Tens of thousands fill France’s streets on third weekend of protests against Covid-19 ‘health pass’

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Thousands of people protested in Paris and other French cities on Saturday against a mandatory coronavirus health pass for entry to a wide array of public venues, introduced by the government as it battles a fourth wave of infections.

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‘They have to pay for what they did’: Families of Beirut blast victims fight for justice

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A year after the explosion that rocked Beirut on August 4, 2020, killing 218 people, injuring more than 7,000 and devastating much of the city, the Lebanese investigation into the blast has yielded no credible results. Families of the victims, some of whom are calling for an international investigation, talk to FRANCE 24 about their search for justice.

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French leftists unite with Greens to avoid 2022 repeat of the Macron-Le Pen presidential duel

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A grassroots movement has sprung up on the French left that is looking to avoid another showdown between French President Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen, seen by many as the inevitable rematch in France’s 2022 presidential election. By uniting the left and the Greens behind a single candidate, the nascent movement hopes to offer a viable alternative. But not everyone is convinced.   

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Israel blames Iran for deadly attack on oil tanker off Oman

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Two crew members of an oil tanker managed by a prominent Israeli businessman's company were killed off Oman in what appears to be a drone attack, the vessel's London-based operator and the US military said Friday, with Israel blaming Iran. 

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Covid-19: WHO sounds alarm on Delta variant as China outbreak spreads

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Mushrooming outbreaks of the highly contagious Delta variant prompted China and Australia to impose stricter Covid-19 restrictions on Saturday as the WHO urged the world to quickly contain the mutation before it turns into something deadlier and draws out the pandemic. 

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Turkey’s coast guard helps evacuate tourists as death toll rises from wildfires

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Panicked tourists in Turkey hurried to the seashore to wait for rescue boats Saturday after being told to evacuate some hotels in the Aegean resort of Bodrum due to the dangers posed by nearby wildfires, Turkish media reported.

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UN compound in Afghan city of Herat comes under attack, police guard killed

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An Afghan police guard was killed Friday when a United Nations compound came under attack in Herat, officials said, as fighting raged between government forces and the Taliban on the outskirts of the western city. 

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France captures Olympic gold in first-ever mixed team judo

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France claimed the judo gold medal in the first mixed team event ever held in the Games on Saturday, beating Japan 4-1 in the final and helping their heavyweight legend Teddy Riner add to his collection of Olympic medals.

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Jamaica's Thompson-Herah sets Olympic record in women's 100 meters

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Elaine Thompson-Herah broke Florence Griffith Joyner’s 33-year-old Olympic record in the women’s 100 meters, pointing at the scoreboard even before crossing the line in 10.61 seconds Saturday to defend her title and lead a Jamaican sweep of the medals.

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Summer Olympics 2021: Schedule and results

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Pegasus Affair: India’s opposition seeks probe into the use of spyware

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India’s government continues to downplay the Pegasus scandal, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi dismissing it as a “non-issue”. But opposition parties have shown rare unity in calling for an investigation, describing it as an assault on human rights and democracy. FRANCE 24 reports from New Delhi.

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Covid-19: Australia's third-largest city Brisbane goes into snap lockdown

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Australia's third-largest city of Brisbane and other parts of Queensland state will enter a snap Covid-19 lockdown from Saturday as authorities race to contain an emerging outbreak of the Delta strain. 

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'Musicalarue': French street music festival kicks off amid strict Covid-19 restrictions

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France’s 31st street music festival has kicked off in southwest France after a year of cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But the strict health and safety measures in place for the festival – those attending are required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test – has deterred many people from attending. FRANCE 24 reports.

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US star gymnast Biles withdraws from two more Olympic finals, citing the ‘twisties’

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Simone Biles has pulled out of two more Olympic finals at the Tokyo Games, USA Gymnastics said in a statement on Saturday, with her entire campaign now in serious doubt.

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Nigerian sprinter Okagbare suspended from Tokyo Games after positive drug test

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Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare was provisionally suspended for doping Saturday, hours before the former world championships silver medalist was due to run in the semifinals of the women’s 100 meters at the Olympics.

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US Justice Department orders Treasury to give Trump tax records to Congress

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The US Justice Department ordered the Treasury on Friday to hand Donald Trump's tax records to Congress, in a major break in an investigation involving the former president's finances launched in 2019.

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First group of evacuated Afghan interpreters arrives in US

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The first flight evacuating Afghans who worked alongside Americans in Afghanistan brought more than 200 people, including scores of children and babies in arms, to new lives in the United States on Friday, and President Joe Biden said he was proud to welcome them home. 

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Muammar Gaddafi’s son suggests he may run for president in Libya

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Saif al-Islam, the son of slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi wants to "restore the lost unity" of Libya after a decade of chaos and does not exclude standing for the presidency.

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To combat shortages, Lebanese expats bring home suitcases full of medication

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Forget packing clothes, perfume, sweets and the other usual gifts. As Lebanon experiences a severe shortage of medication, many Lebanese expats going home for summer vacation are packing their suitcases with medicine for their families and friends.

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Beirut's historic Sursock museum still recovering from wounds of the blast

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On August 4, 2020, the deadly Beirut port explosions devastated the historic Nicolas Ibrahim Sursock Museum and some of its prized artworks. But a year later, one of the city’s most cherished museums is on its way to recovery. For the ornate building that houses the museum, it will be a new phase of a century-old relationship with the Beirut port.

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Mali’s interim government has elections plan in light of ‘fixed timeline’ for transition: PM

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Mali's transitional government is conscious of its commitment to a fixed deadline for arranging elections to restore democracy after last year's coup, Prime Minister Choguel Maiga said on Friday.

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