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UN experts seek probe into possible war crimes by Mali, Russia's Wagner

Reuters | 31 Jan 2023

DAKAR, Jan 31 (Reuters) - United Nations experts on Tuesday called for an independent investigation into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity by government forces and Russian private military contractor Wagner Group in Mali. Mali, whose government took power in a 2021 military coup, have previously said Russian forces in the West African...

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Torture leaves Bahrain inmates with long-lasting ‘wounds’: Report

Al Jazeera | 31 Jan 2023

Political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in Bahrain are suffering from the long-term effects of torture and other alleged violations experienced during their arrest, interrogation and imprisonment, according to a new report. The non-profit Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) said on Monday it had found through...

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Talk of fighter jets to Kyiv could strain Western unity

Albuquerque Journal | 31 Jan 2023

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) -- The possibility of providing Kyiv with fighter jets to help beat back Russia's invasion forces risks the unity of Ukraine's Western allies, amid fears of escalating the nearly year-long conflict and being drawn deeper into the war. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov was due in Paris Tuesday where the possible delivery...

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Ukraine war: Joe Biden rules out sending F-16 fighter jets

Joy Online | 31 Jan 2023

US President Joe Biden has ruled out sending F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine, despite renewed calls from Ukrainian officials for air support. Asked by a reporter on Monday if the US would be providing the planes, Mr Biden replied simply “no”. His comment comes a day after Germany’s leader also ruled out sending fighter jets. Ukraine...

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France braces for second nationwide strike against pension reform

Reuters | 31 Jan 2023

PARIS, Jan 31 (Reuters) - A second nationwide strike on Tuesday will disrupt French public transport amid protests across the country, in a backlash against the government's plans to make people work longer before retirement. Unions want to keep the pressure on the government and hope to repeat the large turnout for the first national day of...

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Bombshell memos: Nissan coup plotters sought Renault divorce

Asiatimes | 30 Jan 2023

A new version of the Nissan-Renault alliance, expected to be announced as early as this week, almost certainly will be billed as a new beginning. In reality, it’s a serious breakup between two badly damaged partners who remain married only in name. A former insider, pointing out that Renault’s stake will fall to 15%, from 43% at present, shatters...

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Cyclone in Madagascar kills dozens, displaces tens of thousands

Al Jazeera | 30 Jan 2023

More than two dozen Madagascans have died and tens of thousands have been left homeless since a severe tropical cyclone made landfall last week and swirled for days off the island’s western coast, official records show. Cyclone Cheneso smashed into northeastern Madagascar 10 days ago, bringing strong winds...

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Blinken due in Jerusalem as violence rages in Israeli-Palestinian conflict

RTE | 30 Jan 2023

Israel was preparing to demolish the east Jerusalem family home of a Palestinian man who killed seven people near a synagogue, as part of measures to punish the relatives of attackers. The step comes as violence rages in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which also saw dozens of Palestinians killed this month, sparking global alarm. French...

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France gives India’s subs a stealthy tech boost

Asiatimes | 30 Jan 2023

France and India have signed an agreement to cooperate on air-independent propulsion (AIP) technology to upgrade the latter’s Kalvari-class submarines, deepening the growing strategic relationship between the two countries. AIP technology allows conventional submarines to stay submerged for weeks at a time, approaching the underwater endurance of...

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Novak Djokovic cries tears of joy after triumphant return to Australian Open

Khaleejtimes | 29 Jan 2023

An emotional Novak Djokovic beat Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday to claim a 10th Australian Open title and equal Rafael Nadal's 22 Grand Slam crowns, a victory that returned him to world number one. The Serbian star overcame a hamstring injury and off-court drama on his return to Melbourne Park to sweep past the Greek third seed 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 7-6...

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Did Germany just declare war against Russia?

Free West Media | 29 Jan 2023

Is it a real declaration of war? Yes. On January 24, Baerbock gave a speech to the Council of Europe – not to be confused with an institution of the European Union. Although this speech contained borderline provocations, it was a scripted intervention. However, in the subsequent hearing, Baerbock had to answer questions without a prepared text. She...

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Paris rallies demand release of Europeans imprisoned in Iran

Khaleejtimes | 28 Jan 2023

Families and friends of a growing number of Europeans imprisoned in Iran gathered in Paris on Saturday to call for their release. The French government this week denounced the plight of seven French citizens held in Iranian prisons, calling the detentions “unjustifiable and unacceptable.” Iran has...

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Djokovic, Tsitsipas to meet in Australian Open men’s final

West Hawaii Today | 28 Jan 2023

MELBOURNE, AustraliaWinning matches at the Australian Open does not give Novak Djokovic all that much trouble. MELBOURNE, Australia — Winning matches at the Australian Open does not give Novak Djokovic all that much trouble. He has a 27-match unbeaten run, the longest at the place in the 55-year Open era. And now Djokovic needs just...

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Top French university bans use of ChatGPT to prevent plagiarism

Reuters | 27 Jan 2023

PARIS, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Sciences Po, one of France's top universities, has banned the use of ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence-based chatbot that can generate coherent prose, to prevent fraud and plagiarism. ChatGPT is a free programme that generates original text about virtually any subject in response to a prompt, including articles,...

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France and Iraq sign comprehensive strategic partnership agreement

Reuters | 27 Jan 2023

PARIS, Jan 27 (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron met with Iraq Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani on Thursday, said the French presidency, signing a set of strategic agreements meant to boost Iraq's economic co-operation with Paris, especially in the energy and publics transportation sectors. France and Iraq signed a treaty...

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Does the Metaverse Need Burritos? Chipotle Went on Roblox to Find Out

New York Observer | 27 Jan 2023

Chipotle created a restaurant in Roblox. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. Making a Chipotle burrito in the metaverse isn’t so different from making a real one. Players on the fast-food chain’s Roblox game use their computer mouses to drag and drop ingredients from the virtual counter to an open-faced burrito. White rice, black beans, garlic...

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Euro Area Loan Growth Slows as ECB Monetary Policy Bites

FX Empire | 27 Jan 2023

It was a busy day on the European economic calendar. Early in the European session, French consumer confidence and Spanish GDP numbers for Q4 delivered mixed signals ahead of euro area loan growth numbers. In January, the French Consumer Confidence Index slipped from 81 to 80 versus a forecasted rise to 83. The decline bucked the general trend of...

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EU Mission to Armenia Will Fuel Confrontation, Says Russia

Moscow Times | 27 Jan 2023

Russia on Thursday accused the EU of seeking to fuel "geopolitical confrontation" by sending a civilian mission to monitor Armenia's volatile border with Azerbaijan. Moscow has sought to maintain its role as a powerbroker between the ex-Soviet republics despite being bogged down in its offensive in Ukraine. On Monday, the EU launched a civilian...

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Lula calls on France’s Macron to attend summit of Amazon countries

FX Empire | 27 Jan 2023

(Reuters) – Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Thursday urged his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, to have France attend the summit of the Amazon countries that he aims to host in coming months. Lula, who was elected for a third term last October vowing to tackle deforestation in the rainforest, discussed in a phone call with...

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Europe has 'high hopes' for President Herzog, EU official says

The Jerusalem Post | 26 Jan 2023

Europe has high hopes for President Isaac Herzog, a European Union official told Maariv on Wednesday morning at the start of the Israeli president's first visit to the European Commission in Brussels. "The visit is taking place at a time when the policies of Israel's new government, and its attitude towards Europe, are still unclear," the official...