Colombia car bomb attack reflects 'internal tensions within ELN rebel group'

The Colombian government says that the ELN rebel group was responsible for the car bomb attack on a police academy in Bogota on Thursday. The attack killed at least 21 and injured dozens. The ELN has not released a statement or claimed responsibility for the attack. FRANCE 24 spoke to Kyle Johnson, a Colombia expert at the International Crisis Group, an NGO that carries out research on international conflict. He told FRANCE 24 that the attack reflects “internal tensions” within the group.

DR Congo refuses African Union request to delay release of final vote results

The Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday rejected an African Union demand to delay announcing final results from its presidential election, compounding the turmoil surrounding a chaotic vote that many fear could fan widespread unrest.

Kurdish YPG militia stuck between Turkey and the US

The Kurdish YPG militia is stuck between a rock and a hard place... On one side, Turkey, which considers the militia a terrorist branch of the outlawed PKK, the Kurdistan Workers' Party, and on the other, the United States, which has supported the YPG in its efforts to dislodge the Islamic State Group from its positions in Syria. But US President Donald Trump made a shock decision last month to withdraw all American troops from Syria, leaving the YPG high and dry and having to face an increasingly hostile Ankara on its own.

Japan's modern-day hermits: The world of hikikomori

In Japan, half a million people live isolated in their bedrooms, unable to face the outside world. These modern-day hermits are known as the hikikomori. Since April 2018, the Japanese government has been conducting a nationwide study in a bid to fully understand this strange phenomenon. Once limited to young people, it now affects the whole of Japanese society. Our correspondent reports.

From Keira Knightley’s Colette to everything you need to know about Champagne, FRANCE 24’s week in review

Our favourite FRANCE 24 stories, TV shows and interviews of the week, from Keira Knightley on Colette to the growing threat of a "post-antibiotic apocalypse" to everything you need to know about France's favourite bubbly, Champagne.

Egypt abuses put French military deals in spotlight as Macron heads to Cairo

As Emmanuel Macron heads to Egypt, activists are calling on the French president to address abuses at an Egyptian shipyard building battleships in partnership with a French company. But with multi-billion euro military deals at stake, will he comply?


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