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Khashoggi’s fiancee, rights group sue Saudi crown prince over his murder

France 24

The fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and a human rights group that he founded filed a lawsuit in a U.S. court on Tuesday with allegations that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince ordered him killed.

October 21st 2020, 6:36 am

Fearing for their lives, thousands flee Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenian town of Goris

France 24

Since fighting erupted three weeks ago in Nagorno-Karabakh – an Armenian separatist enclave in Azerbaijan – thousands of people have fled their homes to seek safety elsewhere. As the conflict rages on, FRANCE 24 met with some of the refugees in the Armenian town of Goris.

October 21st 2020, 6:36 am

Teaching in France: ‘I feel like I'm on the frontline of making kids better’

France 24

France is holding a national tribute to Samuel Paty, the history teacher murdered outside his school because of a class he gave on freedom of speech in which he showed cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. We spoke to Gabriel Lattanzio, an English teacher at a secondary school on the outskirts of Paris. For him, the fact that some people, including parents, felt they could speak out against Paty shows that teachers are "discredited". Lattanzio says the government vowing full support for teachers is not enough. "I feel like I'm on the frontline of making kids better," he told FRANCE 24.

October 21st 2020, 6:06 am

Seven people brought before a judge over beheading of French teacher

France 24

Seven people, including two minors, were handed over to a judge overnight for the opening of a judicial investigation and possible indictments in last week's murder of French teacher Samuel Paty, an official from the anti-terrorist prosecutor's office said.

October 21st 2020, 6:06 am

Trump’s soft spot for authoritarian leaders

France 24

He "fell in love" with Kim Jong Un, praises Vladimir Putin and calls Recep Tayyip Erdogan "a friend": President Donald Trump's flattery of autocrats has confounded US allies and raised questions about his regard for democratic norms.

October 21st 2020, 5:18 am

Brazil reaches deal to begin administering Chinese-made coronavirus vaccine

France 24

Brazil's health minister said Tuesday the country would add the Chinese-made CoronaVac vaccine against Covid-19 to its national immunization program, despite a political and diplomatic row over whether to use it.

October 21st 2020, 4:17 am

UK govt suffers defeat in House of Lords over controversial Brexit bill

France 24

Britain’s upper house of Parliament delivered a resounding condemnation of the government’s contentious new Brexit legislation on Tuesday, as a standoff continued between the U.K. and the European Union over future trade relations.

October 21st 2020, 2:04 am

France to pay respects to beheaded teacher with ceremony at Sorbonne

France 24

France will pay tribute Wednesday to a history teacher beheaded in a quiet Paris suburb as President Emmanuel Macron promised to intensify a clampdown on Islamist extremism.

October 20th 2020, 11:48 pm

African monitors say Guinea election conducted properly, opposition decries fraud

France 24

African monitors said Tuesday that Guinea's weekend election was conducted properly, but the political opposition to incumbent Alpha Conde, which has already claimed victory, dismissed it as fraudulent.

October 20th 2020, 11:02 pm

NASA spacecraft successfully grabs sample of rocks from asteroid

France 24

A NASA spacecraft touched down on the rugged surface of the Bennu asteroid on Tuesday, grabbing a sample of rocks dating back to the birth of our solar system to bring home.

October 20th 2020, 10:32 pm

Nigeria police 'kill' protesters in Lagos after curfew imposed

France 24

Several protesters were killed by Nigerian security forces in Lagos on Tuesday, Amnesty International said, after witnesses reported armed men opened fire on demonstrators defying a curfew order.

October 20th 2020, 8:32 pm

Manchester United beat PSG in Champions League opener

France 24

Marcus Rashford produced another late strike to sink Paris Saint-Germain as Manchester United beat last season's runners-up 2-1 at the Parc des Princes in their Champions League group-stage opener on Tuesday.

October 20th 2020, 7:12 pm

Tensions rise in Nigeria as some 2,000 inmates escape in attacks on prisons

France 24

Nigerian authorities said on Tuesday that nearly 2,000 inmates had broken out of jail after crowds attacked two prisons, while officials announced a 24-hour curfew in the megacity of Lagos in an attempt to quell the unrest stemming from two weeks of protests against police brutality.

October 20th 2020, 4:45 pm

France to 'intensify' actions against Islamist extremism after French teacher beheaded

France 24

French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Tuesday the dissolution of a pro-Hamas group active in France, accused of being “directly implicated” in the murder of teacher Samuel Paty. Speaking days after Paty was beheaded last Friday, he said actions against Islamist extremism will be "intensified".

October 20th 2020, 3:00 pm

Germany issues international arrest warrant for founders of Panama Papers firm

France 24

Germany has issued international arrest warrants for the two founders of the firm at the centre of the tax haven scandal exposed by the Panama Papers data leak, German media reported.

October 20th 2020, 1:15 pm

Danish submarine killer Madsen arrested after failed prison escape

France 24

Danish Peter Madsen, sentenced to life in jail for the murder of journalist Kim Wall aboard his homemade submarine in 2017, was arrested on Tuesday after a failed prison escape bid led to a standoff with police.

October 20th 2020, 12:26 pm

US Justice Department files anti-trust suit against Google for stifling competition

France 24

The US Justice Department and 11 states filed an anti-trust lawsuit against Alphabet Inc's Google on Tuesday for allegedly breaking the law in using its market power to fend off rivals. The Big Tech company has already lost similar lawsuits against the European Union.

October 20th 2020, 11:42 am

French teacher’s killer 'sent message to parent' angry over Prophet Mohammad cartoons

France 24

French authorities said Tuesday they would close a Paris mosque in a clampdown on radical Islam following the beheading of a teacher who had shown his pupils controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. The move came as police sources said the killer had been in contact with a disgruntled parent in the days before the murder.

October 20th 2020, 11:42 am

Lagos imposes 24-hour curfew as Nigeria anti-police protests worsen

France 24

Authorities declared a 24-hour curfew in Nigeria's economic hub Lagos Tuesday as violence flared in widespread protests that have rocked cities across the country.

October 20th 2020, 9:26 am

Israel lauds UAE delegation visit as 'making history', Palestinians deem it 'shameful'

France 24

In an historic first visit by a Gulf Arab nation, a United Arab Emirates delegation arrived in Israel on Tuesday to cement the normalisation deal signed last month.

October 20th 2020, 9:26 am

Civilians describe daily toll as war rages in Nagorno-Karabakh

France 24

The war that Azerbaijan and Armenia are waging over the contested territory of Nagorno-Karabakh is taking its toll on civilians of both nationalities. Our team spoke to an Armenian woman and an Azebaijani man who are both living in cities that have been bombed.

October 20th 2020, 9:26 am

Philosopher Queens: Discovering forgotten female thinkers

France 24

Plato, Aristotle and Socrates are just a few well-known ancient philosophers. But what about their female counterparts? What about the woman who taught Socrates? Or the sage said to be behind Plato's theory on love? Their names are often lacking when it comes to teaching philosophy and that is something Rebecca Buxton and Lisa Whiting wanted to change. They put together a book called "The Philosopher Queens". Written by female philosophers about female philosophers, it highlights the worlds of women who were drawing crowds as far back as 400 BC and brings us right up to today's thinkers.

October 20th 2020, 7:22 am

'We're a different team': PSG, Manchester United set history aside for Champions League opener

France 24

Paris St Germain will focus on combating Manchester United's counter attacks in their Champions League opener on Tuesday, 18 months after a heart-breaking elimination by the English side in Europe's premier club competition.

October 20th 2020, 5:10 am

Age of intolerance? Outrage in France after beheading of schoolteacher

France 24

Is nothing sacred? Since the 19th century, France has sent out public schoolteachers to the four corners of the country with a mission to embody the values of the Republic. To behead a social studies teacher over Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet in the carefully controlled context of a civics class on secularism and free speech defies reason.

October 20th 2020, 5:10 am

Ireland announces strict six-week lockdown as Covid-19 cases surge

France 24

Ireland will be the first EU country to return to coronavirus lockdown, Prime Minister Micheal Martin said Monday, issuing a nationwide "stay at home" order but insisting schools will stay open.

October 20th 2020, 3:06 am

Morales says intends to return to Bolivia after ally claims election victory

France 24

Exiled former president Evo Morales on Monday signaled his intention to return to Bolivia after his leftist heir Luis Arce's sweeping presidential election victory.

October 20th 2020, 12:36 am

Argentina's Covid-19 cases surpass 1 million as spike strains health system

France 24

Argentina has become the fifth country with more than 1 million coronavirus cases, its Health Ministry confirmed on Monday, making it the smallest nation by far to reach the grim milestone after infections accelerated in recent weeks.

October 20th 2020, 12:06 am

Final Trump-Biden debate will feature 'mute' button to avoid interruptions

France 24

The final debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden will feature a mute button to allow each candidate to speak uninterrupted, organisers said on Monday, looking to avoid the disruptions that marred the first matchup.

October 19th 2020, 11:36 pm

Trump to remove Sudan from state terrorism sponsors blacklist

France 24

President Donald Trump announced on Monday the United States would remove Sudan from its list of state sponsors of terrorism as soon as Khartoum sets aside the $335 million it has agreed to pay to American victims of militant attacks and their families.

October 19th 2020, 11:05 pm

Guinea opposition candidate claims victory before official results, violence erupts

France 24

Guinea opposition candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo said on Monday he had won the first round of the Oct. 18 presidential election, but his claim was quickly disputed by the electoral commission and the government, setting the stage for a stand-off.

October 19th 2020, 8:18 pm

Early voting starts in Florida as US electoral campaign enters home stretch

France 24

Florida voters lined up outside polling places on Monday on the first day of early voting in the battleground state, as 30 million Americans have already cast their ballots in November's presidential election.

October 19th 2020, 8:18 pm

US charges Russian military officers for cyberattacks on French polls, Ukrainian power grid

France 24

Six Russian military intelligence officers have been charged in the United States with carrying out cyberattacks on Ukraine's power grid, the 2017 French elections and the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, the Justice Department announced on Monday.

October 19th 2020, 5:33 pm

Sushi made of plastic: The New York store putting spotlight on packaging waste

France 24

On first sight, it looks like an ordinary supermarket, but on closer inspection, few of the products are likely to tempt buyers, from bottle cap breakfast cereal to sushi made of plastic bags.

October 19th 2020, 1:02 pm

French NGOs take Twitter to court for failing to moderate hate speech

France 24

French NGOs took Twitter to court in Paris on Monday morning, accusing the social media giant of not doing enough to tackle hate speech online.

October 19th 2020, 12:14 pm

Global Covid-19 cases pass 40 million as Europe tightens restrictions

France 24

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide passed 40 million on Monday, as fresh measures to combat the spread of the virus came into effect in several European countries.

October 19th 2020, 11:14 am

Armenian president: 'Turkey has a completely destructive role in Nagorno-Karabakh'

France 24

Armenia's President Armen Sarkissian spoke to FRANCE 24 from the capital Yerevan, as the conflict between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh continues to claim civilian lives. Sarkissian accused Azerbaijan of having "started a war" and violating the two recent ceasefires. He also claimed that Turkey "has a completely destructive role" in the conflict and "has added a new dimension to this which doesn't have anything to do with" the aspirations of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh.

October 19th 2020, 10:32 am

Additional police operations under way over beheading of French teacher

France 24

French police on Monday raided the homes of dozens of suspected Islamist militants three days after the beheading of a teacher who had shown his pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, the interior minister said.

October 19th 2020, 5:44 am

Czech police use tear gas, water cannons as thousands protest Covid-19 rules

France 24

Czech police said they used tear gas and water cannons at a violent rally held Sunday in Prague against government measures introduced to stem the coronavirus spread.

October 19th 2020, 4:27 am

Bolivian socialist candidate Arce set to win election outright, exit poll shows

France 24

Bolivia's socialist candidate Luis Arce looks set to win the country's presidential election without the need for a run-off, an unofficial count indicated on Monday, putting the leftwing party of Evo Morales on the brink of a return to power.

October 19th 2020, 2:25 am

China's economic recovery speeds up as consumption returns

France 24

China's economic recovery accelerated in the third quarter as consumers shook off their coronavirus caution, however, overall growth missed forecasts pointing to persistent challenges for one of the world's few current engines of demand.

October 19th 2020, 12:10 am

Italy unveils new Covid-19 rules as daily infections surge

France 24

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte gave mayors the power to shut public squares from 9 p.m. to halt gatherings as he unveiled a further package of measures on Sunday to try to halt a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases.

October 19th 2020, 12:10 am

Trump gaffe demotes France's Macron from president to prime minister

France 24

President Donald Trump likes to make fun of his rival Joe Biden's verbal lapses but on Saturday he made his own goof as he took a pot shot at French President Emmanuel Macron and effectively demoted him.

October 18th 2020, 10:52 pm

Churches burnt as Chile anniversary rallies turn violent

France 24

Tens of thousands of Chileans gathered in the central square of Santiago to mark the one-year anniversary of mass protests that left over 30 dead and thousands injured, with peaceful rallies on Sunday devolving by nightfall into riots and looting.

October 18th 2020, 10:52 pm

Polls close in peaceful Guinea election after tense campaign

France 24

Guineans cast ballots for a president on Sunday, with the 82-year-old incumbent Alpha Condé facing his longtime rival Cellou Dalein Diallo for a third time.

October 18th 2020, 6:22 pm

Lille go top of French league after routing 9-man Lens in northern derby

France 24

Lille grabbed top spot in Ligue 1 on Sunday by thrashing newly-promoted Lens 4-0 in France's northern derby as the ill-disciplined visitors had two players sent off.

October 18th 2020, 6:22 pm

Israel and Bahrain formalise diplomatic ties following US-brokered deal

France 24

Israel and Bahrain signed a joint communique to formalise nascent ties at a ceremony in Manama on Sunday as the wealthy Gulf region continues to open up to the Jewish state.

October 18th 2020, 4:07 pm

Turkey-backed hardliner beats left-wing incumbent in Turkish Cypriot runoff

France 24

Right-wing nationalist Ersin Tatar, backed by Ankara, scored a surprise victory in a run-off presidential election Sunday in breakaway northern Cyprus, official results showed.

October 18th 2020, 1:47 pm

‘We are all Samuel’: Thousands gather in Paris to pay respects to murdered teacher

France 24

“We are all Samuel. We are teachers too. And we don't want to be killed just for doing our job,” a protester said on Sunday as thousands gathered in Place de République in Paris, in solidarity with Samuel Paty, the teacher who was beheaded in a northwestern Paris suburb on Friday.

October 18th 2020, 1:36 pm

Huge crowds in Bangkok challenge Thai protest ban for fourth day

France 24

Tens of thousands of protesters defied a ban on gatherings of more than four people to mass at a major Bangkok landmark Sunday, carrying posters portraying activists detained in four straight days of strident anti-government rallies.

October 18th 2020, 10:50 am

Covid-19 restrictions ease in Melbourne after months-long lockdown

France 24

Australia's state of Victoria, the epicentre of the country's coronavirus outbreak, will see more freedom of movement as of Monday after months-long restrictions, but retailers and restaurants must wait longer, making some of the owners unhappy.

October 18th 2020, 9:50 am

Israel begins gradual easing of lockdown measures as Covid-19 cases decline

France 24

Israel started easing some lockdown restrictions on Sunday in the first phase of scaling back measures imposed last month to stem soaring novel coronavirus infection rates.

October 18th 2020, 7:19 am

Iran rules out any arms buying spree as it expects UN embargo expected to end

France 24

Iran said it was self-reliant in its defense and had no need to go on a weapons buying spree as a United Nations conventional arms embargo was due to expire on Sunday despite strong U.S. opposition.

October 18th 2020, 2:16 am

Fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh continues as Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of violating truce

France 24

Armenia on Sunday accused Azerbaijan of violating a fresh humanitarian truce aimed at halting weeks of fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh region that has claimed hundreds of lives.

October 18th 2020, 2:16 am

France to rally in solidarity of beheaded teacher in Paris suburb

France 24

Rallies in dozens of cities across France were expected Sunday in a show of solidarity and defiance following the decapitation of a teacher outside his school for showing pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

October 18th 2020, 1:45 am

French cities under Covid-19 curfew as country posts record number of new cases

France 24

Some 20 million French people spent their first evening under curfew on Saturday as the health ministry reported more than 32,000 new confirmed cases of Covid-19, the highest single-day tally since the start of the pandemic.

October 17th 2020, 4:42 pm

Armenia, Azerbaijan agree to new ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

France 24

Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed on Saturday to a new humanitarian ceasefire from midnight in fighting over Azerbaijan's ethnic Armenian-controlled enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, both countries said in identical statements.

October 17th 2020, 4:42 pm

Exeter hold off Racing 92 to win European Champions Cup final

France 24

Ten years after climbing out of the Championship Exeter Chiefs were crowned kings of Europe 90 miles from home in Bristol on Saturday when they beat Racing 92 31-27 in a superb Champions Cup final full of tries and amazing defensive intensity.

October 17th 2020, 1:55 pm

Tens of thousands rally in Bangkok, defying government crackdown

France 24

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in a wave of protests across Bangkok and other Thai cities on Saturday in defiance of a government crackdown following three months of demonstrations aimed at the prime minister and monarchy.

October 17th 2020, 12:38 pm

Guinea's Condé faces longtime rival Diallo as country heads to the polls

France 24

Guineans cast ballots for a president on Sunday, with the 82-year-old incumbent Alpha Condé facing his longtime rival Cellou Dalein Diallo for a third time.

October 17th 2020, 12:38 pm

Covid-19 curfew threatens to bring down the final curtain on French cinemas

France 24

Despite an appeal from the movie industry to ease the curfew under certain specific conditions, cinemas in the Paris region and eight other cities must shut their doors at 9 pm nightly starting Saturday, along with theatres and restaurants. Industry officials warn that the new regulation threatens the survival of many of these businesses.

October 17th 2020, 12:08 pm

Live: French prosecutor holds news conference on teacher's beheading near Paris

France 24

France's anti-terror prosecutor is due to update the press on details of the investigation into Friday's gruesome beheading of a teacher in a Paris suburb. Watch the press conference live at 3pm Paris time (GMT+2).

October 17th 2020, 9:21 am

Lebanon’s protest movement marks first anniversary, but demands remain unfulfilled

France 24

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Lebanon on Saturday, to mark the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement that began on October 17, 2019. Demonstrators are calling for real change, an end to the sectarian political system and an improvement in basic services such as water and electricity. Although it has rocked the political elite, the movement has yet to achieve its goal of sweeping reform, activists told FRANCE 24.

October 17th 2020, 6:38 am

For a teacher in France, a lesson on freedom of expression was followed by death

France 24

The middle school teacher knifed to death on the street of a Paris suburb on Friday showed his teenage students a cartoon lampooning the Prophet Mohammed as part of a class on freedom of expression earlier this month, parents said.

October 17th 2020, 6:20 am

Nine people detained over beheading of French teacher in Paris suburb

France 24

The man suspected of beheading a French teacher who had shown pupils cartoons of the prophet Mohammed was an 18-year-old born in Moscow and originating from Russia's southern region of Chechnya, a judicial source told AFP on Saturday. Five new people were detained, bringing to nine the total number under arrest over the terrorist probe.

October 17th 2020, 4:08 am

US budget deficit hits all-time high of $3.1 trillion amid pandemic spending surge

France 24

The US budget deficit surged 218 percent to a record $3.1 trillion in the fiscal year ended September 30 due to a massive increase in spending to help the economy weather the coronavirus pandemic, the government announced Friday.

October 17th 2020, 1:35 am

Parisians enjoy last night out before Covid-19 curfew comes into force

France 24

Thousands of Parisians enjoyed a last night out on Friday ahead of a curfew aimed at stemming the tide of the second wave of Covid-19 infections. From now on, around  20 million people in the Paris greater area and eight other French cities will have to be home by 9pm.

October 17th 2020, 12:50 am

Missiles strike residential areas in Azerbaijan after shelling of Armenia separatist capital

France 24

A missile strike levelled a row of homes in Azerbaijan's second city of Ganja Saturday, killing and badly injuring people in their sleep in a sharp escalation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

October 17th 2020, 12:04 am

New Zealand's Ardern eyes majority as pandemic-focused polls open

France 24

New Zealanders went to the polls on Saturday in a general election that could see Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern strengthen her left-of-centre hold on government or a challenge from conservatives led by Judith Collins.

October 16th 2020, 10:35 pm

Nigerian protests against police brutality upended by deadly violence

France 24

Since last Thursday, Nigerians in cities such as Lagos, Ughelli and Abuja have taken to the streets in protest against the SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) police unit, long accused of operating with impunity and brutalising the country’s youth. However, police violence, shown in numerous videos posted to Twitter, have upended what were peaceful protests. According to Amnesty International Nigeria, “Nigerian police have killed at least 10 people since the start of protests against callous operations of SARS”, and “hundreds of protesters have been injured and arrested”.

October 16th 2020, 2:57 pm

Supreme Court hearings, voting challenges, battle for seniors and final debate

France 24

On November 3, US citizens will elect their new president. The country is currently dealing with racial and social tensions, as well as environmental issues and the challenges brought forth by the coronavirus, which has already killed more than 200,000 Americans. With so much at stake, this election is set to be crucial in shaping the country’s future trajectory.

October 16th 2020, 2:57 pm

US charges former Mexican defence minister with drug trafficking

France 24

Former Mexican defense minister Salvador Cienfuegos has been charged with drug trafficking and laundering money while he was in the government, documents released by federal prosecutors in New York Friday said.

October 16th 2020, 2:27 pm

France opens terror probe after fatal stabbing in Paris suburb

France 24

French police on Friday said they shot dead a man suspected of killing a middle school teacher by slitting his throat in the street in a suburb of Paris.

October 16th 2020, 2:15 pm

Snapshot before lights out: France on the cusp of Covid-19 curfew

France 24

Revellers in major French cities were set for one last night out on Friday before a government-decreed curfew meant to stem the tide of the second wave of Covid-19 takes effect on Saturday. FRANCE 24 takes a look at the new rules, why the country has chosen to go down the curfew route now, and whether the famously convivial French are likely to accept the fresh anti-coronavirus measures.

October 16th 2020, 2:15 pm

US elections in Israel: Democrats and Republicans set sights on dual nationals

France 24

As the US presidential election nears, Democrat and Republican campaigners in Israel are hoping to win votes from the country's vast population of American-Israeli dual citizens, who could help make a difference in who wins the race for the White House.

October 16th 2020, 12:42 pm

‘Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh face an existential threat,’ says Armenia’s PM Pashinyan

France 24

In an interview with FRANCE 24, Armenia's Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan talks about the reignited conflict in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Pashinyan accuses Turkey of inciting the military campaign, and denounces what he calls an "ethnic cleansing" against the people in the region. “Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh are facing an existential threat,” he says, urging the international community to recognise the region’s right to independence.

October 16th 2020, 12:42 pm

Bolivia to choose new president after year of post-Morales upheaval

France 24

Bolivia votes in the first round of presidential elections on Sunday – 12 months after disputed polls sparked mass protests and the downfall of the country’s controversial leftist leader Evo Morales. FRANCE 24 takes a look back at the Latin American country’s year of turbulence.

October 16th 2020, 12:42 pm

UK must 'get ready' for no trade deal with EU, Johnson warns

France 24

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday it was now time to prepare for a no-trade deal Brexit in 10 weeks as the European Union had refused to negotiate seriously, adding that unless Brussels changed course there would be no agreement.

October 16th 2020, 10:43 am

Ivory Coast hopes ride high as election nears

France 24

A tense electoral campaign for Ivory Coast’s October 31 presidential election kicked off on Thursday with the incumbent, Alassane Ouattara, seeking a contested third term. Some Ivorians accuse him of undermining the constitution, and the opposition has called for widespread “civil disobedience” to disrupt his controversial plans. In the past 25 years, Ivory Coast has regularly been the scene of post-electoral violence. Often at the cost of multiple human lives.

October 16th 2020, 10:43 am

The rise and fall of Juan Carlos: Is the Spanish monarchy in peril?

France 24

Appointed by the late dictator, Francisco Franco, as next in line to the Spanish throne, Juan Carlos I was long respected as the king of Spain’s democratic transition. But today, he may turn out to be the cause of the monarchy’s downfall. Money laundering, tax evasion, suspicious gifts ... the scandals never seem to stop.

October 16th 2020, 8:38 am

Week in Review: French cities under a Covid curfew, reports on the US election and ‘Emily in Paris’

France 24

Paris and other French cities prepared for a 9pm coronavirus curfew as French authorities announced a nationwide ban on weddings and other large events – a reality far from the romanticism of Darren Star’s new show “Emily in Paris”, which has prompted debate about French clichés and idealised American notions of the French capital.

October 16th 2020, 8:08 am

Sarkozy under formal investigation for ‘criminal association’ in Libyan funding scandal

France 24

French prosecutors placed former president Nicolas Sarkozy under formal investigation for "criminal association" on Friday related to allegations that he accepted campaign funding from former Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

October 16th 2020, 7:27 am

Yemen’s warring sides exchange hundreds of prisoners, raising hopes for peace

France 24

Planes carrying prisoners exchanged by the warring parties in Yemen took off from three airports on Thursday in an operation to return about 1,000 men home and help build the trust to enable fresh talks to end a devastating war.

October 16th 2020, 5:25 am

Attacks in northern Burkina Faso leave about 20 dead

France 24

Jihadists have killed around 20 people in attacks in three villages in northern Burkina Faso, the epicentre of a five-year-old jihadist insurgency, government officials said on Thursday.

October 16th 2020, 1:38 am

‘Not afraid’: Thai protesters defy ban with fresh mass rally

France 24

From shops, offices and schools they spilled onto a Bangkok street in their tens of thousands, voicing shock and anger and above all defiance.

October 15th 2020, 11:51 pm

Republicans speed Amy Coney Barrett towards Supreme Court as Senate hearings close

France 24

Republicans powered Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett closer to confirmation Thursday, pushing past Democratic objections and other priorities during the COVID-19 crisis in the drive to seat President Donald Trump’s pick before the Nov. 3 election.

October 15th 2020, 11:08 pm

Trump and Biden trade jibes in competing town halls

France 24

President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden squared off, in a way, Thursday night, their scuttled second debate replaced by dueling televised town halls several channels apart.

October 15th 2020, 9:05 pm

Covid-19 infection risk on airplanes very low when wearing mask, US defence study finds

France 24

The risk of exposure to the coronavirus on flights is very low, a US Department of Defense study released on Thursday found, a positive sign for the airline industry as it tries to rebound from the pandemic’s crushing effect on travel.

October 15th 2020, 8:05 pm

UN peacekeeper killed in Mali as officials slam ‘selective’ hostage releases

France 24

A UN peacekeeper was killed in northern Mali and another seriously wounded after their vehicle hit a roadside bomb on Thursday, the UN mission said. The attack came as civil servants in the capital, Bamako, protested against the "selective release" of foreign hostages in hostage swap deals by the government.

October 15th 2020, 3:48 pm

Health workers in France go on strike as coronavirus cases surge

France 24

Several hundred health workers took to the streets of Paris on Thursday afternoon to protest against conditions in French hospitals, as the number of new coronavirus cases surges across the country.

October 15th 2020, 3:48 pm

Turkish ultranationalists storm Armenian districts in Istanbul as fighting rages in Nagorno-Karabakh

France 24

Turkey’s Armenian community is becoming increasingly fearful about reprisals as fighting rages in Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed territory claimed by both Armenia and Azerbaijan, which has the support of the Turkish government. On October 5, a convoy of Turkish ultra-nationalists stormed the Kurtulus neighborhood, home to a large Armenian population. Photos posted on Twitter show Azeri and Turkish flags draped on the roofs of their vehicles.

October 15th 2020, 1:32 pm

In Dearborn, Michigan, Muslim Americans are mobilising to defeat Trump

France 24

In Dearborn, a suburb of Detroit where one-third of residents identify as Arab-American or are of Arab descent, Muslim voters lean decidedly towards the Democrats. And while Joe Biden wasn’t the first choice for many here, widespread opposition to President Donald Trump is bringing voters into his camp.

October 15th 2020, 12:46 pm

EU leaders urge UK to ‘make the necessary moves’ to save Brexit talks

France 24

European Union leaders on Thursday placed the onus on Britain to unblock stalled post-Brexit trade talks, urging London to "make the necessary moves" to answer their concerns.

October 15th 2020, 12:46 pm

Trickbot and its one million zombie computers: US election under threat?

France 24

Tech giant Microsoft and United States military intelligence are taking on Trickbot, deeming the botnet – one of the world's largest networks of computers controlled remotely by cybercriminals – a threat to the US presidential election.

October 15th 2020, 11:16 am

Harris pauses in-person campaign events after staffer diagnosed with Covid-19

France 24

Joe Biden's presidential campaign said Thursday that vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris will suspend in-person events until Monday after two people associated with the campaign tested positive for coronavirus. The campaign said Biden had no exposure, though he and Harris spent several hours campaigning together in Arizona on Oct. 8.

October 15th 2020, 11:16 am

Private festivities, weddings banned during France’s Covid-19 state of emergency

France 24

A day after President Emmanuel Macron announced a nighttime curfew in Paris and eight other cities, top French officials on Thursday detailed tough new measures to stem a Covid-19 surge, including a nationwide ban on private festivities, including weddings.

October 15th 2020, 11:01 am

Kyrgyzstan President Jeenbekov resigns amid unrest over disputed elections

France 24

Kyrgyzstan's President Sooronbay Jeenbekov resigned on Thursday, saying he wanted to bring an end to the crisis sparked by disputed parliamentary elections earlier this month.

October 15th 2020, 6:45 am

French authorities search homes of health minister, ex-PM in inquiry into handling of Covid-19

France 24

French police searched the homes of Health Minister Olivier Véran, former prime minister Edouard Philippe and other officials on Thursday as part of an inquiry into the government's handling of the coronavirus crisis, the ministry said.

October 15th 2020, 5:58 am

Ivory Coast begins presidential election campaigning amid violent demonstrations

France 24

Campaigning begins in Ivory Coast Thursday for the October 31 presidential election, with incumbent Alassane Ouattara seeking a controversial third term while the opposition is pushing for civil disobedience amid violent demonstrations.

October 15th 2020, 3:38 am

France imposes curfew on Paris and other cities as Europe ramps up Covid-19 restrictions

France 24

France on Wednesday became the latest European country to toughen anti-coronavirus measures, imposing a curfew in Paris and eight other cities from Saturday, while Germany and Ireland also ramped up restrictions.

October 15th 2020, 3:08 am

Mbappe goal gives France 2-1 Nations League win over Croatia

France 24

France stretched their unbeaten run against Croatia to eight games after a late goal by Kylian Mbappe gave the world champions a 2-1 win in their Nations League top-tier Group 3 match on Wednesday.

October 14th 2020, 10:25 pm
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