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Trump positive for Covid-19, Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, India rape cases

THE WORLD THIS WEEK
THE WORLD THIS WEEK © FRANCE 24
By: François PICARD Follow | Alessandro XENOS | Juliette LAURAIN
45 min

It was 1 am in Washington when the president of the United States confirmed he had tested positive for Covid-19. Face masks were a topical issue in Tuesday's first presidential debate. Even if the other debates are cancelled, there were enough fireworks in Tuesday's 90-minute shoutfest in Cleveland to last a lifetime. And in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday, we saw the arraignment of Alan Swinney, a member of the Proud Boys, on twelve charges, including allegations he pointed a revolver at counterprotesters and fired a paintball gun and mace at them during mid-August protests.

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It's a three-decade-old border dispute that's now escalated into what looks like all-out war between former Soviet republics Armenia and Azerbaijan. Trying to sift through the fog of war propaganda are journalists. Four of them were injured on Thursday, including Le Monde's Rafael Yaghobzadeh and Allan Kaval. Turkey's president blasted Russia, France and the US, saying they've lost their credibility as longtime mediators in the conflict and putting Armenia in his crosshairs. 

In India, there's been outrage over two gang rapes and murders of young Dalit women, both in the country's largest state of Uttar Pradesh. Police on Thursday reported the gang rape and murder of a 22-year-old, while 500 kilometres away in Hathras district, there were angry protests after police officers cremated the body of a 19-year-old victim without her family's permission. She had been rushed to hospital in New Delhi 200 kilometres away but died on Tuesday. And when the head of the opposition Rahul Gandhi tried to go to a rally, police shoved him to the ground and prevented him from meeting with the family.

Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Juliette Laurain and Laura Burloux.

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