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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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Online community mourns victims of #NiceAttack

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.

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29 Oct 2020

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Macron imposes new national lockdown in France

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.

2mins

28 Oct 2020

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

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.

4mins

27 Oct 2020

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Chile's national monument at the epicentre of protests

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.

5mins

19 Oct 2020

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Culling of more than one million minks starts in Denmark

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.

4mins

16 Oct 2020

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NBC under fire for Trump town hall scheduling

#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”.

3mins

15 Oct 2020

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

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.

4mins

9 Oct 2020

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Covid-19: France puts more cities on maximum alert

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.

6mins

8 Oct 2020

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The most important VP debate ever?

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.

5mins

7 Oct 2020

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

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.

5mins

6 Oct 2020

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