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Exchange of prisoners between Russia and Ukraine, Iran, heat waves ... The five infos to remember of the weekend

2019-09-08T17:25:26.795Z

You have not followed the news this weekend? Here are the main titles to remember from Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September.



Russia / Ukraine, Iran nuclear, heat waves of the summer ... The five infos to remember of the weekend

  • Russia and Ukraine exchange 35 prisoners each, including Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov

Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov arrives at Kiev's main airport on Saturday (September 7th). Efrem Lukatsky / AP

Everything has accelerated in recent hours. The prisoner exchange program, negotiated behind bars for months between Russia and Ukraine, came to fruition on Saturday (September 7th). Two planes carrying 35 prisoners on each side took off simultaneously from Kiev and Moscow and landed shortly after midday, Paris time.

The Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, whose release was demanded by the international community, is the most famous of the prisoners exchanged. Ukrainian prisoners in Russia also include the twenty-four Ukrainian sailors arrested by the Russian coastguard in November 2018 off Crimea.

Read also Russia and Ukraine exchange 35 prisoners each, including Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov
  • Trump breaks peace talks in Afghanistan with Taliban

US President Donald Trump leaves the Oval Office in Washington on September 5th. JOSHUA ROBERTS / REUTERS

On Saturday night, Donald Trump abruptly announced the cancellation of a secret meeting that promised to be historic. It was to gather around the US President Taliban officials and Afghan official authorities. This unprecedented meeting would have taken place just days before the 9/11 attacks perpetrated by Al Qaeda, which was under the protection of the Taliban then in power in Kabul.

The President of the United States justified his reversal by the deadly attack three days earlier, in which one American soldier died. The fourth in a fortnight.

Read also Trump breaks peace talks in Afghanistan with Taliban
  • Nuclear: Iran launches advanced centrifuges, weakened Vienna agreement

Iranian President Hassan Rohani on April 9. HO / AFP

Will the Iranian nuclear deal of 2015 finally be shattered? Tehran, suffocated by US sanctions, is loosening a little more of its commitments. The Islamic Republic has just started advanced centrifuges whose production will increase the stock of enriched uranium produced by the country, said the spokesman of the Iranian Organization of Atomic Energy (OIEA), Saturday, September 7.

Among the measures reducing Iran's commitments, the IAEA has started 20 IR-4 and 20 IR-6 type centrifuges, while the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement does not authorizes at this stage to produce enriched uranium only with first-generation centrifuges (IR-1).

Read also Nuclear: Iran launches advanced centrifuges, weakened Vienna agreement
  • The heat waves of June and July caused 1500 deaths in France

During the heat wave in Carpentras, Vaucluse, June 28. PATRICK VALASSERIS / AFP

The two episodes of heat wave that hit France in June and July resulted in an additional 1,500 deaths compared to the average of these two months, announced the Minister of Solidarity and Health, Agnès Buzyn, Sunday, September 8. "This is ten times less deaths than the heat wave of 2003," she said.

"Of these 1,500 more deaths, about half are people over 75, but there are also adults, even the youngest, who have been impacted," she said. mentioning "a dozen deaths in the world of work" .

Read also The heatwaves of June and July have caused 1,500 deaths in France
  • In sports news:

Bianca Andreescu wins the US Open in New York on September 7th. Adam Hunger / AP

US Open Final: At 19, Andreescu sensation bends Serena Williams

The American was curtly beaten (6-3, 7-5) by tornado Bianca Andreescu, 15th World, who won her first US Open. The young Canadian of Romanian origin broke out on the circuit this year by winning three titles (Indian Wells, Toronto and the US Open). It will climb to the 5th world rank officially Monday.

Read also US Open Final: At 19, sensation Andreescu bends Serena Williams

Basketball World Cup: France qualifies for quarter-finals

Faced with Lithuania, Saturday, September 7, the Blues sometimes ran out of air and grazed the precipice. But the French basketball players are summarily winning a capital victory (78-75). Eliminating the Baltics, the Blues qualify for the quarter-finals. Next step, Monday against the formidable Australians, unbeaten like them.

Read also World Cup basketball: France qualifies for the quarter-finals

Euro 2020 qualifiers: against Albania, the France team has regained some

The French team has quietly imposed 4 to 1 in front of Albania, Saturday, September 7. Above all, the Blues have mastered this match wonderfully, and the many substitutes have shown that the absence of several executives (Kylian Mbappé, Pogba Paul, N'Golo Kanté, Samuel Umtiti) were not necessarily detrimental.

Read also Euro 2020 qualifiers: against Albania, the France team has regained some character

Source: lemonde

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