US killed al-Qaeda leader Zawahiri
The leader of Al-Qaeda, the Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri, was killed in the night from Saturday to Sunday in Afghanistan by an American drone strike, American President Joe Biden announced on Monday live. “On Saturday, on my orders, the United States carried out an airstrike on Kabul, Afghanistan, which killed the emir of Al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri”he launched during a short speech from the White House. “Justice has been served and this terrorist leader is no more”added Joe Biden.
Zawahiri was one of the most wanted terrorists in the world and the United States promised $25 million for any information leading to his location. He had taken the head of the jihadist nebula in 2011, after the death of Osama Bin Laden, killed by an American commando in Pakistan. Not found for more than ten years, he was considered one of the masterminds of the September 11 attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people in the United States.
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His death will allow the families of victims killed on September 11, 2001 in the twin towers of the World Trade Center, in New York, and at the headquarters of the Pentagon near Washington, “to turn the page”, said the Democratic president. Saudi Arabia, for its part, welcomed “of the death of the terrorist leader of Al-Qaeda” responsible for “the planning and execution of heinous terrorist operations in the United States, Saudi Arabia and several other countries of the world”according to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Public audiovisual: the Senate votes to abolish the fee
The Senate voted overnight from Monday to Tuesday, as part of measures to support purchasing power, the abolition of the TV license fee, after a lively debate – ” rotten “, according to Roger Karoutchi (LR) – on the financing and independence of public broadcasting. The vote was won by 196 votes against 147, during the examination at first reading of the amending finance bill for 2022.
Amounting to 138 euros in mainland France and 88 euros overseas this year, the fee brought in 3.2 billion euros out of the 3.8 billion paid to public broadcasting. Its removal is a campaign promise from re-elected candidate Emmanuel Macron. The text plans to allocate to the public audiovisual ” a fraction “ VAT, for an amount of approximately 3.7 billion euros, in order to respond to concerns about its financing.
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The Senate adopted an amendment by the general rapporteur Jean-François Husson (LR) to limit this assignment to December 31, 2024. The Minister of Public Accounts Gabriel Attal relied on the ” wisdom “ of the Senate on this point. The three left-wing groups unsuccessfully opposed the removal, with David Assouline blaming the government for “creating the conditions for weakening” public broadcasting. public broadcasting “is essential to contribute to the mission of independence” information, added Pierre Ouzoulias (CRCE with a communist majority).
Le Figaro and other applications file a complaint against Apple and its “monopoly”
Le Figaro, The Team and other French mobile apps filed lawsuits against Apple on Monday, accusing the Apple brand of violating competition law with its monopoly on app distribution in the massive iPhone market. Apple owns a “deliberate, anti-competitive and unjustifiable monopoly”estimate the two French newspapers associated with the Gesture, an association which represents publishers of content and online services, according to the complaint filed in a court in San Jose.
Like many other developers around the world, they criticize Apple for offering only one way to access users of the brand’s devices: the app store, an essential platform for downloading applications. The Californian technology giant controls this platform for commission payments that publishers must pay to it on all purchases by their customers, 30%, with exceptions.
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They are asking for a jury trial, and are asking for a judge’s injunction to force Apple to change its practices, as well as damages. Their complaint cites excerpts from the judgment rendered after the lawsuit between Apple and Epic Games, the publisher of the video game phenomenon Fortnite. Epic had filed a complaint in 2020 against the iPhone maker for abuse of a dominant position, accusing it of exercising a monopoly on the purchase of goods and services in its online store.