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The World This Week

Our panel of Paris-based journalists review the week’s international news: the stories that made the headlines and also those you may have missed! Join us every Friday at 7.10 pm Paris time.

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Sport & Covid-19, Mandatory vaccines, Presidential assassination in Haiti, Afghanistan's future

"It's Coming Home" is a pop song written for England's hosting of the Euros back in 1996. There is a petition up before parliament to make next Monday a bank holiday if England win the tournament. It must be tempting to get carried away, especially when there is political mileage to be gained. There is that minor technicality of having to beat Italy – a rejuvenated Italy with a savvy mix of youth and experience, like 36-year-old captain Giorgio Chiellini.


9 Jul 2021

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Canadian inferno, Chinese Communist Party, Ethiopia's turning point, Will Zuma go quietly?

Cartoonist Zapiro's work is showcased as part of the Cartooning in Africa exhibit that opens this Saturday in Paris at the Forum des Images. Throughout the show, we feature his work and that of his fellow cartoonists.


2 Jul 2021

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Europe's divisions, Catalan separatists freed, Tigray air strike, Apple Daily closure

It took an unwitting decision by a UEFA, otherwise delighted that Budapest has been offering full stadium capacity for Euro 2020, to bring Hungary's illiberal streak to a head. Europe's football governing body barred Munich from lighting up the Allianz Arena in rainbow colours to protest Viktor Orban's new anti-LGBT law. There had been protests in Budapest. Now, the rest of the EU is paying attention.


25 Jun 2021

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Biden-Putin summit, Iran elections, Gbagbo returns to Ivory Coast, vaccine incentives

With US-Russia relations at a post-Cold War low, the bar for success was low on the Lake Geneva shoreline. Before shaking hands with Vladimir Putin, Joe Biden had spent a week rallying the troops at the G7 summit, at the NATO summit and at the EU-US summit. There was no hitting of reset buttons or staring into souls. Even when it was over, the pair managed expectations when asked if they were happy.


18 Jun 2021

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Biden's G7, Brazil & the Copa America, Macron slapped in the Drôme

Europe in eight days: For his first foreign tour as US president, Joe Biden stormed the beaches of Cornwall Thursday in the company of his host Boris Johnson and their respective spouses. Biden played good cop one week after ordering his top diplomat in the country to rebuke the UK for “inflaming” tensions with Ireland and Europe. If UK PM Boris Johnson fails to charm Irish Joe, he will still have that time honored ace in the hole, Her Majesty the Queen.


11 Jun 2021

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Netanyahu vs Israeli coalition, Naomi Osaka, Tokyo Olympics, Nigeria abductions

It has been a quarter century since Benjamin Netanyahu was prime minister of Israel for the first time. The Likud leader has since honed his skills as the ultimate political survivor. This time, though, has Bibi met his match with the unlikely trio of his hardline former chief of staff Naftali Bennett, TV presenter-turned-centrist opposition leader Yair Lapid and Islamist Arab Israeli politician Mansour Abbas?


4 Jun 2021

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Belarus, Macron in Africa, Covid-19 origin investigation

What are the consequences of last Sunday's forced diversion of a Ryanair plane... for Belarus, Russia and the global travel industry? Also, we ask our Friday panel of journalists about rekindled rows over the origins of Covid-19, with Joe Biden ordering an intelligence probe into whether it could have originated in a lab in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Meanwhile, Dominic Cummings turns on the UK government he once served over its handling of the pandemic.


28 May 2021

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Israel-Gaza ceasefire, Spain-Morocco migrant standoff, Colombia protests

Eleven days, hundreds killed and both sides declaring victory. Celebrations took place overnight in the Gaza Strip, in the West Bank and at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound after a ceasefire ended the bloodiest conflict in seven years between Israel and Gaza.


21 May 2021

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Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Colonial pipeline cyberattack, Trouble in South Africa's ANC

It all came to a head on Monday with a showdown over the expulsion of families of East Jerusalem, tear gas at the Al-Aqsa mosque and just when Jerusalem Day tensions seemed to be subsiding, Hamas made good on an ultimatum and at 6.01pm hit Jerusalem with one of its rockets fired from the Gaza Strip. The attack from 75 kilometres away came as a complete surprise, kicking off the worst fighting in seven years and the prospect of yet another war between Israel and Gaza.


14 May 2021

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Vaccine patent waivers, Spain regional elections, UK fishing row, Napoleon bicentenary

In a stunning 180-degree turn, the Biden administration has announced that the United States will now support waiving exclusive rights to Covid-19 vaccine formulas owned by the pharmaceutical giants who manufacture doses on US soil. The idea had been pushed by India and South Africa as far back as October. At first, France also seemed to reverse course.


7 May 2021

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