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03.04.2018

"Russia's bitter taste of capitalism"

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cswsq6

Die BBC erinnert in ihrem Radioprogramm Witness an die ersten Erfahrungen Russlands mit dem Kapitalismus nach dem Zusammenbruch der Sowjetunion und der darauf folgenden "Schocktherapie". "Chaos and hardship hit Russia with the rapid market reforms in early 1992, weeks after the collapse of the USSR. One of the architects of this 'shock therapy', the economy minister Andrei Nechaev, has been speaking to Witness."

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03.04.2018

"Russia threatens sanctions over Latvian language in schools"

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43626368

Ein neues lettisches Gesetz, das die Verwendung der lettischen Sprache auf der Gymnasialstufe vorschreiben soll, ist in Russland als Angriff auf die Rechte der russischen Minderheit kritisiert worden. Einige Duma-Abgeordnete haben der BBC zufolge bereits Wirtschaftssanktionen gegen Lettland gefordert. "The language reform is being phased in; by September 2021 all 16 to 18-year-olds will be taught only in Latvian. More than a quarter of Latvia's 2.2m people are ethnic Russians, most of whom are taught in Russian. However, the only official language is Latvian. Russia has long accused EU member Latvia of undermining minority rights. (...) The Latvian government says ethnic minorities will still be able to study their own cultures and learn in their mother tongue in primary school. The Russian minority is much larger than Latvia's other minorities, such as the Poles. Around 300,000 Russian-speakers, or 13% of Latvia's population, are so-called 'non-citizens'. Fluency in Latvian is among the requirements for Latvian citizenship."

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30.03.2018

"Russian spy: How big is the Kremlin's diplomatic network?"

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-43577958

Die Massenausweisung russischer Diplomaten habe das globale diplomatische Netzwerk Moskaus kaum eingeschränkt, stellt Alex Oliver vom Lowy Institute fest. "Russia has 242 diplomatic posts around the world, with 143 embassies, 87 consulates and 12 other diplomatic missions. Its global network covers 145 countries. In terms of sheer size it ranks fourth in the world, according to the Lowy Institute's 2017 Global Diplomacy Index, which maps and ranks 60 of the world's most significant diplomatic networks. Only the United States, China and France have a larger network. The United Kingdom, which ranks seventh on the index, has 225 posts worldwide. (...) Russia could be said to be punching above its weight if its diplomatic presence is compared with its global size on most key measures. (...) Its extensive diplomatic network reflects both its imperial history as a great power in the 19th Century, as well as its Cold War posture. It has a multitude of posts in Eastern Europe and former communist allies including China, Vietnam, Cuba and Angola, as well as legacies of the former USSR in Africa and Asia. The size of its network reflects the extent of its undiminished global ambition."

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18.03.2018

"Syria war: Turkey-backed forces oust Kurds from heart of Afrin"

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-43447624

Verbündete der Türkei haben kurdische Milizen offenbar erfolgreich aus dem Zentrum der umkämpften Stadt Afrin vertrieben. "Turkish-backed forces have taken full control of the centre of the Syrian-Kurdish city of Afrin. Fighters waved flags and tore down the statue of a legendary Kurdish figure after claiming the city centre on Sunday. The two-month Turkish-led operation aimed to rid the border region of a Kurdish militia that Turkey considers a terrorist group. Activists say 280 civilians have died, although this is denied by Ankara."

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13.03.2018

"Spy poisoning: How could the UK retaliate against Russia?"

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-43380378

Der russische Außenminister Sergei Lawrow hat erklärt, dass die russische Regierung mit dem Nervengasangriff auf den Ex-Spion Sergej Skripal in Salisbury nichts zu tun habe. Die BBC erläutert, welche Maßnahmen die britische Regierung nun ergreifen könnte. "Britain could expel Russian diplomats, as it did after the poisoning of former Russian Federal Security Service operative Alexander Litvinenko in 2006 with radioactive polonium. But many argue that this, and the other measures that were taken after that killing - including visa restrictions on Russian officials - did not go far enough. The man identified as the main suspect, Andrei Lugovoi, is not just at large, he is now a Russian MP. (...) By framing the poisoning as a possible 'unlawful use of force' by Russia against the UK, Theresa May prompted questions as to whether this could be a matter for Nato, the military alliance of 29 countries. The alliance's policy of collective defence - under Article 5 - states that an attack on any one ally is seen as an attack on all. It was invoked for the first and only time by the United States after the 9/11 attacks."

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12.03.2018

"Life in Vladimir Putin's Russia explained in 10 charts"

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43210257

Wladimir Putin führt Russland seit mittlerweile fast zwei Jahrzehnten als Präsident bzw. Ministerpräsident unumstritten an. Die BBC präsentiert vor den russischen Präsidentschaftswahlen am 18. März zehn Diagramme, die beispielhaft zeigen sollen, wie sich das Leben vieler Russen in dieser Zeit verändert hat. "Over successive terms as president and prime minister he has overseen an economic boom, military expansion and the re-establishment of Russia as a major power. Living standards for most Russians improved, and a renewed sense of stability and national pride emerged. But the price, many say, was the erosion of Russia's fledgling democracy. How has life changed for ordinary Russians during this time?"

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12.03.2018

"Colombia election: Farc fails to win support in first national vote"

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-43367222

Bei den Parlamentswahlen in Kolumbien haben rechte Parteien, die das Friedensabkommen mit den Farc-Rebellen ablehnen, viel Zustimmung erhalten. Die neu gegründete Farc-Partei, die zum ersten Mal an den Wahlen teilnahm, konnte dagegen nur 0,4% der Stimmen gewinnen. Katy Watson kommentiert den Ausgang der Wahlen folgendermaßen: "The Farc was never expected to win lots of seats - they had plenty of critics who felt it was too soon for the former guerrilla fighters to be running for Congress. But these results just underline that no matter how much influence they used to exert over the country during the conflict, now they've laid down their weapons, their power has all but disappeared. (...) Many Colombians felt that the former rebels should have been held accountable for crimes, rather than given political influence."

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10.03.2018

"Eastern Ghouta: Syrian army splits enclave in three, reports say"

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-43357381

Die syrischen Regierungstruppen haben Ost-Ghouta mit ihren Vorstößen der Syrischen Beobachtungsstelle für Menschenrechte (SOHR) zufolge praktisch dreigeteilt. "A clear strategy of the Syrian government's offensive in Eastern Ghouta has been to divide the enclave into isolated sections and so cut off rebel support and supply networks, the BBC's Arab Affairs editor Sebastian Usher says - and now the government appears to have all but achieved that goal. (...) Eastern Ghouta is so close to Damascus that it is possible for rebels to fire mortars into the heart of the capital, which has led to scores of civilian deaths. The Syrian government is desperate to regain the territory, and has said its attempts to recapture it can be attributed directly due to the [the jihadists Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS)] presence there. HTS was excluded from a ceasefire agreed at the UN that has yet to come into effect."

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06.03.2018

"Rohingya crisis: UN envoy says refugees facing 'forced starvation'"

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43298382

Die Regierung in Myanmar setzt ihre ethnische Säuberungskampagne gegen die muslimische Rohingya-Minderheit der UNO zufolge mit anderen Mitteln weiter fort. "'The ethnic cleansing of Rohingya from Myanmar continues,' said the UN's assistant secretary-general for human rights, Andrew Gilmour. 'I don't think we can draw any other conclusion from what I have seen and heard in Cox's Bazar,' he added, referring to a district in southern Bangladesh which is home to most of the refugees. 'The nature of the violence has changed from the frenzied blood-letting and mass rape of last year to a lower intensity campaign of terror and forced starvation,' Mr Gilmour said after speaking with recently arrived Rohingya in packed refugee camps, according to AFP."

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25.02.2018

"Syria war: UN Security Council approves 30-day ceasefire"

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-43183903

Der UN-Sicherheitsrat hat mit russischer Zustimmung eine Resolution verabschiedet, in der eine einmonatige Waffenruhe in Syrien gefordert wird. Die BBC berichtet, dass die größten dschihadistischen Rebellengruppen vom Waffenstillstand nicht betroffen sein sollen. Kurz nach der Vereinbarung hätten syrische Regierungstruppen neue Angriffe gegen die Rebellen in Ost-Ghouta begonnen. "The rebels in Eastern Ghouta are not one cohesive group. They encompass multiple factions, including jihadists, and in-fighting between them has led to past losses of ground to the Syrian government. The two biggest groups in the area are Jaish al-Islam and its rival Faylaq al-Rahman. The latter has in the past fought alongside Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. The Syrian government says its attempts to recapture Eastern Ghouta are directly due to the HTS presence there."

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11.02.2018

"Egypt army says it killed 16 jihadists in Sinai"

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-43022522

Das ägyptische Militär bei der Offensive gegen radikale Islamisten auf der Sinai-Halbinsel eigenen Angaben zufolge 16 Dschihadisten getötet. "President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ordered the military to defeat Islamists in the region by the end of this month. He gave the order in November after a gun and bomb attack on a mosque killed more than 300 people. (...) The IS Sinai affiliate, Sinai Province, has said it carried out many deadly attacks, mostly targeting the army. It also claimed the downing of a Russian airliner in October 2015, killing all 224 people on board. Formerly known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, the group first appeared in September 2011 and rebranded itself with an IS pledge of allegiance in November 2014. The group generally targets Egyptian security forces in northern Sinai but also claimed an attack on a tourist site in southern Sinai in April of last year."

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04.02.2018

"China accuses US of 'Cold War mentality' over nuclear policy"

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42935758

China und Russland haben den Bericht zur neuen Nuklearstrategie des Pentagons als Ausdruck einer Mentalität des Kalten Krieges bzw. als antirussisches Dokument kritisiert. "In the NPR document, the US accused China of 'expanding its already considerable nuclear forces' but China defended its policy on Sunday saying it would 'resolutely stick to peaceful development and pursue a national defence policy that is defensive in nature'. (...) The Russian foreign ministry accused the US of warmongering, and said it would take 'necessary measures' to ensure Russian security. 'From first reading, the confrontational and anti-Russian character of this document leaps out at you,' it said in a statement on Saturday. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed 'deep disappointment' at the plan."

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30.01.2018

"Taliban threaten 70% of Afghanistan, BBC finds"

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42863116

Eine Untersuchung der BBC hat ergeben, dass die Taliban gegenwärtig in 70% des Territoriums Afghanistans aktiv sind. "Months of research across the country show how areas the Taliban threaten or control have surged since foreign combat troops left in 2014. The Afghan government played down the report, saying it controls most areas. But recent attacks claimed by Taliban and Islamic State militants have killed scores in Kabul and elsewhere. (...) The BBC investigation - conducted during late 2017 - provides a rare snapshot of the security situation in every Afghan district between 23 August and 21 November."

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30.01.2018

"CIA chief says China 'as big a threat to US' as Russia"

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42867076

Die USA werden heute nach Ansicht von CIA-Chef Mike Pompeo nicht nur durch verdeckte Operationen aus Russland, sondern auch aus China bedroht. "Chinese efforts to exert covert influence over the West are just as concerning as Russian subversion, the director of the CIA has said. (...) 'Think about the scale of the two economies,' Mr Pompeo said of Russia and China. 'The Chinese have a much bigger footprint upon which to execute that mission than the Russians do.'"

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28.01.2018

"Kabul mourns 100 dead after ambulance bomb"

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42850624

Die BBC berichtet über den jüngsten Terroranschlag der Taliban in Kabul, bei dem über hundert Menschen getötet worden sind. "Attackers drove an ambulance past a police checkpoint to get to a crowded street in a district full of government buildings and embassies. Afghanistan's government has declared a day of mourning for Sunday, as funerals take place and relatives search hospitals for survivors. The Taliban - a hardline Islamist group - said it was behind the attack. (...) The attack is the deadliest in Kabul in several months. In October, 176 people were killed in bomb attacks across Afghanistan in one week. The country's security forces in particular have suffered heavy casualties at the hands of the Taliban, who want to re-impose their strict version of Islamic law in the country. In May, 150 people were killed by a suicide bomb attack in Kabul. The Taliban denied any role, but the Afghan government says its affiliate, the Haqqani group, carried it out with support from Pakistan."

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24.01.2018

"Syria war: US strikes on IS headquarters 'kills 150 militants'"

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42802151

Die von den USA angeführte Koalition in Syrien hat bei Luftangriffen gegen den IS eigenen Angaben zufolge bis zu 150 Kämpfer getötet. "The coalition statement said the 'precision strikes' on the IS headquarters and command-and-control centre near al-Shafah came after an extensive intelligence operation that included SDF fighters assisting in target observation. 'The combination of intelligence and continuous eyes on the target ensured no accidental engagement of non-military personnel,' it added. (...) 'The strikes underscore our assertion that the fight to liberate Syria is far from over,' said Maj Gen James Jarrard, commander of special operations for the coalition. 'Our SDF partners are still making daily progress and sacrifices, and together we are still finding, targeting and killing [IS] terrorists intent on keeping their extremist hold on the region.'"

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18.01.2018

"Turkey targets Kurdish forces in Afrin: The short, medium and long story"

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42704542

Die BBC erläutert die sicherheitspolitischen Hintergründe des möglicherweise bevorstehenden Angriffs türkischer Truppen auf kurdische Einheiten im syrischen Afrin. "Turkey says it is getting ready to launch a massive assault on Kurdish forces on the other side of the border with Syria - potentially putting it in direct conflict with its Nato ally, the United States. This could be a significant new development in the Syrian civil war, which is now almost seven years old. We've boiled down why it matters."

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14.01.2018

"Tunisia protests: Government announces reforms after unrest"

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-42679328

Die tunesische Regierung habe auf die anhaltenden Proteste gegen ihr Austeritätsprogramm mit einer "Welle sozialer Reformen" reagiert, berichtet die BBC. "Officials said plans had been submitted to parliament to reform medical care, housing and increase aid to the poor. (...) Successive governments have failed to resolve national unemployment and poverty, and the country's vital tourism industry has struggled to rebuild after terror attacks targeted foreign nationals in 2015, killing dozens. (...) Interior ministry spokesman Khlifa Chibani said on Saturday that 803 people had been arrested throughout the week on suspicion of violence, theft and looting during demonstrations."

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11.01.2018

"Colombia recalls peace negotiators after ELN attacks"

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-42636868

Nach Angriffen der linksextremistischen Guerilla ELN in Kolumbien sind die geplanten Friedensgespräche durch die Regierung vorerst ausgesetzt worden. "A fresh round of peace negotiations was due to start on Wednesday in the Ecuadorean capital, Quito. But after the rebels carried out attacks on an oil pipeline and a navy base, Mr Santos said the talks should be halted. The attacks came hours after a temporary ceasefire expired. 'The government was always willing to extend the ceasefire. Inexplicably, the ELN refused,' President Santos said in a televised address."

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03.01.2018

"New York to install 1,500 security barriers after vehicle attacks"

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42553057

Die Stadt New York plant, im Zuge eines 50 Millionen US-Dollar umfassenden Investitionsprogramms etwa 1.500 dauerhafte Stahlbarrieren zu errichten, um künftige Terroranschläge mit Fahrzeugen zu verhindern. "The mayor of New York City (...) Bill de Blasio said the protective barriers were part of a $50m (£37m) investment in security infrastructure. The move comes after two vehicle attacks in 2017 that killed nine people in total. The new permanent barriers will replace temporary concrete blocks that were put in place after the incidents. 'I want to tell you these are the most cowardly kind of attacks - when someone with a vehicle ploughs into a group of innocent pedestrians. It's disgusting,' Mr Blasio said at a press conference in Times Square, near where one of the vehicle attacks took place. 'But we know there are some out there who mean to do us evil and we will protect against it.'"

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02.01.2018

"Iran protests pose an unpredictable challenge for authorities"

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42541171

Rahimpour vom BBC Persian Service schreibt, dass die Proteste in Iran eine Woche nach ihrem Beginn eine neue Stufe erreichen könnten. "Unlike the post-election rallies of 2009, which had well-known leaders and clear demands, and were mainly supported by more urban, middle class residents of the capital, Tehran, and a few other cities, the latest protests are happening in poorer parts of the country. Analysts see the latest outbreak as more grassroots in nature, so less predictable. There is no clear leader and they are fuelled by anger over inflation, unemployment and corruption of the political elite. (...) President Rouhani has downplayed the protests, saying the demonstrators were in a minority. But some analysts say that four decades of mismanaging the country has left many Iranians hungry for change."

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15.12.2017

"Russia a 'risk' to undersea cables, defence chief warns"

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42362500

Der britische Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach hat in einer Rede beim Royal United Services Institute gefordert, Russland als potentielle Bedrohung für die Tiefseekabel zu betrachten, auf denen heute ein Großteil der weltweiten Internetkommunikation basiert. "The world's submarine network comprises an estimated 213 independent cable systems and 545,018 miles (877,121 km) of fibre, according to a recent report for the Policy Exchange think tank. But it said a lack of formal state ownership meant cables do not have strong protection in international law. Despite that, an estimated 97% of global communications and $10 trillion in daily financial transactions are transmitted by cables under the ocean. Speaking to the Royal United Services Institute defence think tank, Sir Stuart said the vulnerability of undersea lines posed a 'new risk to our way of life'. He said Nato had prioritised the protection of the cables 'in response to the threat posed by the modernisation of the Russian navy, both nuclear and conventional submarines and ships'. He said it was 'very, very important' to understand how crucial that mission was for Nato, 'because Russia in addition to new ships and submarines continues to perfect both unconventional capabilities and information warfare.'"

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04.12.2017

"Yemen's future looks grim after Saleh's killing"

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42228221

Peter Salisbury, Jemen-Experte vom britischen Thinktank Chatham House, schreibt in seinem Nachruf auf den früheren Präsidenten Jemens, dass eine absehbare Verhandlungslösung des Konflikts nach dem Tod von Ali Abdullah Saleh um einiges unwahrscheinlicher geworden sei. "With Saleh dead and his allied forces apparently crumbling in the face of a Houthi onslaught, the future of Yemen's conflict looks grim. Having attempted to pull the carpet out from under the Houthis' feet, the Saudis must now decide whether or not to engage in mediation efforts in a climate of zero trust, or to push on with a military campaign that has had few notable successes over the past two and a half years. Saleh was a divisive figure, but he was also the person most likely to be able to broker some kind of settlement. His death will only lead to deeper polarisation in the conflict."

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23.11.2017

"Myanmar Rohingya crisis: Deal to allow return of Muslim refugees"

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42094060

Die Regierung Myanmars hat sich offenbar bereit erklärt, Hunderttausenden nach Bangladesch geflohenen Rohingya die Rückkehr zu ermöglichen. "Bangladesh has signed a deal with Myanmar to return hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled a recent army crackdown. A statement from the Bangladesh foreign ministry said displaced people could begin to return within two months. [...] Aid agencies have raised concerns about the forcible return of the Rohingya unless their safety can be guaranteed. [...] Bangladesh Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali said it was a 'first step'. Senior Myanmar official Myint Kyaing said it was ready to receive the Rohingya 'as soon as possible'."

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15.11.2017

"Emmerson Mnangagwa: The 'crocodile' who snapped back"

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-41995876

Die BBC stellt den früheren Vizepräsidenten Simbabwes, Emmerson Mnangagwa, vor, der nach der Festsetzung von Robert Mugabe durch das Militär von vielen Beobachtern als wahrscheinlicher Nachfolger des Präsidenten angesehen wird. "It has been an open secret in Zimbabwe for many years that Emmerson Mnangagwa would like to succeed Robert Mugabe as president. And Mr Mugabe has been almost toying with his emotions - one day promoting him to senior positions in both the ruling Zanu-PF party and the government, raising speculation that Mr Mnangagwa was the 'heir apparent', but later demoting him after he possibly displayed his ambitions a bit too openly. But after his latest sacking, it looks as though the patience of the man known as 'the crocodile' has finally snapped. After the president dismissed him and publicly accused him of 'treachery', his supporters in the security forces where he made his name intervened on his behalf."

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13.11.2017

"Raqqa’s dirty secret"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/raqqas_dirty_secret

Quentin Sommerville und Riam Dalati haben herausgefunden, dass es bei der Befreiung der einstigen syrischen IS-Hochburg Raqqa eine geheime Vereinbarung zwischen den Konfliktparteien gegeben habe, um die Kämpfe frühzeitig zu beenden. Im Gegenzug hätten hunderte IS-Angehörige, darunter auch viele ausländische Kämpfer, die Stadt verlassen dürfen. "Has the pact, which stood as Raqqa’s dirty secret, unleashed a threat to the outside world - one that has enabled militants to spread far and wide across Syria and beyond? Great pains were taken to hide it from the world. But the BBC has spoken to dozens of people who were either on the convoy, or observed it, and to the men who negotiated the deal."

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24.10.2017

"Xi Jinping 'most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong'"

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-41730948

Chinas Staatschef Xi Jinping ist auf dem Kommunistischen Parteikongress namentlich in die Verfassung der Partei aufgenommen worden. Damit ist er nach Ansicht vieler Beobachter zum mächtigsten Politiker des Landes seit Jahrzehnten aufgestiegen. Carrie Gracie, China-Korrespondentin der BBC, berichtet aus Peking über die Bedeutung und den politischen Kontext der offiziell verkündeten "neuen Ära" des Landes. "The expression 'new era' is the party's way of saying this is the third chapter of modern China. If the first was Chairman Mao uniting a country devastated by civil war, and the second was getting rich under Deng Xiaoping, this new era is about even more unity and wealth at the same time as making China disciplined at home and strong abroad. (...) Mr Xi's term ruling China has been marked by significant development, a push for modernisation and increasing assertiveness on the world stage. However, it has also seen growing authoritarianism, censorship and a crackdown on human rights."

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23.10.2017

"Japan PM Shinzo Abe promises to handle North Korea threat"

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41717219

Der klare Sieg der Partei von Premierminister Abe bei den Parlamentswahlen in Japan habe eine Änderung der pazifistischen Verfassung des Landes wahrscheinlicher gemacht, berichtet die BBC. "Mr Abe had called an early election for a greater mandate to deal with 'crises', including the growing threat from Pyongyang, which has fired missiles over Japan in recent months. His ruling coalition has retained a two-thirds majority in parliament. This paves the way for Mr Abe to amend Japan's post-war pacifist constitution. The prime minister has previously called for the existence of the country's armed forces to be formalised, a controversial move which he says is needed to strengthen Japan's defence but which critics say is a step towards re-militarisation."

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17.10.2017

"Can Nigeria and Cameroon learn any lessons from Catalonia?"

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-41587874

Die Unabhängigkeitsbestrebungen Kataloniens werden auch in Nigeria und Kamerun aufmerksam beobachtet, berichtet Adejuwon Soyinka. "Many Nigerians and Cameroonians were looking to Spain, hoping it would find a peaceful solution to demands for independence in the Catalan region. But this changed when violence broke out over the independence referendum held in Catalonia on 1 October in defiance of the Spanish central government and courts. 'What both the campaigners for Biafran and Catalan secession have in common is the heavy-handedness (and empty-headedness) of their federal governments,' wrote political commentator Onyedimmakachukwu Obiukwu. He hails from the Igbo ethnic group which is at the centre of the campaign to create the breakaway state of Biafra in south-eastern Nigeria. (...) Neighbouring Cameroon has also been hit by calls for independence - this time for the two English-speaking regions in the majority French-speaking country. Anglophones have been protesting for months, saying they faced marginalisation."

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30.09.2017

"North Korea and US 'in direct contact', says Tillerson"

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41454007

US-Außenminister Tillerson hat während seines China-Besuchs angemerkt, dass die USA in direkter Kommunikation mit Nordkorea stehen und gegenwärtig die Aussichten bilateraler Verhandlungen ausloten. "The US state department later confirmed there were a number of communication channels open with Pyongyang, but said little progress was being made. 'Despite assurances that the United States is not interested in promoting the collapse of the current regime (...) North Korean officials have shown no indication that they are interested in or are ready for talks regarding denuclearisation,' department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement."

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