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Relentless rains in South Africa have claimed at least a dozen victims with the bad weather forcing the government to declare a national state of disaster. It comes less than a year after the country’s deadliest floods. And, as the civilian death toll rises from rebel fighting in Eastern Congo, more people are seeking refuge in the North Kivu town of Goma.
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In the Spanish countryside, farmland is being turned into space for solar panels and wind farms. Spain's government wants to produce at least 74 percent of its electricity from renewable energy by 2030, an increase of 16 percent in five years. To meet those targets, the country is opting for giant solar farms, particularly in the southern Andalusia region. That's angering farmers – some of whom are having their land expropriated – and even some ecologists. Our correspondents report.
The latest El Nino climate phenomenon has arrived, threatening floods in some areas of the world and droughts in others. Previous disruptive weather patterns cost the global economy trillions and stoked inflation.
Agriculture in France is not immune to the digital revolution. More and more farmers are using IT tools to carry out their administrative and technical tasks. But some go much further: from fully robotic milking of cows, to connected cameras, to data gathering and even a digital fruit and vegetable market. FRANCE 24 went to meet some of these farmers for whom technology represents the future of their livelihood.
Annual inflation dropped to 5.5% in the 20 eurozone countries. However, the European Central Bank is still expected to raise interest rates in July.
Police used teargas to disperse protests in the Nairobi and Mombasa. Kenyan opposition have called for the protests to condemn new taxes amid a severe cost-of-living crisis.
A man is shot dead as opposition-led protests turn violent in Kenya, all in response to President William Ruto's new nationwide tax hikes. We also head to the Tunisian town of Sfax, where conditions are worsening and help is absent as migrants and locals clash amidst accusations of racism. Finally, there's a new crime plaguing the streets of South Africa, where kidnapping numbers have soared in a country already gripped by a security crisis.
African currencies have lost ground against the US dollar this year, further driving inflation in the import-reliant region. Depleting dollar reserves have left policymakers with limited options to arrest the decline.
Protesters in Kenya demonstrated in several cities, including the capital Nairobi, were met with heavy police presence. The protests come as food prices continue to rise, causing pressure on households.
Drought is forcing thousands of rural Iraqis migrate to cities for work, bringing with them their own cultural ideas. This has caused community conflicts, sometimes even violence, in big cities like Baghdad and Basra.
Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Tuesday Africa 'must take a stand' on the Russia Ukraine war. He was speaking as African leaders prepared to head to St Petersburg to attend the Russia-Africa summit on July 27-29, as Moscow and the West compete for influence in Africa.
Polish farmers are worried about Ukrainian grain flooding the market and hurting domestic output. The government says it would consider extending an embargo on imported Ukrainian grain.
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The New York Times looks at Dubai's particularly fragile position in terms of climate change.
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Cristiano Ronaldo is facing a class-action lawsuit in the US due to promoting Binance, the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange. The plaintiffs claim that his endorsement led them to make loss-making investments and are seeking $1bn in damages.
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More than 1,000 Rohingya Muslims have arrived in Indonesia by boat this month. They have been fleeing Bangladesh's overcrowded refugee camps where conditions have worsened.
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Thanks to a Constitutional Court ruling, Germany's federal budget for this year is now €60 billion short. But closing the gap with new loans is prohibited by the constitution.
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Over 250,000 have died in a single year just from pollution caused by fine particulate matter, with ozone and nitrogen-dioxide also claiming lives, a new EU report has found.
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British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is welcoming some 200 business leaders to Hampton Court for a forum aimed at boosting foreign investment in the UK. Also, US holiday shoppers seek out deeper discounts as Black Friday continues its move online, and Meta faces accusations of courting users aged under 13 in a US federal lawsuit.
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