Festival cancellations: A cultural void?
01 May 2020 | 11:00 am
As thousands of festivals across the planet are cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, Mathieu Jaton from the Montreux Jazz Festival and British comedian Mark Watson, who’s organising a 24-hour online comedy festival, speak to Eve Jackson about the financial, cultural and societal implications of a summer without cultural gatherings.
23 May 2020
Tanzania has lifted flight restrictions and quarantine for travellers from abroad in an effort to revive tourism. We’ll being you more on this from our regional correspondent. Also, a key suspect in the Rwandan Genocide was arrested in France and brought to a Paris court on Tuesday. Félicien Kabuga had been a fugitive for 25 years before being caught. Finally, Human Rights Watch has accused DR Congo of using excessive force against the separatist religious group Bundu dia Kongo. At least 55 people were killed in a crackdown in April but the rights organisation says the number is much higher.
23 May 2020
The government of Daniel Ortega has admitted for the first time that the number of new COVID-19 infections is rising. The president disappeared for weeks early in the pandemic, but allowed parties and sports to continue.
30 May 2020
Working from home and closed restaurants have changed some people's cooking and eating habits — especially when it comes to meat. Could this have a lasting impact on food production and consumption?
10 Jun 2020
Many businesses in Africa have discovered new ways to bring goods and services to their clients during the COVID-19 lockdown. Both big and small entrepreneurs stand to benefit from online trade after the pandemic.
11 Jun 2020
Car sales platform Vroom has staged the second-best debut of a US listing this year, showing that announcements of the end of our automobile culture may be premature. The coronavirus is playing a role in the revival.
15 Jun 2020
Deborah Chukwuedo is a partner with ACCENDOLAW. She spoke with GuardianTV on Covid-19 disruption and employment contracts in this period of a pandemic.
23 Jun 2020
Starting July 1, Egypt will reopen select resorts and archaeological sites to foreign tourists. But, with a vaccine for the new coronavirus still far off, the country's crippled tourism sector faces a long road.
3 Jul 2020
Covid-19 continues to hit South Africa worse than any other country on the continent, with more than 111,000 coronavirus cases and 2,000 deaths. Hospitals remain understaffed and medical workers are among the worst affected. Our correspondents spoke to nurses protesting for more equipment. Meanwhile, Sudan has also been battling the virus and pharmacies are reporting shortages of basic medication. Finally, the French navy has been working with naval services in West Africa to clamp down on drug trafficking and piracy. Our correspondents gained access to one ship in Ivory Coast.
18 Jul 2020
South Africa's Covid-19 crisis shows no signs of abating as the number of infections surpasses 300,000. That makes the country the fifth worst affected globally and the worst in the region. We show you how hospitals are coping. Also, tensions continue in Mali with rallies calling for President Keita to resign. Our correspondent spoke to the Malian Prime Minister Boubou Cissé about police violence against protesters. Finally, an ancient Rwandan hairstyle is making a comeback as young artists rediscover the Amasunzu tradition.
26 Jul 2020
In this edition, South Africa has recorded record high deaths in the past 24 hours. The country has been in lockdown for over 100 days and business owners have had to adapt. We have a report on a delivery app that has helped struggling restaurants. Also, in Nigeria contact tracers are trying to safeguard the country's fragile public health system against a worsening of the pandemic. And what is a Spinosaurus? Our reporters in Morocco went to find out more about one of the most bizarre dinosaurs.
20 Jul 2020
UN chief Antonio Guterres has taken aim at rich countries for failing to help the developing world through the coronavirus crisis. The pandemic, he said, has revealed the "delusion that we live in a post-racist world."
25 Jul 2020
African countries are offering tourists from all over the world the chance to travel the continent and even go on safari by virtual means. But is this a satisfactory substitute for the real thing?
8 mins ago
A 14-point plan to improve transparency and close loopholes has been put forward by the head of the European Parliament in the wake of Qatargate, the bribery scandal that continues to rock the institution.
8 mins ago
China has just recorded its first population decline in 60 years. With the birthrate expected to fall further over the next decade, the consequences for Beijing's economic ambitions could be huge.
8 mins ago
Kampala is abandoning its Chinese partners and turning to Turkey to build a standard gauge railway that will connect to neighboring Kenya. East Africa is keen on improving its railway network as part of integration.
3 hours ago
Is the luxury sector recession-proof? Sales at high-end brands plunged at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, but they've since rebounded sharply, even as inflation soars and economic growth slows. Now many fashion houses are hoping that China's reopening will be another boost to their business.
3 hours ago
Angoulême is once again the centre of the world for graphic novelists, as the French city hosts the 50th edition of its international comics festival. Our reporters have been speaking to best-selling author Riad Sattouf, who received the festival's Grand Prix this year.
3 hours ago
Faced with an ageing population and holes in public finances, many European countries are grappling with reform of their pension systems. In this programme, we compare and contrast the situations in two EU member states, Denmark and Romania, and debate what constitutes a fair system of pension contributions.