Tiger, pangolin farming in Myanmar risks driving illegal trade | AFP

Conservationists warn that a sudden change in Myanmar’s law allowing the commercial farming of endangered species such as tigers, pangolins, and others risk further fuelling demand in China for rare wildlife products.

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French PM Castex holds meeting with ministers in Paris | AFP

Ministers from Jean Castex’s government meet in the French Prime Minister’s office, rue de Ségur in Paris, for a work meeting. IMAGES

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Public memorial to late mayor of Seoul opens | AFP

The public pays tribute to Park Won-soon, late mayor of Seoul, a contender to be South Korea’s next president and a former human rights lawyer, who took his own life a day after he was accused of sexual harassment. IMAGES

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Cameroon painter uses brush against COVID-19 | AFP

Cameroonian artist Alioum Moussa paints to fight against the new coronavirus in his own way. Moussa raises public awareness of the virus through a series of paintings entitled “Corona”.

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Japan baseball fans flood back to stadiums despite virus spike | AFP

Japanese baseball fans shrugged off a record spike in coronavirus cases in Tokyo as they flocked back to stadiums for the first time in months Friday.

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Africa records more than half a million coronavirus cases | AFP

This week in Africa Weekly: More than 500,000 cases of coronavirus have been diagnosed on the continent, with numbers climbing fast. Elsewhere, Ivory Coast reels following the death of prime minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, and Madagascar’s lemurs face extinction.

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Protesters throw firecrackers at police in Belgrade protest | AFP

Protesters hurl firecrackers and flares at police in a fourth night of demonstrations against President Aleksandar Vucic and his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. IMAGES

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Celebrations in Istanbul as court opens way for Hagia Sophia to be turned back into a mosque | AFP

In Istanbul, people celebrate the decision of a top Turkish court to revoke the sixth-century Hagia Sophia’s status as a museum, clearing the way for the Istanbul landmark to be turned back into a mosque in a move backed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Protesters block bridges in Mali anti-president protest | AFP

Protesters in Mali’s capital Bamako block two of the city’s main bridges during a protest against President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. IMAGES

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Russia, China veto extension of cross-border aid to Syria: diplomats | AFP

Permanent Representative of Germany to the UN Christoph Heusgen announces that a UN Security Council resolution to prolong cross-border humanitarian aid to war-torn Syria has not been adopted after two permanent members, Russia and China, voted to veto the extension. SOUNDBITE

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Polish opposition candidate Rafal Trzaskowski holds final rally ahead of presidential run-off | AFP

Polish opposition candidate Rafal Trzaskowski arrives at a rally in Raciborz on the last day of the campaign before the second round of the presidential election. The liberal contender could narrowly defeat Poland’s right-wing incumbent president Andrzej Duda in a knife-edge election on Sunday, according to final polls. IMAGES

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US: Scene outside Miami hospital as COVID-19 cases soar in Florida | AFP

Health workers and an ambulance are seen outside Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami as Florida reports its highest daily death count from COVID-19 so far. IMAGES

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President Trump arrives in Miami as Saturday’s rally in New Hampshire is delayed | AFP

US President Trump arrives in Miami to participate in a briefing on drug trafficking, as the White House confirms his rally in New Hampshire on Saturday will be cancelled because of a “big storm”. IMAGES

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Coronavirus can still be brought under control: WHO | AFP

Intense outbreaks of the new coronavirus can still be brought under control, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says. SOUNDBITE

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Birth of two Asian lion females at the Rome Zoo | AFP

Two Asian lion cubs, born on April 29th at the Rome Zoological Park, can now be seen in the enclosure with their mother and father. Zookeepers say the birth of these Asian lion cubs is excellent news as it is one of the most endangered animals on the planet.

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Celebrations as Turkey announces iconic Hagia Sophia will be reopened as mosque | AFP

People celebrate outside Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that it would be reopened for Muslim worship, sparking fury in the Christian community and neighbouring Greece. IMAGES

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Poland: Duda holds final rally ahead of presidential run-off | AFP

Polish President Andrzej Duda holds a rally in Rzeszow on the last day of the campaign ahead of the presidential run-off, with counter-demonstrators also attending. Originally scheduled for May 10, the election was postponed by over a month due to the coronavirus pandemic. IMAGES

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Chilean violin-playing nurse brings joy to COVID-19 patients | AFP

Nurse Damaris Silva plays her violin down the corridors of El Pino public hospital in Santiagio, Chile, bringing melodies and comfort to patients, some of which are trying to beat COVID-19.

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Anti-government protest in Malian capital | AFP

Protesters gather in Bamako urging President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to resign over his perceived inability to resolve Mali’s economic woes and bloody jihadist conflict. IMAGES

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Agriculture activist offers 2 tons of organic green beans to city hall employees in Lyon | AFP

An entrepreneur from Pusignan has offered a ton and a half of organic green beans from his production to Lyon to celebrate the French city’s new ‘Green’ mayor. The entrepreneur is asking the city, now under the control of Europe Ecology – Green Party (EELV) following last month’s local elections, to support the development of peri-urban agriculture.

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Covid a ‘tragedy’ for artists says France’s new culture minister | AFP

During a trip to Strasbourg, France’s new Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot talks about the impact of Covid-19 on the art and entertainment industry. IMAGES

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Urban gardens flourish in Cuba to survive the pandemic’s economic crisis | AFP

As Cuba suffers from the economic crisis brought by the coronavirus pandemic, residents are turning to urban gardens to grow their own food and survive these trying times.

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