In India per day from lightning strikes killed more than 100 people :: Society :: RBC

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Lightning caused the death of 107 people in the East and the North of India on June 25. About this newspaper The Times of India.

According to the publication, as a result of the discharges killed 83 residents of the Eastern state of Bihar, 24 people were killed in the Northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

Most of the victims caught thunderstorms during the field work. Despite the warnings of emergency services declared a heightened level of danger, the people did not escape from the weather in houses.

Prime Minister Narendra modi on Twitter expressed his condolences to the families of the victims. According to him, state governments will have relatives financial assistance.

20 June in the Park of Museum-reserve “Kolomenskoye” in the South of Moscow from a lightning strike injured a man and a woman. They were hospitalized.


In Yemen, the ” war without end “

After more than five years of fighting, an end to the war in Yemen is not on the agenda. Tuesday, June 23, the spokesperson of the arab coalition led by saudi Arabia, Turki Al-Maliki, has announced the interception of “eight drones packed with explosives “, “three ballistic missiles “and a fourth of which “of the sites as well as civilians “ in the saudi capital Riyadh. A “large-scale attack “as it was referred to the rebels houthistes, at the origin of the offensive.

Since 2014, the civil war opposed the latter, shiites, supported by Iran, to the government of sunni, exiled in Riyadh, who can count on arab coalition, interfered in the conflict in 2015 and is struggling now to break the deadlock in yemen. “For the past five years, and nothing changes. It is a war without end, resign François Frison-Roche, a political scientist and researcher at the CNRS. The Saudis do not want to lose face, they continue to show their strength. And the Houthis are sending missiles to show their ability to be a nuisance. They knew that the drones were being destroyed, they simply wanted to send a message. “

A double front

The attack houthiste comes at a time when saudi Arabia became embroiled on another front with the separatists of the transitional Council of the South (CTS). Former allies in the coalition against the rebels, they take control of territories in southern Yemen, dividing a little more of this country decimated by the fighting.

After the decision, by the CTS, of the island of Socotra, 350 km off the coast of Aden, Turki Al-Maliki announced Monday, June 22, the organization of talks for a truce. The negotiations in the fall of 2019 have not been followed, points out, however, François Frison-Roche. “Riyadh has planned the discussions, at great expense, but the separatists do not respect the agreement. Saudi Arabia in spring décrédibilisée. “

A true ” chaos “

These difficulties reveal the fragility of the arab coalition. Because this is the United Arab Emirates, members of this coalition, who provide the weapons to the CTS. “There is undoubtedly a dispute between the Emirates and saudi Arabia, we do not know which, and they hide it from you. It ignores many things in this conflict, it is the great confusion “tip the researcher.

This “chaos “ would it not be a goal pursued by the parties, including militias, which have been built on a war economy ? “A partition of Yemen into two or even more, would power each according to its own interests “, writes François Frison-Roche, for whom the conflict will not turn off “as long as none of the camps will take strong decision for the implementation not of the militia “ and will not respect its commitments.


a grand pilgrimage to Mecca in ” very limited number “

Saudi Arabia decided Monday, June 22, to maintain the end of July, the great muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, with a” very limited number “of the faithful. At the same time, WHO announced that the pandemic Covid-19” continues to accelerate “in the world.

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Only people – of all nationalities -” inside of the kingdom “saudi will be able to perform the hajj, in accordance with the precautionary measures intended to contain the spread of the virus. Until then, Ryad maintained the uncertainty about holding of this pilgrimage, one of the largest religious gatherings in the world, which has attracted 2.5 million muslims in 2019, according to figures of the ministry in charge of the organizing.

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The hajj pilgrimage, scheduled this year at the end of July, is one of the five pillars of islam. Because of its high traffic, it can also become a huge vector of contagion of the new coronavirus, with the faithful from all over the world. However, the pandemic “ continues to accelerate “across the planet, expressed concern Monday the director general of the world health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

This is particularly the case in saudi Arabia, arab country of the Gulf is the most affected with an increase in the number of infections. The authorities officially recorded more than 161 000 people infected, of which 1 307 died. To contain the spread of the disease, saudi Arabia has, since march, suspended the small pilgrimage, the ” umrah “, which is done throughout the year in Mecca and Medina, the two holiest places in islam, located in the west of the country.

With a hajj” very limited “the saudi arabian authorities to ensure want to” meet the requirements of prevention and of social distancing measures to ensure the security and protection “of the faithful, while” achieving the goals of islamic law “.

Loss of income for saudi Arabia

Expecting a cancellation or at least severe restrictions, most of the muslim countries had already suspended these past few weeks, the necessary travel documents for the hajj, disappointing millions of the faithful who spend sometimes all of their savings to this pilgrimage. At the end of march, the saudi minister of pilgrimage, Mohammad Benten, had also asked the muslims to temporarily postpone their preparations for the hajj.

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In what appears as an effort to provide a religious veneer to this decision, the world islamic League, based in saudi Arabia, has indicated to recognize the legitimacy of the hajj limited, in the interest of the pilgrims themselves, according to the official media in saudi arabia. The world islamic League (LIM), is often seen as an arm of diplomatic of the kingdom of saudi arabia, as well as an instrument of dissemination of wahhabism, saudi version and very puritanical of islam.

The prestigious institution in sunni Al-Azhar, based in Cairo, has also hailed this decision, deeming it” wise and based on the islamic jurisprudence “. Youssef Al-Othaimeen, secretary-general of the Organization of islamic cooperation said on its side” appreciate the extreme care given to the health and safety of the pilgrims “.

This pilgrimage is limited risk of affecting the economy of saudi Arabia, the largest exporter of crude in the world, is already hard-hit by the fall in oil prices, leading to the decrease of government revenue. During the hajj and umrah, the pilgrims inject it every year, 10.6 billion euros in the economy of saudi arabia, according to the government, a sum which the kingdom is going to have to happen, and that would have been welcome in these times of austerity.


Turkey takes the PKK in northern Iraq

► What is the operation “the tiger Claw” ?

A Turkish military operation in northern Iraq started in the night from Sunday 14 to Monday 15 June by shelling out over a hundred targets around the cities of Kandil, Sinjar and Hakurk. Two days later, the ministry of defence of turkey has announced the deployment on the ground of special forces in what he calls the operation “The tiger claw “.

“Our commandos, who are supported by combat helicopters and drones, have been transported by our air forces “, he said on Wednesday 17 June, claiming that the operation had been launched in “self-defence “because of the “recent upsurge of attacks against our police and our military bases “. The department has disseminated photos showing the minister of defence, Hulusi Akar, directing operations from the headquarters of the forces of the army in Ankara.

Tuesday, June 16, the Turkish ambassador was summoned by the vice-minister of foreign affairs and not the minister himself, the Kurdish Fouad Hussein in protest against these raids. He said that his country would continue its action against the “terrorism “ as long as Baghdad would not have expelled the Kurdistan workers ‘ Party (PKK) in its territory. On Thursday, Turkey has summoned a second time, asking Ankara to withdraw its troops from its territory and to stop its “acts of provocation “.

► What is the PKK in northern Iraq ?

The Kurdistan workers ‘ Party (PKK), which has waged an armed struggle against the Turkish State since 1984, has bases back in the North of iraq, against which the Turkish army regularly conducts raids. Its training camps and caches of weapons are found mainly around the city of Kandil, in the extreme north-eastern Iraq, near the border with Iran and Turkey.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly threatened to “”take care of” of the PKK in northern Iraq if Baghdad did “not in a position to do so “. “The battle that we fight against terrorism to defend our nation and our borders is the combat the most legitimate of the world “said on Twitter the spokesperson of the presidential party, AK party, Omer Celik.

This occurs also in a period of tensions between the Kurds. If some call these days the solidarity between the different settlement areas the kurds – Rojava in Syria (where an agreement has just been signed between the two rival factions), Bakur in Turkey, Baçur in Iraq and Rojhelat in Iran – these are actually split in the current antagonists.

The dissensions between Turkish Kurds and iraqis are publicly known and have not been worse since the democratic Party of Kurdistan (KDP) of Massoud Barzani, to be able to Erbil, close to Ankara, for reasons mostly financial. This proximity could explain the silence of authorities in kurdish Iraq since Monday. “It is unimaginable that the Turkish forces are entries without the active cooperation of authorities, the kurds in iraq “says even Adel Bakawan, director of the Centre for the sociology of Iraq, and an associate researcher at the Iremmo.

► What are the reactions ?

The reactions of the most vivid came from the community, yezidi in iraq, the more proven by the violence of Daech since 2014, and of which a small part is returned to the city of Sinjar or in the mountains that surround it. “The mount Sinjar is currently a war zone “is insurgent Nadia Mourad, one of its major spokesmen, of the Nobel peace prize in 2018. “Fighter planes Turkish bombard several places. More than 150 families yézidies came to return home. When is that the iraqi government and the international community to demonstrate courage and political will to solve the problems of security in Sinjar ? “

Vote the kurds are also high for the criticism of the bombing of the refugee camp makhmour districts, opened in the 1990s with the support of UN agencies to house kurdish refugees from Turkey. Some remind us of the decisive commitment of several militias kurds against Daech in Syria, as in Iraq. Under the hashtags #KurdsOppressed, an alert has been launched “Thursday, 18 June at 21 hours “ on the social networks “alert as many people as possible on the situation of the kurdish people “.


In saudi Arabia, the “sad record” of the coronavirus

Until the lifting of the containment measures, in late may, the saudi ministry of health has it proudly displayed its balance sheet daily, much better than the enemy of iran. “The number of cures far exceeds that of new cases “, commended the authorities on their Twitter account in French.

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Since then, between two videos on the precautions surrounding the reopening of the mosques, messages of caution are more insistent. Friday 4 June, the minister of religious affairs has called on the imams “to dedicate their preaching to the precautionary measures taken by the kingdom to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 “.

“Cases in the icu and in critical condition “

The kingdom started to count the “cases in the resuscitation and state critical “ (1 686 9 June) and the battle of “sad records “. Monday 15 June, he has crossed the symbolic threshold of 1,000 deaths. The country has now 136 000 patients Covid-19. For the past several days, more than 4 000 new cases are registered daily.

While he was noted for measures that are as stringent as that early at the beginning of the pandemic, even before the registration of a first case on march 2, the kingdom wahhabi is now caught up by the crisis, to the point of worrying the world health Organization.

“There is a true second wave in countries such as Israel, Djibouti, Iran, and saudi Arabia “recognizes Antoine Flahault, director of the global health Institute at the University of Geneva. “In saudi Arabia, it is not known why there is such a resurgence, perhaps because of the large gatherings of Eid. What is particularly disturbing, is that the second wave is more important than the first “.

In a video message and a press release, the minister of health was intended to be reassuring, explaining the high figures by “the increase in the number of tests “ and claiming that the country had the ability to heal his patients.

Situation is tense in Jeddah

The situation seems particularly tense in Jeddah, a coastal city in the west, close to Mecca, and that the hospitals are full, to such a point that the city was again closed in early June : curfew from 15 hours to 6 hours in the morning, the suspension of the prayers in the mosques and in order to stay at home for the employees of the public and private sectors.

Several Internet sites announce the death of a nephew of king Salman, also governor of Riyadh, hospitalized in early April in the intensive care unit because of Covid-19. They also say that the old king, like his son, the crown prince, Mohammed Bin Salman, hide in their palaces to avoid contagion.

“None of this has been confirmed by the authoritiesgrade a good connoisseur of the country. But the ministry of health has recognized that if, at the outset, 70 % of people infected were foreign workers, now the ratio has reversed and the majority of the patients is made up of Saudis. Many people think that the containment has produced the opposite effect, by enclosing the migrant workers in substandard conditions “.

From South-East Asia or arab countries poor and representing about a third of the population of the kingdom, they were gradually resettled, or repatriated.

Disinfection and mobile application

The saudi arabian media insist, themselves, on the measures taken. “The municipalities in saudi arabia are intensifying their fight against the virus.”, reports and the website Arab News, describing the efforts of Jeddah for “disinfect “ up to green space, as well as inspections conducted by the city of Najran in the slaughterhouses.

The day before, this is the new mobile app touted by the ministry of health which has had its favors : called Tabaoud (distance), it works on the same principle as its counterpart in French-Stop-Covid, and allows the Saudis to know if they have cross-contaminated people.

Far from marking time, the pandemic up the saudi arabian authorities in front of a cornelian choice : the king, who bears the prestigious name of “guardian of the holy places “ of Medina and Mecca, should he cancel the hajj ? Planned for the end of July, this pilgrimage made each year by 2.5 million faithful all over the world is one of the five pillars of islam, the culmination of a lifetime for many muslims, and also the second largest source of income for the kingdom.


The number of infected COVID-19 in the world exceeded 8 million :: Society :: RBC

Only in the world of coronavirus infected 8 003 021 people. Leader in the number of infected and dead are the USA, Russia in the number of cases of infection is in third place

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The number of people infected with coronavirus, the world crossed the mark of 8 million. this is according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Total virus was diagnosed in 8 003 021 people.

First place in the number of infected is USA — tested positive for the coronavirus there passed more than 2.1 million people. In second place Brazil (888,2 thousand), the third — Russia (537,2 thousand according to the Federal operative headquarters of the anti-coronavirus), the fourth — India (332,4 thousand), the top five leaders of Britain (298,3 million).

Anything in the world, once infected with coronavirus died 435 662 thousand people. More than a third of all deaths (116 114) go to the US, followed by Brazil (43 959), Britain (41 821), Italy (34 371) and France (29 439). The mortality Russia is the second top ten countries.

The head of the who stated about worsening of the situation with coronavirus in the world

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Also during the pandemic from the coronavirus recovered 3.8 million people. Most recovered in the United States (RUB 576.3 million), Brazil (472,3 thousand) and Russia (284,5 thousand).

Last week the head of the world health organization Tedros of Ghebreyesus said the deterioration of the situation with coronavirus in the world. According to him, for nine of the ten days preceding his statement, the daily increase of cases exceeded 100 thousand He specifically noted the increase of cases in Africa and Central Asia. Also information about the increasing number of patients coming from countries of Eastern and Central Europe, said the head of the who.

The spread of the coronavirus Covid-19 in the world

The number of confirmed cases of infection

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Data for the world i

Maria Lisitsyna


“In Lebanon, the revolution is entering a new phase “

In Tripoli, the revolution that had begun in the songs continued, to shots of Molotov cocktails and rubber bullets. Dentist and revolutionary of the first hour, Ramy Finge describes a day of “full madness “ Saturday, June 13, in his hometown in the north of Lebanon.

“Oddly enough, a convoy of 8 or 9 trucks full of sugar and rice has gone through the Bab el-Tebbané, the volcano of the revolution, at a peak time for heading to Syria. “ Clashes with police began when protesters have blocked the road, and were only completed in the middle of the night.

“Day and night for the past two weeks, we see these trucks come from the ports of lebanese towards the syrian border so that there is more rice in our souks “, was surprised at this Tripolitain. “If they are sent by the UN, why are they registered in Syria, and do not have any logo ? Why the goods are not unloaded directly into the ports syrians from Latakia or Tartus ? “

In Tripoli, the sunni, each suspects the Hezbollah (shiite) to organise the supply of a syrian regime, also, struggling, with the support of the lebanese army. Result : while unemployment continues to rise, the incomes of the Lebanese to fall and the domestic currency to depreciate, the anger is still up a notch.

The young people return to their forces in the morning

“The revolution is entering a new phase “notes Ramy Finge, whose distributions of hot meals to needy families, which started with the uprising, is now more indispensable than ever. “Young people are no longer going to stop. They resume their forces in the morning but in the evening, they stand out. Now, I expect the worst. “

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In Beirut, too, dozens of people marched peacefully in the city centre, echoing the slogans of the movement triggered the October 17, 2019 against a ruling class almost unchanged for decades, before that hundreds of young men arrived on scooters began to throw stones and traffic signs on the forces of law and order.

The words initial has now been added to a social despair and financial, every day more serious. In principle, indexed to the u.s. dollar since 1997 at a fixed rate of 1 507 pounds for a dollar, the lebanese lira has dropped this week on the parallel market (reaching almost 6 000 pounds to 1 dollar) : a disaster in a country that imports almost all it consumes. Over-indebted and in default of payment since march, Lebanon is now waiting for assistance from the IMF to get out of the rut.

The limits of independence

In a televised speech to the accents of drama broadcast Saturday 13 June, the first minister Hassan Diab has tried to reassure the Lebanese, their affirming his determination to continue his “fierce battle against corruption “.

“Some people try to prevent the government to reveal the corruption system, he launched. Please be aware that we found many of the keys to this black box. There is still a lot to update, with documents and facts, but this system will collapse on those who lurk in its corners. “

But Tuesday, 9 June, his government had endorsed a list of appointments to the central Bank, the Commission of control of financial markets or to the Board of the public service imposed by the political parties on the traditional base-denominational, showing the limits of its “independence “.

Emergency measures that did not come

“The declaration of Hassan Diab has not calmed down the revolutionaries, on the contrary “ensures Ramy Finge, convinced that this government “is only there to save time, to Hezbollah and to the other “.

“This is a time for action. What was expected was not to reform but to emergency measures. They are not coming “written from his side, Joseph Maïla, a professor of international relations at Essec, in the lebanese daily L’orient-Le Jour.

“The best way would be to expedite the implementation of a pole special criminal intended to try those responsible for a break to State the most spectacular of all the time and prevent them from diverting the attention of the citizens to deadly unrest. “


In Atlanta, two people died and five were wounded in a shooting :: Society :: RBC

Previously, the government of Georgia started an investigation after the death of 27-year-old black Rashard Brooks on the evening of 12 June. He died in a hospital in Atlanta after he was injured during the arrest by the police.

The law enforcement officers arrived on call in a fast food restaurant, in the Parking lot which was hindering the other drivers car. In the cabin slept drunk Brooks. The police tried to detain him, but he resisted. African American grabbed one of the officers Taser (gun-Taser) and tried to escape. In the end, the police opened fire. One of the law enforcement officers were also injured.

After the incident in Atlanta with new force protests erupted against police racism. The city police chief Erica shields, resigned.


At the Honda plant in Japan explosion :: Society :: RBC

The plant automaker Honda Motor Co in mie Prefecture in Japan, an explosion occurred, injuring two workers. It is reported by the Agency Kyodo, citing local police. Prefecture located in the Central part of the main island of Honshu, to the East of Osaka and South of Kyoto.

According to police, the incident occurred at about 9:00 local time (3.00 GMT) near the switchboard at the plant in Suzuka. Two men lay near the shield, suffered burns and was hospitalized.

According to the newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun, at the time of the explosion the men were testing the switchboard.

In Krasnoyarsk region two persons were injured in the explosion of a gas cylinder in the garage

Earlier in the explosion of a tank truck on a highway in the Chinese province of Zhejiang killed 19 people and injured 172. According to preliminary data, the truck with a tanker carrying liquefied natural gas exploded on the highway. The blast the tank was thrown into the air, she flew several hundred meters and fell on the factory buildings, standing near the road. Then came a second explosion.


In the Face of the economic slump, the Syrians will return to the streets

“Down with Bashar Al-Assad “, “Syria is for us, not for the house of Assad “, sings the crowd. As an air of déjà-vu. Since Sunday 7 June, dozens of Syrians are protesting to demand, once again, the departure of the man who holds the regime with an iron hand, nine years after the beginning of the civil war that was made up here at least 380 000 people dead and nearly a million displaced.

The national currency has dropped 50 %

First, Soueida, a city where lives the minority druze in the south of the country, the protests spread to Idlib (north-west), held by the jihadists, or dara’a (south-west), taken by the regime and the cradle of anti-government protests of 2011.

The origin of these protests, the economic crisis which leads the country in the doldrums. The value of the national currency has dropped 50 % at the beginning of June on the black market, up to 3 000 syrian pounds for one dollar. The official exchange rate is fixed at 700 pounds for a dollar. It was 48 in 2011. Since may 2019, the food prices have increased by 133 %, according to the world food Programme.

Crises in the cascades

The crisis is not new. But in 2011, the international sanctions, severe, introduced in response to the bloody repression of the regime on the protesters, have pushed Damascus to turn to their neighbor lebanon for a steady supply of dollars. When in the autumn of 2019, the country of the cedars has experienced economic difficulties and social unrest, it has weakened Syria in its wake.

“Austerity in Lebanon will be a disaster for the conditions of life in Syria “, warned in the beginning of the year, in the Washington PostSamir Aita, a economist in syria. Residents of Idlib were already bitter to denounce the higher prices. The dollar was trading then for 1 000 syrian pounds. “We’re going into a famine because of the crisis in lebanon “, he insisted.

“The Caesar Act will eventually strangle the country,”

And the situation is not likely to improve. Another round of u.s. sanctions to come into force sometime in June. The “Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act “ aims to penalize individuals and entities which support or maintain economic relations with Damascus.

The american ambition is clearly stated : to get out Bashar Al-Assad, and accelerate the transition to a democratic government. “Capital flows are already arrested, because investors have a fear of falling under the stroke of Caesar Act. It will accentuate the bottleneck in the country while it is already exhausted “says Joseph Bahout, a researcher at the Carnegie Centre.

The perspective of the legislative elections

To prevent an outbreak of the protests, Bashar Al-Assad has found two scapegoats. First Rami Makhlouf, a cousin of the president and the richest man of Syria, hated by the population. It is scrambled with the power in 2019 and its assets were seized by the State. “The family in between kills. The clan Assad takes over the money of Makhlouf to fill the coffers and regain control “analysis Joseph Bahout.

And then the prime minister Imad Khamis, sacked on 11 June. No reason was given on the causes of his departure, but for Joseph Bahout, “it is a simple blown fuse before the parliamentary elections scheduled in July. If they are not yet deferred. “