Argentina: outgoing president Macri attends his farewell rally

Argentina: outgoing president Macri attends his farewell rally

Outgoing Argentina's president Mauricio Macri and his wife Juliana Awada attend his farewell rally in Buenos Aires, where is greeted by hundreds of cheering supporters.
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Bangladesh tears down brick kilns to fight toxic smog

Bangladesh tears down brick kilns to fight toxic smog

Bangladesh authorities bulldoze illegal soot-belching brick kilns after Dhaka's air quality soared to among the world's worst last week, with the kilns -- which use coal and wood to make bricks from clay -- identified by authorities as a key pollu...
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Iraqis gather at the site of the overnight attack in Baghdad

Iraqis gather at the site of the overnight attack in Baghdad

Iraqis gather at Al-Khallani square where 17 people at least were killed and dozens more wounded overnight in the capital Baghdad, amid ongoing anti-government demonstrations. Late Friday, armed men in pick-up trucks attacked a large building wher...
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New EU chief in Ethiopia for first trip outside bloc

New EU chief in Ethiopia for first trip outside bloc

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen arrives in Ethiopia, her first trip outside Europe since assuming her post, for meetings expected to touch on migration and support for African security operations.
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'Laugh at what's hurting you': Lebanon cartoonists connect with wider audience

'Laugh at what's hurting you': Lebanon cartoonists connect with wider audience

Lebanese political cartoonists foment debate and connect with a wider audience as a surge of public anger fuels countrywide protests against corruption and the ruling elite.
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Terence Blanchard, the jazz trumpeter making opera history

Terence Blanchard, the jazz trumpeter making opera history

A top-tier jazz trumpeter and Spike Lee's go-to film score master for three decades, Terence Blanchard is now set to make history as the first black composer to stage a production at New York's esteemed Metropolitan Opera. AFP spoke to the musicia...
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US states consider 'red flag' laws to curb gun violence

US states consider 'red flag' laws to curb gun violence

More than a dozen states across the United States have adopted red flag laws that allow family members or law enforcement to seek a court order to temporarily seize guns from people who are deemed to pose an immediate danger to themselves or other...
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Chilean demonstrators hit the streets of the capital again

Chilean demonstrators hit the streets of the capital again

Thousands of Chileans take the streets again in Santiago to protest social and economic inequality and against an entrenched political elite that comes from a small number of the country's wealthiest families, among other issues. Some climate chan...
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Fashionable feathers: Italian designer's life in plumes

Fashionable feathers: Italian designer's life in plumes

Feathers have adorned the most glamorous of fashionistas throughout history, from Marie Antoinette to Lady Gaga, and one Italian octogenarian continues to fuel the fantasy.
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Food truck ferries meals to Syria's displaced in northern Idlib

Food truck ferries meals to Syria's displaced in northern Idlib

Relief workers with the Ataa Relief and Development Association, a small NGO registered in Turkey, ferry meals to displaced Syrians in Sarmada, in northern Idlib province.
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French farmers rise up against "agribashing"

French farmers rise up against "agribashing"

In the spring, the neighbours of farmer Olivier Coupery launched a petition against him over concerns about the pesticides he uses on his fields. Faced with the rise of "agribashing", he and a colleague launched the free telephone number "Ici la T...
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In Madrid, a climate march to put pressure on COP25

In Madrid, a climate march to put pressure on COP25

Thousands of people are demonstrating in Madrid to push countries gathered at the COP25 climate summit in the Spanish capital to take action against global warming.
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A round up of news and features

A round up of news and features

This week on Africa Weekly we begin in Burkina Faso in the city of Bobo-Dioulasso; once a magnet for tourists it's now largely overlooked by Western travellers because of recurrent jihadist attacks. Then we head to the Democratic Republic of Congo...
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Ukraine's Zelensky visits front line before talks with Putin

Ukraine's Zelensky visits front line before talks with Putin

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visits frontline troops fighting Moscow-backed separatists in the country's east a few days before crucial talks on the conflict with Vladimir Putin. Dressed in a khaki jacket and trousers, the 41-year-old pr...
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Hong Kong police carry out explosives demonstration

Hong Kong police carry out explosives demonstration

Hong Kong police carry out a number of controlled explosions, intended to demonstrate the power of the explosive TATP. The demonstrations, to which international media were invited, took place at the police's Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) depot.
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'Parasite singles': searching for a partner in Japan

'Parasite singles': searching for a partner in Japan

A sharply dressed crowd of Japanese singletons shuffle awkwardly around conference-room tables, exchanging small-talk and CVs in an attempt to find a marriage partner -- all of them accompanied by their parents. (ATTN CLIENTS: This video is part o...
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Young Ecuadorians promote green projects to mitigate climate change

Young Ecuadorians promote green projects to mitigate climate change

In the coastal city of Guayaquil, in southwestern Ecuador, two young environmental engineers fight against climate change by creating green walls, green roofs and sustainable buildings.
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Amid strike, French government meets with public transport officials at Matignon

Amid strike, French government meets with public transport officials at Matignon

The minister for Ecological Transition, Elisabeth Borne, and Secretary of State for Transport, Jean-Baptiste Djebarri, arrive in Matignon, followed closely by SNCF President Jean-Pierre Farandou and RATP CEO Catherine Guillouard. The SNCF and RATP...
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Weinstein arrives at the Supreme Court of the state of New York for bail hearing

Weinstein arrives at the Supreme Court of the state of New York for bail hearing

Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Supreme Court of the state of New York, ahead of bail hearing.
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Teen eco-warrior Greta Thunberg arrives for protest at COP 25

Teen eco-warrior Greta Thunberg arrives for protest at COP 25

Teen eco-warrior Greta Thunberg arrives for climate protests at COP 25 in Madrid.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel pays tribute to Auschwitz victims

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pays tribute to Auschwitz victims

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pays tribute to Holocaust victims at the "Death Wall" in the former German Nazi death camp Auschwitz during her first ever visit as chancellor.
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Exoplanets

Exoplanets

Swiss astronomers Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz on Tuesday won a share of the Nobel Physics Prizefor the first discovery, in October 1995, of a planet outside our solar system -- an exoplanet -- orbiting a solar-type star in the Milky Way. Videog...
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The spark behind the electric car

The spark behind the electric car

Videographic showing how electric cars work.
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Fighting forest fires

Fighting forest fires

Several Australian bushfires have combined to form a "mega fire" that is burning out of control across a swathe of land north of Sydney. Videographic on wildfires.
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Iran's nuclear deal

Iran's nuclear deal

Parties to faltering Iran nuclear deal meet after confirmation of latest Iranian breaches. Videographic on the nuclear agreement with Iran.
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Landslides

Landslides

At least 38 people died in Burundi after heavy rains triggered landslides that swept through hillside communities in the northwest of the country. Videographic on landslides.
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Tear gas

Tear gas

Protest in Hong Kong against Hong Kong police's use of tear gas. Videographic on tear gas.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Auschwitz for first time

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Auschwitz for first time

Angela Merkel visits the former German Nazi death camp at Auschwitz for the first time in her 14 years as chancellor, as Germany grapples with a resurgence of anti-Semitism and the growth of the far-right. Merkel is only the third German chancello...
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Paris' Gare de Lyon near empty as France strike bites

Paris' Gare de Lyon near empty as France strike bites

After a massive mobilisation on Thursday, France prepares for a second day of travel cancellations and school closures as unions warned there would be no let-up in the strike called to protest planned pension reforms.
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Celebrations in India after police shoot dead rape-murder suspects

Celebrations in India after police shoot dead rape-murder suspects

People gather to celebrate at the scene of a gang-rape and murder in India after police shot dead the suspects as they were re-enacting their alleged crime.
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Afghans mourn Japanese doctor's death

Afghans mourn Japanese doctor's death

Distressed Afghans hold vigils to mourn a beloved Japanese doctor who transformed barren swaths of eastern Afghanistan and spent decades caring for the sick.
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China's single women seek sperm donors overseas

China's single women seek sperm donors overseas

Unmarried women in China are largely barred from accessing sperm banks and IVF treatment, causing some to seek other options abroad.
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Hong Kongers give their views on six months of protests in the city

Hong Kongers give their views on six months of protests in the city

Hong Kong residents give their take on Hong Kong's pro-democracy demonstrations six months on. The unprecedented movement was born on June 9, when an estimated million people took to the streets to protest a proposed bill allowing extradition to ...
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Mainland Chinese give their views on six months of protest in HK

Mainland Chinese give their views on six months of protest in HK

Beijing residents give their take on Hong Kong's pro-democracy demonstrations six months on. The unprecedented movement was born on June 9, when an estimated million people took to the streets to protest a proposed bill allowing extradition to ma...
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24h of Violence in Mexico: mass grave in Tijuana

24h of Violence in Mexico: mass grave in Tijuana

Mexico is an enormous mass grave. It is estimated that there are 50,000 disappeared in the country and since the war on drugs began in 2006, more than 3,000 clandestine graves have been found. Some, like this one in Tijuana, have become places of ...
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French police detain man after protests over pension overhaul

French police detain man after protests over pension overhaul

French police detain a man in Paris at nightfall after a day of protests against the government's plan to overhaul the pension system. Strikes across the country brought much of France to a halt.
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Consumers feel the pinch as Indian economy slows

Consumers feel the pinch as Indian economy slows

The hunt for work becomes more desperate every day on Delhi's street corner labour markets as India's economic slowdown bites deeper, piling pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi just half a year into his second term.
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Iraqi volunteers clean up the streets of the central city of Najaf

Iraqi volunteers clean up the streets of the central city of Najaf

Iraqi volunteers clean up the streets of the central city of Najaf following anti-government protests. The protest movement is Iraq's biggest since the US-led invasion of 2003 toppled Saddam Hussein and installed a democratic system in the oil-ric...
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SpaceX: launch of Falcon 9 to ISS for resupply mission

SpaceX: launch of Falcon 9 to ISS for resupply mission

SpaceX launches its Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station, as part of its nineteenth commercial resupply services mission (CRS-19), at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
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Singapore unveils new mosquito facility in fight against dengue

Singapore unveils new mosquito facility in fight against dengue

Singapore unveils a new mosquito breeding facility that will help the city-state step up its fight against dengue fever and other mosquito-borne diseases. The facility’s automated devices will allow researchers to boost breeding of mosquitoes carr...
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French pension reform protests: tensions between police and protesters in Paris

French pension reform protests: tensions between police and protesters in Paris

Police use tear gas to disperse rioters during a demonstration against pension reform in Paris. The clashes broke out near Place de la Republique in the city centre. Although the Paris march began peacefully, black-clad protesters later set fire t...
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New York's 'island of the dead' to welcome more of the living

New York's 'island of the dead' to welcome more of the living

A once off-limits, eroding island in New York where more than a million people are buried in unmarked mass graves dug by prisoners is about to become more accessible. Plans to open up Hart Island have been signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
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After 50 years of operation, Europe's oldest nuclear power plant not ready to retire

After 50 years of operation, Europe's oldest nuclear power plant not ready to retire

Europe's oldest functioning nuclear reactor, at Switzerland's Beznau plant, will turn 50 next week -- a lifespan deemed dangerously long by environmentalists who are demanding that it be shut down immediately. IMAGES of Beznau nuclear power plant ...
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Red carpet but no cinema as Gaza film festival forced outdoors

Red carpet but no cinema as Gaza film festival forced outdoors

In the Palestinian enclave of Gaza, without a cinema for 30 years, a few hundred walk the red carpet to a rare film screening -- held on the street. The opening of the Red Carpet Human Rights Film Festival on Wednesday evening had been expected to...
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Police and rioters clash in Paris during demonstration against pension reform

Police and rioters clash in Paris during demonstration against pension reform

Police use tear gas to disperse rioters during a demonstration against pension reform in Paris. The clashes broke out near Place de la Republique in the city centre. Although the Paris march began peacefully, black-clad protesters later set fire t...
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South American leaders meet for Mercosur Summit

South American leaders meet for Mercosur Summit

South American leaders meet for the Mercosur summit in Bento Gonçalves, a meeting marked by a spat between its two biggest members, Brazil and Argentina.
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France strikes: protesters gather in Paris ahead of march against pension reform

France strikes: protesters gather in Paris ahead of march against pension reform

Several thousand people wait outside the "Gare de l'Est" train station in Paris before a march through the French capital to protest against a pension overhaul by President Emmanuel Macron. Unions say the planned reforms will force millions of peo...
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Tourists empathise as strike forces closure of Eiffel Tower

Tourists empathise as strike forces closure of Eiffel Tower

At the Eiffel Tower, closed exceptionally due to a nationwide strike over pension reforms, tourists are disappointed but many empathise with the trade unions' decision to strike. COMPLETES VIDI1MT7L1_EN
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