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Un Centrafricain suspecté de crimes de guerre et contre l’humanité remis à la CPI

La République centrafricaine (RCA) a remis Mahamat Said Abdel Kani, ancien membre de la Séléka à la CPI en raison d’un mandat d’arrêt de cette dernière délivré le 7 janvier 2019. M. Said est suspecté de crimes de guerre et de crimes contre l’humanité présumés qui auraient été commis à Bangui, la capitale de la RCA, en 2013. 
Le 30 mai 2014, le gouvernement centrafricain a saisi la CPI de la situation en RCA depuis le 1er août 2012. Cette situation aurait impliqué des crimes présumés à la fois des groupes Séléka, une coalition de groupes armés principalement composée de musulmans opposés à François Bozizé, et des groupes anti-Balaka, un mouvement opposé à la Séléka et soutenant l’ancien président centrafricain. 
Les violences auraient entraîné des milliers de morts et le déplacement de centaines de milliers de personnes. Le 24 septembre 2014, la Procureure de la CPI, Fatou Bensouda, a ouvert une enquête sur cette situation. 
Lors de la délivrance du mandat d’arrêt, le juge unique de la Chambre préliminaire II de la CPI, Rosario Salvatore Aitala, a estimé qu’il y avait des motifs raisonnables de croire qu’un conflit armé ne présentant pas de caractère international était en cours sur le territoire de la RCA, entre mars 2013 et janvier 2014, entre la Séléka et les anti-Balaka. 
De plus, le juge unique a estimé qu’il existait des motifs raisonnables de croire que, de mars 2013 jusqu’à janvier 2014, une attaque généralisée et systématique a été menée par des membres de la Seleka contre la population civile et les personnes perçues comme étant collectivement responsables ou complices ou apportant leur soutien aux actes de l’ancien gouvernement de François Bozizé, et, ensuite, des anti-Balaka. 
Le juge unique a trouvé des motifs raisonnables de croire que M. Said, un ressortissant centrafricain, âgé de 49 ans, était un commandant de la Séléka et, à ce titre, est soupçonné d’être responsable de crimes contre l’humanité (emprisonnement ou autre forme de privation grave de liberté physique, torture, persécution, disparitions forcées et autres actes inhumains), et de crimes de guerre (torture et traitements cruels). 
M. Said est suspecté d’avoir commis ces crimes conjointement avec d’autres et/ou par l’intermédiaire de ceux-ci, ou d’avoir ordonné, sollicité ou encouragé la commission de ces crimes, ou d’avoir apporté son aide, son concours ou toute autre forme d’assistance à leur commission, ou d’y avoir contribué de toute autre manière. 
Le Greffier de la CPI, Peter Lewis, a remercié les autorités centrafricaines et de l’État hôte, les Pays-Bas, pour leur coopération lors de l’arrestation et de la remise de M. Said à la Cour. La comparution initiale de M. Said devant le juge unique de la Chambre préliminaire II de la CPI aura lieu dans les meilleurs délais. 
La CPI a ouvert une autre affaire en cours dans cette situation en RCA, concernant Alfred Yekatom et Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona. L’ouverture du procès dans cette affaire est prévue le 9 février 2021.


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Chicago teachers defy order to return to classrooms under shadow of Covid

The Chicago Teachers Union said on Sunday its members had voted to defy an order to return to the classroom because of concerns about Covid-19, setting up a showdown with district officials who have said that refusing to return when ordered would amount to an illegal strike.

The third-largest US school district wanted around 10,000 teachers and other staff, from kindergarten through eighth grade, to return to schools on Monday, to get ready to welcome back roughly 70,000 students for part-time in-school classes starting from 1 February. No return date has been set for high school students.

The teachers union opposes the plan over concern for the health of its members and called for continued teaching from home. The union said the district’s safety plan fell short, contending that different metrics would be needed to gauge infections at schools and vaccinations would need to be more widespread before teachers can safely return to classrooms.

“There’s no doubt we all want to return to in-person instruction,” the union said in a statement. “The issue is [Chicago Public Schools]’ current unpreparedness for a return to in-person instruction, and the clear and present danger that poses to the health of our families and school communities.”

The two sides have been negotiating for months and talks continued on Sunday. Officials have argued that remote learning isn’t working for all, including many low-income and Black and Latino students who make up the majority of the district. The district safety plan includes thousands of air purifiers, more cleaning and a voluntary testing program.

CPS officials did not immediately return a request for comment.

The roughly 355,000-student district, which turned to full-time online instruction last March, has gradually welcomed students back. Thousands of pre-kindergarten and special education students resumed in-person learning earlier this month and teachers who did not return to classrooms were punished.

The union has also argued that schools do not need to be fully staffed, given lower-than-expected attendance. CPS data showed that about 19% of students eligible for pre-K and special education in-person learning attended. That figure was even lower than a December survey that showed around 6,500 of nearly 17,000 eligible students were interested.

The union’s collective bargaining agreement, approved after a 2019 strike, prohibits its 25,000 members from striking and bars district officials from locking them out. District officials have said a union vote not to return to schools on Monday would violate the contract.

Union officials say returning to in-person instruction before its members are vaccinated and without other safeguards would put them at greater risk of contracting the virus. They argue that if the district tries to punish teachers for staying home, the district would be responsible for a work stoppage.

Illinois is scheduled to start the next phase of its vaccination plan, which expands eligibility to teachers and people aged 65 and older. The district said it would begin vaccinating teachers and staff starting in mid-February and the process would take months.

The Chicago vote comes at a time of great uncertainty in the US about how and when schools should resume in-person instruction.

President Joe Biden has pledged to have a majority of schools open within his first 100 days in office. He is promising new federal guidelines on school opening decisions, and a “large-scale” education department effort to identify and share the best ways to teach during a pandemic.

Inside Kamala Harris’ historic first days

“Even in dark times, we not only dream, we do. We not only see what has been, we see what can be,” she said. “This is American aspiration.”
It was a notable move for a vice president to command so much of the spotlight alongside the new president on Inauguration Day.
'This moment belongs to all of us': Black women exult as Kamala Harris walks into history
The decision to provide that visibility was a nod to her historic role as the nation’s first female, Black and South Asian vice president, a source familiar with planning said. It sought to harness Harris’ skyrocketing popularity, show progress and project her significance as President Joe Biden’s diligent lieutenant.
It’s an example of the outsized role Harris is likely to have as Biden’s governing partner and marks a contrast to the approach taken by President Donald Trump, who demanded the spotlight and relegated his own vice president to cleaning up his messes.
Harris has been strategically visible as Biden’s right-hand woman so far — at his side as he signed executive order after executive order in the State Room and received private briefings on Covid-19 and the economy. She sat alongside Biden in the Oval Office as they received the President’s Daily Brief, which was an occasional event for their immediate predecessors but a frequent occurrence when Biden served with President Barack Obama.
The President and his No. 2 lunched together Friday, with Biden writing on Facebook, “a new Administration means a new lunch partner.” It’s a tradition the White House says will continue and one Biden deeply valued in his years at Obama’s side.
Developing that relationship will be key as the pair forge their governing path for the next four years. While Biden spent more than four decades in the halls of Congress and the White House, Harris — who served in the Senate for four years — is a relative newcomer to the power corridors of Washington.
Those close to the history-making vice president say she’s navigating that new reality, familiarizing herself with the rhythm of the West Wing and executive government but eager to help solve the country’s multiple crises.
“She was not joking when she said, ‘It’s time to get to work,’ ” one White House official told CNN.

Breaking the mold

The powerful duality of Kamala Harris' ascent
In her first full day at the White House Thursday, Harris sat in her office mid-morning to read the letter left behind by Vice President Mike Pence. Aides declined to detail the contents of the letter, calling it private. But Harris and her predecessor have enjoyed a slightly more cordial, though still delayed, relationship than Biden and Trump have.
Harris and Pence spoke by phone the week before the inauguration and again at the steps of the Capitol on Wednesday after the peaceful transfer of power. The two have left open the possibility of speaking in the future, an administration official said, similar to the conversations Biden had with Pence when Pence first took over the role of vice president.
But those close to Harris say she’ll lean on Biden himself as a blueprint for how to do the job.
“This is not hard for President Biden to do because he’s lived it himself and he knows the value of it. He knows that he brought value to President Obama in multiple ways and he’s going to want that out of Vice President Harris,” said Jay Carney, who once served as Biden’s vice presidential communications director.
So far, Harris has spent most of her time working out of her office in the West Wing. While Biden’s Oval Office is completely decorated, officials say Harris’ is still a work in progress, missing sentimental relics and busts but outfitted by a deep navy blue wall and a handful of framed photos of her mother, husband, sister, niece and one of her and Biden.
The former prosecutor will be adjusting to this new work life, as her own is in a type of upheaval. Instead of moving into the official vice president’s residence at the Naval Observatory, Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff temporarily moved into Blair House on Thursday night, just across the street from the White House. It’s a shorter commute, but one official cited increased security as the main benefit — an upgrade from the hard-to-fortify mega-unit condo building Harris occupied in DC.
Among the updates to the vice presidential home at the Naval Observatory are a replacement chimney liner and other household maintenance that would be “more easily conducted with the home unoccupied,” according to White House officials.
A White House official said it is the Navy that manages the decades-old property and ordered the maintenance.
Other possible updates could eventually include the kitchen, one source said. A self-proclaimed cooking aficionado, Harris shared recipes and cooking videos during the campaign. The new vice president has said she looks forward to returning to hosting Sunday night dinner with her family in an effort to create some normalcy.

Defining role

Harris pick recasts Democratic power structure for years to come
Officials and those closest to Harris contend that her portfolio and how she will define herself over time are directly linked to the pandemic and economic crises the Biden administration faces in his first term. At least initially, she’ll have no specific portfolio as the duo works out which issues she should prioritize. It’s an early arrangement that allows her to have a hand in everything from the start.
“She’s focused on how her office can support and amplify the administration’s agenda,” said Symone Sanders, a senior adviser and top spokesperson for Harris.
Harris has undertaken some solo ventures as well, including outreach to allies both foreign and domestic. On Friday, she spoke at an SEIU executive board meeting, according to a source, a private call left off her official daily guidance schedule. The day before, she spoke with the World Health Organization’s Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a call that confirmed she’s eager to beef up her foreign policy experience.
In the days before Biden introduced his massive $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, Harris was deployed to call mayors across the country to preview the legislation.
“Right now, the President has laid out four big challenges which requires everyone bringing their best thinking to the table and she is committed to being the best partner she can for this President,” Minyon Moore, the political operative veteran who managed Harris’ transition, told CNN in an interview.
As the new White House navigates the complexities of Covid-19, Harris is not expected to make foreign travel within the first six months of the new administration, an official said, but domestic travel could come sooner.
Harris could also become a frequent face back on Capitol Hill, as she holds the title of Senate tie-breaker to the tenuous 50-50 majority Democrats. She’s been vocal that she hopes to not cast any votes, instead aiming for “common ground” on legislation through bipartisanship.
“The goal is to not have to pass everything with 51 votes,” a source added. “If they’re going to be votes in the Senate where the outcome isn’t known … She basically has to stay in DC. International trips, national trips to small businesses or wherever — that can’t really be happening, which is a new dynamic they’re going to have to deal with.”
Another source spoke about it in more personal terms.
“It doesn’t help her make friends long term, you know. If she’s thinking about (running in) 2024 or 2028, she’s got to think about what senators she’s going to need,” the source said.

Proclaim the gospel to every creature

  GOSPEL: Mk 16:15-18 *  Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out […]

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Dubai slows down Pfizer vaccine rollout amid shipment delays

  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AFP) — The emirate of Dubai has said it was slowing down its rollout of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine due to a temporary delay in global deliveries. Dubai, one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, began mass inoculations in December after the approval of vaccines by Chinese firm Sinopharm and US drugmaker Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech. According to health officials, the UAE has […]

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GlobalWafers Increases Offer For Siltronic

(RTTNews) – GlobalWafers said that it has increased its tender offer for Siltronic to 145 euros per share from the original offer price of 125 euros per share.

The increased offer price represents an increase of 16% over the original offer price; a premium of 28% over the closing price of Siltronic’s stock of 113.55 euros on November 27, 2020.

Siltronic said it welcomes the increased offer price and considers the tender offer attractive.


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