News from: BBC, DW & France24
- Burundi prison fire kills at least 38 in Gitegaon 2021-12-07 at 14:20
Vice-President Prosper Bazombanza says at least 38 people died and scores more were injured.
- Afghanistan: Foreign Office chaotic during Kabul evacuation – whistlebloweron 2021-12-07 at 14:12
Thousands of pleas for help went unread and the foreign secretary lacked urgency, an ex-official says.
- Near default, China’s property giant Evergrande prepares for restructuringby NEWS WIRES on 2021-12-07 at 14:00
Debt-laden Chinese property developer Evergrande has for the first time missed a deadline to repay some of its overseas creditors, a report said Tuesday, raising the prospect of it defaulting as it prepares for a government-backed mega-restructure.
- Dozens killed in massive pre-dawn fire at overcrowded Burundi prisonby NEWS WIRES on 2021-12-07 at 13:38
A massive fire ripped through an overcrowded prison in Burundi before dawn on Tuesday, killing dozens of inmates and seriously injuring many more, the country’s vice president said.
- EU health agencies endorse mixing and matching Covid-19 vaccinesby FRANCE 24 on 2021-12-07 at 13:25
The European Union’s health agencies on Tuesday said a mixing and matching of approved Covid-19 vaccines could be used for both the initial courses and booster doses, as the region battles rising cases ahead of the holiday season.
- Endangered Siberian tiger shot dead, another in many recent poaching caseson 2021-12-07 at 13:00
A Siberian tiger was found dead on November 20 in a forest in the region of Primorsky Krai in Russia’s far east. The protected animal may have been killed by hunters seeking to eliminate threats to their game, according to a preservation group. There have been several poaching cases in Russia in recent months, including some implicating senior officials.
- Kenyan policeman shoots dead six people including wifeon 2021-12-07 at 12:57
Authorities are calling the incident a “shooting spree”, in which the killer also took his own life.
- Mozambique jihadis kidnap 600 women, girls since 2018: reporton 2021-12-07 at 12:53
A group with alleged ties to the "Islamic State" has "enslaved and sexually abused" hundreds of women and girls in Mozambique over the past three years, Human Rights Watch said.
- WHO: Vaccine mandates should be ‘last resort’on 2021-12-07 at 12:41
The advice from the World Health Organization comes as Germany and other countries discuss a vaccine mandate. Experts also said that vaccines for children might help stop the spread of coronavirus.
- Polish FM advocates ‘most severe’ sanctions against Belaruson 2021-12-07 at 12:37
Poland’s Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau sees "no alternative to more sanctions" by the EU against Belarus. Speaking to DW, he suggested that the migrants’ crisis on the Polish border might be supported by Moscow.
- Vishal Garg: US boss fires 900 employees over Zoomon 2021-12-07 at 12:08
“Last time I did this I cried,” said the head of the online mortgage lender laying off 15% of his staff.
- Michael Steinhardt: US billionaire hands over antiquities worth $70mon 2021-12-07 at 12:01
Michael Steinhardt is banned for life from buying such treasures following an investigation.
- Indonesia volcano: BBC reporter surrounded by houses buried in ashon 2021-12-07 at 11:41
Watch Valdya Baraputri in Indonesia describe the path of destruction from Mount Semeru’s eruption.
- 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics: China criticises US diplomatic boycotton 2021-12-07 at 11:39
China angrily denounces a US plan not to send diplomats to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
- Kenya: Policeman kills 6 in shooting spreeon 2021-12-07 at 11:39
A "rogue officer" shot dead his wife and five other people before he killed himself, police said. The shooting is the latest incident highlighting police brutality in Kenya.
- Syria blames Israel for rare air strike on main port of Latakiaon 2021-12-07 at 11:17
An Iranian weapons shipment was reportedly the target of the attack on Latakia’s container yard.
- Western leaders urge Russia to lower Ukraine tensionson 2021-12-07 at 11:13
The US and its European allies urge Russia to de-escalate, amid fears it could invade Ukraine.
- Done deal: Incoming German government signs coalition agreementby FRANCE 24 on 2021-12-07 at 10:48
Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD), Greens and Free Democrats (FDP) signed a coalition deal on Tuesday that sets out how to accelerate a green transition and modernise Europe’s biggest economy when they take office this week.
- Grammy Awards: Drake withdraws nominationson 2021-12-07 at 10:41
The decision has reportedly been made at the request of Drake and his management.
- UAE adopts Monday to Friday as working weekon 2021-12-07 at 10:08
The United Arab Emirates will be one of the few Mideast countries with a workweek that includes Friday. Friday will be a half-day for government workers.
- From ‘crackland’ to farmland: How a green makeover transformed a Rio favelaby FRANCE24 on 2021-12-07 at 10:07
It was once nothing more than a garbage dump frequented by drug users, earning it the nickname “crackland” among locals. But now a strip of land in one of Rio de Janeiro’s poorest favelas has been transformed into Latin America’s largest community vegetable garden, providing both food and employment for residents.
- Russian mercenaries in Mali would be ‘unacceptable’: French defence ministerby Marc PERELMAN on 2021-12-07 at 10:01
French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly granted an interview to FRANCE 24 and RFI in Dakar, Senegal. Parly slammed a “disinformation campaign” aimed at creating “anti-French discourse” in Africa’s Sahel region, as France reorganises its military presence there. The minister said she did not believe Russian Wagner Group mercenaries were in the Malian capital Bamako, but added that “that does not mean the current Malian authorities are not planning to bring them there”. The arrival of Russian mercenaries in Mali would be “simply unacceptable”, she said.
- Indonesia volcano: Toll rises after Mount Semeru buries villageson 2021-12-07 at 09:57
Mount Semeru has continued to be active since the major eruption on the island of Java on Sunday.
- Japan: Lawmakers visit controversial Yasukuni Shrineon 2021-12-07 at 09:44
Some 100 Japanese members of parliament prayed at the memorial that commemorates Japan’s war dead — including convicted war criminals. South Korea and China slammed the visit.
- Indonesia volcano eruption death toll riseson 2021-12-07 at 08:23
The volcano had erupted on Saturday, leaving thousands homeless. Indonesian President Joko Widodo has visited the area and pledged to rebuild.
- US company Better.com fires 900 employees on Zoom callon 2021-12-07 at 08:07
Better.com’s CEO Vishal Garg has been criticized for the way he fired hundreds of people. This came a week after the mortgage lender received a massive cash advance from investors.
- Joe Biden and Russia’s Putin to discuss Ukraine tensionson 2021-12-07 at 07:45
Tens of thousands of Russian soldiers have been deployed along Ukraine’s border. President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden will address the growing tensions — and other issues — in a video call Tuesday.
- Ethiopian govt claims recapture of two key towns, rebels say it’s ‘part of plan’by NEWS WIRES on 2021-12-07 at 07:44
Ethiopia’s government said Monday it had recaptured two strategic towns from rebel fighters, the latest in a rapid series of battlefield victories claimed by forces loyal to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.