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American mother in Syria's Ghouta urges Trump to 'do something'

15 minutes agoLocal Interest / France : France 24

In the United States, her children could have "played under the sun". But trapped in Syria's Eastern Ghouta, Michigan native Deana Lynn and her eight children are living out a nightmare underground. At 44, US-born Lynn has spent nearly...Show More Summary

France braces for travel misery during Thursday strike

32 minutes agoLocal Interest / France : France 24

French rail operator SNCF and aviation authorities warned of major disruptions Thursday as public sector employees and their supporters carry out a one-day strike against low pay and President Emmanuel Macron's reform drive. Only 40Show More Summary

Ex-England star Michael Owen to launch own cryptocurrency

33 minutes agoLocal Interest / France : France 24

Former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker Michael Owen is launching a cryptocurrency in his own name, joining other famous sportsmen including Manny Pacquiao in a new venture to connect with fans. The retired England star announced...Show More Summary

Jean El Laffi, FRANCE 24’s ‘habibi’, dies after battle with cancer

Jean El Laffi, a veteran journalist at FRANCE 24 and beloved head of its Arabic website, died on Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He was 60.

Syria Kurds mark grim Nowruz after fleeing Afrin

With tears in her eyes, Rasheeda Ali said she would not celebrate the Kurdish New Year this week after she and her family were forced to flee under fire from Syria's Afrin. The annual Nowruz holiday which was being marked on Wednesday...Show More Summary

Trump trade war biggest risk to world economy: German experts

US President Donald Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminium risk escalating into a threat to the international trading system, a highly-regarded group of German economists said Wednesday. "An escalation of the trade conflict would damage...Show More Summary

Nicolas Sarkozy: ex-president faces second day of questioning over Libya case

Sarkozy is alleged to have received €50m in campaign funds from Muammar Gaddafi The former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is facing a second day of police questioning over allegations that he received millions of euros in illegal election campaign funding from the regime of the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Show More Summary

Sarkozy faces second day of questioning in Libya probe

Nicolas Sarkozy faced a second day of questioning on Wednesday by investigators examining claims the former French president received funding for his 2007 election campaign from the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

China activists fear high-tech crackdown in Xi's 'new era'

As Xi Jinping embarks on a potentially lifelong presidency, activists fear that the Chinese leader's promise of a "new era" sounds the death knell for human rights under an increasingly digital-savvy police state. The Chinese government...Show More Summary

Sarkozy returns for police questioning in Libya probe: sources

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy returned to police custody on Wednesday for a second day of questioning over allegations the late Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi financed his 2007 election campaign, sources close to the inquiry told AFP. Show More Summary

China's aircraft carrier sails by Taiwan as tensions rise

Taiwan said Wednesday it had scrambled jets and sent ships to track the passage of a Chinese aircraft carrier through the Taiwan Strait, as Beijing's leader gave the island a fierce warning against separatism. The Liaoning and accompanying...Show More Summary

France unveils tough new bill on sexual harassment and rape

France’s government is unveiling a series of measures against sexual violence on Wednesday, including on-the-spot fines for sexual harassment on the street and extended deadlines for filing rape complaints.

Brazil museum selling prized Jackson Pollock to stay afloat

Rio de Janeiro's Modern Art Museum is selling one of its most prized works, a Jackson Pollock painting, to help stay afloat. The private, not-for-profit museum said a sale of this type has never been done before in Brazil, although it is common in Europe and the United States. Show More Summary

Psychometrics: How Facebook data helped Trump find his voters

It was one of hundreds of cute questionnaires that were shared widely on Facebook and other social media, like "Which Pokeman Are You?" and "What Are Your Most Used Words?" This one, an app called "thisismydigitallife", was a personality...Show More Summary

First, Brazilian activist is shot -- then the lies start

First, Marielle Franco was gunned down in an apparent organized hit, prompting tens of thousands of Brazilians to protest. Then came the character assassination. The immediate reaction to the killing March 14 of the Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman was raw and spontaneous. Show More Summary

Italy in political deadlock as parliament reconvenes

Italy's parliament reconvenes on Friday with the country looking for solutions to the political stalemate that emerged from the March 4 general elections. On Friday the newly-elected lower house Chamber of Deputies and upper house Senate will begin the process of electing their new speakers. Show More Summary

Danish submariner's version of journalist murder disputed

The trial of Danish submarine builder Peter Madsen, accused of murdering and mutilating Swedish journalist Kim Wall, resumes Wednesday as prosecutors dispute his account that she died accidentally aboard his vessel. Madsen, 47, saidShow More Summary

EU to unveil digital tax targeting Facebook, Google

The EU will unveil proposals for a digital tax on US tech giants on Wednesday, bringing yet more turmoil to Facebook after revelations over misused data of 50 million users shocked the world. The special tax is the latest measure byShow More Summary

Dutch vote in local polls, referendum on spying powers

Dutch voters go to the polls Wednesday in local elections with far-right parties seeking gains and all eyes on a referendum on plans to broaden government online spying powers. Most polling stations across the Netherlands open at 7:30 am (0630 GMT) with more than 12 million voters eligible to pick councillors in the 380 municipalities. Show More Summary

Syrian Kurds bitter over West turning a blind eye to Afrin

After leading the charge against Islamic State jihadists on Syria's frontlines, Kurds feel betrayed by their Western allies following the seizure of their stronghold Afrin by Turkish forces. Turkey's offensive aided by its Syrian allies...Show More Summary

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