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The World This Week
41 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
US-Russia showdown, Tory rebellion against BoJo, French minister's Ibiza escape, Anna Frank mystery
It feels almost like the last chance for talks to stop an eventual war that still remains a mystery as the US and Russian foreign ministers met in Geneva. Over two months, Moscow has amassed troops at the Ukraine border, and amid the flurry of diplomacy come a massive cyberattack against Ukraine's government and a thinning out of Russian staff at their embassy in Kiev. We put the questions of the possible future scenarios to our quests.
42 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
Djokovic saga, Johnson's Partygate, Mali sanctions, clumsy referees
As the fate of Novak Djokovic hangs in the balance, the ball is now in the court of an Australian appeals judge. This comes after the country's immigration minister revoked the 34-year-old Serb's visa on public interest grounds, three days before the start of the Australian Open. The defending champion is still practicing, but the wagons are circling around the seemingly unvaxed Djokovic after apparent falsehoods on his visa entry form.
41 minutes | Jan 7, 2022
Kazakhstan under pressure, US Capitol riot one year on, Macron's war on the unvaccinated
We begin in Kazakhstan, where the country's president has given the green light to security forces to shoot to kill those taking part in the unrest that's been sweeping the Central Asian nation this week. Dozens of people have been killed in the violence which erupted after a sharp increase in fuel prices, reflecting wider discontent with authoritarian rule. In response to a call from President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Russian-led troops have already begun arriving in Kazakhstan.
46 minutes | Dec 25, 2021
The World in 2022: France's presidential race, Bolsonaro v Lula, China to crown Xi, World Cup in Qatar
He won as an outsider, but can French President Emmanuel Macron win a second term? François Picard’s panel weighs the odds ahead of April elections. Also, Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro cries foul ahead of a presidential poll scheduled for October, China's Communist Party prepares to remove de facto term limits for Xi Jinping, why hosting the FIFA World Cup could backfire for Qatar, and the panel’s pick of books and movies to prepare for the year ahead.
45 minutes | Dec 21, 2021
The World This Year: Vaccines and variants, Biden’s battles, Myanmar coup, Ethiopia civil war
2021 began with the promise of vaccines to the rescue. But as one variant begets another, rich nations talk of boosters and jabs for kids while much of the developing world still waits for first doses.
41 minutes | Dec 17, 2021
Boris Johnson on backfoot, first Omicron then inflation, Germany vs. Russia, Elon Musk
After Boris Johnson's unconvincing denial of a staff Christmas party at Downing Street at the height of lockdown last year, the people’s verdict came in on Thursday’s by-election in the West Midlands. North Shropshire’s new member of parliament was back at it the next day in the company of the Lib Dems' former party leader. What’s bigger than scandal at number 10 for the right-wing press? The French cancelling Christmas. “Spiteful Macron bans UK tourists”, writes The Daily Mail.
39 minutes | Dec 10, 2021
Macron & the new Europe, Downing Street Christmas Party, Biden hosts democracy summit
By tradition, the first foreign visit by a new German chancellor is always to Paris. After the campaigning, the vote, the coalition building and the handover ceremonies, Olaf Scholz is at the French presidential palace. His host is about to get a lot busier. Emmanuel Macron is expected to hit the campaign trail for re-election next spring while France takes on the rotating presidency of the European Union.
41 minutes | Dec 3, 2021
Omicron on the way, WTA rallies around Peng Shuai, the France of Josephine Baker... and Zemmour
With the delta variant whacking Europe and Omicron on the way, Germany's outgoing and incoming chancellors sat at the same podium to announce a lockdown for the unvaccinated. This time, there's consensus among regional leaders. Anti-vaxxers be damned: the new leader Olaf Scholz welcomes the prospect of parliament approving vaccine mandates for essential workers as a first step.
42 minutes | Nov 26, 2021
France-UK dispute, South Africa's Covid-19 variant, Abiy Ahmed to war, Osman Kavala's trial
A record 27 people died in the English Channel Wednesday when their overcrowded inflatable dinghy capsized. However, with the stepped-up dismantling of makeshift camps around Calais and an ever-increasing security presence... migrants insist: it's Britain or bust.
40 minutes | Nov 12, 2021
Belarus-Poland migrant crisis, COP26 final day, Xi Jinping's grip on power, 'House of Gucci'
Migrants by the hundreds marched to Belarus's border with Poland on Monday, a sudden escalation in what is seen as retribution by Minsk for stepped-up EU sanctions. The Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko has been tightening the screws since last year's post-electoral crackdown. NATO, Poland and the EU are all branding the facilitation of one-way trips from the Middle East "hybrid warfare".
43 minutes | Nov 5, 2021
COP26, Unvaccinated European citizens, Ethiopia's ongoing war, Goncourt Prize
The Hindu festival of light is a joyous occasion that features fireworks, but the morning after seems to have given Mother Nature a hangover with thick seasonal smog this Friday in New Delhi. The smog is a reminder that as an energy crisis grips the planet, India is revving up its coal-fired power plants. However, it's not just India. Beijing is also choking with smog. Its leader Xi Jinping is among the noticeable no-shows at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.
39 minutes | Oct 29, 2021
Sudan's coup, COP26, France-UK fishing dispute, Return of Benin's cultural artefacts
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has deplored an epidemic of coups d'état. His remark came after the latest military takeover in Sudan this week. There have been protests against the military coup and more civil disobedience is planned for this weekend.
40 minutes | Oct 22, 2021
EU-Poland tensions, Belarus migration, Covid surge in Europe, Colin Powell's legacy
EU leaders have been holding a two-day summit in Brussels at which a spat with Poland over its rejection of the EU's legal order was high on the agenda. This after the Constitutional Court in Warsaw ruled earlier this month that EU law applies only in specific, limited areas and that Polish law prevails in all other circumstances. Before the summit started, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel both held one-on-one talks with the Polish prime minister.
40 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
Lebanon tensions, Elections in Iraq, Energy crunch, Covid health pass, Mozzarella vs. Camembert
Thursday saw the worst gunfire endured by Beirut in more than a decade: four hours of sustained exchanges between rooftop snipers and pro-Hezbollah demonstrators below. The protesters were rallying against a magistrate's efforts to follow criminal negligence cases against officials responsible for last year's port explosion that shook Lebanon's capital to its core. If the Lebanese are spooked, that’s because it happened on what was a frontline during the civil war between Christian and Shia militias.
41 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
Nobel Prize, Pandora Papers, China-Taiwan Tensions, French Catholic Church Abuse
Punditry is a safe sport when played in the air-conditioned comfort of a Paris studio; less so for the two intrepid winners of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize: Russia's Dmitry Muratov, editor-in-chief of the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, which has seen seven of its journalists killed because of their reporting; and Maria Ressa, co-founder of the news website Rappler, which, despite threats and two arrests, continues to call out human rights abuses under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
38 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
Fuel shortages, France's deal with Greece, WHO sexual abuse in DRC, Volcano eruption in La Palma
The first of October means Britain is taking back control. As of this Friday, European travellers to post-Brexit Great Britain can no longer bring a simple ID card – they will have to show a passport. However, as petrol shortages continue, tempers are running short as lines get long. This Friday, around one quarter of British service stations ran dry, leading to scenes of shouting, fist fights and motorists hoarding fuel in water bottles.
40 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
Submarine spat, Evergrande, German elections, Suriname football
This week at United Nations headquarters in New York, Joe Biden sat down with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. The meeting came at a time when France, Washington's oldest ally, had recalled ambassadors to both countries – an unprecedented reaction to the blindside of a dropped submarine contract with Canberra and a surprise military alliance that brings in the UK and shuts out Paris.
39 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
Australia submarine deal, Europe after Merkel, Marks & Spencer closures, Christo's Arc de Triomphe
A "stab in the back", a "breach of trust". France's foreign minister is fuming after Australia's surprise dumping of a deal for 12 French diesel-power battle-ready submarines in favour of a new three-way defence partnership with the US and the UK, along with Washington providing the technology for eight nuclear-powered subs. The Pacific is becoming a more volatile place.
38 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
9/11 commemorations, November 2015 Paris attacks trial, Belmondo remembered
We are discussing 9/11, the terror attacks that changed the world and all our lives. We head to New York, where François Picard describes the mood on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the atrocities that claimed some 3,000 lives.
38 minutes | Sep 3, 2021
Afghanistan, Abortion rights in Texas, Macron in Marseille, China gaming ban
They were chased out two decades ago, but now they're back. On Tuesday at Kabul airport, the Taliban celebrated their return to power in Afghanistan, at times with seized US-built military hardware. This after the last US soldiers hopped aboard the last flight, one day earlier than announced. After 20 years, more than 2,300 US casualties US and $2 trillion spent, the US president took stock in a speech that capped the day.
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