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Heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine, plane crash in Nepal, Greta Thunberg against German coal mine expansion… This weekend’s news

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Ukraine between Russian strikes and Western help. At least 30 people were killed and 75 injured on Saturday in a Russian strike on an apartment building in Dnepropetrovsk in eastern Ukraine, the city’s governor said on Telegram. Meanwhile, in Kharkiv (northeast) and Lvov (west), strategic Ukrainian energy infrastructure facilities were attacked, resulting in power outages. Vladimir Putin is delighted with the “positive dynamics” at the front, even though Ukraine is still resisting Soledar. At the same time, support from Western countries is accelerating. The announcement of the delivery of heavy battle tanks by the UK to Kyiv marks a turning point in the cautious stance of Ukraine’s allies and puts a little more pressure on Germany to agree to contribute to the development of the Leopard 2 tanks.

Pensions: Roussel, like Martinez, bet on a million people on the street on January 19th. Million! Million! A million demonstrators against pension reform. This is the figure set by Fabien Roussel, National Secretary of the PCF, at the JDD today for the day of mobilization next Thursday. Same story on the CGT side. The union is “doing everything to ensure” that more than a million French people gather for the rendezvous, says its boss Philippe Martinez, who also wants “strikes in public and private companies,” he explains on France 3 this Sunday.

Iran executes British Iranian for spying. On Saturday, Tehran announced that it had hanged an Iranian-born Briton on death row for spying for British intelligence, angering London. A former senior Iranian Defense Ministry official, Alireza Akbari, 61, was convicted of “corruption on Earth and undermining the country’s internal and external security for passing intelligence to the UK,” Iranian judicial body Mizan Online reported. In a tweet, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak denounced the “ruthless and cowardly” condemnation.

In the United States, police have again prosecuted Keenan Anderson, an African-American man who received six taser shots, after the death of Keenan Anderson. Unfortunately, there is a sense of deja vu. A little less than two years after the case of George Floyd, named after a black man in his 40s killed by a police officer during his arrest in Minneapolis, a new such episode is rekindling tension and controversy in the United States. This time, the victim, also an African American, is named Keenan Anderson, and she died of cardiac arrest in hospital hours after police tasered her six times. For his family, and in particular for his cousin Patrice Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matters movement, it is clear that the thirties “were killed by the police.”

In Germany, thousands of demonstrators with Greta Thunberg against the expansion of the coal mine in Lucerat. A tense confrontation, punctuated by scuffles, took place on Saturday between police and anti-coal demonstrators at the spectacular and dangerous site of Germany’s largest quarry, where Swedish activist Greta Thunberg traveled. On the sidelines of the demonstration, which drew several thousand people – 35,000 according to organizers – hundreds of anti-coal activists tried to enter the forbidden areas of a lignite mine near Lucerat in the country’s west, law enforcement said.

Nearly 60 people have died in a plane crash in Nepal. Time flies and the balance gets harder. Hours after the Yeti Airlines plane crashed in central Nepal on Sunday, local police said at least 67 of the 72 people on board the plane had died. Among the passengers on the plane was a Frenchman.

Anne Hidalgo will hold a referendum in Paris on the maintenance of scooters. Ann Hidalgo would like to “stop” on self-service scooters. But she is turning to her constituents to decide. Parisians will be able to vote to keep these vehicles cluttering the sidewalks of the capital during a vote on Sunday, April 2. The socialist mayor made the announcement in an interview with Le Parisien that aired this Saturday.

PS Congress: Delga calls for Mayer-Rossignol to vote, who considers victory “possible”. Carol Delga, president of the PS for Occitanie, called on socialist activists to vote for Nicolas Mayer-Rossignol, mayor of Rouen and candidate for head of the PS. A city councilor’s victory over outgoing boss Olivier Fauré is “quite possible,” she said. The Nupes line, promoted by Olivier Faure, ended Friday at the top of the Socialist vote, but her rival Nicolas Mayer-Rossignol, backed by third candidate Hélène Geoffroy, still hopes to win on January 19.

Noel Le Grand was filed with the prosecutor’s office for “disrespect for sexists.” His testimony caused a stir this week and did not escape the attention of the inspectors in charge of checking the French Football Federation. According to Le Monde, the latter filed a lawsuit alleging a possible “sexist outrage” committed by President Noel Le Grae after listening to agent Sonia Sweed. On Tuesday, she publicly denounced in L’Equipe and RMC the behavior of the FFF president: “He told me face to face, in his apartment, it’s very clear that if I want him to help me, we have to go to the frying pan.”

The best of the weekend at liberation.fr

Anthony Galluzzo: “The myth of the self-made man, in the style of Steve Jobs or Elon Musk, does not subvert him at all, but legitimizes the established order.” In an essay on American celebrity entrepreneurs, particularly the founder of Apple, the researcher explores the mythology of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur whose visionary spirit would usher in a new phase in the history of human progress. Interview.

“This place saved me”: Cité des Dames, a shelter for homeless women. Isla (1) is counting the days. She will sleep outside again tonight. A 30-year-old young woman lived without a home for several months. Her tired look says it better than words: she almost never closes her eyes. “When you are a woman on the street at night, you do not sleep. You protect your business, but especially your body, she explains. I am constantly afraid of being raped.” Her eyelids have time to close only when she is seated in the chairs of the City of Ladies. Almost daily. Reportage.

The Russian sailing ship Shtandart needs to be moored in French ports. After the Russian invasion, this historic ship, accustomed to French shores, is no longer accepted in some ports. However, its crew is international and condemns the war waged by Vladimir Putin. Reportage.

On trial for a thwarted attack ahead of the 2017 presidential election, an “enemy of the state” and a “secret” in a box. Accused of planning the attack, Clement Baur and Mahedin Merabet have been under investigation in a special jury for a week now. Judges took a close look at the duo’s identities before beginning questioning on Friday night. Recording of the hearing.

In Martinique, after being fired in the Chlordecone case: “This is hypocrisy, the case was ruined.” On Friday, one hundred people demonstrated against an order issued ten days ago regarding this toxic pesticide, which, according to the ANSES study, has been heavily polluting the population for forty years. Reportage.

Historic California floods: “Escape was the hardest thing in the dark.” When Humberto Maciel called out to rescuers to evacuate the only poultry found alive on his flooded farm, on a boat, he wondered if he had prayed too much for rain to alleviate the drought that had plagued him for years. Reportage.

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