The World This Week

US presidential race, Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Mali hostages, France floods


On Monday morning we awoke to images of Donald Trump returning by helicopter to the White House after a weekend stay in hospital with Covid-19. The commander-in-chief who turned to the camera and dropped the mask. The White House physician gave the president a clean bill of health on Thursday. Sean Conley, who is an osteopath not a general practitioner, gave the president the green light to resume public engagements on Saturday. But the Democratic Speaker of the House wants to know when his last negative test was.


Thirteen days of the worst border clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan in a quarter-century and finally there's a whiff of de-escalation. Both sides have been giving as good as it gets with more than 400 killed, including many civilians, in the battle over the mostly Armenian-speaking enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. And with Thursday's shelling of a historic cathedral in the town of Shusha in Nagorno-Karabakh comes word from the Kremlin that mediation between Baku and Yerevan has begun.

The annual announcement coming out of Oslo: The UN food agency rewarded with the Nobel Peace Prize, just as a 75-year-old woman whose charity fights malnutrition in northern Mali was touching down on home soil after nearly four years of captivity. Sophie Pétronin, the last remaining French hostage in the world, was freed alongside two Italians and veteran opposition leader Soumaila Cissé. A lot sure has changed since Cissé's kidnapping. The three-time presidential candidate was abducted in March while campaigning for legislative elections in his home district of Niafunké near Timbuktu in the north.

After the planet's hottest September on record, extreme weather battered the highlands above the French Riviera. The coffins of the cemetery in Saint-Dalmas de Tende were uprooted by Superstorm Alex as entire villages found themselves cut off from the world in two remote valleys along the Italian border. Thirteen people were killed and more than a dozen are still missing.

Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Juliette Laurain and Laura Burloux.

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