak of the same deadly virus in the east.

June 1st 2020, 11:49 am

One week after George Floyd's death, the US awakens to cities in shambles

France 24

A week after the death of George Floyd at the hands of police and following six straight days of unrest, America began a new week on Monday with neighbourhoods in shambles, urban streets barricaded and political leaders struggling to control an outpouring of rage over police killings.

June 1st 2020, 11:49 am

How Venezuela is managing the flood of expats returning in the middle of pandemic

France 24

Tens of thousands of Venezuelans who were living and working in other countries in Latin America, including Colombia, Peru and Ecuador, have been making the long journey home after the lockdowns imposed to control the spread of Covid-19 left them out of work and out of money. Venezuelan authorities have been both criticised and applauded for how they are managing the flood of returnees. Two of these returnees, who had vastly different experiences, told the FRANCE 24 Observers about what happened to them when they returned.

June 1st 2020, 9:46 am

Russia eases lockdown despite recording more than 9,000 new Covid-19 cases in a day

France 24

Moscow residents ventured out to exercise, stroll and shop on Monday as the city eased a strict nine-week lockdown, but millions remained largely confined to their homes as Russia recorded thousands more coronavirus cases.

June 1st 2020, 9:32 am

From Berlin to New Zealand, protests against death of George Floyd spread internationally

France 24

As demonstrations against the police killing of George Floyd spread across the United States in recent days, protesters in cities around the world also took up the mantle to decry systemic racism and police brutality in the United States and at home.

June 1st 2020, 8:16 am

France set to lift more Covid-19 restrictions: What you need to know for Phase 2

France 24

France will enter its second phase of lockdown easing on Tuesday, after an initial loosening of restrictions on May 11, as the novel coronavirus outbreak continues to diminish in the country according to official figures.

June 1st 2020, 7:27 am

'America is suffocating': Country at tipping point as protests spread

France 24

IN THE PAPERS, Monday, June 1: Newspapers see the United States at a breaking point as the twin crises of police violence and the coronavirus outbreak "put America's deep racial inequalities in stark relief", as The New York Times puts it. Israeli papers draw a parallel between the killing of George Floyd and the killing of an unarmed Palestinian man by Israeli police. And SpaceX astronauts rocketed to the ISS with a dinosaur.

June 1st 2020, 6:42 am

Iran says scientist jailed in US expected to return home within days

France 24

Iran’s foreign ministry said Monday that Sirous Asgari, a scientist jailed in the United States, is set to return to the Islamic republic within days.

June 1st 2020, 6:00 am

Notre-Dame Cathedral renovations play catch-up as lockdown eases, square reopens

France 24

French renovation teams aim complete work on Notre-Dame Cathedral in time for the fifth anniversary of its 2019 fire despite the Covid-19 lockdown, the project leader said on Sunday, as admirers were allowed back into the adjoining square.

June 1st 2020, 4:12 am

Protests in Minneapolis over George Floyd's death leave city in ruins

France 24

Residents in Minneapolis this weekend woke up to scenes of devastation as demonstrators protesting the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man by a white police officer, had left the city in ruins after putting several buildings on fire and looted offices. FRANCE 24 reports.

June 1st 2020, 4:00 am

As Brazil Covid-19 cases pass 500,000 mark, Bolsonaro rallies, US sends unproven drug

France 24

President Jair Bolsonaro, who opposes coronavirus lockdown measures imposed by Brazilian cities and states, rallied with his supporters Sunday, as Washington said it had sent two million doses of a controversial unproven Covid-19 drug.

June 1st 2020, 4:00 am

George Floyd protestors and police clash in front of White House

France 24

Police fired tear gas outside the White House late Sunday as major US cities were put under curfew to suppress rioting as anti-racism protestors again took to the streets to voice fury at police brutality.

June 1st 2020, 12:28 am

China reports highest number of new Covid-19 cases in nearly 3 weeks

France 24

China reported the highest daily increase in coronavirus cases in nearly three weeks with 16 new infections discovered on May 31, as the number of so-called imported cases jumped in southwestern Sichuan province.

May 31st 2020, 11:58 pm

More than a dozen people killed after tropical storm Amanda lashes El Salvador, Guatemala

France 24

Tropical Storm Amanda, the first named storm of the season in the Pacific, killed at least 14 people as it lashed El Salvador and Guatemala on Sunday amid flooding and power outages.

May 31st 2020, 11:58 pm

Truck speeds into crowd of George Floyd protestors in Minneapolis

France 24

A tanker truck drove into protesters on interstate highway 35 West in Minneapolis, but none of the marchers were injured, according to a Reuters Witness.

May 31st 2020, 8:22 pm

Artist Christo dies aged 84, L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped still on track

France 24

The artist known as Christo, who made his name transforming landmarks such as Germany's Reichstag by covering them with reams of cloth, died on Sunday aged 84, his official Facebook page announced.

May 31st 2020, 5:33 pm

Militants target Burkina Faso market, aid convoy in deadly attacks

France 24

Militants in Burkina Faso attacked a cattle market and a humanitarian convoy, killing at least 35 people, the government said on Sunday.

May 31st 2020, 5:03 pm

Protesters, footballers worldwide show solidarity, demand justice for George Floyd

France 24

Protesters took the streets in a number of cities, including London and Copenhagen, while footballers in Germany displayed their solidarity with anti-racism demonstrations in the US over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis after a white police officer pressed his knee on his neck.

May 31st 2020, 4:33 pm

Covid-19: France records further decline in cases, hospitalisations

France 24

France's coronavirus cases are continued to decline, health officials said on Sunday, with 14,322 patients currently in hospital, down from 14,380 a dayearlier.

May 31st 2020, 2:29 pm

SpaceX Dragon capsule docks with International Space Station

France 24

SpaceX delivered two astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA on Sunday, following up a historic liftoff with an equally smooth docking in yet another first for Elon Musk’s company.

May 31st 2020, 11:27 am

Masks, personal mats and no ablutions as Saudis reopen mosques

France 24

Mask-clad worshippers flocked to Saudi mosques that reopened nationwide – except in the holy city of Mecca – Sunday for the first time in more than two months as the kingdom eased restrictions imposed to combat the Covid-19 outbreak.

May 31st 2020, 10:57 am

France’s Renault highlights obstacles to reshoring industries

France 24

The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted the Western world's dependence on Asian countries for manufactured goods. But trying to reshore industries is difficult to put into practice – as shown by the case of French carmaker Renault, which is cutting jobs at home.

May 31st 2020, 10:43 am

Protesters rally in Minneapolis to say 'no to racism'

France 24

Hundreds of demonstrators rallied Saturday in Minneapolis for a fifth consecutive day to demand justice for George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed in police custody last week. FRANCE 24 reports from Minneapolis.

May 31st 2020, 9:27 am

Covid-19 traps Senegalese truckers in desert on Morocco-Mauritania border

France 24

The global Covid-19 pandemic has stranded a group of Senegalese truck and van drivers in the Western Sahara desert for the past two months, leaving them unable to cross the border between Morocco and Mauritania and continue their journey home to Senegal.

May 31st 2020, 6:56 am

‘The soul of our city’: Paris restaurants and cafés to reopen for terrace-only service

France 24

An essential part of life for a city renowned for its eating and drinking culture, Paris’s restaurants, cafés and bars will reopen on June 2, but only for seating outside – on the grounds that Covid-19 is believed to spread more easily inside.

May 31st 2020, 5:10 am

COVID-19: 2.2 million high risk people in UK allowed outdoors from Monday

France 24

The more than 2 million people who have been "shielding" from COVID-19 in England because they are deemed to be clinically extremely vulnerable will be allowed to spend time outdoors from Monday for the first time in 10 weeks.

May 31st 2020, 4:23 am

Joe Biden condemns violence of US race protests

France 24

US presidential candidate Joe Biden on Sunday condemned the violence of race protests that have erupted across the United States but said Americans had a right to demonstrate.

May 31st 2020, 4:23 am

Protesters gather internationally to show solidarity with George Floyd

France 24

Protesters gathered across Europe on Saturday May 30 to show their solidarity with George Floyd, the black man killed in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.

May 31st 2020, 3:23 am

Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque reopens for prayers after more than two months

France 24

Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque reopened to worshippers on Sunday after a two-and-a-half month coronavirus closure, but Muslim authorities imposed some precautions as health officials warn of an uptick in local infections.

May 31st 2020, 3:10 am

Trump postpones 'outdated' G7 summit, seeks to extend the invitation list

France 24

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he would postpone a Group of Seven summit he had hoped to hold next month until September or later and expand the list of invitees to include Australia, Russia, South Korea and India.

May 31st 2020, 2:09 am

US cities order curfews as mass protests continue over death of George Floyd

France 24

Civil unrest flared and curfews were imposed in several major U.S. cities on Saturday as demonstrators took to the streets to vent outrage at the death of a black man shown on video gasping for breath as a white Minneapolis policeman knelt on his neck.

May 31st 2020, 2:09 am

Trump warns cities, states to get ‘much tougher’ on anti-police protests

France 24

US President Donald Trump said on Saturday that states and cities must get "much tougher" on anti-police protests or the federal government will step in, including by using the military and making arrests.

May 30th 2020, 5:18 pm

SpaceX rocket blasts off on historic private crewed flight

France 24

A rocket ship built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company thundered away from Earth with two Americans on Saturday, ushering in a new era of commercial space travel and putting NASA back in the business of launching astronauts from U.S. soil for the first time in nearly a decade.

May 30th 2020, 4:48 pm

EU urges Trump to reconsider decision to end US relationship with WHO

France 24

The European Union on Saturday urged President Donald Trump to rethink his decision to terminate the U.S. relationship with the World Health Organization as spiking infection rates in India and elsewhere reinforced that the pandemic is far from contained.

May 30th 2020, 3:33 pm

French Covid-19 case numbers extend decline

France 24

France's coronavirus case numbers were continuing to decline, health officials said on Saturday, with 14,380 patients currently in hospital, down from 14,695 a day earlier.

May 30th 2020, 3:33 pm

‘The wait is over’: UK gives green light for return of competitive sport

France 24

After a near three-month shutdown, all competitive sport in Britain can resume from June 1 behind closed doors provided strict conditions are met, the government said on Saturday.

May 30th 2020, 11:59 am

Mainstream parties make ‘fragile’ pact against far-right National Rally in France’s Perpignan

France 24

Perpignan on France’s Mediterranean coast is seen as the best bet for the National Rally (formerly National Front) as it seeks to win a major city in the second round of the country’s local elections on June 28. All other candidates have dropped out to back the conservative incumbent, but there are doubts as to whether this tactic will hold off the populists.

May 30th 2020, 10:59 am

‘Armed terrorists’ stage deadly attack on convoy of traders in Burkina Faso

France 24

At least 15 people were killed in northern Burkina Faso in an attack on a convoy transporting traders in a town in northern Burkina Faso on Friday, the government said on Saturday.

May 30th 2020, 10:59 am

Covid-19 ‘super-spreaders’ risk causing second waves

France 24

As countries across the world outline plans to further ease lockdowns, cases of so-called Covid-19 "super-spreaders" in Germany highlight the threat of a potential second wave.

May 30th 2020, 10:16 am

SpaceX-NASA mission set for repeat attempt at landmark launch

France 24

Elon Musk's private rocket company SpaceX was set for a repeat attempt at launching two Americans into orbit on Saturday from Florida for a mission that would mark the first spaceflight of NASA astronauts from U.S. soil in nine years.

May 30th 2020, 9:42 am

Afghanistan: Life inside Kabul's women's prison during Covid-19

France 24

Thousands of prisoners in Afghanistan have been released and pardoned as the country battles the Covid-19 pandemic. But in Kabul's only prison facility for women, more than a hundred women, often with young children, remain behind bars. FRANCE 24 reports from Kabul.

May 30th 2020, 6:26 am

Covid-19: German high school tests students twice a week

France 24

As schools in Germany reopen in the wake of a lockdown imposed to stem the spread of Covid-19, students at one high school are checked twice a week for symptoms of the virus. FRANCE 24 reports from Neustrelitz in northern Germany.

May 30th 2020, 6:26 am

Where was the video showing 'people ill with Covid-19' dancing in a hospital really filmed?

France 24

An amateur video showing what looks like a group of patients or nurses dancing around a hospital room while wearing masks but not social distancing has been doing the rounds on social media. There have been lots of theories about its origins, with some claiming that the video was filmed in Gabon, while others saying the scene took place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. But it turns out that the dance party happened in Zambia.

May 30th 2020, 5:42 am

Picnics at last: Paris parks reopen after Covid-19 lockdown

France 24

Parks and gardens in Paris reopen on Saturday as France enters the second phase of its relaxation of lockdown rules that were imposed to stem the spread of Covid-19.

May 30th 2020, 5:22 am

Brazil surpasses Spain with one of the highest Covid-19 death tolls in the world

France 24

Brazil on Friday reached 27,878 coronavirus deaths, official figures showed, surpassing the toll of hard-hit Spain and making it the country with the fifth-highest number of fatalities.

May 30th 2020, 3:11 am

Trump 'terminates' the US relationship with the WHO over coronavirus

France 24

The United States will end its relationship with the World Health Organization over the body's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday, accusing the U.N. agency of becoming a puppet of China.

May 30th 2020, 3:11 am

Protests spread across the US over the death of George Floyd in police custody

France 24

Demonstrators marched, stopped traffic and in some cases lashed out violently at police as protests erupted Friday in dozens of U.S. cities following the killing of George Floyd after a white officer pressed a knee into his neck while taking him into custody in Minnesota.

May 30th 2020, 3:11 am

Trump directs action to revoke Hong Kong’s special status in move targeting Beijing

France 24

US President Donald Trump said on Friday he was directing his administration to begin the process of eliminating special treatment for Hong Kong in response to China plans to impose new security legislation in the territory.

May 29th 2020, 4:47 pm

Covid-19: France’s daily death toll stays under 100 for ninth consecutive day

France 24

France's coronavirus death toll rose by less than a 100 for the ninth day running on Friday, as the country gears up for a new easing of lockdown measures.

May 29th 2020, 4:47 pm

Minneapolis police officer who knelt on neck of handcuffed black man George Floyd arrested

France 24

The Minneapolis officer who was seen on video kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died in custody after pleading that he could not breathe, was arrested Friday.

May 29th 2020, 3:00 pm

French health workers angry as reforms threaten famous 35-hour working week

France 24

As French health workers continue to demonstrate demanding better pay and conditions after gruelling work on the coronavirus frontline, the government has announced that significant healthcare reforms are on the way to tackle problems exposed by the crisis. But the prospect of employees having to work more than the mandated 35 hours is contentious.

May 29th 2020, 1:30 pm

Louvre preparing to re-open June 6 as France eases Covid-19 lockdown

France 24

The Louvre museum in Paris on Friday said it was planning to re-open its doors on July 6 following new steps announced by French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe to ease the country's Covid-19 lockdown.

May 29th 2020, 1:00 pm

Ivory Coast's 'rebel city' of Bouaké looks to the future

France 24

Our reporters returned to the city of Bouaké, in Ivory Coast, which was held for 10 years by the northern rebellion during the First Ivorian Civil War. This metropolis, located in the centre of the country, now wants to move on from years of conflict and ditch its label of "rebel city".

May 29th 2020, 1:00 pm

The world after Covid: What should tomorrow look like?

France 24

Health, society, economy, environment, globalisation and geopolitics. The Covid-19 crisis has profoundly shaken our world in many ways and raised a great deal of crucial questions. But what if this could be an opportunity to change things for the better? To consider this, FRANCE 24 invites you to meet the people who are daring to imagine the future. Artists, economists, scientists, philosophers and chefs share their hopes for the world after Covid-19.

May 29th 2020, 1:00 pm

French mortality rate for first-half of May lower than in 2019 despite Covid-19

France 24

French mortality rates between May 1 and 18 were six percent lower than for the same period last year and one percent below the rate seen over that period in 2018, despite the coronavirus epidemic, statistics agency INSEE said on Friday.

May 29th 2020, 10:13 am

Black CNN reporter, crew released after live arrest covering Minneapolis riots

France 24

Police arrested a black CNN correspondent and his crew broadcasting live from the US city of Minneapolis early Friday while covering unrest sparked by the death of a black man at the hands of law enforcement. The crew was later released.

May 29th 2020, 9:09 am

Spain's government pushes through basic income guarantee to fight poverty

France 24

The Spanish government approved on Friday the creation of a minimum income worth 462 euros ($514) a month for the poorest, Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias told a news conference, in a scheme that targets some 2.5 million people.

May 29th 2020, 8:39 am

Covid-19: Divided States of America

France 24

In the United States, the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic is deepening the divide between Republicans and Democrats. Faced with scientists’ decisions and the restrictions that they imply, supporters of President Donald Trump are invoking their rights set out in the First and Second Amendments of the US Constitution. Our team reports from Florida and Louisiana, two states in the south of the country, where the political battle is raging.

May 29th 2020, 8:26 am

Week in Review: Brazil becomes a Covid-19 epicentre and Hollywood mulls its red carpet options

France 24

FRANCE 24 takes a look at how Brazil has become a Covid-19 hotspot and how nations from Argentina to Greece are dealing with the pandemic. Meanwhile, Hollywood searches for socially distant alternatives to red carpet glamour, Portugal tries to save its tourist season and post-lockdown Parisians flock to the painters’ haven of Barbizon for a breath of fresh air.

May 29th 2020, 7:56 am

US, UK step up pressure on China over Hong Kong security law

France 24

China faced growing international pressure Friday over its move to impose a security law on Hong Kong that critics say will destroy the city's autonomy, with the United States and Britain placing the issue before the UN Security Council.

May 29th 2020, 5:08 am

Highlights from star-studded Africa WAN Show for Covid-19

France 24

Senegalese superstar Youssou N'Dour and Grammy-winner Angélique Kidjo were among a star-studded line-up of African talent brought together for a virtual concert to raise awareness of the coronavirus pandemic. More than 100 artists and celebrities from across the continent and the diaspora took part in the WAN Show broadcast online by the Worldwide Afro Network. It was carried by 200 African channels to mark Africa Day - and organised by FRANCE 24's very own music critic Amobé Mévégué. We look at the highlights.

May 29th 2020, 4:22 am

Brazil sees record number of Covid-19 cases, more than 1,000 deaths in 24 hours

France 24

Brazil registered a new record in Covid-19 cases and more than 1,000 dead in a 24-hour period, according to official figures released on Thursday.

May 29th 2020, 3:52 am

Faltering Renault set to lay off 15,000 employees worldwide

France 24

French carmaker Renault is poised to announce 15,000 layoffs worldwide on Friday as it unveils a plan to boost its profitability and cope with faltering sales, a representative for the CFDT union said after meeting with the company.

May 29th 2020, 12:48 am

Kosovo highest court rules new government can be formed without snap elections

France 24

Kosovo's Constitutional Court ruled late on Thursday that a new government can be formed without holding a snap election, a decision opposed by the caretaker prime minister's party, which has vowed street protests.

May 29th 2020, 12:48 am

Minnesota deploys National Guard to quell riots after police kill handcuffed black man

France 24

Minnesota governor activates National Guard to respond to violence following the death of George Floyd, a black man in police custody.

May 28th 2020, 7:46 pm

Trump signs executive order targeting social media giants' legal protections

France 24

President Donald Trump issued an executive order Thursday seeking to strip social media giants like Twitter of legal immunity for content they publish.

May 28th 2020, 5:19 pm

Nissan to shut factory in Barcelona, thousands of workers affected

France 24

Japanese carmaker Nissan has decided to shut its factory in Barcelona where 3,000 people are employed after four decades of operations, the Spanish government said on Thursday.

May 28th 2020, 4:32 pm

The ICC says ex-Ivory Coast president Gbagbo can leave Belgium ‘under conditions’

France 24

The International Criminal Court on Thursday said former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo can leave Belgium under certain conditions following his acquittal last year over post-electoral violence that killed 3,000 people.

May 28th 2020, 4:32 pm

Confirmed French coronavirus cases jump due to systems update, but daily deaths stay low

France 24

The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in France jumped by 3,325 to 149,071 on Thursday, though the increase was not due to a rise in daily infections but was a result of the inclusion of data from a new tracking system, the health ministry said in a statement.

May 28th 2020, 4:19 pm

English Premier League football to kick off on June 17 after 100-day shutdown

France 24

The Premier League plans to restart on June 17 after a 100-day shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, with new staggered kickoff times to make sure every game can be shown on TV, as fans are prevented from attending games.

May 28th 2020, 2:46 pm

The show will go on: Paris Fringe theatre festival goes online

France 24

The Paris Fringe theatre festival returns with its fourth programme in June. But this year, as a result of the coronavirus lockdown, it will all be streamed online and for free.

May 28th 2020, 12:43 pm

British police say Johnson aide Cummings made ‘minor’ lockdown breach

France 24

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s adviser likely broke the government’s coronavirus regulations by traveling during lockdown, but will not face further action, police said Thursday.

May 28th 2020, 10:56 am

Live: French PM Philippe unveils second phase in lifting of Covid-19 lockdown

France 24

French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe is on Thursday presenting the details of phase two of France’s plan to lift its nationwide coronavirus lockdown. Philippe is expected to announce relaxed rules on travel and parks, as well as a time frame for when the country’s struggling restaurant industry might be able to open again after more than two months. Click on the player above to watch his speech live.

May 28th 2020, 10:40 am

Latin American countries face uphill battle against Covid-19 pandemic

France 24

While the Covid-19 pandemic appears to be coming under control in Asia and Europe, it continues to wreak havoc in Latin America. The World Health Organization has described this as a “new epicentre”. FRANCE 24 provides an overview of the situation in these countries, which are trying to achieve a balance between protective health measures and the need to start reviving the economy.

May 28th 2020, 9:40 am

Africa and the coronavirus challenge: The impact of Covid-19 on the continent

France 24

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread in Africa, our correspondents have filed a series of reports and interviews from across the continent. From Cameroon to South Africa, from Kenya to Tunisia and Madagascar, they investigate how the pandemic is evolving. Is Africa more resistant to the virus? How are lockdowns ending? And is social distancing possible?

May 28th 2020, 8:56 am

French jobless total passes record 4.5 million after 22% monthly hike

France 24

The number of people in France looking for jobs surged in April by 22.6 percent to a record high as a nationwide coronavirus lockdown shut down swathes of the economy, Labour Ministry data showed on Thursday.

May 28th 2020, 7:12 am

Afghan security forces killed in first ‘Taliban attack’ since end of ceasefire

France 24

Seven members of the Afghan security forces were killed Thursday in an attack officials blamed on the Taliban, the first deadly assault since the end of a three-day ceasefire.

May 28th 2020, 7:12 am

French cafes eye return to business as government prepares new lockdown easing

France 24

Bars, cafes and restaurants in parts of France may soon be reopening as the government announces new measures to ease the coronavirus lockdown on Thursday, though businesses in Paris and other hard-hit areas will have to wait longer.

May 28th 2020, 5:52 am

Cummings not going? UK PM Johnson stands by embattled adviser

France 24

No apology, no regrets from Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson’s top adviser, who refuses to resign over a 264-mile trip home to the north in March, at the height of lockdown in the UK. Why is the prime minister standing by Cummings in the face of a backbench revolt by Conservative MPs? Politicians and civil servants were already seething at a man described as the embodiment of the outsized powers of unelected consultants. Will the duo that teamed up in 2016 in the campaign for Brexit ride out the storm?

May 28th 2020, 5:11 am

Protecting or profiling? French divided over launch of coronavirus tracing app

France 24

French lawmakers on Wednesday approved a government-backed cellphone app that will alert users if they have been in contact with a person infected by the coronavirus. Set to be launched this weekend, the StopCovid app – use of which will remain voluntary – is designed to keep track of users who have been in close proximity over a two-week period. Privacy defenders have expressed fears that the app marks the first step towards a society under constant online surveillance. FRANCE 24's Catherine Norris-Trent reports.

May 28th 2020, 4:42 am

Pandemic ‘threatens to roll back years of progress in reducing child poverty’

France 24

The economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic could push as many as 86 million more children into poverty by the end of 2020, a joint study by Save the Children and UNICEF showed Wednesday.

May 28th 2020, 4:42 am

China’s parliament backs controversial Hong Kong security law

France 24

China’s parliament, the National People's Congress, approved a decision on Thursday to go forward with national security legislation for Hong Kong that democracy activists in the city and Western countries fear could undermine its autonomy.

May 28th 2020, 4:42 am

Protesters in US city of Minneapolis call for arrest of police who killed a black man

France 24

Demonstrators gathered Wednesday for a second night of protests over the killing in the US city of Minneapolis of a handcuffed black man by a policeman who held him to the ground with a knee on his neck.

May 28th 2020, 1:24 am

China refuses UN Security Council meeting on new Hong Kong security laws

France 24

Washington on Wednesday requested an emergency UN meeting over a controversial security law China has proposed for Hong Kong, but Beijing refused to allow it to proceed, according to US diplomats.

May 27th 2020, 11:22 pm

Boeing to resume production of ill-fated 737 MAX planes

France 24

Boeing has resumed production of the 737 MAX at a "low" rate following two deadly crashes that led to the aircraft's global grounding by regulators, the company said Wednesday.

May 27th 2020, 9:06 pm

SpaceX, NASA delay first US space launch in nine years over bad weather

France 24

SpaceX's landmark launch to the International Space Station -- the first crewed mission to blast off from US soil in almost a decade -- was scrubbed Wednesday due to bad weather.

May 27th 2020, 8:31 pm

US Covid-19 death toll surpasses 100,000 mark

France 24

The novel coronavirus has killed more than 100,000 people in the United States, according to a Reuters tally on Wednesday, even as the slowdown in deaths encouraged businesses to reopen and Americans to emerge from more than two months of lockdowns.

May 27th 2020, 6:47 pm

Covid-19: France's death toll rises by fewer than 100 for seventh consecutive day

France 24

France's coronavirus death toll rose by less than a 100 for the seventh day running on Wednesday, reinforcing hopes that the worst of the pandemic isover for the country.

May 27th 2020, 2:01 pm

Special programme: Brazil, Latin America’s Covid-19 epicentre

France 24

With Brazil sometimes recording more than 1,000 Covid-19 deaths per day, the World Health Organization has declared it the "most affected" country in South America, the new epicentre of the coronavirus. In this special edition of Inside The Americas, we see how the poorest and most isolated Brazilians are paying a heavy price, while President Jair Bolsonaro continues to downplay the severity of the pandemic.

May 27th 2020, 1:49 pm

Pompeo certifies that Hong Kong no longer warrants favourable trading terms under US law

France 24

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had certified on Wednesday to Congress that Hong Kong no longer warranted special treatment under U.S. law in the same way that applied when the territory was still under Britishlaw before July 1997.

May 27th 2020, 1:01 pm

French court denies request to release Rwandan genocide suspect Kabuga

France 24

A French court on Wednesday rejected a request to release Rwandan genocide suspect Félicien Kabuga under court supervision.

May 27th 2020, 12:31 pm

Protesters gather in Hong Kong amid Chinese anthem law debate

France 24

Thousands of protesters shouted pro-democracy slogans and insults at police in Hong Kong on Wednesday as lawmakers debated a bill criminalizing abuse of the Chinese national anthem in the semi-autonomous city.

May 27th 2020, 12:18 pm

Telephone campaigning, proxy voting: An unusual second round for France’s municipal elections

France 24

The second round of French municipal elections will be held on June 28, three and a half months after the first round. Covid-19 health sanctions mean that candidates still in contention will have to campaign without meeting voters, who are themselves encouraged to vote by proxy or to wear masks in the voting booth.

May 27th 2020, 11:48 am

Migrants forced to stay in Cyprus camp despite easing of Covd-19 lockdown

France 24

At the beginning of March, authorities closed the gates of a first reception centre for migrants in Cyprus, not letting people in or out. The Pournara camp in Kokkinotrimithia was initially built to host up to 350 asylum seekers for a maximum of 72 hours, but there are now 771 people living behind its fences – some of whom have been there for four months. The FRANCE 24 Observers team spoke to people living inside the camp, who are pleading with authorities to let them leave and denouncing the poor living conditions there.

May 27th 2020, 9:42 am

Twenty-six arrested in France and Belgium over Vietnam migrant lorry deaths

France 24

The French prosecutor's office said on Wednesday that 26 people had been arrested in France and Belgium in connection with the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants found in the back of a truck near London last October.

May 27th 2020, 9:42 am
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