Many Iranians plan to boycott vote for a president without power

11h, 51m ago

Following the end of President Hassan Rouhani’s two terms in office, Iran goes to the polls on June 18 to elect a new president. But in a country where the Supreme Leader and the Revolutionary Guards hold more political, social and economic power than the president, many Iranians are boycotting the vote and demanding fundamental changes to the system.

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France to drop mandatory mask-wearing outdoors Thursday, curfew on Sunday

8h, 27m ago

France is lifting mandatory mask-wearing outdoors and will halt an eight-month nightly coronavirus curfew on June 20.

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Iran's presidential election 'pre-determined,' says candidate barred from running

7h, 53m ago

Iran's presidential race narrowed on Wednesday with two candidates dropping out on the campaign's last day, including one of just two reformists. FRANCE 24’s James Andre reports from Tehran, where critics say the vote is pre-determined and orchestrated by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s inner circle.

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High interest but low expectations as Biden, Putin talks kick off

14h, 12m ago

With deep disagreements likely and expectations of solving them low, U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin shook hands at a lakeside Geneva villa on Wednesday for their first summit since Biden took office. 

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Israel launches air strikes on Gaza after Palestinians send incendiary balloons

3h, 49m ago

The Israeli air force launched air strikes on the Gaza Strip early Wednesday after militants in the Palestinian territory sent incendiary balloons into southern Israel, in the first flare-up between the two sides since a major conflict killed hundreds last month.

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Iran’s presidential race narrows as two candidates drop out on campaign’s last day

4h, 59m ago

Iran’s presidential contest headed toward a showdown between the country’s hard-line judiciary chief and moderate former Central Bank chief on Wednesday, as two candidates dropped out on the last day of campaigning to clear a path for the challengers.

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California rejoices as state reopens, lifting most Covid-19 restrictions

7h, 20m ago

The Golden State celebrated its “reopening day” on Tuesday by easing almost all pandemic restrictions. It was the first US state to implement a stay-at-home order just under 15 months ago. FRANCE 24’s Eric Pape and Pierrick Leurent report from Los Angeles, where those vaccinated can roam mask-free in most settings.

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Euro 2021: France beats Germany 1-0 in debut match

6h ago

A Mats Hummels own goal was enough to hand France a 1-0 victory over Germany on Tuesday as the world champions made a winning start to their Euro 2020 campaign by dominating in Munich.

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Peru leftist Castillo claims victory in presidential election as Fujimori cries fraud

1h, 8m ago

Peruvian socialist candidate Pedro Castillo claimed victory in the presidential election on Tuesday after clinging on to a narrow lead as the lengthy vote count ended, although his right-wing rival pledged to fight the result and has yet to concede.

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Mats Hummels' own goal gives France 1-0 win over Germany

5h ago

For their opening Euro 2021 match, world champions France edged Germany 1-0 thanks to an own goal from German defender Mats Hummels in the 20th minute. Later in the match, both Kylian Mbappé and Karim Benzema had goals ruled offside, a sign of the strength of the French side. Also in Group F, holders Portugal enjoyed an easy 3-0 win over Hungary as captain Cristiano Ronaldo became the all-time top European Championship goal scorer. 

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Lawmakers in Hungary pass anti-LGBT law ahead of 2022 election

4h, 46m ago

Hungary's parliament passed legislation on Tuesday that bans the dissemination of content in schools deemed to promote homosexuality and gender change, amid strong criticism from human rights groups and opposition parties.

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Saudi Arabia executes man for crimes committed as a minor in 'flawed trial'

3h, 21m ago

Saudi Arabia executed a man from the minority Shiite community on Tuesday who was convicted on charges related to an anti-government protest when he was a teenager, in what campaigners called a "deeply flawed" trial.

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Harvey Weinstein to be extradited to Los Angeles to face sex assault charges

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Jailed ex-filmmaker Harvey Weinstein, who is serving a 23-year prison sentence for rape and sexual assault in New York, can be transferred to Los Angeles, a judge ruled Tuesday, paving the way for a new trial on additional charges.

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Israeli ultranationalists march through East Jerusalem in key test for new govt

6h, 22m ago

More than a thousand ultranationalist demonstrators bearing Israeli flags poured into Jerusalem's flashpoint Old City on Tuesday in a march that posed a key test to Israel's new government on its second full day in office.

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Biden seeks to ease trade tensions, rally support at EU talks ahead of Putin meeting

20h, 57m ago

The United States and the EU reached a deal Tuesday to end a dispute over subsidies and tariffs for rival plane makers Boeing and Airbus as President Joe Biden seeks to smooth trade tensions with European allies ahead of a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Algeria’s establishment FLN wins parliamentary poll

8h, 55m ago

Algeria's National Liberation Front (FLN) party won weekend parliamentary elections with a significantly reduced number of seats and with the country's lowest ever turnout at 23 percent, the electoral board said Tuesday. 

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US death toll from Covid-19 tops 600,000 as states lift some health restrictions

7h, 40m ago

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 topped 600,000 on Tuesday, even as the vaccination drive has drastically brought down daily cases and fatalities and allowed the country to emerge from the gloom and look forward to summer.

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Ex-French president Sarkozy denies wrongdoing in campaign funding trial

12h, 47m ago

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy appeared in court Tuesday, denying wrongdoing and showing anger at accusations during a trial over the allegedly illegal financing of his unsuccessful 2012 re-election bid.

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US and EU reach deal to end 17-year Airbus-Boeing trade dispute

13h, 18m ago

The United States and the European Union reached a deal Tuesday to end a damaging dispute over subsidies to rival plane makers Boeing and Airbus and phase out billions of dollars in punitive tariffs, the U.S. trade envoy said.

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Euro 2021: France kick off as favourites in opener vs Germany

16h, 23m ago

Reigning world champion and 2016 Euro finalist France make their hotly anticipated debut at the Euro 2021 tournament on Tuesday. Lining up against Kylian Mbappé and company are Germany, none too impressed by Les Bleus' status as favourites in the competition.

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