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Live from the newsroom, we provide an overview of the stories making the French and international newspaper headlines. From Monday to Friday at 7.20 am and 9.20 am Paris time.

IN THE PAPERS

IN THE PAPERS

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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2014-12-19 Cuba

'Castro's hipster apologists want to keep Cuba authentically poor'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Fri. 19.12.14: International papers continue to focus on the historic move between the US and Cuba to restore full diplomatic relations. The Daily Beast...

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2014-12-19 Cuba

Cuban Diaspora divided along generational lines

FRENCH PAPERS - Fri. 19.12.14: French papers are still focusing on that historic move between the US and Cuba to restore full diplomatic relations. Communist paper L'Humanité is...

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2014-12-18 Cuba

Cuba-USA: 'A roll of the dice'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Thurs. 18.12.14: Papers in the US and Cuba react to that historic move to restore full diplomatic relations. The New York Times applauds this decision to...

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2014-12-18 Cuba

The 'Caribbean Wall' is starting to crumble

FRENCH PAPERS - Thurs. 18.12.14: The leading story in France today is the historic move between the US and Cuba to restore full diplomatic relations. Will the economic embargo be...

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2014-12-17 Pakistan

Russians take economic crisis in stride with black humour

FRENCH PAPERS - Weds. 17.12.14: The leading story in the French papers, as it is around the world, is yesterday's deadly Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar in north-western...

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