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The mixed legacy of 'Abenomics' in Japan

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IN THE PAPERS

An overview of the stories making the French and international newspaper headlines. From Monday to Friday live at 7.20 am and 9.20 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2012-08-06

Jamaica marks its 50th anniversary of independence with a Bolt

Syria’s past – as well as its present - is being threatened, says Robert Fisk in The Independent. We also discover pictures of a long-awaited Mars landing. And what better way to celebrate Jamaican independence than to see Usain Bolt win a gold medal at the Olympics – even if Jamaicans had to worry about a tropical storm interrupting TV coverage.

The death toll in Syria is reported to be nearing 20,000. The papers report on the ongoing carnage. But the Independent’s Robert Fisk also asks how the more than 1,000 years of heritage will be affected – crusader castles, the citadel of al Mudiq, and the Roman mosaics of Apamea. The past must be protected, he says, so future generations may learn to avoid such bloodshed in the future.

It has landed! Mars Science Laboratory, known as Curiosity, took eight months to travel 567 million kms to Mars. The Atlantic says the dune buggy with tools,’ including two cameras – one that fires lasers into rocks to find out what they’re made of.

Today is the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence. Global Post reports on the tropical storm that made it tricky for Jamaicans to watch Usain Bolt win the Olympic gold in the 100-metre race.

And Time magazine interviews Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, who explains why she thinks it’s time to become a republic, and see off the Queen.

By Kyle G. Brown

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2017-10-20 Catalonia

Lulu the labrador flunks out of CIA K-9 academy, becomes internet sensation

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Fri. 20.10.17: Catalonia continues to be in the spotlight. Spain says it will begin the process of imposing direct rule on Saturday by activating Article...

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2017-10-20 Canada

'The fall of the comedy king': Canada hit by sexual harassment scandal

FRENCH PAPERS - Fri. 20.10.17: Papers in France focus on a growing sexual harassment scandal in Canada. Quebec entertainment giant Gilbert Rozon has been accused of abuse by...

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2017-10-19 Xi Jinping

Russia's 'Paris Hilton' launches 2018 presidential bid

IN THE WORLD PAPERS - Thursday, October 19: We take a look at reactions to Xi Jinping's speech at the Communist Party's congress. Also, Donald Trump is embroiled in a scandal...

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2017-10-19 France

Space kitty: Should Félicette, the first cat in space, get her own statue?

IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Thursday, October 19: France braces for a new day of protests as the country's main union leads demonstrations against Emmanuel Macron's labour and tax...

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2017-10-18 photography

Wildlife Photographer awards highlight effects of poaching, plastic pollution

IN THE WORLD PAPERS - Weds. October 18: The Chinese papers are giddy with excitement over the 19th Communist Party congress. Also, the Islamic State group loses control of its...

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