Voting begins in Sri Lanka presidential election

Voting begins in Sri Lanka presidential election

Sri Lankans begin voting in a tightly fought presidential election where former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa's family is seeking a return to power after five years.
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Air of menace as Britain's election gets nasty

Air of menace as Britain's election gets nasty

Candidates hoping to be elected to parliament in Britain have faced all manner of threats and abuse in a particularly hostile campaign, with some worried for their safety when out canvassing.
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Argentina: outgoing president Macri attends his farewell rally

Argentina: outgoing president Macri attends his farewell rally

Outgoing Argentina's president Mauricio Macri and his wife Juliana Awada attend his farewell rally in Buenos Aires, where is greeted by hundreds of cheering supporters.
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Bangladesh tears down brick kilns to fight toxic smog

Bangladesh tears down brick kilns to fight toxic smog

Bangladesh authorities bulldoze illegal soot-belching brick kilns after Dhaka's air quality soared to among the world's worst last week, with the kilns -- which use coal and wood to make bricks from clay -- identified by authorities as a key pollu...
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Iraqis gather at the site of the overnight attack in Baghdad

Iraqis gather at the site of the overnight attack in Baghdad

Iraqis gather at Al-Khallani square where 17 people at least were killed and dozens more wounded overnight in the capital Baghdad, amid ongoing anti-government demonstrations. Late Friday, armed men in pick-up trucks attacked a large building wher...
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New EU chief in Ethiopia for first trip outside bloc

New EU chief in Ethiopia for first trip outside bloc

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen arrives in Ethiopia, her first trip outside Europe since assuming her post, for meetings expected to touch on migration and support for African security operations.
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'Laugh at what's hurting you': Lebanon cartoonists connect with wider audience

'Laugh at what's hurting you': Lebanon cartoonists connect with wider audience

Lebanese political cartoonists foment debate and connect with a wider audience as a surge of public anger fuels countrywide protests against corruption and the ruling elite.
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Terence Blanchard, the jazz trumpeter making opera history

Terence Blanchard, the jazz trumpeter making opera history

A top-tier jazz trumpeter and Spike Lee's go-to film score master for three decades, Terence Blanchard is now set to make history as the first black composer to stage a production at New York's esteemed Metropolitan Opera. AFP spoke to the musicia...
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US states consider 'red flag' laws to curb gun violence

US states consider 'red flag' laws to curb gun violence

More than a dozen states across the United States have adopted red flag laws that allow family members or law enforcement to seek a court order to temporarily seize guns from people who are deemed to pose an immediate danger to themselves or other...
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Chilean demonstrators hit the streets of the capital again

Chilean demonstrators hit the streets of the capital again

Thousands of Chileans take the streets again in Santiago to protest social and economic inequality and against an entrenched political elite that comes from a small number of the country's wealthiest families, among other issues. Some climate chan...
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Fashionable feathers: Italian designer's life in plumes

Fashionable feathers: Italian designer's life in plumes

Feathers have adorned the most glamorous of fashionistas throughout history, from Marie Antoinette to Lady Gaga, and one Italian octogenarian continues to fuel the fantasy.
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Food truck ferries meals to Syria's displaced in northern Idlib

Food truck ferries meals to Syria's displaced in northern Idlib

Relief workers with the Ataa Relief and Development Association, a small NGO registered in Turkey, ferry meals to displaced Syrians in Sarmada, in northern Idlib province.
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French farmers rise up against "agribashing"

French farmers rise up against "agribashing"

In the spring, the neighbours of farmer Olivier Coupery launched a petition against him over concerns about the pesticides he uses on his fields. Faced with the rise of "agribashing", he and a colleague launched the free telephone number "Ici la T...
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In Madrid, a climate march to put pressure on COP25

In Madrid, a climate march to put pressure on COP25

Thousands of people are demonstrating in Madrid to push countries gathered at the COP25 climate summit in the Spanish capital to take action against global warming.
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A round up of news and features

A round up of news and features

This week on Africa Weekly we begin in Burkina Faso in the city of Bobo-Dioulasso; once a magnet for tourists it's now largely overlooked by Western travellers because of recurrent jihadist attacks. Then we head to the Democratic Republic of Congo...
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Ukraine's Zelensky visits front line before talks with Putin

Ukraine's Zelensky visits front line before talks with Putin

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visits frontline troops fighting Moscow-backed separatists in the country's east a few days before crucial talks on the conflict with Vladimir Putin. Dressed in a khaki jacket and trousers, the 41-year-old pr...
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Hong Kong police carry out explosives demonstration

Hong Kong police carry out explosives demonstration

Hong Kong police carry out a number of controlled explosions, intended to demonstrate the power of the explosive TATP. The demonstrations, to which international media were invited, took place at the police's Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) depot.
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'Parasite singles': searching for a partner in Japan

'Parasite singles': searching for a partner in Japan

A sharply dressed crowd of Japanese singletons shuffle awkwardly around conference-room tables, exchanging small-talk and CVs in an attempt to find a marriage partner -- all of them accompanied by their parents. (ATTN CLIENTS: This video is part o...
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Young Ecuadorians promote green projects to mitigate climate change

Young Ecuadorians promote green projects to mitigate climate change

In the coastal city of Guayaquil, in southwestern Ecuador, two young environmental engineers fight against climate change by creating green walls, green roofs and sustainable buildings.
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Amid strike, French government meets with public transport officials at Matignon

Amid strike, French government meets with public transport officials at Matignon

The minister for Ecological Transition, Elisabeth Borne, and Secretary of State for Transport, Jean-Baptiste Djebarri, arrive in Matignon, followed closely by SNCF President Jean-Pierre Farandou and RATP CEO Catherine Guillouard. The SNCF and RATP...
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Weinstein arrives at the Supreme Court of the state of New York for bail hearing

Weinstein arrives at the Supreme Court of the state of New York for bail hearing

Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Supreme Court of the state of New York, ahead of bail hearing.
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Teen eco-warrior Greta Thunberg arrives for protest at COP 25

Teen eco-warrior Greta Thunberg arrives for protest at COP 25

Teen eco-warrior Greta Thunberg arrives for climate protests at COP 25 in Madrid.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel pays tribute to Auschwitz victims

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pays tribute to Auschwitz victims

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pays tribute to Holocaust victims at the "Death Wall" in the former German Nazi death camp Auschwitz during her first ever visit as chancellor.
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Exoplanets

Exoplanets

Swiss astronomers Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz on Tuesday won a share of the Nobel Physics Prizefor the first discovery, in October 1995, of a planet outside our solar system -- an exoplanet -- orbiting a solar-type star in the Milky Way. Videog...
The spark behind the electric car

The spark behind the electric car

Videographic showing how electric cars work.