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    • Tuesday 27 July
    • Haiti arrests security coordinator for assassinated President Moïse

      France 24 - 13h39

      Authorities in Haiti arrested a top official who served as general security coordinator when President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated, his attorney told The Associated Press on Monday.

      Jean Laguel Civil joins more than two dozen suspects arrested by Haiti National Police as the investigation continues into the July 7 attack at Moïse’s private home.

      Civil’s attorney, Reynold Georges, called his client’s arrest politically motivated. It wasn’t immediately clear if Civil had been charged with anything.

    • Exclusive: Leaked documents reveal death threats and roadblocks in Haiti assassination investigation

      CNN - 13h37

      There was no mistaking the meaning in last week’s anonymous text message: Do what we say or die.

      “Hey clerk, get ready for a bullet in your head, they gave you an order and you keep on doing shit,” read the July 16 text, one of several death threats sent to court clerks assisting Haiti’s investigation into the murder of former President Jovenel Moise, according to official complaints filed with Haitian police and seen by CNN.
      They’re part of a cache of Internal Justice Ministry documents obtained exclusively by CNN, which reveal previously unheard testimonies from key suspects, mysterious attempts to influence the probe, and the acute danger felt by judicial investigators as they attempt to uncover who killed the president on July 7.

    • One dead, 16 hurt in blast at German chemical park

      France 24 - 13h35

      One person died and 16 people were injured Tuesday following an explosion at a chemical park in Leverkusen, Germany, the site operator said as residents were urged to stay indoors because of black smoke rising from the area.

      The blast happened at around 09:40 am (0740 GMT) “for still unknown reasons”, Chempark operator Currenta said.

      At least two of the injured were in a serious condition, and four workers were missing, it added.

    • Leader of Tanzanian opposition party charged with terrorism

      France 24 - 13h32

      Tanzania’s main opposition party accused the government of fabricating terrorism charges Tuesday against its leader, whose detention has dampened hopes of a democratic revival under the country’s new president.

      Chadema chairman Freeman Mbowe was charged with terrorism offences in a Dar es Salaam court without his family or legal representatives present, the party said.

    • Five people missing after explosion rocks German chemicals site

      CNN - 13h30

      Five people were missing and several injured after an explosion rocked an industrial park in the western German city of Leverkusen on Tuesday, sending up plumes of smoke and prompting police to ask nearby residents to remain in their homes.

      The explosion happened at 9.40 a.m. local time, causing a fire at a fuel depot at Chempark, an industrial park for chemicals companies including Bayer and Lanxess, Chempark operator Currenta said.
      Several staff were hurt, with at least two seriously injured, and five people were missing, Currenta said, adding it was not yet clear what caused the explosion and the subsequent fire.

    • WHO sounds the alarm on ‘harmful’ e-cigarettes

      France 24 - 13h29

      Electronic cigarettes and similar devices are dangerous to health and must be regulated to curb the tobacco industry’s tactics to get young people hooked on nicotine, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday.

      “Nicotine is highly addictive. Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) are harmful, and must be better regulated,” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

      The WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2021, which focused on new and emerging products, was published on Tuesday and said ENDS should be tightly regulated for maximum public health protection.

    • Simone Biles out of US team during Olympic final

      France 24 - 13h25

      Gymnastics superstar Simone Biles was replaced in the US team after starting Tuesday’s Olympic women’s team final.

      The four-time gold medallist at the 2016 Rio Games produced a lacklustre opening vault and then briefly left the competition floor, before returning to join her teammates.

      But the US team replaced her in the three concluding routines on the uneven bars, beam, and floor.

    • January 6 committee opening is crucial chance to correct Trump’s lies

      CNN - 13h21

      The tasks before the Democratic-led House Select Committee examining the January 6 insurrection that opens on Tuesday, after bitter partisan feuding over its make-up, could hardly be more critical.

      Not only is it probing one of the darkest episodes in America’s story, but — in examining the incitement and assaults on democracy on that terrible day — it will serve as a real-time counterpoint as pro-Donald Trump Republicans whitewash history to excuse their demagogic leader.
      When police officers on Tuesday testify on the committee’s opening day about how they were abused and attacked by Trump’s supporters, they will directly refute the ex-President’s claim about a “loving” crowd of his MAGA-hatted supporters.

    • US says China’s sea claims have ‘no basis’ in international law

      France 24 - 13h19

      Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin said Tuesday that Beijing’s expansive claims in the South China Sea have “no basis in international law”, taking aim at China’s growing assertiveness in the hotly contested waters.

      Austin’s broadside came at the start of his first trip to Southeast Asia as US defense secretary, as he seeks to rally allies in the region as a bulwark to China.

      President Joe Biden’s administration wants to reset relations with Asian countries and build alliances to face Beijing, after the turbulence and unpredictability of the Donald Trump era.

    • First person charged under HK security law found guilty of terrorism, inciting secession

      France 24 - 13h17

      The first person charged under Hong Kong’s national security law was found guilty on Tuesday of terrorism and inciting secession in a landmark case with long-term implications for how the legislation reshapes the city’s common law traditions.

    • Friday 23 July
    • Tokyo opening ceremony director fired on eve of Olympics over Holocaust skit

      France 24 - 14h27

      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.

      The news is the latest in a series of embarrassments for Tokyo organisers that have sparked outrage at home and abroad, and comes just days after a well known musician was forced to step down as composer for the ceremony after old reports of his bullying and abusive behaviour surfaced.

    • Great Barrier Reef avoids UNESCO ‘in danger’ listing

      France 24 - 14h06

      Australia on Friday avoided having the Great Barrier Reef listed as an endangered world heritage site by UNESCO, despite concerns about climate change-fuelled damage to the ecosystem’s corals.

      At a World Heritage Committee meeting chaired by China, delegates voted not to downgrade the reef to “in danger”, after a concerted lobbying effort by Canberra.

      “May I sincerely thank the esteemed delegates for recognising Australia’s commitment to protecting the Great Barrier Reef,” Australia’s Environment Minister Sussan Ley said in a statement to the body.

    • Thursday 22 July
    • Chinese city picks through the debris after record rains kill at least 33

      France 24 - 14h15

      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 rescue efforts ongoing as more heavy rain threatens surrounding regions. An unprecedented downpour dumped a year’s rain in just three days on the city of Zhengzhou, weather officials said, instantly overwhelming drains and sending torrents of muddy water through streets, road tunnels and the subway system. Hundreds of thousands of people in the area surrounding the city were also affected by the floods, with farmland inundated and road and rail links severed.

    • Myanmar doctors in hiding and hunted by the junta as Covid crisis ravages the country

      CNN - 14h14

      A severe Covid-19 wave is devastating Myanmar — a country already on its knees following February’s military coup — with people queuing for hours for oxygen in major cities and the seriously ill dying at home because they are too scared to visit understaffed, ill-equipped hospitals.

      Images from the biggest city, Yangon, show families of the sick waiting at oxygen plants in the hopes of refilling tanks, crematoriums packed with mourners and coffins, and funeral workers and volunteers in white hazmat suits working non-stop at cemeteries to bury rows of shrouded bodies.

    • Volunteers rush to help as Tunisia battles spike in Covid-19 cases

      France 24 - 14h11

      Tunisia is suffering its most intense wave of Covid-19 since the start of the crisis, with hospitals overcrowded and oxygen running low. But international aid is beginning to reach the hardest hit areas and many Tunisians have been volunteering and donating to help relieve the pressure on the health system. Among them is Ons Jabeur, the first Arab woman to reach the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. FRANCE 24’s Claire Paccalin, Karim Yahiaoui and Mohamed Farhat sent us this report.

    • Chinese city picks through the debris after record rains kill at least 33

      France 24 - 14h09

      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 rescue efforts ongoing as more heavy rain threatens surrounding regions. An unprecedented downpour dumped a year’s rain in just three days on the city of Zhengzhou, weather officials said, instantly overwhelming drains and sending torrents of muddy water through streets, road tunnels and the subway system. Hundreds of thousands of people in the area surrounding the city were also affected by the floods, with farmland inundated and road and rail links severed.

    • At least three killed in Iran province hit by water protests

      France 24 - 14h08

      Iran’s outgoing President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday people in Khuzestan have the right to protest amid unrest in the country’s southwest over water shortages.But Rouhani also warned of the danger of demonstrations being hijacked by an “evil person” who might “use guns and shoot and kill one of our dear countrymen”. Protests took place across eight cities and towns in Khuzestan province into the early hours of Thursday.

    • Tokyo Olympics: Female athletes face double standards over uniforms

      France 24 - 14h05

      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.

    • Death toll rises as passengers recount horror of China subway floods

      CNN - 14h04

      At least 33 people have died and eight remain missing in central China, as authorities ramp up rescue and recovery efforts following devastating floods that submerged entire neighborhoods, trapped passengers in subway cars, caused landslides and overwhelmed dams and rivers.

      Torrential rains have battered Henan province since last weekend, displacing hundreds of thousands of people and causing 1.22 billion yuan (about $190 million) of economic damage, Henan authorities said Thursday.

    • Chakabva stars as Zimbabwe make 152 in Bangladesh T20

      France 24 - 14h01

      Wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva top scored with 43 as Zimbabwe were all out for 152 in 19 overs against Bangladesh on Thursday in the first of three Twenty20 internationals.

      Zimbabwe are seeking to end the dominance of the visitors in an all-format tour having lost a one-off Test and all three one-day internationals.

      But they produced only one good partnership with Chakabva and opening batsman Wesley Madhevere putting on 64 runs for the second wicket.

    • France: Controversial health pass takes effect as fourth wave hits

      France 24 - 13h58

      In France, the number of new infection has risen to 21 thousand – the highest figure since May. That news comes as the health pass came into effect on Wednesday. Under the new rules, people need to present proof of vaccination or a negative test to visit a museum or cinema. France 24’s French politics editor Marc Perelman tells us more. It’s a move welcomed by many. But it’s controversial too – on the streets…and in parliament – where the health pass is being debated today.

    • Australia, New Zealand quit Rugby League World Cup over Covid-19

      France 24 - 13h57

      Australia and New Zealand’s decision to pull out of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup over Covid-19 concerns rocked tournament organisers on Thursday, with the chair of International Rugby saying some players may now switch allegiance so they can play in the showpiece tournament.

      League’s top two ranked nations cited “player welfare and safety” during the coronavirus pandemic as compelling reasons to delay the event until next year.

    • Iran opens oil export terminal outside strategic strait

      France 24 - 13h55

      Iran has opened its first oil export terminal that does not require tankers to pass through the Strait of Hormuz, a chokepoint patrolled by warships of its arch foe the US, President Hassan Rouhani announced Thursday.

      Rouhani hailed as a “historic day” the inauguration of the new terminal located at Jask on the Gulf of Oman, which will allow tanker ships headed into the Arabian Sea and beyond to avoid the narrow waterway.

      Iran’s other major oil terminal is located at the Gulf port of Kharg, accessed through the Strait of Hormuz, which is less than 40 kilometres (25 miles) wide at its narrowest point, and where US and Iranian naval vessels have faced off in the past.

    • Wednesday 21 July
    • Pfizer/BioNTech to produce Covid-19 vaccine in S.Africa

      France 24 - 14h14

      Covid-19 vaccine makers BioNTech and Pfizer on Wednesday said they had found a South African partner to produce their jab on the African continent for the first time.

      The move comes amid growing criticism of vaccine inequality that has seen poor countries fall behind richer ones in the race to protect people from the coronavirus.

      Under the agreement, Cape Town-based Biovac will complete the last step in the manufacturing process of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, known as “fill and finish”, the companies said in a statement.

    • Syria: His brother was tortured and killed by Russian mercenaries. Now this Syrian refugee wants justice

      CNN - 14h13

      As he cries out for help, they taunt him in Russian, drowning out his agonized screams with laughter. In the background of the video, which was uploaded online, a nationalist Russian military song, “I am Russian special forces,” plays.
      The victim in this harrowing amateur video is Mohamad, a 31-year-old Syrian construction worker and father of four young children, who disappeared on his way home from a job in neighboring Lebanon in March 2017

    • No health pass, no museum: France tightens COVID-19 rules

      France 24 - 14h09

      Where’s your health pass? Visitors heading to museums, cinemas or swimming pools in France will be denied entry from Wednesday if they cannot show the document that proves they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have had a recent negative test. The health pass, previously only required for large-scale festivals or to go clubbing, will also be needed from the start of August to enter restaurants and bars and for long-distance train and plane journeys, as authorities try to slow the spread of the virus and encourage people to get vaccinated.

    • Thousands bid farewell to slain Dutch reporter ‘hero’

      France 24 - 14h06

      Thousands of mourners on Wednesday filed past the coffin of slain Dutch crime reporter Peter R. de Vries, paying final respects to the national “hero” who was gunned down in broad daylight in an Amsterdam street two weeks ago.

      A long queue began forming at 7:00 am outside the Dutch capital’s landmark Carre Theatre, with many in tears as they said goodbye to a man whose staunch advocacy on behalf of families of crime victims earned him widespread respect and admiration.

    • Holders Toulouse to face former winners Wasps in Champions Cup groups

      France 24 - 14h04

      Holders Toulouse were grouped with of their two former final opponents in the European Champions Cup group stages draw on Wednesday.

      Toulouse, who beat La Rochelle in May for a record fifth title, play Wasps, who they lost to in the 2004 final, as well as Cardiff, who they edged to lift the inaugural trophy in 1996.

      La Rochelle will face 1998 champions Bath as well as Scottish side Glasgow Warriors.

    • Bezos donates $100 million each to CNN contributor Van Jones and chef Jose Andres

      CNN - 14h01

      Jeff Bezos, the Amazon (AMZN) founder and world’s wealthiest man, said Tuesday after flying to the edge of space that he planned to award $100 million each to CNN contributor Van Jones and chef José Andrés.

      Bezos said that Jones and Andres were free to do “what they want” with the money.
      “They can give it all to their own charity,” Bezos said at a press conference after his trip to space. “Or they can share the wealth. It is up to them.”
      The money, Bezos said, was tied to a “surprise” philanthropic initiative he wanted to announce called the Courage and Civility Award.

    • USA women thumped as Team GB make winning start in Olympic football

      France 24 - 13h58

      Gold medal favourites the United States began their bid for a fifth women’s Olympic football title with an embarrassing 3-0 loss to Sweden, while Team GB kicked off their campaign at the Tokyo Games by beating Chile on Wednesday.

      The US have won four of six Olympic titles since women’s football was introduced to the programme in 1996, but suffered a heavy defeat by the same team that knocked them out on penalties in the quarter-finals in Rio.

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