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On the front page of the press this Friday, the investigations which reveal, in broad daylight, the abuses committed by the Russian army in Ukraine, the rise of the populist right in Europe, the Syrian population, prey to famine, and the return of the French XV for its last group match in the World Cup.
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They are called “shadow investigators”. These are “thousands of ordinary citizens”, writes Release, who help justice by documenting the abuses committed by Russian soldiers in Ukraine. Some 100,000 cases have been recorded. The newspaper highlights the painstaking work of these anonymous citizens who bring to light the “horrors” of this war. This “tide of investigators function as true war archaeologists”.
In Europe, conservative parties are increasingly inclined to slide towards the extremes. In the United Kingdom, the Conservative Party held its annual conference in Manchester. According to The world, the Tories would give in to a right-wing drift to satisfy their electoral ambitions, a few months before the legislative elections which give Labor the victory. For his part, The cross notes a “rise of the populist right” in Europe. Particularly in Germany, where the far-right, embodied by the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland) is in second position in the polls with the European elections of June 2024 looming.
In Syria, the attack which targeted a military barracks in Homs raises fears of a “new escalation of violence”, writes the correspondent of World, based in Beirut. Military responses from the regime have reportedly targeted the rebel region of Idlib, in the north of the country where nearly 4 million people live. For the pan-Arab newspaper, Al-Araby Al-Jadid90% of Syrians live below the poverty line, including 15 million in need of humanitarian aid.
To qualify for the quarter-finals of its World Cup, the French XV must beat the Italians this Friday evening in their last group match. As recalled The Midday Dispatch“Hail the Blues!”