Monthly Archives آگوست 2020

Risk of terror attacks in France remains extremely high, says interior minister

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The risk of terror attacks in France remains extremely high, the interior minister said on Monday, adding that over 8,000 people were on a national warning list of Islamist radicalisation.

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The comments by Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin came two days before 14 people are due to go on trial over alleged involvement in attacks in January 2015 including on the Charlie Hebdo weekly that heralded a wave of militant strikes in France.

The threat “remains extremely high in the country,” Darmanin said in a speech during a visit to France’s internal security service the DGSI.

“The risk of terror of Sunni origin is the main threat that our country is facing,” he added, promising a fight “without l...

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After the Beirut blast: The hopes and fears of Lebanon’s youth

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After the deadly explosion that hit the port of Beirut on August 4 and destroyed part of the city, amid a backdrop of government negligence, corruption and popular revolt, Lebanon is on its knees and seems trapped in a downward spiral. From the rubble of the central neighbourhoods of the Lebanese capital to the Shiite south along the Israeli border, our reporters Cyril Payen and Bilal Tarabey followed the daily life of a group of young friends. They tell us about their fears, hopes and dreams with the sincerity of those who have nothing left to lose.

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A memorial for 122 murdered women: French anti-femicide poster campaign marks anniversary

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The names of 122 women murdered by men over the past year in France were plastered onto a Paris wall on Sunday night as part of a memorial to mark the first year of a poster campaign that has put the country’s femicide crisis in the spotlight.

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The movement, started by a group of activists known “les colleuses” (the gluers), began in Paris in August 2019 and has since seen hundreds of anti-femicide slogans plastered onto walls across the country.

The slogans often lay bare the stark details of victims’ stories.

“Maureen, 28-year-old, beaten to death by her boyfriend,” reads one. “She leaves him, he kills her,” says another.

On Sunday, the activists returned to the site of one of their first posters to ...

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Heroic hotelier from ‘Hotel Rwanda’ arrested on terrorism charges

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Rwandan investigators announced Monday they had arrested Paul Rusesabagina, whose heroic actions during the 1994 genocide were depicted in the Oscar-nominated movie “Hotel Rwanda”, accusing the high-profile government critic of terrorism. 

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The Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) said Rusesabagina, who lives in Belgium, had been detained “through international cooperation” and was being held at a police station in the capital on serious charges.

“With the cooperation of the international community, Paul Rusesabagina was arrested and he is now in the hands of RIB,” RIB acting spokesman Thierry Murangira told reporters in Kigali.

Murangira refused to detail how the arrest occurred or the extent of involvement of internati...

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French economist Piketty is refusing to let his latest book be censored for China

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French “rock star” economist Thomas Piketty said on Monday his latest book would probably not be released in China after the publisher demanded too many cuts.

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Piketty’s “Capital and Ideology” surveys the rapid rise of inequality around the world and includes attacks on the “plutocracy” of the Chinese regime, which he says has overtaken Western countries.  

“In short, they want to remove all references to contemporary China, and in particular to inequality and transparency in China. I have refused these conditions, and indicated that I will only accept a full translation without any kind of cut,” Piketty told AFP by email.  

His 2013 book “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” made him a global star in his field and so...

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US-Israeli flight with Kushner on board lands in UAE after normalisation deal

A Star of David-adorned El Al plane carrying a US-Israeli delegation led by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner arrived in Abu Dhabi Monday from Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport in the first-ever direct commercial passenger flight to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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The Israeli flag carrier’s flight marks the implementation of the historic US-brokered deal to normalise relations between the two nations and solidifies the long-clandestine ties between them that have evolved over years of shared enmity toward Iran. 

The historic flight came as several people were injured on Monday in an explosion at fast-food restaurants in the Emirati capital, Abu Dhabi, that was likely caused by gas lines in a restaurant, according to officials...

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Sudan reaches historic peace deal with rebel groups

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Sudan’s power-sharing government and rebel commanders agreed Monday on a historic peace deal, a crucial step towards ending 17 years of conflict in which hundreds of thousands of people were killed. 

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Leaders of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), an umbrella organisation of rebel groups from the western region of Darfur and the southern states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile, raised their fists in celebration after inking the agreement.

The deal, reached in the South Sudanese capital Juba, offers rebel groups political representation and devolved powers, integration into the security forces, economic and land rights and the chance of return for displaced people.

The groups that signed include the Justice and Equalit...

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Lebanon’s PM-designate vows reforms, new IMF talks

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Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Mustapha Adib on Monday called for the formation of a new government in record time and the immediate implementation of reforms as an entry point for an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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Adib, a relatively unknown 48-year-old former ambassador to Germany and close aide to former prime minister Najib Mikati, had received backing from the country’s Sunni Muslim political heavyweights, including the Future Movement party headed by former premier Saad Hariri.

In a televised speech after his nomination, Adib vowed to swiftly launch a reformist government and seek international financial assistance after the August 4 Beirut blast deepened the country’s political and eco...

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Picking up the pieces: The psychological aftermath of the Beirut blast

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By: Karim YAHIAOUI | Abdallah MALKAWI

In the Karantina neighbourhood of Beirut, which was devastated by the deadly August 4 blast, psychologists are meeting residents who have lost everything in a bid to help them overcome their trauma. Historically, the Lebanese people were long praised for their resilience through years of war. But the colossal blast that destroyed Beirut’s port and part of the capital, causing the death of at least 188 people and injuring thousands of others, is undoubtedly one tragedy too many. FRANCE 24’s Karim Yahiaoui and Abdallah Malkawi went to Karantina to hear the stories of some survivors.

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Paris looking into free Covid-19 testing amid resurgence of virus

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The Paris local municipality said on Monday that it would look to make free Covid-19 testing available in all of the capital’s 20 districts (arrondissements), as authorities battle against signs of a re-emergence of the virus in France.

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The Paris mayor’s office added in a statement that from Monday onwards, there would be three permanent laboratories set up to conduct free Covid-19 tests, as well as two other mobile laboratories that would go around the capital.

Face masks have been made compulsory throughout Paris with the measure applying to all pedestrians, cyclists and those riding electric scooters in the French capital and three neighbouring departments – except children under 11 and people carrying out physica...

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