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Франція виступає за «якнайшвидше» запровадження санкцій проти білоруських чиновників

Країни ЄС все ще обговорюють деталі санкцій проти білоруських чиновників, проте Франція виступає за їх якнайшвидше запровадження. Так у Міністерстві закордонних справ МЗС Франції відповіли на прохання журналістів прокоментувати заяву німецької газети Die Welt, передає білоруська служба Радіо Свобода.

За даними німецького видання, через позицію в тому числі Франції Олександр Лукашенко не буде включений до санкційного списку.

«Міністри закордонних справ, а потім і голови держав та урядів ЄС … вирішили запровадити санкції проти білоруських чиновників, відповідальних за махінації на виборах та акти внутрішніх репресій. Ми хочемо, щоб ці санкції були запроваджені якомога швидше. Європейські інституції та країни-члени ЄС працюють над змістом цих заходів, Євросоюз оголосить про них, коли прийде час», – повідомили у пресслужбі французького дипломатичного відомства.

Ця заява, втім, не уточнює, чи підтримує Париж запровадження санкцій конкретно проти Лукашенка.

4 вересня газета Die Welt, посилаючись на власні джерела, повідомила, що фактичний керівник Білорусі Олександр Лукашенко не буде включений до санкційного списку ЄС – передусім через позицію Німеччини, а також Франції та Італії.

За даними видання, головним аргументом проти такого кроку є те, що включення його до чорного списку означатиме повне припинення діалогу з Мінськом. Першими за запровадження обмежувальних заходів проти білоруського лідера виступили країни Балтії та Польща.

У Білорусі тривають протести з вимогою нових, чесних виборів і припинення насильства над протестувальниками з боку співробітників силових структур. Канада, Велика Британія і кілька країн ЄС, включно з Литвою і Польщею, не визнали результатів останніх виборів в Білорусі.

31 серпня Латвія, Литва та Естонія запровадили санкції і заборонили в’їзд президенту Білорусі Олександру Лукашенку і ще 29 білоруським чиновникам через фальсифікації виборів і насильницьке придушення акцій протесту.

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Will Long Labor Day Weekend Mean Another Coronavirus Spike?

Americans headed into Labor Day weekend — the unofficial end to the Lost Summer of 2020 — amid warnings from public health experts that backyard parties, crowded bars and other gatherings could cause the coronavirus to come surging back.”I look upon the Labor Day weekend really as a critical point,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious-disease expert. “Are we going to go in the right direction and continue the momentum downward, or are we going to have to step back a bit as we start another surge?”The rise in infections, deaths and hospitalizations over the summer, primarily in the South and West, was blamed in part on Americans behaving heedlessly over Memorial Day and July Fourth.A waiter in a face mask delivers food to the tables outside of a local restaurant during lunch in Hoboken, N.J., Sept. 4, 2020.The landscape has improved in recent weeks, with the numbers headed in the right direction in hard-hit states like Florida, Arizona and Texas, but there are certain risk factors that could combine with Labor Day: Children are going back to school, university campuses are seeing soaring case counts, college football is starting, more businesses are open, and flu season is around the corner.And a few states are heading into the holiday with less room in hospitals than they had over Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. Alabama, for example, had about 800 people hospitalized with the virus on July 1. This week, it has just under 1,000.More beaches will be open on Labor Day than on Memorial Day, but Fauci said that is not cause in itself for concern, as long as people keep their distance.”I would rather see someone on a beach, being physically separated enough, than someone crowded in an indoor bar,” he said.The outbreak is blamed for about 187,000 deaths and almost 6.2 million confirmed infections in the U.S., by far the highest totals in the world. Cases of COVID-19, which spiked from about 20,000 per day to around 70,000 during the summertime surge in the South, are now down to about 40,000.Dr. Albert Ko, a Yale University epidemiologist, said he is concerned about students heading back to school across the nation next week after coming back from holiday travel and a weekend of social gatherings.”Any transmission events that happen here could be amplified unless we’re careful about it,” Ko said. “Whether it’s going to be a perfect storm, l don’t think so. People are aware of the risk, and people have been socially distancing. But this is certainly a concern.” 
 

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Заступник Помпео зустрівся з послом Росії в США через отруєння Навального

Заступник державного секретаря США Майка Помпео Стівен Біґун зустрівся з послом Росії Анатолієм Антоновим, повідомляє Державний департамент Сполучених Штатів.

Як уточнює дипломатичне відомство, приводом для зустрічі стало отруєння російського опозиційного політика Олексія Навального.

«Заступник держсекретаря Біґун висловив нашу глибоку стривоженість через висновки Німеччини, згідно з якими російського опозиційного лідера Олексія Навального отруєли хімічним нервовим агентом з групи «Новачок», – йдеться в повідомленні.

Читайте також: «Знаряддя для терору». Розробник «Новачка» про отруєння Навального

Також Біґун вказав на те, що застосування хімічної зброї Росією є прямим порушенням зобов’язань цієї держави як учасниці Конвенції про заборону хімічної зброї.

«Заступник секретаря закликав Росію повністю співпрацювати з міжнародною спільнотою у розслідуванні цього нападу», – зазначають у Держдепартаменті.

2 вересня уряд Німеччини з посиланням на лабораторію бундесверу заявив, що Олексій Навальний був отруєний речовиною, за складом схожою з розробленою в Радянському Союзі бойовою хімічною зброєю «Новачок». Вона ж, за даними британської влади, використовувалася під час замаху в Солсбері в 2018 році на російського розвідника Сергія Скрипаля та його дочку.

 

Росія заявила, що не отримувала від німецької влади доказів отруєння Навального. Речник Кремля Дмитро Пєсков зазначив, що Москва сподівається найближчим часом отримати інформацію з Берліна про результати досліджень німецьких фахівців.

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Belarus Opposition Leader Appeals to UN to Stop Human Rights Abuses in Her Country

Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya appealed to the United Nations on Friday to stop human rights abuses in her country, a month after the results of a disputed presidential election have led to the arrests of thousands of peaceful protesters.“The demands of the nation are simple,” Tsikhanouskaya told an informal meeting of the U.N. Security Council by video from Lithuania, to which she fled after the results of the August 9 election were published. “The immediate termination of violence and threats by the regime, immediate release of all political prisoners, and a free and fair election.”Tsikhanouskaya also called on the United Nations to condemn the use of excessive force by the Belarusian security services against protesters; to convene a special session of the U.N. Human Rights Council; and to send an international monitoring mission to Belarus to document the situation on the ground.She said there is a single obstacle to the people’s demands being met.“This obstacle is Mr. Lukashenko, a man desperately clinging onto power and refusing to listen to his people and his own state officials,” she said. “A nation cannot and should not be a hostage to one man’s thirst for power. And it won’t.”Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, left, shakes hands with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko prior to their talks in Minsk, Belarus, Sept. 3, 2020.President Alexander Lukashenko has kept a tight grip on Belarus for 26 years, and he was declared the winner with more than 80% of the votes. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya was his leading opponent in the race. She took the place of her husband, Sergei, a blogger and pro-democracy activist who had presidential aspirations. He was arrested in late May and a criminal case was opened against him, preventing his candidacy.In the months leading up to the election, and escalating afterward,  Lukashenko’s government cracked down on street protests, using excessive force on demonstrators. Thousands were arrested and many reported being tortured in custody. After the election, internet access was severely disrupted for three days and the websites of dozens of influential media and civil society groups were blocked. Foreign journalists could not obtain credentials to cover the vote and some were deported.The election results have been widely viewed as rigged in Lukashenko’s favor and have been rejected by the European Union and the United States, among others. The EU will soon impose sanctions on those responsible for violence, repression and the falsification of election results.The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), of which Belarus is a member, has offered to send a high-level delegation to the capital, Minsk, to facilitate dialogue between the authorities and the opposition. Lukashenko and his supporters have refused to engage.Russia backs Lukashenko, and its deputy U.N. envoy on Friday accused Western nations of seeking “regime change” in Belarus.Valentin Rybakov, then-Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs for Belarus, speaks during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, Sept. 26, 2016.Belarus’ U.N. ambassador accused the Security Council of abusing its authority by discussing the issue, which he said does not threaten international peace and security.“The future of Belarus will be decided by its own people,” Ambassador Valentin Rybakov said. “Outside interference will never be tolerated by the Belarusian authorities.”The U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in Belarus argued that rights violations are of interest to the international community, especially when there is a risk of escalating violence.“When a government announces its readiness to use the army against its own citizens in peacetime, when it baselessly accuses its neighbors of interference and aggression, and when it is prepared to sacrifice the sovereignty of the country and the independence of its institutions in order to stay in place at all costs, it is international peace and security that are threatened,” Anais Marin told the meeting.

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Російський уряд запровадив санкції проти групи народних депутатів України, в тому числі Порошенка

Окрім п’ятого президента, лідера партії «Європейська солідарність» Петра Порошенка, до санкційного списку потрапили ще 40 людей

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California Labor Day Weekend Brings Heat, Fire, Virus Fears

Excessive heat warnings began going into effect in California on Friday as forecasters predicted that high pressure building over the western U.S. would send temperatures soaring to dangerous levels during the long Labor Day weekend.Initial warnings issued for Southern California’s valleys, mountains and deserts were expected to expand out to the coast and into Northern California by Saturday.A “brutally hot” four days are in store, the National Weather Service wrote.Downtown Los Angeles was forecast to reach 107 degrees (41.6 Celsius) on Saturday and 108 on Sunday (42.2 Celsius). Napa in the wine country could reach 113 degrees (45 Celsius), and Palm Springs could reach 120 (48.8 Celsius).Fleeing to beaches, mountainsThe forecasts brought calls for Californians to conserve electricity and raised concerns that people flocking to beaches or mountains to escape the heat could spread the coronavirus.The rush was already on in the popular San Bernardino National Forest east of Los Angeles, where high elevations and lakes offer respite.”I got a note that most of the campgrounds in the San Bernardino mountain range are already full and I expect them to be completely full within the hour,” forest spokesman Zach Behrens said at midmorning Friday.The California Independent System Operator, which runs California’s power grid, issued a “Flex Alert” for the hours of 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday through Monday, asking people to conserve power by not using washing machines and other appliances during the period and keeping their air conditioners at 78 degrees (25.5 Celsius) or above.”We’re not forecasting any blackouts” at the moment because of the heat, but the power system could be strained by unforeseen problems, such as a fire that disrupts a power line, Cal ISO Operations Vice President Eric Schmitt said.Cal ISO also ordered power generators to postpone routine maintenance and restore any out-of-service transmission lines.Surfers walk out of the Pacific Ocean on the first day of a record heat wave, amid the global outbreak of coronavirus disease, in Hermosa Beach, near Los Angeles, Calif., Sept. 4, 2020.Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency Thursday night, temporarily suspending certain pollution regulations and permit requirements for power plants so that they can produce more electricity.The power concern follows a mid-August heat wave that strained the grid to the point where Cal ISO ordered utilities to implement brief rolling blackouts for the first time since 2001. Officials said customers’ conservation significantly helped.”It was an important factor indeed,” Schmitt said. “We’re asking for that kind of support again as we go into this weekend.”The heat also was expected to hike ozone levels, resulting in poor air quality throughout a Southern California area that is home to nearly 20 million people, air regulators warned. Bay Area air quality was also expected to suffer again from wildfire smoke.Authorities, meanwhile, hoped to prevent a surge in COVID-19 infections that could occur if people engage in traditional Labor Day weekend activities.Labor Day holidaygoers were urged to wear masks and avoid large gatherings.Infection spikesCOVID-19 infections spiked in many counties after the Memorial Day weekend and again over the Fourth of July weekend as people held social gatherings or packed recreational areas.Los Angeles County, the nation’s most populous, did not plan to close beaches. But health authorities warned that could happen if they become too crowded, and masks will be required when people are out of the water.Up the coast, Santa Barbara County planned to allow use of the water and active uses of the beach such as running or walking but no sunbathing. Monterey County said people could cross the sand to reach the water but otherwise barred the use of beaches.Such measures were not in place on the entire coast. Surfing mecca Huntington Beach, for example, was keeping its famous shoreline fully open.FILE – Retired teacher Charles Christianson, 67, returns to his destroyed home after a wildfire in Guerneville, Calif., Aug. 25, 2020.The brewing heat wave was also expected to bring another challenge to thousands of firefighters who have been making progress on numerous wildfires, including massive complexes of multiple fires ignited by lightning last month in the San Francisco Bay Area and wine country.The fires have destroyed nearly 3,300 structures, including homes, and there have been eight deaths.The high-pressure system could produce hot, gusty winds that along with the heat will produce “elevated or near-critical fire weather,” according to a weather service forecast for Southern California.Novice campersIn the San Bernardino National Forest, fire crews will be on 24-hour shifts and extra crews also will be placed where they can quickly respond.Behrens, the forest spokesman, said that with few things to do during the pandemic, people have been flocking to the mountains all summer. Many have never camped before, putting a strain on rangers to keep things under control.Illegal campfires and barbecues outside specifically designated sites were a particular concern. Behrens said rangers planned to be out in force all weekend on “marshmallow patrols.”

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Serbia, Kosovo Agree to Normalize Economic Ties, Trump Says

Serbia and Kosovo have agreed to normalize economic ties, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday, hailing what he called a “major breakthrough” more than a decade after Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008. 
Trump, speaking in the Oval Office before a meeting with the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo, said Serbia had also committed to moving its embassy to Jerusalem, and Kosovo and Israel had agreed to normalize ties and establish diplomatic relations.

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«Лікарі як на війні»: у Києві закінчуються місця для госпіталізації пацієнтів із COVID (відео)

В Україні новий антирекорд за кількістю випадків інфікування коронавірусом. Станом на ранок 4 вересня у країні лабораторно підтвердили 130 951 випадок захворювання на коронавірусну хворобу. Серед лідерів – Київ – у місті стрімко зростає кількість госпіталізованих, смертей від коронавірусу, і, що найгірше, – закінчуються місця у лікарнях. Міська влада обіцяє надати додаткові лікарні для пацієнтів із COVID-19. На сьогоднішній день у місті зафіксовано 14 477 випадків інфікування.