Welcome to Thursday, where Kim Jong-un offers to reopen the hotline with Seoul, a 96-year-old Nazi war crime suspect runs away and a Turk is so drunk he joins a search party for himself. From France we also take a peek and listen to the surprisingly loud sounds of the countryside.
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â¢ Kim Jong-un proposes to reopen the hotline with Seoul: The North Korean leader said he was ready to restore the direct line of communication cut since August with South Korea. Kim used the same statement to accuse the United States of proposing talks without changing its “hostile policy” towards North Korea.
â¢ The United States before the critical vote to avoid the government shutdown: The House and Senate are rushing to vote today on a short-term bill to fund the federal government until December, in a bid to avoid a potential shutdown before the midnight funding expires which it says experts, could trigger a wider economic crisis.
â¢ The toll of riots in Ecuador’s prisons is increasing: At least 116 people are believed to have died in a brawl between rival gangs in a prison in the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil, making it the worst prison violence in the country’s history. The government has declared a state of emergency in the Ecuadorian prison system.
â¢ Sarkozy sentenced to one year in prison: Former French leader Nicolas Sarkozy was found guilty of breaking the country’s election spending laws during his 2012 re-election bid, after spending around â¬ 22.5m – nearly double the amount. maximum legal amount. Sarkozy appealed against the conviction, which suspended the sentence.
â¢ Nazi war crime suspect, 96, flees ahead of trial: Irmgard Furchner, a former secretary of a Nazi concentration camp, now 96, is “on the run” the day her trial was due to begin, a court has heard. She is accused of having contributed at the age of 18 to the murder of more than 10,000 people while working in the Stutthof concentration camp in present-day Poland.
â¢ Britney Spears’ father suspended from guardianship: A judge suspended Jamie Spears from the legal arrangement that gave him control over his daughter’s life for 13 years, marking a major victory for the singer who had accused him of abuse. Fans around the world have supported her with the #FreeBritney campaign.
â¢ A drunken Turkish man, missing, takes part in his own search operation: A missing man in Turkey accidentally joined a massive search team to assist rescue services for several hours, before realizing he was the one they were looking for. He had wandered away from his friends in a forest while he was drunk.
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“The prisons can’t take it anymore”, headlines the Ecuadorian daily Espresso, reporting a riot between rival gangs in one of the country’s largest prisons, which has left at least 116 dead. It is the latest in several violent episodes that prompted the government to declare a state of emergency in the Ecuadorian prison system.
# ï¸â£ IN FIGURES
In mid-September, Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe, reached 4,807.81 meters (15,773 feet). That’s 92 centimeters (3.1 feet) less than in 2017 according to experts. The Alpine summit, which sits on the border of France and Italy, has lost an average of 13 centimeters (5.1 inches) in height each year since 2001. These results reflect growing concerns around the world about the loss of glacial ice, with many of these peaks impacted by climate change.
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Where are the doses? What U.S. and European vaccine promises look like in Africa
In recent weeks, European Commission President Ursula von Der Leyen and US President Joe Biden have very publicly doubled their pledges to help immunize the world against COVID-19, donating hundreds of millions of additional doses to try to save lives in developing countries and defeat the global pandemic once and for all. But in many places, the situation on the ground lags behind public promises.
ð In Africa, the least vaccinated continent in the world, the global Covax initiative aims to increase the vaccination rate from 3.6% currently to 40% by March 2022. But as Young Africa magazine reports, securing the 470 million doses to make it possible will be a serious challenge. “We complained about a lack of transparency,” said AurÃ©lia Nguyen, general manager of the Covax installation. Young Africa. “We have the funding and the contracts to vaccinate 37% of the African population by March, but we will need a very rapid increase in deliveries to meet our targets.”
ð Given its colonial ties and its geographical proximity, European countries such as Belgium, France, Germany and Portugal have decided to focus largely on Africa for their Covax donations. Yet Africa has so far received only 167 million doses (67 million via Covax) and the 27 EU member countries have delivered only 60% of the promised deliveries.
ð¬ The EU has chosen a longer-term approach to help Africa weather the pandemic, investing â¬ 1 billion to develop the technology and infrastructure to produce and distribute vaccines nationally. In July, Brussels gave the green light to support vaccine manufacturing at the Pasteur Institute in Dakar, Senegal. But the question remains whether this will be enough to reduce vaccine inequalities, with African vaccine coverage approaching 20% ââby the end of the year.
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“Iran will not tolerate the presence of the Zionist regime near our borders.”
– Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh defended Tehran’s decision to hold military exercises near the country’s common border with Azerbaijan tomorrow. The former Soviet republic, which shares a border with northwestern Iran, imports weapons from Israel. Earlier this week, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev criticized Tehran for the exercises: âEach country can carry out any military exercise on its own territory. It is their sovereign right. But why now, and why at our border?
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Coq, mon amour: on France’s complicated relationship with its famous campaign
For the most part, the French countryside evokes an idyllic paradise, from the southern region of Provence with its lavender fields to Burgundy covered with vineyards to the castles of the Loire Valley. In this postcard vision, you can smell the gentle air, see the grazing cows, and hear the silence, broken only by the rare ringing of local church bells.
You’ve probably never considered … the noise.
In eastern Haute-Savoie, a local farmer Denis Bauquois has been on trial for several years because of his roosters crowing. After neighbors, exasperated by the continuous cocoricos of birds, pursued him, Bauquois was fined 3,000 euros in 2019 for “neighborhood disturbances” but he appealed the decision, which brought back the case in court this month, France-Blue reports.
Defense lawyers argue that the neighbors moved in 25 years ago when Bauquois already had a dozen roosters, and they should have known what to expect. “It’s as if tomorrow a city dweller is saying ‘I’m moving to town but I’m complaining about the noise of cars’, so you have to go somewhere else,” the lawyer told local radio.
The neighbors’ lawyer points out that a rooster has a “very powerful crow” and that “a bailiff’s report revealed that at 4 a.m., 18 cocoricos were recorded in just over two minutes. “
Alas, we French have a special relationship with our rural territories that we affectionately call Province, in particular the opposition to the universal capital of Paris. Singer Michel Delpech wrote a song about his love for his family living in the Loir-et-Cher, people who âdon’t show offâ, and who laugh at him for his urban habits, and who are afraid to walk in the mud.
In 2019, another rooster named Maurice hit the headlines after her owner Corinne Fesseau was sued by a retired couple who bought a nearby vacation home and complained of noise pollution. A petition that has gathered nearly 140,000 signatures in favor of Mauritius has become a symbol of the division between urban and rural communities. A court ultimately ruled in favor of the rooster and its owner.
The case of Mauritius and others across France involving ducks, frogs and cicadas ultimately prompted the government to act. In January, a law was passed to protect the “sensory heritage of rural areas” against silence or sweeping, including sounds and smells such as roosters crowing, cow bells, the sound of tractors. .. and, yes, the spicy manure.
“Living in the countryside implies accepting certain nuisances,” JoÃ«l Giraud, the government minister responsible for rural life, told the Senate. But since the law is not retroactive, it will not apply in the case of Denis Bauquois, who will have to wait for the court’s verdict in November.
While the law will certainly prevent similar cases from ending up in court, it will not silence complaints. A man who bought a house in a central village department du Puy-de-DÃ´me decided last December to launch a petition against the bells of the local church, regional daily The Dispatch reports. The man denounced “the din of the bells”, which ring every hour and a half hour, 24 hours a day. His petition has, however, only collected 17 signatures. The lack of support says it all: if you live in the countryside, get used to it.
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