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Trump signs order banning Americans from transacting with TikTok parent company

France 24

US President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order barring transactions with the Chinese parent company of social media platform TikTok after 45 days.

August 6th 2020, 10:21 pm

NY sues to break up powerful gun lobbying group National Rifle Association, alleging corruption

France 24

New York state's attorney general sued to dissolve the National Rifle Association on Thursday, alleging senior leaders of the non-profit group diverted millions of dollars for personal use and to buy the silence and loyalty of former employees.

August 6th 2020, 10:11 pm

Africa surpasses 1 million Covid-19 cases, more than half in South Africa

France 24

The number of COVID-19 cases in Africa has risen to over one million, with more than half registered in South Africa, according to an AFP count late Thursday.

August 6th 2020, 10:11 pm

Lebanese police tear gas anti-government protesters in wake of devastating blast

France 24

Lebanese security forces late Thursday fired tear gas to disperse dozens of anti-government demonstrators angered by a cataclysmic blast widely seen as the most shocking expression yet of their government's incompetence.

August 6th 2020, 10:11 pm

US lifts warning to citizens to avoid global travel due to Covid-19

France 24

The United States on Thursday lifted a warning to its citizens to avoid all foreign travel due to the coronavirus pandemic, pointing to improvements.

August 6th 2020, 5:06 pm

Ivory Coast's Ouattara to run for third term in October election

France 24

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara said on Thursday he would seek re-election in October, formally accepting the ruling party's nomination to be its candidate and defying opponents who say the constitution forbids a third term.

August 6th 2020, 5:06 pm

Gunman seizes hostages in a bank in French port city of Le Havre

France 24

A man armed with a gun was holding three people hostage in a bank in northern France on Thursday, officials said, and two police union sources said the gunman was believed to have Islamist ties.

August 6th 2020, 3:23 pm

On Beirut visit, Macron says aid to go 'directly to the people', relief groups

France 24

French President Emmanuel Macron announced Thursday that an international aid conference for disaster-hit Lebanon would be held soon.

August 6th 2020, 2:53 pm

'Closed for vacation': France faces new Covid-19 testing woes

France 24

With virus cases rising anew, France is struggling to administer enough tests to keep up with demand. One reason: Many testing labs are closed so that their staff can take summer vacation, just as signs of a second wave are building.

August 6th 2020, 2:22 pm

Israel’s Tel Aviv lights up with Lebanon flag

France 24

The colours of the Lebanese flag lit up the Israeli city of Tel Aviv on Wednesday in solidarity with the country following Tuesday’s deadly blast in Beirut. It was a rare show of support from Israel for a country with which it is technically still at war.

August 6th 2020, 12:37 pm

Mauritania's Mohamed Ould Bilal named new PM after predecessor, govt step down

France 24

Mauritania's prime minister and his entire government resigned on Thursday, a day after parliamentary investigators probing alleged graft under the previous administration submitted a report whose authors questioned several ministers.

August 6th 2020, 10:36 am

‘Without reforms, Lebanon will continue to suffer,’ says Macron in Beirut

France 24

French President Emmanuel Macron visited shell-shocked Beirut Thursday, pledging support and urging change after a massive explosion devastated the Lebanese capital in a disaster that has has sparked grief and fury.

August 6th 2020, 10:07 am

‘Beirut is destroyed, my heart is broken’: Locals in despair over Lebanon blast

France 24

Lebanon is still reeling from Tuesday’s explosion in the port of Beirut – a further tragedy on top of the severe political, economic and health crises racking the country. FRANCE 24 spoke to locals about the devastation they have encountered and the despair they are feeling.

August 6th 2020, 10:07 am

Lebanese investigators focus on negligence in Beirut blast

France 24

Investigators probing the deadly blast that ripped across Beirut focused Wednesday on possible negligence in the storage of tons of a highly explosive fertiliser in a waterfront warehouse, while the government ordered the house arrest of several port officials.

August 6th 2020, 10:07 am

Guinea's ruling party asks Alpha Condé to run for third presidential term

France 24

Guinea's ruling party on Thursday urged President Alpha Conde to seek a third term in elections due this year, a scenario that has sparked clashes in the West African state.

August 6th 2020, 10:07 am

In pictures: Lebanon's capital in ruins after Beirut port explosion

France 24

Residents of the Lebanese capital have been conducting their daily lives amid apocalyptic scenes since a massive explosion at Beirut’s port tore through the city on Tuesday.

August 6th 2020, 10:07 am

Scavenging for human hair: Nairobi hairdressers cut costs amid Covid-19 crisis

France 24

For decades, Nairobi’s poor have scavenged through heaps of rubbish at the city’s vast Dandora dumpsite. But recently, they have been joined by some of the city’s hairdressers, in search for used human hair they can sell on to their customers as Covid-19 takes its toll on businesses.

August 6th 2020, 10:07 am

Live: Touring stricken Beirut, Macron pledges aid won’t go to ‘corrupt hands’

France 24

French President Emmanuel Macron visited shell-shocked Beirut on Thursday, pledging support and urging change after a massive explosion devastated the Lebanese capital in a disaster that has sparked grief and fury. Follow events on our liveblog.

August 6th 2020, 10:07 am

Lebanese diaspora mobilises after deadly Beirut blast

France 24

Lebanon's diaspora, estimated at nearly three times the size of the tiny country's population of five million, has stepped up to provide assistance following the massive explosion that laid waste to the capital Beirut.

August 6th 2020, 4:02 am

Facebook, Twitter remove Trump posts over false claims children are 'almost immune' to Covid

France 24

Facebook Inc on Wednesday took down a post by U.S. President Donald Trump, which the company said violated its rules against sharing misinformation about the coronavirus.

August 6th 2020, 4:02 am

Survivors gather in Hiroshima to mark 75th anniversary of atomic bombing

France 24

Bells tolled in Hiroshima on Thursday for the 75th anniversary of the world's first atomic bombing, with ceremonies downsized due to the coronavirus and the city's mayor urging nations to reject selfish nationalism and unite to fight all threats.

August 6th 2020, 4:02 am

Aid pours in after Beirut blast leaves hundreds of thousands homeless

France 24

Lebanese rescue teams pulled out bodies and hunted for missing people on Wednesday from the wreckage caused by a massive warehouse explosion that sent a devastating blast wave across Beirut, killing at least 135.

August 6th 2020, 12:19 am

Dutch cyclist Jakobsen put in induced coma after collision at Tour of Poland

France 24

Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen has been put in a medically-induced coma after crashing at the finish line on stage one of the Tour of Poland following a collision with compatriot Dylan Groenewegen, the country's state controlled news agency PAP reported on Wednesday.

August 5th 2020, 8:02 pm

Fauci expects tens of millions of Covid vaccines ready in early 2021

France 24

Drugmakers will likely have tens of millions of doses of a coronavirus vaccine in the early part of next year, with production ramping up so that it hits a billion doses by the end of 2021, Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. government official on infectious diseases, said in a Reuters interview on Wednesday.

August 5th 2020, 6:32 pm

Chief Aritana, influential indigenous leader in Brazil, dies of Covid-19

France 24

Chief Aritana Yawalapiti, one of Brazil's most influential indigenous leaders who led the people of Upper Xingu in central Brazil and helped create an indigenous park there, died on Wednesday from COVID-19, his family said in a statement.

August 5th 2020, 6:32 pm

Repression intensifies in Zimbabwe amid economic, healthcare crisis

France 24

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa promised to “flush out” political opponents on Tuesday, as activist groups said that scores of campaigners and protesters have been arrested in an expansive clampdown over the past week. Analysts say repression is amplifying in Zimbabwe, nearly three years after Mnangagwa helped oust his former mentor Robert Mugabe.

August 5th 2020, 4:32 pm

Biden rules out in-person appearance at Democratic convention

France 24

Joe Biden will not attend the Democratic convention to accept the party's nomination to be its presidential election candidate after the event was further scaled back due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Wednesday.

August 5th 2020, 1:15 pm

Live: Lebanon declares state of emergency after devastating Beirut blasts

France 24

Lebanon's government announced a two-week state of emergency on Wednesday, a day after twin blasts in the capital's port killed at least 100 people and injured more than 4,000, leaving scores more missing. Follow events on our liveblog.

August 5th 2020, 12:15 pm

'An earthquake': Beirut blasts heap further misery on crisis-wracked Lebanon

France 24

For the Lebanese people, who have watched helplessly as their economy has collapsed in recent months, the devastation wrought by Tuesday's blasts in Beirut is one disaster too many.

August 5th 2020, 12:00 pm

France to splash out €250 million on struggling wine sector

France 24

France's government on Wednesday stepped up financial support for wine growers faced with a steep drop in demand after coronavirus lockdowns closed restaurants and bars and crippling US tariffs curbed exports.

August 5th 2020, 11:01 am

US Border Patrol raids humanitarian aid camp, seizing phones and arresting migrants

France 24

At sunset on the evening of July 31, agents from the US Border Patrol and the Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) raided a humanitarian aid station known as Byrd Camp near Arivaca, Arizona. Forces arrived with an armoured vehicle, two helicopters, and an estimated 24 other vehicles. More than 30 migrants were arrested, and many of the aid workers were detained. Agents arrived with a warrant to confiscate cellphones on the property, preventing most volunteers from documenting the raid.

August 5th 2020, 9:31 am

Accused killer of pro-refugee German politician admits guilt in court

France 24

A German neo-Nazi on trial over the murder of pro-refugee politician Walter Luebcke admitted Wednesday to the killing that has shocked the nation and highlighted the growing threat of right-wing extremism.

August 5th 2020, 9:31 am

'Back to the Wild West': Gun ownership on the rise among anxious black Americans

France 24

There has been a sharp rise in the number of black Americans buying firearms and joining gun clubs, according to the National African American Gun Association (NAGAA), purchases attributed to growing anxiety over the Covid-19 crisis and increased racial tensions following the death of George Floyd.

August 5th 2020, 9:31 am

France’s Macron to visit Beirut as world pledges help for stricken Lebanese capital

France 24

France is sending planes to Beirut on Wednesday with rescuers, medical equipment and a mobile clinic, followed by a visit Thursday by President Emmanuel Macron, as world leaders offer support to the Lebanese capital devastated by a massive explosion.

August 5th 2020, 9:31 am

Lebanon has less than a month's grain reserves after Beirut blast

France 24

Lebanon's main grain silo at Beirut port was destroyed in a blast, leaving the nation with less than a month's reserves of the grain but still with enough flour to avoid a crisis, the economy minister said on Wednesday.

August 5th 2020, 9:31 am

Chemical linked to Beirut blast caused past explosions in Texas, Toulouse

France 24

Ammonium nitrate, which Lebanese authorities have said caused the devastating Beirut blast, is an odorless crystalline substance commonly used as a fertilizer that has been the cause of numerous industrial explosions over the decades.

August 5th 2020, 5:01 am

Top US health official to travel to Taiwan for highest-level visit in four decades

France 24

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar will visit Taiwan in coming days, his office said on Tuesday, making the highest-level visit by a U.S. official in four decades - a move likely to anger China, which claims the island as its own.

August 5th 2020, 3:45 am

India’s Modi to lay foundation of temple at razed mosque site

France 24

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Wednesday lay the foundation for a temple at a flashpoint holy site exactly a year after imposing direct rule on Muslim-majority Kashmir -- twin triumphs for his Hindu nationalist government.

August 5th 2020, 2:27 am

Beirut residents awake to scenes of devastation after port explosion

France 24

Residents of Beirut awoke to a scene of utter devastation on Wednesday, a day after a massive explosion at the port sent shock waves across the Lebanese capital, killing at least 100 people and wounding thousands.

August 5th 2020, 2:27 am

Nations tighten mask rules, lockdowns as Covid-19 deaths approach 700,000

France 24

France and the Netherlands are gearing up for stricter mask-wearing rules to fight the coronavirus as the global death toll from the pandemic neared 700,000.

August 5th 2020, 1:15 am

Forest fire near Marseille forces hundreds of evacuations

France 24

A forest fire Tuesday ravaged 800 hectares of vegetation near the southern French city of Marseille, forcing the evacuation of over 200 people, officials said.

August 4th 2020, 9:10 pm

Colombian ex-president Uribe detained for alleged witness tampering, he says

France 24

Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe said on Tuesday the Supreme Court had ordered his detention amid an investigation into alleged witness tampering and fraud.

August 4th 2020, 6:24 pm

Beirut blasts damage UN peacekeeping ship, president calls state of emergency

France 24

Two huge explosions in Beirut's port on Tuesday damaged a ship deployed with a United Nations peacekeeping force and injured some of its personnel, the UNIFIL force said in a statement.

August 4th 2020, 6:24 pm

Defending champ Nadal to skip US Open over coronavirus concerns

France 24

Defending champion Rafael Nadal will skip the U.S. Open because of the coronavirus pandemic, putting on hold his bid to equal Roger Federer’s men’s record for Grand Slam titles.

August 4th 2020, 5:09 pm

France's Charles-de-Gaulle airport enforces Covid-19 testing on arrival - but with no quarantine

France 24

France's Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle airport has begun compulsory testing on arrival for passengers from 16 countries where the coronavirus virus is circulating widely. It comes as the number of daily Covid-19 cases continues to increase across the country.

August 4th 2020, 5:09 pm

Offers of assistance pour in for Lebanon after deadly Beirut explosions

France 24

Countries around the world have been paying tribute to victims of two deadly blasts in Beirut on Tuesday and sending offers of assistance to Lebanon, a country already reeling from the effects of overlapping crises before disaster struck its capital.

August 4th 2020, 5:09 pm

Spain's Juan Carlos: Once popular former king goes into exile amid scandal

France 24

Former king Juan Carlos, who has decided to leave Spain six years after his abdication amid a series of scandals, was a popular monarch for most of his four-decade reign who played a critical role in the country's transition to democracy.

August 4th 2020, 2:08 pm

Massive explosion rocks Lebanese capital Beirut

France 24

A huge explosion rocked the Lebanese capital Beirut on Tuesday, shaking buildings, shattering windows and sending a huge plume of smoke into the sky, AFP correspondents said.

August 4th 2020, 12:39 pm

Macron announces coronavirus bonus for France's homecare workers

France 24

France's 320,000 homecare workers will be granted Covid-19 bonuses under a €160 million package unveiled by French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday.

August 4th 2020, 9:52 am

France facing ‘highly likely’ second wave of Covid-19 in autumn or winter

France 24

France's top scientific body on Tuesday said a second wave of the coronavirus was "highly likely" this autumn or winter as the country grapples with a marked increase of new cases of the disease over the past two weeks.

August 4th 2020, 6:36 am

Trump’s ‘inexperienced and unqualified’ ambassadors leave US allies aghast

France 24

A string of gaffes and scandals has cast a spotlight on President Donald Trump’s habit of staffing US embassies with campaign donors and personal friends who have irked key allies and stood out for their lack of qualifications.

August 4th 2020, 6:36 am

Belarus’s ‘Joan of Arc’: The reluctant candidate taking on Europe’s ‘last dictator’

France 24

Svetlana Tikhanouskaya, a 37-year-old former English teacher, is causing a political earthquake in the former Soviet state, posing the biggest challenge in decades to the country’s strongman leader, President Alexander Lukashenko.

August 4th 2020, 6:36 am

Cameroonian migrant killed in Morocco after police find forest encampment

France 24

On July 31, while many Moroccans were celebrating the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha, a Cameroonian migrant was killed after police found a migrant camp in the forest outside the city of Tangier. Police in the region have opened an investigation into the circumstances of the death. Thirteen other migrants were arrested after accompanying the deceased to the hospital.

August 4th 2020, 6:05 am

Niger marks 60 years of independence from France

France 24

Niger is celebrating 60 years of independence from France. It's one of eight Francophone African countries to mark its sovereignty this month. We take a look back at Niger's journey to statehood.

August 4th 2020, 4:48 am

Stranded men rescued from Pacific island after writing SOS in sand

France 24

Three men have been rescued from a tiny island in the Micronesia archipelago after writing a giant SOS sign in the sand that was spotted from above.

August 4th 2020, 3:35 am

Millions back under lockdown in Philippines amid surge in virus cases

France 24

Millions of people in the Philippines were ordered to stay home Tuesday as global coronavirus infections kept soaring, with the World Health Organization warning against relying on a vaccine "silver bullet" to end the pandemic.

August 4th 2020, 3:35 am

Norway restricts cruise ship arrivals after Covid-19 outbreak on vessel

France 24

Norway stopped all cruise ships with more than 100 people on board from disembarking at its ports from Monday, after an outbreak of COVID-19 was reported late last week on a ship that had already disembarked at the port of Tromsoe.

August 4th 2020, 12:48 am

New York attorney probing Trump and his business over 'criminal conduct'

France 24

Manhattan's district attorney on Monday suggested a grand jury subpoena for U.S. President Donald Trump's tax returns was part of an investigation of "possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization," including alleged insurance and bank fraud.

August 3rd 2020, 11:49 pm

Isaias strengthens back into a hurricane and heads for Carolinas and East Coast

France 24

Hurricane Isaias slammed into North Carolina Monday as a category one storm, with winds of up to 85 miles (140 kilometers) an hour, the US National Hurricane Center said.

August 3rd 2020, 11:49 pm

Trial of Algerian journalist and press freedom icon Khaled Drareni starts in Algiers

France 24

The trial opened Monday of Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni, who has become a figurehead of press freedom in the North African country, with the prosecution calling for a four-year prison term.

August 3rd 2020, 11:49 pm

Israeli jets strike targets in Syria after attempted attack in Golan Heights

France 24

Israel launched air strikes on Syrian military targets in southern Syria late Monday, after thwarting an attack near the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights.

August 3rd 2020, 6:45 pm

Trump says he will only allow TikTok sale if US government gets a cut

France 24

U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday the U.S. government should get a "substantial portion" of the sales price of the U.S. operations of TikTok and warned he will ban the service in the United States on September 15 without a sale.

August 3rd 2020, 6:15 pm

Former king Juan Carlos to leave Spain amid probe over financial scandal

France 24

Spain's former king Juan Carlos has told his son, King Felipe, that he has decided to leave the country, the Royal House said on Monday, after corruption allegations about him surfaced in recent weeks.

August 3rd 2020, 3:05 pm

France halts ratifying extradition treaty with Hong Kong in wake of security law

France 24

France on Monday said it was halting ratification of an extradition treaty with Hong Kong after Beijing introduced a controversial new security law in the former British colony.

August 3rd 2020, 12:27 pm

A strange August in Paris: How the city is adapting to keep visitors safe during the pandemic

France 24

Summer 2020 in Paris will be one for the history books, likely remembered as the summer of masks and hand sanitizers. It will also be one of the quietest summers in decades, with dramatically reduced numbers of international tourists and many locals also away on holidays around France.

August 3rd 2020, 11:59 am

Videos of Nigerian wedding massacre, mass burials go viral amid calls for end to ethnic violence

France 24

Violence in the northwest Nigerian state of Kaduna escalated in July as reports of massacres and arson attacks emerged from villages in the region. The attacks, characterised by the government as “politically-motivated banditry”, have increased tensions between the Fulani and Atyap ethnic groups. Photos and videos of mass burials went viral on Nigerian social media networks as people called for an end to the violence in their communities.

August 3rd 2020, 10:28 am

Drugmaker Sanofi charged with manslaughter over birth defects

France 24

French prosecutors have indicted pharma giant Sanofi for manslaughter over birth defects linked to an epilepsy drug, the company said Monday, in a long-running case that has also seen it charged with fraud.

August 3rd 2020, 10:28 am

Spared from fire, Notre-Dame's organ set for lengthy restoration

France 24

Workers started dismantling Notre-Dame's grand organ on Monday in the hopes that experts can restore it in time for the fifth anniversary of the devastating fire that severely damaged the Paris cathedral.

August 3rd 2020, 8:10 am

Rules on outdoor mask wearing in effect for parts of France hardest hit by Covid-19

France 24

Rules on wearing masks outdoors in the hardest-hit parts of France take effect on Monday, the latest move to tighten coronavirus restrictions after a nationwide decree last month required people to wear masks in all indoor public places. Pressure is growing on the government to mandate the use of masks outdoors nationwide.

August 3rd 2020, 7:57 am

Afghan forces retake control of prison from Islamic State militants

France 24

The Afghan military retook control of a prison after battling Islamic State group militants for several hours on Monday, a day after the group launched an attack on a Jalalabad facility that holds hundreds of the terrorist group's members.

August 3rd 2020, 7:57 am

Some 8,000 evacuate as California wildfires spread east of Los Angeles

France 24

Evacuation orders remained in place early Monday for thousands of people after a wildfire in mountains east of Los Angeles exploded in size and forced crews to battle flames in triple-digit heat.

August 3rd 2020, 7:10 am

John Hume, who won Nobel Prize for Northern Ireland peace process, dies at 83

France 24

John Hume, the Northern Irish politician who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998 for his role in the British province's peace process, has died aged 83, his family announced Monday.

August 3rd 2020, 7:10 am

Lebanon's foreign minister steps down amid crippling economic crisis

France 24

Lebanese Foreign Minister Nassif Hitti resigned on Monday, becoming the first cabinet minister to defect from his post amid the severe economic and financial crisis striking the country.

August 3rd 2020, 5:09 am

Global coronavirus cases top 18 million as WHO warns of 'response fatigue'

France 24

The number of coronavirus cases recorded worldwide passed the 18-million mark on Monday, with the World Health Organization warning that the effects of the pandemic "will be felt for decades to come".

August 3rd 2020, 3:20 am

Italy inaugurates new Genoa bridge two years after deadly collapse

France 24

Italy inaugurates a sleek new bridge in Genoa on Monday, though relatives of the 43 people killed when the old viaduct collapsed say the pomp and ceremony risk overshadowing the tragedy.

August 3rd 2020, 2:20 am

Melbourne begins six-week curfew to stem rise in coronavirus cases

France 24

Australia's second-biggest city Melbourne entered its first day of tougher restrictions to contain the spread of a resurgent coronavirus on Monday as residents braced for further announcements on business closures.

August 3rd 2020, 2:07 am

US entering 'new phase' of Covid-19 outbreak, say White House experts

France 24

The United States is in a new phase of the novel coronavirus outbreak with infections "extraordinarily widespread" in rural areas as well as cities, White House coronavirus experts said on Sunday.

August 3rd 2020, 12:36 am

Microsoft says it is still pursuing TikTok purchase after talks with Trump

France 24

Microsoft announced Sunday it would continue talks to acquire the US operations of popular video-sharing app TikTok, after meeting with President Donald Trump who seemingly backed off his earlier threats to ban the Chinese-owned platform.

August 3rd 2020, 12:36 am

US considering measures against TikTok and other Chinese apps

France 24

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the US is "looking at" banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok, over allegations Beijing is using them to spy on users.

August 3rd 2020, 12:36 am

Soldiers killed in twin attacks in central Mali, political crisis continues

France 24

Mali's army suffered new losses in twin attacks Sunday that left at least five soldiers dead as the Sahel country was mired in a political crisis sparking international concern.

August 3rd 2020, 12:36 am

Former pope Benedict XVI 'extremely frail', says German newspaper report

France 24

Former pope Benedict XVI became seriously ill himself after visiting his sick brother in Germany in June and is "extremely frail", according to a report in the Monday edition of the German Passauer Neue Presse newspaper.

August 3rd 2020, 12:36 am

Islamic State group claims responsibility for deadly prison attack in Afghanistan

France 24

The Islamic State group on Sunday claimed responsibility for a complex attack by a suicide car bomber and multiple gunmen against a prison in eastern Afghanistan, which Afghan officials said killed at least three people and injured 24 others.

August 2nd 2020, 6:36 pm

SpaceX capsule with two NASA astronauts makes dramatic splashdown in Gulf of Mexico to end test flig

France 24

Two NASA astronauts returned to Earth on Sunday in a dramatic, retro-style splashdown, their capsule parachuting into the Gulf of Mexico to close out an unprecedented test flight by Elon Musk's SpaceX company.

August 2nd 2020, 4:04 pm

Cartel boss ‘El Marro’ arrested in Mexico

France 24

The Mexican Army and state security forces on Sunday captured Jose Antonio Yepez, a notorious drug gang leader blamed for helping fuel a surge in violence that has severely tested the government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

August 2nd 2020, 2:33 pm

Trump surrogates reassure the public that election will be held on time

France 24

The White House and Donald Trump’s campaign on Sunday sought to shut down the Republican president’s musings on delaying the 2020 vote, saying there will be an election on Nov. 3.

August 2nd 2020, 2:33 pm

Australia targets Big Tech: Could Google and Facebook be made to pay for news?

France 24

US tech companies Google and Facebook are in the crosshairs of government regulators in Australia where a new proposal seeks to make them pay for news content. The sweeping changes are a global first in what the government says is an attempt to salvage the future of news by providing a “level playing field” for news businesses.

August 2nd 2020, 12:01 pm

Tourist sites are empty as Covid-19 travel restrictions limit movement

France 24

With no American visitors to show around the D-Day beaches or the Loire Valley’s chateaux, and no work on the immediate horizon, Paris tour guide Linda Zenou frets about how she’ll pay off a loan and continue to care for her ailing mother in the achingly lean months ahead.

August 2nd 2020, 10:34 am

Bowing out of the family media empire, James Murdoch challenges conservative line

France 24

Once seen as a contender for succession at his father Rupert Murdoch’s global media empire, James Murdoch resigned from the board of News Corp on Friday, citing ‘editorial disagreements’. The decision to step down severs his last corporate ties with his family and their companies’ politically conservative outlook.

August 2nd 2020, 9:33 am

South Africa surpasses 500,000 Covid-19 cases, more than half of Africa’s tally

France 24

South Africa on Saturday surpassed 500,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, representing more than 50% of all reported coronavirus infections in Africa's 54 countries.

August 2nd 2020, 8:33 am

Australia’s Melbourne enters stage 4 lockdown with curfew amid rise in Covid-19 cases

France 24

Australia on Sunday introduced sweeping new measures to control a growing coronavirus outbreak in its second-biggest city, including an overnight curfew and a ban on weddings for the first time during the pandemic.

August 2nd 2020, 7:34 am

Coronavirus death toll in Latin America tops 200,000

France 24

The death toll in Latin America from the novel coronavirus passed 200,000 on Saturday night, a Reuters tally showed, underlining the region's status as one of the global epicenters of the pandemic that is testing governments to the limit.

August 2nd 2020, 7:34 am

Two US astronauts aboard Earth-bound SpaceX craft depart International Space Station

France 24

The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft shoved off from the International Space Station on Saturday with two US astronauts on board, beginning their journey back to Earth despite a storm threatening Florida.

August 2nd 2020, 1:45 am

Anti-Netanyahu protests in Israel continue to grow

France 24

Thousands of demonstrators gathered outside the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday and thronged the streets of central Jerusalem, as weeks of protests against the Israeli leader appeared to be gaining steam.

August 1st 2020, 4:52 pm

Protests against coronavirus curbs draws crowds in Berlin

France 24

Loudly chanting their opposition to face masks and vaccines, thousands of people gathered in Berlin on Saturday to protest against coronavirus restrictions before being dispersed by police.

August 1st 2020, 4:40 pm

Coronavirus pandemic will be with us for a long time, WHO warns

France 24

The World Health Organization on Saturday warned the coronavirus pandemic was likely to be "lengthy" after its emergency committee met to evaluate the crisis six months after sounding the international alarm.

August 1st 2020, 3:07 pm

France begins requiring Coronavirus test for certain travelers

France 24

Travelers entering France from 16 countries where the coronavirus is circulating widely now must undergo virus tests upon arrival at French airports and ports.

August 1st 2020, 1:21 pm

Discovering French bread and the rules of 'baguetiquette'

France 24

The stereotypical French person has a striped shirt, a beret and a baguette under an arm. That may be a cliché, but what's certain is that bread is an integral part of the French diet and people take their bread very seriously. So just what makes French bread so good? And what are the rules of "baguetiquette"? In this edition of French Connections Plus, Florence Villeminot and Genie Godula bite into the crunchy heaven of the baguette.

August 1st 2020, 12:20 pm

Black Lives Matter: Ahmaud Arbery 'never thought his life would have been cut short that way'

France 24

Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed 25-year-old Black jogger, was shot dead by two white men when he was out running in Brunswick, Georgia earlier this year. He adds his name to the list of young Black men whose lives have been violently cut short, sparking a wave of national protests against racism. FRANCE 24 went to speak to his friends and family.

August 1st 2020, 12:20 pm

Hurricane Isaias pounds Bahamas before heading to Florida

France 24

Hurricane Isaias dumped torrential rain on the Bahamas Saturday as it rumbled toward Florida -- the first big test for the storm-prone US state reeling from the coronavirus crisis.

August 1st 2020, 12:05 pm

Storms in sight as Western Europe swelters under heatwave

France 24

After parts of Spain set record temperatures during a heatwave and people in Britain sweltered and flocked to beaches Friday on the country's hottest day so far this year, impending rain storms promise to bring a bit of relief to Europe this weekend.

August 1st 2020, 10:00 am
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