John Kerry told the BBC technologies that don’t yet exist will play a huge role in stabilising the climate.
France’s top policeman has blasted nearly a hundred of his former colleagues who signed an open letter asking the president to better defend the police from “hordes of masked individuals.”
Striking a similar tone to earlier open letters that were signed by retired and active military personnel, a petition signed by 93 former police officers urged President Emmanuel Macron, the government, and lawmakers to “do everything possible to put an end to the extremely serious situation that France is going through in terms of security and public peace.”France must not fall into chaos. The French police cannot allow that armed forces replace them tomorrow in order to avoid a civil war.The signatories wrote that attacks on police constitute “the rejection of our republican values, our customs and our model of society.” The letter mentioned the death of Eric Masson, an officer who was killed during a drug raid in the southern city of Avignon this month.“Open attacks on police stations by the hordes of armed and masked individuals are spreading across our territory with impunity,” the letter said, adding that the country “has fragmented into enclaves.”The signatories asked to “rearm [the police] materially, morally and legally,” so they can continue performing their duties without “risking their lives on every street corner.”“It’s time for effective measures to take back our own country and restore the authority of the State wherever it fails,” they wrote.As of the time of publication, the petition posted on the website mesopinions.com received around 39,000 signatures.
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Frederic Veaux, France’s top police official, responded in a letter of his own, which was cited by the French media. Veaux argued that former police officers are still bound by the ‘duty of restraint’ – a law that demands civil servants show “restraint and moderation” when expressing personal opinions in public.Veaux wrote that, regardless of the motives behind the petition, “your initiative weakens our institution more than it strengthens it.” He argued that the French police force “more than ever needs self-confidence, unity and cohesion within its ranks, without the spirit of partisanship.”At the same time, Veaux said that the government has made “important steps both in terms of protection of police officers and equipment.”The exchange came after two similarly-worded open letters were published by the French conservative news magazine Valeurs Actuelles. The first appeal came in April and was signed by 25 retired generals and more than 1,000 former and active-duty soldiers. It spoke about a possible civil war and urged authorities to intervene against the “disintegration” of the country. The letter specifically asked Macron to fight “Islamism and the hordes of the suburbs,” and as well as “masked individuals” that attack police stations.The second petition was anonymous, with the authors describing themselves as soldiers belonging to the younger generation. They urged that steps be taken to prevent France from becoming “a failed state.” Valeurs Actuelles said that the letter, which was published on May 11, has been read by more than 2.4 million unique users on their website and received 287,578 signatures as of Friday.
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The letters attracted a lot of media attention and sparked debate in France. Marine Le Pen, who leads the conservative National Rally party, said she shared the concerns expressed by the soldiers. Government officials and top army brass argued that the tone of the petitions was inappropriate, and that the military should remain neutral in political affairs.Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Francois Lecointre said that active-duty military personnel should resign if they wish to make such statements in public. He also said that active-duty servicemen who are identified as signatories to the April letter will be court-martialed for breaking the neutrality rule. Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!
Liz Cheney has become the figurehead of the Never Trumpers, Republicans seeking to loosen the former president’s grip on their party, but the Wyoming congresswoman was for him in the last election.Newly removed from House leadership, Cheney spoke to ABC’s This Week. Asked if she voted for Trump in 2020, she replied: “I did.”Asked if she regretted it, she said: “I was never going to support Joe Biden and I do regret the vote. I think that it was based on policy, based on sort of substance and what I know in terms of the kinds of policies [Trump] put forward that were good for the country. But that I think it is fair to say I regret the vote.”Cheney came out against Trump after the deadly attack on the US Capitol on 6 January, by supporters he told to “fight like hell” in service of his lie that his conclusive defeat by Joe Biden was the result of mass electoral fraud.Most of the congressional GOP has stayed behind Trump – to the extent that one representative claimed this week those who entered the Capitol were as orderly as regular tourists.“It’s indefensible,” Cheney said. “I will never forget seeing the law enforcement officers, the members of the Swat team, the rapid response forces, seeing them and their exhaustion. And they had been through hand-to-hand combat – and you know, people died.“And the notion that this was somehow a tourist event is disgraceful and despicable. And I won’t be part of whitewashing what happened on 6 January. Nobody should be part of it. And people ought to be held accountable.”Cheney was one of 10 Republicans in the House to vote for Trump’s impeachment, on a charge of inciting an insurrection. Trump was acquitted at trial after only seven Republican senators followed suit.Cheney also told ABC Kevin McCarthy, the House minority leader, should either voluntarily testify before any 6 January commission about his conversation with Trump as the attack happened, or be compelled to do so.Cheney is a staunch conservative and a daughter of Dick Cheney, a former congressman, secretary of defense and vice-president. As such she is a member of a party establishment either beaten into near-silence by Trump’s harangues, like Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell; vilified by Trump’s supporters, like Utah senator and 2012 nominee Mitt Romney; or simply acquiescent.Trump remains excluded from social media over his role in the Capitol riot but on Saturday he issued statements replete with rants about supposed electoral fraud.On ABC, interviewer Jonathan Karl asked if Cheney would stay in her party should Trump decide to run for president again and win the nomination in 2024.“I will do everything that I can to make sure he’s not the nominee,” Cheney said. “And, you know everything necessary to make sure he never gets anywhere close to the Oval Office again.”But, Karl repeated, would she remain in the party if Trump were the nominee?“I will not support him,” said Cheney. “And we’ll do everything I can to make sure that doesn’t happen.”Asked if she would run for president herself, Cheney said she was focused on re-election in Wyoming, where she will be challenged from the right. Asked if her father would want her to run, she laughed and said: “Well, yeah, but he’s my dad, so he’s not objective.”Some Republicans outside Congress have mooted a new conservative party. Most observers think such a move unlikely to succeed. Karl pointed out that other Republicans who have stood up to Trump, including senators Bob Corker and Jeff Flake, have been swiftly run out of town.Cheney said only a “handful” of Republicans actually believed Trump’s lies. But, she said, “I know that there are many members who have expressed concern about their own security. And I think that’s an important point to think about as well, that we now live in a country where members’ votes are affected because they’re worried about their security, they’re worried about threats on their lives.“But there’s no question that at this moment, the majority of the Republican party is not where I am. But it’s my responsibility as an elected official, it’s my responsibility as a leader to lead and, and to tell the truth.”The brewing Republican civil war was set to dominate the political talk shows.Cheney was also due to be interviewed on Fox News Sunday. Another anti-Trump House Republican, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, was booked by NBC’s Meet the Press. NBC also booked Dan Crenshaw of Texas, a Trump loyalist.Adam Kinzinger speaks to the media on Capitol Hill. Photograph: Evelyn Hockstein/ReutersCBS’s Face the Nation was due to feature Joni Ernst of Iowa, the only woman in Republican Senate leadership, who this week criticised the House GOP for “cancelling” Cheney. CNN’s State of the Union booked Fred Upton, a Michigan representative who has been close to Biden.Cheney’s replacement as the No3 House Republican, Elise Stefanik, was due to speak to Fox Business. The New Yorker is a former moderate who swiftly moved to the hard right. Stefanik backed a formal objection to electoral college results in Pennsylvania, one of two states Republicans challenged on the day of the Capitol riot. She indicated a willingness to challenge other states but no senator followed suit.Cheney told ABC there was “no question” an event like the Capitol attack could happen again.“We’ve seen how far President Trump was willing to go,” she said. “We’ve seen not only his provocation of the attack, but his refusal to send help when it was needed, his refusal to immediately say, ‘Stop.’ And that in and of itself, in my view, was a very clear violation of his oath and of his duty.”“I think the issue really is Donald Trump and it really is the party and whether we’re going to be a party that’s based on the truth,” she said.
This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 65%. (I’m a bot)Egyptian authorities said this week they plan on widening and deepening parts of the Suez Canal to avoid a repeat of the Ever Given blunder in March, according to Bloomberg.In a televised address on Tuesday, the head of the Suez Canal Authority, Osama Rabie, said an 18.6 mile stretch of the waterway would be widened by about 131 feet and deepened by 32 feet to improve the movement of ships in the area.The Suez Canal, an artificial sea-level waterway, is one of the world’s most heavily used shipping lanes, facilitating about 12% of all global trade.Extended Summary | FAQ | Feedback | Top keywords: ship#1 Canal#2 Suez#3 days#4 waterway#5
Gaza City – Medical workers are overwhelmed by the number of wounded at Gaza’s biggest hospital after a night of ferocious air raids killed and injured dozens of Palestinians.
Shaima Ahmed Qwaider, 23, a nurse at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, described on Sunday horrific scenes of severely injured people arriving, some of them bombing victims missing limbs.
“I have never seen anything like this in my life,” she told Al Jazeera. “There were body parts collected on hospital beds and unbearable scenes.”
As rescuers struggled to pull victims from the debris of destroyed buildings, many of those rescued could not reach the hospital as the main road leading to al-Shifa – the largest medical centre in the Gaza Strip – had been hit as well.
Dr Midhat Abbas from the Gaza health ministry said 1,200 Palestinians had been wounded during the seven days of attacks, about half of whom were women and children.
He accused the Israeli military of deliberately targeting health facilities with air strikes and bombing the roads surrounding al-Shifa.
“They are targeting mainly civilians, these are the victims of this aggression,” said Dr Abbas. “[Israeli Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu wants to save himself from jail and so he decided to kill Palestinian children.”
Israeli air raids killed 33 Palestinians, including 13 children, in Gaza on Sunday, Gaza health officials said. The attacks brought the death toll in Gaza to 181, including 52 children. Israel has reported 10 dead, including two children.
There was no immediate comment from the Israeli military on the raids.
‘Capacity very limited’
Dr Abbas said staff were setting up beds in reception areas as the hospital filled up, adding that there were shortages of medicine and equipment as a result of the 15-year siege of Gaza by Israel and the coronavirus pandemic.
“We hope patients will be going to Egypt [for medical care] because our capacity is very limited,” Dr Abbas told Al Jazeera.
Nurse Amal Badawi described the overcrowding as more wounded were brought in.
“The hospital is filled with people and relatives. It was difficult to work and conduct the needed treatment in light of this overcrowding. The number of injured or killed is huge and they just keep arriving,” Badawi told Al Jazeera.
Among those killed in Sunday’s air raids was Dr Ayman Abu Auf, a physician at al-Shifa, the health ministry said.
Palestinian rescuers pull a survivor from the rubble of a destroyed residential building on Sunday [Khalil Hamra/AP]Fahad al-Haddad, an emergency medicine specialist at al-Shifa, said most of the dead brought to the hospital showed no external signs of injuries, meaning they were killed by the rubble that collapsed on them while they were still alive.
Egypt has opened the Rafah border crossing a day earlier than planned to allow the passage of students, people needing medical treatment and other humanitarian cases, two sources at the border told Reuters on Sunday.
The border had been closed for the Eid al-Fitr holiday and was due to reopen on Monday.
Egypt has so far sent 16 ambulances into Gaza to pick up casualties of Israeli bombardments for treatment in Egyptian hospitals, a medical source said.
The source said a bus with 95 people on board had arrived from Gaza on Sunday morning.
US climate envoy John Kerry has said that 50% of carbon emission reductions needed to get to net zero will come from technology not yet invented. Speaking to The Andrew Marr Show ahead of a visit to London, he also said that we didn’t have to give up our current quality of life to achieve our climate goals.
A tiger that frightened residents when it was last seen briefly wandering around a Houston neighborhood has been found after a nearly week-long search and appears to be unharmed, police said on Saturday evening.In a short video tweeted by Houston police, Commander Ron Borza can be seen sitting next to the tiger, petting the animal and saying it has been a long week searching for it.“But we got him, and he’s healthy,” Borza said as the wife of the man police allege is the animal’s owner sat next to him and fed the tiger with a baby bottle. The tiger was being held at Barc, the city of Houston’s animal shelter, but was expected to be taken to the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, an animal sanctuary in Murchison, Texas, south-east of Dallas.Authorities had been searching for the tiger, a nine-month-old male named India, since it was spotted on 9 May in a west Houston neighborhood. It was nearly shot by an off-duty deputy before being whisked away in a car by Victor Hugo Cuevas, who police allege is the owner.At a news conference, Borza said Cuevas’ wife, Giorgiana, turned over the tiger to police on Saturday after a friend reached out to Barc.“It is Victor’s tiger. That’s what I was told by [Giorgiana Cuevas] … She says they’ve had that animal for nine months,“ Borza said.He alleged that the tiger was passed around to different people but that Cuevas’ wife knew where the tiger was at all times this week as authorities searched for it.Police are still trying to determine where the tiger was held and if any charges related to having the tiger will be filed. Tigers are not allowed within Houston city limits unless the handler, such as a zoo, is licensed to have exotic animals.Cuevas’ attorney, Michael W Elliott, continued to insist his client doesn’t own the tiger, saying, “I am not sure it makes any difference who technically owns India as he does not have a birth certificate or title.”“Victor was not the primary owner of India nor did India stay with him the majority of the time,“ Elliott said. “Victor was however involved in the caretaking of India often. Victor loves India as anyone else would love a favorite pet … he treated India with love and fantastic treatment in all respects.“Cuevas was arrested on Monday and charged with evading arrest for allegedly fleeing his home with the tiger after officers responded to a call about a dangerous animal.Cuevas was out on bond for a murder charge in a 2017 fatal shooting in neighboring Fort Bend county. Cuevas has maintained the shooting was self-defense, Elliott said.Cuevas was released on a separate bond for the evading arrest charge on Wednesday. Prosecutors in Fort Bend county sought to have him held with no bond on the murder charge. After an all-day hearing on Friday, a judge revoked Cuevas’ $125,000 bond on the murder charge and issued a new bond for $300,000. He remains jailed.During Friday’s court hearing, Waller county sheriff’s deputy Wes Manion, who lives in the neighborhood where the tiger was seen, testified he interacted with the animal for about 10 minutes to make sure it didn’t go after someone else.He said Cuevas came out of his house yelling “Don’t kill it”, grabbed the tiger by the collar and kissed its head before leading it back inside his home. Various videos of the tiger’s encounter with Manion were posted on social media.Elliott has said Cuevas did nothing illegal because Texas has no statewide law forbidding private ownership of tigers and other exotic animals. Borza said that an exotic animal like a tiger should never be kept in a home. While India seems domesticated, the tiger already weighs 175lbs, can “do a lot of damage” and will only get bigger, he said.“He will be going to a sanctuary … where hopefully he’ll live the rest of his life in a very safe environment,“ Borza said.
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A Palestinian family in occupied East Jerusalem fights to save their home and keep their teenage son out of prison.
A large batch of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine has been put on hold in Indonesia after a 22-year-old died a day after getting the shot. The batch will be run through additional “sterility and toxicity” tests.
The move was announced by the Indonesian Health Ministry on Sunday. The suspension follows the abrupt death of a 22-year-old man, who died a day after getting an AstraZeneca jab originating from the batch.“This is a form of caution by the government to ensure the safety of this vaccine. The Ministry of Health urges the public to be calm and not be swallowed up by circulating rumors,” the ministry’s spokesperson said in a statement.The offending batch, known under the designation ‘CTMAV547’, consists of some 448,480 doses of the vaccine. It’s part of a nearly four million shot delivery allocated to Indonesia under the COVAX program, backed by the World Health Organization (WHO).
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Previously, shots from the CTMAV547 had been distributed in the capital city of Jakarta, as well as in the ranks of the country’s military, according to the health ministry.The “sterility and toxicity” tests will be performed only on the suspicious batch, and the distribution of the rest of Indonesia’s AstraZeneca stockpile will continue uninterrupted.“The use of the AstraZeneca vaccine continues because the Covid-19 vaccination brings greater benefits,” the ministry stressed.The CTMAV547 will remain shelved for at least two weeks while the “sterility and toxicity” tests go on, the head of the vaccine monitoring committee, Hindra Irawan Satari, stated.“After it is proven that it is sterile and does not contain toxins, the use of the vaccine will be resumed. The fastest we can get the results will be in two weeks,” the official said as quoted by Reuters.
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Home to more than 270 million, Indonesia has registered some 1.74 million cases of Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. More than 47,000 people have succumbed to the deadly disease across the country. Jakarta has launched a massive vaccination drive to battle the deadly disease, fully vaccinating nearly nine million people already.Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!