Moscow has officially begun a "new phase" of its war in Ukraine, shifting its attention to the largely Russian-speaking Donbas. Prior to the February invasion, Russian proxies, who created pro-Moscow statelets, controlled around a third of the Donbas region. With striking prescience, novelist Andrey Kurkov explored the conflict from the perspective of a Ukrainian beekeeper who moves from the "grey zone" – the no-man’s-land between loyalist and separatist forces – to Crimea in his 2018 novel, "Grey Bees". He joined us for Perspective.
North Africa's Jewish community does not exceed a few thousand people today. Waves of immigration over the past decades have led many of the region's Jews to Europe, especially France, where the majority of Jews hail from the Maghreb region. Most of them have lost their ancestors' mother tongue: Arabic. But today, some are seeking to learn this language, as a way of discovering their roots and their complex identity. FRANCE 24's Thameen Al-Kheetan and Sophian Aubin report.
6 Jun 2021
These glasses translate speech into sign language.
30 Apr 2021
Cynthia Onwuchuruba Bryte-Chinule is a mathematics teacher in Port Harcourt and she teaches her students the subject in local languages, specifically Igbo and Nigerian pidgin.
7 Apr 2021
Emmanuel Macron's former prime minister Édouard Philippe is on a media blitz, prompting speculation he'll challenge Macron with a presidential bid in 2022. In the UK, The Times reports that a record number of people have been quietly stripped of their royal honours in the past decade, prompting calls for more transparency. In Quebec, a French truck driver has become the latest francophone to fail Quebec's notoriously difficult proficiency test. Finally, papers mourn the closing of Yahoo Answers, a "haven for the confused".
30 Mar 2021
Tinubu at 69: Children use indigenous language in Jagaban drama
11 Mar 2021
Hebrew lessons are in demand in the Gulf. Since the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed the rapprochement deals with Israel last year, "Shalom" is now often heard on the streets of Dubai.
13 Aug 2020
On Popsicles this week, Fares Boulos popularly known as Oyibo Rebel speaks about being a Nigerian for Twenty-Six years, the feeling of speaking Yoruba language, and the entertainment industry.
8 Nov 2019
Netflix's first Nollywood film, Lionheart has been disqualified from Oscars. The film, starring and directed by Genevieve Nnaji, one of Nollywood’s biggest stars, is predominantly in English with only about 12 minutes of the film’s 95-minute run time in Igbo, one of Nigeria’s main local languages.