Wednesday, 21st February 2024


4 Feb
It is the beginning, not the end for South Africa's complaint before the International Court of Justice in The Hague. The court finding that Israel must prevent genocidal acts in Gaza and allow humanitarian aid in but stopping shy of calling for a ceasefire.
28 Jan
French President Emmanuel Macron is wrapping up his two-day visit to India, where he paraded through the streets with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and talked business, amid calls from human rights groups not to overlook India's authoritarian shift. For more, we speak to Subir Sinha, Director of the South Asia Institute at SOAS University of London.
24 Jan
The French president was among the 1500 dignitaries and politicians who honored Wolfgang Schäuble, who shaped German politics for half a century.
17 Jan
A day after hosting a rare prime-time press conference, France's President Emmanuel Macron heads to Davos this Wednesday, accompanied by some 20 business leaders. It's the second time he will attend the World Economic Forum in person since becoming president. A meeting with around 60 bosses of global firms is also on the agenda. Meanwhile, sluggish global growth continues to be at the top of attendees' minds.
13 Jan
We look at reactions in the French and international press to 34-year-old Gabriel Attal's meteoric rise to the second most powerful position in French politics. We also take a look at why Donald Trump's court appearance in a hearing on whether he should have immunity on charges he tried to overturn the 2020 election perhaps did not go as he would have liked.
11 Jan
New year, new face. France's youngest-ever president has named the country's youngest-ever prime minister. We ask why Emmanuel Macron chose to replace Élisabeth Borne with Gabriel Attal and chart the meteoric rise of a 34-year-old Parisian who has already enjoyed stints as city councillor, party spokesperson, budget minister, government spokesperson and most recently, education minister.
27 Dec
The French president said "plan Bs, plan Cs" are in place and the unusual Olympic opening ceremony could be moved if needed.
25 Nov
A new Dutch political party started by Pieter Omtzigt is among those leading in opinion polls for the snap elections in the Netherlands on Wednesday, November 22. Omtzigt, a former Christian Democrat MP, is known for helping bring down the government of Mark Rutte in 2021 after revealing a child benefits scandal, in which thousands of families were wrongly accused of fraud on the basis of their ethnicity.
9 Oct
French President Emmanuel Macron joined para athletes for a game of wheelchair basketball in Paris on Sunday, the eve of tickets going on sale for next year's Paralympic games.
23 Sep
Niger's coup leaders have tried to expel France's ambassador, but Paris says it doesn't recognize their authority to order him out. Macron said on TV he was "literally" a "hostage," stuck in the French Embassy in Niamey.
29 Aug
France says it will not budge in its refusal to engage with Niger's coup leaders. A month after their takeover, they issued a Monday deadline to the French ambassador to leave their country, but Paris has insisted its envoy will stay put. Also, Africa sets its own stage in Kenya for conversations about its experience of the ravages of climate change. With the first ever Africa climate summit now a week away, we speak to its CEO about the existential stakes faced by the continent.
28 Aug
Niger's military junta on Friday announced ordered French ambassador Sylvian Itte to leave the country within 48 hours. Macron reiterated Paris' support for ousted President Mohammed Bazoum.


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The UEFA Champions League returns this midweek with heavyweight matches between Spanish and Italian teams SSC Napoli and Barcelona FC. Ayomide Sotunbo previews the game on this edition of The Nutmeg on Guardian TV.
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Aceh is a staunchly conservative province of Indonesia and the only region in the world's most populous Muslim country that implements the Islamic law, Shariah.
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The government will unveil its latest economic forecasts for 2024 on Wednesday, with media reports suggesting a sharp downgrade to a mere 0.2 percent growth. In its autumn projections, the government was still expecting output to expand by 1.3 percent.
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May 29 is set as the date when South Africa's ruling ANC party will face voters for what may be the first real challenge to its domination of the political landscape. Also, Guinea's ruling junta doubles down on its dissolution of the government by announcing further restrictions.
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A veteran satellite is to make an uncontrolled descent to Earth this week after almost three decades in orbit. But the European Space Agency says debris from the ERS-2 is highly unlikely to hit anyone.