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Major General Chris Donahue, the last American soldier to leave Afghan soil

Major General Chris Donahue, the last American soldier to leave Afghan soil, at Hamid-Karzai International Airport in Kabul on August 30, 2021.
Major General Chris Donahue, the last American soldier to leave Afghan soil, at Hamid-Karzai International Airport in Kabul, August 30, 2021. US ARMY / REUTERS

After twenty years of military presence and five months of wandering the Biden administration, the last American soldiers have left Kabul

Promised by the new president upon his arrival at the White House, the withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan was concluded on Monday, August 30, in an atmosphere of debacle and excitement.

The photo is blurry, taken at night, with greenish tones. It distinguishes Major General Chris Donahue, commander of the 82 th  Airborne Division, setting foot aboard a cargo plane C-17 end of the runway at the international airport Hamid-Karzai in Kabul. Chris Donahue makes history. He is the last American soldier to leave Afghan soil.

There are no more US military forces in Afghanistan. The announcement was made late in the afternoon in Washington, Monday, August 30, by General Kenneth McKenzie , head of the central command. Either twenty-four hours before the planned deadline with the Taliban.

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The rise and fall of the Super League: in 48 hours, this private competition project carried by twelve major dissident clubs set European football on fire and blood … before faltering in the face of the defections of five of the six English clubs, taken away by Manchester City.

A story of two days that almost changed the face of European football, before turning into a bad joke.

Sunday April 18, 5:19 p.m. PST

The rumor returned periodically, which had prompted the European Football Union (UEFA) and the International Federation (Fifa) to publish an unusual joint statement in January: the two bodies threatened with sanction any possible secessionists wishing to develop a private European competition. and competitor of the Champions League, flagship event of UEFA since 1955. But Sunday, the threat becomes clearer as the European body is preparing to adopt the next day a reform of the C1, however more favorable to the big clubs to which the authority intends to guarantee more matches, therefore income. At 5:19 p.m., sensing the imminent formalization of the Super League project, UEFA drew a preventive press release threatening to exclude from any national and international competition the clubs which participate in a private league, as well as their players. A rare occurrence in sporting matters, an area where the Elysée usually remains in the background, the French presidency also denounces a project « threatening the principle of solidarity and sporting merit ».

Monday, April 19, 12:01 a.m.

A three-page press release, with the header « The Super League », falls into journalists’ mailboxes and has the effect of a bomb: twelve clubs among the richest (Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Manchester United, Liverpool …) announce that they are creating their almost closed competition, with 15 full members and five guests each season. This paradigm shift, in a pyramidal European football built on the principle of sporting merit, calls into question the redistribution of television revenues. This time, the Super League seems concrete and is no longer the argument periodically waved by the big clubs to obtain more concessions. « If it’s a bluff, it’s a bluff with incredibly high stakes, with an official website, with formal statements on their websites, » said

Monday April 19, 1:27 p.m.

We discover that the rebellious clubs are ready to go into battle: in a letter obtained by AFP, the Super League warns UEFA and Fifa that it has taken the courts to « ensure the establishment and smooth operation of the competition ».

Monday April 19, 2:42 p.m.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin appears at a press conference, dark suit and closed face, after an executive committee of the instance. The Slovenian lawyer does not mince his words: the Super League is « a shameful proposition » of a few « snakes » only « guided by greed », « a spit in the face of all football lovers ». On a more personal level, the betrayal is immensely painful for him: he is the godfather of one of the children of Andrea Agnelli, the boss of Juventus, one of the dissident clubs! The latter, after having assured him at the beginning of the weekend that the rumors of secession should not be believed, turned his jacket over, suddenly becoming unreachable by his former friend. Ceferin then promises a response and announces in passing the

Monday April 19, 5:30 p.m.

Faced with the miraculous revenues promised by the promoters of the Super League, in particular an initial payment of 3.5 billion euros to the founding clubs, the financial markets are rubbing their hands. The action of Juventus Turin closes sharply on Monday late afternoon (+ 17%) while that of Manchester United is progressing significantly in New York.

Tuesday April 20, 12:03 am

Florentino Pérez, all-powerful boss of Real Madrid and new president of the Super League, appears on the set of the Spanish talk show El Chiringuito. The business manager considers it « impossible » that rebellious clubs are excluded and defends his project. « The new Champions League is supposed to start in 2024 »; by then, with the pandemic, « all the clubs will be dead! » pleads Pérez.

Tuesday April 20, 10:38 a.m.

Gianni Infantino, FIFA president who often disagrees with Ceferin, provides notable support to UEFA: before the congress of the European body, the leader castigates the rebels who “will have to suffer the consequences” of their rupture. In the process, the 55 member federations unanimously adopt a resolution condemning the Super League, even if Ceferin assures the rebels that it is « still time to change their minds ».

Tuesday April 20, 5:42 p.m.

The legal battle is becoming clearer: in a summary decision, a Madrid commercial court bans UEFA and Fifa from any measure against the launch of the Super League, pending a decision on the merits of the case . This first victory in the courtroom seems to augur a long legal standoff between two apparently irreconcilable camps.

Tuesday April 20, 7:45 p.m.

Incredible turnaround: several British media, including the BBC, are starting to talk about the hesitations of certain rebellious clubs, or even their desire to withdraw. At the same time, hundreds of angry supporters from different English clubs gather on the outskirts of Stamford Bridge, the home of Chelsea, one of the rebels.

Tuesday April 20, 9:19 p.m.

Under pressure, Manchester City is the first to give in, announcing in a statement « to withdraw from the group responsible for developing the European Super League project ». A turnaround for which UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin immediately said he was « delighted ».

Tuesday April 20, 11:55 p.m.

In turn, several other English clubs follow in City’s footsteps, gradually emptying the Super League of its substance. Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United give up, ensuring that they have taken into account the rejection expressed by their supporters. « We made a mistake, and we apologize », summarizes Arsenal on Twitter.

Wednesday April 21, 9:29 a.m.

Agnelli, one of the figures of secession, admits to the facts: the president of Juventus believes that the project cannot exist without the six English clubs, AFP learns from his entourage, while the stock market title of Juve unscrews at the Milan Stock Exchange. Shortly after, Atlético Madrid and Inter Milan in turn formalized their withdrawal from the project, a new nail in the coffin of the Super League.

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A few hours after the announcement of the creation of a Super League by twelve dissident clubs, the American bank JP Morgan officially announced that it would finance this project for a new competition. An investment of between 4 and 6 billion euros is expected.

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Prince Philip, Husband of Queen Elizabeth II, Is Dead at 99

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, father of Prince Charles and patriarch of a turbulent royal family that he sought to ensure would not be Britain’s last, died on Friday at Windsor Castle in England. He was 99.

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Valéry Giscard l’ancien président de la République Française est mort des suites du Covid-19

Giscard était hospitalisé depuis la mi-novembre,l’ancien chef de l’État en France de 1974 à 1981,il est décédé des suites du Covid-19, il était âgé de 94 ans. Le 14 septembre, « VGE » avait déjà été hospitalisé le 14 septembre à l’hôpital Georges Pompidou, à Paris, pour « une légère infection aux poumons ».

Valéry Giscard d’Estaing est décédé ce mercredi soir à l’âge de 94 ans, a annoncé son entourage. Il s’est éteint «entouré de sa famille» dans sa propriété d’Authon dans le Loir-et-Cher. Il est mort «des suites du Covid» a ensuite précisé sa famille.

L’ancien chef de l’État avait été admis dans «le service de cardiologie» de l’hôpital de Tours le 17 novembre dernier pour «une insuffisance cardiaque» , avait alors indiqué son entourage. En septembre, l’ancien chef de l’État avait déjà été hospitalisé à l’hôpital Georges Pompidou, à Paris, pour «une légère infection aux poumons». Il avait déjà été hospitalisé à plusieurs reprises à l’hôpital Georges Pompidou il y a quelques années, en cardiologie pour la pose de stents.

Plus jeune président de la Vème République lorsqu’il est élu en 1974, il avait fait l’une de ses dernières apparitions publiques le 30 septembre 2019 lors des obsèques à Paris d’un autre président de la République, Jacques Chirac, qui fut son premier ministre de 1974 à 1976.

Valéry Giscard n’a que 48 ans lorsqu’il accède à l’Élysée en 1974, battant sur le fil François Mitterrand, et devient ainsi, dans une France qui enterre les Trente-Glorieuses et digère mai-68, le premier non-gaulliste à s’emparer de l’Élysée. Il se voulait alors l’incarnation d’une modernité triomphante, issue du centre-droit libéral et démocrate-chrétien qui a bâti l’Europe d’après-guerre.

Polytechnicien et énarque, issu d’une grande famille bourgeoise, VGE était entré au gouvernement depuis 1959, multipliant les postes ministériels à l’Économie et aux Finances dans les années 60 et 70. Cependant, le 10 mai 1981, il a perdu les élections face à François Mitterrand. Européen convaincu, il prend en 2001 la tête de la Convention pour l’Europe, chargée de rédiger une constitution européenne, qui sera rejetée par référendum. Économiste brillant, auteur de plusieurs ouvrages, il a été élu en 2003 à l’Académie française.

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Nagorno-Karabakh: more than 2,300 Armenian soldiers killed

At first I thought it was the Hollywood film, but after seeing it on the newspaper Le Monde, and the statement of the spokesperson of the Armenian Ministry of Health, Alina Nikoghosian, of these figures on Facebook today I understood correctly that films of Vietnamese stories existed.

“At present, the bodies of 2,317 killed soldiers, including unidentified bodies, have been taken in by the forensic examination service,” the spokeswoman for the Armenian ministry said on Facebook. health, Alina Nikoghosian. According to her, the process of exchanging bodies with Azerbaijan has only just begun. « The belligerents do not have final figures for the moment, » she noted. The Armenian authorities had so far reported 1,339 soldiers and 50 civilians killed in the hostilities which began at the end of September.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, for his part, said on Friday that the fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh has left more than 4,000 victims and 8,000 injured, as well as tens of thousands of refugees.

Burnt houses

As a symbol of this humiliating setback, Armenians preferred to burn their house down rather than have it fall into the hands of Azerbaijani forces, on the eve of their expected arrival in certain areas. A journalist from Agence France-Presse saw residents set fire to their homes on Saturday morning in the village of Charektar, in the border area with Nagorno-Karabakh, which Azerbaijani troops are due to take control of on Sunday. The inhabitants took all the belongings they could before leaving. « It’s the last day, tomorrow the Azerbaijani soldiers will be there, » said a soldier before setting his house on fire.

“We were waiting to be fixed. But when they started to dismantle the hydroelectric station, we understood, ”says another inhabitant of the village. “Everyone is going to burn down their house today (…). We were given until midnight to leave. « 

Source: le monde

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Haut-Karabakh : plus de 2 300 soldats arméniens tués

Au début je pensais que c’était le film hollywoodien, mais après voir ça sur le journal le Monde,et la déclaration du porte-parole du ministère arménien de la santé, Alina Nikoghosian, de ces chiffres sur Facebook aujourd’hui je bien compris que les films des histoires des Vietnamiens on existaient.

« A l’heure actuelle, les corps de 2 317 militaires tués, parmi lesquels des corps non identifiés, ont été pris en charge par le service d’examen médico-légal », a déclaré sur Facebook la porte-parole du ministère arménien de la santé, Alina Nikoghosian. Selon elle, le processus d’échange des corps avec l’Azerbaïdjan ne fait que commencer. « Les belligérants ne disposent pas pour le moment de chiffres définitifs », a-t-elle relevé.Les autorités arméniennes faisaient jusqu’à présent état de 1 339 soldats et 50 civils tués dans les hostilités débutées fin septembre.

Le président russe, Vladimir Poutine, a, de son côté, affirmé vendredi que les combats au Haut-Karabakh ont fait plus de 4 000 victimes et 8 000 blessés, ainsi que des dizaines de milliers de réfugiés.

Maisons brûlées

Comme un symbole de ce revers humiliant, des Arméniens ont préféré brûler leur maison plutôt que de la voir tomber aux mains des forces azerbaïdjanaises, à la veille de leur arrivée prévue dans certaines zones.Un journaliste de l’Agence France-Presse a vu des habitants incendier leur demeure samedi matin dans le village de Charektar, dans la zone frontalière avec le Haut-Karabakh dont les troupes azerbaïdjanaises doivent prendre contrôle dimanche. Les habitants ont pris toutes les affaires qu’ils pouvaient avant de partir. « C’est le dernier jour, demain les soldats azerbaïdjanais seront là », a déclaré un soldat avant de mettre le feu à sa maison.

« On attendait pour être fixé. Mais quand ils ont commencé à démonter la station hydroélectrique, on a compris », déclare un autre habitant du village. « Tout le monde va brûler sa maison aujourd’hui (…). On nous a donné jusqu’à minuit pour partir. »

Source: le monde

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Barack Obama réussit un 3 points au basket et incite les gens a aller voter

  • « Allez voter et amenez avec vous deux autres personnes. C’est comme mettre un tir à trois points pour la démocratie » a affirmé l’ancien président des Etats-Unis 

Alors qu’il accompagnait Joe Biden en meeting dans le Michigan, Barack Obama a été filmé en train de shooter à 3 points dans un gymnase. L’ancien président des Etats-Unis a repris cette vidéo devenue virale pour inciter les gens à aller voter

Dans les coulisses de ce meeting, une scène originale a été captée puis relayée par l’équipe électorale de Joe Biden. On y voit l’ancien président des Etats-Unis, en tenue de ville dans un gymnase, s’avancer vers la ligne des trois points d’un terrain de basket. On lui envoie une balle qu’il réceptionne avant de poser un dribble puis de dégainer un shoot depuis le corner (la zone située près de la ligne de fond) avec une précision digne des meilleurs shooters de la NBA

Après ce coup d’éclat, il quitte la salle sous l’acclamation de Joe Biden et des autres personnes présentes. Une vidéo qui a immédiatement enflammé les réseaux sociaux, si bien que Barack « Jordan » Obama lui-même l’a relayée sur son compte Instagram, en y incorporant un message politique. « Allez voter et amenez avec vous deux autres personnes. C’est comme mettre un tir à trois points pour la démocratie » a-t-il écrit, à deux jours du scrutin tant attendu.

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Samsung Electronic chairman Lee Kun-hee is dead

The chairman of South Korean telecommunications giant Lee Kun-hee in 2012 in Las Vegas.
The chairman of South Korean telecommunications giant Lee Kun-hee in 2012 in Las Vegas. REUTERS / Steve Marcus

Samsung president Lee Kun-hee passed away this Sunday, October 25 at the age of 78. The wealthiest man in South Korea turned the conglomerate into an electronics empire. 

When Lee Kun-hee inherited Samsung in the late 1980s, his father, the founder of the group, bequeathed him a low-end TV and microwave business. More than thirty years later, he has multiplied the group’s assets by 50 and established it as a global electronics giant.

Shortly after arriving at the head of Samsung, Lea Kun-hee wanted to fundamentally change the group’s mentality: “  Change everything, except your wives and your children,  ” he told the staff of the conglomerate in 1993.

Although he has left the management of the company to his only son Lee Jae-Yong since his heart attack six years ago, the conglomerate has diversified and developed dozens of subsidiaries under his control: heavy industry, hotels, insurance, construction and amusement parks. The company alone accounts for one fifth of South Korea’s GDP.

The businessman known to be authoritarian had a mixed image in the public opinion, in particular because of the scandals of tax evasion and non-respect of the labor law in some factories. His succession was already organized with his son at the head of Samsung Electronics and his two daughters, presidents of the hotel and building branch of the group.

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UN World Food Program wins Nobel Peace Prize

The prize was also a call to the international community to adequately fund the UN agency, said the chair of the Nobel committee.

Organization wins prestigious award for efforts to fight hunger in war-affected areas

The World Food Program (WFP) won the   2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to fight hunger and improve conditions of peace in conflict zones.

Norwegian Nobel Committee chair Berit Reiss-Andersen revealed the 2020 winner at the Nobel Institute in Oslo, where coronavirus restrictions have significantly reduced the usual crowd of journalists in attendance.

Reiss-Andersen said the committee presented the award to WFP because it wanted to « turn the eyes of the world to the millions of people who suffer or are at risk of hunger. » Hunger, she said, was used as a « weapon of war and conflict ».

The award was also a call to the international community to adequately fund the United Nations agency and to ensure that people do not starve, she said. She said WFP would have been a worthy recipient of the award had it not been for the coronavirus pandemic. But the virus had reinforced the reasons for giving it to WFP, including the need for « multilateralism » in this time of global crisis.

“It is a very important United Nations organization. The United Nations plays a key role in upholding human rights, ”she said, adding:“ Food is one of our most basic needs. « 

In its quote, the committee commended WFP for its “efforts to fight hunger” and its “contribution to the creation of peace in conflict zones”. The agency has acted « as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict, » he said.

WFP responded by  tweeting its thanks  , adding: « This is a powerful reminder to the world that peace and  #ZeroHunger  go hand in hand. »

This year, 318 applicants were under consideration, 211 individuals and 107 organizations.

Other personalities considered shortlisted for this year’s award include Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, 17, dissident and opposition leader Alexei Navalny, recovering from a nerve agent attack which he attributes to Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the World Health Organization for his role in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

US President Donald Trump has said he should have won last year’s Peace Prize, awarded  to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed,  after he struck a peace deal with Eritrea.

Trump was nominated for the 2021 award, according to  the White House  , for negotiating a deal that led the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to normalize relations with Israel.

Reiss-Andersen, who arrived at the Oslo City Hall ceremony on crutches, made no mention of Trump. But she said the UN’s “universalism” and its human rights work everywhere contrasted with the “populism” and “nationalist politics” prevalent in some countries.

One hundred Nobel Peace Prizes have been awarded since 1901 to individuals and 24 organizations. While the other Nobel Laureates are announced in Stockholm, the Peace Prize is awarded in the Norwegian capital, Oslo.

Along with enormous prestige, the award comes with a cash prize of 10 million crowns (£ 870,000) and a gold medal to be presented at a ceremony in Oslo on December 10, the founder’s birthday of the prize, the death of Alfred Nobel. This year’s ceremony will be reduced due to the pandemic.

Nominations can be made by a select group, comprising national legislators, heads of state and some international institutions.

On Monday, the Nobel Committee awarded the Physiology and Medicine Prize for the discovery of the hepatitis C virus that ravages the liver. Tuesday’s physics prize recognized breakthroughs in understanding the mysteries of cosmic black holes, and Wednesday’s chemistry prize went to the scientists behind a powerful gene-editing tool. The literature prize was awarded Thursday to the American poet Louise Glück for her “frank and uncompromising” work.

Source: The Guardian