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At least 57 Europe-bound migrants drown after boat capsizes off coast of Libya

France 24

At least 57 migrants drowned after their boat sank off Libya, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Monday, the latest tragedy on the dangerous Mediterranean Sea crossing to Europe.

July 26th 2021, 5:37 pm

Almost 60% of French citizens have had at least one Covid jab, Macron says

France 24

The number of people in France who have received at least one jab against Covid-19 has crossed the 40-million mark, President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday.

July 26th 2021, 4:25 pm

Lebanese billionaire Najib Mikati picked as new PM-designate

France 24

Leading Lebanese businessman Najib Mikati secured enough votes in parliamentary consultations on Monday to be designated the next prime minister, raising hopes for an urgently needed viable government to tackle a crippling financial crisis.

July 26th 2021, 4:25 pm

Biden, Iraqi PM reach agreement to end US combat mission in Iraq

France 24

U.S. President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi on Monday sealed an agreement formally ending the U.S. combat mission in Iraq by the end of 2021, more than 18 years after U.S. troops were sent to the country.

July 26th 2021, 4:25 pm

Clashes erupt outside parliament after Tunisian president ousts PM, suspends legislature

France 24

Street clashes erupted on Monday outside Tunisia's army-barricaded parliament, a day after President Kais Saied ousted the prime minister and suspended the legislature, plunging the young democracy into a constitutional crisis.

July 26th 2021, 4:25 pm

Tokyo Games: Japan tops medals table and UK's Daley lands Olympic gold

France 24

Japan topped the medals table at the Tokyo Olympics after the host nation won three golds on Monday and British diver Tom Daley was finally crowned an Olympic champion at his fourth Games in an emotional triumph.

July 26th 2021, 4:25 pm

Brazilians unite to protest against vaccine scandal, Bolsonaro's Covid-19 response

France 24

While France saw 161,000 people across the country protest against the government’s vaccination campaign this weekend, Brazil witnessed its fourth weekend of rallies against President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis and anti-vaccine rhetoric.

July 26th 2021, 4:25 pm

France, UK sign new security deal to protect against Channel terror threat

France 24

Britain and France on Tuesday signed a new security deal aimed at protecting the public in the event of a terror attack in the Channel against a large vessel such as a passenger ferry, the British government said.

July 26th 2021, 4:25 pm

France's Protestant church marks first wedding of same-sex pastors

France 24

France's Protestant church has celebrated its first wedding of same-sex pastors, authorities said Monday, six years after gay clergy first won the right to marry.

July 26th 2021, 4:25 pm

Extreme weather smashes records as scientists convene for UN climate talks

France 24

Nearly 200 nations start online negotiations Monday to validate a UN science report that will anchor autumn summits charged with preventing climate catastrophe on a planetary scale.

July 26th 2021, 2:25 am

China urges US to stop 'demonising' it during high level talks in Tianjin

France 24

Beijing urged the US to stop "demonising" China during Monday talks with Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, the highest-level official to visit under President Joe Biden's administration.

July 26th 2021, 2:25 am

Over a million young orphans are the hidden victims of the Covid-19 pandemic

France 24

An estimated 1.1 million children globally experienced the death of a primary caregiver as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic, finds a study published by The Lancet medical journal this week. But what can be done to support these new Covid-19 orphans?

July 25th 2021, 8:10 pm

France upsets the US in men’s basketball with Fournier leading the way in Tokyo

France 24

France’s Evan Fournier scored 28 points and sank a 3-pointer in the final minute of play, leading his team to an 83-76 upset of the star-studded US squad in men’s basketball on Sunday in Tokyo.

July 25th 2021, 8:10 pm

Tunisian president sacks PM, suspends parliament after violent protests

France 24

Tunisia's president dismissed the government and froze parliament on Sunday, prompting crowds to fill the capital in support of a move that dramatically escalated a political crisis, but that his opponents called a coup.

July 25th 2021, 8:10 pm

Protesters in Tunisia demand government step down amid Covid-aggravated economic woes

France 24

Police and protesters clashed in several Tunisian cities on Sunday as demonstrators demanding the government step down attacked offices of Ennahda, the moderate Islamist party that is the biggest in parliament.

July 25th 2021, 8:10 pm

French parliament approves law requiring restaurant Covid pass, vaccine rules

France 24

France's parliament approved a law early Monday requiring special virus passes for all restaurants and domestic travel and mandating vaccinations for all health workers.

July 25th 2021, 8:10 pm

US to continue air strikes to support Afghan forces fighting the Taliban, general says

France 24

The United States will continue air strikes in support of Afghan forces fighting the Taliban, a top US general said Sunday, as the insurgents press on with offensives across the country.

July 25th 2021, 8:10 pm

Israel reduces Gaza fishing zone by half after incendiary balloons cause fires

France 24

Israel on Sunday reduced by half the fishing zone off Gaza, defence officials said, after incendiary balloons launched from the Palestinian enclave caused fires in the Jewish state.

July 25th 2021, 8:10 pm

Fauci says US going in `wrong direction' on Covid-19

France 24

The United States is in an “unnecessary predicament” of soaring COVID-19 cases fueled by unvaccinated Americans and the virulent delta variant, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert said Sunday.

July 25th 2021, 8:10 pm

Man accused of trying to assassinate Mali president 'dies in custody'

France 24

A man accused of attempting to stab Mali's interim President Assimi Goita last week has died in hospital while in the custody of security services, the government said in a statement on Sunday.

July 25th 2021, 8:10 pm

Rescue teams search sludge, debris as India floods' death toll mounts

France 24

Days of landslides and flooding triggered by heavy monsoon rains in western India’s Maharashtra state killed at least 113 people and injured 50, officials said Sunday, as rescuers scrambled to find at least 100 missing.

July 25th 2021, 10:53 am

Tokyo Olympics push skateboard counterculture into the mainstream

France 24

With its entry onto the Olympic podium, skateboarding faces a test of its outlaw roots. Where some see a subculture selling out, others see a sport with much more room to grow.

July 25th 2021, 10:53 am

In French Polynesia, Macron tackles nuclear test legacy, China dominance

France 24

President Emmanuel Macron is visiting French Polynesia to showcase France’s commitment to the region amid concerns about the impact of climate change on the Pacific island territory, the legacy of French nuclear testing on its atolls — and most of all, growing Chinese dominance in the region.

July 25th 2021, 10:53 am

Japan’s sibling judokas strike gold, while fencer Cannone wins France's first at the Games

France 24

Japan’s sibling judokas Uta and Hifumi Abe of Japan both won gold medals – with sister Uta cheering for her big brother after her own victory – and French fencer Romain Cannone won his country’s first gold of the Tokyo Games in the men’s épée final on Sunday.

July 25th 2021, 10:53 am

China cancels flights as Shanghai, coastal areas brace for Typhoon In-fa

France 24

Chinese commercial hub Shanghai and neighbouring coastal regions cancelled all flights, slowed or suspended subway trains and shuttered businesses ahead of Typhoon In-fa's expected landfall on Sunday afternoon.

July 25th 2021, 2:09 am

US swimming takes early lead in Tokyo, with first six medals of post-Phelps era

France 24

Chase Kalisz got things started, claiming the first American gold at the Olympic pool.

July 25th 2021, 2:09 am

Boko Haram attack kills several soldiers in Cameroon, regional governor says

France 24

At least six Cameroon soldiers were killed Saturday in an attack by Boko Haram in the far north of the country, the governor of the region said on state television.

July 24th 2021, 8:54 pm

UNESCO to add France’s ‘king of lighthouses’ to world heritage list

France 24

Battered by the wind and swell for 400 years and nicknamed the "king of lighthouses", France's Cordouan beacon on Saturday won recognition from UNESCO.

July 24th 2021, 8:54 pm

Tokyo Olympics: Gold medals for Ecuadorean cyclist, Chinese fencer and S. Korean archers on day one

France 24

The gold medal tally during the first day of competition at the Tokyo Olympics included Ecuador’s Richard Carapaz winning his country’s first cycling medal, China’s Sun Yiwen defeating a five-time Olympian in épée fencing, and South Korea’s An San and Kim Je Deok hitting the mark in mixed team archery.

July 24th 2021, 8:54 pm

Osaka returns, Biles seeks Olympic record, plus skateboarding and more on Tokyo day two

France 24

Japan’s Naomi Osaka, star of the Tokyo Olympics’ opening ceremony, returns from her self-imposed tennis exile on Sunday as US legend Simone Biles sets about equalling the all-time record for gymnastics gold medals.

July 24th 2021, 8:54 pm

French protesters against Covid-19 health restrictions clash with police in Paris

France 24

French anti-riot police fired teargas on Saturday as clashes erupted during protests in central Paris against COVID-19 restrictions and a vaccination campaign, television reported.

July 24th 2021, 2:54 pm

The ‘pingdemic’: how UK's Covid-19 app has created a health headache

France 24

Notifications from the UK's official Covid-19 application have increased in recent weeks. A mere 600,000 people received a ‘ping’ this week to alert them that they had been in close contact with someone who had tested positive and they needed to self-isolate for 10 days. Such is the detrimental effect on people’s working life that many are choosing to deactivate it.

July 24th 2021, 2:54 pm

Thousands join Budapest Pride march to protest anti-LGBTQ education law in Hungary

France 24

Thousands of Hungarians joined the annual Budapest Pride march on Saturday to support LGBTQ people and protest against a law that limits teaching about homosexuality and transgender issues in schools.

July 24th 2021, 2:54 pm

Press freedom in Tunisia: From censorship to speaking out

France 24

How has the situation for journalists changed in Tunisia in the decade since the revolution? Has the road to press freedom been entirely smooth? Our guests, including cartoonist Nidhal Ghariani, discuss how hard it would have been to draw or publish his cartoons before the revolution. We also discuss the digitalisation of the media as well as fake news and how to combat it. Join us for a special edition of The Debate in partnership with UNESCO, filmed among the ruins of Carthage, in Tunisia.

July 24th 2021, 2:54 pm

Lula: "Jair Bolsonaro is an agent of genocide"

France 24

In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said his country is paying the price for current president Jair Bolsonaro's "incompetence" in dealing with the Covid-19 crisis and that "he is responsible for a part of all these Brazilians who have lost their lives".

July 24th 2021, 2:54 pm

Iraq announces arrests in deadly Baghdad-area bombing claimed by Islamic State group

France 24

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi announced Saturday the arrest of a "terror cell" behind a Baghdad market bombing that killed dozens and was claimed by the Islamic State group.

July 24th 2021, 2:54 pm

Afghanistan imposes near-nationwide curfew to curb sweeping Taliban offensive

France 24

Afghan authorities on Saturday imposed a night-time curfew across 31 of the country's 34 provinces to curb surging violence unleashed by a sweeping Taliban offensive in recent months, the interior ministry said.

July 24th 2021, 2:54 pm

'Littering is a growing global problem': Meet Japan’s Rubbish Collecting Samurai

France 24

Japan has a new social media sensation: the street performance group "Gomi Hiroi Samurai" (Litter Collecting Samurai), a group of environmentally conscious individuals who pick up rubbish in Tokyo’s streets while performing as Samurai. From back alleys to crowded streets, they leave no stone unturned.

July 24th 2021, 8:54 am

Anti-lockdown protests grip Australia, clashes erupt in Sydney

France 24

Thousands of anti-lockdown protesters gathered in Australia's two largest cities on Saturday, with several arrested in Sydney after violent clashes with police.

July 24th 2021, 8:54 am

Judoka Mkheidze wins France’s first medal while Takato gives Japan its first gold

France 24

France’s Luka Mkheidze won a bronze medal in 60kg judo Saturday to give his nation its first medal at the Tokyo Olympics, while Japan's Naohisa Takato won the competition's final to give the host country its first gold.

July 24th 2021, 8:54 am

A long-time street favourite, 3x3 basketball makes its Olympic debut

France 24

Three-on-three basketball has long been played on street courts in cities around the world. In Tokyo, it’s joining a half-dozen new Olympic sports –and basketball’s governing bodies are hoping its newfound recognition is just the beginning.

July 24th 2021, 8:54 am

China imposes sanctions on US citizens, rights groups under new law

France 24

China said on Friday that it has imposed counter-sanctions on U.S. individuals including former U.S. commerce secretary Wilbur Ross in response to recent U.S. sanctions on Chinese officials in Hong Kong.

July 24th 2021, 4:40 am

Foreign dignitaries take cover as unrest mars slain Haitian leader’s funeral

France 24

Haiti bid a rowdy farewell to assassinated president Jovenel Moise on Friday as his funeral was roiled by nearby gunfire and protests, prompting a high-level U.S. delegation to leave abruptly and other dignitaries to duck into vehicles for safety.

July 24th 2021, 4:40 am

Chinese shooter Yang claims first gold medal of Tokyo Olympics

France 24

Chinese shooter Yang Qian won the first gold of the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, snatching a dramatic last-shot victory from Russia’s Anastasiia Galashina in the women’s 10m air rifle final.

July 23rd 2021, 11:54 pm

Summer Olympics 2021: Schedule and results

France 24

July 23rd 2021, 6:09 pm

Clashes erupt in flashpoint West Bank village, injuring 140 Palestinians

France 24

More than 140 Palestinians were hurt Friday in clashes with Israeli troops in the flashpoint West Bank village of Beita, medics said, during protests against an illegal Israeli settlement outpost.

July 23rd 2021, 6:09 pm

UN Security Council slams Turkish plan to reopen disputed Cyprus resort

France 24

The United Nations Security Council on Friday condemned a plan by Turkish and Turkish Cypriot leaders to partially reopen the abandoned resort of Varosha and called for an immediate reversal of the decision.

July 23rd 2021, 6:09 pm

Torrential monsoon rains kill dozens in western India

France 24

At least 67 people have died in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, authorities said on Friday, after torrential monsoon rains caused landslides and flooded low-lying areas, cutting off hundreds of villages.

July 23rd 2021, 1:39 pm

EU watchdog approves Moderna jab for children aged 12 and above

France 24

The European medicines watchdog on Friday approved the use of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine for children aged 12 to 17, making it the second jab for adolescents for use on the continent.

July 23rd 2021, 1:39 pm

France’s lower house approves separatism law to battle Islamist extremism

France 24

The French National Assembly on Friday approved a controversial “anti-separatism” bill despite strong criticisms from parliamentarians from the Left and the Right. The government argued the legislation was needed to bolster France’s secular system, but critics say it breaches religious freedom.

July 23rd 2021, 1:39 pm

When Europe turns a blind eye: Life and death in the Mediterranean

France 24

In the spring of 2021, FRANCE 24 went on board the Ocean Viking, the rescue vessel of the European NGO SOS Méditerranée. Off the coasts of Libya, we filmed both successful rescue missions and others that ended in tragedy, while observing how the authorities interacted with the vessel’s staff.

July 23rd 2021, 1:39 pm

Exclusive: French astronaut Thomas Pesquet speaks to FRANCE 24 and RFI from space

France 24

French astronaut Thomas Pesquet granted an exclusive interview to FRANCE 24 and RFI from the International Space Station. He told us more about his current mission, his latest spacewalk and the arrival of a new module inside the ISS. He also hailed the success of the European Space Agency's recruitment drive, but regretted a lack of female candidates.

July 23rd 2021, 1:39 pm

Aggravated family feuds an apparent side effect of Covid-19 vaccine

France 24

As the French government ramps up efforts to expand the vaccination campaign against Covid-19, many continue to resist getting the jab. The situation has created tensions within some families, especially in light of recent announcements of tougher health policies.

July 23rd 2021, 1:39 pm

Under new president, Tanzania gets ready to start vaccine rollout

France 24

Tanzania’s health minister on Friday said the country is set to start vaccinations against Covid-19, marking a policy shift since President Samia Suluhu Hassan took over after the sudden death of Tanzania’s former Covid-sceptic leader.

July 23rd 2021, 1:39 pm

Paris nightlife adapts to Covid-19 era

France 24

With nightclubs finally reopening across France, we're focusing on the recovery of Paris's nightlife from Covid-19. With the coronavirus still in circulation, revellers now have to prove themselves Covid-free before even reaching the dance floor and indoor venues are limited to 75 percent capacity. But Parisians have found other ways to party. Among those who helped beat the pandemic blues is cabaret-style drag act Très Mixity, who staged a nightly show from the windows of a Montmartre building. We went to meet them.

July 23rd 2021, 1:39 pm

Troubled Tokyo Olympics kick off amid pandemic fears

France 24

The most troubled Olympics in modern history finally get under way in Tokyo on Friday, struggling to emerge from the clutches of Covid-19 after a one-year postponement and following a build-up marred by scandal and controversy. Click on the player to watch FRANCE 24's special programme on the Games' kickoff.

July 23rd 2021, 7:40 am

China warned of future disasters as Zhengzhou floods toll passes 50

France 24

The catastrophic floods that struck the central city of Zhengzhou this week have given China's urban planners a foretaste of future disasters as climate experts reckon the country had better learn to live with record-breaking rainfall.

July 23rd 2021, 7:40 am

'No to looting!': South Africans mobilise to clean up after riots

France 24

After a week of rioting swept South Africa, many people came out to clean the streets of Durban, the country’s second-largest city. South African social media is full of photos of these clean-up campaigns as well as messages calling for unity across the country.

July 23rd 2021, 5:06 am

Germany sees Covid-19 spike as EU-wide vaccinations fall short of 70% target

France 24

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Thursday that new cases of Covid-19 in her country were rising "exponentially", driven by the Delta variant, as EU officials said more than half of all European adults had been fully vaccinated, short of a 70% target set for the summer.

July 23rd 2021, 4:54 am

Haiti holds funeral for slain president Moise under tight security

France 24

Mourners were set to offer their final farewell to Haiti's slain president Jovenel Moise under tight security on Friday, just over two weeks after his assassination rattled a country mired in poverty, corruption, and political instability.

July 23rd 2021, 2:39 am

Ecuador declares state of emergency after deadly prison riots

France 24

Ecuador on Thursday declared a state of emergency in its penitentiary system after riots at two prisons left 22 dead and 57 wounded.

July 23rd 2021, 12:23 am

Beleaguered Tokyo Olympics set to kick off under Covid-19 cloud

France 24

The most troubled Olympics in modern history finally get under way in Tokyo on Friday, struggling to emerge from the clutches of Covid-19 after a one-year postponement following a build-up marred by scandal and controversy.

July 22nd 2021, 11:23 pm

Venice dodges demotion on world heritage list after large cruise ships banned

France 24

Venice avoided being named a world heritage site in danger by UNESCO on Thursday, just weeks after Italy moved to ban large cruise ships from sailing into the city centre.

July 22nd 2021, 10:23 pm

US sanctions Cuba officials over protest response, Biden warns more to come

France 24

The United States imposed sanctions on Cuba’s defense minister and a special forces unit Thursday for repressing peaceful protests, a step President Joe Biden warned is “just the beginning” of punitive measures against Havana.

July 22nd 2021, 10:06 pm

Afghanistan: Former military interpreters live in fear of return to Taliban rule

France 24

As the Taliban gain ground throughout Afghanistan, Afghans who worked as interpreters for foreign armies are living in fear of reprisals. Perceived as traitors by the Taliban, they've been imploring Western nations to grant them a visa so they can flee the country. Although the Taliban say no harm will be done to former interpreters who show remorse, Afghans who worked for foreign forces find it difficult to believe this promise. Some of them agreed to speak to FRANCE 24 anonymously.

July 22nd 2021, 7:53 pm

More than half of adults in EU are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, data shows

France 24

The EU on Thursday said 200 million Europeans had been fully vaccinated, more than half of the adult population but still short of a 70 percent target it had set for the summer.

July 22nd 2021, 7:53 pm

Madagascar arrests two French citizens, several others over foiled plot to kill president

France 24

Madagascar said Thursday it had foiled an attempt to assassinate President Andry Rajoelina and arrested six people, two of whom were French nationals.

July 22nd 2021, 7:53 pm

Rights groups take police racial profiling case to top French court

France 24

Leading rights organisations and grassroots groups took France’s first class-action lawsuit targeting the police to the highest administrative authority on Thursday, aiming to fix what they contend is a culture of systemic discrimination in identity checks.

July 22nd 2021, 7:53 pm

Death toll from rioting in South Africa rises to more than 330, government says

France 24

Rioting in South Africa this month has claimed 337 lives, the government said Thursday, marking a further jump in the death toll from the 276 announced the previous day.

July 22nd 2021, 7:53 pm

Pegasus Affair: Morocco sues Amnesty International, French NGO for defamation

France 24

Morocco has filed defamation claims against Amnesty International and a French NGO who claim its intelligence services used the Pegasus mobile phone spyware against dozens of French journalists, lawyers for the government said Thursday.

July 22nd 2021, 7:53 pm

At least a dozen civilians killed in Central African Republic attack, UN says

France 24

Thirteen civilians were killed in clashes north of Bangui, the capital of the perennially restive Central African Republic, the UN mission in the country said Thursday.

July 22nd 2021, 7:53 pm

Tokyo Olympics: Female athletes face double standards over uniforms

France 24

The Norwegian women’s beach handball team were fined because their shorts were too long, British Paralympian Olivia Breen was told by an official that her briefs were too short and Olympic swimmer Alice Dearing won’t be allowed to wear a swimming cap for natural black hair at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Ahead of the Games, set to start on July 23, female athletes are being scrutinised for their choice of sportswear. FRANCE 24 looks at why athletic uniform regulations for women are so harsh.

July 22nd 2021, 7:53 pm

Pegasus Affair: Macron changes phone, reinforces security in wake of spyware allegations

France 24

French President Emmanuel Macron has changed his phone and phone number in light of allegations that Pegasus spyware might have targeted him, a presidency official said Thursday, the same day Macron held an emergency meeting on cybersecurity at the Élysée Palace.

July 22nd 2021, 7:53 pm

Italy to require ‘Green Pass’ for cultural venues, indoor dining

France 24

The Italian government, looking to contain a fresh surge in coronavirus cases, announced on Thursday that from next month people must present proof of immunity to access an array of services and leisure activities.

July 22nd 2021, 7:53 pm

China slams WHO plan to audit Wuhan lab in study of Covid-19 origins

France 24

China on Thursday said a World Health Organization (WHO) proposal to audit Chinese labs as part of further investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic showed "disrespect" and "arrogance towards science".

July 22nd 2021, 5:36 am

Republicans threaten to boycott Jan. 6 committee after Pelosi bars two Trump allies

France 24

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday rejected two Republican selections for the committee probing the January 6 US Capitol insurrection, prompting Republican leadership to threaten a boycott.

July 22nd 2021, 5:36 am

Unhealthy air hangs over eastern US as smoke from West Coast fires spreads

France 24

Smoke and ash from massive wildfires in the American West clouded the sky and led to air quality alerts Wednesday on parts of the East Coast as the effects of the blazes were felt 2,500 miles (4,023 kilometers) away.

July 22nd 2021, 5:36 am

Morocco threatens legal action over 'unfounded' spyware allegations

France 24

Morocco's government on Wednesday threatened legal action against anyone accusing it of using the Israeli spyware programme Pegasus, and deplored what it called a "false, massive, malicious media campaign".

July 22nd 2021, 5:36 am

Protests over water shortages turn deadly in southwest Iran

France 24

Protesters angry about water shortages took to the streets of southwest Iran for a sixth night in a row on Tuesday, with mounting violence, while Tehran residents chanted anti-government slogans, according to videos posted on social media on Wednesday and Iranian news outlets.

July 22nd 2021, 5:36 am

New York City to require hospital workers to get vaccinated or get tested weekly

France 24

As part of a nationwide response to the threat posed by the more contagious Delta coronavirus variant, New York City will require COVID-19 vaccinations or weekly tests for workers at city-run hospitals and clinics.

July 22nd 2021, 5:36 am

Unvaccinated people account for 96% of new Covid-19 cases, says French PM

France 24

The Delta variant of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 is now the main variant circulating in France, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Wednesday, adding that 96 percent of the 18,000 new cases reported the day before were among the unvaccinated.

July 22nd 2021, 5:36 am

Drug companies, US states reach $26 billion settlement over opioid crisis

France 24

Prosecutors from several US states on Wednesday unveiled a sweeping proposed settlement under which four pharmaceutical companies accused of fueling the country’s opioid epidemic would pay up to $26 billion to resolve thousands of claims in federal and state courts.

July 22nd 2021, 5:36 am

Tokyo opening ceremony director fired on eve of Olympics over Holocaust skit

France 24

On the eve of the Tokyo Games, organisers fired the director of the opening ceremony over comments he made about the Holocaust, while media reported former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a memorable advocate for the Tokyo Games, would skip the showpiece event.

July 22nd 2021, 5:36 am

Central China braces for more bad weather as death toll from flooding mounts

France 24

Piles of cars were strewn across a central Chinese city Thursday as shocked residents picked through the debris of a historic deluge that claimed at least 33 lives, with more heavy rain threatening surrounding regions.

July 22nd 2021, 5:36 am

Renewed protests in Colombia as government unveils new tax reform

France 24

Protests against poverty and inequality resumed on Colombia's independence day Tuesday as President Ivan Duque presented a $4 billion tax plan aimed at helping the government pay for social programs and pandemic-related expenses.

July 21st 2021, 4:16 am

Haiti appoints Ariel Henry as new prime minister after president's assassination

France 24

Haiti's new prime minister Ariel Henry took office Tuesday in the aftermath of the president's assassination two weeks ago, pledging to improve the country's dire security and to organise long-delayed elections.

July 21st 2021, 4:16 am

The show can’t go on: Covid cases force London theatres to cancel shows

France 24

The UK’s theatre industry is facing an increasingly bumpy recovery despite an end to Covid-19 restrictions, with a number of West End shows forced to cancel performances due to government isolation rules.

July 21st 2021, 4:16 am

Several killed in China as heavy rainfall floods city and subway

France 24

Twelve people died after torrential rains flooded the subway in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou, authorities said Wednesday, as shocking images of passengers struggling against neck-high water inside a train carriage emerged on social media.

July 21st 2021, 4:16 am

Phones of Macron and some French ministers targeted in Pegasus affair, French media reports

France 24

The cell phones of French President Emmanuel Macron and 15 members of the French government may have been among potential targets in 2019 of surveillance by spyware made by the Israel-based NSO Group, according to a newspaper report Tuesday.

July 21st 2021, 4:16 am

US firefighters struggle to contain Oregon wildfire, power firm under scrutiny

France 24

The large wildfire scorching the western US state of Oregon topped 300,000 acres Monday as it emerged a California power company linked to previous deadly fires may be responsible for a new blaze.

July 21st 2021, 4:16 am

UK to pay French border police €62.7 million in migrant clampdown

France 24

France and the United Kingdom have agreed to deploy more police and invest in detection technology on the French coast to try to stop boats carrying illegal migrants from reaching British shores, they said in a joint statement on Tuesday.

July 21st 2021, 4:16 am

Giannis scores 50 as Milwaukee Bucks clinch first NBA title since 1971

France 24

Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered a historic 50-point performance when it mattered most in leading the Milwaukee Bucks to their first NBA title since 1971 by defeating the Phoenix Suns 105-98 on Tuesday.

July 21st 2021, 4:16 am

Wildfire smoke from West Coast hovers over New York City, causing air pollution

France 24

Wildfires raging across the western United States and Canada, including a "monster" two-week-old blaze in Oregon, on Tuesday belched smoke and soot that gusted eastward and caused harmful air pollution as far away as New York City.

July 21st 2021, 4:16 am

France introduces Covid-19 health pass to access cultural venues

France 24

People wanting to go to cinemas, museums, sporting matches and other cultural venues in France will have to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination or a negative test starting on Wednesday as the country faces a spike in cases from the highly transmissible Delta variant.

July 21st 2021, 4:16 am

Rockets land near Afghan presidential palace as country marks start of Eid al-Adha

France 24

Rockets hit the Afghan capital on Tuesday, landing near the presidential palace during prayers for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, but President Ashraf Ghani and many worried worshippers continued praying at the Kabul outdoor gathering.

July 20th 2021, 10:20 am

French prosecutors open probe into alleged use of Pegasus malware to spy on journalists

France 24

Prosecutors in Paris said Tuesday they had opened a probe into allegations that Moroccan intelligence services used the Israeli-made malware Pegasus to spy on several French journalists.

July 20th 2021, 10:20 am

‘Eid doesn’t feel like Eid’: Tunisians observe holiday amid Covid-19 travel curbs, hospitalisations

France 24

Families in Tunisia are gathering for the start of Eid al-Adha, the “Feast of the Sacrifice”, as Covid-19 lockdown measures prevent faraway relatives from gathering and overburdened hospitals lead medical staff to worry about what's next. FRANCE 24’s Claire Paccalin, Mohamed Farhat and Karim Yahiaoui report.

July 20th 2021, 10:20 am

Mali’s interim president Goïta doing 'very well' after assassination attempt

France 24

Mali's interim leader Colonel Assimi Goïta announced on national television that he is doing "very well" following an attempt on his life in the capital Bamako on Tuesday.

July 20th 2021, 10:20 am

Jeff Koons on juxtaposing the ordinary with the opulent

France 24

They're glossy, gaudy and, for some, a little bit lurid: Jeff Koons' graphic prints and sensational sculptures have made him the 21st century face of pop art and the king of the contemporary market. A new exhibition at the Mucem museum in Marseille reveals the vernacular roots of much of the US artist's work. It's placed side by side with the anthropological objects that recount the nature of daily life in the Mediterranean over the centuries.

July 20th 2021, 10:20 am

Billionaire Bezos blasts to space and back again on his own rocket

France 24

The wealthiest man on the planet Jeff Bezos lifted off on his own rocket and reached outer space on Tuesday, a key moment for a fledgling industry seeking to make the final frontier accessible to elite tourists.

July 20th 2021, 10:20 am
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