Information round to clock
- Friday 10 June
Gay Pride billboard pulled down in Ghana’s capital AccraAfricanews - 16h10
Agiant Billboard mounted in Ghana’s capital, Accra, to mark pride month, has been pulled down. This billdoard mounted over the first weekend of June raised a lot od debates within Ghana media space with many proposing that it be pulled down.
- Thursday 05 May
Mali’s Termination od defence deal with FranceAfricanews - 10h16
The European Union on Wednesday termed Mali’s decision to back out of defense agreements with France as “regrettable”.A spokesman for the EU’s commission for foreign affairs said the decision would weaken the fight against militants in the country.
Bamako on Monday slammed what it called flagrant violations of its sovereignty by French troops.
- Friday 29 April
Chad National DialogueCT - 12h21
Despite a delay at the pre-national dialogue in Doha,the technical committee in charge of organising the May 10th National Dialogue in N’Djamena is seriously at work. After submitting all the documents, that will be the basis of discussiions during the dialogue and raising the required budget of 2.8 billion, it will be left on the committe to tackle the most crucial phase of the organization which is the repartition of the 1,500 delegates in such a way that no group is either left out or marginalsed.
- Thursday 21 April
Italy signs gas deals with Angola in a bid to Boycott RussiaAfricanews - 11h38
Italy on Wednesday penned a deal with Angola to ramp up gas supplies from the southern African country as it urgently scrambles to break away from Russian gas over the Ukraine war.
A declaration of intent was signed to develop “new” natural gas ventures and to increase exports to Italy, a statement from the Italian foreign minister announced.
Netflix Experience a SlumpBBC - 11h35
Shares in Netflix have slumped by 35% after it revealed a sharp drop in subscribers and warned millions more are set to quit the streaming service.
It wiped more than $50bn off the firm’s market value as experts warned it faced a struggle to get back on track.
Netflix faces intense competition from streaming rivals, but was also hit after it raised prices and left Russia.
- Tuesday 19 April
South Africa Declares state of DisasterAfricanews - 09h38
President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a state of national disaster in South Africa. This comes a week after terrible floods left at least 443 people dead in the Durban area on the east coast
The authorities expect hundreds of millions of euros in damage. A €63 million emergency fund has been released by the government after the region already suffered massive destruction in July during an unprecedented wave of rioting and looting.
- Tuesday 15 June
‘Diamond rush’ grips South African village after discovery of unidentified stones Story by ReutersFrance 24 - 18h05
More than 1,000 fortune seekers on Monday flocked to the village of KwaHlathi in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province in search of what they believed to be diamonds after a discovery of unidentified stones in the area.The people traveled from across South Africa to join villagers who have been digging since Saturday, after a herd man who dug up the first stone on an open field, which some believe to be quartz crystals, put out the word.The discovery was a life changer, said one digger Mendo Sabelo as he held a handful of tiny stones.
- Tuesday 09 February
‘Can’t stay quiet’: Thailand’s Myanmar migrants rise up against coup back homeFrance 24 - 14h33
Organising protests, gathering supporters and distributing posters of their beloved leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar workers in Thailand are adding to a chorus of dissent against a coup that has upended their home country.
Thailand’s economy is reliant on millions of low-wage labourers — mostly from neighbouring Myanmar — who largely toil behind the scenes to keep the kingdom’s industries humming.
They live a precarious existence and largely distrust Thai authorities, due to widespread discrimination and frequent crackdowns against illegal workers, and usually keep to themselves.
- Tuesday 19 January
‘Arson’ destroys four UNICEF schools in Rohingya campsFrance 24 - 11h28
Four UNICEF schools for Rohingya children in refugee camps in Bangladesh have been destroyed in a fire, officials said Tuesday, with the UN children’s agency calling it arson.
It was unclear who might attack the schools, which were empty at the time, but the security situation in the camps housing around a million people has worsened in recent months.
- Monday 18 January
‘Buried by strangers’: funeral curbs raise ire in ZimbabweFrance 24 - 16h29
Only a handful of sobbing relatives huddle together, heads lowered in sorrow, as cemetery workers in hazmat suits hastily shovel dirt over a coffin in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare.
Fifteen minutes later the family must leave the cemetery. To minimise coronavirus risks, none of the usual funeral rites are permitted, not even a brief eulogy.
Zimbabwe imposed new restrictions on funerals this month following a rise in Covid-19 cases.
- Tuesday 08 December
‘An art, a sport, a culture’: Breakdancing to make Olympic debutFrance 24 - 18h49
Breaking, also known as breakdancing, is coming to the Olympics after it was officially added to the Paris 2024 schedule on Monday. For breakdancers around the world, the announcement is deserved recognition for what is not only a popular sport around the world but also a culture and art form.
“It made me extremely happy, especially for the people who paved the way for my generation,” 17-year-old American breakdancer Logan Edra, also known as Logistx, told Reuters.
“Honestly, I don’t think there’s a week that I haven’t thought about the Olympics for the past year.”
- Friday 09 October
‘Diplomatic wheels in motion’ as Armenia, Azerbaijan meet in MoscowFrance 24 - 18h33
Russia said Friday that Armenia and Azerbaijan had agreed to meet in Moscow for negotiations on ending the fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, after President Vladimir Putin called for talks. FRANCE 24 senior reporter Catherine Norris-Trent, in Baku, says the diplomatic wheels are in motion, with a temporary truce potentially on the cards.
- Wednesday 09 September
‘Devastation’: Wildfires ravage western United StatesFrance 24 - 18h59
“Unprecedented” wildfires fueled by strong winds and searing temperatures were raging cross a wide swathe of California, Oregon and Washington on Wednesday, destroying scores of homes and businesses in the western US states and forcing tens of thousands of residents to evacuate.
In California, where at least eight deaths have been reported, National Guard helicopters rescued hundreds of people trapped by the Creek Fire in the Sierra National Forest.
- Wednesday 02 September
‘Banksy boat’ migrants board quarantine ship off ItalyFrance 24 - 16h28
More than 350 migrants including those rescued by a vessel sponsored by British street artist Banksy were being transferred onto a quarantine vessel off Sicily, aid workers said Wednesday.
“The first people have boarded the quarantine vessel and the operation is ongoing,” Mattea Weihe, spokeswoman for the Sea-Watch humanitarian organisation told AFP.
The 353 migrants on board Sea-Watch 4 include those rescued last week by Louise Michel, a 30-metre boat sponsored by the mysterious artist.
- Wednesday 26 August
‘Butcher of Bosnia’ personally led Srebrenica massacre, prosecutors sayFrance 24 - 12h23
Prosecutors urged UN judges on Wednesday to uphold former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic’s genocide conviction, saying he personally oversaw the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys.
Mladic, 78, is appealing against his 2017 conviction and life sentence by a tribunal in The Hague for genocide over the massacre and for crimes against humanity and war crimes throughout the 1992-95 Bosnian war.
- Tuesday 25 August
‘Butcher of Bosnia’ Ratko Mladic appeals genocide conviction at The HagueFrance 24 - 14h41
Former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic was in court at The Hague on Tuesday to appeal his 2017 genocide conviction for atrocities his forces committed during the Bosnian war, including the murders of 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica. Lawyers for Mladic argued that he was not fit to face trial.
- Friday 24 July
‘All lives matter’ say brothers-in-arms Richards and BothamFrance 24 - 12h05
Almost half a century on from when cricket legends Ian Botham and Viv Richards made their county debut for Somerset their bond is as strong as ever, they explained in media interviews on Friday.
England all-rounder Botham, 64, earned the respect and eternal friendship of 68-year-old West Indies batsman Richards for never turning his back on him even when the Englishman received hate mail during the halcyon days at the county.
- Thursday 09 July
‘Consensus’ on recreating Notre Dame spire: ministerFrance 24 - 17h46
There is a “large consensus” that the spire of the fire-damaged Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris should be rebuilt to resemble its former self, France’s culture minister said Thursday, as a panel prepared to make a definitive decision.
French President Emmanuel Macron has argued for a “contemporary” touch in replacing the 19th-century spire which collapsed into the nave of the church in April last year.
‘Consensus’ that Notre-Dame spire should be rebuilt in original formFrance 24 - 14h50
France’s incoming culture minister says there is a “large consensus” that the spire of Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris should be rebuilt as it was before last year’s devastating fire.
Roselyne Bachelot told French radio on Thursday that “there was a large consensus in public opinion and among those deciding” the issue for the spire to be rebuilt.
Her comments came hours before a commission that is set to rule on the thorny question was due to meet.
- Wednesday 01 July
‘Dozens killed’ as violence spreads in wake of Ethiopian singer’s deathFrance 24 - 17h55
At least 50 people were killed in Ethiopia’s Oromiya region in protests following the fatal shooting of protest singer Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, a regional spokesman said on Wednesday, laying bare splits in the prime minister’s political heartland ahead of next year’s polls.
- Friday 26 June
‘Ayouni’, the documentary film that puts a face to Syria’s forcibly disappearedFrance 24 - 18h26
Award-winning Palestinian director Yasmin Fedda’s latest documentary, “Ayouni”, sheds light on Syria’s forced disappearances through the intimate stories of Noura, widow of cyber-activist Bassel Safadi, and Machi, sister of Italian priest Paolo Dall’Oglio, who was abducted in Raqqa in 2013 and whose whereabouts are unknown.
- Tuesday 07 April
‘All Rise’ episode to be shot remotely to reflect virus realitiesFrance 24 - 13h58
An episode of the CBS courtroom drama “All Rise” will be filmed remotely to reflect real-life restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic, with each actor performing from home.
In a first for a US television series, the virtual production will use apps such as Zoom, FaceTime and WebEx, CBS said Monday.
Once the sequences for each actor have been shot, the production team will use special effects to change the background.
- Tuesday 03 December
‘Children are innocent’: Albanians beg for return of IS youngstersFrance 24 - 11h33
After media interest helped mobilise the evacuation of an Albanian boy from northern Syria last month, families of other children of Islamic State fighters are pleading with Tirana to redouble its efforts and bring the rest home.
Alvin Berisha, an 11-year-old Albanian boy from Italy, was rescued from a Kurdish-run prison camp in Syria in November after a popular Italian TV show whipped up support for his plight.
The boy’s homecoming has also opened a ray of hope for other families in Albania who have been struggling for years to bring back youth snatched by their jihadist parents.
- Thursday 21 November
‘Corruption’ probe meant Bidens, impeachment witnesses sayAP - 18h11
Key impeachment witnesses said Thursday it was clear that Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani was pursuing political investigations of Democrats in Ukraine. Their testimony undercuts the president’s argument he only wanted to root out Ukrainian corruption.
State Department official David Holmes said he understood that Giuliani’s push to investigate “Burisma,” the Ukraine gas company where Joe Biden’s son Hunter served on the board, was code for the former vice president and his family. Former White House adviser Fiona Hill warned that Giuliani had been making “explosive” and “incendiary” claims.