News from: BBC, DW & France24
China coronavirus spread is accelerating, Xi Jinping warns
on 2020-01-25 at 15:16
China’s president tells a high-level meeting that the country faces a “grave situation”.
Thai officials accidentally auction off car loaded with amphetamine
on 2020-01-25 at 14:58
Thailand’s anti-drugs chief apologises after 94,000 pills are found in a car sold at a police auction.
Brexit: US ‘wants to reach trade deal with UK this year’
on 2020-01-25 at 14:44
The US’s treasury secretary says he is “optimistic” a deal can be reached with the UK this year.
Turkey earthquake: At least 22 dead as buildings collapse
on 2020-01-25 at 14:37
Several people are trapped under collapsed buildings after Friday’s quake which killed 22 people.
Coronavirus: Hong Kong on alert as China lockdown tightens
on 2020-01-25 at 13:50
As the number of global cases tops 1,300 with 41 deaths reported, Hong Kong has declared an emergency. China, which has already instigated a lockdown in 18 cities, announced it would limit inter-province travel.
Iraqis security forces raid Baghdad protest site
on 2020-01-25 at 13:11
They used live ammunition and tear gas against anti-government protesters in the city, witnesses say.
Nine years after Egyptian revolution started, Tahrir Square icon languishes in jail
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-01-25 at 13:09
On January 25, 2011, demonstrations against police brutality to mark Egypt’s National Police Day, spiralled into what came to be called the Arab Spring. But nine years later, following a brutal crackdown by the Egyptian military, many icons of Cairo’s Tahrir Square uprising are facing police brutality in detention. FRANCE 24 met the family of a prominent activist behind bars.
China scrambles to build hospital in 10 days
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-01-25 at 12:48
China is scrambling to build a 1,000-bed hospital in just 10 days as authorities grapple with the spiralling outbreak of a virus that has left at least 41 dead, and infected hundreds of others.
ICYMI: Real-life Rapunzel and space bakes
on 2020-01-25 at 11:02
A few of the stories you may have missed this week.
France’s first NBA regular season game draws PSG superstars, eager fans
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-01-25 at 10:16
With the world’s two most expensive soccer players cheering him on in Paris on Friday night, Giannis Antetokounmpo took a while to entertain them.
Iraqi police kill demonstrators in crackdown on protest camps
on 2020-01-25 at 10:16
Security forces in Iraq have raided protest camps in an attempt to remove anti-government activists, killing at least three. On Friday influential cleric Muqtada al-Sadr withdrew his support for the protest movement.
Turkey earthquake: At least 20 dead as buildings collapse
on 2020-01-25 at 09:46
A devastating earthquake has hit Turkey’s Elazig province, with over a thousand injured and many dead.
EU plan to renew ‘Sophia’ naval mission on Libya fails: report
on 2020-01-25 at 09:16
Proposals to revive the "Sophia" naval mission with a focus on enforcing the UN weapons embargo on Libya have broken down, according to a German media report. Italy had expressed skepticism over the plan.
Cameroon: Rebels beef up tactics to block regional elections
on 2020-01-25 at 09:09
English-speaking separatists have been trying to stop elections from taking place in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions next month. DW examines the rebels’ intimidation tactics and looks at whether they are likely to succeed.
US says 34 troops suffered traumatic brain injury in Iran strikes on Iraqi base
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-01-25 at 08:34
The Pentagon disclosed Friday that 34 US service members had been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury following Iran’s missile strikes on an Iraqi base earlier this month, a number higher than the military had previously announced. The revelation belies US President Donald Trump’s initial claim that no Americans were harmed in the attack.
Jeff Bezos, blackmail and the Saudi crown prince
on 2020-01-25 at 08:26
Amazon boss and WaPo owner Jeff Bezos’ phone was reportedly hacked by the Saudi crown prince’s regime. The UN wants an investigation; the allegations touch the highest echelons of US power and echo internationally.
China: Coronavirus fears puts damper on Lunar New Year
on 2020-01-25 at 07:28
Many celebrations to mark one of China’s most important holidays, and the Year of the Rat, have been called off as the coronavirus death toll mounts. Fear and travel restrictions are keeping people at home.
Democrats warn at impeachment trial that Trump will abuse his office again if not removed
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-01-25 at 04:23
Democratic lawmakers concluded their opening arguments in Republican President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate on Friday with a warning that he was a threat to democracy and would abuse his power again if he is not removed from office.
Still seeking answers a year after Brazil dam collapse
on 2020-01-25 at 02:57
One year on from the dam collapse at Brazil’s Corrego do Feijao mine, many are still seeking answers.
China virus death toll rises to 41, more than 1,300 infected worldwide
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-01-25 at 01:33
The virus-hit Chinese city of Wuhan, already on lockdown, banned most vehicle use downtown and Hong Kong said it would close schools for two weeks as authorities scrambled Saturday to stop the spread of an illness that has infected more than 1,200 people and killed 41.
Why China’s LGBT hide their identities at Lunar New Year
on 2020-01-25 at 00:14
Representation of China’s LGBT community is improving but many still struggle during Lunar New Year.
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.
Coronavirus: How can China build a hospital so quickly?
on 2020-01-25 at 00:03
Wuhan is building a new hospital that will be finished within six days, according to China’s state media.
Avalanche survivors in Pakistan-administered Kashmir tell of horror
on 2020-01-25 at 00:01
Journalist Sajid Mir trekked for hours to reach villagers cut off in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
Chinese diasporas on edge over coronavirus
on 2020-01-24 at 23:33
Chinese overseas are concerned for their own health and that of their families back home.
Does country music recognise its roots?
on 2020-01-24 at 23:25
We speak to the most famous African American country music singer about the lack of diversity in the genre.
Actress Rosie Perez backs up Annabella Sciorra’s rape allegation in Weinstein trial
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-01-24 at 23:16
Rosie Perez took the stand in the rape trial of Harvey Weinstein on Friday to bolster the account of friend and fellow actress Annabella Sciorra, who said she was raped by the former Hollywood producer in the early 1990s.
Iran raid left ’34 US troops with traumatic brain injuries’
on 2020-01-24 at 23:08
The Pentagon announcement comes after President Trump dismissed the injuries as “headaches”.