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    • Monday 19 October
    • Czech police use tear gas, water cannons as thousands protest Covid-19 rules

      France 24 - 12h55

      Czech police said they used tear gas and water cannons at a violent rally held Sunday in Prague against government measures introduced to stem the coronavirus spread.

      Thousands of protesters, including “radical” football fans according to police, gathered in the capital’s historic Old Town Square to demand the resignation of Health Minister Roman Prymula, the mastermind behind the restrictions.

      The rally turned fierce as protesters and police scuffled after authorities began dispersing the crowd, saying attendance far exceeded the current limit.

    • ‘We are all Samuel’: Thousands gather in Paris to pay respects to murdered teacher

      France 24 - 12h53

      “We are all Samuel. We are teachers too. And we don’t want to be killed just for doing our job,” a protester said on Sunday as thousands gathered in Place de République in Paris, in solidarity with Samuel Paty, the teacher who was beheaded in a northwestern Paris suburb on Friday.

    • Friday 16 October
    • Sarkozy under formal investigation for ‘criminal association’ in Libyan funding scandal

      France 24 - 17h14

      French prosecutors placed former president Nicolas Sarkozy under formal investigation for “criminal association” on Friday related to allegations that he accepted campaign funding from former Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

      Prosecutors are investigating allegations that former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi secretly gave Sarkozy €50 million for his inaugural presidential campaign in 2007. The allegations were first made by one of the late dictator’s sons, Saif al-Islam, in 2011.

    • Putin proposes one-year extension of New START treaty

      France 24 - 17h12

      President Vladimir Putin on Friday proposed a one-year extension without conditions of the last major nuclear arms reduction accord between Russia and the United States.

      The New START deal was signed in April 2010 but went into force in February 2011. It lasts for ten years but with a possible extension.

      “I have a proposal — which is to extend the current agreement without any pre-conditions at least for one year to have an opportunity to conduct substantial negotiations,” Putin said at a meeting of his security council, according to a Kremlin statement.

    • In Germany, anti-virus measures stumble in courts

      France 24 - 17h10

      A Berlin court on Friday overturned an order for restaurants and bars to close early, the latest in a slew of legal rulings upending measures taken by Germany’s national and local governments to fight coronavirus transmission.

      The latest judicial setback for authorities in the German capital came on the heels of other court challenges over another controversial restriction banning hotel stays for domestic travellers from regions with high infection rates.

    • Troubled Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt confirms cancer diagnosis

      France 24 - 17h09

      Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt, whose life has been so colourful and tragic that it became the subject of a biopic, confirmed he has cancer following weeks of media speculation.

      “This is a recent scar of my life, but I’ll beat it. I’ll be out of this cancer soon,” 61-year-old Dutt said, pointing to a scar running from his left eyebrow across the side of his head in an Instagram video posted by Bollywood hairstylist Aalim Hakim late Wednesday.

    • UK must ‘get ready’ for no trade deal with EU, Johnson warns

      France 24 - 17h08

      Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday it was now time to prepare for a no-trade deal Brexit in 10 weeks as the European Union had refused to negotiate seriously, adding that unless Brussels changed course there would be no agreement.

      A tumultuous “no deal” finale to the United Kingdom’s five-year Brexit crisis would sow chaos through the delicate supply chains that stretch across Britain, the EU and beyond – just as the economic hit from the coronavirus pandemic worsens.

    • Bolivia to choose new president after year of post-Morales upheaval

      France 24 - 17h06

      Bolivia votes in the first round of presidential elections on Sunday – 12 months after disputed polls sparked mass protests and the downfall of the country’s controversial leftist leader Evo Morales. FRANCE 24 takes a look back at the Latin American country’s year of turbulence.

    • Trump and Biden trade jibes in competing town halls on night of cancelled debate

      France 24 - 17h05

      President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden squared off, in a way, Thursday night in dueling televised town halls that showcased striking differences in temperament, views on racial justice and approaches to a pandemic that has reshaped the nation.

    • France prepares for curfew in Paris and other cities as Covid-19 cases surge

      France 24 - 17h03

      France is preparing for a curfew coming into force in Paris and other cities starting at midnight on Friday to curb an alarming rise in coronavirus infections, a day after the country hit a new high of 30,000 cases recorded in the previous 24 hours.

      The government offered details on Thursday of tough new measures aimed at stemming the Covid-19 surge, including a nationwide ban on large private gatherings such as weddings. Shops and public places will be shut in Covid-19 hotspots after 9pm local time, although French Prime Minister Jean Castex said there would be exemptions for establishments providing emergency services such as health care or restaurants doing deliveries.

    • Yemen’s warring sides exchange hundreds of prisoners, raising hopes for peace

      France 24 - 16h37

      Planes carrying prisoners exchanged by the warring parties in Yemen took off from three airports on Thursday in an operation to return about 1,000 men home and help build the trust to enable fresh talks to end a devastating war.

      The Saudi-led military coalition and Yemen‘s Houthi movement agreed last month in Switzerland to exchange 1,081 prisoners, including 15 Saudis, in the largest swap of its kind in the five-year-old conflict.

    • Ivory Coast hopes ride high as election nears

      France 24 - 16h35

      A tense electoral campaign for Ivory Coast’s October 31 presidential election kicked off on Thursday with the incumbent, Alassane Ouattara, seeking a contested third term. Some Ivorians accuse him of undermining the constitution, and the opposition has called for widespread “civil disobedience” to disrupt his controversial plans. In the past 25 years, Ivory Coast has regularly been the scene of post-electoral violence. Often at the cost of multiple human lives.

    • Thursday 15 October
    • HK-tweeting NBA Rockets boss Morey stepping down: reports

      France 24 - 19h05

      Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, whose tweet last year supporting Hong Kong freedom led to a China rift with the NBA, is stepping down, according to multiple reports Thursday.

      ESPN and the Houston Chronicle, citing unnamed sources, reported that Morey was departing of his own choice after guiding the Rockets basketball operations since the 2007-2008 season.

    • In Dearborn, Michigan, Muslim Americans are mobilising to defeat Trump

      France 24 - 19h04

      In Dearborn, a suburb of Detroit where one-third of residents identify as Arab-American or are of Arab descent, Muslim voters lean decidedly towards the Democrats. And while Joe Biden wasn’t the first choice for many here, widespread opposition to President Donald Trump is bringing voters into his camp.

    • HK-tweeting NBA Rockets boss Morey stepping down: reports

      France 24 - 19h02

      Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, whose tweet last year supporting Hong Kong freedom led to a China rift with the NBA, is stepping down, according to multiple reports Thursday.

      ESPN and the Houston Chronicle, citing unnamed sources, reported that Morey was departing of his own choice after guiding the Rockets basketball operations since the 2007-2008 season.

      His final campaign brought severe scrutiny after a tweet one year ago regarding Hong Kong protests led to China suspending sponsorship deals with the NBA and pulling NBA game telecasts off Chinese television for a year, resuming only with last Friday’s fifth game of the NBA Finals.

    • French football league threatens to rip up Mediapro deal in TV rights dispute

      France 24 - 19h01

      The French Football League has threatened to rip up its domestic TV rights agreement with Mediapro and turn to other broadcasters following the Chinese-owned group’s refusal to make payments due earlier this month.

      In an email sent to clubs in France’s top two divisions and seen on Thursday by AFP, the league (LFP) said it had “ordered Mediapro to meet payments due on October 1 and 5”.

      The email, sent by the LFP’s executive director general, Arnaud Rouger, added that if an agreement is not reached with Mediapro, “we will need to consider handing the contract over to other operators”.

    • Pompeo hopes Armenia to ‘defend’ itself against Azerbaijan

      France 24 - 18h58

      US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo voiced hope Thursday that Armenia would “defend” itself against Azerbaijan, appearing to show sympathy to one side over the fierce clashes.

      “We’re hopeful that the Armenians will be able to defend against what the Azerbaijanis are doing,” Pompeo said in an interview with WBS radio in Atlanta.

    • EU leaders urge UK to ‘make the necessary moves’ to save Brexit talks

      France 24 - 18h57

      European Union leaders on Thursday placed the onus on Britain to unblock stalled post-Brexit trade talks, urging London to “make the necessary moves” to answer their concerns.

      In a written conclusion adopted at their summit, the 27 leaders also urged the EU and its member states to step up preparations to protect their interests in the event Britain leaves the single market without a deal.

      British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had set the first day of the EU summit on Thursday as the deadline to get a trade and security deal to replace its membership that expired on January 31. A transition period is set to end on January 1, 2021 forcing negotiators to work fast if any deal still is to get legislative approval and legal vetting in the narrow time frame.

    • French authorities search homes of health minister, ex-PM in inquiry into handling of Covid-19

      France 24 - 17h01

      French police searched the homes of Health Minister Olivier Véran, former prime minister Edouard Philippe and other officials on Thursday as part of an inquiry into the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, the ministry said.

      Véran is one of several current or former ministers under investigation over their response to the coronavirus pandemic following complaints by victims of Covid-19 that they were too slow to act.

      Véran’s office was also searched as part of the probe, as was the home of the director of the national health agency, Jérôme Salomon.

    • WHO warns Europe virus surge of ‘great concern’

      France 24 - 16h59

      European countries have unveiled tough new measures to try to curb a surge in coronavirus infections which the World Health Organization warned Thursday is of “great concern”.

      Underscoring the disruption wrought by Covid-19 even in the corridors of power, US presidential candidate Joe Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris suspended travel after a staffer contracted the disease and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen abruptly left a summit in Brussels for a similar reason.

    • Ecuador’s Narvaez wins Giro d’Italia 12th stage, Almeida in pink

      France 24 - 16h58

      Ecuador’s Jhonatan Narvaez gave the Ineos team their third stage win in this year’s Giro d’Italia, crossing the line alone on a wet stage 12 at Cesenatico on Thursday.

      Narvaez soloed to victory 1min 8sec ahead of Ukrainian Mark Padun, who had suffered a puncture 24km from the line, with Australian Simon Clarke third at 6min 50sec following the difficult 204km run mostly in the rain.

    • France Coronavirus pandemic: Macron orders anti-virus curfew.

      France 24 - 16h57

      2020-10-14 22:34 France Coronavirus pandemic: Macron orders anti-virus curfew.

    • Belgian king meets once-hidden half-sister for first time

      France 24 - 16h56

      Belgium’s King Philippe has met his once-secret half-sister Delphine de Saxe-Cobourg for the first time, the palace said Thursday, after she won a legal battle to be admitted to the royal family.

      The meeting took place on October 9 and led to a “long and rich exchange” that will allow the relationship to develop within a “family framework,” said the statement.

      Former king Albert II, who reigned from 1993 until 2013 and is Philippe’s father, had been forced to undergo a DNA test in 2019 following a long battle with the woman who had insisted for years she was his daughter.

    • Private festivities, weddings banned during France’s Covid-19 state of emergency

      France 24 - 16h54

      A day after President Emmanuel Macron announced a nighttime curfew in Paris and eight other cities, top French officials on Thursday detailed tough new measures to stem a Covid-19 surge, including a nationwide ban on private festivities, including weddings.

    • France imposes curfew on Paris and other cities as Europe ramps up Covid-19 restrictions

      - 16h53

      France on Wednesday became the latest European country to toughen anti-coronavirus measures, imposing a curfew in Paris and eight other cities from Saturday, while Germany and Ireland also ramped up restrictions.

    • Trickbot and its one million zombie computers: US election under threat?

      France 24 - 16h51

      Tech giant Microsoft and United States military intelligence are taking on Trickbot, deeming the botnet – one of the world’s largest networks of computers controlled remotely by cybercriminals – a threat to the US presidential election.

      Trickbot’s network has been used to paralyse hospitals, retirement homes, banks and even city governments. Considered one of the largest and most active cybercriminal networks in the world, the group has just weathered an assault by Microsoft and US Cyber Command, the military equivalent of the National Security Agency (NSA).

    • Kyrgyzstan President Jeenbekov resigns amid unrest over disputed elections

      France 24 - 16h50

      Kyrgyzstan’s President Sooronbay Jeenbekov resigned on Thursday, saying he wanted to bring an end to the crisis sparked by disputed parliamentary elections earlier this month.

      Protests had erupted after the October 4 election was won by parties loyal to Jeenbekov, with opponents disputing the results, alleging vote-buying. The vote was later annulled but this did not quell the tensions.

      “I am not clinging to power. I do not want to go down in the history of Kyrgyzstan as a president who allowed bloodshed and shooting on its people. I have taken the decision to resign,” Jeenbekov said in a statement released by his office.

    • Harris pauses in-person campaign events after staffer diagnosed with Covid-19

      France 24 - 16h48

      Joe Biden’s presidential campaign said Thursday that vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris will suspend in-person events until Monday after two people associated with the campaign tested positive for coronavirus. The campaign said Biden had no exposure, though he and Harris spent several hours campaigning together in Arizona on Oct. 8.

    • Wednesday 14 October
    • All eyes on Macron as hospitals chief warns of ICU saturation due to Covid-19 surge

      France 24 - 13h14

      Intensive care units at Paris hospitals will be packed with Covid-19 patients as soon as next week, the head of the region’s public hospital group warned Tuesday, ratcheting up expectations that President Emmanuel Macron could announce tougher measures to stem the surge in his Wednesday evening speech.

      As Europe experiences a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases, hospitalisations are also rising in several countries, sparking concerns over public health capacities as the winter approaches.

    • Israel approves first West Bank settler homes since Gulf deals

      France 24 - 13h13

      Israel approved 2,166 new homes in settlements across the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, official figures sent to AFP showed, ending an eight-month lull in settlement expansion.

      The approvals came less than a month after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed agreements to normalise relations with Israel, which in return pledged to freeze its plans to annex swathes of the West Bank.

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