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Amid Trump indictment, a look back at France’s history of prosecuting ex-leaders

The United States waded into new territory on Thursday with the indictment of former president Donald Trump, a move that was unprecedented in US history. But other liberal democracies have extensive experience charging former – and sometimes current – leaders. While a serving French leader is generally safe from prosecution, former presidents Nicolas Sarkozy and Jacques Chirac were convicted after leaving office. 

Russian UN Security Council presidency is absurd, says Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday said it was absurd that Russia had assumed the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council, adding this showed the institution's "total bankruptcy". Ealier in the day, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu promised to increase the supply of ammunition to Russian forces in Ukraine during a visit to the headquarters of Moscow's troops fighting in the country. Read our live blog to see how all the day's events unfolded. All times are Paris time (GMT+1).

Palestinian killed by Israeli soldiers after West Bank car ramming as violence escalates

A suspected assailant was killed by Israeli soldiers after a West Bank car ramming Saturday, the army said, in an escalation that threatens to end a relative lull during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan so far. 

Ukraine decries 'symbolic blow' as Russia takes helm of UN Security Council

A top Ukrainian official on Saturday criticised the 'symbolic blow' of Russia assuming the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council. 

Israelis protest for 13th straight week against Netanyahu’s now-frozen judicial overhaul

Thousands of Israelis protested in Tel Aviv Saturday for a 13th straight week against a controversial judicial overhaul now frozen by the government while talks are held with party representatives. 

Haiti: The wounds of a broken country

The security situation in Haiti has spiralled out of control since the shock assassination of President Jovenel Moise in July 2021, with the country increasingly beset by violence. Today, unrest has reached such levels that the United Nations is being urged to intervene and there has been a total breakdown of governance. The country is increasingly at the mercy of criminal gangs and half of the population struggles to find food. FRANCE 24's team travelled to Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, before gangs took full control of the city. They met a writer, a street vendor and a food importer, as well as residents trying to flee abroad.

Parker, Nowitzki, Wade to be inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame later this year

Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol, Tony Parker, Dwyane Wade and San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will be ushered into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame later this year, the organization confirmed on Saturday.

'A polarised debate': Paris to vote on banning self-service e-scooters

Self-service e-scooters have become commonplace on the streets of Paris since they were first introduced five years ago, but irresponsible use and a rising accident toll have hardened city hall’s attitude towards the popular mode of transport. On April 2 residents in the capital will vote on whether to ban them altogether.

Finland's far right aims to oust popular PM Sanna Marin in legislative elections

Finnish politics could see a dramatic shift to the far right in elections on Sunday as an anti-immigration party aims to replace "rock star" Prime Minister Sanna Marin's Social Democrats.

Last Generation climate activists turn landmark fountain in Rome black

Climate activists in Italy turned a Baroque-style fountain at the foot of Rome's Spanish Steps black on Saturday, in a protest they said evoked an "end of the world" scenario.

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