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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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Rare disease causing paralysis in children likely to return in US: experts - France 24

Rare disease causing paralysis in children likely to return in US: experts - France 24

Washington (AFP)A rare neurological condition that mostly affects children and mysteriously returns every two years is likely to flare up in the coming weeks and months, US health authorities warned Tuesday.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that it "anticipates that 2020 will be another peak year for cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM)."The disease, which is likely caused by a virus, can lead to permanent paralysis and life-threatening complications from respiratory failure, the CDC said."AFM is a medical emergency that requires immediate medical care and monitoring,...

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Africa surpasses 1 million Covid-19 cases, more than half in South Africa

Africa surpasses 1 million Covid-19 cases, more than half in South Africa

The number of COVID-19 cases in Africa has risen to over one million, with more than half registered in South Africa, according to an AFP count late Thursday.The continent's worst-hit nation has registered , including over 8,000 new cases on Thursday, and 9,604 deaths. has recorded around 95,000  cases while the figure in is 45,000.are the fifth-highest after the US, Brazil, India and Russia.Nevertheless the African continent remains one of the least affected, according to the official figures, with only Oceania registering fewer COVID-19 cases.But the official numbers are likely to be a...

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Italian resort evacuated over risk of falling Mont Blanc ice - France 24

Italian resort evacuated over risk of falling Mont Blanc ice - France 24

Courmayeur (Italy) (AFP)An alpine resort in Italy was on high alert on Thursday and dozens of people were evacuated over fears a huge chunk of a mountain glacier could break away because of sudden high temperatures.The hovering block of ice from the Planpincieux glacier within the Mont Blanc massif is estimated at about 500,000 cubic metres, said Valerio Segor, director of the natural risk management service for the Aosta Valley region. That is the equivalent size of Milan's cathedral, or "a soccer field with 80 metres of ice on it," he said at a press conference in the northwestern Italian...

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Gunman surrenders after seizing hostages in a bank in French port city of Le Havre

Gunman surrenders after seizing hostages in a bank in French port city of Le Havre

An armed man who took six people hostage in a bank in Le Havre, northern France, surrendered to police on Thursday after releasing his captives, a Reuters witness and police union official said.The union official said no weapons were used in the arrest of the man, who had released several of the hostages he was holding over the course of Thursday evening.Bomb squad officers had arrived at the bank, a senior police union official said earlier.The official, who was in regular contact with officers involved in the operation, said there was a bag possibly containing explosives at the scene.A...

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Thousands protest in Turkey against domestic violence - France 24

Thousands protest in Turkey against domestic violence - France 24

Istanbul (AFP)Thousands of women in Turkey took to the streets on Wednesday to demand that the government does not withdraw from a landmark treaty on preventing domestic violence.The protests were the biggest in recent weeks as anger grows over the rising number of women killed by men in the past decade since the Istanbul Convention was agreed in 2011.The convention is the world's first binding instrument to prevent and combat violence against women, from marital rape to female genital mutilation.Hundreds of women in Istanbul rallied in support of the treaty, an AFP correspondent said,...

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US Border Patrol raids humanitarian aid camp, seizing phones and arresting migrants

US Border Patrol raids humanitarian aid camp, seizing phones and arresting migrants

 /LogoutAt sunset on the evening of July 31, agents from the US Border Patrol and the Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) raided a humanitarian aid station known as Byrd Camp near Arivaca, Arizona. Forces arrived with an armoured vehicle, two helicopters, and an estimated 24 other vehicles. More than 30 migrants were arrested, and many of the aid workers were detained. Agents arrived with a to confiscate cellphones on the property, preventing most volunteers from documenting the raid. Border Patrol agents had first entered the camp around 9am the morning of Thursday July 30 and detained...

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Lebanon has less than a month's grain reserves after Beirut blast

Lebanon has less than a month's grain reserves after Beirut blast

Lebanon's main grain silo at Beirut port was destroyed in a blast, leaving the nation with less than a month's reserves of the grain but still with enough flour to avoid a crisis, the economy minister said on Wednesday.Raoul Nehme told Reuters a day after Tuesday's that Lebanon needed reserves for at least three months to ensure food security and was looking at other storage areas.The explosion was the most powerful to rip through Beirut, a city torn apart by civil war three decades ago. , slowing grain imports as the nation struggled to find hard currency for purchases."There is no bread...

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US jail covers windows after inmates share messages denouncing sanitary conditions

US jail covers windows after inmates share messages denouncing sanitary conditions

 /LogoutInmates at the Bradley County Jail in the US state of Tennessee sent a cry for help to the outside world by holding up messages in the windows of their cells expressing their fear of contracting Covid-19. On June 29, photos of these messages denouncing conditions at the jail went viral on Twitter. Although the jail has since announced that it is Covid-19 free, officers covered the cell windows on July 13, preventing inmates from sharing their messages with the outside world.Short messages, written on scrap paper and held up to the windows of the Bradley County Jail in Cleveland,...

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AI helps doctors fight COVID-19 in Brazil - France 24

AI helps doctors fight COVID-19 in Brazil - France 24

Sao Paulo (AFP)Doctors in Brazil, the country with the second-highest number of cases and deaths in the coronavirus pandemic, have a new tool in their fight against COVID-19: artificial intelligence to detect infections.Under-testing remains a huge problem in the sprawling South American country, but AI is helping fill the gap, thanks to a system called RadVid-19 developed using algorithms from German company Siemens and Chinese firm Huawei.Brazil has been hit harder by the pandemic than any country except the United States, with nearly 2.8 million infections and 95,000 deaths.Experts say...

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Deadly Beirut blasts were caused by 2750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, says PM Diab

Deadly Beirut blasts were caused by 2750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, says PM Diab

Two enormous explosions devastated Beirut's port on Tuesday, leaving at least 73 people dead and thousands injured, shaking distant buildings and spreading panic and chaos across the Lebanese capital.The second blast sent an enormous orange fireball into the sky, immediately followed by a tornado-like shockwave that flattened the port and swept the city, shattering windows kilometres (miles) away.Prime Minister Hassan Diab said that 2,750 tonnes of the agricultural fertiliser ammonium nitrate that had been stored for years in a portside warehouse had blown up, sparking "a disaster in every...

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US 'cloud' supremacy has Europe worried about data - France 24

US 'cloud' supremacy has Europe worried about data - France 24

Paris (AFP)Europe is sitting on a wealth of data that is the 21st equivalent of a precious metal mine during the gold rush.But instead of exploiting it themselves Europeans may be allowing American tech giants to gain control of all the excavation equipment, some experts say, pointing to a flurry of European companies announcing deals with US tech players for cloud services.Renault, Orange, Deutsche Bank, and Lufthansa recently plumped for Google Cloud. Volkswagen signed up with Amazon Web Services. The French health ministry chose Microsoft to house its research data.The cloud is a term...

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Pharma giant Sanofi charged with manslaughter in birth defects case - France 24

Pharma giant Sanofi charged with manslaughter in birth defects case - France 24

Paris (AFP)French prosecutors have indicted pharma giant Sanofi for manslaughter over birth defects linked to an epilepsy drug, the company said Monday, in a long-running case that has also seen it charged with fraud.The charges relate to the drug valproate, marketed as Depakine among other trade names, which studies say has caused disabilities in about 15,000-30,000 children whose mothers took the medicine while pregnant.On the market since 1967, the drug is used to treat epilepsy, migraines and bipolar disorder.But research found that when pregnant women took the drug, their children had...

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Dozens killed in IS group raid on prison in Afghanistan

Dozens killed in IS group raid on prison in Afghanistan

At least 29 people were killed in a raid on an Afghan prison claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group, officials said Monday, as the country waited to see if a government ceasefire with the Taliban would rupture after its formal expiration.Fighting finally ended mid-afternoon Monday at the in the eastern city of , where about 1,700 and inmates were being held.IS group's propaganda outlet Amaq said its fighters were behind the raid that had started with a suicide car bomb attack, and saw more than 1,000 inmates escape before most of them were recaptured.The attack was the most violent...

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Zimbabwe's health care crisis deepens as virus rage - France 24

Zimbabwe's health care crisis deepens as virus rage - France 24

Harare (AFP)Gut-wrenching images of seven stillborn infants wrapped separately in green sheets and laid out in a row on a hospital counter in Zimbabwe have drawn public outrage.Seven of the eight births in one night last week at just one state hospital in Zimbabwe's capital were still, and medics warned that the incident was just a tip of the iceberg of the dire state of health care in the southern African country. The public health care system is teetering on the brink of breakdown with shortages of basic drugs and equipment and an overburdened and underpaid staff.Experts say the health...

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Islamic State group claims responsibility for deadly prison attack in Afghanistan

Islamic State group claims responsibility for deadly prison attack in Afghanistan

The Islamic State group on Sunday claimed responsibility for a complex attack by a suicide car bomber and multiple gunmen against a prison in eastern Afghanistan, which Afghan officials said killed at least three people and injured 24 others.The hourslong gunbattle between security forces and insurgents in , the capital of Nangarhar province, was still ongoing Sunday evening, and casualties were likely to rise, according to Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor.Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said at least three people were killed, while Zahir Adil, the...

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Coronavirus death toll in Latin America tops 200,000

Coronavirus death toll in Latin America tops 200,000

The death toll in Latin America from the novel coronavirus passed 200,000 on Saturday night, a Reuters tally showed, underlining the region's status as one of the global epicenters of the pandemic that is testing governments to the limit.Apart from the United States, Brazil and have racked up more fatalities from the virus than any other country, and together they account for around 70% of the regional death toll.Both have struggled to balance the need to curb the spread of the virus with restrictive safety measures while trying to reopen their economies, which have been battered by the...

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Thousands flee Islamist insurgents in northern Mozambique

Thousands flee Islamist insurgents in northern Mozambique

 /LogoutSince October 2017, an armed Islamist insurrection has been tearing apart the resource-rich province of Cabo Delgado in northern Mozambique. In 2019, the Islamic State group began claiming responsibility for some of the attacks carried out by this group. In the past few months, the insurgents have led a campaign of brutal and violent attacks on towns and cities in the province, causing thousands of residents to flee. An armed group known locally as al Shabaab (though it has no links with the better-known Somali Islamist militant group of the same name) has been carrying out attacks...

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South Africa cuts rhino poaching by half: minister - France 24

South Africa cuts rhino poaching by half: minister - France 24

Johannesburg (AFP)The number of South African rhinos killed by poachers fell by half in the first six months of the year, but 166 were slaughtered nonetheless, the environment minister said Friday.And the number of incidences has begun to edge higher again as coronavirus lockdown measures are eased, she added in a statement."During the first six months of 2019, 316 rhino had been poached in South Africa," said Barbara Creecy, the minister of environment, forestry and fisheries.The figure represents a drop of nearly 53 percent."We have been able to arrest the escalation of rhino losses,"...

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UAE starts up first Arab nuclear plant - France 24

UAE starts up first Arab nuclear plant - France 24

Abu Dhabi (AFP)The oil-rich United Arab Emirates on Saturday announced the startup of its Barakah nuclear power plant, a first for the Arab world."UAE first nuclear reactor at the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant has achieved first criticality and successfully started up," tweeted Hamad Alkaabi, the country's representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency."This is a historic milestone for the nation with a vision set to deliver a new form of clean energy for the nation," he tweeted in English, along with a photograph of technicians raising their arms in celebration.The UAE premier and...

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Obama slams an absent Trump in eulogy for US civil rights icon John Lewis

Obama slams an absent Trump in eulogy for US civil rights icon John Lewis

In a fiery eulogy for longtime U.S. Representative John Lewis on Thursday, former President Barack Obama took a series of thinly veiled shots at the actions of his successor that he said tore at the legacy of the Black civil rights icon being laid to rest.The funeral for Lewis, who played an instrumental role in passing the , came on the same day Republican President Donald Trump suggested the Nov. 3 election could be delayed. Trump has also waged a war against mail-in ballots, a tactic critics say is aimed at suppressing votes."We no longer have to guess the number of jelly beans in a jar...

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EU reserves 300 mn doses of potential Sanofi virus vaccine - France 24

EU reserves 300 mn doses of potential Sanofi virus vaccine - France 24

Brussels (AFP)The EU announced Friday that it had struck a deal with French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi for 300 million doses of a potential coronavirus vaccine.The European Commission, the bloc's executive arm which negotiated the agreement, said it would allow all 27 member countries to purchase the vaccine once it was proven to be safe and effective.The announcement comes on the same day the US government said it would provide up to $2.1 billion to Sanofi and GSK for the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, as the world continues to battle the pandemic.As official data revealed coronavirus...

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Brazil's Pantanal wetlands hit by record fires in July - France 24

Brazil's Pantanal wetlands hit by record fires in July - France 24

Brasília (AFP)The Pantanal, the largest tropical wetlands in the world, suffered a record number of fires in July, according to satellite data, prompting the Brazilian government to deploy the army to fight them.Brazil's national space agency, INPE, identified 1,669 fires this month in the Brazilian Pantanal, triple the number from July 2019 and the worst month on record since it began tracking in 1998.Previously, the worst month was July 2005, with 1,259 fires.Fires in the first seven months of the year also tripled from the same period last year, with a total of 4,203 -- even though 2019...

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Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga arrested during banned protests - France 24

Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga arrested during banned protests - France 24

Harare (AFP)Police in Zimbabwe on Friday arrested internationally-aclaimed novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga as they enforced a ban on protests coinciding with the anniversary of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's election.Dangarembga, 61, was bundled into a police truck as she demonstrated in the upmarket Harare suburb of Borrowdale alongside another protester, an AFP photographer saw.Streets in the centre of the city were largely deserted as police and troops scrutinised documents at checkpoints to prevent unauthorised entry.Opposition politician Jacob Ngarivhume, head of a small party called...

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Record economic slumps hit Europe in face of resurgent virus - France 24

Record economic slumps hit Europe in face of resurgent virus - France 24

Paris (AFP)Nation after nation across Europe on Friday unveiled the extent of historic economic devastation as resurgent coronavirus cases forced agonising new trade-offs between lives and financial health.Six months after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global emergency, the novel coronavirus has infected more than 17 million people and wreaked global economic mayhem. France's economy contracted by a record 13.8 percent in the second quarter, Spain went into recession after its gross domestic product slumped 18.5 percent, Portugal's economy contracted 14.1 percent, and...

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New Zealand military slammed over 'murky' Afghan raid claims - France 24

New Zealand military slammed over 'murky' Afghan raid claims - France 24

Wellington (AFP)New Zealand ordered the creation of an independent military watchdog Friday after an inquiry found senior officers repeatedly misled government ministers about a special forces raid in Afghanistan.The inquiry, co-chaired by former prime minister Geoffrey Palmer, found no misconduct by elite SAS troops during the 2010 raid, which was carried out with US air support.But it criticised the military for subsequently dismissing claims that civilians were killed during the operation, even though there was evidence suggesting up to five non-combatants died, including a girl aged...

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