Coronavirus crisis pushes Germany toward online democracy
20 May 2020 | 9:00 am
The coronavirus pandemic has forced Germany to play catchup with digital democracy, as lawmakers are forced to meet via livestream and hold virtual party conferences. Digitization, however, also has its limits.
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?
11 Sep 2020
For those with mental health issues, the COVID-19 pandemic has been especially challenging. On this year's World Suicide Prevention Day, experts urge that physical distancing doesn't mean we're socially cut off.
2 Oct 2020
Africa's economies are forecast to shink as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Germany's government is trying to prop up investment, but German companies are pessimistic about doing business on the continent.
13 Oct 2020
For years, the Global Hunger Index has shown global advances in combating malnutrition. But the coronavirus pandemic could undo them, according to the latest report for German aid organization Welthungerhilfe.
8 Nov 2020
Hundreds of incarcerated people across Turkey face major health issues because they are not receiving adequate medical care during the pandemic. Advocates for imprisoned people say the situation is potentially deadly.
30 Nov 2020
As the US registers record cases and hospitalizations, officials have urged people to start their holiday shopping from home. Most retailers moved their Black Friday sales online to prevent overcrowding in stores.
7 Mar 2021
Many people fear mutations and a third wave, but COVID-19 infection rates are falling worldwide. Is the virus losing steam or are health measures finally having an effect?
17 Apr 2021
Europe wants to enhance its partnership with India against COVID-19 and climate change. Delhi is pushing for an intellectual property waiver to facilitate vaccine production.
30 Apr 2021
As Turkey begins a strict three-week lockdown, many people are particularly angry about a nationwide ban on alcohol sales. Dissidents say the measure has nothing to do with the pandemic and fear a long-term prohibition.
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On day two of the Cannes Film Festival, FRANCE 24's Olivia Salazar-Winspear tells us why the première of "Top Gun: Maverick" has movie fans jostling to catch a glimpse of US actor Tom Cruise on the red carpet. We also take a look at the first films competing for the Palme d'Or, as Kirill Serebrennikov returns to Cannes to present "Tchaikovsky's Wife". The Russian director was unable to attend the screenings of his last two films, "Petrov's Flu" and "Leto", due to living under virtual house arrest in Moscow in recent years.
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Taipei has introduced a "new Taiwan model" to shift away from its "zero-COVID" strategy. But public health experts warn of an increase in COVID-19 fatalities if the island can't streamline policies.
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In France, coming out of the closet and living openly as a member of the LGBTI+ community can be a significant psychological, emotional and social challenge. Until just 40 years ago, it was also a legal one. In 1982, the age of consent was lowered from 21 to 18 for homosexuals in France, making it the same for everyone. This landmark law paved the way for important civil liberties, including the legalisation of same-sex marriage in 2013. But there are still obstacles to be overcome. To find out more about the ongoing fight for equality, we speak to Sébastien Tüller, LGBTI+ legal advisor for Amnesty International France.
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Relief supplies for Ukraine are collected in the German city of Dresden and taken to northern Romania, where they are picked up by volunteers from Chernivtsi in Ukraine. It is a special aid route.
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Protesters gathered in Tunis to reject President Kais Saied's rule, blaming him for returning Tunisia to a state of autocratic rule. The New Salvation Front has coalesced several parties to oppose him.
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In a blow to Chancellor Olaf Scholz's SPD party, voters backed the conservatives, CDU, in an election Germany's most populous state. The Greens meanwhile more than doubled the number of votes they received.