In Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, a case was opened after the death of children in a fire :: Society :: RBC

In Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, a criminal case was opened after the death of two children in a fire in a residential building. This was reported on the website of the Investigative Committee.

“A criminal case has been initiated on the basis of a crime under Part 3 of Art. 109 of the Criminal Code of Russia [причинение смерти по неосторожности двум или более лицам]”, – the message says.

A fire in a private house on Pamyatnaya Street in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk occurred on the morning of January 23rd. As a result, a five-year-old boy and an eight-year-old girl died. Four more victims were hospitalized and are in intensive care.

In Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, two children died in a fire

Experts appointed a number of forensic examinations, including forensic and fire-technical.


a presidential campaign under the sign of state violence

Yoweri Museveni, 76, is virtually certain of winning the Ugandan presidential election this Thursday, January 14. Since 1986, he has ruled this country without interruption, not hesitating to use violence to subdue his population and neutralize his opposition. In the last general election in 2016, he was re-elected in the first round with 60.75%. “We are certain of victory”, he already declared at the beginning of the year. On Tuesday, he suspended access to social networks and messaging services: Ugandans no longer have the use of Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Signal and Viber. Once again, the presidential campaign was marked by violence against the opposition, primarily against ragga singer Bobi Wine, 38.

→ READ. Ugandan President Yoweri Musevini appears with Pope Francis for his election campaign

A campaign under the banner of state violence

Nothing has been spared him: multiple arrests, dispersal of his political meetings, flashballs, live ammunition, torture of activists in prison. The peak was reached on November 18, 2020: the police opened fire on his supporters who were protesting in the street against a new arrest of their candidate, killing 54 people.

→ INFOGRAPHICS. In Uganda, “presidency for life” for Yoweri Museveni

The other nine candidates were also targeted by the government. Patrick Amuriat, of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), systematically addressed his barefoot supporters to recall the aggression he was the victim of on the day of his candidacy. In the name of the fight against Covid-19, all large gatherings of these candidates have been deleted. A rule never applied to meetings of the presidential party, the National Resistance Movement (NRM).

Elections in Uganda: indestructible Museveni

Bobi Wine, the rising star of Ugandan politics

If Bobi Wine has been so targeted by the police, it is because he is not an ordinary candidate for Yoweri Museveni. Known around the world, he embodies the expected change in this country ruled by an iron fist for thirty-five years. Especially among young people, in a country where population growth is one of the highest in the world (3.3% per year).

Bobi Wine has another potentially handicapping asset for Museveni: he is a Muganda (16% of the population), from the kingdom of Bouganda, now an administrative province, who gave his name to Uganda and who occupied a central place in the life of the country.

Yoweri Museveni less essential

This rise of the famous singer also comes at a time when Yoweri Musweni is no longer so indisputable for his main supporters, starting with Washington. Considered one of the prominent figures for Africa in the 1990s by the Clinton administration, this is no longer the case today because of its authoritarian drift and the new geopolitical situation in the region. .

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So even Assistant US Secretary of State for Africa Tibor Nagy said to himself on Tuesday “Concerned about reports that the Ugandan government has ordered internet providers to block social media and messaging”. And Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary General, urged “Ugandan authorities, particularly the security forces, to act in accordance with international human rights standards”.


Chancellor Merkel’s final wishes under the banner of “difficult times”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s New Year’s greetings were eagerly awaited on Thursday, December 31, across the Rhine. If it was indeed a speech to invite his fellow citizens to welcome the New Year, they also had the color of twilight for the current Chancellor, still young – she is 66 years old – but who will step down in the fall of 2021, at the end of her third term (she became Chancellor in 2005).

“Winter remains difficult”

The “Historical crisis” of the coronavirus is expected to continue in 2021, even if the vaccine provides“Hope”, wished to warn Angela Merkel from the outset, dressed for the occasion in a bronze blouse, the German and European flags on her left, an image of the night front of the Bundestag behind her. “These days and weeks (…) are difficult times for our country. And it will last a long time ”, said the Chancellor in her speech in the dark tone, referring to “Something that happens once every hundred years”. “Winter remains difficult”, she added.

→ REPORT. Covid-19: Germany between hope of vaccination and call for patience

Unlike what happened in the spring, in fact, Germany is hit first and foremost, and for the time being more than its European neighbors, by the second wave of the coronavirus, so that the government had to decree a new partial confinement at least until January 10.

In total, 33,791 people succumbed to the virus in Germany in 2020, or just over half of France (64,632), but these figures are currently soaring, according to the latest figures from the Robert health watch institute. Koch (RKI). And Germany, for the first time on Tuesday, December 29, crossed the symbolic threshold of a thousand deaths recorded in a single day (1,122), although with, no doubt, a catch-up effect, the regional health authorities having previously sent incomplete data due to Christmas holidays.

“Cynical and cruel” conspiracy theories

“The challenges posed to us by the pandemic remain immense”, nonetheless insisted Angela Merkel, thanking the vast majority of Germans for having respected the instructions for reducing contacts aimed at combating the spread of the virus, and the front-line staff, who “Surpassed” since the beginning of the crisis.

The Chancellor castigated the movement of “corona-skeptics” in the country, which stood out in 2020 by several major demonstrations, partly accompanied by violence. “I can only imagine the bitterness felt by those who mourn a loved one because of the coronavirus, or those who continue to suffer from after-effects, when the existence of the virus is contested or denied by some”, she said, denouncing in passing the ” conspiracy theories “ : “Not only false and dangerous, they are also cynical and cruel towards these people”.

Angela Merkel still wanted to give hope to her fellow citizens, by evoking the start of vaccinations in the country and in Europe, in retirement homes and nursing staff. “We have never, despite the concerns, been so eager to enter a new year”, she judged.

A year which, for itself, will end with a goodbye tune. Angela Merkel will step aside after the legislative elections on September 26, in circumstances which, for the time being, resemble an immense fog: no one, at this stage, can say who will deliver this speech in her place, on December 31, 2021 Nor what will be the color of this speech …


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European Union and United Kingdom sign landmark agreement

The Twenty-Seven and the United Kingdom concluded Thursday, December 24, after grueling negotiations, a historic agreement on Brexit and the future of their trade relations. This text will enable them to avoid the devastating shock of a no deal for their savings at the end of the year. The deal has been hailed by European Union (EU) leaders and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, but has raised fears among European fishermen who believe they are “The big losers” compromise, reached only a week before the final divorce of the 1is January.

→ MAINTENANCE. Nathalie Loiseau: “British history will be linked to the European Union”

This is a “Good agreement, balanced” and ” fair “ for each party, said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. “We can finally put Brexit behind us and look to the future”, she added. Boris Johnson vowed his country would stay “Culturally, emotionally, historically, strategically and geopolitically attached to Europe”.

Boris Johnson’s “little gift”

“Tonight, for New Years Eve, I have a little present for those who are looking for something to read in the torpor of Christmas after breakfast”, the head of the Conservative government later said in a video message posted on Twitter. “Here it is: welcome news, here is an agreement, an agreement to bring certainty to businesses and travelers and to all investors in our country from January 1, an agreement with our friends and partners in the European Union. “I believe it will be the basis for a happy, successful and stable partnership with our friends in the EU in the years to come”, he congratulated himself.

→ EDITORIAL. Post-Brexit agreement, a lesson from Europe

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said «Confident» in the fact that it was” good “ agreement, when French President Emmanuel Macron felt that “European unity and firmness” had ” paid “ in the talks.

Amicable divorce

This amicable divorce, obtained in snatch after the last 24 hours under high tension, seals nearly half a century of heated marriage between the two partners, four and a half years after the June 2016 referendum on Brexit.

The conclusion of a text of 2000 pages in barely ten months is also a feat for an agreement of this scope, the conclusion of which usually takes years. It took two and a half years to negotiate the withdrawal treaty sealing the British departure, concluded at the end of 2019, which provided legal certainty to expatriates on both sides of the Channel and guarantees for the maintenance of peace on the island of Ireland.

Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin, whose country would have been at the forefront if it failed, praised Thursday’s deal: “It protects the economy of the entire island, with no hard borders” cutting it in half, he argued.

Provisional application on 1is January

The text will still have to be validated by the Member States, a process which should take several days. But in theory there is enough time left for it to enter into provisional application on 1is January, when the United Kingdom, which officially left the EU on January 31, has definitively abandoned the single market. It will then be validated a posteriori by the European Parliament at the beginning of 2021. For their part, the British deputies are convened for December 30 in order to debate it.

→ READ. Brexit: will MEPs really have a say?

With this trade treaty, the European Union offers its former Member State unprecedented access without customs duties or quotas to its immense market of 450 million consumers. But this openness will be accompanied by strict conditions: companies across the Channel will have to respect a certain number of evolving rules in terms of environment, labor law and taxation to avoid any dumping. There are also guarantees for state aid. A mechanism will allow both parties to quickly activate countermeasures, such as tariffs, in the event of discrepancies on these standards.

Fishing, a stumbling block

Despite its low economic impact, the access of European fishermen to British waters was the ultimate stumbling block in the discussions, due to the political and social importance of the sector in several Member States, including France, the Bas, Denmark and Ireland. But the British, who regained control of their waters, had made it the symbol of their regained sovereignty.

The agreement provides for a transition period of five and a half years until June 2026, at the end of which European fishermen will gradually give up 25% of their catches, which amount to 650 million euros each year. . No timetable has been set for this adaptation period. Access to British waters will then be renegotiated annually, depriving fishermen of visibility.

The EU has set aside five billion euros in its budget to support the most affected sectors. But without an agreement, trade between the EU and London would have been governed solely by the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO), synonymous with customs duties, quotas and administrative formalities: a dark scenario for a United Kingdom already battered by the health crisis and 47% of its exports are destined for the European market.


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… that my terrace will be renovated this year after 2 years of not being able to use it (construction site, water damage). The omens are there. That would put a lot of things back into balance.

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a last-minute agreement signed between the EU and the United Kingdom

► Brexit agreement: what to remember

♦ At the end of a marathon negotiation, the Twenty-Seven and the United Kingdom finally agreed on the terms of the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union.

♦ Although the exact content of the agreement has not yet been disclosed, it will in any case make it possible to avoid a “no deal” with potentially destructive effects for the European and British economies.

♦ The Europeans have pledged to reduce their fishing value by 25% in order to continue to have access to British territorial waters, a major issue for the fishing industry.

► 6 p.m. – British MPs summoned to vote on the agreement

British MPs, currently on vacation, are summoned on December 30 to debate the trade deal, the lower house of Parliament said Thursday.

Speaker of the House of Commons, Lindsay Hoyle, “Acceded to a government request to recall the House on 30 December at 9.30 am for MPs to debate legislation giving effect in UK law to the agreement reached with the EU”, said the institution.

► 5:25 p.m. – EU gives up 25% of its fishing in UK waters

As part of the post-Brexit deal, the EU will transfer 25% of the value of products caught in UK waters by European fleets to the UK, after a transition period until June 2026.

The details of the species and areas affected by this percentage are not yet determined, added the official. After this period of five and a half years, this access will be renegotiated annually. In addition, EU fishermen will retain until 2026 guaranteed access to areas within 6-12 nautical miles off the British coasts (territorial waters) where they traditionally went.

→ ANALYSIS. Brexit: few in number, French fishermen know how to make themselves heard

► 5:15 p.m. – “Brexit is coming against the will of the people of Scotland”

The reaction of Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish Prime Minister: “Brexit comes against the will of the people of Scotland, and no deal can ever make up for what Brexit takes away from us. It is time to chart our own future as an independent European nation ” (Twitter).

► 4:55 p.m. – Emmanuel Macron welcomes “European unity and firmness”

In a tweet, the French president believes that Brexit is a sign that “Europe is moving forward and can look to the future”, while stressing that the agreement protects citizens, fishermen and producers.

► 4:45 p.m. – The text must be validated by the Member States and MEPs

The deal has yet to be validated by member states, a process that is expected to take several days. In theory, there is sufficient time left for a possible treaty to enter into provisional application on 1is January, when the United Kingdom, which officially left the EU on January 31, has definitively abandoned the single market. The text, of nearly 2,000 pages, would then be validated a posteriori by the European Parliament.

→ ANALYSIS. Brexit: will MEPs really have a say?

► 4:35 p.m. – An agreement that brings “stability” and “certainty” to the United Kingdom, according to Boris Johnson

“We have regained control of our waters, of our legislation”, recalled the Prime Minister in the preamble of his statement on Thursday, “We are now ready to go”.

The agreement reached will bring “Stability” and “Certainty”, supported Boris Johnson. “This agreement will give certainty to transporters, security services, scientists, who will continue to work together” as well as “Companies”. “There will be no customs duties from January 1, we will have a gigantic free trade area”, he rejoiced.

“We will be your allies”, finally declared the British Prime Minister. “From an emotional, strategic point of view, the UK will continue to be linked to the EU. “

► 4:15 p.m. – An agreement « unique » in its dimension, according to Michel Barnier

“For four and a half years, we have worked, in transparency, respect and dialogue, on this unique partnership agreement in its dimension”, said Michel Barnier, the negotiator for the European Union, who welcomed “The unit” European countries in this negotiation.

→ PORTRAIT. Faced with the United Kingdom, the European phlegm of Michel Barnier

► 4:05 p.m. – A “balanced” agreement, for Ursula von der Leyen

“This agreement is good, fair and balanced for each party”, said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. “It marks the culmination of a long journey”, continued the president, who greeted the “Professionalism” and ” endurance ” Michel Barnier and the team that negotiated this agreement over the past nine months.

She declares having, upon signing, experienced “Relief” and some “Joy” even if it is ” very difficult to say goodbye ”.

Video of the press conference in English, then in French from 7’25:

► 3:55 p.m. – The “no deal” avoided

This 2000-page agreement, which will be remembered as the Christmas agreement, or “Brexmas”, makes it possible in extremis to avoid a « no deal » potentially devastating. “Everything that was promised to the British during the referendum of 2016 and the legislative elections of last year is achieved in this agreement”, a British government source said on Thursday.

► 3:50 p.m. – A post-Brexit agreement finally signed

London and Brussels have finalized the post-Brexit trade deal they had been negotiating for ten months. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European negotiator Michel Barnier are due to give a press conference in the afternoon, a spokesperson for the European executive said. A speech by Boris Johnson, who welcomed the agreement on Twitter, is also expected.

“We are in the final phase”, a European source indicated on Wednesday 23 December at the beginning of the afternoon, a second source evoking “Great chances” to strike a deal in the evening. After ten months of tense and laborious negotiations, the European Union and the United Kingdom have reached an agreement on their future post-Brexit trade relationship, which allows them to avoid a « no deal » just eight days before the UK leaves the common market on December 31, 2020.

♦ Boris Johnson and Ursusa von der Leyen, actors of the agreement. The negotiations have been since Monday, December 21 in the hands of the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who have increased the exchanges in recent days to wrest an agreement.

Until the end, fishing remained a difficult subject. The two parties have finally reached an agreement on the access of European fishermen to British waters. Other issues, including hitherto problematic subjects, such as how to settle disputes and protections against unfair competition, had been settled earlier this week.

→ EXPLANATION. Brexit and fishing, why things are rocking between Brussels and London

♦ A delicate health context. Without an agreement, trade between the EU and London would have been carried out according to the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO), synonymous with customs duties, quotas, as well as administrative formalities liable to lead to massive traffic jams and delivery delays. A particularly delicate scenario for the United Kingdom, already battered by a more virulent variant of the coronavirus which isolated it from the rest of the world.

→ ANALYSIS. Brexit: is the new Covid crisis upsetting the negotiations?


Comings, Goings, and Reasons Behind Trump’s Decision to Sign Key Aid Package at the Last Minute

Donald Trump pulled the rope all he could but in the end it ended giving under strong pressure from legislators – even those from his own party – and enacted the massive Sunday night relief package for Americans affected by the coronavirus crisis, which had been described by the president as “a disgrace.” At the edge of the deadline, Trump extended the benefit to millions of people and businesses hit by the pandemic and ultimately averted chaos – economic, social and political – of unimaginable proportions.

The legislative package will set aside about $ 900 billion for vaccine distribution, funding for American schools, small businesses, hospitals and families, and the money needed to keep government open for the rest of the fiscal year. The aid had been approved by both Democratic and Republican lawmakers last Monday, but Trump was refusing to enact it because he considered it a “disgrace” and wanted, among other things, that Americans receive $ 2,000 in cash. instead of 600 provided by law.

Finally, Trump enacted it less than 48 hours after the government had closed due to lack of funds and a few days before a moratorium on eviction and other fundamental aid measures due to the pandemic expired, which already registers 19 million cases in the United States. and 333,000 deaths. But it also came after two unemployment assistance programs fell due to lack of legislative support, causing a delay in benefits for millions of unemployed Americans.

Trump signed the law into law less than 48 hours after the government closed due to lack of funds. Photo: AP

When everything was going smoothly, the crisis it was generated by Trump himself. In a move that surprised lawmakers and White House officials, the president launched in a video an implicit threat to veto the package, which his top lawmakers had helped negotiate and which both houses of Congress had passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. last Tuesday. The bloated legislative plan – 5,593 pages – had flown to Florida on Thursday, where the president is spending his year-end vacation, and had been waiting in vain for Trump’s okay ever since. Only on Sunday night did he enact it.

The president, who has not yet recognized Joe Biden’s victory and continues to argue without evidence that the November 3 elections were “stolen” from him, played the card of increasing direct aid to Americans because it would be a political gesture facing his possible application in 2024, and that on top of that it would be free for him because the weight of this expense will have to be paid the future government of Biden.

In addition, the president look for votes for a crucial election on January 5 in Georgia, where Trump needs the triumph of two Republican senators to have a joy after his defeat in November, but above all to secure the majority in the national Senate that would fall into Democratic hands if they lose in Georgia .

Republican lawmakers, who had been battling for weeks in Congress over the aid package, were pleased with the deal that had been overseen by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin himself. But they were surprised to see how Trump, who had been silent during the talks, threw it all apart in a minute.

In Washington the huge paradox that a Republican president was demanding to increase public spending with direct checks to the citizens, when this party is a fierce enemy of subsidies and an advocate for fiscal austerity. Some lawmakers from the party’s more progressive wing, such as Alexandra Ocasio Cortez and Bernie Sanders, welcomed Trump’s idea of ​​raising profits.

But from the most conservative Republican ranks they shouted: “He wants to give 2,000 dollars in individual checks because that money is not his. That’s socialism, ”bellowed former National Security Advisor John Bolton.

Trump’s turn came after a day of phone calls of government and opposition legislators, who sought to avoid a social and economic disaster, especially for the population most vulnerable. “I understand you want to be remembered for pushing for bigger checks, but the danger is that you will be remembered for chaos and misery and erratic behavior if you allow it to expire,” said Republican Sen. Pat Toomey.

But above all the Republican congressmen told him that they were not willing to raise subsidies: Trump then would carry the political weight that the government was shut down amid the pandemic and that millions of benefits to the most vulnerable fell hopelessly at the end of the year, just before the elections in Georgia.

The president had no choice but to give in. In his statement Sunday, Trump continued to push for checks for taxpayers with the greatest financial difficulties to be increased to more than triple the $ 600 originally stipulated, but did not say how. He also criticized again that the plan includes too many expenses for programs that have nothing to do with the pandemic. He did not say, however, why he waited until the text was approved to make his views public.

Washington, correspondent


The media learned about the combat readiness of US troops in the Middle East :: Politics :: RBC

On Tuesday, December 8, the AP agency reported, citing a high-ranking military source, that Washington expects attacks from Iran against the backdrop of the withdrawal of the US military from Afghanistan and Iraq.

Also, the American command planned to withdraw the aircraft carrier Nimitz from the Persian Gulf, however, due to a possible escalation of the situation, it may remain in the region for now, a source told AP.

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US fears of possible attacks from Iran have intensified after the assassination of Iranian nuclear physicist Mohsen Fahrizadeh, who is called the father of the Iranian nuclear program. He died in late November after a clash between his guards and terrorists. In Iran, Israel’s involvement in the murder of a scientist was announced.

Also, Washington fears possible Iranian hostilities, timed to coincide with the first anniversary of the death of the Iranian commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Qasem Soleimani, who was killed in a US airstrike, writes AP.

The Pentagon announced in November that the United States will reduce its military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, the contingent will be reduced from more than 4.5 thousand troops to 2.5 thousand, in Iraq – from 3 thousand to 2.5 thousand.


The US Treasury proposed to allocate $ 916 billion to stimulate the economy :: Business :: RBC

Earlier, the American authorities have already directed $ 3 trillion on measures to support the economy in a pandemic

Stephen Mnuchin

(Photo: POOL New / Reuters)

The US Treasury Department has proposed to Congress to allocate $ 916 billion for emergency measures to stimulate the economy in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. reported the country’s finance minister Stephen Mnuchin on Twitter.

“On behalf of the president, I presented a $ 916 billion proposal, which is a slightly larger package than the $ 908 billion bipartisan proposal,” he said.

In early December, a group of members of the Senate presented a version of the stimulus package in the amount of $ 908 billion. Senators from both the Democratic and Republican parties submitted proposals.

Mnuchin indicated that the Ministry of Finance will allocate part of the stimulus funds, including $ 140 billion from unused funds of the wage support program, and $ 429 billion from the funds of the Ministry of Finance.

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives and the Republican majority Senate continue to argue over the size of the stimulus package. According to the Democrats, the amount of support should exceed $ 2 trillion, and the Republicans insist on the amount of no more than $ 1 billion.