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- Lionel Messi will not stay at Barcelonaon 2021-08-05 at 18:12
Barcelona say Lionel Messi will not be staying at the club “because of financial and structural obstacles”.
- Belgian students face trial over initiation deathon 2021-08-05 at 17:56
Eighteen former members of an elite university fraternity are linked to the death of a black student.
- Google Maps warns drivers about emission chargeson 2021-08-05 at 16:37
Drivers heading through London or Paris will receive a warning about clean-air fees and fines.
- Valentino Rossi: Nine-time world champion to retire at end of 2021 MotoGP seasonon 2021-08-05 at 15:51
Italian MotoGP great Valentino Rossi says this season will be his last.
- Belarus Olympian Timanovskaya says grandmother warned her not to come homeon 2021-08-05 at 15:41
Krystina Timanovskaya says she fled after being warned it was not safe to fly home from the Olympics.
- Notorious ‘Ndrangheta mafia fugitive arrested after two years on the runon 2021-08-05 at 15:09
Mobster Domenico Paviglianiti, known as the “boss of the bosses”, has been arrested in Madrid.
- Turkish influencer prosecuted ‘for photos at Amsterdam sex museum’on 2021-08-05 at 14:29
Merve Taskin says she faces obscenity charges in Turkey after posting “joke” photos of sex toys.
- Russian gay family flees to Spain after threatson 2021-08-05 at 14:23
The lesbian family suffered homophobic abuse after appearing in a Russian health food ad.
- What are the big aims for the UN climate summit?on 2021-08-05 at 14:13
The annual climate change summit is being held in Glasgow – who’s going and what’s at stake?
- ‘Old dogs’ take on teens in skateboardingon 2021-08-05 at 12:49
Not everyone skateboarding at the Olympics is a teenager – meet the two 46-year-olds who flew the flag for the “old dogs”.
- France, Germany to offer vaccine booster despite WHO call to prioritise poorer nationsby NEWS WIRES on 2021-08-05 at 10:00
Germany and France will begin offering a third COVID-19 vaccine booster shot to the most vulnerable members of their populations starting in September, disregarding a WHO appeal to delay third doses until more people in poorer countries are vaccinated.
- Power plant breached as Turkey battles ‘worst-ever’ wildfiresby NEWS WIRES on 2021-08-05 at 00:49
Turkey is battling the worst wildfires in its history, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, as fires spread to a power station in the country’s southwest after reducing swathes of coastal forest to ashes.
- Scotland’s colourful marine lifeon 2021-08-04 at 23:46
Scuba-diver Ross McLaren has taken thousands of photos of marine life in Scotland’s rivers and sea-lochs.
- Amber-plus list: Why were extra travel restrictions imposed on France?on 2021-08-04 at 21:10
France has now been taken off the amber-plus list but why was it put on it in the first place?
- Covid-19: England to scrap quarantine rule for fully vaccinated travellers from Franceby NEWS WIRES on 2021-08-04 at 21:07
The UK government said late Wednesday it will ease English entry rules requiring arrivals from France to quarantine even if they are fully vaccinated, following its latest review of travel curbs.
- Why Italy is struggling to contain wildfireson 2021-08-04 at 19:44
Amid the current heat wave, Italy is struggling to contain the wildfires that are raging around the country. In addition to the scorching heat, there are a variety of reasons why wildfires have become such a problem.
- France plans rollout of Covid vaccine booster shots – but only for the vulnerableby Cyrielle CABOT on 2021-08-04 at 15:33
Like the UK, Israel and Germany, France plans to roll out third doses of Covid-19 vaccines to vulnerable people in the autumn to combat the more contagious Delta variant. But the French government is reluctant to extend this booster shot to the whole population.
- French govt fined €10 million by top administrative court over air pollutionby NEWS WIRES on 2021-08-04 at 14:51
France’s top administrative court on Wednesday fined the government a record sum for failing to reduce air pollution to acceptable levels.
- Ukrainian president orders extra protection for Belarus exiles after dissident’s deathby NEWS WIRES on 2021-08-04 at 12:59
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday ordered his security services to provide extra protection for Belarus exiles in the country after a dissident was found hanged in a Kiev park.
- With wildfires blazing, Athenians told to stay insideby NEWS WIRES on 2021-08-04 at 07:09
Greek authorities told people in Athens to stay indoors on Wednesday as a wildfire raging uncontrolled north of the city covered the sky in a thick cloud of smoke.
- People of the pandemic: A Paris balcony’s lockdown quiz show goes globalby Aude MAZOUE on 2021-08-04 at 04:34
When France first went into lockdown in March 2020, the general mood in the country was one of anxiety. To cheer himself and his neighbours up, Noam Cartozo, an actor living in Paris, decided to bring a lockdown version of one of France’s much-loved quiz shows, “Questions pour un champion”, to life from his balcony. This is the second instalment of a FRANCE 24 series about people who found fame during the pandemic.
- British study finds fully vaccinated are 60% less likely to get Covid-19by NEWS WIRES on 2021-08-04 at 00:20
Fully vaccinated people in England were one-third as likely to test positive for Covid-19, according to an ongoing survey of the population released on Wednesday.
- Tokyo Olympics sparks anti-LGBT slurs on Russian TVon 2021-08-03 at 23:12
Gay and transgender athletes in Tokyo have been singled out for abuse on Russian state television.
- Germany: Top vaccine advisory body STIKO holds off endorsing vaccine for teenson 2021-08-03 at 19:38
The expert body, which advises the German government on vaccines, has so far not endorsed inoculating teens with the COVID vaccine. The announcement places it at loggerheads with German politicians.
- Christian Eriksen referee: Defibrillators save liveson 2021-08-03 at 18:46
Premier League referee Anthony Taylor outlines why defibrillators should be available for grassroots football.
- Vitaly Shishov: Belarus dissidents who disappeared and diedon 2021-08-03 at 17:36
For years opponents of Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko have been hounded – sometimes fatally.
- Belarus Olympian Timanovskaya: ‘When it’s safe, I want to return home’on 2021-08-03 at 15:39
A sprinter from Belarus who refused her team’s order to fly home early from the Olympics says her actions were not a form of political protest.
- Belarus activist death: Opposition leader says exile’s death may be a crimeby FRANCE24 on 2021-08-03 at 13:01
Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya said on Tuesday that she would need to wait for the results of an investigation into the death of a Belarusian activist found hanged in Ukraine to say it was a crime. Vitaly Shishov was found hanged in a park near his home in Kyiv early on Tuesday, and Ukrainian police said they had launched a murder case. FRANCE 24’s International Affairs Commentator Douglas Herbert tells us more.
- Belarus dissident found hanged in Ukraine, police open murder caseby FRANCE 24 on 2021-08-03 at 09:35
A Belarusian activist living in exile in Ukraine was found hanged in a park near his home in Kyiv early on Tuesday, and Ukrainian police said they had launched a murder case.
- Germany to offer Covid-19 vaccine booster shots from Septemberby NEWS WIRES on 2021-08-02 at 19:02
Germany will start offering Covid booster shots from September and make it easier for 12-to-17 year olds to get a jab, the health ministry said Monday, amid concerns about the spread of the Delta variant.
- Covid-19: UK scraps quarantine for most fully vaccinated travelers from US and EUby NEWS WIRES on 2021-08-02 at 17:25
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday that he wanted to get the travel industry moving again with a simple user-friendly system of rules to allow for trips abroad.
- Firefighters battle blazes as Greece suffers ‘worst heatwave’ for three decadesby NEWS WIRES on 2021-08-02 at 13:18
Firefighters were battling two large wildfires in Greece on Monday, as the prime minister said the country was suffering its worst heatwave in more than three decades.
- COVID-19: France makes life difficult for unvaccinatedon 2021-08-02 at 13:03
With France facing a fourth COVID wave, the government is making it harder for unvaccinated people to access certain public places. Over the weekend, protesters once again came out in force to show their opposition.
- Poland grants Belarus Olympic sprinter Tsimanouskaya a humanitarian visaby NEWS WIRES on 2021-08-02 at 07:42
Poland on Monday granted a humanitarian visa to Belarusian athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, who says her team’s officials tried to forcibly send her back to her authoritarian homeland from the Olympic Games in Japan.
- France: Giant panda gives birth to twinson 2021-08-02 at 03:54
Female panda Huan Huan gave birth while on loan to France from China. The twins will have to wait 100 days before they get names — and when they do, they’ll be chosen by someone very special.
- Turkey: People flee popular tourist spots to escape wildfireson 2021-08-02 at 02:25
Footage has emerged showing people fleeing the deadly fires which have engulfed parts of Turkey.
- Europe remembers Sinti, Roma murdered under Nazi ruleon 2021-08-01 at 22:04
On August 2, 1944, 4,300 Sinti and Roma were killed in the gas chambers of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. Genocide survivors described the horrors. To this day, many of their descendants are refused compensation.
- Turkey wildfires: People flee as blazes spread in Marmaris and Bodrumon 2021-08-01 at 10:38
Some neighbourhoods have been evacuated after gusts of wind spread the flames into residential areas.
- How Russian money keeps Belarus afloaton 2021-07-30 at 05:59
Moscow does not financially support any other country as generously as it does Belarus. DW spoke with economic experts to learn about this lopsided relationship, and the strain it places on the Russian budget.
- 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.
- Roma student: ‘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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.