Yellow Vest protesters on the rise across France

Some 84,000 Yellow Vest demonstrators turned out across France on Saturday for new protests. Numbers were higher than last week, with a marked decline in violence. Around 32,000 people had hit the streets nationwide as of 2:00 pm (1300 GMT),…

US ‘optimistic’ on deal to protect Kurds

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he is optimistic an agreement can be reached with Turkey to protect Kurdish fighters in Syria after the US leaves. He was speaking in the United Arab Emirates following a phone call with…

Suitcase of cash stolen from Mugabe

Three people have appeared in court in Zimbabwe, accused of stealing a suitcase containing $150,000 (£117,600) of cash from the country’s ex-president, Robert Mugabe. The suspected thieves allegedly spent the money on cars, homes and animals. A relative of the…

Powerful blast shakes street in centre of Paris

Firefighters are tackling a blaze in a business in the centre of Paris after a powerful explosion which reportedly injured many people. Cars were wrecked and other buildings damaged by the blast on Rue de Trévise in the 9th Arrondissement….

DR Congo election: Candidate Martin Fayulu appeals against result

An opposition presidential candidate in the Democratic Republic of Congo has filed an appeal in the constitutional court against last month’s poll result. Martin Fayulu insists he won the vote and has demanded a manual recount, but the electoral commission…

Paris ‘gas explosion’ kills three in city centre

Two firefighters and a Spanish woman have been killed after a huge blast at a bakery in France’s capital, Paris. The emergency services were responding to a gas leak when “a dramatic explosion” occurred, said Interior Minister Christophe Castaner. Forty-seven…

Several injured after explosion in Paris bakery

An accidental gas leak is reported to be the cause of an explosion in the 9th district in Paris. Several people have been injured  A powerful explosion badly damaged a bakery in central Paris on Saturday, injuring several people and…

France’s far-right party to reveal candidates in upcoming European elections

The partial unveiling of candidates from France’s far-right party the National Rally (formerly the Front National), ahead of May’s European Parliamentarian elections will be made 13 January, here in Paris during its annual ‘Grande Convention’. The party, led by Marine…

Despite crackdown Bahrain’s activists persist

On December 31st, Bahrain’s high court upheld a five year jail sentence against Nabeel Rajab, human rights activist. His sentence relates to posts he made on social media in February of 2018. His posts accused the government of torture and…

2147 – What if Africa disappeared?

Franco-Ivorian director Moïse Touré gathers singers, musicians, dancers and actors on stage backed by video and a sparse decor in his latest production at the Tarmac theatre in the north of Paris. The piece – 2147 If Africa disappeared –…