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A fresh take on the news big and bizarre in the newspapers, on websites, blogs and social media. From Monday to Friday at 8.45 pm Paris time.

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A fresh take on the news big and bizarre in the newspapers, on websites, blogs and social media. From Monday to Friday at 8.45 pm Paris time.

Online community mourns victims of #NiceAttack

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Web users show solidarity for the victims of a deadly attack on a church in the southern French city of Nice, as #catholique trends online. Also, following the attack, the former Malaysian prime minister published a series of controversial tweets, the most shocking of which was eventually flagged by Twitter but not removed. Many were left wondering what happened to censorship on the social media platform.

Oct 29 2020

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Macron imposes new national lockdown in France

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Lockdown flashbacks: The French online community reacts to "Confinement Season Two" after President Emmanuel Macron announces a second nationwide lockdown. In other news, Charlie Hebdo strikes again with a new cartoon of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Oct 28 2020

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Australia-Qatar row continues after Australian women strip-searched for Qatar Airways flight

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After a newborn baby was found abandoned in the toilets at Doha International Airport, 13 Australian women had to undergo a forced "genital examination" before boarding their flight from Doha to Sydney. The newborn is still unidentified, according to Hamad International Airport. In other news, Lebanon has its own version of "Lady Liberty": a new statue has been unveiled, made of glass, metals and debris from the Beirut port explosion. Finally, Kazakhstan capitalizes on Borat's sequel and creates a "Very nice!" tourism ad using the character's catchphrase.

Oct 27 2020

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Chile's national monument at the epicentre of protests

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A statue of General Baquedano in Chile, which was painted and repainted red during demonstrations, has become a symbol of sometimes violent protests in the country. But first: the beheaded teacher in France was the "victim of an angry social media campaign", according to Reuters. In other news, a cat geoglyph that dates back to 200-100 BC has been found in Peru's Nazca hills. The geoglyph emerged during maintenance work at the UNESCO World Heritage site.

Oct 19 2020

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Culling of more than one million minks starts in Denmark

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The killing of more than one million minks has started in Denmark. The animals will be culled due to a massive Covid-19 outbreak in nearly 60 mink fur farms in North Jutland. In response, the Dutch government has ordered all mink fur farms to permanently close by March 2021. In other news, Disney strengthens its content advisory for racism in many of its classic films, including "Peter Pan" and "Dumbo". And we discover a coronavirus ad gone wrong in Berlin.

Oct 16 2020

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NBC under fire for Trump town hall scheduling

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#BoycottNBC is trending, as the network faces a backlash for scheduling the Trump event at the same time as Biden’s ABC town hall. In other news, a French museum has had to cancel an exhibit on Genghis Khan after an interference by the Chinese government. Chinese authorities asked the museum to remove the words “Genghis Khan”, “Mongol”, and “empire” from the exhibit. The museum’s director accuses the Chinese government of “censorship” and “attempts to rewrite history”.

Oct 15 2020

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Despite 200+ days of confinement measures, Argentina registers record deaths

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Argentina has recorded 485 deaths in a single day, its highest tally since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, France is introducing new legislation to protect child stars on platforms such as YouTube, TikTok and Facebook. It's the first country to do so. In other news: Happy 80th birthday to John Lennon! The slain Beatle's birthday is being marked around the world, nearly 40 years after his assassination.

Oct 09 2020

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Covid-19: France puts more cities on maximum alert

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As the spread of Covid-19 continues to worsen in France, some of the worst affected areas have been placed on maximum alert. But are the new measures enough, or should there be another lockdown? Plus, the fly that stole the show at the vice presidential debate.

Oct 08 2020

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The most important VP debate ever?

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The vice presidential debate "actually matters this time", according to the Washington Post and other media. Meanwhile, in environmental headlines: last month was the hottest September ever on record, the Amazon rainforest could become a savannah and California has its first "gigafire" in modern history. In other news, tributes pour in on social media following the death of Eddie Van Halen at 65.

Oct 07 2020

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Chile protests: Outrage over video that shows boy being thrown off bridge by police

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In Chile, protests restart where they left off before the pandemic; a video of a 16-year-old boy being thrown off a bridge by police has gone viral and sparked outrage in the country. Here in France, restaurants in the capital now have to register contact details for customers, a measure that already exists in neighbouring countries such as Portugal, Italy and Germany. But many find the measure controversial.

Oct 06 2020

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LGBTQ community takes over the Proud Boys hashtag

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In a positive twist, the LGBTQ community seizes the Proud Boys hashtag and posts images of love, not hate. Meanwhile, the hashtag #Rihannaiscancelled is trending. The pop star faces backlash for using a song containing an Islamic hadith during her Savage X Fenty show; many are accusing her of cultural appropriation. But first, we look the many ways Donald Trump is being accused of "staging" his appearances over the weekend.

Oct 05 2020

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Donald Trump has Covid-19: The internet reacts

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We take at the look at some of the flood of reactions on the internet to Donald Trump testing positive for Covid-19. Plus, as tensions rise with Armenia, Azerbaijan's military has released a bizarre music video. And has new Netflix show "Emily in Paris" hit the mark? Not if you ask the French.

Oct 02 2020

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UK government proposals for asylum seekers leaked

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Leaked documents about how the British government is considering treating asylum seekers have caused an outcry. The leaks were published by different news sources, detailing how Downing Street and the Home Office plan to crack down on migration. Proposals range from sending migrants to offshore asylum centres to having asylum seekers processed on disused floating ferries. Critics and the opposition consider the plans to be "inhumane". Meanwhile in France, #FreeUyghurs is trending in light of Chinese National Day.

Oct 01 2020

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Investigation into Trump's taxes goes viral, spawns flurry of creative hashtags

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We take a look at some of the many hashtags surrounding US President Donald Trump’s tax returns. Following the New York Times's bombshell findings, Twitter is alight with anger, disgust and humour. #750dollars #FakeBillionaire and #VoteHimOut are just some of the many trending terms. The 45th POTUS says the reports are all "Fake News". We also look at how the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is playing out online. The social media discussion is a polarised one, with official accounts from both Armenia and Azerbaijan pointing the finger of blame at each other.

Sep 28 2020

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Yet another attack on press freedom in France? Paris reels from stabbing

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We take a look at online reactions to the stabbing in Paris that left two journalists badly injured. The attack in Paris's 11th district seems symbolic to many, taking place as it did outside Charlie Hebdo's former offices, and as alleged accomplices in the 2015 terrorist attack stand trial.

Sep 25 2020

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Uncle Ben's rice rebrands as Ben's Original following racial stereotyping backlash

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Uncle Ben's rice has rebranded as Ben's Original. The brand announced the name and logo change in an effort to eliminate racist imagery. Following the Black Lives Matter movement, other brands have made similar changes. Meanwhile in France, new restrictive measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 have been met with a backlash. Demonstrations will be held in Marseille on Friday as protesters say "no to a reconfinement of the economy".

Sep 24 2020

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What are 'flights to nowhere'?

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Many airlines including Qantas are following the trend. People who miss flying can now take a flight with destination of nowhere. This was the airline's fastest-selling flight in its history, as people rush to buy roundtrip scenic flights that land where you depart. In other news, we look at Charlie Hebdo's never-ending battle for "liberté". French media are supporting the satirical weekly in an open letter, following new death threats against its staff. Meanwhile, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s UN speech draws backlash over environmental issues.

Sep 23 2020

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France relaxes some Covid-19 school measures, and potentially the world's worst Zoom meeting

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From today in France, the Covid-19 rules in primary schools are being relaxed. But with cases continuing to rise, the move is worrying some parents and teachers. Meanwhile, the UK is bringing in new restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus, as the public mood grows more critical of the government. Finally, we take a look at reactions to the UN General Assembly's 75th session - a virtual event which is also being called the world's worst Zoom meeting.

Sep 22 2020

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Uproar as Donald Trump tries to push through RBG successor before election

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Donald Trump has said that he will announce his nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by the end of the week, just weeks before the presidential election. The announcement has inflamed Democrats, who insist the decision should wait until after the vote. A Trump nomination would tilt the court 6-3 in favour of conservatives. Meanwhile in France, there's debate over what exactly constitutes "Republican attire" for schoolchildren.

Sep 21 2020

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Trump’s ‘Patriotic Education’ plan meets with fierce backlash

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Donald Trump is setting up a “Patriotic Education Commission” to promote a "pro-American curriculum" in US schools–or a propagandist “Hitler Youth” programme, as some commentators see it. Elsewhere, women protesters in Belarus and an anonymous website targeting Hong Kong pro-democracy activists, are both employing a doxing strategy.

Sep 18 2020

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