Rockets target Eritrea capital after Ethiopia declares victory in Tigray

Sun, 29 Nov 2020 14:10:32 GMT

Rockets launched from Ethiopia's northern Tigray region targeted the capital of Eritrea several hours after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared military operations in the region were over, diplomats told AFP on Sunday.

Covid-19 puts dampener on Christmas reopening of iconic Paris stores

Sun, 29 Nov 2020 15:05:36 GMT

After another month of lockdown, the doors are finally open again at Paris’s flagship department stores. The Christmas lights are on and the festive window displays are in place, but, with tourists noticeably absent, there might not be much for the stores to celebrate this Christmas.

Dozens of Afghan security personnel killed in separate suicide attacks

Sun, 29 Nov 2020 07:19:41 GMT

At least 34 people were killed on Sunday in two separate suicide bombings in Afghanistan that targeted a military base and a provincial chief, officials said. 

France’s top court orders review of Covid-19 restrictions on church attendance

Sun, 29 Nov 2020 10:54:54 GMT

France's State Council, the country's highest court, has ordered the government to review a rule limiting the number of people in churches during religious services to 30.

Body of slain Iranian nuclear scientist taken to Muslim shrine

Sun, 29 Nov 2020 10:42:04 GMT

The body of Iran's assassinated top nuclear scientist has been taken to the first of several revered Shiite Muslim shrines ahead of his burial set for Monday, state media reported.  

Underground Maradona museum in Naples pays tribute to football legend

Sun, 29 Nov 2020 10:01:23 GMT

An underground museum in the backstreets of Naples is filled with Diego Maradona memorabilia. FRANCE 24's Mark Owen reports on a tribute to the football legend.

Sao Paulo, Rio up for grabs as Brazilians vote in local election run-offs

Sun, 29 Nov 2020 13:26:28 GMT

Brazil's biggest cities, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, began electing their next mayors Sunday as the country held municipal run-offs, the last polls before far-right President Jair Bolsonaro is up for re-election in 2022.

Prizewinning photojournalist injured covering Paris protest

Sun, 29 Nov 2020 08:25:03 GMT

A press freedom group has denounced the "unacceptable" injury of an award-winning Syrian photojournalist during a Paris protest against police brutality.

Darth Vader actor Dave Prowse dies at 85

Sun, 29 Nov 2020 08:44:08 GMT

Dave Prowse, the British actor behind the menacing black mask of Star Wars villain Darth Vader, has died, his agent Thomas Bowington said Sunday.

Mike Tyson hungry for more after comeback fight ends in draw

Sun, 29 Nov 2020 12:01:23 GMT

Mike Tyson's return to boxing at age 54 ended in a draw with 51-year-old Roy Jones Jr. on Saturday in an eight-round exhibition battle of former heavyweight champions.

Ethiopia says its military now controls Tigray capital

Sat, 28 Nov 2020 17:01:57 GMT

Ethiopia's military has gained “full control” of the capital of the defiant Tigray region, the army announced Saturday, after the Tigray government reported that the city of a half-million people was being “heavily bombarded" in the final push to arrest the region's leaders.

France, UK agree fresh deal to curb Channel migrant crossings

Sun, 29 Nov 2020 06:08:01 GMT

Britain and France signed a new agreement to try to stop illegal migration across the Channel on Saturday, upping patrols and technology in the hope of closing off a dangerous route used by migrants to try to reach the UK on small boats.

Iran vows to avenge killing of nuclear scientist, points finger at Israel

Sat, 28 Nov 2020 07:13:18 GMT

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday accused arch-foe Israel of acting as a "mercenary" for the US, blaming it for the assassination of prominent nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

Gabonese citizens raise the alarm over oil spills by French company Perenco

Sun, 29 Nov 2020 08:47:26 GMT

Residents of Étimboué in western Gabon have faced multiple oil spills over the past two years. Exhausted and angry, they are speaking out against Perenco, an independent Anglo-French oil company with headquarters in Paris and London, which is currently extracting petrol from about fifty different oil fields in the area. Locals report that Perenco’s equipment is poorly maintained and out of date, likely causing the spills. This contamination has had wide-ranging effects on the local population, including health problems, water pollution, poisoned crops and fish, say our Observers.

Tear gas and clashes at Paris protest against police violence

Sat, 28 Nov 2020 08:52:30 GMT

Thousands of critics of a proposed security law that would restrict sharing images of police officers in France gathered across the country in protest Saturday, with the country shaken by footage showing officers beating and racially abusing a Black man.

Mourners pay their respects to Maradona in his hometown

Sat, 28 Nov 2020 22:19:08 GMT

Saturday was the last of three official days of mourning in Argentina for football icon Diego Maradona, who died of a heart attack aged 60 on Wednesday. FRANCE 24 reports from Villa Friorito, the Buenos Aires suburb where Maradona grew up.

Burkina Faso's Kaboré fails to reach parliamentary majority

Sun, 29 Nov 2020 06:46:49 GMT

Burkina Faso's leader has been unable to secure a parliamentary majority despite winning the presidential election earlier this week, the country's electoral commission announced.  

Nagorno-Karabakh: Tough rebuilding ahead for devastated city of Agdam

Sat, 28 Nov 2020 13:57:14 GMT

Azerbaijan has been moving further into territory it retook from Armenian forces in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, after a Russian-brokered peace deal on November 9. FRANCE 24 reports from the city of Agdam – formerly an industrial hub, now reduced to rubble – where the cost of rebuilding looks colossal.

Police violence in France: 'Structural' issues behind the brutality

Sat, 28 Nov 2020 16:46:38 GMT

A video of a music producer being beaten up by three policemen in Paris has revived the debate about police brutality in France. While the unions say such incidents should be treated as isolated one-offs, others, such as researcher Jacques de Maillard, point to structural problems within the institution.  

UK appoints vaccines minister to oversee Covid-19 inoculations

Sat, 28 Nov 2020 14:16:41 GMT

The British government appointed a vaccines minister on Saturday as it prepares to inoculate millions of people against the coronavirus, potentially starting within days.

Dozens arrested in London anti-lockdown protests

Sat, 28 Nov 2020 16:38:04 GMT

Police in London said on Saturday that they had made over 60 arrests and expected that figure to rise, as they tried to break up anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine protests.