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Haitian migrants pour out of U.S. into Mexico to avoid being sent back home

As word spreads of expulsions to Haiti, Haitians in the U.S. camp stream back across the Rio Grande to Mexico to at least avoid being put on a plane back to their troubled homeland.


Podcast: Biden shut a migrant camp. Then this bigger one appeared

Central American migrants are waiting in Mexico, hoping the U.S. will grant them asylum. Here's what it's like for them.


Op-Ed: For a generation born into climate change, hope isn't an option. Activism is

If you're 25 years old, you grasp the near certainty of climate catastrophe. Then you fight it, because what choice do you have?


Confined to U.S. border camp, Haitian migrants wade to Mexico for supplies

Migrants say they've been forced to traverse the river daily to buy food because they're not allowed to cook in the camp and the U.S. has failed to provide any real sustenance.


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US, China Unveil Separate Big Steps to Fight Climate Change
The two biggest economies and largest carbon polluters in the world announced separate financial attacks on climate change Tuesday.  Chinese President Xi Jinping said his country will no longer fund coal-fired power plants abroad, surprising the world on climate for the second straight year at the U.N. General Assembly. That came hours after U.S. President Joe Biden announced a plan to double financial aid to poorer nations to $11.4 billion by 2024 so those countries could switch to...

World Leaders Address UN General Assembly
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Malawi President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera are among the world leaders scheduled to take their turn to address the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday.  Johnson has highlighted in the days before his speech the need to take action to address climate change, saying a global economic recovery “must be rooted in green growth.”  Rich nations have benefitted from growth that resulted in pollution, and now “have a...

Manila Mayor Launches Campaign for Philippine Presidency
Isko Moreno, the mayor of the Philippine capital, Manila, announced Wednesday he is running for president of the Pacific archipelago.   The popular politician announced his candidacy for next year’s general election during a speech in an impoverished Manila neighborhood, asking supporters to “accept my application as president of the Philippines.”    The 46-year-old Moreno rose to prominence from an impoverished childhood scavenging leftover food from restaurants and collecting junk to...

Proposal to Remove Chiang Kai-shek Statue in Taiwan Stirs Controversy
A cabinet-level commission in Taiwan has proposed removing a giant statue of its former president Chiang Kai-shek — the centerpiece of a memorial hall in Taipei dedicated to the military leader, who served as the island’s president from 1949 until his death in 1975.  But the proposal, part of the commission’s larger plan to convert the memorial into a reflection on Taiwan’s authoritarian past, has drawn mixed reactions.    Chiang’s legacy  Chen Yu-fan, a commissioner at...

Earthquakes Rattle Southeast Australia
Three earthquakes struck the Australian state of Victoria. Tremors were felt across southeastern Australia. Buildings and roads were damaged, but, so far, no serious injuries or deaths have been reported. The first earthquake — a magnitude 5.9 — was detected at 9:15 a.m. local time in the Alpine National Park near Mansfield in Victoria’s northeast.  Geoscience Australia, a government scientific agency, said the ‘quake was potentially the largest ever recorded in eastern Australia since...

Canada’s New Trudeau Government Faces Old Policy Challenges
This week’s Canadian election, returning Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to power with another minority government, has done little to shift the balance of power at home but has put sharper edges on several of the nation’s ongoing foreign policy debates.  At the forefront is the question of the next government’s approach to China, which, in the view of cybersecurity expert Marcus Kolga, played an unwelcome role in the campaign.  “Foreign disinformation and influence operations were an...

Lawyer Says US Journalist in Myanmar Jail Seems Disheartened
U.S. journalist Danny Fenster, imprisoned in Myanmar for almost four months while awaiting trial, appeared disheartened during a court hearing Monday, his lawyer said. Fenster has been charged with incitement — spreading inflammatory information — an offense for which he could be sentenced to up to three years in prison. The charge does not specify what he is accused of doing. The military-installed government that took power in February has sought to curb independent news media by...

EU Rallies Behind Macron as France's Dispute With US, Britain Worsens
The Australian decision to cancel a $66 billion deal to buy 12 French diesel-electric submarines and to purchase instead at least eight more sophisticated nuclear-powered attack boats from Britain and America continues to reverberate with French officials smarting at what they see as a betrayal by London and Washington. And there are few signs the dispute will abate any time soon. European Union leaders are rallying behind France in the dispute over the shelving of the...

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Rare Australia earthquake causes panic in Melbourne
A rare quake rattled southeastern Australia early Wednesday, shaking buildings, knocking down walls and sending panicked Melbourne residents running into the streets.

China's Evergrande strikes deal to avoid default on key bond
Embattled Chinese housing giant Evergrande said Wednesday it had agreed a deal with domestic bondholders that should allow the conglomerate to avoid default on one of its interest payments.

China, US announce separate, major steps to combat climate change
Chinese President Xi Jinping said his country will no longer fund coal-fired power plants abroad, surprising the world on climate for the second straight year at the U.N. General Assembly.

UN says Taliban asked to address GA meeting, named UN envoy
The United Nations says the Taliban, Afghanistan's new rulers since last month, have challenged the credentials of Afghanistan’s former U.N. ambassador and are asking to speak at the U.N. General Assembly’s high-level meeting of world leaders that began Tuesday.

Macron and Modi vow to ‘act jointly’ in Indo-Pacific as submarine row intensifies
French President Emmanuel Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday vowed to "act jointly" in the Indo-Pacific region as a row intensified with Australia, the US and the UK over a scuttled submarine contract.

Perception that France is ‘too soft’ on China fed Australia submarine dispute
As France rages over last week's Australia-UK-US (AUKUS) defence deal that saw Canberra ditch multibillion dollar submarine contracts, analysts suggest Paris should not have been so shocked – considering Australia’s desire for nuclear submarine technology is rooted in its fear of a Chinese threat, alongside a broader Anglophone perception that France’s China policy is too ambiguous.

Fake photo of new Afghan central bank chief goes viral
In the first edition of our new fact-checking show Truth or Fake, we focus on Afghanistan. A photo purportedly showing the new Afghan central bank chief has gone viral on social media; we show you how our Observers team debunked the image. Meanwhile, we demonstrate how widely shared images of alleged recent violence in Afghanistan's Panjshir Valley, attributed to the Taliban, actually come from a 2018 film. 

Observers special report: Life under the Taliban in 2021
The FRANCE 24 Observers team brings you a special programme following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. Afghans from all over the country agreed to talk to us and tell us about what's happening on the ground. Who are the Taliban who are governing today? What's really happening in the capital and across the country? Our Observers recount what life is like under Taliban rule.

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