Beirut. After the gigantic explosion at the port four days ago, which devastated the capital and left more than 150 dead, Lebanese Prime Minister Hasan Diab announced that he wanted to propose early elections, in response to the thousands of protesters who demonstrated on Saturday in the downtown Beirut to hold the authorities to account. On Saturday evening, demonstrators led by retired officers stormed the headquarters of the Foreign Ministry, proclaiming it “headquarters of the Revolution”. Lebanese Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad announced on Sunday that she was leaving the government.
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Belarus. A presidential election under pressure this Sunday. Voters turned out to decide between President Lukashenko, in office since 1994, and the dazzlingly successful novice Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. But the authorities have redoubled their efforts to curb any opposition and Lukashenko is leading with nearly 80% of the vote.
Niger. Eight people, including six French tourists, were killed by armed men waiting for them on motorbikes this Sunday morning near Kouré, in the southwest of the country. The identity of the attackers and the circumstances of the attack remain to be defined.
Brazil. Brazil crossed the milestone of 100,000 deaths from the coronavirus and three million people infected on Saturday, according to the latest report from the Ministry of Health. With 100,477 deaths and 3,012,412 confirmed cases, the country of 212 million people is the second most affected, behind the United States. The Ministry of Health has reported 905 new deaths in the last 24 hours, as well as 49,970 new contaminations.
Maurice. Two days after the Mauritian authorities announced that oil was flowing from a bulk carrier stranded on a reef since the end of July on the south-eastern coast of the island, Emmanuel Macron announced in a tweet the deployment of“Teams and equipment from Reunion”.
Venezuela. They were arrested for attempting an armed “invasion” of Venezuela by sea in May, aimed at overthrowing President Nicolas Maduro. Two former US soldiers have been sentenced to 20 years in prison by a Venezuelan court, the attorney general said.
Inside. At least 18 people have been killed and more than 120 injured after an Air India Express airliner left the runway on Friday night and broke in two. The plane landed in the middle of a storm in southern India.
Heat wave. Six additional departments were placed on Saturday in heatwave red alert, in the north of the country, i.e. all of Hauts-de-France and Seine-et-Marne, because of a heat wave expected to last at least until ‘to Tuesday, Météo France announced.
Coronavirus. From Monday, wearing a mask will be mandatory in certain busy areas in Paris as well as in Seine-Saint-Denis, Hauts-de-Seine, Val-de-Marne and Val-d’Oise according to a press release. of the prefectures concerned. In Paris, it will be forbidden to stroll on the banks of the Seine, stroll in Montmartre or go shopping in the main shopping streets of the capital without wearing a mask. Follow our live.
Montauban. The gendarme who killed a truck driver was taken into custody, the Montauban prosecutor announced on Saturday. The magistrate also entrusted an investigation to the IGGN to verify the circumstances under which the soldier used his weapon against this 35-year-old truck driver, tested positive for cocaine, who had just collided with a gendarmerie vehicle on the highway near Montauban, after having escaped a road check.
Champions League. Unexpected, even unexpected: Olympique Lyonnais qualified for the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Friday evening despite their 2-1 defeat on Friday at Juventus Turin in the round of 16 second leg. The Lyonnais, who won 1-0 in the first leg on February 26, will face Manchester City, the Real Madrid striker, in the Final 8 in Lisbon. After this elimination, Juventus Turin separated from their coach Maurizio Sarri.
LIBERATION (with AFP)