The world this week

Trump impeachment trial, Myanmar protests, Saudi activist released, Bitcoin and Elon Musk

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

Video testimony before the US Senate has thrust an unsung hero into the limelight. On January 6, Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman directed rioters away from lawmakers and in one instance saved Republican Senator Mitt Romney from the wrath of the mob. What to make of Donald Trump's second impeachment trial?

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This Friday is Union Day in Myanmar, a national holiday, marked by the biggest turnout yet after seven days of growing protests against last week's coup. Protesters are defying martial law and rubber bullets. The junta marked Union Day by releasing prisoners but it was clearly not enough to dissuade citizens from marching, nor was the warning to civil servants from the night before.

Another tangible win for women's rights came with the conditional release of Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul. She had spearheaded the right to drive movement.

Why is Bitcoin's value suddenly skyrocketing? And why has Elon Musk in this speculative frenzy announced that you'll be able to buy his cars using the cryptocurrency? The Tesla founder announced a massive bet on Bitcoin in a regulatory disclosure.

Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Juliette Laurain and Laura Burloux. 

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