Trump blasts intelligence agencies for Russia dossier at chaotic press conference

Trump blasts intelligence agencies for Russia dossier at chaotic press conference

President-elect Donald Trump Wednesday denied reports that Russia had obtained compromising personal and financial information about him, calling it a “tremendous blot” on the intelligence community if such material had been released. The incoming president, in his first news conference since late July, slammed US intelligence agencies for “disgraceful” leaking of what he called “fake […]

Trump vows to close foundation to avoid conflicts of interest

Trump vows to close foundation to avoid conflicts of interest

S President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday said he intends to dissolve his controversial philanthropic foundation to avoid any conflicts of interest with his presidency. Trump’s sprawling portfolio of US and overseas business interests and holdings, as well as his Donald J. Trump Foundation, have come under increased scrutiny in the weeks since his election. “The […]

Castro’s ashes arrive in Santiago after journey across Cuba

Castro’s ashes arrive in Santiago after journey across Cuba

The convoy carrying the ashes of Cuba’s late communist leader Fidel Castro capped an island-wide journey on Saturday, reaching the cradle of his revolution for a final rally before burial. Tens of thousands of people cheered as the olive-green jeep that has pulled the cedar urn with Castro’s remains across Cuba since Wednesday rolled into […]

Live: Cuba decrees nine days of mourning for Fidel Castro

Live: Cuba decrees nine days of mourning for Fidel Castro

Cuban revolutionary icon Fidel Castro died late Friday in Havana aged 90, his brother, President Raul Castro, announced on national television. Follow all the latest reactions to Castro’s death in FRANCE 24’s live blog. • Castro took power in a 1959 revolution and ruled Cuba for 49 years with a mix of charisma and iron […]

Hundreds join anti-Trump rally in Paris

Hundreds join anti-Trump rally in Paris

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of the French capital in a show of defiance on Saturday amid anxiety over what Donald Trump’s election to the White House will entail for immigrants, minority groups and women. Carrying pots and pans, banners and other anti-Trump gear, demonstrators chanted “No Trump, no hate, no KKK” and […]

WHO declares end of Zika emergency but says virus remains a threat

WHO declares end of Zika emergency but says virus remains a threat

The World Health Organization on Friday declared that Zika no longer constitutes an international emergency, but it stressed a need for a long-term effort to address the virus, which has been linked to birth defects and neurological complications. Officials on WHO’s Emergency Committee made clear the Zika still constitutes a global public health threat. They […]

‘America needs your energy,’ Clinton tells supporters in comments on election loss

‘America needs your energy,’ Clinton tells supporters in comments on election loss

Hillary Clinton reflected on her devastating defeat on Wednesday evening, acknowledging the difficulty of her loss for her supporters and urging them to persevere through the Donald Trump era. In remarks that were equal parts pep talk and funeral dirge, Clinton encouraged her backers to “never, ever give up.” “I know this isn’t easy. I […]

Fresh protests erupt against Trump in cities across US

Fresh protests erupt against Trump in cities across US

Immigrants, their advocates and others opposing a Donald Trump presidency continued to protest Sunday, speaking out against the president-elect’s support of deportation and other measures. Organizers in Manhattan carried signs in English and Spanish saying things like “Hate won’t make us great,” and chanted, “We are here to stay.” More than 1,000 people joined the […]

Venezuela crisis talks resume on hostile note

Venezuela crisis talks resume on hostile note

Venezuela’s political rivals resumed fraught Vatican-backed talks Friday, as they struggle to stabilise a volatile country stricken by food shortages. The day could determine whether the sides maintain their fragile dialogue or whether antagonism and instability resurge in the oil-rich South American country. A short time before the meeting got underway, President Nicolas Maduro declared […]

Trump’s likely picks: a cabinet of horrors for Democrats

Trump’s likely picks: a cabinet of horrors for Democrats

US progressives who have not yet recovered from Donald Trump’s shock victory may be in for another jolt when the 45th US president selects his future government. Here’s an overview of the key names circulating. Donald J. Trump pitched himself as an outsider on the campaign trail, which gives him a limited pool from which […]

Donald Trump shocks the world to clinch White House

Donald Trump shocks the world to clinch White House

Republican candidate Donald Trump will become the United States’ 45th president after staging a huge upset to beat Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Follow all the latest events in this dramatic election in real time on FRANCE 24’s live blog. Trump, a billionaire real estate tycoon, rode a wave of anti-establishment sentiment to claim an improbable […]

Venezuela rivals in tentative bid to ease political crisis

Venezuela rivals in tentative bid to ease political crisis

Venezuela’s embattled President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leaders agreed Monday to hold Vatican-sponsored talks to defuse a growing political crisis, but mistrust lingers after an attempt to recall the president was scuttled. With the mediation of the Vatican and the Union of South American Nations, the two sides agreed after hours-long talks on an agenda […]

Evangelical mega-church bishop elected mayor of Rio as Brazil veers right

Evangelical mega-church bishop elected mayor of Rio as Brazil veers right

An evangelical mega-church bishop who once branded Catholics demons was elected mayor of Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, in nationwide municipal elections that confirmed the decline of the former ruling Workers’ Party. Marcelo Crivella, a controversial 59-year-old pastor, routed his progressive opponent by nearly 20 points, as left-wing candidates suffered further defeats across Latin America’s […]

Clinton calls on FBI to release all information related to email inquiry

Clinton calls on FBI to release all information related to email inquiry

White House frontrunner Hillary Clinton on Friday challenged the FBI to defend its renewed probe into emails sent to her private account, declaring herself confident it would find no wrongdoing. The Democratic candidate, who is seeking to be elected America’s first female president on November 8, launched a blistering fightback after the Federal Bureau of […]

Haiti cholera scandal ‘the UN’s Watergate’, says body’s own human rights adviser

Haiti cholera scandal ‘the UN’s Watergate’, says body’s own human rights adviser

The UN’s refusal to accept responsibility for bringing cholera to Haiti six years ago, leading to the deaths of more than 9,000 people, is a scandal on the same scale as Watergate, the organisation’s own human rights adviser has told FRANCE 24. The comparison was made by Philip Alston, professor of law at NYU and […]

Venezuelan opposition bicker over Vatican-mediated talks with govt

Venezuelan opposition bicker over Vatican-mediated talks with govt

Leaders of Venezuela’s opposition coalition publicly argued on Monday as its major factions turned against a surprise plan to hold talks with the unpopular government of President Nicolas Maduro. Opposition leaders were caught off guard by the announcement of the talks earlier in the day by coalition head Jesus Torrealba, splintering the disparate group just […]

Trump outlines first 100 days, vows to sue accusers

Trump outlines first 100 days, vows to sue accusers

Donald Trump is laying out an ambitious agenda for his first 100 days as president but pointedly noting that he will find time to sue the numerous women who have accused him of groping and other unwanted sexual behavior. “All of these liars will be sued once the election is over,” Trump said Saturday during […]

Is Donald Trump bad for your mental health?

Is Donald Trump bad for your mental health?

Donald Trump’s comments on women, immigrants and Muslims have made this year’s US presidential race one of the most divisive in living memory. But could his controversial remarks also be damaging the mental health of the nation? A number of US therapists and school teachers have warned that Trump’s rhetoric is having a notable and […]

Trump ‘rigged vote’ claims working with his supporters

Trump ‘rigged vote’ claims working with his supporters

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has sharpened his allegations that the US presidential election is rigged in his rival’s favour. In some parts of rural Illinois, FRANCE 24 finds many of his supporters believe Trump. Evelyn and Merle Hays are casting their ballots – for Trump — in the town of Paris, Illinois. Early voting […]

Obama eases restrictions on Cuba, lifts limits on rum and cigars

Obama eases restrictions on Cuba, lifts limits on rum and cigars

Americans traveling to Cuba will be allowed to bring home more of the island’s cigars and rum under new measures announced by the U.S. government on Friday to further ease trade, travel and financial restrictions that have been in place for decades. Cuba welcomed the steps, part of President Barack Obama’s effort to make his […]

Syria is top priority, new UN Secretary-General Guterres tells FRANCE 24

Syria is top priority, new UN Secretary-General Guterres tells FRANCE 24

Newly appointed UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told FRANCE 24 on Saturday that resolving Syria’s five-and-a-half-year civil war would be his top priority. This war “became not only a tragedy for the Syrian people, but a big threat for the stability of the region, and a threat to the security of everybody everywhere”, the former UN […]

Clashes erupt between pro and anti-Maduro protesters in Venezuela

Clashes erupt between pro and anti-Maduro protesters in Venezuela

Clashes broke out Wednesday between supporters and opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as opposition protesters sought to show momentum in their push to oust him in a referendum. Sticks, stones and punches flew on the Caribbean island of Margarita as red-clad Maduro supporters tried to block opponents determined to march on the town of […]

Haiti risks cholera outbreak in wake of Hurricane Matthew

Haiti risks cholera outbreak in wake of Hurricane Matthew

A week after a devastating hurricane left hundreds of people dead, Haiti faces a growing cholera outbreak that threatens to make the disaster even more deadly. Civil defence officials have so far put the death toll from the hurricane itself at 336, although a Reuters tally on Monday put the number as high as 1,000 […]

Colombia’s Santos meets rival Uribe in race to save FARC peace deal

Colombia’s Santos meets rival Uribe in race to save FARC peace deal

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Wednesday peace with the FARC rebels is “close,” but his top opponent demanded an overhaul of a “weak” deal rejected by voters in a referendum. Seeking to salvage the peace process on which he has staked his legacy, Santos held a meeting with his predecessor and former boss, Alvaro […]

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