- Gunman seizes hostages in a bank in French port city of Le HavreA man armed with a gun was holding three people hostage in a bank in northern France on Thursday, officials said, and two police union sources said the gunman was believed to have Islamist ties.
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- On Beirut visit, Macron says aid to go ‘directly to the people’, relief groupsFrench President Emmanuel Macron announced Thursday that an international aid conference for disaster-hit Lebanon would be held soon.
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- Israel’s Tel Aviv lights up with Lebanon flagThe colours of the Lebanese flag lit up the Israeli city of Tel Aviv on Wednesday in solidarity with the country following Tuesday’s deadly blast in Beirut. It was a rare show of support from Israel for a country with which it is technically still at war.
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- Mauritania’s Mohamed Ould Bilal named new PM after predecessor, govt step downMauritania's prime minister and his entire government resigned on Thursday, a day after parliamentary investigators probing alleged graft under the previous administration submitted a report whose authors questioned several ministers.
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- ‘Beirut is destroyed, my heart is broken’: Locals in despair over Lebanon blastLebanon is still reeling from Tuesday’s explosion in the port of Beirut – a further tragedy on top of the severe political, economic and health crises racking the country. FRANCE 24 spoke to locals about the devastation they have encountered and the despair they are feeling.
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- Scavenging for human hair: Nairobi hairdressers cut costs amid Covid-19 crisisFor decades, Nairobi’s poor have scavenged through heaps of rubbish at the city’s vast Dandora dumpsite. But recently, they have been joined by some of the city’s hairdressers, in search for used human hair they can sell on to their customers as Covid-19 takes its toll on businesses.
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- ‘Without reforms, Lebanon will continue to suffer,’ says Macron in BeirutFrench President Emmanuel Macron visited shell-shocked Beirut Thursday, pledging support and urging change after a massive explosion devastated the Lebanese capital in a disaster that has has sparked grief and fury.
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- Lebanese diaspora mobilises after deadly Beirut blastLebanon's diaspora, estimated at nearly three times the size of the tiny country's population of five million, has stepped up to provide assistance following the massive explosion that laid waste to the capital Beirut.
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- Facebook, Twitter remove Trump posts over false claims children are ‘almost immune’ to CovidFacebook Inc on Wednesday took down a post by U.S. President Donald Trump, which the company said violated its rules against sharing misinformation about the coronavirus.
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- Repression intensifies in Zimbabwe amid economic, healthcare crisisZimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa promised to “flush out” political opponents on Tuesday, as activist groups said that scores of campaigners and protesters have been arrested in an expansive clampdown over the past week. Analysts say repression is amplifying in Zimbabwe, nearly three years after Mnangagwa helped oust his former mentor Robert Mugabe.
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