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German navy chief resigns over controversial comments on Putin, Crimea

Germany's navy chief stepped down on Saturday after drawing criticism for saying Russian President Vladimir Putin deserved respect and that Kyiv would never winback annexed Crimea from Moscow.

Scientists scrutinise characteristics of new Omicron sub-variant BA.2

Studies are underway to find out the precise characteristics of the latest Covid-19 variant ‘BA.2’. It already accounts for the majority of most recent cases in a number of countries, including India, Denmark and Sweden. But, for French Health Minister Olivier Véran, this sub-variant’s arrival in France is not "a game changer".

Dozens killed as fighting rages on after IS prison attack in eastern Syria

Fighting raged for a third day Saturday between the Islamic State group and Kurdish forces in Syria after IS attacked a prison housing jihadists, with the violence killing nearly 90 people, a monitor said.

Italy's Silvio Berlusconi pulls out of Italian presidential race

Billionaire former premier Silvio Berlusconi announced Saturday he will not run for Italy's presidency, ending his improbable candidacy two days before voting begins in parliament.

'The Predator' Vs 'Bon Gamin': Ngannou takes on Gane in heavyweight UFC event

Cameroonian fighter Francis Ngannou, known as 'The Predator', is set to take on Frenchman 'Bon Gamin' Ciryl Gane in his first heavyweight UFC 270 title defence on Saturday evening. Both fighters once trained together in Paris - Ngannou used to be a homeless migrant in the French capital - before pursuing their careers in the US.

Douala academy nurtures Cameroon’s next generation of Indomitable Lions

The Brasseries Football School in Cameroon has nurtured some of Africa’s greatest players since it began operating in 1989. The distinguished academy has sent footballers to some of the world's top clubs, as well as to Cameroon’s national team, the Indomitable Lions. FRANCE 24 visited their training ground in Douala.

Germany's CDU elects longtime Merkel rival Friedrich Merz as leader

Germany's centre right opposition Christian Democrats on Saturday elected Friedrich Merz, a critic of former Chancellor Angela Merkel, as their new leader by a huge majority.

Burkina police fire tear gas at protesters angry over mounting jihadist violence

Security forces fired tear gas at protesters barricading the streets and throwing rocks in Burkina Faso’s capital on Saturday, as anger grows at the government’s inability to stop jihadist attacks spreading across the country.

Hundreds detained in Kazakhstan in wake of violent unrest

Kazakhstan said Saturday it was holding more than 460 people on terrorism and disorder charges in the wake of mass unrest that saw Russian-led forces called in to restore calm.

Nigeria's Super Eagles to face Ghana in 2022 World Cup play-offs

Nigeria, the top performers so far in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, were paired with arch rivals Ghana in the African World Cup play-offs draw in Douala on Saturday.

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