Jake Angeli asks Donald Trump’s forgiveness after assault on Capitol Hill | The World | DW

A man who broke into the Capitol in Washington on January 6 disguised as a bison, wearing a horned hat and without a shirt, and momentarily presided over the US Senate, has asked the outgoing president, Donald Trump, to grant him pardon, according to It transpired this Thursday (01.14.2021).

This was announced by Albert Watkins, the lawyer of Jacob Albert Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli, a member of the conspiracy theory movement QAnon what is called Yellowstone Wolf on his YouTube channel, local media reported.

“Given the peaceful and obedient manner in which Mr. Chansley conducted himself, it would be appropriate and honorable for the President to forgive Mr. Chansley and other peaceful like-minded individuals,” said the Ombudsman whose presence on Capitol Hill went viral at the social networks and attracted the attention of thousands of people.

According to the Justice Department, Chansley has been charged with knowingly entering or staying in “any restricted building or land without legal authority, and of violent entry and disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds.”

The assault on that compound left five people dead, including a police officer from the Legislative building. Chansley turned himself in to the authorities and has been in custody since last Saturday. His lawyer alleged, in statements reproduced by the local press, that his client “had heard the frequently repeated words of President Trump (…) It is assumed that the words and the invitation of a president mean something,” he defended.

This Thursday, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI, in English), Christopher Wray, revealed that more than 100 people have been arrested in connection with the assault on the Capitol, in actions that have been carried out in places like Phoenix ( Arizona), Dallas (Texas) and Honolulu, in the Hawaiian archipelago.

ama (efe, the hill, fox61)


UK Pharmacies Join Program Against Gender Violence | The World | DW

The British Government launched this Thursday (14.01.2021) the campaign Can I speak to Ani? against gender-based violence for which victims can discreetly find help in pharmacies using that code name.

“The program Ask for Ani (Ask for Ani) will allow people in danger or who suffer violence to discreetly inform that they need help, “the Government explained in a statement. This program is especially aimed at victims” isolated at home with their abuser and unable to get help in any other way, “he said.

“A qualified pharmacist will then provide the victim with a private conversation space to understand if they need to speak to the police or want help from the gender violence hotline,” London explained.

Currently 255 independent pharmacies and 2,300 stores of the pharmaceutical company participate in the program Boots and registrations are still open. “At a time when we must once again ask people across the country to stay home to fight coronavirus, it is vital that we take steps to protect those for whom home is not a safe space,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson was quoted as saying in the statement.

Working in a pharmacy “is not just a drug issue, it’s a patient issue,” said Mark Lyonette, president of the national association of pharmacies. “The alert mechanism Ask for Ani it is a discreet and subtle way to help some of the most vulnerable people in our society, “he added.

The government plans to run a four-week “focused” and “low-key” advertising campaign, especially on social media, to spread the code name and “make sure victims know how to ask for help.” During the first confinement in the United Kingdom – from mid-March to mid-June – one in five complaints registered by the Police in England and Wales – more than 250,000 – referred to gender-based violence, according to the Office of Statistics Nationals (ONS), an increase of 18 percent compared to 2018.

ama (afp, the telegraph)


President of Portugal of the positive to COVID-19 | The World DW

The president of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, tested positive for COVID-19 but is asymptomatic, a week after having contact with an advisor who was later diagnosed with coronavirus, it was reported this Monday (11.01.2021).

“After the President of the Republic tested negative yesterday, and despite the fact that today’s antigen test was negative, it was now known, at 9:40 p.m., that the PCR tested positive,” the Presidency reported in a note.

The 72-year-old head of state is asymptomatic and canceled his schedule for the next few days. He will remain isolated in the Palace of Belém, where he was working when the test result was known.

The positive of Rebelo de Sousa occurs just 13 days before the presidential elections of January 24, where he stands for re-election.

Last Wednesday it became known that one of the president’s advisers, with whom he had contact on Monday, had tested positive for coronavirus.

Although Rebelo de Sousa gave negative in the tests carried out that day and the health authorities considered that the contact was “low risk”, they asked him for “passive surveillance” for 14 days and to stay away from the crowds.

The president then decided to suspend his electoral campaign actions until the 18th and carry out a moderate activity, which in recent days has focused on debates and interviews.

Rebelo de Sousa is the clear favorite for reelection for a second five-year term, as polls give him victory in the first round with about 60% of the vote.

gs (efe, afp)


Republicans join calls for Trump to resign | The World | DW

More and more Republican legislators are raising their voices to demand the resignation of the President of the United States, Donald Trump. In this way, they join the Democrats who, for a few days now, have expressed the convenience of the president leaving the White House of his own free will before January 20, as a result of the attack launched by his supporters against the Capitol .

Following the requests of Republican Senators Ben Sasse and Lisa Murkowski, Senator Pat Toomey said on CNN this Sunday (01.10.2021) that a resignation of the president “would be the best way.” Trump “fell into a level of insanity … absolutely unthinkable” since Democrat Joe Biden won the November election, he added.

“The best thing for the unity of the country would be if he resigned,” Adam Kinzinger, a legislator in the House of Representatives and the first Republican to ask Thursday that the president be declared “unfit” to serve, told ABC. With his resignation, Trump would avoid the impeachment trial that Democratic legislators are preparing against him, which could count, this time, with Republican votes.

Without giving signs

Sasse said that if a process is opened, he will obviously consider the articles that are presented against the president. “I believe that the president has ignored his oath of office (…) to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. He acted against it,” the senator said. According to Democratic lawmaker James Clyburn, the motion could be discussed this week. “It may be Tuesday or Wednesday,” he said on CNN.

However, other Democrats believe that this process could hinder the start of Joe Biden’s term, and suggest that the impeachment against Trump be delayed for a few months. There are others, such as Senator Joe Manchin, who consider that an impeachment process after January 20 “would not make any sense.” “I’m not even sure it’s possible to remove someone who is no longer in power,” added Pat Toomey.

Isolated in the White House, abandoned by several of his ministers and estranged from his vice president Mike Pence, Trump does not, however, give any sign that he is considering resigning, according to advisers quoted by the US press.



France criticizes Trump blockade on Twitter | Europe up to date | DW

The permanent suspension of the Twitter account of US President Donald Trump can be justified, but it “raises fundamental questions” about the “regulation of public debate”, the French Secretary of State for digital affairs, Cédric, considered this Saturday (09.01.2021). OR.

“The regulation of public debate by the main social networks regarding their CGU (General Conditions of Use), having become true public meeting spaces for billions of citizens, seems, at least, somewhat limited from one point of view from a democratic point of view, “added the minister.

For Cédric O, “beyond online hatred, we need to invent a new form of democratic supervision.” Twitter’s decision, which justified it by alleging that there is a “risk of new incitements to violence” by the outgoing US president, following the assault of hundreds of his supporters on Congress in Washington, led to multiple reactions among the political class French.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, head of ranks of France Insoumise (radical left), considered that “Trump’s behavior cannot serve as a pretext for the GAFA to assume the power to control public debate.” And François Ruffin, a deputy from the same party, called the decision “scandalous”.

Marine Le Pen (National Grouping, far right) considered that the Twitter veto is an “act of force” by “large private groups that consider that they have more power, and it is probably true, than a State.” “We cannot, on the one hand and legitimately, condemn the violations of democracy that take place in the framework of the intrusion into the Capitol […] and at the same time no […] very strongly condemn these giants of the digital sector, who actually want to directly influence democracy by deciding who has the right to speak, “he added. (AFP)


Pope Fabrizio Soccorsi’s personal doctor dies with COVID | Europe up to date | DW

Pope Francis’ personal doctor, Fabrizzio Socorsi, died of complications due to COVID-19, Vatican media reported this Saturday (01.09.2021). Soccorsi, 78, was admitted to the Gemelli hospital for an oncological pathology and had been chosen as a personal doctor by Francisco in 2015, when he was a consultant to the Vatican’s Directorate of Health and Hygiene and emeritus director of Hepatology at the San Camilo Hospital in Rome.

According to the profile spread by the Holy See, Soccorsi, born in Rome, graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the “La Sapienza” University of Rome in 1968 and developed a “broad professional and educational activity”. In addition, he directed the department of liver, digestive and nutritional diseases of the Department of Internal Medicine and was a specialist at the Hospital de San Camilo Forlanini, in the Italian capital.

He also taught Immunology classes at the Hospital Médica Hospital in Rome and the Lazio Region. Among other things, he carried out “various collaborations and consultations” in the public sector, with more than a hundred publications and scientific contributions. And he was an expert on the Medical Commission of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. (EFE)


England requires negative covid test to enter the country | Europe up to date | DW

This test, which Scotland also hopes to apply soon, is already required by other countries to contain the covid-19 epidemic.

According to the British Minister of Transport, Grant Shapps, all passengers entering England by plane, train or boat must have a negative test for covid-19, which must be done 72 hours before starting the trip, otherwise they will be obliged to pay a fine of 500 pounds (553 euros).

The people who will be exempt from this regulation will be carriers, children under 11 years of age and crew from countries that do not have the infrastructure to perform these coronavirus tests.

The British Government indicated that it is working with the autonomous authorities of Wales and Northern Ireland to apply this measure, while the Scottish Executive has indicated that it hopes to adopt it as well, although it has pointed out that Scotland already maintains the illegality of making non-essential trips to and from that region.

AstraZeneca vaccine in the UK.

A few weeks ago, the Government suspended direct flights from South Africa due to the appearance of a new variant of the coronavirus that could be more virulent than that detected last year in the southeast of England.

“We already have significant measures to prevent imported COVID-19 cases, but with new strains appearing internationally, we have to take more precautions,” Shapps said in a statement.

According to the latest official figures, the United Kingdom yesterday registered a total of 1,162 new deaths from covid-19, and the upward trend of recent days continues.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the United Kingdom has registered a total of 78,508 deaths and 2,889,419 infections.

The country has accelerated the vaccination program with Pfizer / BioNTech and Oxford / AstraZeneca preparations and has set the goal of vaccinating the most vulnerable groups -13 million people- by February 15. (EFE).


Trump acknowledges electoral defeat and condemns assault on Capitol | The World | DW

The outgoing president of the United States, Donald Trump, on Thursday (07.01.2021) explicitly acknowledged his defeat in the November elections for the first time, and also condemned the assault on the Capitol, by ensuring that his followers who committed crimes “will pay it “.

In a video posted on his official Twitter account, Trump finally issued the message about the elections that half the country had been waiting to hear for two months, and the condemnation of the attack on Wednesday that Congress had been demanding from him for more than 24 hours.

“Congress has certified the result (of the elections). A new Administration will come to power on January 20. Now I will focus on ensuring a smooth, orderly and smooth transition of power,” said the outgoing president.

“This moment calls for healing and reconciliation,” Trump said, a day after prompting thousands of his followers to march to the Capitol to try to interfere in the process of ratification of the electoral result.

His message came just two months after the mainstream media reported the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the November elections, and after an unprecedented campaign to sow mistrust in the results, which he called fraudulent without providing evidence.

Trump had already promised to guarantee an “orderly transition” early Thursday morning, in a statement after Congress recovered from the assault and confirmed Biden’s victory, but in his video he was more explicit in admitting that he will have to leave. the White House in two weeks.

Condemn heinous attack on the Capitol

The outgoing president began his video referring to the “atrocious attack on the United States Capitol” and declared himself “outraged by the violence, illegality and chaos.”

“The protesters who infiltrated the Capitol have desecrated the seat of democracy. To those who were involved in acts of violence and destruction: you do not represent our country. And to those who broke the law: they will pay for it,” he stressed .

Trump’s speech was in stark contrast to the one he made while his supporters vandalized the Capitol on Wednesday, when he took more than two hours to ask them to leave Congress, saying, “We love you, go home.”

Trump also justified the violence in a tweet on Wednesday, which led to Twitter suspending his account for 12 hours, which the outgoing president did not use again until he posted the video on Thursday.

The outgoing president called for “restoring calm”, although he defended his crusade against the election result that has inflamed tensions in the country, stating: “My only objective was to ensure the integrity of the vote, I was fighting to defend democracy American”.

“To all my wonderful fans: I know you are disappointed, but I also want you to know that our incredible journey has only just begun,” concluded the outgoing president.

Trump released his video after several of his White House advisers resigned, his Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao; and that the Democratic leaders of the Congress clamored for his removal.

mg (efe, afp)


Germany promotes development of drugs against COVID | Europe up to date | DW

The head of German Scientific Research, Anja Karliczek, stressed this Wednesday (01.06.2021) the importance of having, in addition to vaccines, medicines and therapeutic agents against COVID-19, for which her ministry has launched a program of aid to support their development.

Along with the availability of vaccines, having “safe and effective” therapeutic agents is “decisive to overcome the pandemic,” said the minister during the press conference to present this program, endowed with at least 50 million euros. The objective of this program is to support the clinical development of drugs and other therapeutic agents against coronavirus.

He specified that his ministry has been supporting the development of new treatments since last spring and now wants to expand aid in this area also to clinical phases and product development.

“Unfortunately, we have to realize that, even with a high vaccination rate, people will continue to get COVID-19. Therefore, for these patients we urgently need new therapy options that can be applied according to the need in the different stages of a disease. infection, “he stressed.

He recalled that at the beginning of the pandemic, he opted for known medicines not developed especially to combat the coronavirus and added the need to obtain specific products against COVID-19 now. Applications to qualify for aid may be submitted until February 17 and the period of validity extends until December 31, 2023. (EFE)


Historic crash of the British car market in 2020 | Europe up to date | DW

This 29.4% drop is the most severe year-on-year since 1943.

The Society of Motor Sellers and Producers (SMMT) assessed revenue losses for the year at more than £ 20 billion due to the pandemic, Brexit uncertainties and the loss of consumer interest in diesel vehicles and of gas.

Most of it is explained by the first enforced lockdown in the UK in spring, which caused dealerships and factories to close for many weeks.

However, the market continued to be depressed later by weak demand and by the new restrictions introduced from the autumn.

Car sales had not fallen below 2 million since 2009 amidst the international financial crisis.

“2020 will be considered a ‘lost year’ for the automotive sector, with a forced closure due to the pandemic for much of the year and the uncertainty about future market conditions,” sums up Mike Hawes, CEO of SMMT.

In particular, he mentioned the government’s decision to ban the sale of new diesel and gasoline cars by 2030, which may make buyers hesitate.

Gasoline and diesel vehicle sales have declined and their market share has shrunk, but they still account for more than 80% of all cars sold. Electric and hybrid cars have seen their sales increase, mainly due to corporate purchases. (AFP).