Iran open to dialogue with Saudi Arabia, says top diplomat

Kamal Kharrazi, the head of Iran’s Strategic Council on Foreign Relations and a foreign policy adviser to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told FRANCE 24 on Friday that Iran was open to “dialogue” with Saudi Arabia despite escalating tensions. “We know they (Riyadh) have made many mistakes in Yemen, Bahrain, Iraq and Syria, but we are still

Is the National Front about to reinvent itself?

The night she lost to Emmanuel Macron in the second round of the presidential election in May, Marine Le Pen promised a “deep” renewal of the National Front. Everything from the party’s policies, to its organisation to its name is up for discussion. “[The election] is the opportunity to review everything, from the ground up,”

French actor Claude Rich dies, aged 88

Claude Rich was born on 8 February, 1929 in Strasbourg, eastern France. He played in at least fifty plays and around 80 films, among them Les Tontons flingueurs, the famous 1963 movie directed by Georges Lautner. He was also known for Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre (2002), Je t’aime, je t’aime (1968) and La mariée

Bolt graces Monaco on farewell run

The 30-year-old Jamaican has struggled to produce his best form this season. He ran 10.03 seconds in his home town of Kingston and 10.06 seconds in Ostrava in the Czech Republic in his only two outings. The performances are well astray of the American Christian Coleman who boasts a world-leading time of 9.82 which he

Baby boom in Colombia’s Farc rebel army

A Farc guerrilla couple takes care of a baby at their camp in Pondores, La Guajira department, Colombia on 3 April, 2017 Joaquin Sarmiento/AFP Podcast Download this edition After Latin America’s oldest guerrilla group the Farc handed in their weapons in June, Colombia’s main rebel group are a step closer to civilian life. But peace

Dutch company Hemelswater makes beer using rainwater

The ‘Hemelswater’ beer is made with rainwater in Amsterdam, Netherlands. @Hemelswater Podcast Download this edition A little bit of rain never hurt anybody, but what happens if you have too much? People in the Netherlands have been pondering this question for years. Now one group of entrepreneurs in Amsterdam have taken the city’s frequent rainfalls

African press review 21 July 2017

We begin with concerns about the security situation in Côte d’Ivoire where gunmen, some of them in military uniforms, attacked the National Police Academy in Abidjan and stole stocks of weapons late on Wednesday night. The Nigerian Tribune says, the attack came just hours after President Alassane Ouattara reshuffled key security posts, in a power