Did you pick up the news? We have summarized the main information from the last two days for you.
In Afghanistan, President Ashraf Ghani has left the country, the Taliban enter Kabul
They only had Kabul to conquer. President Ashraf Ghani fled Afghanistan, Sunday August 15, leaving de facto power to the Taliban who reached the capital, Kabul, symbol of their total military victory in just ten days. The radical Islamist movement is preparing to return to power, twenty years after being ousted by a coalition led by the United States.
Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen told BBC they expected a peaceful transfer of power “In the coming days”. They also promised that they would not seek revenge on anyone, including soldiers or officials who served for the current government.
The rout is total for the Afghan security forces, yet funded for twenty years by the United States. The meteoric rise of the Taliban as American forces leave the territory, testifies to this failure for the Biden administration. Faced with the situation, the international community is alarmed. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) estimated on Sunday August 15 that it was “More urgent than ever” to find a political solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.
In France, Emmanuel Macron will hold a Defense Council Monday at noon and will speak at 8 p.m.
In Haiti, magnitude 7.2 earthquake kills at least 724
Rescue teams were looking for survivors, Sunday, August 15, in Haiti, the day aftera magnitude 7.2 earthquake, which killed at least 724 people, in the southwest of the island. The earthquake occurred at 8:29 a.m. local time (2:29 p.m. in Paris) on Saturday, according to data from the American Institute of Geophysics (USGS). An event that revived the terrible memories of the great earthquake of 2010.
Many buildings collapsed during the powerful earthquake, which was felt across the country. The inhabitants mobilized to help the injured victims. More than 2,800 people were also injured in the disaster and the few hospitals in the affected areas are already struggling to provide emergency care. The head of government, Ariel Henry, announced that a state of emergency had been declared for one month in the four most affected departments.
215,000 people marched in France against the health pass
From Paris to Marseille and from Lille to Bordeaux, 214,845 people marched for the fifth weekend immediately against the health pass, Saturday August 14, a decrease in mobilization compared to last Saturday, according to figures from the Ministry of the Interior. On August 7, 237,000 took to the streets. At 7 p.m. Saturday, the authorities recorded 217 actions, 11 arrests and one injured among the police. An investigation for “public provocation to hatred” was opened on Sunday after two signs with anti-Semitic slogans were raised during the Parisian parade.
If it seems to be marking time, the protest is still unprecedented in the middle of summer, particularly on a weekend of August 15. We marched as well in the regional capitals (Strasbourg, Nantes, Marseille, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Lille, Lyon, Toulouse, Nice), where the number of demonstrators decreased, except in Bordeaux, as in the medium-sized cities (Caen, Valence , Aix-en-Provence, Chambéry, Bayonne, Annecy, Troyes, Amiens, Perpignan, Mulhouse, Pau, Nîmes, etc.) or small towns (Bourg-en-Bresse, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Bergerac, Foix, Le Puy-en-Velay, etc.). Protesters are now confident enough to meet for a large rally on September 4.
The health pass will be compulsory from Monday in at least 126 shopping centers and stores over 20,000 m2, in accordance with government recommendations, according to a count established Saturday, August 14 by Agence France-Presse (AFP) on the basis of prefectural decrees, all in the southern half of France and in the Paris region.
German football legend Gerd Müller is dead
Gerd Müller, legendary striker for Germany and Bayern Munich in the 1960s and 1970s, died at the age of 75, Sunday August 15, announced the Bavarian club in a statement. “Today is a sad, dark day for FC Bayern and its supporters”, said club president Herbert Hainer. At the same time, Bayern’s website wore black and white as a sign of mourning, as did its logo on social networks. A minute of silence was observed on Sunday in his honor before the Bundesliga match between Mainz and Leipzig, counting for the first day of the championship.
1974 world champion, 1972 European champion, scoring each time in the final, Müller held some of the main records in German football. Author of 365 goals in the Bundesliga throughout his career with Bayern, he had especially scored 68 times in 62 matches for the FRG, the last of which to offer the coronation to Germany in the World Cup in 1974 in final against the Netherlands (2-1) at the Olympiastadion (Olympic stadium), Munich.
Lebanon: at least 28 dead in tank truck explosion
At least 28 people were killed and several dozen others injured during the night of Saturday 14 to Sunday 15 August by the explosion of a tanker in Altalil, in the Akkar region, in northern Lebanon, according to the health ministry.
The drama happened while the army is deployed in gas stations and that a large hospital in the country dreads a “Imminent disaster” due to fuel shortage. The National Information Agency (ANI, official) announced that the tanker that the army had confiscated had exploded after clashes between residents. They had gathered around to get gas. The army was not present at the scene when the explosion took place, she added.
And also :
Soccer. Raphaël Varane joins Manchester United for four seasons
Weather. In Algeria, fires continue to ravage the north of the country, the toll is growing
Disappearance. Hubert Bouchet, former secretary general of Force Ouvrière executives, is dead
Precariousness. The UNEF denounces the increase in the cost of student living during the mandate of Emmanuel Macron
Japan. Nearly two million people called to evacuate due to flooding
Ebola. A first confirmed case in Côte d’Ivoire, a first since 1994
Anti-Semitism. New degradation of a stele in honor of Simone Veil in Brittany
Burma. Dozens of Rohingya missing after shipwreck in Bay of Bengal
Thailand. Several thousand people demonstrate in Bangkok against the government
Niger. Heavy rains have left 64 dead and nearly 70,000 affected since June
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