Concern remains high over the Tonga islands, cut off from the world since the volcanic eruption

An image of the eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano in the South Pacific, captured by video, January 14, 2022. TONGA GEOLOGICAL SERVICES / VIA REUTERS Uncertainty remains, Tuesday, January 18, on the situation and the extent of the damage to the Tonga islands, four days after the eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai … Read more

Ukraine: concern and diplomatic maneuvers after a week of fruitless talks

A Ukrainian soldier in a trench, on the front line, facing pro-Russian separatists, January 10, 2022. ANDRIY DUBCHAK / AP At the end of a week of fruitless discussions between the United States and Russia, the tension is far from having subsided in Ukraine, Friday January 14. The United States has accused Moscow of stationing … Read more

After his retirement from Heusden-Zolder, concern grew around Van der Poel: “Perhaps he should be content with a 5th place”

If Wout van Aert is currently flying in the plowed fields with a fifth victory in five contested races, this is not the case with his eternal rival Mathieu van der Poel. Due to his health problems, including back pain, the world champion had to postpone his start to the season for a week, canceling … Read more

In Jerusalem, the concern of Christians “attacked and intimidated”

An American pilgrim visits the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem’s Old City on November 30, 2021. Border restrictions taken by the Israeli government because of the Omicron variant threaten tourism to Christian holy sites. MAYA ALLERUZZO / AP As Christmas approaches, the heads of the Christian churches in Jerusalem have launched a campaign … Read more

Peng Shuai emerges from silence, WTA reaffirms concern

At the beginning of November, in a message published on the Chinese social network Weibo, which had quickly disappeared, Peng Shuai had described a sincere but thwarted sentimental relationship with the former Chinese vice-premier Zhang Gaoli. The player mentioned in particular a “forced” sex with Mr. Zhang, married and 40 years his senior, before and … Read more

China: Concern grows over fate of tennis player Peng Shuai

Chinese player Peng Shuai at the Australian Open in Melbourne on November 15, 2019. EDGAR SU / REUTERS It’s an email that prompts more questions than it answers. On Thursday morning, November 18, the Twitter account of Chinese state television CGTN published a message allegedly sent by former professional tennis player Peng Shuai to the … Read more

In Georgia, the treatment of ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili raises concern

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili in a screenshot of a video broadcast by the Special Prison Service on November 11, 2021. He is imprisoned in a hospital prison in Tbilisi. SPECIAL PENITENTIARY SERVICE OF / VIA REUTERS The images, from the surveillance cameras of the prison services, loop on social networks in Georgia. A video … Read more

Serious concern in the West over the state of health of an imprisoned Chinese journalist

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists demonstrate in support of jailed journalist Zhang Zhan on December 28, 2020. KIN CHEUNG / AP While some evoke a virtual meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his American counterpart, Joe Biden, before November 25, the detention of Zhang Zhan, a Chinese journalist whose life is said to be in … Read more