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"Strategy meeting" with Mr. Biden against China Prime Minister, proud of Japan-US cooperation

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Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (center) finished a commemorative photo at the G7 Summit. US President Joe Biden on the left in the front row, British Prime Minister Johnson on the right = June 11, 2021, Cornwall, UK, representative photo At the Group of Seven Summit (G7 Summit) held in Cornwall, England on the 11th to 13th, the question was how to deal with China. Japan has moved in step with the United States to share a sense of crisis with the rising China.  At the meeting on the second day, which discussed the recovery from the new corona, each country took up "China". Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga expressed "deep concern", citing unilateral actions, human rights situations, and unfair economic activities in the East China Sea and South China Sea.  While there was a temperature difference among the members to deal with China, Prime Minister Suga emphasized his position to take a strong stance while using words such as "It is incompatible with the values ​​

Iraq opens mass grave to identify victims of worst Daesh crimes

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The Iraqi authorities announced on Sunday that they had taken out of a mass grave the remains of 123 victims of one of the worst massacres of the Islamic State (IS) group to compare them with samples taken from relatives of the missing. - ZAID AL-OBEIDI / AFP DAECH - On Sunday evening, the Iraqi authorities announced that they had removed from a mass grave the remains of 123 victims of one of the terrorist group's worst massacres. Iraq is not done with being confronted with its painful past.  The country's authorities announced on Sunday that they had removed from a mass grave the remains of 123 victims of one of the worst massacres of the Daesh group - which occupied a third of Iraq from 2014 to 2017 - to compare them with samples taken from among relatives of the missing. For weeks, in Baghdad and elsewhere, dozens of families have donated blood in an attempt to identify the 583 bodies found in this huge mass grave near Badouch prison, not far from Mosul in the north of t

Israel: Naftali Bennett becomes Prime Minister, Netanyahu ousted after 12 years in power

RENEWAL - The Israeli Parliament voted on Sunday evening to trust the government of new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. He succeeds Benjamin Netanyahu, in power for twelve years. Israel is turning the Netanyahu page. The Parliament voted this Sunday in favor of the new government coalition, by 60 votes to 59. The end of twelve years of reign of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has already affirmed his determination to return to power.   Of the 119 deputies (out of 120 in parliament), 60 voted in favor of the new coalition, which ranges from right to left, including the support of an Arab party. Fifty-nine MPs, mostly from Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party, the far-right and ultra-Orthodox parties, opposed it. A member of the Arab Raam list, who nevertheless supports the coalition, abstained. In the process, every member of Israel's 36th government was sworn in at the Knesset gallery, starting with Naftali Bennett.    "I understand that it is not an easy day for

Amazon's conquest of the world and space

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Amazon saw a record increase in turnover in 2020, with an increase of 83 billion euros. And the fortune of Jeff Bezos soars to 170 billion euros. This is a first in history. But how did he come to this? A ticket for a ten-minute flight at an altitude of 100 kilometers in a capsule was sold for 28 million dollars. Its winner will travel alongside Jeff Bezos and his brother Marc. A dream that he has always nourished. But before tackling space, the boss of Amazon first set out to conquer world trade.    In 1994, he created Amazon. Its goal was to become the largest bookstore in the world. And 25 years later, his group is a juggernaut and the health crisis has further strengthened its domination. Indeed, the firm recorded an increase of 83 billion euros in its turnover in 2020.  Amazon offered its customers to buy everything anytime, anywhere. It now adds entertaining content and live sporting events, such as the Roland Garros tournament and Ligue 1 football in France. The grou

Guyana's cocaine smugglers

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The trafficking of cocaine plagues Guyanese society. Located in South America, the French department is one of the privileged stages of the transport of this drug to Europe. The mayor of Apatou in Guyana is indicted for a customs offense in a drug trafficking case.   In Orly, a suitcase that he put in the hold was scanned and customs officers discovered several kilos of cocaine there. Could the mayor not know that drugs were present in the suitcase he had been given? It seems hard to believe as drug trafficking cases have multiplied in Guyana in recent years.  Indeed, 30% of the cocaine consumed in France would pass through this overseas department. Every day, at Cayenne airport or at Orly when flights arrive, customs officers find white powder in suitcases. It is camouflaged in double bottoms, concealed in clothing or in fruit. It is even found in the stomachs of some travelers, ingested in the form of a pellet.  In 2019, customs seized more than two tonnes of cocaine. On each

'Very, very worrying': Delta variant threatens lifting of UK restrictions

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TRANSFER - The British Prime Minister warned on Saturday that the spread in his country of the Delta variant was "very worrying", raising fears of a postponement of the lifting of the last anti-Covid restrictions. Can the latest anti-Covid restrictions be lifted as planned on June 21 in England? Nothing is less sure. The Delta variant is of great concern to the authorities: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson judged the spread of the virus on Saturday "very worrying".  "It is clear that the Indian variant is more transmissible and that cases and levels of hospitalization are increasing," the leader told Sky News on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Cornwall. "Now we don't know exactly how much of this is going to translate into excess mortality," he tempered, "but this is clearly a very, very serious issue."  The figures released by the authorities illustrate the growing share of the Delta variant in the epidemic in England: con

"On the same line": Macron and Biden display their agreement during their first tête-à-tête

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COLLABORATION - US President Joe Biden and his counterpart Emmanuel Macron increased their kindness on Saturday at the G7 summit in Carbis Bay.  The two men want to cooperate on major international issues. We are on the same line. "Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron stormed with kindness this Saturday, on the occasion of the G7 which takes place in Carbis Bay, in the United Kingdom. It was their first face-to-face -head since the coming to power of the American president.  "We have to face this pandemic, we have to face a lot of crises, climate change, and we need cooperation for all these problems," Emmanuel Macron said in English, at the beginning of their exchange. "And I think it's great to have a US president very keen to cooperate," he added, saying the Democratic leader had shown "leadership in the partnership".    "We're on the same line," replied Joe Biden, sitting next to him in front of a sandy beach. He underlined having &

G7: a relaxed atmosphere during dinner with Queen Elisabeth II

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The leaders of the G7 were received by Queen Elisabeth II on Friday evening. The latter has just celebrated its 95th birthday and wanted to relax the sometimes a little too solemn atmosphere.  On the very official photo of the G7, the sanitary distances have been respected. There was also a never-before-seen host, Queen Elisabeth II, who even honors her guests with a very English touch of humor. The atmosphere was very relaxed on the occasion of the dinner hosted by the Queen for heads of state and government. Prince Charles and Camilla, as well as the charmed assets of the royal family, William and Kate, were also invited.  Queen Elisabeth II, 95 spring, is in great shape. A few hours earlier, during a visit focused on the environment, she cut a cake. And again, she shows a lot of humor in the face of adversity. The cake was candleless, but it was like a prelude to the festivities this Saturday. As tradition dictates, the Queen's birthday is celebrated twice: D-Day in Apri

United States: "swallowed" by a whale, a fisherman emerges unharmed

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FRAYEUR - Friday, Michael Packard, who practices in Massachusetts, said he found himself "in the mouth of a whale trying to swallow it." He also remembered thinking his time had come.  Michael Packard's fishing trip took an unusual turn on Friday, June 11. This Massachusetts lobster fisherman said he was "swallowed by a humpback whale" before being thrown back into the ocean.  The man, from Provincetown, nearly 200 km east of Boston, told the local Cape Cod Times newspaper that he "was diving for lobsters when a humpback whale tried to eat [him] . I was in his mouth closed for 30 to 40 seconds. " "Everything turned black. I just felt muscles and skin all around me. I couldn't see anything, I just felt the movements of the swimming whale", also remembered the miracle for the American channel CBS Boston, in the video at the top of this article.  If he initially thought he had been bitten by a shark, he realized that he did not feel any

G7: post-pandemic recovery on the menu, first meeting between Macron and Biden

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DIPLOMACY - The leaders of the great powers of the G7 displayed a united front on Friday, at the start of their summit in England. On the program: the revival of the world economy, at half mast after months of health crisis. Get the world back on its feet after several months of a pandemic. This is the objective posted this Friday at the English seaside resort of Carbis Bay, in Cornwall, where the leaders of the great powers of the G7 met. A summit marked in particular by the first steps in Europe of Joe Biden, the American president, who met Emmanuel Macron for the first time.  The two men have indeed exchanged during the family photo, on the beach of Carbis Bay. They then chatted as they walked, the Frenchman wrapping his arm around the American's back. A bilateral meeting is scheduled for Saturday morning, said the Elysee. The first exchanges? They focused on how to "make democracies more efficient for the middle classes" and how to respond to China "withou

A special Pulitzer Prize for Darnella Frazier, who filmed the murder of George Floyd

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Darnella Frazier, the 18-year-old who filmed the murder of George Floyd at the end of May 2020, was awarded one of the most prestigious journalism awards in the United States on Friday. Darnella Frazer awarded by the Pulitzer Jury. The 18-year-old received a special award for her role in the George Floyd case. And for good reason: she was the one who, at the end of May 2020, filmed the arrest and murder of this African-American in Minneapolis. And trigger a wave of unprecedented demonstrations.    The Pulitzer jury paid tribute to the one who "bravely recorded the murder of George Floyd, a video that sparked protests against police brutality around the world."    On May 25 in Minneapolis, she was running a race when she saw George Floyd "lying on the ground with a police officer kneeling on him," according to her account last May, during the murder trial. He was "terrified, he was pleading for his life, he was suffering," while White Officer Derek Chau

Barkhane in the Sahel: why France says stop?

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Emmanuel Macron announced yesterday the end of Operation Barkhane in its current form. An international force should replace it. A French disengagement which will be gradual. Since 2013, the Serval then Barkhane operations represent eight and a half years of France's commitment to the Sahel. 2.5 million euros spent per day and military successes with the neutralization of many jihadist leaders. But there were also losses, with a total of 50 French soldiers killed in action.  However, despite the permanent mobilization of more than 5,000 men spread over different bases in this immense territory, France has seen jihadist groups gradually once again extend their areas of action. With two nebulae, one affiliated with Al Kaida, the other with Daesh which attacks the local security forces as well as the populations.  For the President of the Republic, the observation is clear. What has not worked is the failure of local governments. The latter did not know how to take advantage of

Joe Biden at the G7: a marked break with Donald Trump

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With relaxed and even warm exchanges, Joe Biden reconnects with his allies at the G7 summit. This is the first overseas trip for the US president who ostensibly marked the break with the Donald Trump era. They do not have a mask but, officially, they do not shake hands, because the coronavirus is still necessarily on the agenda of this G7. Everyone has their place for the photos, those of a family that finally finds itself, in real life, in proximity to the American and French Presidents. This reunion takes place in Carbis Bay, in this resort at the end of the British world. The place is inaccessible and protected as it should militarily and sanitary with a daily test for all those who participate from near or far to this summit.  On the menu of this G7 are the pandemic, the climate emergency as well as the tension of the world. Without even waiting for the start of the summit, President Joe Biden pledged to begin global solidarity. "The United States is going to buy half a

Mali: French army kills jihadist responsible for kidnapping two RFI journalists

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TERRORISM- Armed Minister Florence Parly announced on Friday June 11 that the French army had killed an AQIM cadre in Mali. This jihadist was responsible for the kidnapping of two RFI journalists in 2013. "Its neutralization puts an end to a long wait", reacted the Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly. She announced on Friday June 11 that the French army had killed a cadre of the Al-Qaeda group in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in northern Mali. The minister expressed her relief, because this jihadist was responsible for the kidnapping in 2013 of two French journalists from RFI.  "On June 5, Barkhane's soldiers detected the preparation of a terrorist attack in Aguelhok, in northern Mali", against a UN grip and "eliminated four terrorists", among whom "Baye Ag Bakabo, executive Aqmi and responsible for the kidnapping of our fellow citizens "Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, murdered in Kidal on November 2, 2013, detailed Florence Parl

Covid-19: these countries which remain almost deprived of vaccines

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GLOBAL HEALTH - On the occasion of the G7 organized until Sunday, the rich countries promised to deliver 1 billion doses to the most disadvantaged countries. For NGOs, it would take ten times more. Six months after the first vaccination campaigns, some countries remain totally destitute. Delivery of AstraZeneca vaccines to Madagascar, May 8, 2021, as part of the Covax program. - Mamyrael / AFP The more rich countries get vaccinated, the more inequalities grow. Six months after the first vaccination campaigns against Covid-19, in the United States, the United Kingdom and then in the European Union, the mechanisms created to allow the poorest countries to access them also show significant delays - because of the difficulties linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine but also to the grabbing of the first available doses since January by the richest countries - to the point of making the differences incredibly glaring.  To date, a quarter of the 2.3 billion doses administered worldwide have b

Ethiopia: Unicef ​​warns of famine threatening 30,000 children in Tigray

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HUMANITARIAN AID - According to the United Nations, tens of thousands of malnourished children are at risk of dying in the Tigray region, in northern Ethiopia, now affected by famine. Refugee children from the conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, waiting for a food distribution in the Um Raquba camp in Sudan, in December 2020. - YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP "Without humanitarian access to increase our aid, some 30,000 severely malnourished children in these extremely inaccessible areas are at great risk of dying," said James Elder, spokesperson for the United Nations Fund for Human Rights, in Geneva. childhood (Unicef).  According to UN humanitarian agencies, millions of people in Tigray are in need of food aid, 350,000 of whom are at risk of starvation. These authorities denounced the blocking of aid by "armed groups". Peru: prosecutor calls for the arrest of Keiko Fujimori, a right-wing candidate in the recent elections    This call follows on from the one launch

Tension between Italy and the United Arab Emirates: the strategic base in the Middle East at risk

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The flag-drop ceremony that marks the end of the Italian mission in Afghanistan, 8 June 2021. Credit: ANSA / CLAUDIO PERI Tensions with the United Arab Emirates could lead to the closure of a military base considered strategic by Italy, with possible repercussions on the entire Italian foreign policy in the Middle East. This was reported by La Repubblica, citing the diplomatic incident that in recent days prompted the Foreign Ministry to summon the Emirati ambassador as the latest episode in a confrontation that dates back to the decision to ban the export of weapons to the Emirates, taken by the Italian government last January. The United Arab Emirates also contested Italy's growing collaboration in the naval sector with Qatar, Abu Dhabi's historic regional rival.  According to the newspaper, the rudeness would represent "the last warning" to obtain the lifting of the embargo and an apology from the Italian government, before the closure of the military base of al

Peru: prosecutor calls for the arrest of Keiko Fujimori, a right-wing candidate in the recent elections

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A prosecutor has called for the arrest of the right-wing candidate in the presidential elections in Peru, Keiko Fujimori, who was defeated by a minimum margin of votes by the socialist candidate Pedro Castillo in the presidential elections held last Sunday. This was reported by the Efe agency, according to which the prosecutor José Domingo Pérez, a member of a special anti-corruption pool, has asked that Fujimori be placed in pre-trial detention for having communicated with witnesses in a case in which she is being investigated.  Fujimori, beaten in the elections by around 74,000 votes by left rival Castillo, asked the court to cancel the results in 802 polling stations, for a total of around 200,000 votes. So far, 99.998 percent of the votes have been counted.

Towards the end of Operation Barkhane as an "Opex": what are we talking about?

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ARMY - Emmanuel Macron announced on Thursday an evolution of France's presence in the Sahel, with the end of Operation Barkhane as "Opex", for "external operation". A name defined by a particular framework. A French patrol in Burkina Faso on November 09, 2019 as part of Operation Barkhane - MICHELE CATTANI / AFP "Opex" or "external operations" are defined by the Ministry of the Armed Forces as "interventions by French military forces outside the national territory". These operations aim to deploy a peacekeeping force, but can also provide humanitarian, military or logistical assistance. This was the case during Operation Amitié, launched in Lebanon following the explosion in the port of Beirut, in August 2020.    The engagement of the army is decided by the President of the Republic in the Defense Council. The head of state also chooses the name of the operation. The government must then inform Parliament within three days. A

Hungary wants to ban "promotion" of homosexuality among minors

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LGBT RIGHTS - Fidesz, the party of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, tabled legislative amendments on Thursday aimed at banning the "promotion" of homosexuality or gender reassignment among minors. AFP Educational programs, advertisements from large groups in solidarity with banned gays and lesbians, books on the subject censored, Viktor Orban's Hungary continues its fight against LGBT rights. After having enshrined the traditional notion of family and "gender" in the Constitution in December, the Prime Minister's party tabled amendments so that the "promotion" of homosexuality was not allowed.  Five NGOs, including Amnesty International and Budapest Pride, immediately denounced, in a press release, "this new proposal" by Fidesz which punishes any act of homosexual "propaganda" aimed at the youngest, they accuse.  If these clauses are adopted, "the freedom of expression and the rights of children would be severely res