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14.10.2019

"As options narrow on Syria, Trump prepares to drop sanctions hammer on Turkey"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa-sanctions/as-options-narrow-on-syria-trump-p
repares-to-drop-sanctions-hammer-on-turkey-idUSKBN1WS0SF

US-Präsident Trump will die Türkei für die Offensive in Nordsyrien mit harten Wirtschaftssanktionen bestrafen, berichtet Reuters. "After Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Friday that Trump had authorized 'very powerful' new sanctions targeting Turkey, the administration appeared ready to start making good on Trump’s threat to obliterate Turkey’s economy. (...) A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that sanctions were 'being worked out at all levels of the government for rollout.' Trump is struggling to quell harsh criticism, including from some of his staunchest Republican backers, that he gave Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan a green light to attack the Kurds last Sunday when he decided to pull a small number of U.S. troops out of the border area."

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09.10.2019

"Synagogue attack sparks fear among Jews in Germany"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-shooting-synagogue-berlin/synagogue-attack-sparks-fear-among-j
ews-in-germany-idUSKBN1WO2R5

Joseph Nasr schreibt, dass der rechtsextremistische Anschlag auf eine Synagoge in Halle bei vielen deutschen Juden die Angst vor antisemitischer Gewalt verstärkt habe. "'It’s very scary,' said Samuel Tsarfati, a 27-year-old stage director, as he left a Berlin synagogue with fellow French national Samuel Laufer. The pair, who live and work in the German capital, had spent the holiest day in the Jewish calendar secluded in prayer and switched off their mobile phones for 25 hours of fasting. Other members of Germany’s 200,000-strong Jewish community expressed similar alarm over the attack. After trying to blast into the Halle synogogue, a lone suspect killed a woman outside and a man in a nearby kebab shop. 'It’s not a coincidence it happened in east Germany. The far-right AfD is very strong there,' Tsarfati said. (...) Attacks on Jews rose by 20% last year and were mainly carried out by right-wing extremists. Even before the Halle shooting, a heavy police presence guarded the synagogue in the trendy suburb of Prenzlauer Berg where Tsarfati and Lauferis attended prayers."

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08.10.2019

"Guterres warns U.N. may not have enough money to pay staff next month"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-un-funding/guterres-warns-un-may-not-have-enough-money-to-pay-staff-ne
xt-month-idUSKBN1WN25F

Die aufgrund ausbleibender Beitragszahlungen angespannte Finanzlage der Vereinten Nationen könnte UN-Generalsekretär Guterres zufolge dazu führen, dass Angestellte im nächsten Monat nicht mehr bezahlt werden können. "He told the 193-member U.N. General Assembly’s budget committee that if he had not worked since January to cut spending then 'we would not have had the liquidity to support' the annual gathering of world leaders last month. 'This month, we will reach the deepest deficit of the decade. We risk ... entering November without enough cash to cover payrolls,' said Guterres. 'Our work and our reforms are at risk.' The United States is the largest contributor - responsible for 22 percent of the more than $3.3 billion regular budget for 2019, which pays for work including political, humanitarian, disarmament, economic and social affairs and communications. Washington owes some $381 million for prior regular budgets and $674 million for the 2019 regular budget. The U.S. mission to the United Nations confirmed the figures."

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21.09.2019

"Iran says it will destroy any aggressor"

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Die US-Regierung hat nach den Angriffen auf Ölanlagen in Saudi-Arabien die Entsendung zusätzlicher Truppen in den Nahen Osten angekündigt. Iran will eine mögliche "Aggression" nach eigenen Worten mit voller Härte beantworten. "'Be careful, a limited aggression will not remain limited. We will pursue any aggressor,' the head of the Guards, Major General Hossein Salami, said in remarks broadcast on state TV. 'We are after punishment and we will continue until the full destruction of any aggressor.' U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday approved sending American troops to bolster Saudi Arabia’s air and missile defences after the Sept. 14 attacks. (...) Amirali Hajizadeh, who heads the Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace branch, said any attacks on Iran would receive 'a crushing response', the official news agency IRNA reported."

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16.09.2019

"U.S. considers more intel sharing with Saudi Arabia after attack: sources"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-aramco-usa-intelligence/u-s-considers-more-intel-sharing-with-sa
udi-arabia-after-attack-sources-idUSKBN1W11J9

Die US-Regierung erwägt Reuters zufolge, die nachrichtendienstliche Kooperation mit Saudi-Arabien deutlich zu verstärken. Bisher hätten US-Geheimdienste sensible Informationen nur begrenzt weiter gegeben, um die USA nicht noch tiefer in den Krieg in Jemen zu verwickeln. "The U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not say how broad any increase in intelligence sharing might be or discuss other options being weighed by the administration as a response to the attack on the world’s biggest crude oil processing plant. But the United States, long wary of deep involvement in the war in Yemen, has only selectively shared intelligence with Saudi Arabia about the threats from Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi militants, who claimed responsibility for the attack. Such intelligence shared with the Saudis has long lacked the kind of detail that would allow the Saudi-led coalition to pinpoint Houthi leaders or their networks, which the United States has long maintained are supported by Iran. Any expansion in U.S. intelligence sharing could trigger a sharp reaction from Congress, where lawmakers, outraged over civilian casualties in the war, have made several failed attempts to halt U.S. support to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen."

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16.09.2019

"Oil prices surge nearly 20% after attack on Saudi facilities"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-oil/oil-prices-surge-15-after-attack-on-saudi-facilities-hits-g
lobal-supply-idUSKBN1W00UG

Der Angriff auf die saudi-arabischen Ölanlagen hat zwischenzeitlich zu einem deutlichen Anstieg der Ölpreise geführt. "Saudi Arabia is the world’s biggest oil exporter and the attack on state-owned producer Saudi Aramco’s crude-processing facilities at Abqaiq and Khurais has cut output by 5.7 million barrels per day. The company has not given a timeline for the resumption of full output. Two sources briefed on Aramco’s operations said a full return to normal production volumes 'may take months'. 'To take out over 5% of global supply in a single strike - a volume exceeding cumulative non-OPEC supply growth over 2014-2018 - is highly worrying,' UBS analysts said in a note. (...) Major importers of Saudi crude, such as India, China and Indonesia, will be the most vulnerable to the supply disruption. Saudi oil exports will continue as normal this week as the kingdom taps into stocks from its large storage facilities, an industry source briefed on the developments told Reuters."

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04.09.2019

"Iran gives Europe two more months to save nuclear deal"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nuclear-iran/iran-gives-europe-two-more-months-to-save-nuclear-deal-id
USKCN1VP0CJ

Iran will der EU zwei weitere Monate Zeit geben, um die zugesagten Sanktionsentlastungen für Teheran umzusetzen und das internationale Atomabkommen zu retten. "Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani gave European powers another two months to save a 2015 nuclear deal on Wednesday, but warned that Tehran was still preparing for further significant breaches of the agreement if diplomatic efforts failed. (...) Iran would continue with plans to breach the pact further and accelerate its nuclear activity, Rouhani said, without giving a fresh deadline. (...) Iran’s vital crude oil sales have plummeted by more than 80% under the U.S. sanctions. The remaining signatories of the deal have been working to save an agreement that they say will bring Iran back into the international fold and prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear bomb."

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29.08.2019

"Trump: U.S. will maintain presence in Afghanistan even if deal reached with Taliban"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-trump/trump-u-s-will-maintain-presence-in-afghanistan-
even-if-deal-reached-with-taliban-idUSKCN1VJ1R8

Präsident Trump hat angekündigt, dass das US-Militär im Fall eines Friedensabkommens mit den Taliban mit ca. 8.600 Soldaten in Afghanistan bleiben wird. "'Oh yeah, you have to keep a presence,' Trump said in an interview with Fox News radio. 'We’re going to keep a presence there. We’re reducing that presence very substantially and we’re going to always have a presence. We’re going to have high intelligence.' Trump said the U.S. force level in Afghanistan was being reduced to 8,600 'and then we make a determination from there as to what happens.' Some 14,000 U.S. service members are currently in Afghanistan, among whom about 5,000 are dedicated to counterinsurgency operations. The Taliban said on Wednesday it was close to a 'final agreement' with U.S. officials on a deal that would see U.S. forces withdraw from Afghanistan in exchange for a pledge that the country would not become a haven for other Islamist militant groups."

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26.08.2019

"Exclusive: U.S. officials fear ransomware attack against 2020 election"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cyber-election-exclusive/exclusive-u-s-officials-fear-ransomware-a
ttack-against-2020-election-idUSKCN1VG222

Angesichts vermehrter Cyber-Attacken durch Lösegeld-Trojaner befürchten US-Behörden Reuters zufolge ähnliche Angriffe auf die US-Wahlen im kommenden Jahr. "The Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency, or CISA, a division of the Homeland Security Department, fears the databases could be targeted by ransomware, a type of virus that has crippled city computer networks across the United States, including recently in Texas, Baltimore and Atlanta. (...) Nationwide, the local governments that store and update voter registration data are typically ill-equipped to defend themselves against elite hackers. State election officials told Reuters they have improved their cyber defenses since 2016, including in some cases preparing backups for voter registration databases in case of an attack. But there is no common standard for how often local governments should create backups, said a senior Homeland Security official."

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26.08.2019

"Trump leaves Iran diplomacy door open after Macron's Zarif gambit"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-g7-summit-iran-trump/trump-says-he-does-not-want-regime-change-in-iran
-idUSKCN1VG0IS

US-Präsident Trump hat während des G7-Gipfels in Biarritz noch einmal bekräftigt, keinen Regimewechsel in Iran anzustreben. "'I’m looking at a really good Iran, really strong, we’re not looking for regime change. You’ve seen how that works over the last 20 years, that hasn’t been too good,' Trump told reporters during a summit of wealthy nation leaders. He said he had not been surprised that France had invited Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for talks on Sunday on the sidelines of the G7 gathering, which were aimed at trying to ease tensions between Washington and Tehran. However, he said he had not wanted to see Zarif himself, adding that it was too soon for such an encounter. (...) 'What we want is very simple. It’s got to be non-nuclear. We’re going to talk about ballistic missiles, we’re going to talk about the timing,' he said, adding: 'But they have to stop terrorism. I think they are going to change, I really do. I think they have a chance.'"

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25.08.2019

"Australia to block internet domains hosting extremist content during terror attacks"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-security-internet/australia-to-block-internet-domains-hostin
g-extremist-content-during-terror-attacks-idUSKCN1VF05G

Die australische Regierung plant, bestimmte Bereiche des Internets im Fall von Terroranschlägen kurzfristig zu blockieren. "Australia will block access to internet domains hosting terrorist material during crisis events and will consider legislation to force digital platforms to improve the safety of their services, officials said on Sunday. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who is in France to take part in the G7 leaders’ forum, said the government intended to prevent extremists from exploiting digital platforms to post extremely violent content. 'We are doing everything we can to deny terrorists the opportunity to glorify their crimes,' he said in a statement."

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18.08.2019

"Danish PM says Trump's idea of selling Greenland to U.S. is absurd"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-greenland/danish-pm-says-trumps-idea-of-selling-greenland-to
-u-s-is-absurd-idUSKCN1V80M0

Das Weiße Haus denkt offenbar ernsthaft darüber nach, Dänemark ein Kaufangebot für die Insel Grönland zu unterbreiten. Dänemarks Premierministerin Frederiksen hält die Idee Reuters zufolge für "absurd". "'Greenland is not for sale. Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland. I strongly hope that this is not meant seriously,' Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen told the newspaper Sermitsiaq during a visit to Greenland. Trump confirmed to reporters on Sunday that he had recently discussed the possibility, though he said such a move was not an immediate priority. 'The concept came up and ...strategically it’s interesting,' Trump told reporters from the tarmac in Morristown, New Jersey, as he prepared to board Air Force One."

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18.08.2019

"Russia says no plans to install new missiles unless U.S. deploys them"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-usa-missiles/russia-says-no-plans-to-install-new-missiles-unles
s-u-s-deploys-them-idUSKCN1V8054

Der russische Verteidigungsminister Sergei Shoigu hat bekräftigt, dass Russland nach dem Ende des INF-Vertrags keine neuen Raketen stationieren wird, wenn die USA in Europa und Asien ebenfalls darauf verzichten. "Russia has also pulled out of the deal, but Shoigu said it had no plans to deploy new missiles. 'We still stick to that. Unless there are such systems in Europe (deployed by Washington), we won’t do anything there,' he told the Rossiya-24 TV channel, according to Interfax news agency."

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12.08.2019

"German exports to Iran halve in first half as U.S. sanctions bite"

http://https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-iran-germany-exports/german-exports-to-iran-halve-in-fi
rst-half-as-u-s-sanctions-bite-idUSKCN1V218Y?il=0

Die US-Sanktionen gegen Teheran haben Reuters zufolge dazu geführt, dass sich die deutschen Exporte in den Iran in den ersten sechs Monaten dieses Jahres nahezu halbiert haben. "Sales to Iran plunged by 48% to 678 million euros ($758.8 million) from January through June year-on-year, data from the Federal Statistics Office reviewed by Reuters showed. Imports from Iran declined by 43% to nearly 110 million euros. 'The fact that trade between Iran and Germany has collapsed that massively is not a big surprise, unfortunately,' the BGA trade association said. It pointed to the extra-territorial character of recent U.S. sanctions which means that companies from third countries are also punished if they do business with Iran. 'German companies are forced to choose between their market activities in Iran and the United States, so it’s clear which market is preferred,' BGA said."

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24.07.2019

"Afghan police pull back from isolated outposts as losses mount"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-police/afghan-police-pull-back-from-isolated-outposts-as-l
osses-mount-idUSKCN1UJ0W1

Die afghanische Polizei hat sich aufgrund der hohen Verluste im Kampf gegen die Taliban entschlossen, isolierte Außenposten im ganzen Land völlig aufzugeben. Hamid Shalizi berichtet, dass die Entscheidung auch auf Anraten von US-Beratern getroffen worden sei. "U.S. advisers have for years pushed commanders to abandon isolated checkpoints that serve little purpose beyond showing a presence but which act as a magnet for attacks by mobile Taliban fighters, increasingly armed with night-vision equipment. Following a change at the top of the interior ministry last year, officials say 6,452 police outposts and checkpoints all over Afghanistan are being assessed as part of efforts to reduce losses and cut the rate of desertion by police who feel abandoned by their commanders. Abdul Moqim Abdulrahimzai, director general of operations and plans at the interior ministry, said more than 210 police outposts and checkpoints had been closed in 17 provinces and another 200 had been identified for closure. (...) Over the last three years, the 200 outposts identified for closure suffered 5,000 attacks that killed 2,260 police and wounded 3,601, according to an interior ministry document seen by Reuters."

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09.07.2019

"U.S. wants North Korea freeze as beginning, not end, of denuclearization"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-usa/us-wants-north-korea-freeze-as-beginning-not-end-of-den
uclearization-idUSKCN1U42LY

Die US-Regierung will sich in den Verhandlungen mit Nordkorea nicht mit einem "Einfrieren" des nordkoreanischen Atomprogramms zufriedengeben. "The Trump administration has dismissed a New York Times report that said an idea was taking shape among U.S. officials to seek to negotiate a nuclear freeze by North Korea, rather than its complete denuclearization, thereby tacitly accepting it as a nuclear state. '(A) freeze, you know, that would never be the resolution of a process. That would never be the end of a process,' State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus told a regular news briefing. 'That would (be) something that we would certainly hope to see at the beginning. But I don’t think that the administration has ever characterized a freeze as being the end goal. That would be at the beginning of the process.'"

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07.07.2019

"Factbox: Iran nuclear row - could U.N. sanctions return?"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-iran-usa-factbox/factbox-iran-nuclear-row-could-u-n-sanctions-
return-idUSKCN1U206M

Iran hat wie angekündigt die Schwelle von 4,5 Prozent bei der Urananreicherung überschritten und damit nach Ansicht vieler Beobachter erneut gegen das internationale Atomabkommen verstoßen. Michelle Nichols zufolge könnten nun die 2016 aufgehobenen UN-Sanktionen gegen Iran wieder eingesetzt werden. "Most U.N. sanctions were removed in January 2016 when the deal - formally called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) - was implemented. (...) Here is how the dispute resolution process, which could take up to 65 days to play out unless extended by consensus, works (...)."

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03.07.2019

"Abandoned by the UAE, Sudan’s Bashir was destined to fall"

https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/sudan-bashir-fall/

Reuters-Reporter haben mit Insidern über die Hintergründe des Militärputsches in Sudan gesprochen. Der 30 Jahre herrschende Präsident Omar Hassan al-Bashir habe vor seinem Sturz offenbar zahlreiche politische Signale übersehen und mit den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten einen entscheidenden regionalen Verbündeten verloren. "Reuters interviewed a dozen sources with direct knowledge of events leading up to the coup to piece together how Bashir finally lost his grip on power. These sources, including a former government minister, a member of Bashir’s inner circle and a coup plotter, portrayed a leader who was skilled at manipulating and controlling rival Islamist and military factions in Sudan, but increasingly isolated in a changing Middle East. They described how Bashir mishandled one key relationship - with the United Arab Emirates. Oil-rich UAE had previously pumped billions of dollars into Sudan’s coffers. Bashir had served UAE interests in Yemen, where the Emirates and Saudi Arabia are waging a proxy war against Iran. But at the end of 2018, as Sudan’s economy imploded and protesters took to the streets, Bashir found himself without this powerful, and wealthy, friend."

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01.07.2019

"Disappointed Venezuelans lose patience with Guaido as Maduro hangs on"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-politics-analysis/disappointed-venezuelans-lose-patience-wit
h-guaido-as-maduro-hangs-on-idUSKCN1TW3ME

Immer mehr Venezolaner bezweifeln einer neuen Umfrage zufolge, dass es Oppositionsführer Guaido tatsächlich gelingen wird, Präsident Maduro abzulösen. "Interviews with more than two dozen people across Venezuela - as well as fresh polling data - suggest that many people have grown frustrated by the slow pace of change amid the hardships of daily life. Several said they were losing hope that Guaido could dislodge Maduro. (...) Analysts said the most likely outcome now is for the status quo to continue as Maduro gains confidence that his crackdown on the opposition will go relatively unpunished and Guaido seeks a new strategy to keep a weary public energized. (...) With a swift removal of Maduro not in sight, the opposition says it is knuckling down for a more protracted campaign and seeking to build a grassroots organization to press for elections without Maduro. Yon Goicoechea, a member of Guaido’s policy team, acknowledged there was 'fatigue' among Venezuelans."

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28.06.2019

"The Maduro mystery: Why the armed forces still stand by Venezuela’s beleaguered president"

http://https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/venezuela-military/

Ein Team von Reuters-Reportern hat sich in diesem Spezialreport mit den Gründen für die anhaltende Loyalität des Militärs in Venezuela zu Präsident Maduro beschäftigt. "One of the central mysteries of Venezuela’s slow-motion collapse: Why does the military continue to support Nicolás Maduro, the president who has led the once-prosperous South American country into poverty and chaos? The answer, according to people familiar with Venezuela’s military structure, starts with Maduro’s late predecessor, Hugo Chávez, the charismatic caudillo who cemented strongman socialist rule in the nation of about 30 million people. In a series of actions that began in 1999, the former lieutenant colonel and one-time coup leader began taming the military by bloating it, buying it off, politicizing it, intimidating the rank and file, and fragmenting the overall command."

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22.06.2019

"Trump says new sanctions on Iran to start Monday, dials back rhetoric"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-iran-usa-threat/iran-says-it-will-respond-firmly-to-any-u-s-th
reat-as-tension-spikes-idUSKCN1TN054

US-Präsident Trump habe neue Sanktionen gegen den Iran angekündigt und zugleich seine Rhetorik gegenüber Teheran gemildert, berichtet Reuters. "Military action was 'always on the table,' the president said, but he added that he was open to quickly reaching a deal with Iran that he said would bolster the country’s flagging economy. 'We will call it 'Let’s make Iran great again,'' Trump said. He later wrote on Twitter from Camp David: 'We are putting major additional Sanctions on Iran on Monday. I look forward to the day that Sanctions come off Iran, and they become a productive and prosperous nation again.'"

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18.06.2019

"Exclusive: Overruling his experts, Pompeo keeps Saudis off U.S. child soldiers list"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-saudi-childsoldiers-exclusive/exclusive-pompeo-blocks-inclusion-of
-saudis-on-u-s-child-soldiers-list-sources-idUSKCN1TJ25H

US-Außenminister Pompeo hat sich offenbar Experten des eigenen Hauses entgegengestellt, die Saudi-Arabien in eine Liste von Ländern mit Kindersoldaten aufnehmen wollten. "The decision, which drew immediate criticism from human rights activists and a top Democratic lawmaker, could prompt new accusations that U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is prioritizing security and economic interests in relations with oil-rich Saudi Arabia, a major U.S. ally and arms customer. Pompeo’s move followed unusually intense internal debate. It comes amid heightened tensions between the United States and Iran, the Saudis’ bitter regional rival. (...) State Department experts recommended adding Saudi Arabia to the soon-to-be released list based in part on news reports and human rights groups’ assessments that the desert kingdom has hired child fighters from Sudan to fight for the U.S.-backed coalition in Yemen, the four sources said. The experts’ recommendation faced resistance from some other State Department officials who, according to three of the sources, argued that it was not clear whether the Sudanese forces were under the control of Sudanese officers or directed by the Saudi-led coalition."

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05.06.2019

"Exclusive: U.S. pursues sale of over $2 billion in weapons to Taiwan, sources say, angering China"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-taiwan-exclusive/exclusive-u-s-pursues-sale-of-over-2-billion-in-w
eapons-to-taiwan-sources-say-angering-china-idUSKCN1T62CA

Offenbar geplante Waffenverkäufe der USA in Höhe von zwei Milliarden US-Dollar an Taiwan könnten das ohnehin angespannte Verhältnis der USA zu China Mike Stone und Patricia Zengerle zufolge zusätzlich belasten. "The potential sale included 108 General Dynamics Corp M1A2 Abrams tanks worth around $2 billion as well as anti-tank and anti-aircraft munitions, three of the sources said. Taiwan has been interested in refreshing its existing U.S.-made battle tank inventory, which includes M60 Patton tanks. The United States is the main arms supplier to Taiwan, which China deems its own and has never renounced the use of force to bring the self-ruled island under its control. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said in March Washington was responding positively to Taipei’s requests for new arms sales to bolster its defenses in the face of pressure from China. The United States has no formal ties with Taiwan but is bound by law to help provide it with the means to defend itself."

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31.05.2019

"Pompeo tells Germany: Use Huawei and lose access to our data"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-germany/pompeo-to-germany-use-huawei-and-lose-access-to-our-data-i
dUSKCN1T10HH

Bei seinem Berlin-Besuch hat US-Außenminister Pompeo gedroht, dass Deutschland den Zugang zu sicherheitsrelevanten Informationen der USA verlieren würde, sollte das chinesische Unternehmen Huawei am Ausbau des deutschen 5G-Netzwerks beteiligt werden. "In the latest sign of escalating trans-Atlantic tensions over trade and security, Pompeo, on the first leg of a five-day European tour, said that while countries would take a 'sovereign decision' on which equipment to use, that decision would have consequences. '(There is) a risk we will have to change our behavior in light of the fact that we can’t permit data on private citizens or data on national security to go across networks that we don’t have confidence (in),' he told a news conference."

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31.05.2019

"Assange suffering psychological torture, would face 'show trial' in U.S.: U.N. expert"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-wikileaks-assange-un/wikileaks-assange-suffering-from-psychological-to
rture-u-n-rights-expert-idUSKCN1T10WP

Der UN-Sonderberichterstatter zum Thema Folter, Nils Melzer, stellt nach einem Besuch von Julian Assange im britischen Hochsicherheitsgefängnis Belmarsh fest, dass der WikiLeaks-Gründer offenbar unter den Folgen jahrelanger psychologischer Folter leide. "'Mr. Assange has been deliberately exposed, for a period of several years, to progressively severe forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, the cumulative effects of which can only be described as psychological torture,' Melzer said in a statement. The Swiss law professor declined to identify judges or senior politicians whom he accused of defaming Assange, saying 'dozens if not hundreds of individuals' had expressed themselves inappropriately. 'Here we are not speaking of prosecution but of persecution. That means that judicial power, institutions and proceedings are being deliberately abused for ulterior motives,' he added. (...) 'I am seriously, gravely concerned that if this man were to be extradited to the United States, he would be exposed to a politicized show trial and grave violations of his human rights,' Melzer said. 'The main narrative in this affair really is the United States wanting to make an example of Mr. Assange in order to deter other people from following his example,' he said."

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28.05.2019

"From Colombia, Venezuelan defectors arm themselves to 'liberate' their homeland"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-politics-colombia-militia/from-colombia-venezuelan-defectors
-arm-themselves-to-liberate-their-homeland-idUSKCN1SY1A0

Paramilitärische venezolanische Milizen in Kolumbien haben Reuters zufolge grenzüberschreitende Angriffe angekündigt, um die Maduro-Regierung zu stürzen. "Eight men, who said they were defectors from Venezuelan police, army and intelligence services, had gathered near the two nations’ tense frontier, from where they said they will lead an attack aimed at overthrowing Maduro and handing the reins of power to opposition leader Juan Guaido. Dubbing their planned offensive 'Operation Venezuela,' the ex-army sergeant, Eddier Rodriguez, said there were around 150 men ready to take part with his group. Reuters was unable to independently confirm the status of the eight men or the size of the militia. 'Our goal is to liberate the country,' said Rodriguez, 37, who said he is currently working as a security guard in Bogota. 'We’re troops willing to give our lives if necessary, all 150 of us.'"

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27.05.2019

"Exclusive: Myanmar soldiers jailed for Rohingya killings freed after less than a year"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-myanmar-rohingya-soldiers-exclusive/exclusive-myanmar-soldiers-jailed-
for-rohingya-killings-freed-after-less-than-a-year-idUSKCN1SX007

In Myanmar sind sieben Soldaten, die wegen der Exekution von zehn Männern und Jungen während der Militärkampagne gegen die muslimische Rohingya-Minderheit zu zehn Jahren Haft verurteilt wurden, Reuters-Informationen zufolge bereits nach einem Jahr wieder freigelassen worden. "The soldiers were freed in November last year, the two inmates said, meaning they served less than one year of their 10-year prison terms for the killings at Inn Din village. They also served less jail time than two Reuters reporters who uncovered the killings. The journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, spent more than 16 months behind bars on charges of obtaining state secrets. (...) The seven soldiers were the only security personnel the military has said it has punished over the 2017 operation in Rakhine, which drove more than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh. U.N. investigators said the crackdown was executed with 'genocidal intent' and included mass killings, gang rapes and widespread arson. Myanmar denies widespread wrongdoing and officials have pointed to the jailing of the seven soldiers in the Inn Din case as evidence Myanmar security forces do not enjoy impunity."

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24.05.2019

"Defying Congress, Trump sets $8 billion-plus in weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE"

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-saudi-arms/defying-congress-trump-sets-massive-arms-sales-to-saudis
-uae-idUKKCN1SU25P?il=0

US-Präsident Trump hat einen nationalen Notstand erklärt, um Waffenverkäufe an Saudi-Arabien, die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate und Jordanien trotz der Einwände des Kongresses vornehmen zu können. "Members of Congress had been blocking sales of offensive military equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for months, angry about the huge civilian toll from their air campaign in Yemen, as well as human rights abuses such as the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi consulate in Turkey. (...) U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that U.S. partners in the Middle East needed the contracts to be completed to help deter Iran, and that the decision to circumvent Congress was meant to be a 'one-time event.' It is not the first time Congress and Trump have clashed over policy in the region, or the division of powers between the White House and Capitol Hill. The House and Senate voted to end U.S. military support for the campaign in Yemen earlier this year, but Trump vetoed the resolution."

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21.05.2019

"Hobbling Huawei: Inside the U.S. war on China’s tech giant"

https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/huawei-usa-campaign/

Reuters hat sich in diesem ausführlichen Beitrag mit dem "Krieg" der USA gegen das chinesische IT-Unternehmen Huawei und dessen befürchtete Dominanz beim Aufbau der globalen 5G-Netze beschäftigt. Australien habe als erstes Land auf sicherheitspolitische Risiken von Huawei´s Rolle in bestehenden und künftigen Netzen hingewiesen. "(...) Reuters interviews with more than two dozen current and former Western officials show it was the Australians who led the way in pressing for action on 5G; that the United States was initially slow to act; and that Britain and other European countries are caught between security concerns and the competitive prices offered by Huawei. The Australians had long harbored misgivings about Huawei in existing networks, but the 5G war game was a turning point. About six months after the simulation began, the Australian government effectively banned Huawei, the world’s largest maker of telecom networking gear, from any involvement in its 5G plans. (...) After the Australians shared their findings with U.S. leaders, other countries, including the United States, moved to restrict Huawei. (...) Until the middle of last year, the U.S. government largely 'wasn’t paying attention,' said retired U.S. Marine Corps General James Jones, who served as national security adviser to President Barack Obama. What spurred senior U.S. officials into action? A sudden dawning of what 5G will bring, according to Jones."

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21.05.2019

"Half of American adults expect war with Iran 'within next few years': Reuters/Ipsos poll"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-poll/half-of-american-adults-expect-war-with-iran-within-next
-few-years-reuters-ipsos-poll-idUSKCN1SR27K?il=0

Einer aktuellen Umfrage zufolge erwartet die Hälfte der Amerikaner, dass die USA in den nächsten Jahren einen Krieg gegen den Iran führen werden. "While Americans are more concerned about Iran as a security threat to the United States now than they were last year, few would be in favor of a pre-emptive attack on the Iranian military. But if Iran attacked U.S. military forces first, four out of five believed the United States should respond militarily in a full or limited way, the May 17-20 poll showed. (...) Nearly half - 49% - of all Americans disapprove of how Republican Trump is handling relations with Iran, the poll found, with 31% saying they strongly disapprove. Overall, 39% approve of Trump’s policy. The survey showed that 51% of adults felt that the United States and Iran would go to war within the next few years, up 8 percentage points from a similar poll published last June."

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