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    • Friday 09 October
    • Italy ‘second wave’ fears grow as virus cases top 5,000

      France 24 - 18h42

      Italy was grappling Friday with fears of a second coronavirus wave similar to the ones seen in Britain, France and Spain, as it registered over 5,000 new infections in 24 hours.

      “We’re under extreme pressure,” the World Health Organization’s Italian government adviser Walter Ricciardi said, warning that spaces in Covid-19 hospitals were running out in the worst-hit regions.

      Italy registered 5,372 new cases Friday, the health ministry said, nearly 1,000 more than on Thursday. The country has not seen such high numbers of recorded new infections since mid-April.

    • Everton’s Ancelotti and Calvert-Lewin win award double

      France 24 - 18h41

      Everton’s Carlo Ancelotti was named the Premier League Manager of the Month for September, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin made it a clean sweep for the club as the in-form striker won the Player of the Month prize on Friday.

      Ancelotti is the first Everton boss to win the award since David Moyes in 2013.

      The Italian claimed the accolade for the fifth time, having won it on four occasions while in charge of Chelsea between 2009 and 2011.

    • Brazil-US turbulence ahead in case of Biden victory

      France 24 - 18h40

      Diplomatic relations between Brazil and the United States are likely to become more turbulent in the event of a Joe Biden victory in the US presidential election, as far-right President Jair Bolsonaro is a fervent admirer of Donald Trump.

      Nicknamed the “Tropical Trump,” Bolsonaro lashed out last week when the Democratic candidate threatened his country with economic sanctions over deforestation in the Amazon.

    • French anti-maskers: who is behind this divergent movement?

      France 24 - 18h39

      For many, face masks provide protection from the coronavirus. For others, they are a “muzzle” aimed at enslaving the population. The anti-maskers, as this group is called, use social media to challenge what they consider to be a “health dictatorship”. FRANCE 24 joined some Facebook groups to learn more about this minority movement.

    • Pelosi unveils bill to assess presidential capacity

      France 24 - 18h38

      US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump’s chief rival in Congress, proposed a commission Friday to assess a president’s capacity for carrying out his duties — a move that highlights concerns about Trump’s health weeks before the election.

      Despite the conspicuous timing of the unveiling, Pelosi insisted that “this is not about President Trump,” who has been treated for Covid-19 for the past week and is desperate to return to campaigning.

    • Vettel homage to Schumacher as Nurburgring fans shiver in fog

      France 24 - 18h36

      Fans left shivering in isolation at the Eifel Grand Prix on Friday may have had no track action to enjoy, but they did have a sneak insight into Sebastian Vettel’s admiration for fellow-German Michael Schumacher.

      While rain fell and thick fog shrouded the Nurburgring circuit, four-time champion Vettel showed a new design of his racing helmet – in homage to the seven-time champion, to his father Norbert Vettel and Mick Schumacher, the 21-year-old son of his racing hero.

    • Nadal sweeps into 13th French Open final

      France 24 - 18h36

      Twelve-time champion Rafael Nadal reached his 13th French Open final on Friday with a 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (7/0) win over Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman, setting up a potential blockbuster title clash against Novak Djokovic.

      For 34-year-old Nadal, it was a 99th win at Roland Garros since his 2005 debut and put him just one victory away from equalling Roger Federer’s all-time record of 20 Grand Slam titles.

    • Virus turns London teens’ Italian holiday into nightmare

      France 24 - 18h35

      A Sicilian holiday turned into a nightmare for a group of London teenagers who tested positive for coronavirus and have spent almost four weeks in quarantine — with no end in sight.

      Rachel Goldsmith, 18, was visiting Palermo with three friends in September when some of them began to experience symptoms of Covid-19.

      What happened next is a cautionary tale for anyone trying to travel during a global pandemic.

    • Peace Prize recognises world hunger on the rise

      France 24 - 18h34

      The Nobel Peace Prize 2020 was on Friday awarded to the World Food Programme, recognising the NGO’s work at a time when almost one in 11 people still do not have enough to eat. WFP spokesperson Marwa Awad, says the peace prize comes at an important time with global conflicts increasing incidence of hunger.

    • ‘Diplomatic wheels in motion’ as Armenia, Azerbaijan meet in Moscow

      France 24 - 18h33

      Russia said Friday that Armenia and Azerbaijan had agreed to meet in Moscow for negotiations on ending the fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, after President Vladimir Putin called for talks. FRANCE 24 senior reporter Catherine Norris-Trent, in Baku, says the diplomatic wheels are in motion, with a temporary truce potentially on the cards.

    • Brexit deadline ‘will not be met’, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney tells FRANCE 24

      France 24 - 18h31

      As formal Brexit negotiations wrap up, Ireland’s foreign minister is predicting that a deal will not be struck before the deadline laid out by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Simon Coveney tells FRANCE 24 he believes it’s “far too ambitious” to expect a conclusion to the negotiations over the United Kingdom’s future relationship with the European Union before the next EU summit on October 15.

    • Chile’s half-blinded revolution: Meeting those injured in crackdown on protests

      France 24 - 18h30

      October 25 is shaping up to be a historic day for Chile. Voters are due to take part in a referendum on amending the Pinochet-era constitution. The vote is the culmination of a year of protests, to which the government responded with a violent crackdown. Some 31 people were killed and thousands were injured – including 468 who lost an eye, mostly to rubber bullets fired by the police or military. These injured protesters have become the martyrs of the Chilean revolution. Our reporters went to meet them and gauge the anger of the young generation.

    • Sordo grabs lead in Rally of Sardinia

      France 24 - 13h32

      Spaniard Dani Sordo took the lead in the Rally of Sardinia by winning the second and fourth stages on Friday morning.

      The Hyundai driver overtook Finn Teemu Suninen in an M-Sport Ford with Frenchman Sebastien Ogier of Toyota third.

      Sordo, who has not finished in the top 10 this season but won in Italy last year, grabbed the lead when he was fastest by 9.4sec on the fourth stage, the last one on the morning loop.

    • ‘Jed’: Last Polish woman to reach French Open final

      France 24 - 13h30

      For 19-year-old Iga Swiatek the French Open final on Saturday is a breakthough but 81 years ago she had a Polish predecessor, Jadwiga Jedrzejowska, who played for the title at Roland Garros.

      Here are five things we know about Jedrzejowska — known as “Jed” — the most outstanding Polish player of the interwar period:

      – Humble beginnings –

      Jedrzejowska was born on October 15, 1912 in Krakow in southern Poland, the daughter of a worker. The family lived near tennis courts and she was fascinated by the sport from an early age.

    • Full-strength Germany beef up to face Covid-hit Ukraine

      France 24 - 13h28

      Germany are set to field a full-strength team as they hunt a Nations League win in Kiev against a Ukraine squad which has lost 14 players either injured or suffering from the coronavirus.

      The Ukrainian FA (UAF) said Thursday that Shakhtar Donetsk pair Mykola Matvienko and Brazilian-born Junior Moraes will not face Germany after becoming the latest to test positive for Covid-19.

    • Ghost town reopening upends Turkish Cypriot election

      France 24 - 13h26

      Turkish Cypriots vote Sunday in a presidential election upended by a controversial move by Ankara restoring access to a beach resort sealed off since its Greek Cypriot inhabitants fled in 1974.

      The reopening of the ghost town of Varosha gave an 11th-hour boost to nationalist challenger Ersin Tatar in his bid to unseat dovish incumbent Mustafa Akinci.

    • Saudi setback over EU push to downgrade G20 presence

      France 24 - 13h25

      A push to downgrade the EU’s attendance at next month’s G20 summit in Riyadh over human rights concerns marks another setback for Saudi plans to host a coming-out party on the world stage.

      The European Parliament passed a wide-ranging resolution on Thursday calling for the European Union (EU) and its member states to downgrade their representation at the virtual summit in order to “avoid legitimising impunity for human rights violations and ongoing illegal and arbitrary detentions in Saudi Arabia”.

    • Armenian, Azerbaijani officials to hold truce talks in Moscow

      France 24 - 13h23

      Armenian and Azerbaijani officials were headed to Russia on Friday for talks aimed at ending the worst violence in the Nagorno-Karabakh region since 1994. FRANCE 24 correspondent Nick Holdsworth says there is growing international hope of a truce.

    • Live: Macron welcomes ex-hostage Sophie Pétronin, held in Mali for nearly four years, home to France

      France 24 - 13h22

      Sophie Pétronin, an elderly aid worker who was the last French hostage in the world, was greeted by French President Emmanuel Macron when she arrived home in France on Friday. She was released on Thursday after being held captive by jihadists in Mali for nearly four years. Follow our live blog for all the latest developments.

    • Twitter shuts Iran-based network fanning flames of US race protests

      France 24 - 13h10

      Twitter said it has closed an Iran-based network of accounts fanning the flames around racial justice protests in the US sparked by the death of George Floyd.

      Floyd’s death on May 25 became a symbol of what many say is systemic racism and abuse of African Americans by police, and has sparked months of often violent protests across the US.

      The network of more than 100 accounts “artificially amplified” conversations on topics including Floyd’s death, Black Lives Matter and social justice issues, the platform said in a statement Thursday.

    • Mali: The behind-the-scenes negotiations to free Sophie Pétronin

      France 24 - 13h09

      Former hostage Sophie Pétronin arrives home in France on Friday after nearly four years in captivity in Mali. FRANCE 24’s expert on jihadi terrorism, Wassim Nasr, talked to FRANCE 24 about the negotiations to free her.

      Negotiations to free the hostages began in April, a little less than a month after prominent Malian politician Soumalia Cissé was kidnapped, Nasr said. Despite the military coup in Mali that took place in August, the ruling junta kept the same emissary in place and a deal was agreed upon in the beginning of August.

    • UN’s World Food Programme wins the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize

      France 24 - 13h08

      The World Food Program on Friday won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger and food insecurity around the globe.

      The announcement was made in Oslo by Berit Reiss-Andersen, the chair of the Nobel Committee.

      The Nobel Committee said that the coronavirus pandemic has added to the hunger faced by millions of people around the world and called on governments to ensure that WFP and other aid organizations receive the financial support necessary to feed them.

    • FBI arrests militia members over alleged plot to kidnap Michigan governor

      France 24 - 13h06

      Agents foiled a stunning plot to kidnap Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, authorities said Thursday in announcing charges in an alleged scheme that involved months of planning and even rehearsals to snatch her from her vacation home.

    • Thursday 08 October
    • French police arrest 61 in online child pornography investigation

      France 24 - 18h25

      French police have arrested 61 people suspected of involvement in a vast child pornography network, including at least three people who raped children on camera, officials said Thursday.

      Among the suspects are several who work in jobs that put them in contact with children, such as teachers, religious leaders and city hall officials, according to Eric Bérot, head of the French police agency overseeing the operation.

    • Former fan favourite Strasbourg president Gindorf dies aged 89

      France 24 - 18h24

      Former Strasbourg president Egon Gindorf, who used to watch home matches in the stands with supporters, has died at the age of 89, the Ligue 1 club announced on Thursday.

      “All our thoughts are with his family, loved ones and all Racing (Strasbourg) fans who have today lost a emblematic and historic figure in the club’s history,” the club said in a statement.

      Gindorf, who took charge of the club in 2003, oversaw the side when they won the League Cup in 2005.

    • Mercedes team member tests positive for Covid-19

      France 24 - 18h23

      A member of Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes team has tested positive for coronavirus, the Formula One world champions said on Thursday ahead of this weekend’s Eifel Grand Prix.

      A spokesperson said the case was being handled by the outfit in accordance with the protocol laid down by the sport’s ruling body, the International Motoring Federation (FIA), adding no further details were to be released.

    • Covid-19 infections in France exceed 18,000 for a second day

      France 24 - 18h22

      French health authorities reported 18,129 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday, with the daily tally staying above 18,000 for the second day running after Wednesday’s all-time high of 18,746.

      The figures were published shortly before health minister Olivier Véran began holding a news conference, scheduled for 4:00pm (1600 GMT), during which he announced new restrictions to contain the disease.

      Hospitals in the Paris region moved into emergency mode on Thursday, cancelling staff holidays and postponing non-essential operations, as coronavirus patients made up close to half of all patients in intensive care units (ICUs).

    • France’s Demare wins Giro 6th stage, Almeida retains lead

      France 24 - 18h18

      French champion Arnaud Demare outsprinted the peloton on the 6th stage for his second win of this year’s Giro d’Italia on Thursday.

      The Groupama-FDJ rider dominated the sprint finish in Matera while Portugal’s Joao Almeida (Deceuninck) retained the race leader’s pink jersey.

      Demare crossed the line several bike lengths clear of Australian Michael Matthews and home hope Fabio Felline.

    • Syria’s Kurds to allow families of IS fighters to leave squalid camp

      France 24 - 18h06

      Syria’s Kurds have announced they will allow thousands of Syrians, including the families of Islamic State group fighters, to leave a squalid and overpopulated camp that they run. The Al-Hol camp is located in Syria’s north-east, close to the Iraqi border.

    • French police arrest 61 in online child pornography investigation

      France 24 - 18h04

      French police have arrested 61 people suspected of involvement in a vast child pornography network, including at least three people who raped children on camera, officials said Thursday.

      Among the suspects are several who work in jobs that put them in contact with children, such as teachers, religious leaders and city hall officials, according to Eric Bérot, head of the French police agency overseeing the operation.

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