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    • Tuesday 24 November
    • Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of using banned weapons

      France 24 - 18h44

      After six weeks of fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces, a Russian-brokered ceasefire has resulted in a military victory for Azerbaijan. But Yerevan now accuses Baku of using cluster bombs, which are banned under international law, and white phosphorus, a devastating incendiary weapon. FRANCE 24’s Luke Shrago, Roméo Langlois and Mohamed Farhat bring us this exclusive report from Yerevan’s military hospital, where French-Armenian volunteers are gathering evidence.

    • Covid-19: EU strikes deal with Moderna for up to 160 million vaccine doses

      France 24 - 18h42

      The European Union has reached a deal with US biotech firm Moderna for the supply of up to 160 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine candidate, the president of the European Commission said on Tuesday.

      The deal will be formally approved by the EU executive on Wednesday, said European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen.

      “According to the results of clinical trials, this vaccine could be highly effective against Covid-19. Once the vaccine is indeed proven as safe and effective, every member state will receive it at the same time on a pro rata basis,” von der Leyen said.

    • From a free coffee to a virus test, Naples helps its own

      France 24 - 18h39

      Naples is proud of its tradition of “caffe sospeso”, where a customer pays twice for a coffee so that someone less fortunate can have one for free.

      Now this act of charity is being extended to coronavirus tests in the southern Italian city, where the health service is struggling to deal with a surge in new cases.

      At San Severo Fuori Le Mura church, in one of the most densely packed areas of Naples, a local community organisation offers residents a chance to get a rapid swab test and anonymously donate another.

    • 14 dead as twin blasts rock historic Afghan city

      France 24 - 18h37

      At least 14 people were killed in central Afghanistan on Tuesday when two blasts ripped through the historic city of Bamiyan, home to many members of the mainly Shiite Hazara ethnic minority, officials said.

      The carnage brought to an end years of calm in the isolated town — famous for its ancient Buddhist heritage — that has avoided the sort of large-scale attacks commonplace elsewhere in the war-torn country.

    • US Presidential transition: President-elect Joe Biden begins assembling his Cabinet

      France 24 - 18h35

      US President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday began a new phase in his transition to the White House after the Trump administration gave the Democrat access to critical resources that will enable him to take the reins of power in January.

    • Afghan talks ready to advance, despite Ghani opposition: sources

      France 24 - 18h33

      The peace negotiations between the Taliban and Afghan government in Doha are ready to advance to the next stage, sources close to the talks said Tuesday, despite opposition from President Ashraf Ghani.

      The warring sides have engaged directly for the first time following a landmark troop withdrawal deal signed in February by the insurgents and Washington.

      The US agreed to withdraw all foreign forces in exchange for security guarantees and a Taliban pledge to hold talks with Kabul.

    • Anger mounts over police use of excessive force to clear Paris migrant camp

      France 24 - 18h31

      French police on Tuesday faced accusations of a “scandalous” use of excessive force after they fired tear gas to disperse a camp pitched by homeless migrants in Paris.

      Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin acknowledged that images showing the clearance late on Monday were “shocking” and asked the city’s police chief to submit a report.

      The government is already facing a storm of criticism over a new security law that  opponents say will erode the accountability of the police.

    • Macron to address the nation as France’s Covid-19 infections drop

      France 24 - 18h28

      French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to announce a reworking of the country’s Covid-19 lockdown rules in a televised speech Tuesday night following a drop in nationwide infections.

      France is expected to start easing Covid-19 lockdown rules in the coming weeks, carrying out the process in three stages to avoid a new flareup in the pandemic, according to senior officials.

      In his speech Tuesday, Macron is expected to announce an adjustment of restrictions that have been in place since October 30.

    • Russia says its Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine is 95% effective

      France 24 - 18h25

      Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine is 95 percent effective according to a second interim analysis of clinical trial data, its developers said on Tuesday.

      The calculations were based on preliminary data obtained 42 days after the first dose, Russia‘s health ministry, the state-run Gamaleya research centre and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) said in a statement.

      They did not note the number of cases used to make the calculation, however.

    • Trump finally agrees to Biden transition but still refuses to concede

      France 24 - 18h23

      President Donald Trump came his closest yet to admitting election defeat Monday after the government agency meant to ease Joe Biden’s transition into the White House said it was finally lifting its unprecedented block on assistance.

      Trump acknowledged it was time for the General Services Administration to “do what needs to be done.”

      In the same tweet he insisted that he was still refusing to concede, saying: “Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good fight, and I believe we will prevail!”

    • Monday 23 November
    • Trial of former French president Sarkozy postponed over co-defendant’s health

      France 24 - 18h39

      French judges on Monday postponed the corruption trial of former president Nicolas Sarkozy until November 26 to assess the health of one of his co-defendants.

      Sarkozy was set to go on trial Monday for attempted bribery of a judge in what could turn into a humiliating postscript to a political career tainted by a litany of legal woes.

      The ex-president, along with his lawyer Thierry Herzog and judge Gilbert Azibert, are accused of corruption.

    • Washington zoo panda named ‘Little Miracle’

      France 24 - 18h36

      The votes are in and counted and the giant panda born at the Washington zoo three months ago is to be named Xiao Qi Ji, or “Little Miracle,” the zoo in the US capital said on Monday.

      Xiao Qi Ji was one of four Mandarin Chinese names put up for public online vote and nearly 135,000 votes were received between November 16 and 20, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo said.

      “Giant pandas are an international symbol of endangered wildlife and hope, and Xiao Qi Ji’s birth offered the world a much-needed moment of joy amidst the Covid-19 pandemic,” the zoo said in a statement.

    • Limited spectator numbers to return to sports events in England

      - 18h34

    • Guatemala suspends budget that sparked violent protests

      France 24 - 18h31

      Guatemala’s parliament on Monday backed away from approving a business-friendly 2021 budget after demonstrators in the impoverished Central American nation torched the Congress building and demanded the resignation of President Alejandro Giammattei in weekend protests.

      Widespread indignation against Giammattei’s administration and Congress have been caused by a lack of resources for battling the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the new spending plan.

    • Raped by the regime, women still seek justice in Uruguay

      France 24 - 18h26

      When Ana Amoros fell prey to Uruguay’s dictatorship, the first thing her torturers did was strip her naked and hit her with a riding crop. Then they raped her.

      Amoros is one of a group of 28 former political prisoners seeking justice for torture and sexual crimes committed by the military regime that ruled Uruguay between 1973 and 1985.

      Nine years after first filing a criminal complaint before Uruguay’s courts, the women will present their case to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in March next year.

    • Biden cabinet picks promise calm after Trump upheaval

      France 24 - 18h22

      US President-elect Joe Biden’s expected nomination of deeply experienced Antony Blinken for secretary of state highlights his message that a steady hand is back at the helm, in contrast to President Donald Trump’s ongoing but flailing attempts Monday to overturn the election.

      Biden is set to announce his first cabinet picks on Tuesday and the names being floated signal the Democrat’s overriding desire to lower the temperature in Washington and restore traditional US leadership abroad.

    • Turkey blasts ‘unauthorised’ German search on Libya-bound ship

      France 24 - 18h19

      Turkey accused the German navy on Monday of conducting an “unauthorised” search on a Turkish-flagged cargo vessel in a bid to enforce a United Nations arms embargo on Libya.

      But the European Union’s Operation Irini — tasked with halting arms shipments to the strife-torn north African country — said it had made a “good faith” effort to get Turkey’s consent for the inspection and aborted it as soon as Ankara made its objections clear.

      The Turkish foreign ministry said Germany’s Hamburg frigate stopped and searched the Roseline A commercial vessel without permission on Sunday evening off the coast of Greece’s Peloponnesus peninsula.

    • Oxford AstraZeneca trials show Covid vaccine is ‘highly effective’, drugmaker says

      France 24 - 18h14

      A coronavirus vaccine developed by drug firm AstraZeneca and Oxford University has shown 70 percent effectiveness in trials involving 23,000 people, they said in a statement on Monday.

      The announcement comes after other trials of drugs developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna announced effectiveness above 90 percent.

      The results ranged between 62 and 90 percent efficacy depending on the vaccine dosage, according to Monday’s statement.

    • Netanyahu made secret trip to Saudi Arabia, met MBS and Pompeo

      France 24 - 18h11

      Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu travelled to Saudi Arabia and met its crown prince, an Israeli official said on Monday, in what would be the first publicly confirmed visit there by an Israeli leader as the countries close ranks against Iran.

      Earlier, Israeli media said Netanyahu had secretly flown on Sunday to Neom, on the Red Sea, for talks with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

      Reports of the meeting between the crown prince and Netanyahu were denied by Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud.

    • US hopes to start Covid-19 vaccinations by mid-December, says health official

      France 24 - 18h08

      The United States hopes to begin coronavirus vaccinations in early December, a top government health official said Sunday, the latest positive news to emerge even as cases surge across the worst-hit nation and elsewhere around the globe.

      The United States hopes to begin coronavirus vaccinations in early December, a top government health official said Sunday, the latest positive news to emerge even as cases surge across the worst-hit nation and elsewhere around the globe.

      The beginning of vaccinations could be a crucial shift in the battle against a virus that has claimed more than 1.4 million lives worldwide, including 255,000 just in the US, since emerging from China late last year.

    • Covid-19 pandemic triggers global spike in violence against women

      France 24 - 18h03

      No country has been spared the coronavirus epidemic, nor the scourge of domestic violence, which has surged during lockdowns as the day marking such violence approaches on Wednesday.

      From a spike in rapes in Nigeria and South Africa, increased numbers of women missing in Peru, higher rates of women being killed in Brazil and Mexico and overwhelmed associations in Europe: the pandemic has aggravated the plague of sexual violence.

      According to UN data released in late September, lockdowns have led to increases in complaints or calls to report domestic abuse of 25 percent in Argentina, 30 percent in Cyprus and France and 33 percent in Singapore.

    • Friday 20 November
    • Germany commemorates 75th anniversary of landmark Nuremberg trials

      France 24 - 15h05

      Seventy-five years ago, the dock of Courtroom 600 of the Nuremberg Palace of Justice was packed with some of the most nefarious figures of the 20th Century: Hermann Goering, Rudolf Hess, Joachim von Ribbentrop and 18 other high-ranking Nazis.

      They weren’t yet known as war criminals — it was a charge that didn’t exist until the Nuremberg trials began on Nov. 20, 1945, in what is now seen as the birthplace of a new era of international law.

      The proceedings broke new ground in holding government leaders individually responsible for their aggression and slaughter of millions of innocents. In addition to establishing the offense of war crimes, it also produced the charges of crimes against peace, waging a war of aggression, and crimes against humanity, whose legacies live on in the International Criminal Court of today.

    • Rome bar bans virus talk

      France 24 - 15h04

      The message is clear from the hand-written poster above the counter — all talk of coronavirus, lockdowns or virology is strictly forbidden.

      In this little bar on the outskirts of Rome, the manager hopes to give her clients a brief respite from the global pandemic while they drink their coffee.

      “We’ve been talking about the same thing for months, so we chose to lighten the atmosphere,” Cristina Mattioli, manager of the Feeling bar, told AFP.

      As the first European country hit by the pandemic, Italy has been under the shadow of Covid-19 for longer than most, and endured one of the toughest lockdowns.

    • French coach Galthie calls up Jalibert and Ramos for Murrayfield

      France 24 - 15h02

      Exciting Bordeaux-Begles fly-half Matthieu Jalibert returns to the France team that takes on Scotland at Murrayfield in the Autumn Nations Cup, coach Fabien Galthie announced Friday.

      The 22-year-old, whose only previous start came in the 15-13 defeat by Ireland in the 2018 Six Nations, takes over from Romain Ntamack who has a thigh injury.

      Jalibert will link up with Antoine Dupont at half-back in a back line that also sees Thomas Ramos return at full-back for the injured Anthony Bouthier and Gael Fickou moving to centre to make way for Teddy Thomas on the wing.

    • Pfizer/BioNTech to seek emergency approval for virus vaccine Friday

      France 24 - 15h01

      Pfizer and its partner BioNTech confirmed they will apply Friday for emergency use authorization for their coronavirus vaccine, becoming the first to do so in the US or Europe as the pandemic rages around the world.

      The vaccine has been developed with breathtaking speed — just 10 months after the genetic code of the novel coronavirus was first sequenced.

      The announcement had been expected for several days, after the companies said that a completed study of trials of the product showed it was 95 percent effective in protecting people from infection. The announcement also confirms what BioNTech’s CEO told AFP Thursday.

    • Virus infections, dropouts hit Sri Lanka cricket league

      France 24 - 15h00

      Two foreign players tested positive for coronavirus as they arrived in Sri Lanka for a thrice-delayed Twenty20 cricket tournament, officials said Friday as several other top stars dropped out.

      Pakistan’s Sohail Tanvir and Canada’s Ravinderpal Singh were isolated and placed under medical care Friday as their on-arrival Covid-19 tests showed they were infected, officials said.

      The setback for the Lanka Premier League (LPL) came as big-hitting West Indian star Chris Gayle told his Kandy Tuskers team he would not be able to attend because of a hamstring injury, a spokesman for the Tuskers told AFP.

    • 28 die in violent start to Uganda’s election season

      France 24 - 14h58

      At least twenty-eight people died in violent clashes between Ugandan security forces and supporters of a detained opposition presidential candidate this week, marking a particularly violent start to the country’s election season.

      Two days of protests were sparked by the arrest of Bobi Wine ahead of a political rally in support of his bid for the presidency in January 14’s election.

      Dozens died and hundreds were arrested as tyres were burned and police responded to hurled rocks with teargas, rubber bullets and live rounds in the capital Kampala and other towns.

    • Georgia vote recount affirms Biden’s victory over Trump in the state

      France 24 - 14h57

      After a painstaking recount, Georgia officials confirmed on Thursday that President-elect Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump in the battleground state on Nov. 3, further narrowing the president’s dubious effort to overturn the election results.

      The result of the six-day hand recount of the state’s 5 million ballots had been widely expected, despite baseless allegations from Trump and his allies that Georgia’s vote tallies were suspect because of widespread fraud.

      Amid a series of losses in court, Trump’s re-election campaign has shifted to a new strategy that relies on persuading Republican state legislators in crucial states to ignore the election results and intervene on Trump’s behalf, according to three people familiar with the plan.

    • Rescuers search for bodies as Central America counts cost of Hurricane Iota

      France 24 - 14h54

      Rescue workers dug through mounds of thick mud Thursday in the grim search for bodies as Central American countries began to count the cost of Hurricane Iota, which left at least 44 people dead amid a wave of destruction.

      Initial estimates by the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, put the number of people affected by the hurricane at 4.6 million across the impoverished region, including 1.8 million children.

      Among the worst-hit areas was the Penas de Blanca mountains in the Matagalpa department of northern Nicaragua, where rescue workers dug desperately through mudfalls in the search for more victims on Thursday.

    • Mexico Covid-19 deaths exceed 100,000, making it fourth country to pass grim milestone

      France 24 - 14h53

      Mexico said Thursday its coronavirus death toll had risen above 100,000, becoming the world’s fourth country to pass the grim milestone.

      “Today in Mexico we have 100,000 people who have lost their lives due to Covid-19,” deputy health minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell told a news conference.

      The health ministry announced 576 more deaths in its daily update, taking the total to 100,104, behind only the United States, Brazil and India.

      The overall number of infections registered now stands at 1,019,543 in the nation of more than 128 million, up 4,472 from the previous day.

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