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Israeli attack on Rafah tent camp kills 45, prompts global outcry

NIDAL AL-MUGHRABI and DAN WILLIAMS Updated: 7:40am Cairo, Egypt/Jerusalem Reuters An Israeli airstrike triggered a fire that killed 45 people in a tent camp in the Gazan city of Rafah, officials said on Monday, prompting an outcry from global leaders who urged the implementation of a World Court order to halt Israel’s assault. Palestinian families […]

New Caledonia state of emergency to be lifted, says Paris

Paris, France/Sydney, Australia Reuters Seven more mobile force units will soon arrive as reinforcements in New Caledonia, the Elysée said in a statement on Monday, also indicating a state of emergency would end as planned in the French Pacific territory on Tuesday morning local time. The state of emergency would end on Monday evening at […]

In restive New Caledonia, Macron sees Pacific power and influence

Paris, France Reuters In 2018, a year after becoming France’s President, Emmanuel Macron flew to the remote French-ruled Pacific island of New Caledonia to outline his latest foreign policy plan. With China’s regional ambitions growing, a new Indo-Pacific strategy was needed to prevent it from becoming hegemonic, he said. New Caledonia would be a key […]

Notre Dame cathedral cross reinstalled in Paris amid restoration efforts

Paris, France AP The cross at the apse of Notre-Dame de Paris, which survived the devastating 2019 fire, was reinstalled atop the cathedral’s framework Friday after a meticulous restoration by artistic ironworkers from Normandy. Workers celebrate after reinstalling the Notre Dame de Paris cathedral’s Croix du Chevet, right, on Friday, 24th May, 2024, in Paris. The […]

The colonial-era inequalities that fuelled the New Caledonia crisis

Paris, France Reuters French President Emmanuel Macron said on a visit to New Caledonia on Thursday that inequalities had widened on the French-ruled Pacific archipelago and were a driving force in the deadly civil unrest that broke out last week. The island territory is marked by deep disparities in education and employment, according to census […]

In riot-scarred New Caledonia, France’s Macron delays voting reform

Noumea, New Caledonia/Sydney, Australia Reuters French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday after a day of talks in New Caledonia that he would delay a voting reform that had triggered deadly riots on the French-ruled Pacific island, and try to seek a new political agreement. Speaking in the capital Noumea after meeting local political leaders, […]

Macron arrives in riot-hit New Caledonia for high-stakes talks

Sydney, Australia/Paris, France Reuters French President Emmanuel Macron landed in the Pacific island of New Caledonia on Thursday, for a day of talks during which he will aim to turn the page on deadly riots triggered by a contested electoral reform. Any attempt to convince the rioters to get off the streets will be a […]

New Caledonia protesters, police spar ahead of Macron visit

Reuters Protesters and a thousand French police reinforcements were playing a “game of cat and mouse” in New Caledonia, an independence group said on Wednesday, ahead of the arrival of France’s President Emmanuel Macron after the worst riots in 40 years. Macron is due to land in the French overseas territory in the Pacific on […]

Australia, New Zealand send evacuation flights to New Caledonia

Sydney, Australia/Wellington, New Zealand Reuters Australia and New Zealand said they will send government planes to New Caledonia on Tuesday to evacuate nationals from the French territory which has experienced a week of deadly riots, sparked by electoral changes by the French government in Paris. France’s High Commission in New Caledonia said on Tuesday the […]

France mobilises police to regain control of New Caledonia airport road

Paris, France Reuters French police trying to restore order in the island territory of New Caledonia after days of deadly unrest have cleared dozens of barricades that had been blocking the main road linking the airport to the capital, Noumea, a senior official said on Sunday. Around 60 barricades that protesters had put up along […]