News from: BBC, DW & France24
- France questions UK’s ‘discriminatory’ and ‘excessive’ quarantine decisionby FRANCE 24 on 2021-07-29 at 09:36
France said on Thursday it failed to understand why it was exempt from a new rule allowing fully-vaccinated European Union citizens to enter England without having to quarantine.
- UK already undergoing disruptive climate changeon 2021-07-29 at 07:13
Last year was the third warmest, fifth wettest and eighth sunniest on record in the UK, scientists warn.
- German cycling boss sent home from Olympicson 2021-07-29 at 06:47
Patrick Moster, the sports director of the German Cycling Union, has been sent home from the Olympics after making racist comments during Wednesday’s men’s road time trial.
- Israel tells France it is taking Pegasus allegations ‘seriously’on 2021-07-29 at 03:24
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz discussed the spying allegations concerning Pegasus, a software developed by Israeli cyber-surveillance company NSO, during a meeting with his French counterpart in Paris.
- Tokyo Olympics rowing: Ireland’s Paul O’Donovan & Fintan McCarthy win lightweight men’s double scullson 2021-07-29 at 03:05
Ireland win their first gold medal of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy claim the lightweight men’s double sculls.
- Covid: No quarantine for fully jabbed US and EU travellerson 2021-07-28 at 21:57
Ministers hope the rule change in England, Scotland and Wales will help reunite family and friends.
- Patrolling Lithuania’s border with Belaruson 2021-07-28 at 18:33
A growing number of African and Middle Eastern migrants have been illegally entering Lithuania from Belarus. The country has said it’s finding it hard to cope. Alexandra von Nahmen reports from the Lithuanian border.
- Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue and his love of Bugattis and Michael Jacksonon 2021-07-28 at 17:23
Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, tipped as Equatorial Guinea’s next leader, is under sanctions in the UK and France.
- Bosnian Serbs defy top UN official Inzko over genocide denialon 2021-07-28 at 17:02
Ethnic Serb leaders accused of playing down the Srebrenica massacre will now boycott parliament.
- Man on scooter steals millions from upmarket Paris jewelleron 2021-07-28 at 15:06
The middle-aged armed robber targets a store in an upmarket area of the French capital.
- Sweden charges man over 1988 Iran prison massacreon 2021-07-28 at 10:47
Hamid Nouri faces trial over the mass execution of detainees during the Iran-Iraq war.
- Three Armenian soldiers killed in clashes with Azerbaijani troopsby NEWS WIRES on 2021-07-28 at 09:28
Armenia’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday that three of its troops were killed and two more were wounded in clashes with Azerbaijani forces on the border between the two ex-Soviet nations, which have been locked in a decades-long tug-of-war over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
- ‘Luxury’ race will be among most expensive on earthon 2021-07-28 at 05:34
A four-day ultramarathon covering 120 miles on the west coast of Scotland will cost £15,499 to enter.
- Roma child: ‘My only goal is to finish school’on 2021-07-27 at 23:00
How one school in Croatia is working to improve education opportunities for Roma children like Kristina.
- Dad builds robotic exoskeleton to help son walkon 2021-07-27 at 13:22
The French robotics engineer says he was inspired to build the suit after his son asked him to.
- Low-income neighbourhood of Naples produces its own free solar energyby Natalia MENDOZA on 2021-07-27 at 12:30
In Italy, some 1 million renewable energy installations are already producing 19 percent of the country’s energy. Initiatives to produce electricity for local consumption are on the rise. One example is a deprived suburb of Naples, where solar panels have been installed on an after-school centre. In a neighbourhood hit hard by poverty and organised crime, the project gives low-income families access to free electricity while fostering environmental awareness among young people and their parents. Our correspondents report.
- Deadly explosion rocks industrial park in German city of Leverkusenby FRANCE 24 on 2021-07-27 at 12:10
At least two people are dead and five are missing after an explosion rocked an industrial park in the western German city of Leverkusen on Tuesday, sending dark plumes of smoke into the sky.
- Biggest criminal trial in modern Vatican history set to startby NEWS WIRES on 2021-07-27 at 06:55
A financial scandal involving an opaque, loss-making Vatican property deal paid for with charity funds goes to trial Tuesday after a two-year probe that has implicated a once-powerful cardinal.
- Covid passports: How do they work around the world?on 2021-07-26 at 21:01
How are countries enforcing vaccine passports and what can people use them for?
- Extreme weather: What causes flash flooding?on 2021-07-26 at 16:24
Cities across the world are at risk of extreme rainfall overwhelming their streets
- Russia blocks Kremlin critic Navalny’s websiteby NEWS WIRES on 2021-07-26 at 12:02
Russian Internet watchdog Roskomnadzor has blocked jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s website, navalny.com, as well as 48 websites of people and organisations affiliated with him, Navalny’s team said on Monday.
- Almost 60% of French citizens have had at least one Covid jab, Macron saysby NEWS WIRES on 2021-07-26 at 09:27
The number of people in France who have received at least one jab against Covid-19 has crossed the 40-million mark, President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday.
- Extreme weather smashes records as scientists convene for UN climate talksby NEWS WIRES on 2021-07-26 at 05:29
Nearly 200 nations started online negotiations Monday to validate a UN science report that will anchor autumn summits charged with preventing climate catastrophe on a planetary scale.
- UNESCO to add France’s ‘king of lighthouses’ to world heritage listby NEWS WIRES on 2021-07-24 at 18:58
Battered by the wind and swell for 400 years and nicknamed the “king of lighthouses”, France’s Cordouan beacon on Saturday won recognition from UNESCO.
- New Brexit drama looms over Northern Ireland protocolon 2021-07-24 at 17:16
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has rekindled Britain’s spat with the EU over the Northern Ireland protocol. Brussels has rejected all attempts to renegotiate it.
- Thousands join Budapest Pride march to protest anti-LGBTQ education law in Hungaryby NEWS WIRES on 2021-07-24 at 16:48
Thousands of Hungarians joined the annual Budapest Pride march on Saturday to support LGBTQ people and protest against a law that limits teaching about homosexuality and transgender issues in schools.
- The Netherlands gear for future with flood-control projecton 2021-07-24 at 16:00
The recent floods claimed many lives in Germany and Belgium but left the Netherlands relatively unscathed. DW’s Bernd Riegert reports on what the country has done to reduce flood risks.
- French protesters against Covid-19 health restrictions clash with police in Parisby NEWS WIRES on 2021-07-24 at 15:27
French anti-riot police fired teargas on Saturday as clashes erupted during protests in central Paris against COVID-19 restrictions and a vaccination campaign, television reported.
- The ‘pingdemic’: How UK’s Covid-19 app has created a health headacheby Sébastian SEIBT on 2021-07-24 at 15:25
Notifications from the UK’s official Covid-19 application have increased in recent weeks. A mere 600,000 people received a ‘ping’ this week to alert them that they had been in close contact with someone who had tested positive and they needed to self-isolate for 10 days. Such is the detrimental effect on people’s working life that many are choosing to deactivate it.
- Tips from the Netherlands on how to build a nation of cyclistson 2021-07-23 at 23:01
Some tips from the Dutch Cycling Embassy on how to make bikes the easiest and safest way to travel.
- UN Security Council slams Turkish plan to reopen disputed Cyprus resortby NEWS WIRES on 2021-07-23 at 19:58
The United Nations Security Council on Friday condemned a plan by Turkish and Turkish Cypriot leaders to partially reopen the abandoned resort of Varosha and called for an immediate reversal of the decision.
- Nord Stream 2 deal stokes fears of Russian aggression in eastern Europeon 2021-07-23 at 19:53
Ukraine and Poland have slammed a deal by Germany and the US to allow the completion of a controversial pipeline to carry Russian gas, saying it poses a major security and military threat.
- The EU and North Macedonia: More ‘trauma’ before membership?on 2021-07-23 at 18:57
There is "no alternative" to EU membership for North Macedonia, PM Zoran Zaev tells DW’s Conflict Zone. But after 16 years of waiting and "too much trauma," can Skopje overcome the hurdles it faces to join the bloc?
- When Europe turns a blind eye: Life and death in the Mediterraneanby Emmanuelle CHAZE on 2021-07-23 at 17:00
In the spring of 2021, FRANCE 24 went on board the Ocean Viking, the migrant rescue ship of the European NGO SOS Méditerranée. Off the coast of Libya, we filmed both successful rescue missions and others that ended in tragedy, while observing how the authorities interacted with the vessel’s staff.
- Family feuds, a side effect of the Covid-19 vaccineby David RICH on 2021-07-23 at 15:04
As the French government ramps up efforts to expand the vaccination campaign against Covid-19, many continue to resist getting the jab. The situation has created tensions within some families, especially in light of recent announcements of tougher health policies.
- Germany floods: Politicians and the balancing act amid crisison 2021-07-23 at 04:57
As Germany reels from catastrophic floods, experts doubt there will be a lasting effect on the upcoming national election. But candidates will have to walk a fine line between showing empathy and exploiting tragedy.
- Angela Merkel’s last federal press conference: ‘It was a pleasure’on 2021-07-22 at 15:07
German Chancellor Angela Merkel made her last ever appearance at the summer federal press conference, a tradition organized by a union of Berlin journalists. Many of the questions look back at her 16 years in office.
- Poland and Hungary lash back against EU rule of law reporton 2021-07-22 at 09:44
Polish and Hungarian government politicians have strongly condemned a recent EU assessment excoriating rule of law there. Yet the path forward for both countries, which face increasing gulfs with the EU, remains unclear.
- The EU declares war on money launderingon 2021-07-22 at 08:03
Huge sums of money of illegal origin are channeled into the regular economy every year. The EU has now prepared a comprehensive reform in order to crack down on money laundering. Bernd Riegert reports from Brussels.
- I survived Norway’s worst terror attackon 2021-07-21 at 23:09
Lisa Husby recalls hiding in fear as far-right extremist Anders Breivik went on a killing spree in 2011.
- Europe floods: ‘I have an axe beside my bed’on 2021-07-21 at 18:46
Marion Wenzel showed the BBC around her flood-wrecked house in Ahrweiler, Germany.
- Sinzig floods: Did authorities fail residents?on 2021-07-20 at 17:24
Did German authorities do enough to warn locals and move them to safety ahead of last week’s devastating floods? DW speaks to residents in Sinzig, one of the towns hardest-hit by flooding.
- First space tourist Dennis Tito: ‘I was euphoric’on 2021-07-19 at 23:02
Dennis Tito paid $20 million to travel to the International Space Station in 2001.
- Horse racing: Inside the abattoir slaughtering racehorseson 2021-07-19 at 20:55
Campaign group Animal Aid set up covert cameras in one of the few slaughterhouses licensed to kill horses.
- Czech gold for future generations?on 2021-07-18 at 07:08
In the earth beneath the Czech Republic lies gold worth €20 billion. But unlike the country’s lithium reserves, this gold is not planned to be mined — due to environmental concerns and economic factors.
- Opinion: Putin wrote his own history of Ukraineon 2021-07-17 at 19:29
In a lengthy exposé the Russian strongman has denied Ukrainian sovereignty and threatened consequences if Ukraine continues to dream of NATO, says DW’s Konstantin Eggert.
- Belgians pick up the pieces after deadly floodson 2021-07-17 at 18:42
With more than 25 dead after flooding in eastern Belgium, DW spoke with residents struggling to come to terms with the devastation and move on in the town of Pepinster.
- Opinion: Turkey’s Erdogan has reached the event horizonon 2021-07-15 at 06:41
Five years after the failed coup attempt and despite a systematic purge of his rivals, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan still fears losing his grip on power, says Banu Güven.
- EU proposes sweeping ‘Fit for 55’ emissions reduction planon 2021-07-14 at 19:05
Brussels has outlined its plan to reach a 55% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 on 1990 levels. The overarching goal is to make the EU carbon neutral by 2050 as part of the European Green Deal.
- Russia: Summer means cold showerson 2021-07-14 at 06:31
Every summer, Russian households have to do without hot water. For up to three weeks, everyone has to take cold showers — even in the ultramodern city of Moscow, writes DW’s Yuri Rescheto.
- Cyprus vaccine drive: ‘SafePass’ mandatory, no more free COVID testson 2021-07-13 at 10:29
The coronavirus surge on Cyprus sees the government announce a raft of measures aimed at COVID-19 delta variant containment and increased vaccine coverage.
- Euro 2020: Racism rears its ugly head — againon 2021-07-12 at 16:02
To add insult to England’s injury of losing the final, a number of Black England players have been subjected to racial slurs. Condemnation has been swift, but will it lead anywhere?
- Kyiv hopes for more as Zelenskyy meets Merkelon 2021-07-11 at 15:06
With time winding down on Angela Merkel’s chancellorship, she will meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and face his expectations of Germany. The two have never had an easy relationship.