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Animal rights activists in court for filming French abattoir

Two animal rights activists face trial in France on Monday for placing hidden cameras in an abattoir to expose its methods of slaughtering pigs.

Jailed Venezuela opposition leader urges more anti-Maduro protests

A prominent opposition leader jailed in Venezuela, Leopoldo Lopez, urged more street protests against the "tyranny" of President Nicolas Maduro, in a video message made in his cell. Lopez, 46, however stressed several times that he backed only "peaceful" demonstrations. Show More Summary

Snowden lashes out at Hong Kong for rejecting refugees

Fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden hit back at the Hong Kong government Thursday for rejecting the protection bids of a group of refugees who sheltered him while he was hiding out in the city. The impoverished Philippine and Sri Lankan...Show More Summary

Macron’s choice of music – Europe’s anthem – said more than words | Natalie Nougayrède

France’s new president campaigned against narrow nationalism. That’s why his win matters for Europe It was no coincidence that the music Emmanuel Macron chose to accompany him, as he walked in victory through the Louvre esplanade on Sunday night, was Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, the official anthem of the European Union. Show More Summary

If we overreact to this attack on Paris then terrorism will ‘just never end’ | Simon Jenkins

Politicians, like Donald Trump, are eager to rush to publicise terrorist incidents – turning a violent crime into a global event and giving celebrity to fanaticism “It just never ends,” says Donald Trump, referring to the shooting in Paris last night. Show More Summary

Emmanuelle Riva obituary

Actor celebrated for her intellectual performances who achieved early success in Hiroshima Mon Amour For her brave, unsentimental performance as an elderly woman agonisingly declining physically and mentally in Michael Haneke’s Amour (2012), Emmanuelle Riva, who has died aged 89, became the oldest best actress Oscar nominee ever, at 85. Show More Summary

No smoke without fire: e-cigarette explodes in man’s pocket – video

CCTV footage captures the moment an e-cigarette suddenly explodes in a man’s pocket and briefly engulfs him in sparks and flames. Amine Britel was outside his nightclub in Toulouse, France on 29 October when the e-cigarette caught fire. Britel suffered second-degree burns according to local media, and has reported the incident to the device’s manufacturer Continue reading...

This is a 3D model of a clitoris – and the start of a sexual revolution | Minna Salami

It looks like a tulip emoji, but this anatomically accurate clitoris will aid education and debunk myths that have repressed women’s sexuality for centuries This month, pupils across France will be able to use the first full-size anatomical model of a clitoris in their sex education classes. Show More Summary

Metlinks OTW : 30.12.09

Tis the week between xmas and the new year and things should be pretty quiet in the city. But are they really that quiet? Let’s see… This week Disappointed by the xmas presents? Why not sell them on the web? The end of the RER A strike last week-end and some traffic on RER C between Paris and [...]

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