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    • Friday 12 February
    • Ten years on, Bahrain paralysed by legacy of Arab Spring

      France 24 - 12h39

      With a popular, reform-minded crown prince newly installed as prime minister, and a decade passed since the Arab Spring, Bahrain should be well placed to cast off the painful legacy of its uprising.

      The Pearl monument in downtown Manama — the centre of the protests before they were crushed with the help of Saudi forces — has long since been razed. But the nation’s wounds remain raw and there is still no room for dissent.

    • Hungary to start vaccinations with Russian Covid-19 shot

      France 24 - 12h33

      Hungary will start vaccinating people suffering no chronic diseases with Russia’s Sputnik Covid-19 vaccine soon, surgeon general Cecilia Muller told a briefing on Tuesday, becoming the first European Union country to use it. FRANCE 24’s Gulliver Cragg tells us more.

    • Twitter suspends pro-Trump activist group for privacy violations

      France 24 - 12h31

      A conservative activist group notorious for its use of undercover footage and publicity stunts was permanently suspended from Twitter on Thursday, after the group reportedly violated the platform’s policies on sharing private information.

      Project Veritas, a brash team of right-wing activists which has long been one of former US President Donald Trump’s most fervent backers, was banned for “repeated violations of the companies anti-doxxing policies”, the group’s founder James O’Keefe said in a tweet.

    • Joe Root says ‘difficult decision’ to opt out of IPL

      France 24 - 12h30

      Joe Root on Friday said he remains “desperate” to play the Indian Premier League but his commitment to England cricket remains top priority.

      Root opted out of this year’s IPL auctions scheduled on February 18. Eight overseas players including Australia’s Steve Smith got a top base price of $275,000.

    • Caged in court, Navalny mocks Putin and chases fans

      France 24 - 12h29

      Confined in a glass box in a Moscow courtroom, Alexei Navalny berated the judge, mocked a prison official and sparred with the prosecutor.

      Then, at the end of a long day in court, President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest critic showed his softer side, smiling at his wife Yulia and drawing a heart on the glass of his cage.

      Since his arrest in mid-January after returning from Germany where he was treated for a poisoning, Navalny has turned a series of hearings at Russia’s usually colourless courtrooms into headline-grabbing acts of political theatre.

    • North Korea’s Kim lambasts officials for economic ‘defeatism’

      France 24 - 12h27

      North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has accused top officials of “self-protection and defeatism” and largely blamed them for the country’s economic plight, state media reported Friday.

      At a meeting of top cadres, state news agency KCNA said Kim had “sharply criticised” officials responsible for laying out plans for various sectors’ growth this year, saying they did not reflect the “idea and policy” announced at January’s Party Congress.

    • Australian Open to continue without fans after snap Covid-19 lockdown announced

      France 24 - 12h26

      The Australian Open was thrown into chaos Friday after Melbourne was ordered into a snap five-day lockdown, with fans banned and players to compete in a biosecure “bubble”.

      Authorities fear Victoria state is on the brink of the third Covid-19 wave with the city’s five-million residents ordered to remain at home from midnight, except for a limited number of permitted essential activities.

    • Kremlin critic Navalny back in Moscow court for slander trial

      France 24 - 12h25

      Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny returned to court on Friday for a trial on slander charges he calls politically motivated amid mounting tensions between Russia and the West over his jailing.

      Navalny, President Vladimir Putin‘s most prominent critic, was jailed last week for almost three years for parole violations he said were trumped up. The West has condemned the case and is discussing possible sanctions on Russia.

      Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier on Friday that Moscow was ready to sever ties with the European Union if the bloc hit it with painful economic sanctions. Moscow has accused the West of hysteria over the case.


    • Tokyo Olympics chief Mori resigns over sexist comments

      France 24 - 12h23

      Tokyo 2020 chief Yoshiro Mori bowed to mounting pressure and resigned Friday over sexist remarks, but his replacement was not immediately clear after opposition emerged to his favoured successor.

      The resignation and the leadership vacuum left behind by the controversy add to the woes of organisers struggling to win over a sceptical public less than six months before the virus-delayed Games.

      Mori, 83, sparked domestic and international outrage by claiming last week that women speak too much in meetings, with officials, sports stars and Olympic sponsors slamming the remarks as inappropriate.

    • New York’s notorious Rikers Island jail set to become renewable energy hub

      France 24 - 12h21

      It’s long been one of the United States’ most infamous jails. Now Rikers Island is on track to become a renewable energy hub, a plan for which New York City environmental justice organizers have campaigned since the closure of the jail complex was announced in 2019.

      It’s long been one of the United States’ most infamous jails. Now Rikers Island is on track to become a renewable energy hub, a plan for which New York City environmental justice organizers have campaigned since the closure of the jail complex was announced in 2019.

    • Tuesday 09 February
    • Evenepoel back in training after horror crash and aiming for Giro

      France 24 - 14h45

      Remco Evenepoel, who was seriously injured in August at the Tour of Lombardy, said he wants to return to competition at the Giro d’Italia in May, the Belgian newspaper La Dernier Heure-Les Sports reported on Tuesday.

      The 21-year-old Deceuninck-Quick Step rider, who has been dubbed the heir to cycling legend Eddy Merckx, fractured his pelvis after hitting a bridge wall and plunging 10 metres (30 feet) into a ravine during the Italian race.

    • Snow and bitter cold bring chaos to Germany and Britain

      France 24 - 14h43

      Freezing drivers were stranded for hours in traffic jams in Germany and Covid-19 vaccination centres were shut in Britain on Tuesday as Europe was pummelled by the heaviest snow in years.

      Traffic on a motorway near the German city of Bielefeld was brought to a standstill by heavy snowfall overnight Monday into Tuesday, with some drivers trapped for at least 16 hours, according to media reports.

    • Identifying animal origin of coronavirus a ‘work in progress’, says WHO mission to Wuhan

      France 24 - 14h39

      The WHO mission to China to uncover the origins of the coronavirus failed to identify the source of a pandemic which has swept across the world, but the team Tuesday ruled out the Wuhan lab-leak theory propagated by Donald Trump.

      Experts believe the disease — which has killed more than 2.3 million people worldwide — originated in bats and could have been transmitted to humans via another mammal.

      WHO foreign expert Peter Ben Embarek said identifying the animal pathway remains a “work in progress”, adding the absence of bats in the Wuhan area dimmed the likelihood of direct transmission.

    • No hugs or high-fives: Olympic organisers unveil athlete rulebook

      France 24 - 14h36

      No socialising, no handshakes and definitely no hugs — that’s what athletes at the coronavirus-postponed Tokyo Olympics can expect this summer, according to a virus rulebook released Tuesday by organisers.

      The 33-page document — the last in a series of “playbooks” drawn up in a bid to ensure the Games can go ahead safely — also warns athletes they could be kicked out of their events if they break strict anti-virus rules.

    • Qatar says ready to help Lebanon when new govt formed

      France 24 - 14h35

      Qatar’s foreign minister Tuesday said his country was ready to help kick-start Lebanon’s flailing economy, but only if its deeply divided political class agreed on a new government.

      “Under our policy, we only provide financial help through economic projects… that will make a difference to the country’s economy,” Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said during a visit to Beirut.

    • Mozambique sees militia violence dwindle as military gains steam

      France 24 - 14h34

      Islamist attacks in Mozambique’s remote north have become less frequent and violent in recent weeks, a trend that analysts attribute in part to scaled-up counter-insurgency tactics.

      Shadowy jihadists affiliated to the so-called Islamic State group have wreaked havoc in the gas-rich but impoverished Cabo Delgado province since 2017.

      Their attacks rocketed last year, triggering a humanitarian crisis akin to the end of Mozambique’s 1977-1992 civil war.

    • ‘Can’t stay quiet’: Thailand’s Myanmar migrants rise up against coup back home

      France 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.

    • Legendary French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière dies at 89

      France 24 - 14h02

      Legendary French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere, who penned some of the most memorable movies of the last half century including “The Tin Drum” and “Cyrano de Bergerac”, has died at the age of 89, his daughter told AFP.

      Carriere, best known for his work with Luis Bunuel and Milos Forman, died in his sleep late Monday at his home in Paris, said Kiara Carriere.

    • Hong Kong pro-democracy tycoon Jimmy Lai denied bail in national security case

      France 24 - 13h36

      Hong Kong’s top court on Tuesday ordered pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai to stay behind bars as it sided with prosecutors in the first legal test of Beijing’s sweeping new national security law.

      The landmark case cements the dramatic changes the security law has begun making to semi-autonomous Hong Kong‘s common law traditions as Beijing seeks to snuff out dissent in the restless financial hub.

      Lai, the 73-year-old owner of pro-democracy tabloid Apple Daily, is one of more than 100 activists arrested under the law since it was enacted in June, and the highest-profile figure to be placed in pre-trial custody.

    • Haiti opposition names interim leader as political crisis deepens

      France 24 - 13h28

      The Haitian opposition on Monday escalated a constitutional crisis by naming a magistrate as an interim leader for the troubled Caribbean country amid a dispute over when the term of President Jovenel Moise ends.

      Political tension was exacerbated on Sunday when Moise alleged there had been an attempt to overthrow the government and 23 people were arrested, including a Supreme Court judge and a senior police official.

    • Monday 08 February
    • Bangladesh’s Shakib ruled out of second West Indies Test

      France 24 - 14h37

      Bangladesh star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will miss the second and the final Test against the West Indies with a thigh injury, the team’s management said Monday.

      Shakib picked up the injury during the opening Test defeat in Chittagong that ended Sunday.

      He was unable to bat and bowl in the second innings.

      His absence was felt massively when Bangladesh were unable to defend a large 394-run lead.

    • Ominous Djokovic crushes Chardy in Australian Open warning

      France 24 - 14h35

      Defending champion Novak Djokovic blasted past Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in emphatic fashion Monday to ominously kick off his bid for an unprecedented ninth Australian Open title.

      The Serbian world number one, who clinched his 17th Grand Slam in last year’s gripping final at Melbourne Park against Dominic Thiem, wasted little energy in the 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 romp in just 91 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.

      The writing was on the wall with the pair meeting 13 times before and the Serb winning them all, with Chardy failing to take a single set.

    • Police fire water cannon as Myanmar demonstrators stage largest protest since 2007

      France 24 - 14h34

      Police fired a water cannon at protesters in the Myanmar capital on Monday as tens of thousands of people joined a third day of nationwide demonstrations against the military’s removal of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi a week ago.

    • Iran nuclear deal: Biden says US will not unilaterally lift sanctions

      France 24 - 14h31

      US President Joe Biden has made clear he will not unilaterally lift sanctions against Iran, saying it must first adhere to its nuclear deal commitments despite demands on Sunday from the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader.

      The exchange underscored the thorny diplomatic challenge ahead as Biden seeks to revive — without showing weakness — a key accord rejected by his predecessor Donald Trump.

      Asked in a CBS interview airing Sunday whether he would halt sanctions to convince Iran to return to the bargaining table, Biden offered a clear reply: “No.”

    • Ecuador’s socialist candidate Arauz claims ‘resounding victory’ as election set for April runoff

      France 24 - 14h29

      Leftist economist Andres Arauz claimed “a resounding victory” as exit polls predicted he would face right-wing ex-banker Guillermo Lasso in a runoff after polls closed Sunday in Ecuador’s general election.

      The vote was marred by long lines of people waiting to cast ballots as coronavirus restrictions caused chaos.

      Two exit polls showed Arauz had topped the vote with 34.9 to 36.2 percent ahead of Lasso on 21 to 21.7 percent.

      To win outright, a candidate needs 50 percent plus one vote or 40 percent and a 10-point lead over the nearest rival.

    • Brazilian activists beg for oxygen tanks via social media as Covid-19 rages through Manaus

      France 24 - 14h27

      A brutal second wave of Covid-19 has been sweeping through the city of Manaus, northwestern Brazil, since early January. The city’s overwhelmed hospitals are facing acute oxygen shortages. By mid-January, social media was ringing out with cries of distress from medical workers and family members. In response to this health crisis, local volunteers have launched a campaign called “SOS Amazonas” to support the region’s hospitals.

    • Friday 05 February
    • Russia expels European diplomats over Navalny protests, EU ‘strongly condemns’ move

      France 24 - 19h13

      Russia on Friday said it was expelling diplomats from Germany, Poland and Sweden for participating in unauthorised demonstrations in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, a move the EU’s top diplomat and several European leaders condemned as “unjustified” and “completely unfounded”.

    • England’s Hill gets serious ahead of Scotland clash with Exeter team-mates

      France 24 - 19h10

      England lock Jonny Hill has cut out the jokes with Exeter team-mates Stuart Hogg and Jonny Gray ahead of Saturday’s Calcutta Cup clash at Twickenham.

      Rather than partnering Gray in the second row, as he does for reigning English Premiership and European champions Exeter, Hill will be up against him when England begin the defence of their Six Nations title in a match that marks the 150th anniversary of rugby’s oldest international.

    • On the left: a young economist versus a feisty indigenous campaigner. On the right: a sexagenarian former banker. These are the main contenders for Ecuador’s presidency in elections on Sunday. One of the three will replace incumbent Lenin Moreno, who came to power with leftist support in 2017 only to turn a right corner and cut aid in a country in dire economic straits.

      France 24 - 19h04

      French President Emmanuel #Macron and German Chancellor Angela #Merkel are to hold a virtual defence and security council meeting on Friday, with the Russian crackdown on opposition expected to be addressed between the two leaders. It will be their first official meeting since Joe #Biden became US President and took a strong stance towards diplomacy, but the two leaders have different opinions on tensions with Russia, as FRANCE 24’s Philip Turle analyses.

    • Socialist, ecologist or banker: who will lead Ecuador?

      France 24 - 19h01

      On the left: a young economist versus a feisty indigenous campaigner. On the right: a sexagenarian former banker. These are the main contenders for Ecuador’s presidency in elections on Sunday.

      One of the three will replace incumbent Lenin Moreno, who came to power with leftist support in 2017 only to turn a right corner and cut aid in a country in dire economic straits.

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