Locals left waiting on singer Akon’s dream Senegalese city
03 September 2021 | 6:31 am
One year after singer Akon laid the first stone of the $6 billion futuristic city he plans to build in his native Senegal, the site remains grassland. Construction of "Akon City," a project due to feature ultramodern twisting skyscrapers, was already meant to have begun near the Atlantic Ocean village of Mbodiene. But building work is yet to start, prompting residents who were hoping for jobs to wonder about its future.
7 Feb 2021
Pop, rock or punk: Yungblud doesn't like to be put in a box. He's only 23 but the musician already has a strong fan base and videos that notch up millions of views on social media. Yungblud's flamboyant style sets him apart. It's no surprise he's received accolades from Sir Elton John or Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl. Clovis Casali sat down with him in Paris for the release of his new album "Weird".
6 Feb 2021
India's government lashes out at foreign celebrities for weighing in on the ongoing farmers' protests. They don't mention Rihanna by name, but the comments come after a tweet by the singer went viral, prompting The Times of India to praise her for bringing Indian farmers "under her umbrella". We also look at reactions to the Golden Globe nominations, a historic ruling holding the French government responsible for climate change and a story about pubic hair illustrated with grated carrots!
27 Mar 2021
Rivers remain high in a suburb in the Australian city of Sydney as rain falls, pushing up floodwaters that have inundated homes and roads over the past days. Emergency services are seen in boats as locals seek to protect their homes.
26 Mar 2021
On this week's Middle East Matters, we're joined by a singer whose voice has been compared to the legendary French singer-songwriter Edith Piaf. Barbara Pravi, whose mother is Iranian, hails from a family of musicians and artists. In May, she'll be flying the flag for France in the Eurovision Song Contest. She tells us more.
3 Apr 2021
With bars and restaurants open and its 11:00 pm curfew, Madrid has become a highly-prized haven for hoards of leisure-starved Europeans in a reality that has rankled residents who remain restricted from leaving the region.
18 Apr 2021
As one of the most popular places in Europe for holidaymakers, Spain is doing everything it can to save its tourism sector. Flights are back up and running, and foreign tourists are allowed in with negative PCR tests. Germans and French are topping the visitor lists to the Balearic Islands to enjoy the beaches, bars and restaurants. Paradoxically, Spaniards are banned from travelling between regions. The Spanish tourist sector is complaining about such contradictions, and many Spaniards are fed up with what they feel are inconsistent Covid-19 restrictions. Our correspondents report.
5 May 2021
Singer, Waje, call for enlightenment on malaria
8 May 2021
In 2015, childhood friends Victor Solf and Simon Carpentier formed the neo-soul duo "Her". The band enjoyed a successful run on the French music scene but Carpentier tragically passed away in 2017, just before the release of the band's self-titled debut LP. After leading a tour for the record, Victor Solf decided to move on. He's just released his first solo album in his name, entitled "Still. There's Hope". He tells FRANCE 24's Florence Villeminot about his desire to celebrate life and why he decided to go solo.
10 May 2021
The volcano has been increasingly active of late, with at least 15 smaller eruptions recorded in the past week. Locals have been advised to stay several kilometers away from the crater.
29 May 2021
The Old Forge in Inverie, western Scotland, is Britain's most remote pub, situated in what has been described as the country's "last true wilderness". Now villagers are joining forces to buy back the pub to return it to its former status as a community gathering place.
27 Jun 2021
Norwegian singer-songwriter Sigrid shot to fame in 2017 following the release of her debut EP "Don't Kill My Vibe". The 2019 release of her debut album "Sucker Punch" confirmed her place in pop stardom. She's been described as iconoclast, rewriting the rules of what it means to be a pop star – especially a female pop star.
27 Jun 2021
The Breton island of Rouzic harbours a variety of animals like gannets, puffins and seals, and is part of the Sept-Iles Nature Reserve, which is due to be expanded in 2022 to better protect these endangered species. But new restrictions will have an impact on fishermen and tourist activities, and nearly twenty groups oppose the move.
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Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa, who delivered the keynote address at this year's DW Global Media Forum in Bonn, has been at the forefront of the campaign against fake news and disinformation in the Philippines.
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In less than a decade, India's digital penetration has more than doubled to reach over 50 percent of its 1.3 billion residents. It's all part of PM Narendra Modi's ambitious plan to turn the country into a trillion-dollar digital economy.
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It's been one year since Myanmar's military toppled the democratically elected government and launched a brutal crackdown on popular protest. DW spoke with Dr. Sasa, a spokesman for Myanmar's government-in-exile, about how the opposition plans to restore democratic rule.
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Three years into Lebanon's devastating financial collapse, some 80 percent of the population is now living below the poverty line. The situation is driving more and more people to risk their lives on the open seas.
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A Russian-installed official in the Ukrainian city of Kherson says Russian forces who have conceded swaths of territory are "regrouping." Kyiv claims gains in three of the four regions Moscow says it has now annexed.