Iraqi court issues arrest warrant for Donald Trump :: Politics :: RBC

US President Accused of Premeditated Murder of Iranian General and Shiite Police Commander at Baghdad Airport

Donald Trump

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A court in Baghdad has issued an arrest warrant for Donald Trump. The US President is suspected of organizing the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in January 2020, AP reports.

The document was issued by one of the Iraqi judges based on the materials of the investigation, which established that the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the head of the Shiite militia Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were killed in the area of ​​the Baghdad airport using an American drone. The warrant states that it was premeditated murder. The death penalty is punishable for such a crime under Iraqi law.

At the same time, the court indicated that the investigation, which was launched at the request of al-Muhandis’s relatives, is ongoing.

In the US, unknown persons threatened to fly into the Capitol building by plane

Capitol Building in Washington DC

President of the United States Donald Trump, commenting on the air strike on Baghdad airport, called the deceased Iranian general “terrorist number one in the world.” Tehran compared the assassination of Soleimani to a declaration of war and promised retaliatory measures. As a result, on the night of January 8, 2020, Tehran launched a missile attack on two targets in Iraq that were used by the US military – the Ain al-Assad base and the Erbil airport.

In addition, the explosion at the Baghdad airport led to an aggravation of relations between the United States and Iraq. Shiite politicians demanded that the authorities withdraw the American contingent from the country.

The day before, several air traffic controllers in New York heard an audio recording in which unknown persons threatened to fly into the Capitol building by plane. “On Wednesday we will take a plane to the Capitol. Suleimani will be avenged, ”the audio recording said.

It has not yet been established who sent this message. The American authorities do not consider the threat to be real and are investigating illegal penetration of aviation frequencies.


the world of culture always tossed about in the unknown

This Friday, January 8, the day after Jean Castex’s intervention, the players in the world of culture, hard hit by the consequences of the health crisis, must be received on rue de Valois by Minister Roselyne Bachelot. A stage meeting while waiting for a reopening of cultural places still hypothetical. Professionals in the sectors concerned – museums, theaters, cinemas – are calling for precise deadlines. In the meantime, all of them compose with the blur of the horizon.

► Art, heritage: small and large machines struggling

In Paris, the Bourse de Commerce, a new showcase for the Pinault collection, was to open on January 23. Its promotional campaign has been suspended but the hanging of the works continues in order to be ready in the event of a sudden green light. ” I do not understand why the government could not arrange in favor of museums and monuments provisions that would have avoided their outright closure », Protested Jean-Jacques Aillagon, director of Pinault Collection. According to him, reduced gauges would have enabled compliance with “Satisfactory sanitary security conditions”. The former minister of culture denounces a “Corrosive uncertainty for the teams”.

At the Marmottan museum, which was to open an exhibition on the Danish painter Kroyer at the end of January, the director, Marianne Mathieu, also decided to continue the hanging. “We have been mobilized for months to maintain our projects but if the closure were to go on for too long, it would be very difficult”, she confides.

At the Petit Palais, Christophe Leribault preferred to postpone his exhibition on “Vollard, Petiet and master prints” until the spring and decided to close on January 6 his beautiful exhibition on “The golden age of Danish painting. Which will only have welcomed the public for six short weeks.

Same regret at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lyon, where Sylvie Ramond, the director, comes ” to close with sadness its great exhibition “Picasso, Baigneurs, Baigneuses” which remains visible on our website “, she indicates. To his eyes, ” the big lesson of these recent months of uncertainty is that we must encourage teams to work to enhance our collections ». Even if she hopes to be able to open a major exhibition on the Flandrin brothers in the spring.

At the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, the largest private monument in France, winter closure is not a problem, the absence of a calendar yes. “I am appalled by this total uncertainty but we are still working on a reopening on March 27, explains its general manager Ascanio de Voguë. Vaux le Vicomte is a great machine, so uncertainty weighs on decision-making. You have to be agile enough to adapt at the last minute. “

► Theater, “immense psychological fatigue”

Reopening for good is also the wish of theaters. All ticket sales are now suspended, and programming turned upside down. “Today, the question is not only to know when the cinemas will reopen but how will it be? asks choreographer Pierre Rigal. There will be a traffic jam of shows, one can wonder what will be their diffusion. “

Since the theaters closed in the fall, many plays have been edited and shown to professionals – journalists and especially programmers – in anticipation of an “after”, for the time being still very vague. ” As long as the virus is not eradicated, we cannot really restart, laments Jean-Marc Dumontet, at the head of several Parisian theaters. There is nothing worse than reopening to close again, as happened in the fall. »

Public theater shares this sentiment. “The psychological fatigue of the teams is immense, notes Robin Renucci, director of Tréteaux de France and president of the association of National Dramatic Centers (CDN). It might be better to close completely and prepare to reopen on a firm date, even if it was only going to be spring or summer. ” For Robin Renucci, the crisis must also open up new fields of reflection. “ Theater isn’t just about the theatrical evening, he explains. The CDNs are currently continuing their work in schools, but young people must absolutely be able to come to the theater. If we are to reopen in stages, it must start with them. Creation is an experience that is lived together, that is what we must transmit to them. “

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Betting on the future, Jean-Marc Dumontet has just set the dates for his Citizen’s Talk festival in April. “It’s paradoxical: I don’t believe it and at the same time, I’m preparing, he admits. We have to stay in this dynamic, otherwise we will miss the rebound. My only stimulus plan is to have great shows to offer when it reopens. What we are going through is psychologically grueling, but most theaters are financially supported. We must maintain the energy to be ready for the restart. »

► Cinema, 300 films on hold

Movie theater operators also hoped to be able to reopen “By the end of January”. “If the health situation deteriorates, it is different but all the other reasons not to leave us closed are not valid in our eyes”, explains Marc-Olivier Sebbag, general delegate of the National Federation of French Cinemas (FNCF). As for renegotiating the terms of a possible reopening, “The question is: how far are we prepared to go to reopen even in degraded conditions? “, he asks himself. A general curfew at 6 p.m. would cut the cinemas of the most frequented screenings and go under the 50% gauge would threaten the economic balance of the rooms.

The situation is even more complex for distributors who need time – between two weeks and a month – to schedule the release of films. « Without a clear prospect of reopening, we can no longer work. We had to put the brakes on everything after having worked very hard to prepare for the December outings ”, regrets Étienne Ollagnier, at the head of Jour2Fête and co-president of the union of independent distributors (SDI). “It’s been two times that I have rehired staff who were on short-time working for nothing. If we have no foreseeable date, I stop scheduling outings ”, says Bénédicte Thomas, at the head of a small distribution company, Arizona Films.

The concern is all the greater as the stock of films on hold, currently estimated at more than 300, continues to grow. “Time is against us, says Jane Roger (JHR films) also co-chair of SDI. The risk, when theaters reopen, is that exhibitors will turn to the most profitable films to the detriment of the most fragile films. “

Distributors therefore ask to be involved in a discussion on the date and terms of a reopening. They hope to obtain from the Ministry of Culture and the CNC a code of good conduct so that all films can find their place. “ One can imagine a calendar if not imposed at least reasoned during the few weeks which follow the reopening ”, suggests Étienne Ollagnier. The latter also calls for a system of financial compensation for losses linked to health constraints. ” If we reopen the theaters in degraded conditions, that’s the only way to maintain both releases and our operating accounts».


New Hyundai Creta 2021 will continue the work of its predecessor – opinion

Another crossover added in size.

Photo: Hyundai Creta II, source: Hyundai
Photo: Hyundai Creta II, source: Hyundai

The new 2021 Hyundai Creta will enjoy the same post-market demand as its predecessor. And it’s not only about the increased size, but also about advanced functionality, a big name and durable engines. The details were found out by the Pokatim editors.

Loud name

“Creta” of the second generation will interest the public, although “outwardly” there are claims to it. Indeed, under this name is still the same simple, reliable and affordable crossover, which is sold in large quantities.

Increased practicality

The length will be 4300, width – 1790, and height – 1635 millimeters. The wheelbase has grown to 2.7 meters. This will expand the space in the cabin and increase the useful volume of the trunk. And on the door cards, the armrest will be placed higher, which will affect the convenience of landing.


In terms of functionality, the Hyundai Creta II is good, although it will arrive in Russia somewhat “cut down”. But even in this form, it will be steeper than its predecessor. And the materials will become softer, nothing will rattle and creak in the cabin.

Time-tested “technique”

Our “Cretu” will probably be endowed with the old engines for 123 and 150 horsepower. A couple of them will be manual transmission and automatic transmission. There is a reason for this – Russian drivers do not trust unknown engines. And options with a “robot” and a variator are unlikely to be bought. But a diesel engine for 115 “forces” would look good in the range of units, according to motorists. Four-wheel drive will also be left

Photo: Hyundai Creta II salon, source: Hyundai
Photo: Hyundai Creta II salon, source: Hyundai

As you can see, the new Hyundai Creta 2021 will continue the work of its predecessor. This is indicated not only by good functionality and a juicy name, but also by “long-playing” motors with boxes, with which the cross will most likely be brought to the Russian Federation. In practice, this means that the Tiguan and RAV4 are in danger – the second “Creta” will take over all the buyers of the “German” and “Japanese”.


The auto industry takes stock before the end of the year full of unknowns

Change and reorganize in the light of the crisis. This is the challenge facing the entire automotive industry, whose representatives will meet the government, Friday 6 November in the morning, within the strategic sector committee (CSF) chaired by Luc Chatel, who is in addition to be at the head of the Automotive Platform (PFA).

→ INVESTIGATION. Automotive: why are SUVs successful?

The meeting, scheduled before the new confinement, should take stock of the implementation of the major measures adopted at the end of May, when Emmanuel Macron presented the recovery plan from the Valeo d’Étaples plant ( Pas-de-Calais).

The net increase in the sale of electrified vehicles

This historic site for the French equipment manufacturer, from which it comes out of electric batteries, had the virtue of symbolizing the clear choice of a “green recovery” then announced by the Minister of the Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire. The latter is attending the meeting this Friday with his colleagues Barbara Pompili, Minister for the Ecological Transition, as well as Jean-Baptiste Djebarri and Agnès Pannier-Runacher, ministers responsible respectively for transport and industry.

The recovery plan had provided for increased bonuses for electrified vehicles: rechargeable hybrids or batteries. However, the year 2020 will have confirmed their rise in power, despite prices remaining high. Their market share has tripled and now represents one fifth of new vehicles sold in France. State bonuses and the announcement, at the end of September, of a tightening of the ecological penalty have clearly played in their favor in an automobile market, which has regained some colors after the spring confinement, but which is once again sailing in troubled waters.

A 10% drop in sales in October

In October, sales of new vehicles fell by nearly 10% compared to the excellent month of October 2019. PSA held up better than Renault, and especially than foreign manufacturers, down on average by more than 14% .

The new confinement has just sown new uncertainties, even if manufacturers are delighted to have obtained the possibility of establishing the “click and collect” in the concessions, which should help to maintain a minimum commercial activity. Note also the maintenance of the used vehicle market, which climbed 11% during the month, also contributing to a rejuvenation of the fleet.

Three support funds

If the support for demand has produced its effects, it is above all support for supply that should be discussed within the CSF on Friday. A support fund, in equity and quasi-equity, and intended for subcontractors in the sector, had been announced, amounting to 600 million euros. Its shareholders: the State, the public investment bank, as well as Renault and PSA (up to 100 million euros each).

The CSF must also verify the establishment of two other funds: first an investment support fund to help set up innovative and robotic production lines in several sectors such as bar turning, forging and foundry. This fund, to which the State is contributing up to 200 million euros, should be used to accelerate the automation and digitization of French SMEs and mid-caps.

Then a support fund for innovation and industrial development, of 150 million euros, financing projects in for example inverters, or power electronics, so many technological building blocks essential to electrified vehicles and on which the The State and the industrialists agree in preferring to see them produced on national soil.

The CSF must also make it possible to take stock of the charter of commitment between manufacturers and the chain of subcontractors of which they are the customers, with a view to consolidating a sector which it is often said that it must learn, to image of what is happening in Germany, to “hunt in packs”.


Detained on suspicion of attacking a priest in Lyon was released :: Society :: RBC

Photo: Laurent Cipriani / AP

The man, previously detained in the case of an attack on a priest in Lyon, was released. Lyon Mag reports about it with reference to the statement of the prosecutor’s office.

“In the course of the investigation, the investigators did not find any evidence that would allow him to be held accountable for the attack,” the statement said.

Moreover, the doctor, having examined the detainee, ruled that his state of health did not allow him to be kept in custody and that he needed hospitalization.

Unknown wounded priest at the Orthodox Church in Lyon

The man was detained the day before in a cafe. Lyon Mag reported that he had no weapons with him. According to Progres, his appearance matched the description given by witnesses to the attack.


Jihadists freed by Mali, the great unknown

In at least three places, the release of four hostages in Mali, Thursday, October 8, was celebrated: on the tarmac of the Villacoublay air base, near Paris, where Sophie Pétronin’s family came to wait for him the next day. ; in Bamako, around the residence of Soumaïla Cissé, the freed Malian opposition leader; and somewhere in the desert, near the border with Algeria, where the Tuareg leader Iyad Ag Ghali was giving a banquet to celebrate the jihadists that the junta in power in Mali had let go.

→ ANALYSIS. How Sophie Pétronin’s release in Mali became possible

On the side of Soumaïla Cissé, “The day of his release, we received friends until five in the morning”, specifies his wife joined by The cross. “My husband is fine. He was keen to meditate first on the grave of his bodyguard who was killed during his kidnapping six months ago. Then, he went to offer his condolences to the families of the members of his party who died of the coronavirus, during his captivity. “

“All of Bamako remembers the attacks on the Terrasse or the Radisson”

But it is the image of the “banquet”, available on social networks, that most moved Aimé, a Christian Malian from Bamako: “Iyad Ag Ghali showed his strength with this couscous and these grapes that made you want. He taunted the State of Mali by treating all these ex-prisoners involved in attacks, like those of the Radisson Blu or La Terrasse, which all of Bamako remembers. They are very dangerous individuals. “

More than 200 prisoners were freed by the junta and taken by plane to the north of the country. No exact count, no precise list is available concerning them. We rely on the photos of the banquet. On one of them, Aliou Mahamane Touré. The former head of the Islamic police of Mujao, in Gao, “Was arrested in 2013, tried in 2017, released two years later, before being handed over by the French soldiers of Operation Barkhane again to the Malian authorities”, says Drissa Traoré, of the Malian Association for Human Rights (AMDH).

The other releases could not be confirmed and remain shrouded in mystery. Since that of the hostages, Drissa Traoré is working to account for the releases decided by the junta. “A year ago, there were 200 jihadists detained in Bamako central prison. Last year, eleven were tried, this year four, including two in absentia ”, he recalls.

“The important thing was the release of Soumaïla Cissé”

The scenario of the outcome, almost a week later, seems relatively clear to Serge Michailof, author of Africanistan (1). “It was Iyad Ag Ghaly, a Tuareg leader affiliated with Al-Qaida, who negotiated with the Malian junta. He is quite close to the Algerian security services and has spent a long time in Saudi Arabia. The important thing was the release of Soumaïla Cissé. Sophie Pétronin was incidental in the negotiations ”, he said.

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Fulani leader Amadou Koufa, also attached to Al-Qaida, active in the center and the south of the country, is not affected by the agreement, according to Serge Michailof, and has not seen his supporters released. As for the forces claiming to be Daesh, they do not intend to negotiate and are active in the region of the three borders (Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso) where “It seems that currently the French soldiers of Barkhane are concentrating their efforts to neutralize them”, he adds.

“Double language, double face”

The ruling junta in Bamako made the bet of negotiation with Iyad Ag Ghaly, the only one ready to hear the Malian soldiers, even if he had said that he would only compromise “The end of the racist and arrogant occupation of the French crusaders”. The Malian soldiers had to be helped for this dialogue by Iman Mahmoud Dicko, who can count on three ministers in the government.

“Subtle and clever, he is not an extremist, even if it was he who torpedoed the family code a few years ago”, summarizes Serge Michailof. Since Bamako, Aimé is less optimistic: “These Muslim leaders have a double talk, a double face. They are also driven by their financial interests, and there may be some in these releases. Their goal will always be for their religion to be truly applied in Mali. “


The fate of the hostages

With Sophie Pétronin and Soumaïla Cissé Father Pier Luigi Maccalli, abducted in 2018, and Nicola Chiacchio, abducted in February 2019, were released.

Sophie Pétronin indicated that during her detention, Béatrice Stöckli, a missionary from Basel, was dead. She worked in Timbuktu and was kidnapped four years ago.

A Colombian nun Gloria Cecilia Argoti, seen on a video with Sophie Pétronin, would still be alive. She was forcibly taken away on February 7, 2017 by armed men who entered the grounds of her congregation in Karangasso.


Kolesnikova was transferred from a pre-trial detention center to a remand prison :: Society :: RBC

Now she is in the city of Zhodino, Minsk region. She was transferred there on 11 September. Kolesnikova is accused of calling for the seizure of power. The politician said that the security forces threatened her with murder and imprisonment upon arrest

Maria Kolesnikova

(Photo: Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters)

In Belarus, an arrested member of the Presidium of the Coordination Council of the Opposition (CC), Maria Kolesnikova, was transferred from pre-trial detention center No. 1 in Minsk to remand prison No. 8 in Zhodino, Minsk region. This is reported by TUT.BY with reference to her lawyer Lyudmila Kazak.

“The reason was not given,” she said. The lawyer added that Kolesnikova was transferred to prison on September 11, but she only found out about it today.

Kolesnikova’s defense demanded the court to cancel the decision on her arrest

On September 7, the Constitutional Court reported about the abduction of Kolesnikova in Minsk by unknown masked people. She was put on a bus with the sign “Communication” and taken away in an unknown direction. The next morning, media close to President Alexander Lukashenko reported that Kolesnikova had been detained at the Belarusian-Ukrainian border while trying to illegally cross it.

Kiev reported that they tried to forcibly expel Kolesnikova from Belarus, but she tore her passport, so the border guards had to leave her on the territory of the country.


Alexievich: ‘They tried to break into my home in Minsk’ – World

Writer and journalist Svetlana Alexievich complained that strangers tried to enter her apartment in Minsk. The Nobel Prize in Literature is the only member of the Belarusian Opposition Council who is still free at home after men captured Maksim Znak this morning. This was reported by several Russian media.

“There are no more friends of ideas in the presidium of the Opposition Coordination Council. Everyone is in prison or has been expelled from the country,” wrote the Nobel Prize winner in a statement on the Belarusian Pen Club website. After denouncing the attempt by strangers to enter his apartment, Alexievich asked reporters to go to his home and assured those who arrived that the Opposition Coordination Council will continue to work despite the arrests. The Moscow Times reports it.

Masked men in civilian clothes took away Belarusian opposition activist Maxim Znak, a representative of the Coordination Council of the Belarusian opposition told Interfax. “Maxim left Babariko’s staff (unregistered Belarusian presidential candidate, ed) along with masked men in plain clothes. They got into a van and left,” the representative said.

The father of opposition activist Maria Kolesnikova told Belarusian media that the young woman is in prison in Minsk and kept in isolation. “Maria Kolesnikova was arrested and is in the detention center No. 1 on Volodarski Street,” Maria’s father, Alexander Kolesnikov, told The man claims to have been contacted by the head of the investigation team of the Belarusian Investigative Committee.