Mauritania’s Noura Mint Seymali

22 Jun

Noura Mint Seymali. © Joe Penney Podcast Download this edition With her mix of folk, funk rock and electrified desert blues, Noura Mint Seymali has done more than anyone to bring her country’s traditional music to new audiences. Her strong voice and mastery of the ardine harp – unique to Mauritania and played only by […]

Macron arrives at first EU summit with proposals on eurozone, defence

22 Jun

Macron has been hailed as a hero who has halted the rise of populism in Europe. But the newly elected French president didn’t arrive in Brussels empty-handed. It helped that he came with a set of pro-European proposals aimed at jump-starting the EU. Since the beginning of Macron’s term in office last month, diplomats have […]

Uganda holds first Refugee Solidarity Summit

22 Jun

Opening Thursday in Kampala, the two-day summit aims to raise two billion dollars a year for the second largest refugee-hosting country globally after Turkey and to showcase Uganda’s celebrated refugee model. Uganda now has a refugee population of 1.3 million and, with more new arrivals each day than any other country, it has earned a […]

Video: "Accusations of terrorism are false," says Qatar’s Foreign Minister

22 Jun

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London’s Grenfell fire tragedy raises fears over other buildings

22 Jun

Some 600 buildings in England could have been fitted with flammable external panels like the ones believed to have contributed to a fire that killed at least 79 people in a London tower block, Prime Minister Theresa May’s Downing Street office said. Government facilities testing cladding have so far found three tower blocks to have […]

In shift to ‘realpolitik’, Macron drops French calls to oust Assad

22 Jun

President Emmanuel Macron has said France no longer sees Bashar al-Assad’s departure as a pre-condition to resolving the Syrian conflict, ending his predecessor’s intransigent stance on the “Butcher of Damascus”. France will drop its long-standing call for the Syrian strongman to go, because there is as yet no “legitimate successor” and his removal could lead […]

French tyre giant Michelin to cut nearly 2,000 jobs by 2021

22 Jun

The company plans to shed 1,500 staff in France, mostly by not replacing workers when they retire, and a further 450 in the United States. The announcement comes despite Michelin reporting a 43 percent rise in net profit for 2016 to 1.7 billion euros. An early retirement scheme is to be launched at Michelin’s historic […]

Champs-Elysées attacker planned carbomb blast

22 Jun

Djaziri, who died from an apparent cardiac arrest during the attack, had packed two full 13-kilogram gas bottles into his vehicle as well as a bag full of projectiles, Molins told a press conference on Thursday afternoon. The arms cache found at the 31-year-old’s home were signs of the “indisputable preparation of violent action”, he […]

Australia rugby union coach reboots for Italy clash

22 Jun

“Moore’s obviously the captain of the team and he’s got a lot of experience,” Cheika said. “Polota-Nau’s still putting out a big challenge to him and I want to give Moore the chance to respond. “It’s Moore’s chance to get back in the starting boots and Polota-Nau’s opportunity to finish from the bench, if he […]

Photojournalist Reza teaches in Buenos Aires slums

22 Jun

Photojournalist Reza Mark Thiessen/CC/Wikimedia Podcast Download this edition His photographs are known all over the world. Franco-Iranian photojournalist Reza has covered some of the biggest historical events of the past decades, such as the Lebanese civil war and the Rwandan genocide. A vast experience he now wants to pass on to young generations. Just last […]