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"Saudi Arabia knows its defences are not up to war with Iran"

Saudi-Arabien würde einem offenen Krieg der USA gegen den Iran mit einiger Besorgnis entgegen sehen, schreibt Raf Sanchez, Nahost-Korrespondent des britischen Telegraph. In Riad wisse man, dass das eigene Militär nicht in der Lage wäre, iranische Angriffe gegen saudi-arabische Ziele abzuwehren. "'Saudi Arabia will not support a war with Iran that has a Saudi return address on it,' said Joshua Landis, director of the Centre for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma. 'Saudi Arabia would support a war between the US and Iran, if Saudi Arabia could hide behind the US, but not one where the Saudis must step out in front, because the Saudis would lose.' Although the kingdom is the world’s third largest defence spender after the US and China, its military is fairly ineffective and would struggle against Iranian forces hardened by decades of unconventional warfare across the region. (...) That problem has been mercilessly exposed on the battlefields of Yemen, where Saudi forces equipped with state-of-the-art British and American weaponry have been fought to a stalemate by ragtag Houthi rebel fighters backed by Iran. This vulnerability explains why, despite Riyadh’s strong rhetoric towards Iran, the Saudis have often looked to de-escalate in the face of Iranian provocations."

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"Why Trump’s China truce doesn't mean the end of the new commercial cold war"

Der G20-Gipfel in Osaka habe auf der multilateralen Ebene die Ineffektivität dieser Treffen demonstriert, meint Liam Halligan. Der Gipfel habe vor allem als Bühne für eine Reihe von bilateralen Gesprächen unter Ausschluss der Öffentlichkeit gedient. "Over the last decade (...) the G20 has been criticised for having a membership too large and too diverse to generate much in the way of meaningful common understanding. (...) This weekend’s G20 Osaka summit was no exception – with the Japanese hosts naming as 'key priorities' everything from 'strengthening global economic growth' to 'advancing woman’s empowerment' and 'responding to an ageing society'. The Middle East is in crisis – with humanitarian tragedies in Syria and Yemen and escalating tensions between Iran, Israel and the US. There’s uproar in Hong Kong, Venezuela and Ukraine. (...) For a major diplomatic gathering, at a time like this, to focus on long-term perennials such as 'responding to an ageing society' is to invite ridicule. Yet the formal summit in Osaka was conducted as have previous G20 shindigs – as an exercise in trying to generate benign, virtue-signalling headlines, rather than attempting to solve issues of genuine urgency and substance."

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"Julian Assange moved to prison health ward as WikiLeaks reveal  'grave concerns' about well-being"

WikiLeaks hat "ernste Bedenken" zum gesundheitlichen Zustand von Julian Assange geäußert, der in den medizinischen Flügel des Londoner Belmarsh-Gefängnisses verlegt worden ist. "'Mr Assange's heath had already significantly deteriorated after seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy, under conditions that were incompatible with basic human rights,' the group said in a statement. It added: 'During the seven weeks in Belmarsh his health has continued to deteriorate and he has dramatically lost weight. The decision of prison authorities to move him to the health ward speaks for itself.'"

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"Shamima Begum was cruel enforcer in Isil's morality police, say Syrian witnesses"

Die britische IS-Anhängerin Shamima Begum, die gegenwärtig mit rechtlichen Mitteln um ihre Rückkehr nach Großbritannien kämpft, war einer Zeugenaussage zufolge in der "Moralpolizei" des "Islamischen Staates" aktiv. "Shamima Begum, the Bethnal Green schoolgirl, served in the Islamic State’s 'morality police' and also tried to recruit other young women to join the jihadist group, well-placed sources have told The Telegraph. She was allowed to carry a Kalashnikov rifle and earned a reputation as a strict 'enforcer' of Isil’s laws, such as dress codes for women, sources claimed. The claims are at odds with Miss Begum’s own account of her four years with the group, which she joined at the age of just 15. Miss Begum, now aged 19, has insisted she was never involved in Isil’s brutality but spent her time in Syria as a devoted housewife to a jihadist fighter."

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"A law against Islamophobia is a terrible idea"

Charles Moore hält es für gefährlich, nach dem Anschlag eines Rechtsextremisten auf zwei Moscheen in Christchurch über Gesetze zum Verbot von "Islamophobie" nachzudenken. Verbote dieser Art würden z.B. auch liberale Muslime treffen, die konservative Interpretationen ihrer Religion kritisieren. "When you define a 'phobia' against a religion, and punish it by law, you may think you are protecting it and its followers from insult. In fact, you will provoke worse. According to the all-party parliamentary group chaired by Lady Warsi, 'Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness.' This false doctrine can turn almost anything into an offence. Think how it might be applied. A school tries to prevent Muslim girls coming to school with their faces completely covered. It does so, not because it has any view about Islam, but because it wants teachers and fellow pupils to be able to know the girls, and because it shares the modern Western view that boys and girls should be treated equally. It could, under the sort of law proposed, be accused of Islamophobia. (...) If the authorities allow 'Islamophobia' to be outlawed, they will have to define what is Islamic. Since they will be incapable of doing so, they will turn to self-appointed authorities, who, given the current worldwide ferment within Islam, will usually be militant."

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"Isil schoolgirl Shamima Begum 'will not be rescued', as Security minister, warns 'actions have consequences'"

Der Telegraph berichtet über den Fall einer britischen IS-Anhängerin, die sich im Alter von 15 Jahren dem "Islamischen Staat" in Syrien angeschlossen hat und nun auf eine Rückkehr nach Großbritannien hofft. "A teenager who ran away from London aged 15 to join Isil and married a jihadi will not be rescued, the Security Minister has said as he warned that 'actions have consequences'. Shamima Begum, 19, was tracked down by The Times to a refugee camp in northern Syria where she is now the bride of an Islamic State fighter. Ben Wallace, the security minister, said that the Government will not risk the lives of British staff by sending them into a refugee camp in Syria to 'rescue terrorists in a failed state'."

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"'We owe China, what can we do?' Why Muslim countries stay silent over China's mass detention of Uighurs"

Die massenhafte Internierung von Angehörigen der muslimischen Uiguren-Minderheit in China hat in muslimischen Ländern wie Pakistan und der Türkei keine offiziellen Proteste ausgelöst, stellen Ben Farmer, Sophia Yan und Umar Farooq fest. Grund sei der diplomatische Druck Pekings und die wirtschaftliche Abhängigkeit von chinesischen Investitionen. "The Eastern superpower is using its diplomatic and financial clout to shut off criticism, said Sophie Richardson, China director of Human Rights Watch. (...) Pakistan is at the heart of China's plans to build a modern day silk road network of ports, roads and railways across Asia and is particularly keen not to offend the Chinese. (...) Another pillar of China's plans, Turkey, also appears keen not to publicise the subject as large sums of Chinese investment have poured into its struggling economy. (...) China is stepping up its campaign to silence criticism ahead of United Nations' scrutiny of its human rights record scheduled for March. Beijing has told other countries it considers raising the issue to be politically-motivated meddling. For many countries the campaign seems to have been a success."

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"Yemen death toll 'six times higher' than estimated"

Einer neuen Untersuchung des britischen "Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project" (ACLED) zufolge könnte die Zahl der Opfer des Jemen-Kriegs sechsmal höher sein als bisher angenommen. "The figure of 10,000 used by the United Nations is outdated and nowhere near the likely true fatality figure of 60,223, according to UK-based independent research group Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED). Calculating death tolls in Yemen, which is approaching its fourth year, is complicated by the lack of access. The figure offered by ACLED, which looked at open-source data and local news reports, does not include those thought to have died from malnutrition. Save the Children charity says some 85,000 may have died from starvation since 2016. The death toll 'is far higher than official estimates - and still underestimated,' Clionadh Raleigh, ACLED’s executive director, said."

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"Russia poses greater threat to Britain than Isil, says new Army chief"

Nach Ansicht des neuen Generalstabschefs der britischen Streitkräfte, General Mark Carleton-Smith, stellt Russland für Großbritannien heute eine weitaus größere Bedrohung dar als der "Islamische Staat" oder andere islamistische Terrorgruppen. "Speaking in his first interview since his appointment as the Chief of the General Staff, Gen Mark Carleton-Smith, 54, said it was vital that Britain and its allies were not complacent about the threat Russia posed. “Russia today indisputably represents a far greater threat to our national security than Islamic extremist threats such as al-Qaeda and Isil,' he said. 'Russia has demonstrated that it is prepared to use military force to secure and expand its own national interests. The Russians seek to exploit vulnerability and weakness wherever they detect it.'"

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"For all our outrage over Trump, the West simply cannot take any more mass immigration"

Philip Johnston hält die Rhetorik Donald Trumps in der Debatte über die Migrantenkarawane aus Mittelamerika wie viele andere Kommentatoren für "grotesk". Er weist jedoch auch darauf hin, dass sich die Grenzpolitik des US-Präsidenten nicht wesentlich von der seiner Amtsvorgänger oder der anderer westlicher Länder unterscheide. "For all his self-righteousness, Barack Obama’s administration operated the same immigration laws, stopping hundreds of thousands of would-be arrivals at the Mexican border. Mr Trump just takes that to its logical conclusion by proposing to replace an easily breached fence with a hard-to-cross wall. How would we react in this country if 5,000 people were heading across France determined to make it to the UK and demand asylum? Would it be any different? Doubtless, the language would be less harsh. The Prime Minister would acknowledge the hardships and difficulties that provoked the migration, but would politely point out that this was really a matter for France not us. If these people wanted asylum, then they should claim it in the first EU country they had visited, probably Italy. (...) Without borders, says Trump, you do not have a country; and most people in America and Europe will agree with that proposition. Those who reject it in order to parade their humanitarian credentials need to provide solutions beyond self-serving pseudo-compassionate grandstanding."

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"UK sending 800 troops to Arctic in warning shot to Russia"

Der britische Verteidigungsminister Gavin Williamson hat angekündigt, 800 Soldaten im arktischen Norden Norwegens zu stationieren, um der zunehmenden russischen "Aggression" in "unserem Hinterhof" entgegenzutreten. "Gavin Williamson told The Sunday Telegraph that the Government was drawing up a 'defence Arctic strategy' with 800 commandos being deployed to Norway next year and the instalment of a base in the north of the country. Mr Williamson highlighted Russia’s re-opening of Soviet-era bases and an 'increased tempo' of submarine activity as evidence that Britain needed to 'demonstrate we’re there' and 'protect our interests'. Britain’s move is partly in response to concern that, as the Arctic ice retreats, Russia will attempt to intensify its activity there. Melting ice has also sparked a rush to tap into oil reserves under the Arctic ice sheet."

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"The precipitous fall of Aung San Suu Kyi should serve as a warning to Western liberals"

Con Coughlin meint, dass der Wandel der Friedensnobelpreisträgerin Aung San Suu Kyi von einer international gefeierten Menschenrechtsaktivistin zur Regierungschefin und Mitverantwortlichen für den Genozid an den Rohingya-Muslimen in Myanmar westlichen Liberalen als Warnung dienen sollte. "The UN’s investigators have little sympathy. They are highly critical of Ms Suu Kyi for failing to use her 'moral authority' to stop the terror, and claim her civilian government, 'through their acts and omissions' have 'contributed to the commission of atrocity crimes'. There are important lessons for us all in Ms Suu Kyi’s dramatic fall from grace. This is, after all, not the first time the British public has been seduced by the charismatic appeal of a liberation movement. (...) This is not to say that we must never support democracy movements abroad. They are to be welcomed, and encouraged where prudent. But Britons trusted Ms Suu Kyi too quickly and too fully, without knowing much about Burmese politics or the movement she led. What was portrayed in the Western media as a stunning victory could equally, to seasoned observers, be seen as a risky compromise in which the military cut a deal with forces that threatened to end its rule. That this compromise would break down or bear rotten fruit was very much predictable."

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"Salih Khater: Westminster terror suspect was kicked out of UK university just months ago after failing accountancy degree"

Der Telegraph berichtet, dass die britische Polizei einen Einwanderer aus dem Sudan verdächtigt, für die Autoattacke vor dem Londoner Parlament verantwortlich zu sein. "Addresses in the Midlands were being searched on Tuesday night as police investigated Salih Khater, the 29-year-old arrested on suspicion of preparing an act of terror. (...) He was not known to MI5 or Scotland Yard, and had no criminal record or affiliation to terrorist groups. But he is believed to be known to West Midlands police. (...) The suspect had driven from his home in Birmingham before allegedly using his car as a weapon, sparking suggestions that it was an attempted 'copycat' of the attack launched by Khalid Masood a year earlier which had killed six people. Masood had lived just ten minutes from the suspect's home in the Sparkbrook area of Birmingham, before travelling to London to carry out his attack. Security sources are keen to establish if there is a connection between the pair."

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"Navy rescued Manchester bomber Salman Abedi from war-torn Libya three years before deadly terror attack"

Der britische Selbstmordattentäter Salman Abedi, der am 22. Mai 2017 bei einem Terroranschlag in Manchester 22 Menschen tötete, wurde offenbar drei Jahre zuvor von der britischen Marine in Libyen gerettet. "By the time of the bombing, security services were no longer monitoring him. The revelation, reported in the Daily Mail, is likely to infuriate the families who lost loved ones in the attack, and raises further fears over possible intelligence mistakes. (...) The brothers were on holiday there at the time, and the Royal Navy was tasked with picking them up, along with other British nationals, on a list provided to sailors. A review of his deadly attack by David Anderson QC found the bombing could have been averted 'had the cards fallen differently.' It emerged MI5 had planned to discuss the threat posed by him just nine days after he launched his attack, after he was highlighted for discussion."

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"When Trump sees Putin, he doesn't think about the Cold War, he sees a conservative champion of civilisation"

Donald Trumps offensichtliche Sympathie für Wladimir Putin ist nach Ansicht von Tim Stanley auf vermeintlich geteilte konservative Überzeugungen zurückzuführen. "Some conservatives now believe they have more in common with Russia’s traditionalism than with the 'suicidal liberalism' they see in the West. (...) Conservative admiration for Putin is a symptom of its own loss of hope in what were once boilerplate American ideals. Conservatives are becoming sceptical of free trade. They question the integrity of their own security apparatus. They don’t think the US has a mission to remake the world. So, why not talk to Orthodox Russia? The problem is that Trump’s realism only goes part of the way – it projects Western cultural debates onto Russia and doesn’t extend its vision to the reality of Russia as it really is."

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"Amesbury: Russia using UK as 'poison dumping ground', Home Secretary says, as couple fall victim to Novichok"

Der britische Telegraph berichtet über die erneute Vergiftung von zwei Personen in Salisbury. Die Polizei habe bestätigt, dass auch diesmal das Nervengift "Novichok" gefunden worden sei, das bereits bei der Vergiftung des russischen Ex-Spions Sergei Skripal und dessen Tochter entdeckt wurde. Der britische Innenminister Sajid Javid habe erneut Russland verantwortlich gemacht. "The Home Secretary has accused Russia of using Britain as a 'dumping ground' for nerve agents, as he called on Moscow to explain the Wiltshire poisonings. Sajid Javid said it is 'completely unacceptable for our people to be either deliberate or accidental targets' or for 'our towns to be dumping grounds for poison', after a couple were struck down by the same Novichok used in the Salisbury attack."

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"Britain's spies protect the whole of Europe – Michel Barnier would be crazy to alienate us as an ally"

Brexit-Unterhändler Brüssels, Michel Barnier, hat mitgeteilt, dass die bisherige enge Kooperation der Europäer mit dem britischen Geheimdienst GCHQ im Fall eines Scheiterns der Brexit-Verhandlungen auf dem Spiel stehen würde. Nick Timothy hält diese Drohung im Hinblick auf die europäische Sicherheit für fahrlässig, da britische Agenten in der Vergangenheit dazu beigetragen hätten, zahlreiche Anschläge auf dem Festland zu verhindern. "Since 2016 there have been 45 terror attacks in seven European countries: Britain, Germany, France, Belgium, Spain, Sweden and Finland. (...) Britain is a nuclear power, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, and has armed forces with a global reach. And we have the best 'signals intelligence' capability in Europe, which among many things helps our allies to identify terrorists returning from Syria. In contrast, Europe’s defences against mounting threats are pitifully weak. Few member states pull their weight and, after Brexit, 80 per cent of Nato spending will come from outside the EU. So Mr Barnier ought to be careful. Britain’s leaders might be unconditionally committed to the security of Europe, but if the EU tries to hurt us, the next generation of politicians – and the public – might not be so generous. Solidarity works in both directions."

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"Colombian election: Ivan Duque vows to 'correct' peace accord after comfortable win"

Der rechtskonservative Iván Duque hat die Stichwahl in Kolumbien gewonnen und wird neuer Präsident des Landes. Der von Amtsvorgänger Juan Manuel Santos abgeschlossene Friedensvertrag mit den Farc-Rebellen steht nun wieder auf der Kippe. "In the end, the 41-year-old sailed to victory, promising to change parts of the accord with leftist rebels but not 'shred it to pieces' as some of his hawkish allies had been urging. (...) 'That peace we long for - that demands corrections - will have corrections, so that the victims are the centre of the process, to guarantee truth, justice and reparation,' Mr Duque said. Through constitutional reform or by decree, he could proceed with proposals such as not allowing ex-combatants behind grave human rights abuses to take political office until they have confessed their war crimes and compensated victims. The current agreement allows most rebels to avoid jail, a sore point for many."

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"Kim Jong-un is winning the Singapore summit"

Auch Tim Stanley sieht Kim Jong-un als klaren Gewinner von Singapur, da Donald Trump das nordkoreanische Regime mit dem symbolischen Treffen praktisch legitimiert habe. "They shook hands standing in front of a row of flags, alternately American and North Korean. No image has done more to validate this dictatorship. It implies an equality between the two countries, and that Kim is the leader of the kind of regime that the world’s greatest super power wants to talk to. That is exactly what North Korea wants. (...) you have to understand that Kim’s sudden outreach to the United States is not a sign of weakness – it’s only happened because Kim judges that the nuclear programme has reached such a degree of strength that it can now be played as a bargaining chip."

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"Iran's aggression, not Donald Trump's, has sundered the nuclear deal"

Teheran trage selbst die Verantwortung für das Scheitern des Atomabkommens mit dem Westen, meint Con Coughlin im Telegraph. "If Mr Rouhani was genuinely interested in fostering better relations, he would not allow Iranian warships to harass the US 5th Fleet as it fulfils its normal patrol duties around the Gulf region. He would not continue to support Houthi rebels in Yemen who have helped to create a humanitarian disaster there by seeking the overthrow of the country’s democratically elected government. And Mr Rouhani would not tolerate the massive arms build-up that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has undertaken in Syria and Lebanon, where it has now stockpiled tens of thousands of missiles with the capability of hitting all of Israel’s major towns and cities."

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"How insurgents across the Middle East turned drones into deadly weapons"

Der Drohnenangriff syrischer Rebellen auf einen russischen Militärflugplatz am 5. Januar ist Raf Sanchez zufolge nur ein besonders dramatisches Beispiel dafür, wie geschickt Aufständische im Nahen Osten die zum Teil kommerziell erhältliche Technologie mittlerweile einsetzen. "From Syria to Yemen and Gaza to Iraq, jihadists and rebels are finding ways to turn commercial technology - available over the web or a high street shop - into effective weapons which the world’s most advanced militaries are struggling to counter. Those who monitor the growing use of drones warn that it is likely only a matter of time before terrorists attempt to use an armed drone for attacks against the West. 'This is a fast developing field of warfare where the leading edge is with non-state actors and terrorist organisations,' said Chris Woods, the director of Air Wars, an independent group which monitors the conflict in Iraq and Syria. 'Clearly this is a technology that can cross borders and represents threats outside of conflict zones so it’s something we all need to take seriously.'"

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"Farc suspends elections campaign amid violence"

Die in einem international aufsehenerregenden Friedensabkommen vereinbarte Transformation der Farc-Guerilla zu einer politischen Organisation ist nach der Einstellung des Wahlkampfes der früheren Rebellengruppe ins Stocken geraten. Mathew Di Salvo berichtet aus Medellín, dass Farc-Vertreter bei ihren öffentlichen Auftritten auf wütende Proteste gestoßen sind. "(...) many Colombians still seethe at giving the former fighters 10 seats in Congress and allowing their leader, Rodrigo Londono, also known as Timochenko, to run for president. The group has since faced angry protests on campaign trail – with people throwing rocks at rallies and labelling Timochenko a 'murderer'. Infamous for violence and kidnappings in the Western hemisphere's longest running conflict, the Farc, previously known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, said they felt threatened by the chanting 'mobs' at the rallies. They temporarily halted their campaign on Friday amid safety concerns, claiming mobs were putting their members in danger."

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"Bedroom hackers bigger threat than Russia, regulator says"

Die britische Datenschutzbeauftragte Elizabeth Denham hat Regierungsbehörden in einer Rede empfohlen, sich weniger Sorgen um staatlich geförderte "Cyberterroristen" anderer Länder als um Hackerangriffe "böswilliger" Teenager zu machen. "In a speech to the heads of the civil service and other public bodies, Elizabeth Denham said that most breaches are preventable and bosses should consider the reputational damage as well as financial losses. But rather than panicking about rogue states such as Russia hacking into their systems, civil servants should plan to protect themselves against teenage boys who attack simply to show that they are able to, the regulator warned. 'We make a mistake if we throw up our hands and worry about state sponsored attacks – we know those are rare,' Ms Denham said. 'You should be worrying about the malicious kid in his bedroom who hacks in to your system because he can. Or the opportunistic thief who understands the value of the data you hold and knows how to get his hands on it. Because you left the door wide open.'"

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"Exclusive: US making plans for 'bloody nose’ military attack on North Korea"

Der britische Telegraph berichtet, dass das Weiße Haus einen begrenzten Militärschlag gegen nordkoreanische Atom- und Raketenanlangen offenbar ernsthaft in Erwägung zieht. "America is drawing up plans for a 'bloody nose' military attack on North Korea to stop its nuclear weapons programme, The Telegraph understands. The White House has 'dramatically' stepped up preparation for a military solution in recent months amid fears diplomacy is not working, well-placed sources said. One option is destroying a launch site before it is used by the regime for a new missile test. Stockpiles of weapons could also be targeted. The hope is that military force would show Kim Jong-un that America is 'serious' about stopping further nuclear development and trigger negotiations."

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"New threat to Britain's railways as al-Qaeda tells supporters to derail train carriages"

Al-Qaida habe Unterstützer in Großbritannien dazu aufgefordert, verstärkt Züge ins Visier zu nehmen und Entgleisungen herbeizuführen, berichtet Christopher Hope. "Securing thousands of miles of track in the UK was 'practically impossible' and attacks would cause 'great damage and destruction', the terrorist group said in an article in the group's magazine Inspire. The terrorist group offered to show how to make a 'derail tool' and said any attacks would force Governments to impose the airport-style security measures on rail travellers. The threat is understood to being taken seriously by British and American intelligence agencies who are said to be 'working closely' to combat it."

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"Iraqi PM declares victory in Mosul as army drives Isil from city"

Mit der offiziell verkündeten Rückeroberung der irakischen Stadt Mosul sei die bedeutendste urbane Schlacht der modernen Geschichte beendet worden, berichtet der Telegraph. "Jubilant soldiers tore down the black flag of Isil, which had flown over Mosul for three years, hoisting up the Iraqi flag in its place. (...) The nine month-offensive to recapture Iraq’s second city cost the lives of thousands of civilians and countless more Iraqi forces. In the end, cornered and facing an inevitable conclusion, the last fighters detonated suicide bombs with a few trying to escape across the Tigris river."

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"Inquiry needed into 'Saudi Arabia's funding of Islamist extremism in UK'"

Der britische Thinktank Henry Jackson Society hat die Regierung aufgefordert, das Ausmaß der saudi-arabischen Finanzierung radikalislamischer Extremisten in Großbritannien näher zu untersuchen. "A clear and growing link can be drawn between overseas money, which mainly comes from Saudi Arabia, and the recent wave of atrocities in the UK and Europe, the Henry Jackson Society said. The kingdom's 60-year campaign to export hardline Wahhabi Islam has led to support for mosques and Islamic institutions that appear to have links to extremism, the organisation said. It found there have been 'numerous' cases of Britons who have joined Jihadist groups in Iraq and Syria whose radicalisation is thought to link back to foreign-funded institutions and preachers."

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"We are sleepwalking towards a global war – and Russia and China are enabling it"

John Hemmings weist die Schuld an der gefährlichen Situation auf der koreanischen Halbinsel vor allem Russland und China zu. "Despite promises to Trump at Mar-a-Lago, Beijing has done little to press sanctions. Pyongyang’s largest trading partner by far, it made a great show of turning back coal ships in February, however, its outrage earlier this month over Washington’s sanctioning of Dandong Bank – a small Chinese bank complicit in North Korean money-laundering – showed where China’s interests really lie on this matter. Russia, for its part, already smarting under Western sanctions, is also problematic. While pressing for a peaceful resolution, it is increasing business links and regularly “rents” North Korean labourers to work its timber camps. Both continue to round up North Korean defectors and 'repatriate' them to certain death in North Korean camps. (...) The answers are there, but they demand the political will. It is not merely North Korea that is sleepwalking toward conflict. By not taking steps to stop it, we are all doing the same".

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"Salman Abedi named as the Manchester suicide bomber - what we know about him"

Die Polizei hat Salman Abedi, einen 1994 in Manchester geborenen Sohn von Flüchtlingen aus Libyen, als Verantwortlichen für den Terroranschlag in Manchester genannt. Martin Evans und Victoria Ward fassen die bisher bekannten Informationen über Abedi zusammen. "As with the Westminster atrocity in March, the most pressing question is whether Abedi was a so-called 'lone wolf' or part of a wider terror cell. On Tuesday, it was reported that the Islamic State group had claimed responsibility for the attack. While the working theory is that the perpetrator triggered the blast alone, the national police counter-terror network, assisted by MI5, are urgently piecing together his background to see whether he had any help in planning the outrage."

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