Gaza, IVG, rugby… The five things to remember from the weekend

Have you missed the news a bit in the last two days? We summarize the main news for Saturday October 28 and Sunday October 29

Gaza, IVG, rugby… The five things to remember from the weekend

Have you missed the news a bit in the last two days? We summarize the main news for Saturday October 28 and Sunday October 29.

The Israeli army has been operating on the ground since Friday evening in the Gaza Strip, while intensifying its bombings, as part of what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the second phase of a “long and difficult” war. . Telephone and Internet communications were partially restored in the Palestinian enclave on Sunday after a cut of more than 24 hours which severely hampered relief operations.

The leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinouar, declared himself ready to conclude "immediately" an exchange of the hostages that the Palestinian Islamist movement is holding - 230 according to the Israeli army - for "all the Palestinian prisoners" incarcerated by Israel. Hamas, which had threatened to execute hostages, estimates that “nearly 50” of them were killed in the bombings. Only four women have been released to date.

With the intensification of Israeli military operations, the UN fears a humanitarian catastrophe. Its Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, deplored on Saturday the “unprecedented escalation of bombings” which “compromise humanitarian objectives”, calling once again for an immediate ceasefire.

At the call of several associations and collectives, thousands of people participated on Saturday in Paris, around the Place du Châtelet, in a rally in “support of the Palestinian people”. However, tensions broke out with the police during the dispersal of the demonstrators. The Paris police chief, Laurent Nuñez, estimated the number of participants in this demonstration between “3,000 and 4,000”.

The crowd gathered despite the ban on this demonstration by the police chief. The administrative court even validated the prefectural ban on this demonstration at midday on Saturday, citing “the seriousness of the risk of disturbances to public order”.

Demonstrations were also organized in other cities in France, such as Lyon, Toulouse and Strasbourg. However, these were authorized.

A draft constitutional law to “engrave in our Constitution the freedom of women to resort to abortion [voluntary termination of pregnancy]” will be sent to the Council of State this week, Emmanuel Macron announced on Sunday. The text will be “presented to the Council of Ministers by the end of the year”, so that “in 2024 the freedom of women to resort to abortion will be irreversible”, he specified.

This announcement from the President of the Republic comes seven months after making this commitment. Indeed, on March 8, International Women's Rights Day, the President of the Republic promised to include the freedom to resort to abortion in the Constitution, in response to concerns arising from the cancellation in the United States, a year and a half ago, of the ruling guaranteeing the right to abortion throughout the country.

The Springboks retain their world title. South Africa won the fourth World Cup in its history on Saturday by dominating New Zealand (12-11) at the Stade de France (Seine-Saint-Denis).

The Springboks built their victory in the first half, scoring all their points through the foot of Handré Pollard. Opposite, the All Blacks, reduced to 14 after the exclusion of their captain, Sam Cane, paid for their indiscipline, but created some play. New Zealand could even have gone in front, but Richie Mo'Unga missed the transformation of the try scored by Beauden Barrett.

After winning the competition in 1995, 2007 and 2019, South Africa took the throne of world rugby by becoming the most successful team in history. In front of the New Zealanders, crowned in 1987, 2011 and 2015.

Actor Matthew Perry, 54, was found dead on Saturday in his Los Angeles home. The actor was best known for the role of Chandler Bing in the cult series Friends, which aired on NBC from 1994 to 2004. The series made Matthew Perry one of the most famous actors in Hollywood, alongside Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow and David Schwimmer, who played a group of friends in New York.

American television network NBC, on which Friends aired for almost a decade, has confirmed his death. “We are incredibly saddened by the too-soon passing of Matthew Perry,” NBC said on social network X (formerly Twitter). The actor had been battling his addiction to painkillers and alcohol for years.

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Boxing. Tyson Fury narrowly wins against Francis Ngannou