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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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Protests in Ecuador against job, wage cuts, over virus - France 24

Protests in Ecuador against job, wage cuts, over virus - France 24

AdvertisingQuito (AFP)Demonstrators defied coronavirus restrictions to march in cities across Ecuador on Monday in protest against President Lenin Moreno's drastic economic measures to tackle the crisis.Moreno last week announced public spending cuts including the closure of state companies and embassies around the world, but trade unions Monday said workers were paying a disproportionate price compared to Ecuador's elite."This protest is because the government is firing workers to avoid making the rich pay," Mecias Tatamuez, head of the county's largest union, the Unitary Front of Workers...

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Australian media to be tried for contempt over Pell reporting - France 24

Australian media to be tried for contempt over Pell reporting - France 24

AdvertisingSydney (AFP)Dozens of Australian journalists and news organisations will go on trial in November for allegedly violating a gag order barring coverage of Cardinal George Pell's sex crimes case, a judge said Tuesday.Rupert Murdoch's Nationwide News and the former Fairfax group, now owned by broadcaster Nine, are among 12 companies facing contempt charges along with 18 leading editors and reporters.If convicted, the journalists face prison terms of up to five years and the media organisations fines of up to Aus$500,000 ($328,000).The presiding judge issued the gag to prevent news of...

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A world redrawn: US coronavirus response fatally 'chaotic,' says Noam Chomsky - France 24

A world redrawn: US coronavirus response fatally 'chaotic,' says Noam Chomsky - France 24

AdvertisingNew York (AFP)The United States is on a chaotic path with no federal plan against the coronavirus pandemic as it reduces public health funding and ignores the advances of climate change, according to activist scholar Noam Chomsky, considered the founder of modern linguistics.What follows are extracts, edited for clarity, from an AFP interview with the 91-year-old leftist intellectual, who has authored more than 100 books and is currently a professor at the University of Arizona.For two months he's been confined in Tucson with his Brazilian wife Valeria, his dog and a parrot who...

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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...

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Top Egypt medical union warns of health system 'collapse' - France 24

Top Egypt medical union warns of health system 'collapse' - France 24

AdvertisingCairo (AFP)Egypt's top medical union on Monday warned of a "complete collapse" of the country's health system, accusing the health ministry of negligence in failing to protect healthcare workers from coronavirus."The syndicate is warning that the health system could completely collapse, leading to a catastrophe affecting the entire country if the health ministry's negligence and lack of action towards medical staff is not rectified," the Egyptian Medical Syndicate said in a statement.COVID-19 has killed 19 doctors and infected more than 350, according to the EMS, a body...

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Moscow espionage trial of ex-US marine Whelan to wrap up - France 24

Moscow espionage trial of ex-US marine Whelan to wrap up - France 24

AdvertisingMoscow (AFP)The trial in Moscow of ex-US marine Paul Whelan on espionage charges is set to conclude Monday, ending a court proceeding that has strained ties with Washington and fuelled speculation of a prisoner exchange.Lawyers on both sides are scheduled to make their closing arguments, and the prosecutors are to make their sentencing request.Whelan, 50, who also holds Irish, Canadian and British citizenship, was detained in Moscow in December 2018 for allegedly receiving state secrets.He maintains he visited Russia to attend a wedding and was framed when he took a USB drive...

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China says virus pushing US ties to brink of 'Cold War' - France 24

China says virus pushing US ties to brink of 'Cold War' - France 24

AdvertisingBeijing (AFP)China said Sunday that relations with the United States were "on the brink of a new Cold War", fuelled in part by tensions over the coronavirus pandemic that has killed nearly 350,000 people worldwide and pitched the global economy into a massive downturn. Fresh tensions between Beijing and Washington emerged as virus restrictions muted celebrations by Muslims around the world of the end of Ramadan, Islam's holy fasting month.More European nations meanwhile moved to ease their lockdowns.In Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was on Sunday forced to defend his top...

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Afghanistan's Ghani to accelerate Taliban prisoner release after agreeing to Eid ceasefire

Afghanistan's Ghani to accelerate Taliban prisoner release after agreeing to Eid ceasefire

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani vowed Sunday to speed up the release of Taliban prisoners after welcoming a surprise offer by the insurgents of a three-day ceasefire during the Eid holiday.Advertising"As a responsible government we take one more step forward -- I announce that I will expedite the Taliban prisoner releases," said in an address to the nation marking .He also urged the militants to press on with the release of the Afghan security personnel they hold.A -Taliban deal signed in February stipulated that the Afghan government would release up to 5,000 prisoners while the insurgents...

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Shiite Iran marks end of Ramadan on two different days in rare event - France 24

Shiite Iran marks end of Ramadan on two different days in rare event - France 24

AdvertisingTehran (AFP)Shiite Iranians in a rare event will mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan this year on separate days -- Sunday or Monday -- depending on different religious authorities' edicts.Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei announced Saturday evening on his official website that the Eid al-Fitr festival will fall on Sunday this year. But the country's other senior Shiite clerics, or "marjas" -- whose guidance believers follow and are seen as a "source of emulation", such as Javadi Amoli, Makarem Shirazi and Safi Golpayegani, among others -- have issued separate statements...

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Strict Eid lockdown urged as virus cases spike in Afghanistan - France 24

Strict Eid lockdown urged as virus cases spike in Afghanistan - France 24

AdvertisingKabul (AFP)A spike in coronavirus infections Saturday has doubled the number of cases in Afghanistan in recent days, forcing authorities to call for a "strict lockdown" during Eid, especially in the capital Kabul.Health officials said the country now had 9,998 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 782 people testing positive in the past 24 hours -- the highest single-day jump reported in the country so far.The number of total cases has doubled in just 10 days, raising fears of a wider outbreak across the country.The surge in cases comes as Afghanistan grapples with rising violence that...

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Italy’s Covid-19 death toll ‘could be 19,000 higher than reported’

Italy’s Covid-19 death toll ‘could be 19,000 higher than reported’

Italy’s death toll from the novel coronavirus in March and April could be nearly 19,000 higher than the official figure of 32,000, the national social security agency said Thursday.AdvertisingThe Istituto Nazionale della Previdenza Sociale (), the largest social security and welfare institute in , said in a new study that the were not “reliable”.Its study showed that 156,42 total deaths were recorded in Italy in March and April, which is 46,909 higher than the average number of fatalities in those months recorded between 2015 and 2019.But only 27,938 deaths linked to coronavirus were...

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Protests in Indian city over cyclone recovery delay - France 24

Protests in Indian city over cyclone recovery delay - France 24

AdvertisingKolkata (AFP)Thousands took to the streets of the Indian city of Kolkata on Saturday to protest against what they said was the slow government response to power cuts and flooding after a devastating "super cyclone".The death toll in India and Bangladesh from Cyclone Amphan's rampage along the Bay of Bengal coast rose to at least 112 on Saturday, as authorities struggled to deal with the aftermath of the storm while also trying to stop the spread of the coronavirus.With many areas still flooded and electricity still cut by the storm, Kolkata residents vented their anger for a...

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Papua New Guinea ex-PM arrested over corruption - France 24

Papua New Guinea ex-PM arrested over corruption - France 24

AdvertisingPort Moresby (AFP)Papua New Guinea's former prime minister Peter O'Neill was arrested over corruption allegations after arriving back in the country on Saturday, police said.The arrest was part of an investigation into the alleged unauthorised purchase of two Israeli generators while he was in power, Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary assistant commissioner Hodges Ette said in a statement."There is reasonable evidence for misappropriation, abuse of office and official corruption," Ette said.O'Neill was still being interviewed by police but would be granted bail to undergo two...

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Brazil govt furious at bid to seize Bolsonaro's phone - France 24

Brazil govt furious at bid to seize Bolsonaro's phone - France 24

AdvertisingBrasília (AFP)President Jair Bolsonaro's government warned Friday that Brazil's "national security" would be at risk if investigators granted a request to seize the far-right leader's cell phone in an obstruction of justice investigation.The request to seize Bolsonaro's phone and that of his son Carlos was made by opposition parties in Congress, part of a probe into allegations by former justice minister Sergio Moro that the president tried to interfere in federal police investigations.The probe, which could see Bolsonaro put on trial or even impeached, comes as the president...

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Default looms for Argentina despite debt deadline extension - France 24

Default looms for Argentina despite debt deadline extension - France 24

AdvertisingBuenos Aires (AFP)Argentina was teetering on the brink of a second default this century on Friday as the deadline for a $500 million bond interest repayment approached.The crisis-wracked country was already trying to renegotiate its crippling debt before its economy was hit -- like others all over the world -- by the coronavirus pandemic."Barring an eleventh hour deal out of the blue, Argentina's ninth sovereign default will be confirmed on Friday," said analysts Capital Economics.On Thursday, the economy ministry announced that it had postponed talks for a second time with...

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Guatemala blasts Trump over virus-infected migrant deportations - France 24

Guatemala blasts Trump over virus-infected migrant deportations - France 24

AdvertisingGuatemala City (AFP)Guatemala blasted US President Donald Trump on Thursday over US deportations of migrants infected with coronavirus.President Alejandro Giammattei said the deportations had saturated quarantine centers in Guatemala and heaped pressure on the Central American country's weak health system."Guatemala is an ally to the United States, the United States is not an ally to Guatemala," he told the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based international affairs think tank."We understand that the United States wants to deport people, we understand that, but what we don't...

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NATO allies, other nations urge US not to withdraw from Open Skies accord

NATO allies, other nations urge US not to withdraw from Open Skies accord

The United States announced its intention on Thursday to withdraw from the 35-nation Open Skies Treaty allowing unarmed surveillance flights over member countries, the Trump administration’s latest move to pull the country out of a major global treaty.AdvertisingThe administration said had repeatedly violated 's terms. Senior officials said the pullout would formally take place in six months, but President Donald Trump held out the possibility that Russia could come into compliance."I think we have a very good relationship with Russia. But didn't adhere to the treaty. So until they adhere,...

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Iran's Khamenei: fight to 'liberate Palestine' is 'Islamic duty' - France 24

Iran's Khamenei: fight to 'liberate Palestine' is 'Islamic duty' - France 24

AdvertisingTehran (AFP)Iran's supreme leader said it was an "Islamic duty" to fight for the "liberation of Palestine" in a landmark speech Friday amid rising tensions with regional arch-enemy Israel.Ayatollah Ali Khamenei lashed out at Western nations and their Arab "puppets" for supporting the Jewish state, in his first ever address marking Quds (Jerusalem) Day.The 80-year-old leader also appeared to confirm for the first time that Iran has helped to provide Palestinians with arms.The remarks came at the end of a week that saw Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launch a Twitter...

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Bitter Israel-Iran rivalry takes new forms online - France 24

Bitter Israel-Iran rivalry takes new forms online - France 24

AdvertisingJerusalem (AFP)Hacked websites in Israel, a reported cyberattack in Iran and a Twitter war between their leaders: the arch foes' animosity is flaring up online.The latest volleys in Israel and Iran's longstanding rivalry coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Israeli army's withdrawal from southern Lebanon, forced out by Iranian-backed Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.They also come before Jerusalem Day on Friday, an event that typically sees increased tensions.While Israelis celebrate their 1967 capture of the eastern part of the holy city, Iran commemorates the day with...

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Russian economy to shrink 9.5% in Q2 in virus standstill: minister - France 24

Russian economy to shrink 9.5% in Q2 in virus standstill: minister - France 24

AdvertisingMoscow (AFP)Russia's economy is forecast to shrink by 9.5 percent in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the same period last year, while yearly GDP will fall by five percent, economy minister Maksim Reshetnikov said on Thursday."The main factor of the GDP decrease this year is the internal restrictions" on the economy to stem the coronavirus pandemic, which would impact the second quarter the most, he told Russian news agencies.Reshetnikov said the ministry's prediction for the third quarter was a decrease of 6.3 percent, and a 5.2 percent decrease in the fourth quarter, with...

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Half of Canadians fooled by Covid-19 conspiracy theories: study - France 24

Half of Canadians fooled by Covid-19 conspiracy theories: study - France 24

AdvertisingOttawa (AFP)Nearly half of Canadians subscribe to coronavirus conspiracy theories -- including debunked miracle cures, notions of a 5G cover-up or that the virus was engineered in a Chinese lab, according to a new study.The School of Journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa surveyed 2,000 Canadians and found that 46 percent believe in at least one of four key myths circulating online."This high rate is alarming because conspiracy theories risk overwhelming an already overwhelmed health system," study co-author and Carleton professor Sarah Everts told AFP on Thursday.The fear,...

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French Finance Minister Le Maire balks at signing €5 billion Renault bailout loan

French Finance Minister Le Maire balks at signing €5 billion Renault bailout loan

France's Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said he has not signed off on a 5 billion euro ($5.47 billion) state-guaranteed loan to help Renault cope with the fallout from the coronavirus, and that discussions continued.AdvertisingLe Maire told newspaper Le Figaro that the government was seeking commitments from carmakers in three areas in return for help: electric vehicles; the fair treatment of sub-contractors; and that they base hi-tech activities in France." is fighting for its survival," Le Maire said in the interview published late on Thursday. "I haven't yet signed the loan."Sources...

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Syria seizes assets of Assad’s tycoon cousin Rami Makhlouf

Syria seizes assets of Assad’s tycoon cousin Rami Makhlouf

The Syrian government ordered the seizure of assets belonging to President Bashar al-Assad's cousin Rami Makhlouf, one of Syria's richest men, as well as to his wife and children, according to a government document reviewed by Reuters.AdvertisingThe document, stamped May 19 and signed by the finance minister, said the "precautionary seizure" aimed to guarantee payment of sums owed to the telecom regulatory authority.Once at the heart of 's inner circle, Makhlouf has quarrelled with the authorities over funds which they say are owed by his mobile phone company Syriatel. The unprecedented...

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Bolsonaro bets big on 'right-wing' drug against virus - France 24

Bolsonaro bets big on 'right-wing' drug against virus - France 24

AdvertisingRio de Janeiro (AFP)Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro neatly sums up how thoroughly politics has hijacked the debate over using malaria drugs against the new coronavirus: "Right-wingers take chloroquine."The far-right leader made the remark Tuesday, a day before his government recommended widespread use of chloroquine and a less-toxic derivative, hydroxychloroquine, to treat COVID-19 even in mild cases, despite questions about their safety and effectiveness.The "Tropical Trump," as Bolsonaro has been called, shares his US counterpart's enthusiasm for the two drugs, as well as...

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Haftar's forces pull out of parts of Tripoli after losing strategic airbase

Haftar's forces pull out of parts of Tripoli after losing strategic airbase

Eastern Libyan forces pulled out of parts of Tripoli overnight, they said, after losing one of their main strongholds in western Libya on Monday, in a major blow to their year-long campaign to seize the capital.AdvertisingLibyan National Army (LNA) spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari said the force had carried out a "redistribution and repositioning in the battle fronts, disengaging from some crowded residential areas".It has been fighting for more than a year to capture , seat of the Government of National Accord (GNA), which is recognised by the United Nations and has moved onto the front foot in...

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