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Coronavirus: How ‘three musketeers’ helped Georgia fight virus
on 2020-07-06 at 00:20
Georgia has recorded fewer than 1,000 infections and only 15 deaths among its 3.7 million people.
Croatia’s ruling conservatives win parliamentary vote
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-07-06 at 00:05
Croatia’s Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic hailed a “great” re-election victory for his conservative HDZ party as officials results showed them leading parliamentary elections on Sunday.
France won’t totally ban Huawei 5G, cybersecurity head says
on 2020-07-05 at 23:49
France’s cybersecurity agency is encouraging telecom companies not to use Huawei equipment for their 5G networks. However, the country is stopping short of a complete ban on the Chinese group.
German parliament leader urges fresh push for EU economic union amid pandemic
on 2020-07-05 at 22:22
Wolfgang Schäuble has called for improved integration in the eurozone. He said the bloc would be "significantly further ahead today" if the EU had established a "prevailing" monetary fund in the 2010 Greece crisis.
Italy migrant crisis: 180 migrants allowed off rescue ship
on 2020-07-05 at 21:50
After days of stand-off the passengers, who include children, will be taken into quarantine in Sicily.
Austria: Two arrested after Chechen dissident shot dead
on 2020-07-05 at 19:55
Austria’s counter-terrorism unit is probing the murder of an ethnic Chechen man near the city of Vienna. Speculation is growing that the killing was a political assassination connected to Ramzan Kadyrov’s region.
Formula One drivers all wear ‘End Racism’ T-shirts at season-opening Austrian Grand Prix
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-07-05 at 18:23
Valtteri Bottas kneeled holding the winners’ trophy at Formula One’s season-opening Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday, where the podium trio held up a black T-shirt with “End Racism” written on it.
Coronavirus: Where can I go on holiday? A guide to destinations
on 2020-07-05 at 17:21
As people in England get the green light to go abroad again, here’s a look at what’s in store for travellers.
Croatia’s ruling HDZ party secures lead in parliamentary election: exit polls
on 2020-07-05 at 17:20
The center-right party is on course to build a new coalition following the parliamentary vote, exit polls suggest. The opposition said voters had been endangered by the early elections amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Algeria buries repatriated skulls of resistance fighters as it marks independence from France
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-07-05 at 16:48
Algeria on Sunday buried the remains of 24 resistance fighters returned from Paris after more than a century and a half as it marked the 58th anniversary of its independence from France.
Coronavirus: Spain imposes local lockdown in Galicia
on 2020-07-05 at 16:23
Galicia reinstates curbs on a coastal area, a day after Catalonia imposed a similar local lockdown.
Coronavirus: Drunk people cannot social distance, warns UK police chief
on 2020-07-05 at 14:17
Bars, pubs and restaurants have reopened in England prompting the public to gorge themselves. As large crowds gathered, one police chief warned that inebriated citizens proved they can’t keep their distance.
Coronavirus: Spain’s young lose out again
on 2020-07-05 at 14:14
The coronavirus crisis has hit young people in Spain with full force. An emergency work program is at least in place in some tourist spots to help some through the summer. Jan-Philipp Scholz reports from Andalucia.
Opinion: A European Green wave may be coming — finally
on 2020-07-05 at 12:33
Whether in France, Ireland or Germany, Green parties are gaining ground in Europe. Even when they don’t make inroads into national governments, the planet wins, writes DW’s James Jackson.
Tiger kills Zurich zookeeper in front of visitors and staff
on 2020-07-05 at 11:52
The 55-year-old woman was attacked in a Siberian tiger enclosure at a zoo in the Swiss city.
Faith leaders call to keep EU’s religious freedom envoy
on 2020-07-05 at 11:31
Christian, Jewish and Muslim representatives have criticized the European Union’s decision to drop its special envoy for religious freedom. A leading Jewish figure called it "the wrong signal for Europe."
Green, left-wing Michèle Rubirola becomes Marseille’s first woman mayor
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-07-05 at 09:00
Marseille became the latest French municipality to elect a Green mayor on Saturday, in a wave that has swept the country since local elections at the end of last month.
Italy permits migrants aboard Ocean Viking rescue vessel to disembark on Monday
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-07-05 at 08:07
Italy has authorised charity vessel Ocean Viking to disembark 180 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean in Sicily, ship operator SOS Mediterranee said on Sunday.
Vogue Portugal defends controversial mental health cover
on 2020-07-05 at 07:59
The magazine says it was trying to raise awareness after it was accused of using dystopian imagery.
Turkey’s Erdogan fears Generation Z
on 2020-07-05 at 06:25
Millions of young Turks will soon be of voting age and President Erdogan wants to win them over. Yet many of the country’s youth feel rebellious and openly reject him.
Ocean Viking: Italy to transfer migrants to quarantine ship after suicide attempts
on 2020-07-05 at 01:20
After multiple suicide attempts over the past few days, migrants aboard the private rescue ship Ocean Viking will be moved to a quarantine vessel in Sicily.
Ukraine’s Zelensky accused by ex-leader of hosting Russian ‘fifth column’
on 2020-07-05 at 00:55
Ex-president Poroshenko sees Russian influence at work in the new administration.
Paris Pride: LGBT activists protest against racism, police brutality
on 2020-07-04 at 23:44
As official LGBT+ Pride events around the world were postponed or went virtual because of the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of grassroots protesters in Paris turned out to protest racism and police brutality.
Turkish TV: Dramas become a global streaming success
on 2020-07-04 at 23:12
Online streaming is one of the few industries to enjoy a boom out of lockdown restrictions, and Turkish TV dramas have found great success, reaching audiences all over the world.
‘Our pride is political’: Thousands march in Paris for LGBT rights
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-07-04 at 21:30
Between 2,000 and 3,000 people turned out Saturday in Paris for a politically engaged Gay Pride march, a week after the officially scheduled event was cancelled because of coronavirus restrictions.
Croatia: Election reveals young voters’ apathy toward politics
on 2020-07-04 at 19:41
The newest country in the EU is at the ballot box — but young voters are likely to turn their backs on the election.
Zoo Zurich: Tiger mauls zookeeper to death
on 2020-07-04 at 18:53
Shocked Zoo Zurich visitors have witnessed a woman being attacked and mauled to death by a Siberian tiger. Swiss authorities are investigating why the zookeeper and the tiger were inside the enclosure at the same time.
Coronavirus: Spain puts area near Barcelona in new lockdown
on 2020-07-04 at 17:42
Some 200,000 people living in the northeastern Catalonia region have been given new stay-at-home orders. Spain’s tourism and hospitality sectors are struggling to rescue what remains of the summer season.
Coronavirus Spain: Catalonia locks down area of 210,000 people
on 2020-07-04 at 13:57
The Spanish region re-imposes restrictions on an area west of Barcelona after a surge in infections.
Catalonia places 200,000 people under new lockdown following Covid-19 surge
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-07-04 at 11:06
Spain’s northeastern Catalonia region on Saturday locked down an area with around 200,000 residents near the town of Lerida following a surge in cases of the new coronavirus.
Coronavirus: UK government’s quarantine-free list ‘absurd’
on 2020-07-04 at 09:32
Portuguese leaders say the country’s exclusion from a list drawn up by the UK government is “absurd”.
New French Prime Minister Jean Castex, a low-profile functionary
on 2020-07-04 at 06:48
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe had to go, now Jean Castex will step in as his replacement. President Emmanuel Macron is under pressure and has only two years to create a new political profile for himself.
England’s pubs, restaurants and hairdressers reopen as Covid-19 lockdown eases
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-07-04 at 06:05
England takes its biggest steps yet towards resumption of normal life on Saturday as people are finally allowed to drink in a pub, get a haircut or have a meal in a restaurant for the first time in over three months.
Coronavirus: Waiting for tourists on Spain’s Costa del Sol
on 2020-07-04 at 00:12
Resorts on Spain’s southern coast are hoping for tourists to save their summer.
Jamal Khashoggi murder: Turkey puts 20 Saudis on trial in absentia
on 2020-07-03 at 21:48
Two ex-aides of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman are among 20 on trial in absentia for the killing.
Aid ship declares emergency after 6 migrants attempt suicide
on 2020-07-03 at 20:51
One person attempted to hang himself while others tried to jump into open waters. The Ocean Viking has been stuck south of Sicily after requests to dock at seven ports rejected or ignored.
Edouard Philippe: France’s former PM faces probe into Covid-19 response
on 2020-07-03 at 20:10
Hours after Philippe’s resignation, an inquiry is launched into the government’s handling of Covid-19.
Lionel Messi: Why Barcelona captain is becoming increasingly fed up at the Nou Camp
on 2020-07-03 at 18:20
Lionel Messi is disillusioned with many aspects of life at Barcelona at the moment – and it throws his future at the Nou Camp into doubt.
Air France to cut 7,580 jobs at French flagship carrier and regional unit Hop!
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-07-03 at 18:16
Air France confirmed plans to cut some 7,500 jobs including 1,000 at sister airline Hop! on Friday, as staff protested over its response to the collapse in travel due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Turkey fireworks factory explosion kills several, injures nearly 100
on 2020-07-03 at 17:55
Authorities reportedly sealed off roads to the factory after family members rushed to the site in search of loved ones. The blast could be heard 30 kilometers away.
New French PM Castex takes helm: ‘I’m not here for limelight – I’m here for results’
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-07-03 at 17:21
France’s new prime minister, Jean Castex, warned on Friday that the coronavirus pandemic was not over and an economic crisis was already making itself felt, as he took the helm of President Emmanuel Macron’s government.
French court opens inquiry into former PM Philippe in handling of Covid crisis
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-07-03 at 16:55
A French court is opening an inquiry into former prime minister Édouard Philippe and two other ministers over their handling of the coronavirus crisis, a prosecutor said Friday.
Turkey jails Amnesty activists in ‘terrorism’ case
on 2020-07-03 at 14:43
Ex-Amnesty Turkey chief gets six years in ruling condemned as an “outrage”.
Who is Jean Castex, France’s new prime minister?
by FRANCE24 on 2020-07-03 at 13:28
French President Emmanuel Macron has named Jean Castex the country’s new prime minister after the resignation of former PM Édouard Philippe’s cabinet. Rather unknown to the public, Castex “comes from the mainstream right-wing party Les Républicains and is best known as “Monsieur Déconfinement” (Mr Post-lockdown) since April, when he was put in charge of organising France’s gradual exit from lockdown, something that has so far met some success”, FRANCE 24’s Christopher Moore reports from the Élysée Palace.
Coronavirus-denying Father Sergiy expelled by Russian Church
on 2020-07-03 at 13:01
Father Sergiy is refusing to leave a convent near Yekaterinburg after seizing it with armed guards.
German rights activist Peter Steudtner acquitted of terror-related charges in Turkey
on 2020-07-03 at 12:44
The verdict came three years after Peter Steudtner and 10 other human rights activists were arrested in Turkey on terrorism-related charges. Four others in the case were handed jail terms.
‘Macron is putting himself back in control’ by naming Jean Castex prime minister
by FRANCE24 on 2020-07-03 at 11:37
French President Emmanuel Macron has named Jean Castex the country’s new prime minister after the resignation of former PM Édouard Philippe’s cabinet. Rather unknown to the public, Castex came to some prominence in early April when appointed to head the government’s strategy for ending coronavirus lockdown measures. “This is about strategy”, Andrew Smith, professor of philosophy and French politics at Chichester University, tells FRANCE 24.
Macron replaces popular PM with low-profile figure after ‘rivalry over who leads’
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-07-03 at 11:24
French President Emmanuel Macron named senior civil servant Jean Castex – who coordinated France’s reopening strategy after almost two months of Covid-19 lockdown – the country’s new prime minister on Friday as part of an expected cabinet reshuffle.
Jean Castex Named French Prime Minister by President Macron
by FRANCE24 on 2020-07-03 at 11:19
French President Emmanuel Macron has named Jean Castex the country’s new prime minister after the resignation of former PM Édouard Philippe’s cabinet. Rather unknown to the public, Castex once served as deputy general secretary for the Élysée Palace under Nicolas Sarkozy’s presidency and came back to the public light in early April when appointed to organise the government’s strategy to end Covid-19 lockdown measures.
France’s Macron appoints new prime minister after government resigns
on 2020-07-03 at 11:06
French President Emmanuel Macron’s government resigned, just before a French court said it would investigate ministers over their coronavirus response. Top civil servant Jean Castex is France’s new prime minister.
Germany takes helm of EU presidency, Merkel urges resolve on virus recovery plan
on 2020-07-02 at 17:06
Angela Merkel has said Europe is in one of the "most difficult situations in its history" as it attempts to strike a deal on a coronavirus economic response. She and Ursula von der Leyen called for a rapid agreement.
Cash, drugs and guns seized in huge international police operation
on 2020-07-02 at 16:44
Hundreds of arrests have taken place after a secret chat application used by criminals was busted.
Vladimir Putin: Russia’s action man president
on 2020-07-02 at 16:39
He demands respect for Russia on the world stage, so what makes him tick?
Ukraine floods: Why climate change and logging are blamed
on 2020-07-01 at 23:21
Three hundred towns and villages were hit by flooding, and climate change and logging are blamed.
Vladimir Putin: How he has changed Russia forever
on 2020-07-01 at 23:07
Russians are voting on constitutional changes that would mean he could stay in office until 2036.
Coronavirus: Spain’s Alhambra Palace reopens to visitors
on 2020-06-29 at 17:30
After a three-month closure due to coronavirus, the monument in Granada has once again opened its doors.
How the world celebrated 50 years of Pride – despite the pandemic
on 2020-06-29 at 00:01
Most LGBT Pride events were cancelled or moved online because of coronavirus, but not all.
Brexit: Where are we now?
on 2020-06-28 at 23:02
It’s been out of the headlines for the past few months, but Brexit is back on the political menu.
Whale freed from fishing net off Italian coast
on 2020-06-28 at 19:49
The Italian coastguard cut the trapped sperm whale free off the coast of Lipari, north of Sicily.