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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...

August 20, 2020
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In the press - China's disinformation campaign in Europe creates dilemma for EU leaders

In the press - China's disinformation campaign in Europe creates dilemma for EU leaders

IN THE PAPERS - Tuesday, April 28: We bring you reactions from the French press as the government unveils its plans for ending lockdown in France. Politico looks at a continuing Chinese disinformation campaign being led by Chinese diplomats in Europe, which has put EU leaders in a bind. Finally, a famed Australian immunologist accidentally mixes up Google search and Twitter in his quest for the opening hours of his local alcohol shop - prompting hilarious responses!AdvertisingThis Tuesday, French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe will present to the National Assembly the government’s...

April 28, 2020
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NGO report details IS group’s ‘abyss of horror’ in northern Syria

NGO report details IS group’s ‘abyss of horror’ in northern Syria

Human Rights Watch released details of a mass grave in Al-Hota gorge in northern Syria, in a report published on May 4. The NGO said that the so-called Islamic State (IS) group was responsible, and called for further investigations into this pit of death, in an interview with FRANCE 24.AdvertisingResearchers call it the “abyss of horror”. Located 85 kilometres north of Raqqa, the former capital of  in , was used as a mass grave by the jihadist group that ruled the region from 2013 to 2015, .The investigated the matter from 2014 to 2019, using satellite technology and geological maps,...

May 13, 2020
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Hondurans block highway to prevent COVID-19 burials - France 24

Hondurans block highway to prevent COVID-19 burials - France 24

AdvertisingTegucigalpa (AFP)Hundreds of people in Honduras blocked a highway on Monday to prevent COVID-19 funerals taking place near their communities.Some 300 residents from around 20 local communities used boulders, burning tyres and tree branches to block the highway outside the capital Tegucigalpa.Riot police eventually moved in to clear the protesters and unblock the Tegucigalpa-Olancho highway."They came to bury a corpse on Sunday, they came with all the security measures but if the relatives come to buy from a grocery store they will infect us," a local community activist told...

May 4, 2020
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S. Korean ruling party wins legislative elections by landslide on strength of Covid-19 management

S. Korean ruling party wins legislative elections by landslide on strength of Covid-19 management

South Korea's left-leaning ruling party won a landslide victory in Wednesday's general election, partial results showed, after the coronavirus pandemic turned the political tide in President Moon Jae-in's favour. AdvertisingThe country uses a mix of first-past-the-post seats and proportional representation, but even before all the individual constituencies were decided, 's Democratic party had taken 163 seats in the 300-member National Assembly, an absolute majority.Its sister party was expected to win another 17 proportional representation seats -- due to be declared later Thursday -- for...

April 15, 2020
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Focus on Covid-19, France tells China after Taiwan arms deal threat

Focus on Covid-19, France tells China after Taiwan arms deal threat

France dismissed Chinese warnings on Wednesday about selling arms to Taiwan, saying it was implementing existing deals and that China and other countries should focus on battling the coronavirus pandemic instead.Advertisinghas warned  not to “harm Sino-French relations” by selling arms to neighbouring , which is planning to buy weapons as part of an upgrade to a French-made warship fleet bought 30 years ago.China says that is part of "one China" and that this principle must be accepted by any country with which it has diplomatic relations. Arms sales to Taiwan are always highly sensitive...

May 13, 2020
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European lockdowns could prevent 11,300 premature deaths due to pollution, study says

European lockdowns could prevent 11,300 premature deaths due to pollution, study says

Improved air quality in Europe due to lockdowns to combat the coronavirus pandemic has delivered health benefits equivalent to avoiding 11,300 premature deaths, according to a study published on Thursday.AdvertisingResearchers extrapolated the likely impact on diseases caused or made worse by air , which has fallen dramatically as hundreds of millions of people have stayed at home over the past month."You could compare it to everyone in Europe stopping smoking for a month," said Lauri Myllyvirta, lead analyst at the Helsinki-based Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air, which conducted...

April 29, 2020
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Leading NGOs criticise UN over ‘shameful’ inaction towards Covid-19 crisis

Leading NGOs criticise UN over ‘shameful’ inaction towards Covid-19 crisis

Leading non-governmental organisations on Tuesday blasted the UN Security Council's "shameful" inaction towards the Covid-19 crisis, especially over a call for truces in some conflict zones during the pandemic.AdvertisingUnited Nations Secretary General called for ceasefires in fighting around the world two months ago.But the – debilitated by a confrontation between China and the United States – has failed to agree on a resolution supporting the initiative in the conflicts which fall under its mandate, the NGOs said in a statement."The paralysis of the Security Council in the face of  is...

May 20, 2020
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Volkswagen ordered to compensate motorists in landmark ‘Dieselgate’ ruling

Volkswagen ordered to compensate motorists in landmark ‘Dieselgate’ ruling

A German federal court judge ruled on Monday that Volkswagen has to pay compensation to motorists who purchased vehicles with manipulated diesel engines, a major blow for the carmaker in its home market as it continues to reel from the emissions scandal.AdvertisingGermany's highest court for civil disputes ruled that those who purchased the vehicles in question are entitled in principle to receive damages from the .The ruling, which will allow owners to return their vehicles for partial reimbursement of the purchase price, is expected to serve as a template for about 60,000 lawsuits that...

May 25, 2020
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Spectre of second wave haunts Italy as government mulls path out of lockdown

Spectre of second wave haunts Italy as government mulls path out of lockdown

The European country worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic is approaching a fateful decision on how to start lifting a nearly two-month-long lockdown on May 4, with experts warning that Italians must learn to “coexist” with the virus for months to come.AdvertisingItaly’s Prime Minister is a man under siege, his advisers, allies and rivals pulling him left, right and centre as he prepares to make the most important call of his political career. By the end of this week, the leader of ’s unruly coalition government will announce a plan to gradually lift the stringent lockdown measures that...

April 22, 2020
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