Local language policy stirs debate in Zimbabwe’s schools
22 February 2017 | 4:44 am
The government in Zimbabwe has introduced a new school curriculum to teach children in their first language instead of in English. But some parents and teachers fear the policy will limit children's chances of getting jobs.
After what authorities said was a coup by drug dealers aiming to kill President Umaro Sissoco Embalo, a new spate of violence against critics of the government is compunding the feeling of insecurity in Guinea-Bissau.
Just over two weeks on from the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Catherine Nicholson is joined by Polish MEP Roza Thun und Hohenstein and German MEP Helmut Scholz to discuss the European response to the crisis. The reception of refugees in the EU is a pressing issue; earlier this week the bloc's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell announced €100 million for immediate humanitarian help. MEP Scholz calls for a "clear answer" from the EU on how to help people in need, while questioning the militarisation of the response. To what extent should Europe help the Ukrainian military against the Russian army? And how can escalation be avoided as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky continues to plead for more help?
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European papers celebrate the "courageous" visit to Kyiv made by the Polish, Czech and Slovenian leaders. Cartoonist Patrick Chappatte illustrates the double standard in the welcome offered to Ukrainian refugees versus those from countries like Syria, which is marking the 11th anniversary of its civil war. France's interior minister says the government will consider "autonomy" for Corsica. Plus, Burkina Faso's Diébédo Francis Kéré wins architecture's top prize in a first for Africa.
In mid-January, French presidential candidate Eric Zemmour said that English should no longer be used in EU institutions post-Brexit. However, English remains an official language of both Ireland and Malta. FRANCE 24's Georgina Robertson takes a closer look at what languages are spoken in Brussels.
Zimbabwe's newest opposition party, the CCC, plants its flag solidly ahead of next year's general election after winning two thirds of seats in by-elections
Aid convoys have yet to reach Ethiopia's war-ravaged Tigray region almost a week after the government announced a humanitarian truce.
Leaders are asking Russian speakers in Germany not to heed "the cynical and trivializing disinformation campagin led by Russian state media." The statement came a day after a pro-Russian rally in Berlin.
Zimbabwe has introduced virtual trials and court hearings in the hope of cutting its huge case backlog. Many cases were postponed because of COVID-19 restrictions.
In an unexpected announcement, Prime Minister Patrick Achi and his Cabinet have tendered their resignation. The leader of Ivory Coast's government had held the job for a little over a year.
The passengers were travelling overnight for Easter activities. Road accidents are common on Zimbabwe's cratered roads.
The government of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is on the verge of collapse. This comes after the Arab-Israeli Raam party threatened to leave the ruling coalition over recent clashes in Jerusalem. More than 150 Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli security forces. Bennett is now scrambling to hold his fractious coalition together. We take a closer look.
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