RFI : international
16h04 04  mars
Loyalists pull support for Good Friday Agreement over Brexit rules
Jan van der Made
Outlawed Loyalist paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland say they are temporarily withdrawing their support for the historic 1998 peace accord because of the disruption caused by new post-Brexit trade rules.
Iran to meet with UN technical experts over uranium find
Jan van der Made
Iran has agreed to sit down with international technical experts investigating the discovery of uranium particles at three previously undeclared nuclear sites in the country, the head of the U.N. atomic watchdog said Thursday. This comes after months of frustration over Tehran’s lack of a credible...
France repeats calls to end violence against protesters in Myanmar [Video]
A day after at least 38 pro-democracy demonstrators were killed in the deadliest day of protests in Myanmar, French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday renewed his calls to end the violence.
16h44 03  mars
France announces anti-Iran resolution over blocked nuclear inspections
Jan van der Made
France and its two European partners in the Iran nuclear negotiations, Germany and the UK, say they will protest to the UN atomic energy agency in the wake of Tehran’s decision to limit access to the agency’s inspectors.
15h58 02  mars
Delhi orders hundreds of electric vehicles in drive for cleaner air
Pratap Chakravarty
Delhi city authorities will bring in 300 electric buses in the first push of an ambitious drive to try and improve air quality in India’s national capital which deteriorates sharply during winters.
Research suggests French feared Mao would push on to Indochina in 1949
Jan van der Made
When the communist armies under Mao Zedong swept through China in 1949, pushing Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalists to Taiwan, France feared that Mao would continue his southward move and sweep into the then French colony of Indochina. This is revealed in a detailed and thought-provoking book recounting...
Despite Brexit, Scotland insists on the right to remain part of Europe
Assa Samaké-Roman
Brexit is now a reality: since the start of this year, the United Kingdom is no longer part of the European Union. In Scotland, which voted against leaving the EU in 2016, there are intense debates about when and how the Scots can re-join the continental bloc. However, Scotland could only do that...
Controversy as EU considers vaccine passports in time for summer travel
The European Commission will present a proposal in March on creating an EU-wide digital Covid-19 vaccination passport that may allow Europeans to travel more freely over the peak summer holiday period. Some member states have expressed concern.
14h07 01  mars
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala takes helm at crisis-wracked World Trade Organization
Michael Fitzpatrick
Nigerian former finance and foreign minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has taken up her role as head of the World Trade Organization. The first woman and first African to lead the WTO, Okonjo-Iweala faces daunting challenges, not least that of steering the global economy out of the crisis triggered by...
11h34 27  février
More bad news for Google as Indian media demand lion’s share of ad revenue
Pratap Chakravarty
An Indian media association has demanded Google pay more to local newspapers for using their content, just after Australia passed a hotly-contested law to compel global tech companies to fork out royalties for news.
US report says Saudi crown prince approved Khashoggi murder
A declassified United States intelligence report has said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved an operation to capture or kill dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered and dismembered in Istanbul in 2018.
17h19 26  février
India frames new rules to regulate Big Tech, curb social media misuse
Murali Krishnan
The Indian government has announced sweeping rules to regulate social media platforms, streaming services and digital news outlets posing new challenges for giants such as Facebook, Twitter, Google and Netflix that count India as their lucrative overseas market.
G20 finance chiefs talk Covid recovery, equitable access to vaccines
G20 finance ministers and central bankers gather on Friday for a video conference led by Italy, hoping to hammer out plans to revive the global economy after the Covid-19 pandemic and to boost access to vaccines for developing countries.
15h48 25  février
Armenian PM Pashinyan accuses military of attempted coup
Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan denounced a statement from the country’s top military brass which demanded his resignation, as a coup attempt and called on his supporters to take to the streets.
Italy pays tribute to ambassador, bodyguard killed in DRC
Italy paid tribute to its ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Luca Attanasio and his bodyguard Vittorio Iacovacci, who were killed while travelling in a UN convoy, honoring them with a state funeral and prayers for peace in Congo and all nations “torn by war and violence.”