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"Germany shooter livestreamed attack despite efforts by tech firms"

Der Täter von Halle hat seinen Angriff auf eine Synagoge in einem Twitch-Stream live gefilmt. Das Video ist Berichten zufolge 35 Minuten lang und wurde von etwa 2.200 Twitch-Nutzern gesehen. "Twitch, which has gained a following for livestreaming gaming, was acquired in 2014 by Amazon for $970 million, and has an estimated 15 million daily active users. It said the account used by the gunman was created 'about two months prior to streaming the shooting' and had only been used to attempt to stream once before. After the Christchurch massacre, Facebook and others pointed out the challenges of preventing the sharing of violent content, often with minor changes to avoid detection by artificial intelligence. 'This video was not surfaced in any recommendations or directories; instead, our investigation suggests that people were coordinating and sharing the video via other online messaging services,' Twitch said. (...) 'Filtering algorithms so far have not been very good at detecting violence on live-stream,' noted Jillian Peterson, a professor of criminology at Hamline University, who suggested that social media firms may end up being 'held accountable' for their role in spreading violent and hateful content."

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"Trump says despite pullout plan US has not 'abandoned Thema Kurds'"

US-Präsident Trump besteht darauf, dass der Rückzug der US-Truppen aus Nordsyrien nicht als Abkehr der USA von den Kurden interpretiert werden sollte. "US President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the US has not 'abandoned' its Kurdish allies inside Syria, continuing to give a mixed message to Turkey. 'We may be in the process of leaving Syria, but in no way have we Abandoned the Kurds, who are special people and wonderful fighters,' Trump tweeted. (...) Trump on Tuesday did not say he opposed any operation by Turkey against the Kurds, but warned that 'unforced or unnecessary fighting' would prompt 'devastating' consequences for the country’s economy and their 'very fragile currency.' 'We are helping the Kurds financially/weapons!,' he added."

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"How would Netanyahu go about annexing the settlements? An explainer"

Raphael Ahren geht in The Times of Israel technischen und rechtlichen Fragen einer möglichen Annexion des Jordantals nach. "Netanyahu did not specify precisely which steps he intends to take if he wins the election and goes ahead with his promised West Bank sovereignty moves — first in the Jordan Valley and then, with US backing, in the settlements. Will he simply declare one day that Israel hereby applies its sovereignty over this or that area? Will he first hold a vote in the cabinet, or take the issue to the Knesset? Israel enshrined its annexations of both East Jerusalem (in 1980) and the Golan (in 1981) in legislation, but legal scholars said there is no absolute need for a law. Rather, a simple government decision would suffice for the annexation to take effect. 'If Netanyahu really wanted to annex all or part of the West Bank, he could do it in an hour, without any Knesset legislation,' according to Daniel Seidemann, a veteran left-wing analyst of Israeli politics. 'The Law and Regulation Ordinance empowers the Cabinet to apply the law, governance & administration of Israel in any area in what was British Mandate Palestine by means of a Government Order, adopted by a simple majority,' Seidemann tweeted on Tuesday. But during his ostensibly 'dramatic' presentation Tuesday, Netanyahu said that he wants to 'apply sovereignty in the next Knesset' — apparently envisaging seeking majority approval from among all 120 members."

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"Trump ready to meet Rouhani without preconditions"

Enge Berater des US-Präsidenten haben mitgeteilt, dass Donald Trump ohne Vorbedingungen zu einem Treffen mit Irans Präsidenten Rohani bereit wäre. "Even as the removal of national security hardliner John Bolton triggered speculation that Trump might soften his approach to Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joined Israel in alleging 'possible undeclared nuclear activities' by Tehran, and the US administration imposed new terrorist designations on leaders of some groups linked to the Islamic republic. Amid the fraught political climate, Trump loyalists signaled he is prepared to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani — something that French President Emmanuel Macron had proposed in an effort to salvage a 2015 nuclear accord with Tehran from which Trump withdrew the United States."

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"Rouhani: Starting Friday, Iran to develop faster nuclear enrichment centrifuges"

Irans Präsident Rohani habe den nächsten Schritt der iranischen Abkehr vom internationalen Atomabkommen angekündigt und damit die Europäer weiter unter Druck gesetzt, berichtet Nasser Karimi. "(...) Rouhani elaborated, saying in comments aired on state TV that starting on Friday, Iran’s atomic agency would work on the research and development of 'all kinds' of centrifuge machines that can more quickly enrich uranium. However, he said the activities will be 'peaceful' and under surveillance of the UN nuclear watchdog. (...) Both Rouhani and Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi expressed doubts Europe would succeed in salvaging the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. (...) 'I see that it’s unlikely a conclusion will be reached with Europe today or tomorrow,' Rouhani said. Araghchi was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying 'it is unlikely European countries can take an effective step' before the deadline."

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"France seeks $15b letter of credit for Iran to keep nuclear deal alive"

Frankreich will Iran offenbar eine Kreditlinie von 15 Milliarden US-Dollar anbieten, um Teheran im internationalen Atomabkommen zu halten. "According to The New York Times, which cited a US official and Iranian reports, the proposed sum was aimed at salvaging the accord after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the pact last year and reimposed biting sanctions on Iran, including on its oil sector. The $15 billion package would make up for about half of Iran’s annual oil sales, the report said, and ease some of the economic pressure on it. On Sunday, a conservative Iranian lawmaker said French President Emmanuel Macron had proposed a $15 billion line of credit on condition Iran returns to the fold."

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"TV: Israel was ready to destroy Hezbollah missile program if soldiers were hit"

Einem israelischen TV-Bericht zufolge wäre es am Sonntag beinahe zu massiven Luftschlägen gegen Hisbollah-Stellungen im Libanon gekommen. "Israel was prepared for a massive retaliation against Hezbollah’s precision missile system in Lebanon, and only opted against carrying out that plan because no Israeli soldiers were hurt in a Sunday cross-border attack by the terror group, according to a report Monday evening. 'The fact that [Hezbollah leader Hassan] Nasrallah missed and didn’t kill any Israelis saved Hezbollah from the destruction of its precision missile program,' an Israel Defense Forces source was quoted as saying by Channel 12 news. 'The planes were already in the air.' According to the report, Air force jets had been flying over the Mediterranean Sea armed with dozens of tons of explosives in preparation for a counter-strike."

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"Netanyahu says he’s doing everything to defend Israel, including ‘in Iraq’"

Israels Ministerpräsident Netanjahu hat nach den irakischen Beschwerden über mutmaßlich israelische Luftangriffe gegen schiitische Milizen anklingen lassen, dass Israel auch im Irak gegen iranische Interessen vorgehe. "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday appeared to drop the biggest hint yet that Israel was operating in Iraq against Iranian interests. Netanyahu, during a Facebook live stream to supporters, said: 'I am doing everything to defend our nation’s security from all directions: in the north facing Lebanon and Hezbollah, in Syria facing Iran and Hezbollah, unfortunately in Iraq as well facing Iran. We are surrounded by radical Islam led by Iran.' (...) Israeli officials have so far avoided confirming suspicions that the Jewish state was behind a series of recent strikes targeting the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces in Iraq, though Netanyahu had hinted at the possibility earlier this month."

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"Israel-Iran conflict exposes bleeding edge of a war for the entire Middle East"

Avi Issacharoff analysiert die jüngsten israelisch-iranischen Zusammenstöße in Irak und Syrien als Vorspiel eines drohenden Krieges um die Vorherrschaft in der Region. "This is not an Iranian-Israeli clash or war over the future of Syria. The events of the past week only underline the wide-reaching extent of this fight, which is sometimes waged covertly and sometimes breaks into the open: Attacks reportedly carried out by Israel on Shiite militias in Iraq; Iranian plans to launch UAVs from Syria into Israel as revenge; two drones going down in Hezbollah stronghold Dahiyeh in southern Beirut early Sunday; and all the while a surfeit of attacks carried out by the Houthis, Iran’s allies in Yemen, against various Saudi Arabian targets. In Israel, they refer to all of this as a fight between wars. Sunni Arab states, though, see Iran literally trying to create a modern Persian empire stretching anywhere there are Shiites."

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"UN experts warn Islamic State aiming for resurgence in Iraq, Syria"

In einem Bericht für den UN-Sicherheitsrat warnen Experten, dass Anführer des "Islamischen Staates" dabei seien, die Rückkehr der Terrormiliz in Irak und Syrien vorzubereiten. "The panel of experts said in a report to the Security Council this week that the process is more advanced in Iraq, where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and most of the militant group’s leadership are now based following the fall of the so-called 'caliphate' that he declared in the two neighboring countries. In Syria, where the last IS stronghold was toppled in March, the IS covert network is spreading and sleeper cells are being established at the provincial level, mirroring what has been happening in Iraq since 2017, the report said. (...) Looking ahead, the experts said the Islamic State group 'will reinvest in the capacity to direct and facilitate complex international attacks when it has the secure space and time to do so.' The panel added, 'The current abatement of such attacks, therefore, may not last long, possibly not even until the end of 2019.'"

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"UN urges stronger ‘global response’ to links between terror, organized crime"

Der UN-Sicherheitsrat hat eine Resolution verabschiedet, in der effektive Antworten auf die engen Verbindungen internationaler Terrorgruppen zum organisierten Verbrechen angemahnt werden. "The resolution asks states to 'enhance coordination of efforts at all levels in order to strengthen a global response to linkages between international terrorism and organized crime, whether domestic or transnational.' The nature and scope of such linkages could be better understood by combining research, the resolution explained, adding that states should 'accelerate the timely exchange of relevant operational information and financial intelligence' regarding terrorist networks’ actions. Additionally, financial intelligence could help states better understand the 'nature and scope' of potential links between terrorism and organized crime. The resolution also called for states to 'investigate, disrupt and dismantle organized crime networks' in accordance with national legislation regarding money laundering, corruption and bribery in addition to terrorism."

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"White House demands zero enrichment for Iran after cap broken"

Der Iran besteht darauf, dass die Überschreitung der im Atomabkommen vereinbarten Menge an gering angereichertem Uran keine Vertragsverletzung darstellt. Die USA fordern dagegen die vollständige Einstellung des zivilen Anreicherungsprogramms und werfen Teheran vor, den Vertrag bereits vor der Unterzeichnung verletzt zu haben. "Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded to the statement by highlighting the claim that Tehran violated the deal before it existed and sardonically tweeting the word 'Seriously?' (...) Zarif also insisted Iran had done nothing wrong. 'We have NOT violated the #JCPOA,' he tweeted using an acronym for the nuclear deal. He referred to a paragraph in the pact outlining mechanisms to resolve disputes if one side believes the other is not meeting its obligations. 'We triggered & exhausted para 36 after US withdrawal,' tweeted Zarif. He said Iran would 'reverse' its decision 'as soon as E3 abide by their obligations' — referring to the European partners of the deal Britain, France and Germany."

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"In first debate, Booker the lone Democrat to not call for reentering Iran deal"

In der ersten Debatte der Präsidentschaftskandidaten der US-Demokraten hätten sich alle Teilnehmer mit Ausnahme von Senator Cory Booker für einen Wiedereintritt der USA in das internationale Atomabkommen mit dem Iran ausgesprochen, berichtet Eric Cortellessa. "'We need to get into a deal, but I’m not going to have a platform to say I’m going to rejoin the deal,' said Booker, who as a senator in 2015 voted in favor of the deal. 'When I’m president of the United States, I will do the best I can to secure the country and the region and if I have an opportunity to leverage a better deal, I’m going to do it.' (...) In February, the Democratic National Committee passed a resolution that called on the US to reenter the deal, a sign that it would be come a policy priority for the party heading into 2020. Since then, a number of Democratic candidates have said they would get back into the agreement if elected, such as Warren, Sanders and Harris."

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"'Our Boys,' HBO series on Israel’s violent summer of 2014, set for premiere"

Eine neue Serie des US-Kabelsenders HBO beschäftigt sich mit der Entführung und Ermordung israelischer Teenager vor fünf Jahren und dem darauf folgenden Gaza-Krieg. "The show is set in the summer of 2014, when Jewish teenagers Gil-ad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Fraenkel were kidnapped on June 12 by Hamas terrorists in the West Bank and killed shortly thereafter. Two days after their bodies were found, following a search of nearly three weeks, Palestinian teenager Muhammed Abu Khdeir from East Jerusalem was burned alive in a brutal retaliatory killing by Jewish extremists. As a result of the rising tensions, the 2014 Gaza war broke out. (...) The show follows the investigation by a Shin Bet agent from the internal terror division as he probes the Abu Khdeir murder. The series tells the story of all those involved, Jews and Arabs alike, and of their lives forever changed by these events."

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"The bribe of the century"

Angesichts der einstimmigen Ablehnung des wirtschaftlichen Teils des Nahost-Friedensplans der US-Regierung durch palästinensische Spitzenpolitiker hält Avi Issacharoff den gesamten "Jahrhundert-Deal" bereits jetzt für gescheitert. Die US-Regierung habe offenbar darauf gesetzt, dass die palästinensische Bevölkerung dem "Bestechungsangebot" zustimmen und entsprechenden Druck auf ihre Führung ausüben wird. Dies treffe zum Teil sogar zu, werde aber nicht ausreichen. "(...) talk of economic improvement and the billions of dollars in investment is stirring a great deal of thought among many West Bank residents, who wonder if, perhaps, in light of the political stalemate and the absence of worthy Palestinian leadership, it is time to focus on the here and now and aim for economic improvement. But it is doubtful that moderate public pressure to give the American proposal a try will change the leadership’s stance. There is not even any real pressure at present — perhaps a few exceptional statements like those of Fadi Elsalameen, the Palestinian Facebook and Twitter star who lives in Washington, who in one of his tweets called upon President Abbas at least to try to listen to the American team and see what it could offer the Palestinian people. At this stage, Elsalameen is seen as an outlier. Most of the statements and calls have been to boycott the summit in Bahrain, whatever the price to the Palestinians may be. This is where the problem starts for Greenblatt and Kushner. At this stage, not even a single high-ranking Palestinian official can be found who will encourage the PA to attend the summit."

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"Germany is accused of downplaying anti-Semitic attacks by Muslims"

Cnaan Liphshiz berichtet über den Vorwurf, dass die deutsche Bundesregierung antisemitische Vorfälle in Deutschland oft unzulässigerweise rechtsextremen Kreisen zuschreibt, um muslimische Einwanderer zu schützen. Ein Beispiel sei der diesjährige Al-Quds-Marsch in Berlin, der erneut von antisemitischer Hetze begleitet worden sei: "(...) some of the incidents documented at the al-Quds Day march in Berlin have been classified by authorities as forms of far-right anti-Semitism, independent watchdog groups have discovered. Critics say the march example and other mislabeled incidents are facilitating attempts to politicize anti-Semitism and complicating the apparently losing battle to solve it. 'It means we can’t really use the official statistics on anti-Semitism in Germany,' Daniel Poensgen, a researcher at the Department for Research and Information on Anti-Semitism, or RIAS, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. (...) Doubts about the ministry’s methodology have become more pronounced as its data have increasingly diverged with information from across Western Europe — and from the perceptions of German Jews themselves. (...) To some critics, there is a political dimension to the apparent reluctance of German authorities to blame anti-Semitism on Muslim immigrants. Surveys suggest that group is considerably more anti-Semitic than non-immigrants, or at least more open about it. But 'the new Muslim anti-Semitism is taboo, as addressing it would only strengthen opponents of immigration,' Krisztina Koenen, a journalist for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and der Welt, wrote in an analysis she published in March in the Hungarian-Jewish magazine Neokohn."

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"It is time for Israel to end the occupation"

Angesichts der Spekulationen über eine Annexion des Westjordanlands stellt Fred Maroun fest, dass Israel in diesem Fall seine jüdische Bevölkerungsmehrheit verlieren würde oder ein Apartheid-Staat werden müsste. Er befürwortet stattdessen ein sofortiges Ende der israelischen Besatzung und schlägt einen entsprechenden Marschplan vor. "The Gaza experience is often used to reject disengagement in Judea and Samaria, but Israel can end the occupation using a very different approach than the one used in Gaza, and there is no reason why that cannot start immediately. (...) For the disengagement to be successful, Israel must ensure that some basic principles are applied, such as the following: The disengagement is done in stages, with each stage being conditional on a successful assessment of the previous stage. The Palestinian Authority (PA) must have incentives to cooperate with Israel in implementing each stage, and it must have penalties when failing to cooperate. The final stage must allow for the creation of a Palestinian state that is contiguous (not including Gaza) and viable, while protecting Israel’s security. The creation of a Palestinian state must occur only as a result of negotiations between Israel and the PA."

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"BBC to stop using the word ‘terror’ to describe attacks – report"

Die BBC erwägt offenbar, in der Berichterstattung über Anschläge auf den "Terrorismus"-Begriff zu verzichten. "The British Broadcasting Corporation has decided to stop using the word 'terror' in order to avoid being perceived as being biased in its reporting, the Daily Mail newspaper reported Sunday. The report quoted 'well-placed BBC sources' as saying the worldwide network’s management is 'eager to report terror attacks consistently, regardless of the terrorist’s political ideology.' Instead of calling all incidents 'terror attacks' and risk accusations of bias, the BBC will be changing its editorial policy to remove the word 'terror' from its lexicon unless it is contained in a direct quote. 'It boils down to that phrase, ‘One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter,‘' a senior news source told the Daily Mail. (...) BBC editorial guidelines already require journalists to avoid using the terms 'terrorist' and 'terrorism' in their reporting, saying reporters 'should consider how our use of language will affect our reputation for objective journalism.' (...) A BBC spokesman told the Daily Mail that until the new guidelines on the word 'terror' were released publicly, 'people should wait to read the editorial guidelines.'"

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"Trump: I don’t want to fight but we can’t let Iran have nuclear weapons"

US-Präsident Trump hat dem Iran im Fall eines Angriffs gegen die USA mit der Vernichtung gedroht und in einem TV-Interview noch einmal bekräftigt, dass er iranische Atomwaffen nicht zulassen werde. "US President Donald Trump said in an interview Sunday that while he does not want to go to war with Iran, he will not let them acquire nuclear weapons. 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons,' he told Fox News in an interview that aired late Sunday. 'I don’t want to fight. But you do have situations like Iran, you can’t let them have nuclear weapons — you just can’t let that happen.' (...) Trump, who withdrew the US from the Iran nuclear deal forged by his predecessor Barack Obama, said that the sanctions he reimposed were working better than he imagined. 'I ended the Iran nuclear deal, and actually, I must tell you — I had no idea it was going to be as strong as it was. It totally — the country is devastated from the standpoint of the economy,' he said."

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"The people have spoken. They want to live in Netanyahu’s Israel"

David Horovitz schreibt, dass die jüngsten Parlamentswahlen in Israel als unmissverständliche Bestätigung der öffentlichen Unterstützung für Premierminister Netanjahus Vision von Israel betrachtet werden müsse. "The people saw everything, internalized what they chose to internalize, and made their decision. No nefarious forces, as far as we know, skewed these elections. The public was not under-informed; nor was it disaffected. The turnout was a healthy 67.9% (compared to 61.4% in the 2016 US presidential elections, or 66.1% in 2015’s British parliamentary elections). The people want to live in Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israel. The people have spoken. Not all the people. But more than enough of them. Israelis’ choice. Israelis’ consequences."

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"After election, all eyes on Trump to respond to PM’s annexation gambit"

Die israelischen Parlamentswahlen haben Ministerpräsident Netanjahu aller Voraussicht nach eine fünfte Amtszeit beschert. Eric Cortellessa zufolge stellt sich nun die Frage, ob die von Netanjahu angekündigte Annexion von Teilen des Westjordanlands tatsächlich umgesetzt werden wird. Viel werde dabei von US-Präsident Trump abhängen. "While the Trump administration has largely been simpatico with Netanyahu on policy — fulfilling his wishes to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, cut aid to the Palestinian Authority, and, most recently, recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights — it has expressed daylight on one issue: expansion of West Bank settlements. (...) While the administration has held back from criticism of settlement building plans, it’s unlikely annexing West Bank settlements, which would make a Palestinian state impossible, will jibe with the unreleased peace plan. (...) In the meantime, there are signs that the administration could be moving closer to Netanyahu’s views on how to handle the West Bank. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday refused to tell senators during Congressional testimony whether the Trump administration was against annexing the West Bank or for a two-state solution. 'Ultimately, the Israelis and Palestinians will decide how to resolve this,' Pompeo said."

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"Netanyahu says Trump designated Iran Guards a terror group at his request"

Israels Premierminister Netanjahu hat verkündet, dass US-Präsident Trump die Iranische Revolutionsgarde auf sein Drängen hin zur "Terrororganisation" erklärt habe. "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday thanked US President Donald Trump for designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organization, claiming the dramatic move to further isolate Tehran came at his request. In a tweet, Netanyahu said that labeling the Islamic Republic’s elite military force a terror group was 'keeping the world safe from Iranian aggression and terrorism.' In a subsequent Hebrew tweet, Netanyahu said the move 'serves the interests of our countries and of countries in the region,' and warmly thanked the US leader for 'acceding to another one of my important requests.'"

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"Trump says he made snap decision on Golan after history crash course"

US-Präsident Trump hat mitgeteilt, dass er die Entscheidung zur Anerkennung von Israels Souveränität über die Golanhöhen nach einer kurzen historischen Einführung durch drei Berater spontan getroffen habe. "The president told the Republican National Coalition’s annual convention in Las Vegas that he decided on recognizing Israel’s hold on the territory after getting a rushed briefing from senior White House aide Jared Kushner — his son-in-law — ambassador to Israel David Friedman, and negotiator Jason Greenblatt. (...) Trump said he was told about the security ramifications of Israel holding on to the high ground of the plateau, which overlooks the Sea of Galilee and part of the upper Galilee. 'I said 'How do you like the idea of me recognizing exactly what we’re discussing?' because I agree, you need it, you need the height,' he said he told Friedman, who reacted 'like a wonderful, beautiful baby.' 'You would really, you would do that sir,' he recalled Friedman asking him, to which he replied. 'Yeah, I think I’m doing it right now. let’s write something up.' 'We make fast decisions, and we make good decisions,' he told the crowd."

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"Syria Kurds urge world to take back, reintegrate children of foreign IS jihadis"

Die syrischen Kurden haben die internationale Gemeinschaft nach dem Sieg über die letzte IS-Bastion in Baghuz aufgefordert, festgenommene internationale IS-Kämpfer und deren Familien in deren Heimatländer zurückzuführen. "Speaking a day after Kurdish-led forces announced the final demise of the jihadists’ physical 'caliphate,' the Kurdish administration’s top foreign affairs official Abdel Karim Omar warned that its foreign captives still pose a threat. 'There are thousands of fighters, children and women and from 54 countries, not including Iraqis and Syrians, who are a serious burden and danger for us and for the international community,' Omar told AFP. (...) The de facto autonomous Kurdish administration is northeastern Syria has warned it does not have capacity to detain so many people, let alone put them on trial. But many of the suspected jihadists’ countries of origin are reluctant to take them back due to potential security risks and a likely public backlash. Some have even withdrawn citizenship from their nationals detained in Syria. 'There has to be coordination between us and the international community to address this danger,' Abdel Karim Omar said."

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"Could ‘witch hunt’ Mueller report turn into Trump victory?"


Sebastian Smith zufolge deutet einiges darauf hin, dass der Abschlussbericht, den Sonderermittler Mueller am Freitag an das US-Justizministerium übergeben hat, keine unmittelbaren Anklagen gegen den Präsidenten oder seine Mitarbeiter zur Folge haben wird. Donald Trump könnte dieses Ergebnis in seinem kommenden Wahlkampf zugutekommen, so Smith. "The real battle will be over demands from Congress — and from the wider public — to be given both the entire report, as well as the underlying legal documents. This is because even though Mueller may not have landed a killer blow, through lack of evidence, Democrats believe his findings will fuel their own more politicized probes. (...) even if the Mueller report is damning, even if it leads to further peril, Trump will likely interpret the lack of an actual smoking gun as total vindication. That would be just the gift he needed to rally his right-wing base, saying that he’d been right all along."

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"EU says it will not follow Trump in recognizing Israeli sovereignty over Golan"

US-Präsident Trump hat sich in einem Tweet für die Anerkennung der Golanhöhen als Teil Israels ausgesprochen und damit die Abkehr von einer 50 Jahre währenden US-Position eingeleitet. Die EU will dem Beispiel des US-Präsidenten nicht folgen. "'The European Union, in accordance with international law, does not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the territories it occupied since July 1967, including the Golan Heights, and does not consider them as part of Israeli territory,' Maya Kosyanchich, a spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, said in a statement carried by several news outlets. (...) France added its voice, saying the Golan had been 'occupied by Israel since 1967' and it did not recognize Israel’s control. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that the US announcement could throw the region into turmoil."

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"Born into al-Qaeda: Hamza bin Laden’s rise to prominence"

Hamza bin Laden, der Sohn des 2011 getöteten Al-Qaida-Chefs Osama bin Laden, könnte in den nächsten Jahren zur neuen Leitfigur des internationalen Dschihadismus aufsteigen, schreibt Jon Gambrell. "He is not the head of al-Qaeda but he has risen in prominence within the terror network his father founded, and the group may be grooming him to stand as a leader for a young generation of jihadists. 'Hamza was destined to be in his father’s footsteps,' said Ali Soufan, a former FBI agent focused on counterterrorism who investigated al-Qaeda’s attack on the USS Cole. 'He is poised to have a senior leadership role in al-Qaeda.' Much remains unknown about him — particularly, the key question of where he is — but his life has mirrored al-Qaeda’s path, moving quietly and steadily forward, outlasting its offshoot and rival, the Islamic State group."

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"Iraq saves France from thorny repatriations of Islamic State jihadists"

Die irakische Regierung hat angekündigt, 13 französische IS-Kämpfer in Irak vor Gericht zu stellen. Damit habe Bagdad der französischen Regierung die Beantwortung der schwierigen Frage erspart, ob den Extremisten die Rückkehr nach Frankreich erlaubt werden sollte, schreibt Ali Choukeir. "The alleged fighters, who were turned over to Iraq after being seized by Syrian Kurdish forces, 'will be judged according to Iraqi law,' Saleh told a news conference after talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. 'Those who have engaged in crimes against Iraq and Iraqi installations and personnel, we are definitely seeking them and seeking their trial in Iraqi courts,' he said. The issue is extremely sensitive in France, where a deadly 2015 attack on the capital claimed by IS killed 130 people — but this arrangement could be Paris’s best option."

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