Belgium’s former king meets love child Princess Delphine for first time
01 November 2020 | 3:00 pm
Albert, the former king of the Belgians, denied for years that Delphine, a 52-year-old artist, was his daughter. But a court ruling earlier this month granted her royal rights and the title of princess.
26 Feb 2021
US President Joe Biden has spoken with Saudi Arabia's King Salman, but there was apparently no mention of the upcoming publication of a sensitive US intelligence report on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
3 Mar 2021
Spain's former king Juan Carlos, who moved to the UAE last year under a cloud of scandal, has settled a debt of nearly 4.4 million euros ($5.3 million) with the Spanish tax authorities to try to avoid an embarrassing lawsuit. The Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez criticised the former king's actions, saying that "an institution is not being judged," but "what is being questioned is the behaviour of a person."
7 Mar 2021
Surrounded by thousands of live scorpions in a laboratory deep in Egypt's Western Desert, Ahmed Abu al-Seoud is extracting drops of venom from the arachnids’ tails. Biomedical researchers are studying the pharmaceutical properties of scorpion venom, making the rare and potent neurotoxin a highly sought-after commodity now produced in several Middle Eastern countries.
12 Mar 2021
The king's health had deteriorated while in hospital, the royal family confirmed.
20 Mar 2021
The controversial but revered king of South Africa's Zulu people is to be buried this evening. During his long reign, he accumulated power far beyond his ceremonial role. But not without stepping on a few toes.
18 Mar 2021
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa expresses his condolences to the Zulu nation for the passing of King Goodwill Zwelithini, the late leader of South Africa's largest ethnic group, saying: "It is a difficult day because a huge tree has fallen. ... Our nation is indeed in mourning."
28 Mar 2021
South Africa's Zulu people gather outside the gates of the royal palace to bid farewell to their departed king. Goodwill Zwelithini was the longest-serving monarch in Zulu history, reigning for half a century through years of apartheid and democratic transition. He died last Friday, aged 72, after weeks of treatment for a diabetes-related illness.
22 Mar 2021
Protesters in Bangkok broke through a barricade of shipping containers near the royal palace while calling for reforms to the monarchy.
1 Apr 2021
The captivating traditional wrestling championship in Niger is an annual event. The west African nation's "king sport" is about much more than just a good fight.
5 Apr 2021
Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister told FRANCE 24 on Sunday that the kingdom fully supported King Abdullah II of Jordan after the Jordanian authorities claimed they had foiled a "malicious plot" involving a former crown prince who had liaised with unspecified "foreign parties".
6 Apr 2021
Jordan's King Abdullah II will entrust a family member to mediate with his half brother Prince Hamzah, the royal court has announced. Hamzah is accused of aiding a plot to "destabilize the kingdom's security."
15 May 2021
More than five centuries after his reign, Oba Ewuare’s legacy is still alive in Benin City. He is remembered for his mystical powers, promoting arts and the bronze figures that have stood the test of time.
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Saying they feel exposed in the face of an Islamist insurgency rampant across the Sahel region, soldiers have taken to national television to confirm the ousting of President Kaboré. But what will a coup change in yet another poor, landlocked nation where radicals seem to prey on the vulnerabilities borne of population growth in the countryside?
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Burkina Faso's military announced on state TV that it had taken control of the country after detaining President Roch Kabore.
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Burkina Faso's military is said to be holding President Roch Marc Christian Kabore. His detention comes after months of protests over his government's failure to curb terrorist attacks.
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Many schools in Germany are reopening their doors. Schools are hot spots for coronavirus transmission — and the number of cases is rising rapidly nationwide.
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Marie-Hélène Poisson is the only craftswoman to be entirely dedicated to Boulle work. This French technique, invented at the end of the 17th century, consists of inlaying antique furniture with decoration made of brass or tortoiseshell. Marie-Hélène learned the trade from her father and is now passing it on to her daughter. The future of Boulle inlay is safe in their hands. FRANCE 24 takes you to the town of Vendôme, in France's Loir-et-Cher region, for a closer look at this special craft.