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44 minutes | Jan 30, 2023
Middle East escalation: What next after Iran blames Israel for drone strike?
As any diplomat will tell you, your friends' friends aren’t necessarily your friends. We knew that at the start of the war in Ukraine, when Israel made sure to keep up relations with Russia so it could keep on targeting Moscow ally Syria. Did that all change last Saturday night in Isfahan? Israeli drones reportedly targeted a defence facility in Iran's third-largest city.
44 minutes | Jan 26, 2023
Peru's bitter divide: How far will anti-Boluarte protests go?
There have been six Peruvian presidents in six years and counting. The left-wing opposition is now setting the wheels in motion to remove Dina Boluarte. Her camp had already disowned her when she was vice-president. The 60-year-old Boluarte was plucked from obscurity just last month, when her predecessor was impeached on the third try and jailed for trying to rule by decree.
45 minutes | Jan 25, 2023
Watershed moment? Germany's Scholz approves tanks for Ukraine
After much pondering and perhaps prevaricating, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has broken with a seven-decades-old non-aggression policy by greenlighting tank deliveries to Ukraine. How momentous is this moment? Did Scholz dither and cave to pressure, or did he drive a hard bargain to make sure Berlin did not go out on a limb alone?
46 minutes | Jan 24, 2023
Unbeatable Erdogan? Turkey's president gears up for re-election fight
He's been in power for 20 years, currently enjoys a winning streak of 12 elections and three referendums in a row and always knows how to stack the cards in his favour. Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan is back on the campaign trail, moving up by one month the date of presidential and legislative elections to May 14, while judges and prosecutors keep his most popular opponent busy in the courts. We ask about the calendar and the fate of Istanbul mayor Ekrem Imamoglu.
45 minutes | Jan 23, 2023
Would tanks turn the tide? Pressure mounts on Germany to supply Ukraine
Why the tanks? Vladimir Putin wanted a lightning capture of Kyiv, but seems happy to settle for a long artillery war that potentially lasts for years. Ukraine's allies argue that only tanks can speed up a win. We ask why and look at the World War I-style trench warfare that's flattening city after city in the Donbas.
45 minutes | Jan 20, 2023
Davos 2023: Squaring Europe's energy crisis circle
As the European Union races to diversify its hydrocarbon imports and electrify its economy, what impact will the ongoing energy crisis have on Europe’s climate ambitions and on the bloc's industrial competitiveness? FRANCE 24 Business Editor Kate Moody asks a prestigious panel of guests at Davos, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum.
45 minutes | Jan 19, 2023
Make or break for Macron? French president braves fury over pension reform
Is it one reform too many for Emmanuel Macron? France's president is braving the wrath of the street in what organisers promise is only Day One of the protest movement against his pension reform. A reform he put off during his first mandate because of Covid, but insisted he would submit again in his second term.
43 minutes | Jan 18, 2023
Blame it on big tech? The digital age's growing inequality gap
You won't see Elon Musk in Davos this year. He says it’s boring on Twitter, which he now owns, and which is still bleeding money. The same big losses are being seen at his electric car maker Tesla. But it would take a lot more for the billionaire to go broke. The truth is that in today's world, tech titans seem unbreakable, even when the likes of Musk face a lawsuit for allegedly manipulating Tesla's share price.
44 minutes | Jan 17, 2023
Tehran doubles down: Crackdown fuels calls to ban Revolutionary Guards
It's incredible to think that just a few months ago, the West still hoped to revive the Iran nuclear deal. Now, the UK and the EU are openly considering outlawing the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. What's the right response to Tehran's weekend execution of British-Iranian citizen Alireza Akbari? Officially, his case has nothing to do with the protest movement, which is now in its fifth month. We ask about the timing of his killing and about the other foreign nationals currently held in Iran.
44 minutes | Jan 16, 2023
Send in the tanks? NATO, Russia and the next phase of Ukraine war
Russia's cruise missile strike on an apartment building far from any strategic target sends calling cards to both Ukraine and its NATO allies. We ask about the consequences of the Dnipro attack, both domestically and among member states of the Alliance. Ever since the Russian invasion of Ukraine last year, NATO has upped its support for Kyiv in increments.
29 minutes | Jan 14, 2023
FRANCE 24 animated documentary highlights plight of migrants in Libya
FRANCE 24 and the InfoMigrants website bring you an exclusive animated documentary on the story of Muhamad and Amina, two migrants who met while being detained in a secret prison in Libya. The couple survived their ordeal, fell in love and later managed to escape to Europe. But thousands of other migrants remain held in inhumane conditions in Libya. What is being done to help them? Has their plight been forgotten or perhaps overshadowed by the war in Ukraine?
44 minutes | Jan 12, 2023
Brazil's January 6th? Pro-Bolsonaro rioters inspired by Trump movement
What do the backers of Brazil's ransacking of official buildings stand for? Jair Bolsonaro's backers were inspired by the 2021 storming of the US Capitol by Donald Trump supporters. In both cases, it started with unfounded claims of election fraud long before the vote and ended in violence. We ask about Bolsonaro's successor vowing to pursue those who financed last Sunday's riot, a movement that was once again organised over social media.
48 minutes | Jan 11, 2023
The battle for Bakhmut: Russia's bloody bid for Ukraine breakthrough
Soledar, a salt-mining town of 10,000 people in eastern Ukraine, is the new focal point of a war where the Kremlin badly needs some good news from the battlefield. We ask who controls the town that's a gateway to the Donbas city of Bakhmut, where the Russians have been pushing for months.
44 minutes | Jan 10, 2023
French pension reform plan: Is Macron between a rock and a hard place?
The retirement age in France is to be raised from 62 to 64 years, Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne has announced. The move is part of the reforms President Emmanuel Macron has been considering since he was first elected in 2017. The issue of changing the pension system in France is an explosive one. It has been a rolling topic on the agenda of successive presidents and governments since at least 1993. Each time, there have been strikes against it. This time around, unions have already called for strikes and protests on January 19.
45 minutes | Jan 9, 2023
Brazil’s democracy under threat? Lula vows post-riot crackdown on far-right supporters
Scenes of open revolt in Brazil - protestors invaded the Presidential palace and the Supreme court in the capital Brasilia. An angry mob of supporters of the defeated presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro. The far-right mob caused huge damage to the headquarters of the three Powers in Brasília: the Palácio do Planalto, the Congress, and the Federal Supreme Court.
44 minutes | Jan 5, 2023
Britain's winter of discontent? Strikes, shortages and Brexit create perfect storm
The UK is in the grip of a new winter of discontent. Strikes are taking place this Thursday across the board. Rail workers continue their rolling dispute that has stopped train services; they are calling for a better wage and conditions package. Health workers are striking over similar issues. Stories of nurses turning to food banks to feed their families are not anecdotal. Hospitals are reporting being overwhelmed by the combination of a staff shortage and the Covid-19 pandemic. Also out on strike this Thursday are driving instructors, rural finance adjudicators and London bus workers.
44 minutes | Jan 4, 2023
Chaos in the House: US right-wingers block Republican Party's speakership bid
The US Congress recovenes but cannot yet get down to work because there is no House speaker elected. Quick explainer here: the US Congress is in two chambers. The Senate is where the Democrats have the majority. The House of Representatives is where the problem lies. Without a House speaker, the wheels of power cannot turn. And a split in the majority party there, the Republicans, is causing a seizure in the motor of governance.
45 minutes | Jan 3, 2023
Can China cope? From zero to no Covid restrictions
Why did China suddenly go from draconian Covid restrictions to an "anything goes" approach? The nation where the coronavirus originated kept a lid on it for three years and an easing was expected after the October Communist Party congress. But to go from Covid protests in November to suddenly opening the floodgates and stopping the count on casualties makes for a stunning U-turn.
47 minutes | Jan 2, 2023
From Pelé to Lula: How to heal Brazil's divisions?
Sometimes a single person really can change the world. Pelé not only captured the planet's heart with his Midas touch, he also made football the world’s top spectator sport, acting as the graceful ambassador for the beautiful game. The king also put Brazil on the map. As a nation mourns, we ask about the Black shoeshine boy from the favelas who made a point – like the recently departed Queen Elizabeth II – of staying out of his country’s politics, both through dictatorship and democracy.
45 minutes | Dec 15, 2022
And in the end, France win? How history will remember Qatar World Cup
When did the French get so good at football? Perennial losers back in the 1980s, the defending World Cup champions are now in their second consecutive final, their fourth since 1998. Back then, a nation feted a win on home soil and a golden "black, blanc, beur" generation. On Wednesday night, France celebrated another black, white and Arab generation. The communion even included opposing fans, proud of a Morocco that's the first African and first Arab side to reach the final four at a World Cup.
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