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    • Friday 10 July
    • Erdogan reopens Hagia Sophia for Muslim worship, angering Christian leaders

      France 24 - 17h55

      Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Friday that the Hagia Sophia, one of the architectural wonders of the world, would be reopened for Muslim worship, sparking fury among Christian leaders and in neighbouring Greece.

    • Lebanon’s neo-liberal wheels sped to a dream future, but the past applies the brakes

      France 24 - 17h54

      For decades, Lebanon was a poster child of the triumph of private enterprise, its failure to close its civil war chapter overlooked in the hopes that prosperity would overcome the weakness of the state. But now that the current economic crisis has ripped the neo-liberal band-aid, can the Lebanese confront the wounds of the past?

    • Louis Vuitton quits Paris to show in China and Japan

      France 24 - 17h52

      Louis Vuitton is taking its men’s fashion collections on the road for the first time, the luxury brand said Friday, with shows in China and Japan rather than Paris.

      The label’s American designer Virgil Abloh said the spring 2021 collection will be unveiled in Shanghai on August 6 and in Japan afterwards.

      Both will be open to the general public and will be livestreamed, he added.

    • Trump heads to Florida as coronavirus cases surge

      France 24 - 17h50

      US President Donald Trump headed to coronavirus-stricken Florida on Friday to attend a campaign fundraiser, ignoring health advice about the dangers of large gatherings as he ramps up public appearances ahead of the election.

      The virus has claimed more than 4,000 lives in the Sunshine State, where Republican governor Ron DeSantis downplayed the outbreak early on but has since been forced to pause reopening.

    • Harlequins v Sale to relaunch Premiership rugby on August 14

      France 24 - 17h49

      The English Premiership will restart on August 14 when Harlequins host Sale and conclude with the play-off final on October 24, Premiership Rugby announced on Friday.

      The fixture at the Twickenham Stoop will end a Premiership hiatus of 159 days due to the coronavirus shutdown.

      A day later four more matches will take place before a bumper weekend of rugby action ends when Northampton host Wasps on August 16.

    • France becomes first of ‘Big 5’ leagues to welcome back fans

      France 24 - 17h47

      The fans will return to French football stadiums before Ligue 1 does.

      Domestic competitive football shut down in France in early March and the authorities decided to scrap their league season.

      The other four leading European leagues all resumed their seasons in empty stadiums. This weekend, French clubs will open their doors, slightly, as they play friendly matches with a maximum attendance of 5,000 and under strict health protocols.

    • Amazon deforestation increases 25 percent in Brazil

      France 24 - 17h46

      Deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon increased by a record 25 percent year-on-year in the first half of 2020, official data released Friday showed, increasing pressure on President Jair Bolsonaro to abandon his plans to develop the region.

      Some 3,069 square kilometers (1,184 square miles) were affected by deforestation, the highest figure since satellite data has been collected beginning in 2015, the country’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) said.

    • Iraqi MP dies of COVID-19 as cases jump 600%

      France 24 - 17h45

      Iraqi lawmaker Ghida Kambash died Friday after contracting the novel coronavirus, parliament announced, its first member to succumb to the virus as its spread ramps up across the country.

      The 46-year-old was a three-time MP from Baquba, northeast of Baghdad, and helped pass laws on education reform and social welfare.

    • China vows to hit US with ‘reciprocal measures’ after Xinjiang sanctions

      France 24 - 17h43

      China said Friday it will impose tit-for-tat measures on US institutions and individuals who “behave badly” on Xinjiang-related issues after Washington slapped sanctions on Chinese officials over a crackdown on Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims in the region.

    • Week in Review: Macron revamps cabinet, France rules out new lockdown and Louvre reopens

      France 24 - 17h42

      This week FRANCE 24 looked at Emmanuel Macron’s cabinet reshuffle, France’s new PM ruling out a new lockdown if Covid-19 resurges and the 60th anniversary of a wave of independence across Africa.

    • Lebanon’s neo-liberal wheels sped to a dream future, but the past applies the brakes

      France 24 - 12h54

      For decades, Lebanon was a poster child of the triumph of private enterprise, its failure to close its civil war chapter overlooked in the hopes that prosperity would overcome the weakness of the state. But now that the current economic crisis has ripped the neo-liberal band-aid, can the Lebanese confront the wounds of the past?

      The trains in Lebanon are an unfortunate metaphor for the state. They’re going nowhere. In fact, they haven’t budged since the national rail system ground to a halt during the 1975-1990 Lebanese civil war.

    • PSG to face Italy’s Atalanta in Champions League quarter-finals

      France 24 - 12h53

      Paris Saint-Germain have been drawn against this season’s surprise package Atalanta in the Champions League quarter-finals, while Lyon will take on either Real Madrid or Manchester City if they can first overcome Juventus in their delayed last-16 tie.

      Four quarter-finalists were confirmed on Friday in a draw made confusing by the Covid-19 pandemic that suspended European club football’s top tournament in March.

    • Long tail of coronavirus can prolong suffering for months

      France 24 - 12h52

      They call themselves “long-haulers”, “long-tailers”, or simply survivors.

      Some have been sick almost as long as the new coronavirus is known to have existed.

      Six months after the virus began to scorch its way across the planet, it is becoming clear that COVID-19 causes far more symptoms than first suspected.

    • UNESCO warns Turkey against Hagia Sophia mosque conversion

      France 24 - 12h51

      The UN’s cultural agency UNESCO warned Turkey on Friday against converting the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia museum in Istanbul into a mosque, urging dialogue before any decision is taken.

      The Hagia Sophia, which was first a cathedral then a mosque after the conquest of Istanbul, is inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site as part of an area designated as “Historic Areas of Istanbul.”

    • Champions League final eight draw throws up possible Barcelona-Bayern clash

      France 24 - 12h49

      Barcelona and Bayern Munich will meet in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League should both sides make it through, Friday’s draw for the final eight confirmed.

      Both teams still need to complete their last-16 ties, with Bayern almost there having won 3-0 away to Chelsea in the first leg, while Barcelona are due to host Napoli after a 1-1 draw in Italy.

    • Arteta hails ‘world-class’ Mourinho ahead of London derby

      France 24 - 12h49

      Jose Mourinho is still a world-class manager and could be the right man to end Tottenham’s long wait for a trophy, according to Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta.

      The pair will meet in opposite dugouts on Sunday as the Gunners make the short trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

      Arteta is beginning to earn praise for slowly turning things around on the pitch but Mourinho, who replaced Mauricio Pochettino in November, has come under fire for failing to lift his faltering side.

    • Absence of US tourists hammers Italy’s Amalfi coast

      France 24 - 12h48

      With its white and multicoloured houses perched on the mountainside above the crystalline waters of the Mediterranean, Italy’s Amalfi coast is an ideal holiday location but it is suffering.

      The beauty of the villages of Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi is world famous, but today the normally bustling streets are practically empty. With fewer boats bobbing around the harbour and no traffic jams on the coast road leading to the villages, it has an air of low season.

    • US sees latest record surge in virus cases amid wrangling over lockdown measures

      France 24 - 12h47

      More than 60,500 new Covid-19 infections were reported across the United States on Thursday, according to a Reuters tally, setting yet another one-day record as weary Americans were told to take new precautions and the pandemic becomes increasingly politicised.

      The total represents a slight rise from Wednesday, when there were 60,000 new cases, and marks the largest one-day increase by any country since the pandemic emerged in China last year.

    • Seoul’s mayor found dead in presumed suicide after #MeToo allegation

      France 24 - 12h45

      The mayor of Seoul, a former human rights lawyer and potential South Korean presidential candidate, died in an apparent suicide a day after being accused of sexual harassment.

      The death of Park Won-soon, whose body was recovered early Friday on a mountain in the capital, is by far the most dramatic end to a #MeToo case in South Korea, a highly patriarchal society where the women’s movement has brought down scores of prominent men in multiple fields.

      If Park does prove to have killed himself he would be the highest-profile South Korean politician to do so since former president Roh Moo-hyun, who jumped off a cliff in 2009 after being questioned over corruption allegations involving family members.

    • Broad reveals ‘anger’ at England Test axe

      France 24 - 12h43

      England paceman Stuart Broad said he felt frustrated and angry at having “my shirt” taken away after he was dropped for the first Test against the West Indies at Southampton.

      Broad was in England’s 13-man squad for the series opener, the first major international cricket since the coronavirus lockdown.

      The paceman is second only to long-standing new-ball colleague James Anderson in England’s all-time list of leading Test wicket-takers.

    • Thursday 09 July
    • Trump insists on re-opening schools as US Covid-19 cases top 3 million

      France 24 - 17h55

      The United States topped three million confirmed coronavirus cases Wednesday as President Donald Trump pushed for schools to re-open amid a COVID-19 resurgence in many southern hotspots.

      The United States topped three million confirmed coronavirus cases Wednesday as President Donald Trump pushed for schools to re-open amid a COVID-19 resurgence in many southern hotspots.

    • Supreme Court rules NY prosecutors can obtain Trump tax returns

      France 24 - 17h49

      The US Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a New York prosecutor investigating President Donald Trump and the Trump Organization in connection with hush-money payments can obtain his financial records, including his tax returns.

      The 7-2 ruling authored by Chief Justice John Roberts means that the subpoena issued to Trump‘s long-time accounting firm, Mazars LLP, for various financial records to be turned over to a grand jury as part of a criminal investigation can be enforced.

    • US president Trump ‘must hand over records’ to justice, ‘unlikely to become public before election’

      France 24 - 17h48

      After a surprise decision, US Supreme Court has ruled that Donald Trump ‘must hand over records to New York prosecutors’, inflicting a defeat to the President. These documents should be able to be analysed by the Senate and the Democrat-dominated House of Representatives, but the Supreme Court has blocked its transfer to the latter. “It is unlikely that the general public will know about Trump’s tax returns before the 2020 elections”, FRANCE 24’s

    • ‘Consensus’ on recreating Notre Dame spire: minister

      France 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.

    • Ivory Coast PM Amadou Gon Coulibaly ‘was somebody deeply trusted by President Ouattara’

      France 24 - 17h45

      West-African country “Ivory Coast is mourning”, as President Alassan Ouattara said when announcing the death of Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly. He was also expected to succeed him in October’s presidential election. “He was somebody who was deeply deeply trusted by the President Alassan Ouattara”, Paul Melly, consultant fellow of the African programmz at the Chatham House Institute, told FRANCE 24.

    • ‘Viola forever’: Ribery to stay at Fiorentina despite home burglary

      France 24 - 17h43

      Former France attacker Franck Ribery pledged his future to Fiorentina on Thursday despite raising doubts over staying with the club after a burglary at his Florence home over the weekend.

      Ribery, 37, who joined the Serie A side from Bayern Munich last August, said on Sunday he questioned how he could feel safe in the city after his wife lost precious jewellery amongst other items in the break-in.

    • Pandemic could push 45 million in Latin America into poverty: UN

      France 24 - 17h42

    • Warning of possible virus resurgence, France rules out another ‘total lockdown’

      France 24 - 17h40

      The French government on Wednesday warned that a surge in coronavirus cases in coming months remained a distinct possibility, though it ruled out another nationwide lockdown that would further cripple the country’s economy.

      “My aim is to prepare France for a possible second wave while preserving our daily life, our economic and social life,” Jean Castex, the newly appointed prime minister, said in an interview on RTL television.

    • Notre-Dame Cathedral: Volunteer carpenters aim to settle reconstruction debate

      France 24 - 17h38

      A group of volunteer carpenters are hoping to settle the debate over how Paris’s fire-ravaged Notre-Dame Cathedral should be rebuilt by constructing a replica of part of the structure’s roof entirely by hand using traditional techniques and materials.

      Armed with axes and hand saws, the team of 25 craftsmen and women, who belong to a collective called Carpenters Without Borders, managed to build one of the 25 trusses that made up the wooden roof of Notre-Dame that they say is identical to the original.

    • MLS Union honors black victims of police brutality in win

      France 24 - 17h36

      Wearing jerseys with the names of black victims of police brutality, the Philadelphia Union defeated New York City FC 1-0 Thursday in the Major League Soccer is Back Tournament.

      US midfielder Alejandro Bedoya, whose captain’s armband was inscribed with the names of 30 black people who died at the hands of police, scored in the 63rd minute to give the Union a victory in the Group A match on day two of the World Cup-style event.

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