French forces kill al Qaeda's North Africa chief in Mali

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 20:42:33 GMT

French forces have killed al Qaeda's North Africa chief Abdelmalek Droukdel in northern Mali, Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly said on Friday.

China revels in US protests, sees unrest as PR opportunity

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 15:42:40 GMT

The unrest in the US over George Floyd’s death in custody has been seized by China and renewed discourse on “the end of the American era”. But Hong Kong’s defiant demonstration this week suggests Washington’s fall may not be Beijing’s gain.

Cameroon army says missing journalist Wazizi died in custody, denies torture

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 19:57:39 GMT

Cameroon's army on Friday confirmed anglophone journalist Samuel Wazizi died in detention last year, accusing him of associating with terrorists but denying allegations he had been tortured.

Special programme: The Covid-19 challenge in Latin America

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:33:39 GMT

As Latin America emerges as the new epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, we take you on a journey across the continent with reports from our correspondents. From Argentina to Mexico, via Brazil, Cuba and Colombia, how are governments handling the pandemic? Despite being neighbours, these countries have adopted very different approaches to the health crisis. While some are currently spared the brunt of the pandemic, others are experiencing record mortality rates. But all now find themselves in a worrying economic situation, with jobs in the informal sector often the norm.

Trump boasts after surprise fall in US jobless rate, says will help race relations

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 17:43:42 GMT

President Donald Trump took a victory lap Friday morning after the government reported surprising job gains for last month, seizing on the data to predict that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic and its economic disruption was in the rear-view mirror.

A continent in fragments: Europe mulls re-opening borders after Covid-19

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 10:59:50 GMT

As coronavirus pandemic fears subside, European countries have begun reopening borders shut to protect their nationals at the height of the outbreak. But their decisions are a study in contrasts. To open or not to open?

UN-backed Libyan govt forces reclaim stronghold of rival Haftar

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 17:05:06 GMT

Forces loyal to Libya's UN-recognised government celebrated another victory against rival strongman Khalifa Haftar Friday after overrunning his last western stronghold, launchpad of an abortive 14-month assault on Tripoli.

Macron demands Iran release French-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:07:04 GMT

France on Friday urged Iran to release French-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah as she marked one year behind bars, with supporters charging she is being used as a bargaining chip by Tehran in a political game.

France’s Versailles to re-open after Covid-19 lockdown ease

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 14:32:24 GMT

France's sumptuous Palace of Versailles, built in the 17th century by the "Sun King" Louis XIV, throws its doors open to the public again on Saturday but with little certainty over when tourists will return as lockdown curbs are slowly eased.

Iran, two worlds apart: Exploring an Iranian society more divided than ever

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 15:48:51 GMT

Every day in the Iranian capital Tehran, thousands of supporters of the most conservative branch of the Iranian regime visit mausoleums honouring Shiite martyrs or other places linked to the Islamic Revolution. But on the streets, a younger generation is scorning the country's strict rules. Young women and men alike are yearning for change and a better relationship with the West. Our reporters went to meet this optimistic Iranian youth, which is becoming emancipated and dreaming of a future of freedom, in radical contrast to the most conservative Iranians.

Russia contains huge Arctic oil spill, ministry says

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 13:15:46 GMT

Russia has managed to contain a massive diesel spill into a river in the Arctic, a spokeswoman for the emergencies ministry told AFP on Friday.

Survival skills: The Australians turning to bushcraft in wake of Covid-19 pandemic

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 15:57:03 GMT

From building fires to foraging for food, some in Australia have taken to brushing up on essential survival skills in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, a way to prepare for future global disasters while reconnecting with nature.

Covid-19 pandemic 'under control' in France, government adviser says

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 07:23:20 GMT

The Covid-19 pandemic is now "under control" in France, the head of the government's scientific advisory council said Friday, as the country cautiously lifts a lockdown imposed in March.

No, The Simpsons didn’t predict the murder of George Floyd or the protests sweeping the US

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 17:54:51 GMT

Did the TV show The Simpsons predict the protest movement that has swept the United States after the murder of George Floyd on May 25? You might mistakenly think so if you’ve come across several fake screengrabs that have gone viral in recent days.

The Lancet pulls study flagging hydroxychloroquine risks

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 05:34:33 GMT

The Lancet on Thursday retracted a study that raised safety fears over the use of a drug favored by President Donald Trump to treat COVID-19, after the paper's authors said they could no longer vouch for its underlying data.

France denies harbouring Venezuelan opposition leader Guaido in Caracas

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 03:28:45 GMT

The French foreign ministry on Friday denied reports that Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido was at the French Embassy in Caracas, as claimed by the South American country's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza on Thursday.  

Celebrities, politicians flock to George Floyd’s memorial service in Minneapolis

Thu, 04 Jun 2020 20:20:20 GMT

Hollywood celebrities, musicians and politicians gathered in front of the golden casket of George Floyd at a fiery memorial Thursday for the man whose death at the hands of police sparked global protests, with a civil rights leader declaring it is time for black people to demand, “Get your knee off our necks!”

Brazil overtakes Italy as country with third-highest Covid-19 death toll

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 01:40:35 GMT

Brazil's death toll from the novel coronavirus has surged past 34,000 to become the third-highest in the world, surpassing Italy's, according to official figures released Thursday.  

Atmospheric CO2 levels hit new record high despite Covid-19 lockdowns

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 06:53:14 GMT

The world hit another new record high for heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, despite reduced emissions because of the coronavirus pandemic, scientists announced Thursday.

Australian officials take legal action to stop Black Lives Matter protest in Sydney

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 03:44:44 GMT

Australian authorities are taking legal action to try to stop a Black Lives Matter protest scheduled to take place in Sydney on Saturday, citing the risk of an outbreak of COVID-19 given the large numbers expected to attend.

Video shows police in Buffalo, New York, shoving elderly man to ground

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 04:07:51 GMT

Two Buffalo, New York, police officers were suspended without pay on Thursday after a video showed them shoving a 75-year-old man to the ground, as protests over the police killing of George Floyd continued into their tenth night.