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"U.S. investigators probing years of WikiLeaks activities: sources"

Ermittler der US-Justiz sind Reuters-Informationen zufolge damit beschäftigt, in einer umfassenden Untersuchung Beweise für angebliche kriminelle Vergehen der Enthüllungsplattform WikiLeaks zu sammeln. "American investigators are gathering information and pursuing witnesses involved in both recent WikiLeaks disclosures and the website’s large-scale postings of U.S. military and diplomatic messages over several years from 2010. Officially, U.S. authorities have issued no public comments about the status of Wikileaks-related investigations. But a document which U.S. authorities said was mistakenly filed in open court in an unrelated case last November alluded to a sealed U.S. criminal complaint against Assange, though the document does not provide specifics regarding which laws U.S. prosecutors believe Assange violated. U.S. prosecutors have not officially confirmed an Assange indictment but the existence of secret charges against him also has not been explicitly denied."

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"North Korea may have made more nuclear bombs, but threat reduced: study"

Das Center for International Security and Cooperation der Stanford University stellt in einem neuen Bericht fest, dass sich die vom nordkoreanischen Atomwaffenprogramm ausgehende Gefahr trotz der offenbar fortgesetzten Produktion von Raketentreibstoff reduziert hat. Grund sei die Aussetzung der Atomwaffen- und Raketentests seit Beginn der Verhandlungen mit den USA. "'The Stanford report said that while North Korea was likely to have continued work on warhead miniaturization and to ensure they can stand up to delivery via intercontinental ballistic missiles, the halt in testing greatly limited its ability to make such improvements. 'They have continued the machinery to turn out plutonium and highly enriched uranium,' [Siegfried Hecker, a former director of the U.S. Los Alamos weapons laboratory in New Mexico who is now at Stanford and was one of the report’s authors,] said, 'but it also depends on weaponization - the design, build and test and then the delivery.' 'When they ended missile testing, those things rolled backwards. So when I look at the whole spectrum, to me North Korea ... is less dangerous today than it was at the end of 2017, in spite of the fact that they may have made another five to seven weapons worth of nuclear material.'"

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"South Korea signs deal to pay more for U.S. troops after Trump demand"

Die südkoreanische Regierung hat der Forderung von US-Präsident Trump nachgegeben und sich zu höheren Zahlungen für die in Südkorea stationierten US-Truppen bereit erklärt. "About 28,500 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea, where the United States has maintained a military presence since the 1950-53 Korean War. The new deal must still be approved by South Korea’s parliament, but it would boost its contribution to 1.03 trillion won ($890 million) from 960 billion won in 2018. Unlike past agreements, which lasted for five years, this one is scheduled to expire in a year, potentially forcing both sides back to the bargaining table within months. (...) The disagreement had raised the prospect that Trump could decide to withdraw at least some troops from South Korea, as he has in other countries like Syria. But on Sunday, South Korean officials told Yonhap news agency that the United States had affirmed it would not be changing its troop presence."

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"Exclusive: U.S. in direct contact with Venezuelan military, urging defections - source"

Die US-Regierung versucht Reuters-Informationen zufolge, Offiziere und Generäle des Militärs in Venezuela durch gezielte Kontaktaufnahme dazu zu bewegen, sich von Präsident Maduro abzuwenden. "The Trump administration expects further military defections from Maduro’s side, the official told Reuters in an interview, despite only a few senior officers having done so since opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president last month, earning the recognition of the United States and dozens of other countries. 'We believe these to be those first couple pebbles before we start really seeing bigger rocks rolling down the hill,' the official said this week, speaking on condition of anonymity. 'We’re still having conversations with members of the former Maduro regime, with military members, although those conversations are very, very limited.' The official declined to provide details on the discussions or the level at which they are being held, and it was unclear whether such contacts could create cracks in the Venezuelan socialist leader’s support from the military, which is pivotal to his grip on power."

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"Trump says U.S. military intervention in Venezuela 'an option;' Russia objects"

US-Präsident Trump will eine militärische Intervention der USA in Venezuela nicht kategorisch ausschließen. "Trump said U.S. military intervention was under consideration in an interview with CBS aired on Sunday. 'Certainly, it’s something that’s on the - it’s an option,' Trump said, adding that Maduro requested a meeting months ago. 'I’ve turned it down because we’re very far along in the process,' he said in a 'Face the Nation' interview. 'So, I think the process is playing out.'"

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"Skirting U.S. sanctions, Europeans open new trade channel to Iran"

Deutschland, Frankreich und Großbritannien haben das neue Zahlungssystem mit dem Iran, das Unternehmen in bestimmten Fällen die Umgehung von US-Sanktionen ermöglichen soll, offiziell angekündigt. "France, Germany and Britain have opened a new channel for non-dollar trade with Iran to avert U.S. sanctions, although diplomats say it is unlikely to allow for the big transactions that Tehran says it needs to keep a nuclear deal afloat. (...) The European trade vehicle was conceived as a way to help match Iranian oil and gas exports against purchases of EU goods. However, those ambitions have been toned down, with diplomats saying that, realistically, it will be used only for smaller trade, for example of humanitarian products or food. 'It won’t change things dramatically, but it’s an important political message to Iran to show that we are determined to save the JCPOA (Iran deal) and also to the United States to show we defend our interests despite their extraterritorial sanctions,' one European diplomat said."

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"Russia takes wraps off new missile to try to save U.S. nuclear pact"

Russland habe mit der Präsentation einer Rakete einen letzten Versuch unternommen, den INF-Vertrag mit den USA doch noch zu retten, berichtet Reuters. "Russia showed foreign military attaches on Wednesday a new cruise missile that the United States says breaches a landmark arms control pact, billing it as an exercise in transparency it hoped would persuade Washington to stay in the treaty. (...) Russia displayed the new missile system at a military theme park outside Moscow to foreign military attaches and journalists. A senior defence ministry official explained the weapon’s characteristics in detail as a soldier highlighted different parts with a laser pointer. The missile has a maximum range of 480 kilometres (298 miles), which meant it was fully compliant with the INF treaty, Lieutenant-General Mikhail Matveyevsky, head of Russia’s Missile Troops and Artillery, said. The United States had previously rejected a Russian offer to look at the contested missile, in what is known as a 'static display', because it said such an exercise would not allow it to verify the true range of its warheads."

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"Macron pocht auf Rüstungsexporte nach Saudi-Arabien"

Die Nachrichtenagentur Reuters verweist auf die auch nach dem Abschluss des neuen Vertrages zwischen Deutschland und Frankreich bestehenden tiefgreifenden Differenzen über Rüstungsexporte nach Saudi-Arabien. "Während die Bundesregierung die Ausfuhren wegen der Tötung des regimekritischen Journalisten Jamal Khashoggi aussetzte, lehnte Macron dies ab. Ein Großteil deutscher Rüstungsgüter gelangt nach Angaben aus Industriekreisen nicht auf direktem Wege nach Saudi-Arabien, sondern in Form von Zulieferungen an Rüstungskonzerne im europäischen Ausland. Entsprechend kann der deutsche Ausfuhrstopp zu Verärgerung bei den Partnerstaaten führen. In dem in Aachen am Dienstag unterzeichneten neuen bilateralen Freundschaftsvertrag wird die Absicht gemeinsamer Rüstungsprojekte unterstrichen."

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"U.S. to formally seek extradition of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou: Globe and Mail"

Die US-Regierung hat die Absicht, die formelle Auslieferung der im Dezember in Kanada verhafteten Finanzchefin des chinesischen Huawei-Konzerns zu beantragen, berichtet Reuters. "Meng, the daughter of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested at the request of the United States over alleged violations of U.S. sanctions on Iran. She was released on bail last month and is due in court in Vancouver on Feb. 6. Relations between China and Canada turned frosty after the arrest, with China detaining two Canadian citizens and sentencing to death a Canadian man previously found guilty of drug smuggling. Beijing has not tied any of the three Canadians’ cases to Meng’s arrest, but has warned of severe consequences if she was not immediately released. Western and former Canadian diplomats have said they have no doubt the cases are linked."

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"Germany bans Iranian airline from its airspace after U.S. pressure"

Reuters berichtet, dass der Entzug der Betriebserlaubnis für die iranische Fluggesellschaft Mahan Air in Deutschland unter erheblichem Druck der USA beschlossen worden sei. "Germany has revoked the license of an Iranian airline because it has been transporting military equipment and personnel to Syria and other Middle East war zones, the foreign ministry said on Monday, after heavy U.S. pressure on Berlin to act. (...) The United States imposed sanctions on Mahan Air in 2011, saying it provided financial and other support to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), and has been pressing its European allies to follow suit. (...) German government spokesman Steffen Seibert denied that the decision to ban Mahan air was the result of U.S. pressure. (...) U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Monday that the 'U.S. Treasury appreciates the important decision by Germany to deny Mahan Air’s landing rights. Mahan routinely flies IRGC-QF and weapons to Syria, is subject to our terrorism secondary sanctions, and should be denied access around the world.'"

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"Are China, Russia winning the AI arms race?"

Peter Apps schreibt, dass China und Russland im internationalen Wettrüsten bei Waffensystemen mit künstlicher Intelligenz gut im Rennen liegen. "Consultancy PwC estimates that by 2030 artificial intelligence products and systems will contribute up to $15.7 trillion to the global economy, with China and the United States likely the two leading nations. But it is the potential military consequences that have governments most worried, fearful of falling behind – but also nervous that untested technology could bring new dangers. (...) Traditionally, Western democracies – particularly America – have proved more adept than dictatorships at tapping new technology and innovation. On AI, however, Washington’s efforts to build links between Silicon Valley and the military have been far from trouble-free. In June, employees at Google forced the firm to avoid renewing its contract with the Pentagon. Many tech researchers are reluctant to work on defense projects, nervous they will end up building out-of-control robots that kill."

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"2019 will be the year of more state control"

Mit China und Indien hätten die beiden bevölkerungsreichsten Länder der Welt nationale Programme zur digitalen Erfassung und Überwachung der Einwohner auf den Weg gebracht, schreibt John Lloyd. In westlichen Ländern seien es Unternehmen wie Facebook, die die Kommunikation ihrer Nutzer zunehmend überwachen und "regulieren". "These developments grow in importance and scope at the same time as the authoritarian world increases its size and becomes more restrictive. (...) Neither the authoritarians nor the national populists are likely to use the new powers of surveillance, and their capacity to discipline populations, with a strong regard for human rights – at least the rights of those of whom they wish to marginalize. Instead, these powers, especially the Chinese system, are likely to be used by leaders who wish to radically alter the liberal policies and customs they have inherited."

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"Exclusive: After Khashoggi murder, some Saudi royals turn against king’s favorite son"

Reuters-Informationen zufolge stößt die geplante Thronfolge von Kronprinz Mohammed bin Salman in der saudi-arabischen Königsfamilie auf zunehmende Ablehnung. "Dozens of princes and cousins from powerful branches of the Al Saud family want to see a change in the line of succession but would not act while King Salman - the crown prince’s 82-year-old father - is still alive, the sources said. They recognize that the king is unlikely to turn against his favorite son, known in the West as MbS. Rather, they are discussing the possibility with other family members that after the king’s death, Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, 76, a younger full brother of King Salman and uncle of the crown prince, could take the throne, according to the sources."

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"With Trump shackled at home, Europeans fear more disruption abroad"

Europäische Politiker und Sicherheitsexperten fürchten Noah Barkin und William James zufolge, dass sich US-Präsident Trump angesichts der absehbaren innenpolitischen Blockade durch das von Demokraten dominierte Repräsentantenhaus künftig stärker auf die Außenpolitik konzentrieren könnte. "Peter Trubowitz, director of the United States Center at the London School of Economics, said: 'I would look for him to double down on China, on Iran, on the Mexican border.' 'I think that the incentive structure now has changed for him and he will invest even more time on the foreign policy front as we move forward to 2020,' he added. (...) One area where Democrats could rein in Trump is on Saudi Arabia, whose killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month has fueled a backlash in Congress and threats to block arms sales."

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"Five reasons why Trump’s Iran sanctions will fail"

Seyed Hossein Mousavian bezweifelt, dass die neuen US-Sanktionen gegen den Iran die von Präsident Trump erhofften Folgen haben werden. "There are at least five reasons why Trump’s strategy will fail. First, while the United States seeks to cut Iran’s oil exports to zero, it has become clear that this is impractical; there is no viable replacement for Iran’s 2.5 million barrels per day in oil exports. (...) Second, Trump’s trade war with China and the U.S. imposition of economic sanctions against Russia make Beijing and Moscow less likely to work with Washington on Iran. (...) Third, U.S. sanctions have laid the groundwork for a historic change in the global financial system. For many decades, the U.S. dollar has dominated the international financial markets. However, American withdrawal from the JCPOA has encouraged countries such as Russia, China, India and Turkey to use their local currencies to trade with Iran. If Europe succeeds in creating a financial system that is separate from the U.S. dollar, other states can use euros in trade with Iran, diminishing U.S. domination of global markets. Fourth, the remaining signatories to the JCPOA view the nuclear deal as a means to counter American unilateralism. (...) Fifth, powerful U.S. allies such as the EU and Japan continue to support the JCPOA. (...) Against this backdrop, the next round of U.S. sanctions against Iran is likely to increase Middle East tensions – and unlikely to bring Washington closer to achieving its goals on Iran."

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"Plundering Africa"

Matthew Green beschreibt in dieser interaktiven Reportage, wie internationale Unternehmen die Küsten Afrikas "plündern", um im industriellen Maßstab Fischmehl zu produzieren. Der Klimawandel könnte diese neue Industrie demnach in wenigen Jahren zum Kollabieren bringen. Leidtragend wäre dabei auch die Nahrungsversorgung der Bevölkerung vor Ort. "From the shrimp ponds of China’s river deltas to the salmon cages of Norway’s fjords, the industry thrives by feeding fish to other fish. Its needs are so voracious, roughly 20 percent of the world’s wild-caught fish don’t even go near anyone’s plate but are instead ground up to make fishmeal. With relentless demand from China pushing fishmeal prices to record highs, companies have set their sights on West Africa as a new source of supply. From state-owned conglomerates to adventurous entrepreneurs, Chinese investors are racing to build new factories on the shores of Mauritania and its two neighbors to the south, Senegal and Gambia. But in the rush for sardinella, global business interests are snatching a staple of West Africa’s diet from the people who need it the most. And the blades of the grinding machines are posing a new threat to the species at a time when climate change already has sardinella swimming for its life. 'In four or five years, there won’t be any fish stocks left; the factories will close, and the foreigners will leave,' said Abdou Karim Sall, president of an association of small-scale fishermen in Senegal known by its French acronym, Papas. 'We’ll be left here without any fish.'"

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"As Khashoggi crisis grows, Saudi king asserts authority, checks son's power: sources"

Der saudi-arabische König Salman habe angesichts der internationalen Ausweitung der "Khashoggi-Krise" erste Schritte unternommen, um die Macht von Kronprinz Mohammed bin Salman einzuschränken, berichtet Reuters. "So grave is the fallout from the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi that King Salman has felt compelled to intervene, five sources with links to the Saudi royal family said. (...) Initially the king, who has handed the day-to-day running of Saudi Arabia to his son, commonly known as MbS, was unaware of the extent of the crisis, according to two of the sources with knowledge of the Saudi royal court. That was partly because MbS aides had been directing the king to glowing news about the country on Saudi TV channels, the sources said. That changed as the crisis grew."

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"Koreas to reconnect roads, rail, U.S. concerned over easing sanctions"

Nord- und Südkorea führen den Kurs der Wiederannäherung fort und haben vereinbart, wichtige Bahn- und Straßenverbindungen zwischen beiden Ländern wiederherzustellen. Hyonhee Shin berichtet, dass die US-Regierung das Tempo des Annäherungsprozesses mit Skepsis beobachtet. "While the two Koreas have moved ahead in the rapprochement, Washington has been more cautious than its ally Seoul in spite of an unprecedented summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim in June and plans for a second meeting. Washington says sanctions must remain in place until North Korea gives up its nuclear weapons and is concerned that the North-South thaw may be outpacing practical progress in denuclearisation."

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"Syrian jihadists signal acceptance of Idlib deal"

Kurz vor Ablauf der gestellten Frist hat sich die Dschihadisten-Allianz Tahrir al-Sham Reuters zufolge implizit bereit erklärt, das Idlib-Abkommen der Türkei und Russlands zu akzeptieren. "Although it did not explicitly say it would abide by the deal, it said it would seek to provide security for people in the area it controls and that it appreciated efforts to protect that area, an apparent reference to Turkey. (...) Idlib’s other main rebel faction, a Turkish-aligned alliance of groups known as the National Liberation Front, has already expressed its support for the agreement. (...) However, Tahrir al-Sham also said in its statement, issued via its social media channels, that it would not end its jihad or hand over its weapons."

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"Exclusive: Five Eyes intelligence alliance builds coalition to counter China"

Die verbündeten Geheimdienste der USA, Großbritanniens, Kanadas, Australiens und Neuseelands haben diesem Reuters-Bericht zufolge in diesem Jahr zusammen mit Deutschland und Japan damit begonnen, eine internationale Koalition zur Abwehr bestimmter chinesischer Aktivitäten zu bilden. "Some of the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks, said the enhanced cooperation amounted to an informal expansion of the Five Eyes group on the specific issue of foreign interference. While China has been the main focus, discussions have also touched on Russia, several said. 'Consultations with our allies, with like-minded partners, on how to respond to China’s assertive international strategy have been frequent and are gathering momentum,' a U.S. official told Reuters. 'What might have started as ad hoc discussions are now leading to more detailed consultations on best practices and further opportunities for cooperation.'"

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"Pompeo says North Korea ready to let inspectors into missile, nuclear sites"

US-Außenminister Pompeo hat nach seinem erneuten Treffen mit Kim Jong Un mitgeteilt, dass der Staatschef Nordkoreas bereit sei, internationale Inspektionen der nordkoreanischen Atom- und Raketenanlagen zuzulassen. "Pompeo, who met Kim during a short trip to Pyongyang on Sunday, said the inspectors would visit a missile engine test facility and the Punggye-ri nuclear testing site as soon as the two sides agree on logistics. 'There’s a lot of logistics that will be required to execute that,' Pompeo told a news briefing in Seoul before leaving for Beijing. The top U.S. diplomat also said both sides were 'pretty close' to agreement on the details of a second summit, which Kim proposed to U.S. President Donald Trump in a letter last month."

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"North Korea says 'no way' will disarm unilaterally without trust"

Der nordkoreanische Außenminister hat eine unilaterale Denuklearisierung seines Landes in seiner Rede vor der UN-Vollversammlung kategorisch ausgeschlossen. "Ri Yong Ho told the world body’s annual General Assembly that North Korea had taken 'significant goodwill measures' in the past year, such as stopping nuclear and missiles tests, dismantling the nuclear test site, and pledging not to proliferate nuclear weapons and nuclear technology. 'However, we do not see any corresponding response from the U.S.,' he said. 'Without any trust in the U.S. there will be no confidence in our national security and under such circumstances there is no way we will unilaterally disarm ourselves first.'"

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"Explainer: Why nuclear disclosure is key first step in North Korea's denuclearization"

Hyonhee Shin und David Brunnstrom erklären, warum eine offizielle Offenlegung des nordkoreanischen Atomprogramms von vielen Experten als zentrale Voraussetzung für einen Erfolg der Verhandlungen zwischen den USA und Nordkorea betrachtet wird. "Estimates on how many nuclear weapons North Korea vary. U.S. intelligence officials have put it at between 30 and 60 warheads, while South Korea’s intelligence agency said last month the North may have as many as 100 warheads. 38 North, which estimates North Korea has 50-60 nuclear warheads, said last year the operational Yongbyon reactor is capable of producing around 6 kg of plutonium every year, enough to make about two bombs. The suspected continuation of production makes it an urgent task to get Pyongyang to first freeze nuclear and missile production, as well as convince it to declare all related facilities for verification, experts say. 'How far the North would go to disclose its facilities would be key,' said Kim Dae-young, a military analyst at the Korea Research Institute for National Strategy in Seoul. 'Though it may be implausible to rid them completely of nuclear capabilities, it’s crucial to make it impossible for them to build the bombs again, including through regular inspections.'"

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"Fate of jihadists will make or break Idlib peace plan"

Das Gelingen der russisch-türkischen Einigung im Streit um das Vorgehen in der syrischen Idlib-Provinz wird vor allem vom Verhalten der dort vorherrschenden Dschihadisten abhängen, schreiben Tulay Karadeniz und Dominic Evans. "For the foreign jihadists, Idlib is the last haven in Syria after President Bashar al-Assad, backed by his allies Russia and Iran, reversed years of rebel gains and drove his opponents from remaining pockets in southern and western parts of the country. 'The main problem is the foreign fighters, they have nowhere to go,' said Sinan Ulgen, a former Turkish diplomat and analyst with Carnegie Europe. (...) An insurgent source in Idlib said there were different views emerging within Tahrir al-Sham over whether to cooperate. The group’s stance is crucial because once its decision-making Shura Council rules on the issue, Tahrir al-Sham wields enough power to impose its will on other jihadist fighters in Idlib, including foreigners, the source said. 'If there is an agreement between Tahrir al-Sham and Turkey, the matter will proceed easily,' the source said."

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"Republicans seek sanctions on Iraqi militias with Iran ties"

Eine Gruppe republikanischer US-Senatoren will irakische Milizen mit Verbindungen zum Iran mit Sanktionen belegen, um den Einfluss Teherans in Irak zurückzudrängen. "Among other things, the bill, whose text was seen by Reuters, would impose terrorism-related sanctions on Iranian-controlled militias and require the U.S. Secretary of State to publish and maintain a list of armed groups receiving assistance from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC. (...) Three mortar shells landed inside Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone just after midnight local time on Friday, the first such attack in several years in the area, which houses parliament, government buildings and many foreign embassies. On Tuesday, the United States warned Iran that it would 'respond swiftly and decisively' to any attacks by its allies in Iraq that resulted in injury to Americans or damage to U.S. facilities."

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"Trump administration takes aim at International Criminal Court, PLO"

US-Sicherheitsberater John Bolton hat den Internationalen Strafgerichtshof in Den Haag als "illegitim" bezeichnet und im Fall von Klagen gegen US-Bürger und Verbündete mit Sanktionen gedroht. "'The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court,' national security adviser John Bolton told the Federalist Society, a conservative group, in his first major address since joining President Donald Trump’s White House in April. The U.S. response could include sanctions against ICC judges should such prosecutions proceed, Bolton warned."

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"Exclusive: Pentagon cancels aid to Pakistan over record on militants"

Das Pentagon hat beschlossen, Finanzhilfen in Höhe von 300 Millionen US-Dollar an Pakistan endgültig zu streichen. Phil Stewart und Idrees Ali berichten, dass Islamabad aus Sicht der USA nicht entschieden genug gegen extremistische Gruppen im eigenen Land vorgeht. "The so-called Coalition Support Funds were part of a broader suspension in aid to Pakistan announced by President Donald Trump at the start of the year, when he accused Pakistan of rewarding past assistance with 'nothing but lies & deceit.' The Trump administration says Islamabad is granting safe haven to insurgents who are waging a 17-year-old war in neighboring Afghanistan, a charge Pakistan denies. But U.S. officials had held out the possibility that Pakistan could win back that support if it changed its behavior. (...) The Pentagon’s decision showed that the United States, which has sought to change Pakistani behavior, is still increasing pressure on Pakistan’s security apparatus. It also underscored that Islamabad has yet to deliver the kind of change sought by Washington."

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"Trump hails Kim, sees no need to resume U.S.-South Korea war games"

US-Präsident Trump sieht im Gegensatz zu seinem Verteidigungsminister Mattis derzeit keinen Grund, die Militärmanöver mit Südkorea wieder aufzunehmen. "The statement said Trump believed North Korea was under 'tremendous pressure' from China, but Beijing was also supplying Pyongyang with 'considerable aid,' including fuel, fertilizer and commodities. 'This is not helpful!' the statement said. 'Nonetheless, the President believes that his relationship with Kim Jong Un is a very good and warm one, and there is no reason at this time to be spending large amounts of money on joint U.S.-South Korea war games,' it added. 'Besides, the President can instantly start the joint exercises again with South Korea, and Japan, if he so chooses. If he does, they will be far bigger than ever before.'"

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"Exclusive: Iran-based political influence operation - bigger, persistent, global"

Einer Recherche von Reuters zufolge ist das iranische Cyberprogramm zur Beeinflussung von Internetnutzern größer als bisher bekannt. "An apparent Iranian influence operation targeting internet users worldwide is significantly bigger than previously identified, Reuters has found, encompassing a sprawling network of anonymous websites and social media accounts in 11 different languages. (...) U.S.-based cyber security firm FireEye Inc and Israeli firm ClearSky reviewed Reuters’ findings and said technical indicators showed the web of newly-identified sites and social media accounts - called the International Union of Virtual Media, or IUVM - was a piece of the same campaign, parts of which were taken down last week by Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Alphabet Inc."

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"Myanmar generals had 'genocidal intent' against Rohingya, must face justice: U.N."

UN-Ermittler werfen dem Militär Myanmars vor, sich bei der massenhaften Vertreibung von Angehörigen der Rohingya-Minderheit vor einem Jahr des "Völkermords" schuldig gemacht zu haben. "Myanmar’s military carried out mass killings and gang rapes of Muslim Rohingya with 'genocidal intent' and the commander-in-chief and five generals should be prosecuted for orchestrating the gravest crimes under law, U.N. investigators said on Monday. The civilian government led by Aung San Suu Kyi has allowed hate speech to thrive, destroyed documents and failed to protect minorities from crimes against humanity and war crimes by the army in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan states, they said in a report. In doing so, it 'contributed to the commission of atrocity crimes', the report said."

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