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France 24, the international news channel, broadcasts 24/7 (6 hours a day in Spanish) to 355 million households around the world in French, Arabic, English and Spanish. The four channels have a combined weekly viewership of 61.2 million viewers (measured in 67 of the 183 countries where the channel is broadcast). France 24 is the 1st international news channel in the Maghreb and in the French-speaking African countries.Source
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Amazon indigenous protesters vow indefinite roadblock

Amazon indigenous protesters vow indefinite roadblock

Armed with spears and bows, dozens of indigenous protesters in Brazil vowed Thursday to maintain a roadblock on a key highway until the authorities listen to their demands for help fighting COVID-19 and deforestation. Members of the Kayapo Mekranoti ethnic group have been blocking highway BR-163 through the Amazon since Monday outside the northern town of Novo Progresso. But they vowed that they would no longer lift their blockade periodically to let truckers through, as they had done for the past two days. "We're going to stay right here until the government sends its representatives to...

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Chile's former army chief detained for torture under Pinochet

Chile's former army chief detained for torture under Pinochet

ADVERTISINGSantiago (AFP)Police in Chile arrested a former army chief Thursday on charges of torturing 24 people in 1973, shortly after the coup that brought dictator Augusto Pinochet to power, officials said.Retired general Juan Emilio Cheyre had already been convicted last November and sentenced to three years under house arrest for his role in the killing of 15 people in the so-called "Caravan of Death," a unit sent out by Pinochet to murder left-wing opponents of his regime.The latest torture charges stem from that case, and involve former prisoners who said they were tortured by Cheyre...

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February 8, 2019
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Yellow Vests struggle to define their movement as protest turnout falls

Yellow Vests struggle to define their movement as protest turnout falls

Turnout at Saturday’s Yellow Vest protests fell sharply, with 51,400 attending demonstrations nationwide as opposed to 69,000 just two weeks ago. The movement is falling prey to deep internal divisions even as it seeks greater legitimacy.ADVERTISINGAfter drawing 282,000 people nationwide during the first weekend of in November, less than a fifth of that turned out Saturday for Act 13.The protests – which began in response to the government’s decision to introduce annual increases to diesel and carbon taxes – has since coalesced into a broader opposition against government, the high cost of...

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February 11, 2019
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Accused French priest tries to block film on child abuse scandal

Accused French priest tries to block film on child abuse scandal

ADVERTISINGBerlin (AFP)A priest accused of molesting more than 80 boys is trying to block the release of a film about a scandal which has rocked the French Catholic church and put one of its most senior cardinals in the dock.The acclaimed director Francois Ozon worked for years in secret on "By the Grace of God", which will be premiered Friday at the Berlin film festival.But its release in France later this month is threatened, with the accused priest Bernard Preynat going to court to demand that it is not shown until after his trial, which is due to start later this year.A lay voluntary...

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February 11, 2019
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Geneva to ban religious symbols on public employees

Geneva to ban religious symbols on public employees

ADVERTISINGGeneva (AFP)Geneva residents on Sunday voted for a controversial new "secularism law", which will among other things ban elected officials and public employees from wearing visible religious symbols.More than 55 percent of voters in the Swiss canton backed the law, final results showed, despite warnings that it could lead to discrimination, particularly against Muslim women. Some critics think it might violate the constitution.Geneva Canton, which for centuries has been a centre of religious freedom and tolerance, has been striving to replace a law on the books since 1907.The new...

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February 11, 2019
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Hungary's Orban vows defence of 'Christian' Europe

Hungary's Orban vows defence of 'Christian' Europe

ADVERTISINGBudapest (AFP)Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban launched his European elections campaign Sunday calling for voters to defend "Christian" nations against immigration, which he said led to the "virus of terrorism".He also announced a seven-point package of tax breaks and subsidies to encourage families to raise more children, a move he called "Hungary's answer" to its falling population instead of increasing immigration.May's elections for the European Parliament were a "historic crossroads" for Europe, said Orban, in this year's state of the nation speech in Budapest before an...

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February 11, 2019
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Venezuela's Guaido won't rule out authorizing US intervention

Venezuela's Guaido won't rule out authorizing US intervention

ADVERTISINGCaracas (AFP)Venezuela's self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido refused to rule out Friday the possibility of authorizing United States intervention to help force President Nicolas Maduro from power and alleviate a humanitarian crisis.National Assembly leader Guaido told AFP he would do "everything that is necessary... to save human lives," acknowledging that US intervention is "a very controversial subject."The opposition leader launched a bid to oust Maduro last month, declaring himself interim president, a move recognized by the US and around 40 other countries,...

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February 11, 2019
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DR Congo Ebola death toll passes 500: health ministry

DR Congo Ebola death toll passes 500: health ministry

ADVERTISINGKinshasa (AFP)More than 500 people have died from the latest outbreak of Ebola in DR Congo, but a vaccination programme has prevented thousands more deaths, the country's health minister told AFP."In total, there have been 502 deaths and 271 people cured," said a health ministry bulletin published late on Friday, reporting on the outbreak in the east of the country.But Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga said that, for the first time, a vaccination programme had protected 76,425 people and prevented "thousands" of deaths."I believe we have prevented the spread of the epidemic in...

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February 11, 2019
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‘The climate won’t wait’: French students skip school to protest

‘The climate won’t wait’: French students skip school to protest

Under a bright blue sky on an unseasonably warm February day, several hundred high school and university students skipped class to demonstrate in front of the French ministry for the environment in Paris.ADVERTISING“Look at your Rolex, it’s time for a revolt,” read the sign brandished by 15-year-old Pauline. It’s not her first time demonstrating. She came out for a march for women’s rights, and she plans to keep demonstrating for over the coming weeks.“I hope the French parliament realises what all French people want: That they respect their climate accord commitments,” she said.“Save a...

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February 16, 2019
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Israel bans election candidates from using troop images

Israel bans election candidates from using troop images

ADVERTISINGJerusalem (AFP)Israel's attorney general on Thursday ordered election candidates to stop using images of soldiers in their campaigns, after a complaint against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's party. "It is forbidden during the 90 days ahead of the elections to use the army for propaganda purposes, notably pictures of soldiers with the prime minister," he said in a justice ministry statement. The announcement came after a complaint by the opposition Labour party against Netanyahu's Likud party over images of Netanyahu accompanied by troops. "The prime minister uses the...

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