Israeli-Palestinian peace process: ‘Deal of the century’ is ‘more than dead’

Munib al-Masri, a Palestinian businessman and longtime member of the PLO, tells FRANCE 24 that Donald Trump’s so-called “deal of the century” between Israel and the Palestinians is dead on arrival. He says Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has refused it and will never accept it, despite pressure from Washington and from its Gulf allies such […]

Trump: U.S. will hold off on steeper tariffs after meeting with China’s Xi Jinping

President Donald Trump’s administration said Saturday it will temporarily hold off on a new round of tariffs aimed at China, the first signal of a possible truce after months of escalating trade tension between the two nations. The announcement came after Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping met for more than two hours over a steak dinner at the […]

7.0 Alaska quake damages roads, brings scenes of chaos

By Ray Sanchez, Amanda Watts and Dakin Andone, CNN A magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck near Anchorage, Alaska, on Friday morning crumbled roads and splintered buildings, sent residents scurrying for cover and triggered a tsunami warning for a time, authorities said. The booming quake hit about 8:30 a.m. local time some 10 miles northeast of […]

Trump cancels Putin meeting over Ukraine crisis

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday abruptly canceled a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Argentina, registering his disapproval of Russia’s treatment of Ukraine and casting new uncertainty over U.S.-Russian ties. Trump said he pulled out due to tensions over Russian forces opening fire on Ukrainian navy boats and then seizing them and […]

Saudi crown prince arrives in Argentina for G20 amid Khashoggi killing uproar

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Buenos Aires on Wednesday to join a G20 summit, aiming to shrug off the lingering stigma of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. The prince was received at the airport by Argentina‘s foreign minister Jorge Faurie, according to Argentine press. The Saudi foreign ministry tweeted video footage of the […]

In a blow to Trump and UAW, GM to cut thousands of jobs in massive restructuring

US auto giant General Motors announced Monday it will cut 15 percent of its workforce and shutter five factories in North America to save $6 billion and adapt to “changing market conditions”. The moves include shuttering a further two plants outside North America as the company responds to changing customer preferences and focuses on popular […]

Scholars call for sanctions against China over the mass detention of Uighurs in Xinjiang

must hit China with sanctions over the mass detention of ethnic Uighurs in its western Xinjiang region, hundreds of scholars said on Monday, warning that a failure to act would signal acceptance of “psychological torture of innocent civilians.” Beijing has in recent months faced an outcry from activists, academics and foreign governments over mass detentions […]

NASA spacecraft InSight lands successfully on Mars

NASA’s $993 million Mars InSight lander has successfully touched down on the Red Planet to listen for quakes and study how rocky planets formed, the US space agency said Monday. “Touchdown confirmed,” a mission control operator said as cheers erupted and scientists leapt from their seats to hug each other at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. […]

Ukraine introduces martial law citing threat of Russian invasion

MOSCOW/KIEV – Ukraine on Monday imposed martial law for 30 days in parts of the country most vulnerable to an attack from Russia after President Petro Poroshenko warned of the “extremely serious” threat of a land invasion. Poroshenko said martial law was necessary to bolster Ukraine’s defenses after Russia seized three Ukrainian naval ships and […]

France praises courage of slain Syrian radio activist Raed al-Fares

PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday praised the courage of Raed al-Fares, a prominent activist who was gunned down along with his friend Hamoud al-Juneid in Syria on Friday. Fares was a pro-democracy activist who ran a radio station in Idlib, northwestern Syria, that provided independent news and satirized both President Bashar al-Assad […]