A round up of news and features

A round up of news and features

This week on Africa Weekly we begin in northwestern Nigeria, where gold mining continues despite an attempted ban by the government, risk of lead poisoning and the constant threat of armed groups. Then we head to South Africa's Kalahari region whe...
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India sees worst locust plague in almost three decades

India sees worst locust plague in almost three decades

Huge swarms of desert locusts have been flying over northern India. The insects have already destroyed nearly 50,000 hectares of cropland, prompting authorities to step up their response to the country's worst locust plague since 1993.
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Spain's minute of silence for COVID-19 victims observed in Madrid

Spain's minute of silence for COVID-19 victims observed in Madrid

President of the Autonomous Community of Madrid, Isabel Diaz Ayuso, takes part in a national minute of silence for COVID-19 victims. Lockdown measures have been eased in the country's two biggest cities, Madrid and Barcelona, where people can now ...
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Zagreb theatre reopens with gala concert

Zagreb theatre reopens with gala concert

The National Theatre of Zagreb (HNK) has reopened with a gala concert after being closed for more than two months due to measures taken against the spread of the new coronavirus. Several dozen people attended the performance, but visitors had thei...
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Patrick Balkany leaves court after being sentenced to five years in prison

Patrick Balkany leaves court after being sentenced to five years in prison

Patrick Balkany, the former mayor of wealthy Paris suburb Levallois-Perret, leaves the Paris Court of Appeal after being sentenced to five years in prison for aggravated money laundering by tax fraud. His wife Isabelle Balkany, who was absent from...
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Renault makes u-turn on Ghosn's volume-inspired production model

Renault makes u-turn on Ghosn's volume-inspired production model

At a remote press conference, Renault CEO and of the alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi, Jean-Dominique Senard, announces that the automobile group's new strategy will focus "on efficiency and competitiveness rather than volume".
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Money laundering: Patrick Balkany arrives at Paris's Court of Appeal

Money laundering: Patrick Balkany arrives at Paris's Court of Appeal

Patrick Balkany arrives at the Paris Court of Appeal, which is due to sentence the former mayor of Levallois-Perret, a wealthy Paris suburb, for aggravated money laundering. At first instance, the court had sentenced Patrick Balkany to five years ...
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'Like martial law': HK police conduct stop and searches ahead of anthem debate

'Like martial law': HK police conduct stop and searches ahead of anthem debate

Hong Kong riot police stop and search people downtown ahead of a debate at the city's legislature over a law that would ban insulting China's national anthem. "You can see there’s police every corner, it’s like martial law in force", says one pers...
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Protesters kettled by Hong Kong police

Protesters kettled by Hong Kong police

Protesters are cordoned off by police in Hong Kong as small scale protests erupt ahead of a debate in the legislature over a law that bans insulting China's national anthem.
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Hong Kong police fire pepper ball rounds at protesters

Hong Kong police fire pepper ball rounds at protesters

Hong Kong police fire pepper ball rounds at protesters in the city's commercial district ahead of a debate in the legislature over a law that bans insulting China's national anthem. A few hundred protesters chanted slogans during a lunchtime rall...
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Hong Kong's legislature to debate controversial national anthem bill

Hong Kong's legislature to debate controversial national anthem bill

Hong Kong riot police ringed the city's legislature on Wednesday to stifle any protests ahead of a debate over a law that bans insulting China's national anthem, the latest measure activists say is chipping away at free speech in the finance hub.
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Non-essential shops close in Buenos Aires after COVID-19 cases spike

Non-essential shops close in Buenos Aires after COVID-19 cases spike

Non-essential shops have been barred from opening in several commercial districts of Buenos Aires after COVID-19 infections rose in the Argentine capital and its outskirts, with the government extending lockdown measures until June 7.
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Nissan employees in Barcelona protest planned plant closure

Nissan employees in Barcelona protest planned plant closure

Nissan employees light candles in Barcelona to protest against a planned plant closure. The Spanish government has warned Nissan shutting down the manufacturing base could cost the company more than a billion euros. Challenges caused by the corona...
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Hong Kong riot police beef up security ahead of flashpoint anthem debate

Hong Kong riot police beef up security ahead of flashpoint anthem debate

Hong Kong police ramp up security around the city's legislature -- known as LegCo -- ahead of a debate over a law that would ban insulting China's national anthem, the latest measure activists say is chipping away at free speech in the finance hub.
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Istanbul's Grand Bazaar prepares to reopen

Istanbul's Grand Bazaar prepares to reopen

Istanbul's Grand Bazaar is set to reopen on Monday for the first time in two months after being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Officials say it has been the longest closure in the bazaar's more than 550-year-old history, except for forced...
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Hong Kong riot police beef up security ahead of flashpoint anthem debate

Hong Kong riot police beef up security ahead of flashpoint anthem debate

Hong Kong police ramp up security around the city's legislature -- known as LegCo -- ahead of a debate over a law that would ban insulting China's national anthem, the latest measure activists say is chipping away at free speech in the finance hub.
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Taliban prisoners freed on last day of Afghan ceasefire

Taliban prisoners freed on last day of Afghan ceasefire

Dozens of Taliban prisoners are freed during a historic ceasefire in Afghanistan -- only the second in nearly 19 years of war -- as part of plans by authorities to release about 900 Taliban prisoners across the country. Of this, approximately 600 ...
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China takeover would make Hong Kong 'hard to see' as financial hub: WH

China takeover would make Hong Kong 'hard to see' as financial hub: WH

President Trump is "displeased" with China over its proposed crackdown in Hong Kong, says Kayleigh McEnany the White House spokeswoman. It's "hard to see how Hong Kong can remain a financial hub if China takes over," McEnany tells a White House br...
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French nursing home sets up 'bubble tent' for family visits

French nursing home sets up 'bubble tent' for family visits

It gives 'living in a bubble' a whole new meaning... After two months of separation due to the coronavirus epidemic, residents of a nursing home in Bourbourg, northern France, can once again visit with their family members thanks to a special 'bub...
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Same-sex couple marries after Costa Rica legalises marriage

Same-sex couple marries after Costa Rica legalises marriage

Couple Alexandra Quiros and Dunia Araya get married in Costa Rica, after it become the first Central American country to legalise same-sex marriage, after a court ruling came into force at midnight.
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Taliban prisoners freed on last day of Afghan ceasefire

Taliban prisoners freed on last day of Afghan ceasefire

Dozens of Taliban prisoners are freed during a historic ceasefire in Afghanistan -- only the second in nearly 19 years of war -- as part of plans by authorities to release about 900 Taliban prisoners across the country. Of this, approximately 600 ...
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Macron visits car factory as France unveils plan to save auto industry

Macron visits car factory as France unveils plan to save auto industry

French President Emmanuel Macron visits global automotive suppliers Valeo in the northern Pas-de-Calais region, before announcing a plan to rescue the auto industry, which has been hammered by factory shutdowns and dealership closures amid the COV...
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Taliban prisoners freed on last day of Afghan ceasefire

Taliban prisoners freed on last day of Afghan ceasefire

Afghan authorities free hundreds more Taliban prisoners, as calls grow for the militants to extend a historic ceasefire on its third and final day. The government said it planned to release about 900 Taliban prisoners today across Afghanistan, app...
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"Of course we're going to make money, it's New York": Cuomo after ringing NYSE bell

"Of course we're going to make money, it's New York": Cuomo after ringing NYSE bell

"Of course we're going to make money, it's New York," says Governor Andrew Cuomo as he gets in his car after ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. The NYSE is resuming physical floor trading for the first time since late March.
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French healthcare workers demonstrate over government reforms

French healthcare workers demonstrate over government reforms

Between 300 and 400 people, mostly nurses from Bordeaux University Hospital, demonstrate near the hospital the day after the French government announced an overhaul of the healthcare system, which aims to improve the care of patients and the worki...
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