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PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN THE UNITED STATES – Joe Biden announces his candidacy for 2024

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The current President of the United States is running for re-election for a second term. A symbolic date four years to the day after his last campaign start in 2019.

End of the suspense. Joe Biden announced on Tuesday, April 25, 2023 that he would seek a second term in 2024, sweeping away concerns about his age. “I’m running for re-election,” the 80-year-old U.S. president said in a video post on Twitter.

“Let’s finish the job,” said Biden, stressing the ongoing fight for freedom and democracy, he said.

Tuesday’s date is far from trivial. It marks the fourth anniversary, to the day, of Joe Biden’s last campaign, when the Democrat fought for the “soul of America”, and deprived Donald Trump of a second term. If the polls are confirmed, a “remake” of the duel between the two men is emerging. After its announcement, the Republican Party accused US President Joe Biden of being “disconnected”. “Biden is so out of touch with reality that he thinks he deserves four more years in power when all he does is create crises,” said party leader Ronna McDaniel.

Blamed for age by opposition
The President is scheduled to speak on Tuesday, April 25, 2023 on what is likely to be one of his main themes as a candidate: how to bring back “manufacturing jobs” to the United States and “rebuild the middle class”.

Since the beginning of the year, Joe Biden has been hammering away at his desire to restore his «dignity» to the «forgotten» popular America, disturbed by globalization, which Donald Trump was able to seduce in part.

The White House tenant may think he has the statistics with him: American presidents usually represent themselves, and they are most often re-elected. But Biden, by his age, defies historical precedents. If re-elected, he would finish his second term at the age of 86.

In November 2021 and again in February 2023, the leader underwent health check-ups which concluded that he was in “good health”. But he, who is already prone to blunders and whose pace is undeniably marked by years, is exposed to a resurgence of attacks by republicans on his mental acuity.

Biden’s endurance, however, was unusual, juggling international crises and major reforms. His move to Kiev, an unprecedented initiative for the head of state surrounded by the strictest security apparatus in the world, dramatically recalled his role as architect of the Western response after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Trump slams Biden’s balance sheet
He also noted that, according to polls, the candidacy of his predecessor Donald Trump, 76 years old and charged by a New York court, is no more enthusiastic than his own.

The Democrat believes that if he has beaten once his Republican predecessor, the most divisive figure, he can do it again by highlighting his personality and his unifying program.

Anticipating an announcement by his rival, Donald Trump on Monday criticized the current president’s record. “You could take the five worst presidents in American history, and together they wouldn’t have done as much damage to our country as Joe Biden did in just a few years,” the Republican billionaire said in a statement.

Still a big unknown: what would Joe Biden’s chances be if he faced a younger opponent in November 2024?

The name of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a 44-year-old rising star of the hard right, is widely circulated. But it has not yet declared itself.

Less known, Republican Nikki Haley, already in the campaign, calls for the emergence of a «new generation». In particular, it calls for intellectual capacity tests for all political leaders over the age of 75.

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NIGER – United States repositions its troops

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The United States began “as a precaution” to reposition its troops in Niger, the scene of a coup in late July, the Pentagon announced on Thursday, September 07, 2023.

The Department of Defense is “repositioning some of its personnel and assets from Air Base 101 in Niamey (the capital, ed.) to Air Base 201 in Agadez”, further north, a spokesman, Sabrina Singh, told the press.

“There is no immediate threat to our staff or violence on the ground,” she added, calling the decision a “precautionary measure”. Singh also said that “some non-essential staff and subcontractors” had left the country several weeks ago.

Soldiers toppled the President of Niger, Mohamed Bazoum, on 26 July and placed him and his family under house arrest at the presidential palace. The United States has some 1,100 soldiers stationed in Niger, operating against active jihadist groups.

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NEW YORK – A dozen Senegalese arrested for selling counterfeit items

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On the evening of Wednesday, September 06, 2023, a muscular intervention by the New York police led to the arrest of a dozen Senegalese nationals, mainly street vendors. Reportedly, the police operation was triggered by the sale of counterfeit items, an illegal activity in the United States.

The US authorities also seized the subject goods, while legal proceedings were instituted against those involved. According to sources, the sale of counterfeit items is strictly prohibited in the United States, and the U.S. authorities take the suppression of this activity seriously.

However, this incident has elicited varying reactions from the Senegalese community in New York, with some expressing concern about the fate of those arrested, while others stress the need to respect local laws.

At this point, the New York police have not yet officially communicated on this case, and the exact circumstances of the police intervention remain to be clarified.

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CANARY ISLANDS – 83 people aboard rescue canoe and 2 lifeless bodies discovered

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3 people aboard a canoe were rescued by the ship Guardamar Calìope. Two (2) lifeless bodies, one male and one female, were discovered upon arrival in the Canary Islands.

With a cut and a design more or less identical to those of a Senegalese boat, the boat was spotted in the south of Maspalomas. According to the rescue team, they arrived in Arguineguin at 5:05am in the Canary Islands on 25 July 2023.

As a reminder, at least 14 lifeless bodies were found after a pirogue capsized overnight from Sunday to Monday, July 24, 2023 off the coast of Dakar, Senegal, said Samba Kandji, deputy mayor of the Ouakam district and a source of the gendarmerie.

‘They are migrants a priori,’ said Mr Kandji. Gendarmes and firefighters are on the beach of Ouakam, a district of the Senegalese capital, and continue Monday morning rescue operations in search of other bodies.

“The navy forced the boat to dock and people fled. I was told 14 (dead) but then two bodies came out. It can be assumed that there were 16” deaths, Kandji said a few minutes later.

A wooden boat, on which migrants were found, according to several witnesses on the beach, floats on the water near the bank.

A firefighter assured anonymously that search operations had begun at 01:00 hours.

The migratory route of the Canary Islands, a gateway to Europe in the Atlantic Ocean, has seen a marked increase in activity in recent weeks from the coasts of northwestern Africa.

Several tragedies have been recorded in the last two weeks. At least 13 migrants from around Dakar died in the sinking of their boat about a week ago off the coast of Morocco. Another boat capsized in Saint-Louis, in northern Senegal, killing at least 14 people.

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