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Probe into deadly Indian rail disaster opens, trains resume service

India's official investigation into its deadliest rail crash in over two decades began on Monday, after preliminary findings pointed to signal failure as the likely cause for a collision that killed at least 275 people and injured 1,200.  [...]

Official Turkish figures show inflation dips under 40% for first time in 16 months

Turkey's annual inflation rate dropped below 40 percent in May for the first time in 16 months, pushed down by a temporary offer of free gas to households, official data showed on Monday.  [...]

Doctored photos show Indian wrestlers smiling during their arrest

Two Indian sisters who are professional wrestlers were arrested on May 28 during a protest against the wrestling federation chief, who is accused of sexual harassment. The wrestling chief, however, is also a prominent member of the Bharatiya Janata Party, India’s ruling party. In the wake of the arrest, BJP supporters criticized the women for staging their arrest, circulating, as proof, a photo of the two women smiling in a police van. However, it turns out that this photo was digitally altered using a mobile application. [...]

German police raids on Last Generation climate activists spike recruitment

Pressure is mounting in Germany on the Last Generation climate collective, whose members specialise in gluing themselves to tarmac. Following a series of police raids last month, activists say they are being unjustly criminalised but that the police action has led to a recruitment spike. As the international community marks World Environment Day, FRANCE 24 reports on a group sparking controversy in Germany.    [...]

- Cyrielle CABOT
Ten statistics on global plastic addiction and its consequences

The UN’s annual World Environment Day on Monday comes days after negotiations on an international treaty against plastic pollution concluded Friday in Paris with 170 nations agreeing to produce a first draft of an accord by November. FRANCE 24 takes a look at the scale of the problem and its implications through 10 crucial statistics.  [...]

Ibrahimovic makes unexpected announcement that he is retiring from football

Zlatan Ibrahimovic brought the curtain down on a long, trophy-packed career on Sunday when he unexpectedly announced his retirement from football. [...]

Guinea-Bissau holds legislative elections one year after president dissolved parliament

Bissau-Guineans voted Sunday in a highly anticipated election to fill Guinea-Bissau's national legislature, more than a year after the West African nation's president dissolved parliament. [...]

🔴 Live: Russia claims to have thwarted major Ukrainian offensive in Donetsk

Russia said on Monday that its forces had thwarted a major Ukrainian offensive at five points along the front in the southern Ukrainian region of Donetsk and killed hundreds of pro-Kyiv troops. Read our live blog for all the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+2). [...]

US fighter jets chase plane over Washington airspace before it crashes in Virginia

The United States scrambled F-16 fighter jets in a supersonic chase of a light aircraft with an unresponsive pilot that violated airspace around Washington D.C. and later crashed into the mountains of Virginia, officials said. [...]

Djokovic, Alcaraz advance to French Open quarter-finals in straight-set wins

Novak Djokovic swept into the French Open quarter-finals for the 14th straight year on Sunday as world number one Carlos Alcaraz breezed past Lorenzo Musetti to stay on a collision course with the 22-time Grand Slam champion. [...]

Syria’s opposition calls for fresh talks with Assad government

Syria's opposition urged on Sunday the resumption of moribund United Nations-sponsored talks with the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, who has returned to the Arab fold after years of isolation. [...]

Lech Walesa joins hundreds of thousands of Poles in anti-govt march in Warsaw

An enormous anti-government march took place in Poland's capital Sunday, with citizens traveling from across the country to voice their anger at a right-wing administration that has eroded democratic norms and created fears the nation is following Hungary and Turkey down the path to autocracy. [...]

More than 50 Ugandan peacekeepers killed in Al-Shabaab attack in Somalia

Some 54 Ugandan peacekeepers died when militants besieged an African Union base in Somalia last week, Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni said, in one of the worst recent attacks by Al-Shabaab jihadists in the war-torn country. [...]

Scores detained in Hong Kong on Tiananmen massacre anniversary

Hong Kong police searched and detained scores of people on Sunday, including four arrested for "seditious" intent, as authorities tightened security for the 34th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. [...]

French striker Karim Benzema to leave Real Madrid amid rumours of Saudi deal

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has agreed a deal to end his glittering era at the club, the Spanish side said Sunday. The forward, 35, has been heavily linked this week with a lucrative move to Saudi Arabia. [...]

Swiatek shines, Gauff wins battle of teens in third round of French Open

World number one and defending champion Iga Swiatek took just 51 minutes to reach the French Open fourth round on Saturday as Coco Gauff ended 16-year-old Mirra Andreeva's memorable Paris debut. [...]

Tens of thousands in Belgrade stage fifth anti-government protest since mass shootings

Tens of thousands gathered on Saturday for the fifth anti-government protest this month in Serbia's capital Belgrade after two back-to-back shootings that killed 18 people, half of them children. [...]

PSG announces Messi leaving club after final match of season

Lionel Messi didn’t care about the boos in his final game for Paris Saint-Germain as the French league champion lost to Clermont 3-2 on Saturday. [...]

Beirut sends investigators to France after Lebanese ambassador accused of rape

Lebanon's foreign ministry said Saturday it would send an investigation team to Paris following reports that Beirut's ambassador to France, Rami Adwan, has been accused of rape and intentional violence. [...]

- Benjamin DODMAN
Le Pen’s far right served as mouthpiece for the Kremlin, says French parliamentary report

Dogged by accusations of proximity to the Kremlin, Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally party had hoped to clear its name by setting up a parliamentary inquiry to investigate foreign interference in French politics. But a draft report on the committee’s findings, which was leaked to the press this week, shows the move backfired spectacularly, finding instead that Le Pen’s policy stances sometimes echo the “official language of Putin’s regime”. [...]

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