PAKISTAN - AFGHANISTAN
An Afghan woman immortalised on a celebrated National Geographic magazine cover as a green-eyed 12-year-old girl was arrested Wednesday for living in Pakistan on fraudulent identity papers.
The UN refugee agency said Wednesday that at least 3,800 migrants have died in the Mediterranean Sea so far this year in an attempt to reach Europe, making 2016 the deadliest year on record.
As despair mounts among France’s overworked police force, FRANCE 24 speaks to criminologist Mathieu Zagrodzki about the frustration that has seen law enforcement take to the streets in protest against an increasing work load and extra hours.
The US ambassador to UNESCO condemned as "inflammatory" a resolution approved Wednesday by UNESCO's World Heritage Committee on the status of conservation of the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls.
A 76-year-old luxury hotel owner who was snatched in broad daylight near her French Riviera home on Monday has been found safe and sound, officials said Wednesday.
Fresh fires burned inside the Calais 'Jungle' Wednesday, after French authorities began a major operation Monday to evacuate and demolish the notorious shantytown.
Paul Beatty has become the first American author to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize for his book "The Sellout", a stinging satire of race and class in the United States.
HAITI - UN
The UN's refusal to accept responsibility for bringing cholera to Haiti six years ago, leading to the deaths of more than 9,000 people, is a scandal on the same scale as Watergate, the organisation's own human rights adviser has told FRANCE 24.
This is the UN's Watergate. That's how Special Rapporteur for the United Nations, Philip Alston, has described the UN's failure to accept responsibility for bringing cholera to Haiti. He's on his way to the UNHQ to present his report, which calls for the UN to say sorry to the victims of cholera and pay them compensation. SOT Philip Alston, NYU Law Professor and Special Rapporteur for the UN 19"The response of the United Nations has been disgraceful. I think it brings discredit upon the organisation. I think it makes it much more difficult for the UN to insist on holding governments to account for human rights violations when it is refusing to be held accountable itself." For six years, the UN denied the outbreak began at one of its bases in Haiti. But scientific evidence has proven irrefutable. In August 2016, the UN announced, for the first time, that it would provide compensation to victims as part of a 400 million dollar cholera response. But raising the money is looking next to impossible and Haitians want more than cash - they want an apology from the Secretary General. SOT: Dr David Nabarro, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General 1 02 "He's said that the UN has a moral responsibility to help the people of Haiti deal with the consequences of the cholera outbreak." Q: Sure but doesn't he have a moral responsibility to apologise? "I think that that question is one that you should ask not only to the secretary general but also to our member states who have a big interest in this." Big interests. Professor Alston says the US, the main contributor to the UN's peacekeeping budget, is thwarting those calling for accountability fearing it could lead to endless lawsuits. He argues that this rationale does not apply to the UN as it has immunity in national courts. 1 43 SOT My concern is that it puts the UN in a very bad light if whenever these major disasters occur the UN is they are able to reject this claim on the basis of a phony argument establish its own unaccountability. As Professor Alston says, coming clean on cholera is essential if the UN wants to salvage its damaged reputation. Jessica Le Masurier and Simona Bua, New York
Venezuela's opposition-majority legislature voted on Tuesday to open a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro, who is resisting efforts to remove him from power in a volatile political crisis.
FRANCE 24 EXCLUSIVE
FRANCE 24’s reporters followed an Iraqi armored column into the Christian village of Karamles, 15 kilometres east of Mosul, shortly after it was cleared of Islamic State (IS) group militants.