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Dozens wounded as intense clashes break out in Beirut
by NEWS WIRES on 2019-12-15 at 06:23
Lebanese security forces fired rubber bullets, tear gas and used water cannons to disperse anti-government protesters from central Beirut in clashes that lasted for hours into early Sunday.
Climate change: Call for ‘flexibility’ to reach consensus at talks
on 2019-12-15 at 05:14
UN climate change talks in Madrid are struggling to reach agreement on crucial measures.
New Zealand volcano: Death toll rises to 16 as two remain missing
on 2019-12-15 at 04:54
A person who was being treated in hospital in Australia dies, as two bodies remain missing.
Lebanon crisis: Dozens hurt as police and protesters clash in Beirut
on 2019-12-15 at 02:18
Riot police fire tear gas and rubber bullets as anti-government protests continue in Lebanon.
Lebanon: Police clash with anti-government protesters in Beirut
on 2019-12-15 at 00:50
Lebanon’s capital has been shaken by violent clashes between police and supporters of opposing political camps. The country has been trying to form a new government, but talks have been deadlocked since October.
How Africa will be affected by climate change
on 2019-12-15 at 00:06
The African continent is more vulnerable than any other region to the world’s changing weather patterns.
Dare to Dream: The organisation getting women into aviation
on 2019-12-15 at 00:02
Captain Phatsima founded Dare to Dream, an organisation trying to get women into aviation.
Women rise up on Baghdad’s walls
on 2019-12-15 at 00:01
Murals across the Iraqi capital show how women are taking a rare prominent role in protests.
How Mexicans saved a dying US town
on 2019-12-15 at 00:00
Guymon, Oklahoma, was on its way to becoming a ghost town. Then Mexican immigrants arrived 20 years ago.
Albania earthquake: Arrests over deaths in collapsed buildings
on 2019-12-14 at 23:45
Nine people are arrested on suspicion of murder and abuse of power after last month’s deadly tremor.
France: Winds, flooding leave thousands of homes without power
on 2019-12-14 at 21:42
Hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes due to strong wind and flooding in France, with at least one man losing his life. The authorities were working to restore electricity to tens of thousands of homes.
Activists dump manure at Madrid climate summit venue
on 2019-12-14 at 21:02
As the Madrid climate talks rumbled on, Extinction Rebellion members unloaded a pile of horse manure in front of the UN meet. Squabbling over details was like "rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic," the movement said.
UN climate conference talks deadlocked in Madrid
on 2019-12-14 at 20:33
Discussions are continuing in Madrid to try to resolve a split between rich and poor nations over climate funding and cooperation rules. Environmental groups say the final text risks undoing commitments made in 2015.
Scotland’s campaign for a new independence referendum begins
by Sophie GORMAN on 2019-12-14 at 18:20
Nicola Sturgeon and the Scottish National Party (SNP) will start their campaign next week for a second independence referendum – whether Westminster likes it or not. The SNP will be hoping the economic consequences of Brexit will fuel the movement for independence.
A rare look at restoration of Paris’s Notre-Dame Cathedral
by FRANCE 24 on 2019-12-14 at 17:49
After a wildfire on April 15 that consumed its roof and spire, Paris’s Notre-Dame Cathedral is undergoing massive repair work. The site remains closed to the public but rare access inside the cathedral has been granted to see how things are coming along, and to get a sense of the task that still lies ahead.
Racism leads to high rate of US black women who die from childbirth
by Jessica LE MASURIER on 2019-12-14 at 17:17
Black mothers in the United States are three times more likely to die from childbirth than white mothers, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In New York City, they are eight times more likely to die. The US is the only developed country in the world in which the rate of maternal mortality is on the rise. The epidemic is firmly rooted in racism.
Romania’s Klaus Iohannis wins 2020 Charlemagne Prize
on 2019-12-14 at 17:06
Klaus Iohannis is being recognized as "an outstanding champion of European values." The judges described him as an important "bridge-builder" between Europe’s east and west at a divisive time for the continent.
Police raid residence of Pakistani PM Imran Khan’s nephew
on 2019-12-14 at 16:31
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s nephew is in hot water after the emergence of a video showing him taking part in a lawyers’ attack on a hospital. Opposition parties allege that Hassan Niazi is being protected by his uncle.
‘Sardines’ stage biggest anti-Salvini rally yet in Rome
on 2019-12-14 at 16:21
Tens of thousands of people gathered in Rome for a rally organized by the "Sardines." The movement denounces Italy’s far-right leader Matteo Salvini and his anti-immigration policies.
In England’s north, UK’s Johnson visits ex-Labour strongholds that voted Tory
by NEWS WIRES on 2019-12-14 at 16:03
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged Saturday to repay the trust of voters in the working-class heartland of northern England who rejected the Labour Party and helped give him an 80-seat majority in this week’s election.
Omar al-Bashir: Sudan ex-leader sentenced for corruption
on 2019-12-14 at 15:09
Bashir has been sentenced to two years for corruption – but cannot be jailed because of his age.
North Korea conducts ‘crucial test’ – state media
on 2019-12-14 at 14:34
Few details about the test have been released, but it is the second at the same site within a week.
Thailand: Thousands rally against pro-military government
on 2019-12-14 at 14:25
Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Bangkok to protest against the banning of a prominent opposition party that has challenged the government of former military ruler Prayuth Chan-ocha.
Italy’s ‘Sardines’ to bring protest movement against far right to Rome
by NEWS WIRES on 2019-12-14 at 14:08
Tens of thousands of members of Italy’s youth-driven Sardine Movement are due to rally in Rome on Saturday, in their bid to further shake up the country’s politics and battle xenophobia.
First visit for Carrie Lam to Beijing after disastrous election defeat
on 2019-12-14 at 13:56
Hong Kong’s chief executive arrived in Beijing, her first visit since the dramatic defeat of the pro-establishment bloc in recent local elections. Speculation is growing that Lam will be asked to step down.
Blue Wave: Biggest Conservative win since 1987
by FRANCE 24 on 2019-12-14 at 12:58
FRANCE 24 journalists go to London to analyse the ‘Blue Wave’ of electoral gains for Boris Johnson’s party, which the British PM cites as a renewed mandate for Brexit, as well as the Labour party’s losses and its leader Jeremy Corbyn’s future.
ICYMI: Pandas, snakes and skiing Santas
on 2019-12-14 at 12:21
Some of the stories you may have missed this week.
Online shopping in Africa: Somewhere between smartphones and paper catalogues
on 2019-12-14 at 12:08
Online shopping is an increasingly popular option in rural Africa for those who wish to avoid a very long trip to the nearest store. The e-commerce sector has great potential in Africa but has many hurdles to overcome.