Fire crews make headway as Algerians pray for those who lost their lives
16 August 2021 | 3:38 pm
Firefighters in Algeria are finally making progress in their battle against blazes that have ravaged northern parts of the country. Emergency services say most of the forest fires in the worst-hit region of Tizi Ouzou have been extinguished thanks to fire crews, army engineers, civilian volunteers and the help of two French firefighting planes. Fuelled by high wind and extreme heat, the fires have killed at least 90 people since August 9.
Police in Paris have clashed with hundreds of protesters demonstrating against France's COVID restrictions. This came as so-called freedom convoys, inspired by similar demonstrations by truckers in Canada, reached the French capital.
On June 24, 2021, Palestinian political activist Nizar Banat died after being violently beaten by Palestinian security forces. Banat was a fierce critic of corruption in the Palestinian Authority. His killing had an immediate effect: Thousands took to the streets in the Palestinian Territories to protest against the ruling Fatah party and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
At least seven people were killed following an explosion and fire in southern France, French interior minister Gerald Darmanin said in a tweet on Monday. Darmanin said on his Twitter page he was planning to visit the scene.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said no progress on a cease-fire was made at talks with his Russian counterpart. The meeting in Turkey was the first at this level since Russia's attack on Ukraine began.
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Tigray fighters have agreed to uphold a cease-fire in the war-ravaged Tigray region to allow for the delivery of aid. Hundreds of thousands of people in Tigray face starvation.
On Wednesday, fire gutted shops situated under the Apongbon section of the Eko Bridge in Lagos. Now, victims of the inferno are calling on the government to offer any form of assistance to help ease the feeling of hopelessness.
CNN anchor Don Lemon was reporting from the scene of a Russian missile strike that set fire to a fuel storage facility in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. In the CNN broadcast, some noticed a fireman wearing an "Edmonton" jacket, claiming that CNN staged this coverage from a fire in Edmonton, Canada. We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake.
UK military intelligence expects heavy fighting in Kyiv suburbs in the days ahead. The EBRD has forecast a dire economic picture for both Ukraine and Russia due to the war. Follow DW for the latest.
French President Emmanuel Macron has set a deadline of 2024 to reopen Paris’s Notre-Dame Cathedral to worshippers and visitors. FRANCE 24's Revisited show is following the progress of this ambitious project and brings you a fresh update, three years after the devastating fire that badly damaged the world-famous cathedral. Our reporter Mélina Huet met those who are involved in the restoration work, both inside the mediaeval edifice and elsewhere in France. They now find themselves in a race against time.
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