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    • Monday 31 August
    • Picking up the pieces: The psychological aftermath of the Beirut blast

      France 24 - 16h18

      In the Karantina neighbourhood of Beirut, which was devastated by the deadly August 4 blast, psychologists are meeting residents who have lost everything in a bid to help them overcome their trauma. Historically, the Lebanese people were long praised for their resilience through years of war. But the colossal blast that destroyed Beirut’s port and part of the capital, causing the death of at least 188 people and injuring thousands of others, is undoubtedly one tragedy too many. FRANCE 24’s Karim Yahiaoui and Abdallah Malkawi went to Karantina to hear the stories of some survivors.

    • Paris looking into free Covid-19 testing amid resurgence of virus

      France 24 - 16h16

      The Paris local municipality said on Monday that it would look to make free Covid-19 testing available in all of the capital’s 20 districts (arrondissements), as authorities battle against signs of a re-emergence of the virus in France.

      The Paris mayor’s office added in a statement that from Monday onwards, there would be three permanent laboratories set up to conduct free Covid-19 tests, as well as two other mobile laboratories that would go around the capital.

    • Sudan reaches historic peace deal with rebel groups

      France 24 - 16h15

      Sudan’s power-sharing government and rebel commanders agreed Monday on a historic peace deal, a crucial step towards ending 17 years of conflict in which hundreds of thousands of people were killed.

      Leaders of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), an umbrella organisation of rebel groups from the western region of Darfur and the southern states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile, raised their fists in celebration after inking the agreement.

    • Heroic hotelier from ‘Hotel Rwanda’ arrested on terrorism charges

      France 24 - 16h08

      Rwandan investigators announced Monday they had arrested Paul Rusesabagina, whose heroic actions during the 1994 genocide were depicted in the Oscar-nominated movie “Hotel Rwanda”, accusing the high-profile government critic of terrorism.

      The Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) said Rusesabagina, who lives in Belgium, had been detained “through international cooperation” and was being held at a police station in the capital on serious charges.

    • Friday 28 August
    • Trump closes Republican convention with defiant White House campaign speech

      France 24 - 18h38

      Facing a national moment fraught with racial turmoil and a deadly pandemic, President Donald Trump accepted his party’s renomination on a massive White House South Lawn stage Thursday night, boasting of helping African Americans and defying his own administration’s pandemic guidelines to address a tightly packed, largely maskless crowd.

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    • No country for grieving men as artist Ai Weiwei turns a lens on Wuhan outbreak

      France 24 - 18h36

      “Coronation”, Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei’s latest documentary directed remotely from Europe, probes how ordinary citizens in Wuhan coped during the height of the coronavirus pandemic under the gaze of the all-monitoring state determined to relay a narrative of efficiency, not human loss or sorrow.

    • Three killed amid surge of violence in Colombia

      France 24 - 18h35

      Hooded gunmen killed three people in northwest Colombia, the latest attack in a two-week wave of violence that has left at least 42 people dead, police said Friday.

      The killings occurred late Thursday near the town of Andes in Antioquia department when hooded men entered a farm and opened fire, regional police commander Colonel Ever Gomez said.

      Two of the victims died instantly while the third succumbed in hospital.

    • ‘I don’t expect pole’: Verstappen tips Mercedes to hit back at Spa

      France 24 - 18h34

      Max Verstappen topped the times for Red Bull on Friday, but then forecast that he would not be fast enough to stop Mercedes from overhauling him to take pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix.

      The Dutchman was quickest ahead of Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo as Mercedes struggled in a surprising conclusion to Friday’s second free practice.

      However, he made clear he expected the champions to respond and take over at the top on Saturday.

    • NBA teams practice Friday with playoff restart date unknown

      France 24 - 18h32

      NBA teams returned to practice Friday inside their coronavirus quarantine bubble with no word about when playoff games will resume following a protest shutdown over the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

      The league released a Friday workout schedule for all teams remaining in the Disney World campus at Orlando, Florida, which indicated Friday would be a third consecutive day without games.

      The Milwaukee Bucks began the sports protest movement Wednesday by not taking the court for their game against Orlando in the wake of the shooting of Blake, an African-American, at Kenosha in their home state of Wisconsin.

    • Swiss to ban foreign trophy hunters from killing Alpine ibex

      France 24 - 18h30

      A Swiss region that has faced heavy criticism for allowing wealthy foreigners to pay large sums to shoot protected Alpine ibexes, a species of wild goat, for trophies decided Friday to end the practice.

      The southern Swiss canton of Wallis, the only one to allow the trophy hunting, said in a statement that as of next year, foreigners would no longer be granted permits to hunt ibexes.

      The canton stressed that its Alpine ibex population was growing healthily and said there was still a need for responsible regulation through hunting.

    • German doctors see ‘improvement’ in Russian opposition leader Navalny’s condition

      France 24 - 18h28

      German doctors treating Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny for a suspected poisoning said Friday the dissident is still in an induced coma but his condition is stable and his symptoms are improving.

      Navalny, a politician and corruption investigator who is one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest critics, fell ill on a flight back to Moscow from Siberia about a week ago and was taken to a hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk after the plane made an emergency landing.

      Last weekend, he was transferred to the Charité hospital in Berlin, where doctors found indications of “cholinesterase inhibitors” in his system.

    • Troubled waters: Greek-Turkish escalations in the Mediterranean

      France 24 - 18h26

      Greece and Turkey have increased their military manoeuvres in the Mediterranean Sea in recent days. At the heart of the dispute between the historic rivals lies the search for hydrocarbons.

      Tensions have been mounting in the Mediterranean Sea in recent days with announcements of military exercises in the area emerging from a slew of countries. It has not reached the stage of open conflict fortunately, but the escalations between Greece and Turkey have been alarming.

      On the one hand, Turkey on Thursday announced that it would conduct military exercises, including firing exercises, on September 1 and 2 off the Turkish town of Iskenderun, north east of Cyprus.

    • Irish man pleads guilty to 39 counts of manslaughter over Vietnamese lorry deaths

      France 24 - 18h24

      Irishman Ronan Hughes pleaded guilty on Friday to the manslaughter of 39 Vietnamese men, women and boys found in the back of a refrigerated truck near London last year.

      Hughes appeared at the Old Bailey court following the discovery of the bodies in October. Eamonn Harrison from the British province of Northern Ireland, pleaded not guilty to the same charge.

      Thirty-one of the victims were men or boys, and eight were women. The oldest was 44 and three were aged under 18, including two 15-year-old boys.

    • ECOWAS demands civilian transition in Mali, elections within a year

      France 24 - 18h23

      West African countries on Friday demanded an immediate civilian transition in Mali and elections within 12 months as they considered sanctions after rebel troops toppled the country’s president and seized power.

      The demands were spelt out after the new junta released ousted president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, seized in the August 18 coup, but also apparently granted their new chief the powers of head of state.

      The coup shocked Mali’s West African neighbours and ally France, heightening worries over instability in a country already struggling with an Islamist insurgency, ethnic violence and economic stagnation.

    • Japan’s longest-serving PM Abe announces resignation for health reasons

      France 24 - 11h54

      Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, announced on Friday he will resign over health problems, in a bombshell development that kicks off a leadership contest in the world’s third-largest economy.

      “I have decided to step down from the post of the prime minister,” Abe told a press conference, saying he was suffering from a recurrence of the ulcerative colitis that ended his first term in office.

    • Sri Lanka to ban imports of plastic goods to protect elephants

      France 24 - 11h52

      Sri Lanka will ban the import of most plastic products in a bid to protect wild elephants and deer that die eating the waste, the environment minister announced Friday.

      Plastic in Sri Lankan landfills is a major killer of elephants, with autopsies showing kilos of it in the stomachs of animals who died after rummaging at dumps.

      Environment minister Mahinda Amaraweera told parliament legislation was being drafted to stop imports of plastic goods, including polythene, that end up in landfills. Officials said it would be introduced within months.

    • Goldman pays Malaysia $2.5 bn as part of 1MDB deal

      France 24 - 11h50

      Goldman Sachs has paid Malaysia $2.5 billion as part of a settlement over the US investment bank’s role in the multi-billion-dollar 1MDB scandal, officials said Friday.

      The agreement, which has a total value of $3.9 billion, was announced last month after lengthy negotiations.

      Billions of dollars were looted from sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad in a fraud that involved former prime minister Najib Razak and his cronies.

    • Amnesty accuses Indian police of ‘grave abuses’ in Delhi riots

      France 24 - 11h48

      Delhi police are guilty of “grave human rights violations” during communal riots in the Indian capital earlier this year, and were even “active participants” in the violence, Amnesty International alleged Friday.

      The worst unrest in years between India’s majority Hindus and minority Muslims killed around 50 people, most of them Muslims, over several days of running battles in the city’s northeast in February.

    • Eze does it as Palace boss Hodgson signs forward

      France 24 - 11h46

      Eberechi Eze became Roy Hodgson’s most expensive signing in his time as Crystal Palace manager on Friday, joining for a reported £20 million ($26.5 million) from second-tier Queens Park Rangers.

      Hodgson saw off rivals West Bromwich Albion and West Ham to secure the signature of the 22-year-old forward, who penned a five year contract.

      Eze, who scored 20 goals in 112 appearances for QPR and has been capped at Under-20 and Under-21 level by England, said Palace offered the chance for him to develop as a player. he

    • No country for grieving men as artist Ai Weiwei turns a lens on Wuhan outbreak

      France 24 - 11h44

      “Coronation”, Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei’s latest documentary directed remotely from Europe, probes how ordinary citizens in Wuhan coped during the height of the coronavirus pandemic under the gaze of the all-monitoring state determined to relay a narrative of efficiency, not human loss or sorrow.

    • Face masks mandated throughout Paris, under-11s and people exercising exempt

      France 24 - 11h42

      Face masks are now compulsory throughout Paris – with the rule coming into effect at 8am local time on Friday August 28 – as French authorities try to combat a resurgence in Covid-19 cases.

      The measure applies to all pedestrians, cyclists and those riding electric scooters in the French capital and three neighbouring departments – except children under 11 and people carrying out physical exercise, whether running or cycling. Anyone caught breaking the new rule will face a €135 fine. Motorists will not have to wear a mask inside their car.

    • Trump closes Republican convention with defiant White House campaign speech

      France 24 - 11h40

      Facing a national moment fraught with racial turmoil and a deadly pandemic, President Donald Trump accepted his party’s renomination on a massive White House South Lawn stage Thursday night, boasting of helping African Americans and defying his own administration’s pandemic guidelines to address a tightly packed, largely maskless crowd.

    • Lebanese presidency to convene consultations on Monday to pick new PM

      France 24 - 11h37

      The Lebanese presidency will convene consultations with parliamentary blocs on Monday to designate a new prime minister, the presidency said, after the government quit earlier this month following the catastrophic explosion at Beirut port.

      Lebanon‘s fractious sectarian parties have so far failed to agree on who should lead the next government. President Michel Aoun is required to designate the candidate with the greatest level of support among MPs.

    • Illinois teen charged over deadly shooting of Kenosha protesters

      France 24 - 11h34

      Prosecutors on Thursday charged a 17-year-old from Illinois in the fatal shooting of two protesters and the wounding of a third in Kenosha, Wisconsin, during a night of unrest following the weekend police shooting of Jacob Blake.

      Kyle Rittenhouse faces charges of first-degree intentional homicide, one count of first-degree reckless homicide, one count of attempted first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment. He would face a mandatory life sentence if convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, the most serious crime in Wisconsin.

    • Thursday 27 August
    • Mali junta says it has released ousted president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita

      France 24 - 16h42

      Mali’s new military rulers said Thursday that former president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who was detained during the country’s coup on August 18, had been freed.

      The announcement came on the eve of a summit by Mali‘s neighbours, who are to decide whether to ratchet up pressure on the fledgling junta.

      Keita‘s ousting by rebel troops sent shockwaves through the region and in France, which sees Mali as a linchpin in its campaign against jihadism in the Sahel, where more than 5,000 French troops are based.

    • Putin vows military support for Belarus’ Lukashenko

      France 24 - 16h38

      EU ambassadors in the capital Minsk on Thursday denounced a crackdown on the opposition in the wake of the presidential poll, in which 65-year-old Lukashenko claimed a landslide reelection with some 80 percent of the vote.

      The Belarusian strongman’s relationship with Putin had soured ahead of the August 9 ballot because Minsk refused closer integration with Russia — and even claimed Moscow had sent mercenaries across the border to organise riots.

      Yet Putin on Thursday promised military backing for Belarus and said Russia had set up a reserve group of law enforcement officers to deploy if the post-vote situation deteriorated.

    • Jordanian cartoonist arrested over ‘offensive’ UAE drawing

      France 24 - 16h36

      Leading Jordanian cartoonist Emad Hajjaj was arrested and charged on Thursday with seeking to undermine Jordan’s relations with a “friendly country” after publishing a drawing criticising the Israel-UAE peace deal.

      A judicial source told AFP that the Amman general prosecutor referred Hajjaj to the state security court, a military tribunal, over a cartoon deemed “offensive for the United Arab Emirates”.

    • Lyon hungry for Ligue 1 success after European exploits

      France 24 - 16h32

      Just over a week since the end of their Champions League adventure in Lisbon, Lyon return to domestic action on Friday at home to Dijon with aspirations of dethroning Paris Saint-Germain for a first Ligue 1 title since 2008.

      Lyon reached the Champions League semi-finals for only the second time, eliminating Juventus and Manchester City before falling to eventual winners Bayern Munich, as France had two clubs in the last four of the competition for the first time.

    • Mali junta says it freed ousted president ahead of ECOWAS summit

      France 24 - 16h30

      Mali’s new military rulers said Thursday that former president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who was detained during the country’s coup on August 18, had been freed.

      The announcement came on the eve of a summit by Mali’s neighbours, who are to decide whether to ratchet up pressure on the fledgling junta.

      Keita’s ouster by rebel troops sent shockwaves through the region and in France, which sees Mali as a linchpin in its campaign against jihadism in the Sahel, where more than 5,000 French troops are based.

    • Feeling flush? Tokyo’s transparent toilets

      France 24 - 16h27

      New public toilets recently installed in two Tokyo parks are spacious and pristine – a welcome sight for any passer-by in need of relief. The only catch: the walls are entirely made of transparent glass.

      But users do not need to worry about going about their business in full view of those around. The toilets are made of coloured smart glass which is entirely see-through up until the moment the door is locked, at which point the walls turn instantly opaque.

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