Pandemic overshadows another holiday season
26 December 2021 | 3:26 pm
Travel plans are being disrupted around the world amid a surge in coronavirus cases, driven by the highly contagious omicron variant. Airlines in the US, Australia and other countries have canceled hundreds of flights, citing the impact of omicron infections on employees and passengers.
1 Sep 2022
The revamped vaccines by Moderna and BioNTech-Pfizer specifically target the currently dominant BA.4/BA.5 omicron subvariants. The jabs are part of a fall vaccination campaign that could begin within days.
17 Sep 2022
Travellers face a difficult day after the largest union of air traffic controllers called for a 24-hour strike in France. About half of scheduled connections in and out of the country have been grounded. Low-cost airline Ryanair called for EU action as it had to cancel hundreds of flights, which it said were affecting 80,000 passengers, mainly those flying over France.
20 Sep 2022
Dozens of Venezuelans were taken from Texas to an island off the Massachusetts coast. The details of the flight arrangements, supported by right-wing Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, are now under investigation.
26 Sep 2022
Airports in several West and Central African countries were affected as air traffic controllers held a strike to demand improved working conditions.
29 Oct 2022
Researchers in Botswana and South Africa, who separately identified the COVID-19 omicron variant, are the winners of the 2022 German Africa Award.
4 Dec 2022
In November 2021, a team of researchers headed by Professor Tulio de Oliveira discovered the Omicron variant. Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists in South Africa were doing research on epidemics. Yet not everyone approves of their work.
15 Dec 2022
Morocco has said seven flights were canceled due to "restrictions imposed by Qatari authorities." The national Moroccan carrier had announced 30 flights to support the team in the World Cup semifinals.
31 Dec 2022
A massive polar blast making its way across North America is disrupting travel plans, causing power outages and putting huge pressure on homeless shelters. Around 60 percent of the US is estimated to be under a weather warning, with the huge storm stretching right across much of the US and Canada.
Air traffic operations were gradually returning to normal, the Federal Aviation Administration said, after a systems failure grounded thousands of flights on Wednesday morning.
Around 300 flights that were scheduled to take off and land at the Berlin airport on Wednesday were cancelled. It is the first time since 2018 a labor strike led to so many flight cancellations.
Several domestic flights headed for St. Petersburg had been turned back to their destinations. News outlets reported that it was because an unidentified object had been spotted in the sky.
Taipei has agreed to resume flights to multiple cities across China, saying it hoped this might help improve ties. Reintroducing the flights will make the situation more comparable with the pre-coronavirus norm.
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Africa is the most vulnerable continent for the effects of climate change, the UN has said. Young Africans are calling for urgent action and for ramping up funding for African-made solutions to tackle the climate crisis.
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Despite efforts to save the captive animal, a female elephant named 'Noor Jehan' has died in a Karachi zoo. Critics are calling for the zoo's closure. Warning: Contains distressing images.
1 hour ago
Having just emerged from the worst drought in decades, Kenya is now battling incessant rain and flash floods associated with the El Nino phenomenon.
2 hours ago
Qatar has been praised for its role in brokering the Gaza truce and mediating the continuing, complex negotiations between Israel and Hamas on the release of hostages in exchange for Palestinian prisoners. But what's in it for the government in Doha? Professor Melanie Garson is a trained negotiator and conflict resolution expert. She spoke to FRANCE 24's Gavin Lee.
2 hours ago
Amid an ongoing strike by its mechanics in Sweden over a refusal to sign a collective wage agreement, Tesla has also filed a lawsuit against the country's postal workers. They have blocked deliveries of licence plates for its new cars, in solidarity with workers at the electric vehicle maker. Also in this edition, Chinese fast fashion giant Shein files to go public in the US and China tries to convince international investors to keep their supply chains in the country.
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