France sues Amazon for abuse of position in the marketplace


The Ministry of the Economy has sued the American giant Amazon, accusing it of abusing its power to impose too restrictive commercial clauses to companies selling on its platform in France.
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Plague in Madagascar

Although the acute phase of the epidemic was declared over by health authorities in late November 2017, plague occurs seasonally in Madagascar, usually between September and April each year.

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Tashi Wangshuk

Tibetan activist put on trial in China for inciting separatism.

Tashi had advocated for greater use of Tibetan in education, bemoaning the use of Mandarin for most instruction in classrooms where the majority of students are Tibetan. Many Tibetans view language policies as an attempt by the government to destroy their culture.

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Austrian conservatives bring far right into government


The Freedom party will take control of the defence, interior and foreign ministries while its leader Heinz-Christian Strache, who has warned of Austria’s “Islamification”, will become vice-chancellor.

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Frédérique Giffard accuse playwright Israël Horowitz of sexual misconduct.


Playwright Israel Horovitz accused of sexual harassment, assault by nine women.
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Yemen civil war : in Sanaa

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Saudi warplanes unleash massive bombing campaign in Yemen’s capital.

 

 

 

 

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A man speaks to his family members behind the wall in the United States


The Mexico-United States  barrier between  Tijuana and San Diego.

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Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital sparks West Bank clashes


Trump Jerusalem move sparks Israeli-Palestinian clashes

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Seven landscapes – 3 – Is Delhi the most polluted city on Earth?

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The world’s 20 most polluted cities (fine particules)

  1. Zabol, Iran – 217
  2. Gwalior, India – 176
  3. Allahabad, India – 170
  4. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – 156
  5. Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia – 152
  6. Patna, India – 149
  7. Raipur, India – 144
  8. Bamenda, Cameroon – 132
  9. Xingtai, China – 128
  10. Baoding, China – 126
  11. Delhi, India – 122
  12. Ludhiana, India – 122
  13. Dammam, Saudi Arabia – 121
  14. Shijiazhuang, China – 121
  15. Kanpur, India – 115
  16. Khanna, India – 114
  17. Firozabad, India – 113
  18. Lucknow, India – 113
  19. Handan, China – 112
  20. Peshawar, Pakistan – 111

 

Paul François, poisoned by Monsanto

Paul Francois, farmer poisoned by herbicide Lasso is suffering neurological problems.

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Robert Mugabe resigns after 37 years as Zimbabwe’s leader

Robert Mugabe resigns as Zimbabwe’s president, ending 37-year rule.

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Cop 23 : is it worth the trouble ?

Too polluting, too expensive – requiring too much sponsorship by big corporations….?

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Global meat consumption

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The global demand for meat is growing, particularly in China and India, which could see an 80% boom in the meat sector by 2022 due to a new (and growing) middle class.

"Catering for this growing demand means industrialized farming methods: Animals are pumped full of growth hormones. This has terrible consequences on how animals are treated and on the health of consumers." Barbara Unmuessig, Henrich Boell foundation,meat atlas

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Sweden knock Italy out of World Cup qualifying

For the first time since 1958 and only the second time ever, the Italian national team will not qualify for the World Cup.

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Catalonia – demonstrators demanding release of jailed Catalan leaders

Jordi Cuixart, leader of Catalan group Omnium Cultural, and Jordi Sanchez, president of the Catalan National Assembly were remanded in prison last month after they were quizzed by a judge on suspicion of sedition.
Eight former members of Puigdemont's deposed Catalan government, including ex vice-president Oriol Junqueras, are also in jail awaiting trial on similar charges, after it was ruled they were too much of a flight risk to be released on bail.

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The corruption of elites

The world’s biggest businesses, heads of state and global figures in politics, entertainment and sport who have sheltered their wealth in secretive tax havens are being revealed this week in a major new investigation : the paradise papers.

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Martin Shkreli : ‘prison life isn’t that bad’

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Shkreli gained notoriety in 2015 when his company obtained a manufacturing license for an anti-parasitic drug and raised the price dramatically, leading to him to be known as “the most hated man in America”.

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Migrants in Calais

One year after the Jungle was demolished, charities estimate up to 800 remain living in the areas near the port.

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Miss Peru

Beauty pageant competitors refuse to list vital statistics during live TV broadcast, instead stating figures on violence against women in Peru.

" My name is Camila Canicoba and I represent the department of Lima. My measurements are: 2,202 cases of femicide reported in the last nine years in my country "

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Mauricio Macri

Argentina president: Reforms expected after election victory.
"For Macri, the challenge is 100 percent the economy and the social situations, where the government has few achievements and must now face structural reforms," said analyst Patricio Giusto of Diagnostico Politico consultancy.

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North Korean diplomats implicated in illegal rhino horn trade

North Korea's shadowy role in the illegal wildlife trade

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Online matchmaking businesses in India

The traditional business of marriage has been under serious threat with the rise of websites like Shaadi.com, Jeevansathi.com, BharatMatrimony.com and others.

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Terry Richardson has been banned from working with any magazines under the control of leading publisher Condé Nast

Fashion photographer Terry Richardson, has reportedly been blacklisted from working with magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair and GQ in the wake of years of sexual harassment allegations logged against him.

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Bangladesh Struggles To Cope As Rohingya Crisis Continues

Rohingyas refugees : "Lots of people have fled from our village because of starvation"

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Women across the world protest against sexual harassment

'Squeal on the pigs': French women bombard Twitter with tales of sexual harassment

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Daphne Caruana Galizia: Investigative journalist killed in Malta car bomb

The son of Malta’s well-known investigative journalist, who worked on the Panama Papers exposé, said she was assassinated because of her work exposing corruption.

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ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), an international advocacy group that helped bring about the landmark 2017 United Nations nuclear weapons ban treaty.

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Hollywood accused of hypocrisy over Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment allegations

In a first-person essay for The Guardian published Wednesday Lea Seydoux says "everyone knew what Harvey was up to and no one did anything."

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