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Turkey earthquake: At least 21 dead as buildings collapse
on 2020-01-25 at 05:50
At least 21 people are killed with more trapped under collapsed buildings after the 6.8 quake.
Auschwitz: Searching for traces of my grandfather
on 2020-01-25 at 00:11
Meijer Nieweg was murdered in August 1942. It has taken decades for details of his death to emerge.
Bodies of three children found in County Dublin
on 2020-01-24 at 21:27
A woman has been taken to hospital and gardaí described the deaths in Newcastle as ‘unexplained’.
Bulgaria to expel two Russian diplomats over spying allegations
on 2020-01-24 at 20:30
A Russian consular official and a trade representative were ordered to leave Bulgaria as the latest spy scandal increased tensions between Sofia and Moscow. Previously, three Russians were charged with attempted murder.
One of five missing French snowmobilers found dead in Quebec
on 2020-01-24 at 19:35
Four others remain missing after a snowmobile ride on a Quebec lake went disastrously wrong.
Deadly pesticides in EU produce from Turkey
on 2020-01-24 at 18:00
Ever more pesticides, many illegal, are being used in Turkey, according to a new Greenpeace study. Yet the tainted produce keeps ending up on European dinner tables, setting off alarm bells about serious health risks.
German shooting: Man kills six of his family in small town
on 2020-01-24 at 17:01
Police believe the attack at a restaurant in Rot am See was related to a family dispute.
Article 13: UK will not implement EU copyright law
on 2020-01-24 at 16:59
Media giants such as Google have been outspoken opponents of the legislation.
Russian bedroom camera in aircon ‘spied on activist’
on 2020-01-24 at 16:47
Anastasia Shevchenko has been under house arrest for a year and has found a spy-camera in her flat.
British man ‘falls to his death’ in French Alps
on 2020-01-24 at 16:37
Police believe the unnamed Briton fell off a cliff after a night out on Thursday.
French Cabinet passes controversial pension reform that prompted strikes
on 2020-01-24 at 16:09
The government says changing the pension system is the only way to guarantee "intergenerational justice." Negotiations with labor leaders are set for next week.
EU names first post-Brexit UK ambassador
on 2020-01-24 at 15:49
Portuguese diplomat Joao Vale de Almeida is set to serve as the EU’s top envoy in London after the UK leaves the bloc, EU authorities have said. The diplomat has represented the EU in Washington and at the UN.
Germany’s Merkel backs Turkish refugee initiative in Syria
on 2020-01-24 at 15:34
The German chancellor has signaled the government’s intention to provide funds for "this humanitarian action." Turkey’s leader has proposed building shelters for refugees displaced by fighting in Syria’s Idlib province.
Thomas Cook airline Condor sold to Poland’s LOT
on 2020-01-24 at 12:55
The two airlines have confirmed the deal, which will allow the combined entity to serve 20 million passengers a year. LOT’s owner has insisted a €380 million German government bridging loan will be repaid.
Neo-Nazi Rinaldo Nazzaro running US militant group The Base from Russia
on 2020-01-24 at 12:15
The highly secretive American founder of white supremacist group The Base is tracked to Russia.
Brexit: EU leaders sign UK withdrawal deal
on 2020-01-24 at 11:54
The deal formally ending UK membership is signed by EU leaders in Brussels.
Irish general election: Issues at the heart of Irish election campaign
on 2020-01-24 at 10:37
For the first time since Irish independence, a general election will be held on a Saturday.
EU leaders sign UK Brexit agreement, what’s next?
on 2020-01-24 at 09:30
The heads of the EU Commission, the EU Council, and the UK government have signed off on the Brexit deal negotiated with the UK. Here’s what else needs to happen before Britain leaves the bloc at the end of the month.
Rolls-Royce plans mini nuclear reactors by 2029
on 2020-01-24 at 09:01
The firm says it plans to build up to 15 of the mini reactors, which can be delivered by a lorry.
Soros attacks Trump and plans university network
on 2020-01-24 at 07:01
“The world would be a better place if they weren’t in power,” Mr Soros said at Davos.
Angela Merkel meets Erdogan amid regional tension
on 2020-01-24 at 07:01
During a brief visit, Chancellor Merkel plans to address multiple topics with President Erdogan, from regional conflicts to human rights issues. German politicians believe continuing dialog is crucial.
Coronavirus: Chinese embassy in Paris finds woman who ‘cheated’ checks
on 2020-01-24 at 03:09
The woman boasted about taking medicine to bring her temperature down in order to clear customs.
How Italy’s far right is hoping to cause a political earthquake
on 2020-01-24 at 00:08
Matteo Salvini is hoping to cause a political shock by winning a traditional stronghold of the left.
Mount Vesuvius eruption melted victim’s brain to glass
on 2020-01-23 at 23:54
The finding marks the first time that scientists have verified the process of vitrification. The black brain fragment has captivated researchers since its discovery in the 1960s.
Poland: Lawmakers give green light to judge ‘muzzle law’
on 2020-01-23 at 21:58
The lower house, the Sejm, has approved a bill that analysts fear could be used to stifle judges critical of government legal reforms. The new legislation has been heavily criticized by the European Union, among others.
Muslim and Jewish leaders make ‘historic’ visit to Auschwitz
on 2020-01-23 at 20:46
Muslim and Jewish leaders have together offered memorial prayers at the former Nazi German death camp Auschwitz. Muslim leaders have described the visit as "both a sacred duty and a profound honor."
Spain: Police rescue hundreds of dogs from illegal puppy farms
on 2020-01-23 at 19:43
The family-run operation was conducted on the outskirts of Madrid, where the dogs were found in dire conditions. Authorities said they found the corpses of two dogs.
Mount Vesuvius eruption: Extreme heat ‘turned man’s brain to glass’
on 2020-01-23 at 17:04
Experts say the man’s brain, found in the Roman town of Herculaneum, was affected by extreme heat.
Brexit: Johnson’s withdrawal bill becomes law
on 2020-01-23 at 16:36
The final formality for the withdrawal bill was confirmed when Queen Elizabeth II gave royal assent. PM Boris Johnson yesterday praised the legislation, saying "we have done it" after it was ratified by UK lawmakers.
Portugal’s lithium rush: How to reconcile jobs with the environment?
by Anaïs GUÉRARD on 2020-01-23 at 16:10
Lithium, a vital component of batteries contained in mobile phones, computers and electric cars, is a prized metal. In Portugal, which sits on vast, untapped deposits, it’s also a divisive topic. The Socialist government wants the country to become the number one European supplier of the metal, with plans to create thousands of jobs. But not all Portuguese are happy about this new mining business and its environmental impact. Our correspondents report.
Merkel in Davos: ‘Our mistake was not being prepared for refugee crisis’
on 2020-01-23 at 15:48
Chancellor Merkel, in Davos, has said the conflict in Libya must be stopped before another refugee crisis begins. She added that a global decrease in diplomacy was making regions like the Sahel more unstable.
Storm Gloria: Wind, rain, flooding and snow batter parts of Spain
on 2020-01-23 at 15:13
Hundreds of thousands of people were left without power and at least 13 people were killed.
Does Russia’s new culture minister hate the arts?
on 2020-01-23 at 13:52
Olga Lyubimova knows about film and TV production, but once apparently admitted loathing many art forms.
Holocaust survivor Dita Kraus: ‘For children, Auschwitz was less horrible than for adults’
by Antoine MARIOTTI on 2020-01-23 at 13:06
As the world marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, FRANCE 24’s Jerusalem correspondent sat down with Dita Kraus, a survivor of the Nazi concentration camp in Poland.
Opinion: Putin’s bespoke government — made for indefinite control
on 2020-01-23 at 12:54
Vladimir Putin has had a new constitution crafted to ensure he controls Russia for as long as he pleases. The new Russian government has been put in place to make sure that happens, writes Konstantin Eggert.
Jean-Paul Gaultier’s last fashion show
on 2020-01-23 at 12:35
The French designer has said goodbye to his 50-year runway career in Paris but says he will not stop working.
In Croatia, an unwillingness to examine official failures
on 2020-01-23 at 10:59
A man who shot three men whom he believed were drug dealers to death has become something of a folk hero in Croatia. That says more about the government’s priorities than the man or the people who are celebrating him.
Germany returns artworks looted by Nazis to French Jewish family
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-01-23 at 10:09
The German government Wednesday handed three works of art stolen during the Nazi occupation of France back to descendants of their original owner, the collector and Jewish lawyer Armand Dorville.
Russian parliament fast-tracks Putin’s constitutional changes
on 2020-01-23 at 09:13
Last week, Vladimir Putin proposed sweeping changes to Russia’s constitution. Now the parliament has voted in favor of the new measures. Analysts called the fast-moving events in Russia a "sting operation."
Raids in 6 states as Germany bans ‘Combat 18’ neo-Nazi group
on 2020-01-23 at 07:42
Authorities banned a neo-Nazi group that saw itself as "Adolf Hitler’s task force" and had links to the murder of a German politician. Police also conducted raids against the group in six states.
Turkey lashes out at EU over refugee deal ahead of Merkel visit
on 2020-01-23 at 06:01
The Turkish foreign minister has aimed heavy criticism at the EU, claiming that the bloc failed to pay billions of euros promised in a refugee pact. The criticism came ahead of a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Yad Vashem: Why Poland won’t be attending Holocaust memorial
on 2020-01-23 at 00:16
Poland’s president has snubbed an Israeli event to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
Women imprisoned in eastern Ukraine describe ‘inhumane conditions’
on 2020-01-22 at 23:46
Two women imprisoned in eastern Ukraine for distributing pro-Ukrainian leaflets in separatist areas were part of a major prisoner swap last month. They spoke to DW about living behind bars, their hopes and their plans.
Davos 2020: Prince Charles offers stark warning over ‘approaching catastrophe’
on 2020-01-22 at 19:56
At the World Economic Forum, he asked: “Do we want to go down in history as the people who did nothing?”
Italy’s 5-Star leader Di Maio resigns as party implodes
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-01-22 at 18:31
The head of Italy’s 5-Star Movement stepped down as party leader Wednesday, following a string of parliamentary defections, falling poll numbers and questions about the movement’s future.
‘The Last Ones’: Listening to survivors of the concentration camps
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-01-22 at 17:58
FRANCE 24 commemorates the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz with “The Last Ones”, a series of portraits of the camp’s last survivors by documentary film-maker Sophie Nahum.
Macron orders Israeli security to ‘go outside’ at Jerusalem church
on 2020-01-22 at 17:35
French President Emmanuel Macron berates the security for not leaving a Jerusalem basilica.
Terry Jones, co-founder of British comedy troupe Monty Python, dies at 77
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-01-22 at 13:09
Monty Python star Terry Jones has died at the age of 77, his family said Wednesday, after a long battle with a rare form of dementia.
Storm Gloria: Sea foam engulfs streets of Spanish town
on 2020-01-22 at 12:19
Marine foam brought ashore by Storm Gloria floods streets in Tossa de Mar.
Mitsubishi Motors raided over suspicions of diesel emissions fraud in Germany
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-01-22 at 11:07
German prosecutors have raided 10 business premises as part of a probe into suspected diesel emissions cheating involving Mitsubishi cars, the latest fallout from the so-called “dieselgate” scandal.
Greek parliament elects top judge as country’s first woman president
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-01-22 at 10:36
Greece’s parliament on Wednesday elected the first woman president in the country’s history, a senior judge with expertise in environmental and constitutional law.
Trump attacks environmental ‘prophets of doom’ at Davos 2020
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-01-21 at 10:18
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday assailed environmental “prophets of doom”, delivering an uncompromising message in Davos after Swedish teenage campaigner Greta Thunberg slammed government inaction on the climate crisis.
Thunberg tells Davos ‘nothing has been done’ to fight climate change
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-01-21 at 08:30
Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg on Tuesday slammed global inaction on climate change in front of the world’s top business leaders, as the annual Davos forum faced up to the perils of global warming while bracing for an address from US President Donald Trump.
Several killed in Siberia fire
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-01-21 at 07:22
Eleven people including 10 Uzbek workers died when a fire ripped through a one-storey wooden shack in a remote village in the Siberian region of Tomsk, officials said on Tuesday.
Climate change to take centre stage at Davos
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-01-21 at 04:16
The starkly opposed visions of US President Donald Trump and Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg on climate change will clash in Davos on Tuesday as the World Economic Forum tries to face up to the perils of global warming on its 50th meeting.
France’s controversial bioethics bill reaches Senate amid continuing outcry
by Pauline ROUQUETTE on 2020-01-20 at 17:44
France’s bioethics reform reaches the Senate floor on Tuesday, three months after lower-house lawmakers passed the controversial legislation. The bill, which has been considerably amended by senators in committee, could yet change, with the lesbian couples and single women poised to gain legal access to medically assisted reproduction potentially seeing social security coverage for the procedure withdrawn.
Is Istanbul prepared for a major earthquake?
by Shona BHATTACHARYYA on 2020-01-20 at 15:41
A large part of Turkey is located in an active seismic zone, where earthquakes are recorded every day. Twenty years ago, the city of Izmit saw one that killed more than 17,000 people. Since then, local authorities in the economic capital Istanbul have been working to prepare the city and its 16 million residents for the next big quake, which experts say could take place in the very near future. Our correspondents report.
Hungarian foreign minister hits back at EU funds misuse claims
by Catherine NICHOLSON on 2020-01-20 at 13:51
In an interview with FRANCE 24, Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto hits back at claims of fraudulent use and mismanagement of EU funds. In November, Hungary agreed to pay a €1.6 billion penalty for alleged mismanagement of European funding. Meanwhile, The New York Times has published claims from a former Hungarian state secretary that PM Viktor Orban used Common Agricultural Policy money to enrich his family and friends. Szijjarto says his government is “ready for any kind of investigation” and claims the former state secretary has “personal” motives for speaking to the media.