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"Russia plans to deliver S-400 missiles to Turkey within weeks"

Trotz des amerikanischen Ultimatums könnte die Lieferung der russischen S-400-Raketen an die Türkei bereits in den nächsten Wochen stattfinden, berichtet Reuters. "Russia said on Tuesday it plans to deliver its S-400 missile defense systems to Turkey in July, setting the clock ticking on a U.S. threat to hit Ankara with sanctions if it goes ahead with a deal that has strained ties between the NATO allies. Turkey and the United States have sparred publicly for months over Ankara's order for the S-400s, which are not compatible with the transatlantic alliance's systems. Washington has threatened to remove Turkey from its F-35 fighter jet program unless it drops the deal, and has set its own deadline of July 31. If Ankara accepts delivery of the S-400s, that would trigger U.S. sanctions that could prolong Turkey's economic recession and prompt a re-evaluation of its 67-year membership of NATO."

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"Julian Assange's legal team prepares for a lengthy free speech battle"

Die Anwälte von Julian Assange bereiten sich Linda Givetash zufolge auf einen langwierigen Kampf gegen eine Auslieferung des in Großbritannien inhaftierten WikiLeaks-Gründers an die USA vor. Im Mittelpunkt der Verteidigungsstrategie soll demnach die Meinungsfreiheit von Assange stehen. Die britische Politik könnte vor diesem Hintergrund allerdings versuchen, dem Streit durch eine Auslieferung von Assange an Schweden aus dem Weg zu gehen. "Assange's defense is likely to claim the charges are politically-motivated and violate his freedom of expression, protected by Article 10 in the European Convention on Human Rights, according to Michael Drury, a lawyer specializing in extradition cases for the London-based firm BCL Solicitors. It stands to be a 'highly unusual' argument in an extradition case, Drury told NBC News. Extradition cases more often see claims that a defendant would be treated inhumanely or harmed. (...) British politicians wanting 'to avoid being caught in the crossfire' of the American legal showdown would be enticed to hand Assange over to the Scandinavian nation, said [Richard Aldrich, professor of international security at the University of Warwick]. 'It’s more politically acceptable to extradite on the sorts of charges that the Swedes have raised.' (...) Even if Assange faces trial or is convicted in Sweden, Drury said he would eventually find his way back to British court to face the U.S. extradition order. 'Putting it entirely cynically, you can't get rid of the problem by sending him to Sweden,' he said."

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"Trump administration's Assange indictment is a referendum on the Constitution"

Steve Vladeck von der University of Texas School of Law analysiert die verfassungsrechtlichen Fragen, die in den USA mit der neuen Anklageschrift gegen Julian Assange aufgeworfen worden sind. "It’s easy to blame the Justice Department in general, and the Trump administration, in particular, for taking the first step down such a slippery slide. But part of the blame here also lies with Congress, which has, for decades, been warned about a potential future case exactly like this — and has nevertheless chosen to leave the law unchanged. This history of congressional quiescence led a pair of Columbia law professors, writing in 1973 (shortly after the Pentagon Papers case), to conclude that 'we have lived since World War I in a state of benign indeterminacy about the rules of law governing defense secrets.' That indeterminacy has only become more pronounced over the ensuing four and a half decades. And as of yesterday, it is no longer benign."

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"In letter, 'American Taliban' John Walker Lindh said ISIS 'doing a spectacular job'"

Nach 17 Jahren steht der als "American Taliban" bekannt gewordene John Walker Lindh kurz vor seiner vorzeitigen Freilassung wegen guter Führung. Ken Dilanian berichtet über den Verdacht, dass Lindh nach wie vor ein potentiell gewalttätiger Extremist sein könnte. "Underscoring those worries is Lindh's 2015 handwritten letter from prison to NBC's Los Angeles station KNBC - revealed for the first time Wednesday - in which he expressed support for ISIS, saying the terror group that beheaded Americans was 'doing a spectacular job.' (...) After serving 17 years of a 20-year sentence, Lindh will be released for good behavior, as is standard in the federal system. Judge T.S. Ellis imposed unusually restrictive conditions on him, including mandatory monitoring of his internet usage, banning him from foreign travel and requiring mental health counseling. (...) The conditions of his supervised release last three years, after which Lindh will be clear of formal supervision. U.S. officials told NBC News the FBI is likely to keep a close eye on him."

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"White House says it won't sign international agreement to combat online extremism"

Neuseelands Premierministerin Ardern und Frankreichs Präsident Macron haben die internationale Erklärung "Christchurch Call" auf den Weg gebracht, in der Online-Dienste aufgefordert werden, stärker gegen terroristische und extremistische Inhalte auf ihren Plattformen vorzugehen. Die US-Regierung hat die Erklärung Dareh Gregorian zufolge grundsätzlich begrüßt, eine Unterzeichnung aber mit dem Hinweis auf die Meinungsfreiheit in den USA abgelehnt. "That makes the U.S. an outlier. Allies including the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, Italy, India, Germany and Spain are all listed as signing on to the effort. Numerous technology giants are involved as well, including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter and YouTube. In its statement, the White House suggested that First Amendment concerns were stopping the Trump administration from joining in the agreement. 'We continue to be proactive in our efforts to counter terrorist content online while also continuing to respect freedom of expression and freedom of the press,' the statement said. The White House later tweeted that the administration is 'fighting for free speech online,' and urged people who feel they've been censored because of 'political bias' to share their stories on the White House's website."

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"Trump may be underestimating Iran's resolve in resisting nuclear sanctions"

Andrea Mitchell stellt fest, dass US-Präsident Trump mit seiner Iran-Strategie international zunehmend isoliert dastehe. Die "Falken" im Weißen Haus unterschätzten zudem die Entschlossenheit Teherans, dem Druck der USA nicht nachzugeben. "(...) the president’s hawkish circle of advisers very well may be underestimating Iran’s resolve and resilience. With the approach of the U.S. election, Tehran may decide to wait out the Trump administration. And while the president seems confident in his powers of persuasion if he were in a room with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, how has “the art of the deal” worked so far with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un? In addition, Iran, unlike North Korea, does not have one-man rule. Rouhani has to answer not only to the supreme leader, the Ayatollah Khamenei, but also the powerful Revolutionary Guard, recently named by the State Department as a terrorist group, the first time an official government organization was so designated. Under those conditions, negotiations between the two governments are all but impossible. And Pompeo said last week he does not believe Iran’s government could ever change enough to satisfy the administration."

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"'Martyrdom, bro:' U.S. Army veteran busted in domestic terror plot"

In Kalifornien ist ein Veteran der U.S. Army wegen der Planung eines Terroranschlags verhaftet worden. FBI-Angaben zufolge wollte Mark Steven Domingo möglichst viele Teilnehmer einer Versammlung "weißer Nationalisten" töten, um sich für den rechtsextremistischen Anschlag in Christchurch zu "rächen". "Mark Steven Domingo, 26, boasted about amassing an arsenal of weapons, including 80 pounds of nails for a bomb, to carry out the attack in retaliation for the killing of Muslims by a white supremacist in the city of Christchurch, according to an affidavit supporting the criminal complaint. (...) Over six weeks of plotting with the informant, Domingo fantasized about murdering a laundry list of perceived enemies, including Christians, Jews, white supremacists, police officers, even his next-door neighbor.“

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"Syrian refugees who fled to Turkey face backlash"

Syrische Flüchtlinge in der Türkei, die von der Bevölkerung zunächst mit offenen Armen begrüßt worden seien, sähen sich nun zunehmender Ablehnung gegenüber, berichtet Kristina Jovanovski. Neben wirtschaftlichen Problemen spielten dabei auch kulturelle Bedenken eine Rolle. "(...) the mood has since changed and tensions are now rising amid concerns about competition for jobs and cultural differences. This has led to a rare unifying sentiment across political lines that Syrian refugees must eventually leave. A survey conducted at the end of 2017 by Istanbul Bilgi University found 86 percent of respondents wanted all Syrians to return home when the war ends. (...) Turkey is divided between citizens who want the government to reflect the religious beliefs of the country's Muslim majority and those who staunchly cling to the secular roots of a republic founded on the basis of separation between state and religion. Turkey's interior minister last year said Syrians have had 380,000 babies in their adopted country since 2011. Some in Turkey, with a population of around 80 million, worry that the influx will mean secular culture is left behind."

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"Trump says he agrees '100%' with keeping U.S. troops in Syria"

US-Präsident Trump hat seinen Verzicht auf den vor zwei Monaten angekündigten vollständigen Truppenabzug aus Syrien in einem Schreiben an den Kongress noch einmal bekräftigt. "Two months after declaring all U.S. troops are leaving Syria, President Donald Trump wrote to members of Congress that he now agrees '100%' with keeping a military presence in Syria. A bipartisan group of Senators and Representatives wrote to Trump on Feb. 22, applauding his decision to keep a small residual force in Syria. 'We support a small American stabilizing force in Syria,' the group wrote, adding that a force 'which includes a small contingent of American troops and ground forces from our European allies, is essential to ensure stability and prevent the return of ISIS.'"

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"Putin vows to target U.S. if missiles are deployed in Europe"

Präsident Putin hat die USA in seiner Rede an die Nation vor der Stationierung neuer Mittelstreckenraketen in Europa gewarnt. "Russia will respond to any American deployment of short or intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe by targeting not only the countries where they are stationed, but the U.S. itself, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday. In his toughest remarks yet on a potential new arms race, Putin said Russia was not seeking confrontation and would not take the first step to deploy missiles in response to Washington's decision this month to quit a landmark Cold War-era arms control treaty."

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"Trump wants Europe to take back ISIS fighters. That's tricky."

US-Präsident Trump hat Europa aufgefordert, inhaftierte europäische IS-Kämpfer in Syrien und Irak in ihre Heimatländer zurückzuführen. Die Associated Press erläutert, warum dies europäische Regierungen vor Probleme stellt. "(...) few European countries have embassies in Syria or Iraq, let alone extradition treaties to get their citizens back. Proving who is who and gathering solid evidence against suspects that would stand up in European courts is virtually impossible. Then there is the question of what to do with the wives and children of European jihadis. (...) Britain refuses to take back citizens who joined ISIS and has stripped them of their citizenship. Belgium has said previously that it would not make any great effort to secure the release of 12 citizens imprisoned in Syria and two in Iraq. Other European countries have remained largely silent about the fate of men and women whom many see as a security threat."

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"Senate has uncovered no direct evidence of conspiracy between Trump campaign and Russia"

Die kurz vor dem Abschluss stehenden Russland-Ermittlungen des Geheimdienstausschusses im US-Senat haben offenbar keinen Beweis für eine Verschwörung zwischen US-Präsident Trump und Moskau aufgedeckt. NBC News zufolge wird dieses Resultat von Republikanern und Demokraten unterschiedlich interpretiert. "'If we write a report based upon the facts that we have, then we don't have anything that would suggest there was collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia,' said Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, in an interview with CBS News last week. (...) On Tuesday, Burr doubled down, telling NBC News, 'There is no factual evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.' (...) Democratic Senate investigators who spoke to NBC News on condition of anonymity did not dispute Burr's characterizations, but said they lacked context. 'We were never going to find a contract signed in blood saying, 'Hey Vlad, we're going to collude,'' one Democratic aide said. The series of contacts between Trump's associates, his campaign officials, his children and various Russians suggest a campaign willing to accept help from a foreign adversary, the Democrats say."

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"Report: Space will likely be a battlefield in any U.S. conflict with China, Russia"

Die Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), der Geheimdienst des Pentagons, geht in einem neuen Bericht davon aus, dass ein möglicher Konflikt der USA mit China oder Russland auch im Weltall ausgetragen würde. "(...) a new DIA report, 'Challenges to Security in Space,' warns that both China and Russia are making advances in space technology, and that both are likely to turn to space early on in any major military conflict to cripple their adversaries. 'Space is now a war-fighting domain like the land, sea and air,' a U.S. defense official said. 'We can't view space as a sanctuary from attack.' (...) U.S. defense and intelligence officials say neither China nor Russia has surpassed the U.S. in space capabilities, but that they are investing broadly to try to best the American military, and that they are now integrating weapons that could attack in space into their conventional units."

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"ISIS regrouping in Iraq, Pentagon report says"

Ein neuer Pentagon-Bericht warnt, dass der "Islamische Staat" in Irak neuen Zulauf erhalte und sich dort sogar schneller erholen könnte als in Syrien. "'If Sunni socioeconomic, political and sectarian grievances are not adequately addressed by the national and local governments of Iraq and Syria, it is very likely that ISIS will have the opportunity to set conditions for future resurgence and territorial control,' according to the Department of Defense Inspector General Quarterly Report about Operation Inherent Resolve. 'Currently, ISIS is regenerating key functions and capabilities more quickly in Iraq than in Syria, but absent sustained [counterterrorism] pressure, ISIS could likely resurge in Syria within six to 12 months and regain limited territory in the [middle Euphrates River valley].'"

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"Trump's governing philosophy shares more in common with Alexander Hamilton than Machiavelli"

Keith Koffler meint, dass US-Präsident Trump in seinem Opportunismus nicht nur von Machtstreben, sondern von einer politischen Philosophie angetrieben werde. "President Donald Trump has values and philosophy. It all has something to do with Alexander Hamilton. Sounds crazy, right? But it's true. And Washington elites on both sides of the aisle are still, two years after the election, fatally underestimating the president and demonstrating contempt for his voters. Critics love to refer to him as a 'transactional' president and insist his voters are rubes who fell for an alluring sales pitch. But Trump has strong ideas that he is hell-bent on fighting for, and his core supporters remain willing to ignore his various outrages. Indeed, they may very well head to the polls for him again in 2020. Thus, Democrats who dismiss Trump as an empty suit do so at their own peril. No, Trump might not be so read up on the philosophical basis of his own ideology. He is not perusing the works of John Locke, Edmund Burke or Friedrich Hayek between morning tweets. But he is also not simply channeling Machiavelli."

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Sollten sich die US-Truppen tatsächlich aus Syrien zurückziehen, würde dies Courtney Kube und Josh Lederman zufolge die Frage aufwerfen, was mit den mehr als 790 IS-Gefangenen und deren Familien in US-Gewahrsam geschehen sollte. Als mögliche Option sei bereits die Überstellung nach Guantanamo ins Spiel gebracht worden. "To tackle the problem, the U.S. has separated the list of detainees into three categories: most dangerous, mid-level fighters and some leaders, and the more general fighters, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the planning. The most dangerous fighters are the ones under consideration to send to the detention facility at Guantanamo, which the president has repeatedly threatened to 'load up' with 'some bad dudes.' Karen Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University, says there is precedent for quickly and secretly moving prisoners into Guantanamo Bay. 'Recall what happened in 2001,' she said, 'the U.S. set up Guantanamo in 96 hours. It could happen very fast.'"

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"Lindsey Graham says Trump is 'slowing down' Syria withdrawal"

US-Senator Graham hat nach einem Gespräch mit Präsident Trump angedeutet, dass sich der angekündigte Abzug der US-Truppen aus Syrien verzögern könnte. "Sen. Lindsey Graham told reporters Sunday after a lunch with President Trump that plans to withdraw 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria are 'slowing down in a smart way.' Graham, a South Carolina Republican, said outside the White House that talks about removing military personnel from the country are in a 'pause situation.' The senator said Trump told him 'some things I didn't know' about his plans in Syria 'that make me feel a lot better about where we're headed' in the Middle Eastern country."

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"9/11 hangs over Taliban talks and assurances militant group has changed"

Die Gespräche der US-Regierung mit den Taliban werden immer noch von den Anschlägen des 11. Septembers 2001 und den Verbindungen der Gotteskrieger zur Al-Qaida überschattet, berichten F. Brinley Bruton und Mushtaq Yusufzai. "(...) even as diplomatic efforts gallop ahead, a crucial question looms over talks: Would a Taliban legitimized by an international peace agreement prevent foreign terrorists from plotting attacks from Afghan soil like Al Qaeda did before Sept. 11, 2001? It was the Taliban government's decision to protect bin Laden that triggered the subsequent U.S.-led invasion. Top military brass clearly feel there is a danger of history repeating. (...) 'I don’t think that the Taliban loves Al Qaeda,' [Vanda Felbab-Brown, an expert on international terrorism and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution,] said. 'But it does not necessarily mean that they can easily control them.' Even if they wanted to, it is unlikely that the Taliban could keep a promise to rein in foreign fighters and groups. For one thing, the central government in Kabul has always struggled to control the country. And then there is ISIS Khorasan, the Islamic State’s local affiliate which includes many disaffected Taliban fighters. While small in number, the group has been especially brazen and lethal."

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"Kosovo announces new army, Serbia responds by raising prospect of armed intervention"

Das Parlament in Kosovo hat am Freitag die Bildung einer nationalen Armee beschlossen und damit wütende Reaktionen aus Serbien ausgelöst. "Serbia insists that the new army violates a U.N. resolution that ended Kosovo's 1998-1999 bloody war of independence. It has warned bluntly that it may respond to the move with an armed intervention in the former province, with Prime Minister Ana Brnabic saying it was 'one of the options on the table.' On Friday, Nikola Selakovic, an adviser to the Serbian president, said the county could send in Serbian armed forces or declare Kosovo an occupied territory. (...) The United States hailed Kosovo's parliamentary vote to form a new army as a first step and reaffirmed 'its support for the gradual transition ... to a force with a territorial defense mandate, as is Kosovo's sovereign right.'"

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"Trump's support for Saudi Arabia contradicts the CIA, subverts national security and puts millions of lives at risk"

Mark Hannah von der Eurasia Group Foundation nennt drei Argumente, die von Experten vorgebracht werden, um das Bündnis zwischen den USA und Saudi-Arabien zu rechtfertigen. Keiner dieser Punkte kann seiner Ansicht nach heute noch überzeugen. "Foreign policy experts typically give three main reasons why we continue to boost Saudi Arabia: oil, Iran, and terrorism. None of these holds water. First, thanks to advances in fracking, the U.S. has overtaken Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s top petroleum producer. (...) Second, some think Iran is poised to dominate the Middle East if the U.S. withdraws military support for Saudi Arabia. They are wrong. As Harvard’s Stephen Walt points out, the defense spending of Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates is, in aggregate, 'at least five times greater than Iran’s,' the U.S. would likely support any of these countries if attacked and so the argument that Iran 'is on the brink of regional hegemony defies reason.' Finally, the notion that Saudi Arabia is a bulwark against terrorism seems downright foolish when one considers that 15 of the 19 September 11th hijackers were Saudi citizens, and the lead attorney for the 9/11 plaintiffs claimed there is evidence demonstrating a 'longstanding and close relationships between al Qaeda and the religious components of the Saudi government.' (...) supporting the Saudi-led coalition actually undermines U.S. national security."

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"U.S. military in 'crisis,' could lose a war to Russia and China, report warns"

Ein neuer Bericht einer Kommission für den US-Kongress warnt, dass die globale militärische Vorherrschaft der USA deutlich abgenommen habe und das US-Militär heute nicht in der Lage wäre, in mehr als einem Krieg zu kämpfen. Zudem sei nicht mehr auszuschließen, dass die USA einen Krieg gegen Russland oder China verlieren könnten. "'U.S. military superiority is no longer assured and the implications for American interests and American security are severe,' said the report, which was issued by the National Defense Strategy Commission, an independent agency whose board is appointed by the House and Senate Armed Services committees. The report concludes that the Defense Department isn't financially or strategically set up to wage two wars at once and could even lose a war against China or Russia individually."

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"Russia has been quiet ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Here's what it may be planning for Election Day."

Alex Stamos stellt fest, dass die von vielen Kommentatoren erwartete russische Beeinflussung der US-Kongresswahlen zumindest bis zum Wahltag ausgeblieben sei. "There are a couple of interpretations for this silence. The first possibility is that most of Russia’s information warfare assets are sitting the 2018 midterms out. (...) The second possibility is that Russian interference will be more subtle and deniable this time around. (...) In the end, the ability to defeat this enemy lies not with any government agency or Silicon Valley giant, but with our citizenry. We can choose to not be manipulated. As with all bullies, Russia’s greatest fear is not being defeated, but being ignored."

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"China's Xi and a retired U.S. general have both brought up war. How worried should the world be?"

In den vergangenen Tagen haben sowohl der im Ruhestand stehende US-General Ben Hodges als auch Chinas Präsident Xi Jinping die Möglichkeit eines Krieges zwischen den USA und China thematisiert. Alexander Smith schreibt, dass viele Experten vor dieser rhetorischen Eskalation warnen, zugleich aber darauf hinweisen, dass ein Krieg sehr unwahrscheinlich bleibe. "Many experts say that type of tough talk carries grave risks. But most believe the world is a considerable ways away from a war between its two largest economies. (...) 'Are we going to see a conflict soon, like Steve Bannon's doomsday proclamation? I tend to be a little less apocalyptic than that. I tend to think that cooler heads will eventually prevail,' [Raffaello Pantucci, director of International Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute,] added. One thing to remember, according to experts, is that China is not Russia. Russia has a relatively small economy and is less powerful than it was 30 years ago. It punches above its weight by sowing chaos and using hard power in places like Syria, Ukraine and Georgia, not to mention the ever-present threat of nuclear annihilation. 'That is not China's game; China's game is to become the world's biggest power,' Pantucci said. 'It doesn't want a nuclear war, because nuclear war is not conducive to growth.'"

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"How a Saudi royal crushed his rivals in a 'shakedown' at the Ritz-Carlton"

NBC News berichtet über neue Details der Operation zur Machtsicherung des saudi-arabischen Kronprinzen Mohammed bin Salman, der politische Gegner vor einem Jahr in einem Luxushotel festhielt, um sie mit Drohungen und Folter gefügig zu machen. "(...) a year ago Sunday, on Nov. 4, 2017, the ultra-luxurious Riyadh hotel — with its marble floors and vast indoor swimming pool — became a gilded prison, when hundreds of Saudi royals, billionaires and senior government officials were detained in an extraordinary power play by the heir to the throne, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (...) The details of exactly what happened to those detained at the Ritz have remained shrouded in secrecy, and the fate of those still held also remains unclear. A second hotel, the Courtyard by Marriott, located just across the street from the Ritz, was also used as a high-end detention center when space ran out at the Ritz. Both hotels were closed to the public during the operation. The Ritz did not respond to a request for comment. A U.S. intelligence official and two former senior U.S. government officials told NBC News that the detainees were coerced, abused and tortured. The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, declined to divulge details, which were contained in classified intelligence reports. The detainees were deprived of sleep, beaten and interrogated with their heads covered. Seventeen were hospitalized, according to the New York Times."

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"Deep Fakes: How they are made and how they can be detected"

NBC News erläutert in diesem Video, wie sogenannte "Deep Fakes" funktionieren. Die täuschend echt wirkenden Bild- und Tonfälschungen werden von Experten zunehmend als ernste Gefahr betrachtet. "Advances in machine-learning and A.I have now made it possible to swap someone else’s face and voice into a video, and make it look like they did or said something….anything you want. These videos and photos are called deepfakes, and they’re getting more sophisticated by the day. The technology harnesses machine-learning techniques – feeding a computer real data about images so it can create the fake."

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"Security experts say houses of worship vulnerable to attacks"

Nach dem antisemitischen Attentat in einer Synagoge in Pennsylvania erinnern Elizabeth Chuck und Dennis Romero an frühere Angriffe auf jüdische Gemeinden in den USA. Sicherheitsexperten halten religiöse Stätten demnach seit langem für "weiche Ziele". "Last year, a firearms training school in Corona, California, added a 'synagogue security' class to its list of courses. Previous private training sessions for synagogues were popular enough to offer a full course, said William Murphy, co-owner of Firearms Training Associates. The synagogue security class includes how to use a handgun to stop an attacker, he said. (...) Jewish institutions have long been targets for domestic terrorists and often deploy armed security, said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, social action director at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles. It’s a policy that gained new urgency after the 1999 shooting at the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Los Angeles that wounded five, including three young children. Many Jewish institutions beefed up security, and the Los Angeles Police Department increased patrols of houses of worship."

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"Retired U.S. general says war with China likely in 15 years"

Der frühere Oberbefehlshaber der US-Streitkräfte in Europa, Ben Hodges, hält es für "sehr wahrscheinlich", dass zwischen den USA und China in den kommenden 15 Jahren ein Krieg ausbrechen wird. "The former commander of the U.S. Army in Europe warned Wednesday that it's very likely the United States will be at war with China in 15 years. Retired Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges said that European allies will have to do more to ensure their own defenses in face of a resurgent Russia because America will need to focus more attention on defending its interests in the Pacific. 'The United States needs a very strong European pillar. I think in 15 years — it's not inevitable — but it is a very strong likelihood that we will be at war with China,' Hodges told a packed room at the Warsaw Security Forum".

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"Inside the remote U.S. base in Syria central to combating ISIS and countering Iran"

Courtney Kube hat zusammen mit anderen Journalisten zum ersten Mal den US-Stützpunkt Al Tanf im Osten Syriens besucht. Die dort stationierten US-Truppen hätten die offizielle Aufgabe, den sogenannten IS zu bekämpfen und den Einfluss des Irans zurückzudrängen. "NBC News joined Army Gen. Joseph Votel, the top U.S. commander for the Middle East, on a trip to Al Tanf where he acknowledged the base's strategic importance in countering the sway of Iran. 'We don't have a counter Iranian mission here. We have a defeat ISIS mission,' Votel said Monday. 'But I do recognize that our presence, our development of partners and relationships down here does have an indirect effect on some malign activities that Iran and their various proxies and surrogates would like to pursue down here.'"

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"Saudi government considering plan to admit that writer Jamal Khashoggi was killed in consulate"

Saudi-Arabien erwägt NBC News zufolge offenbar, den Tod des verschwundenen Journalisten Jamal Khashoggi einzuräumen. Verantwortlich sollen demnach Agenten gemacht werden, die ohne Auftrag der Regierung agiert haben. "Such an off-ramp could provide a way for Saudi leadership to save face and explain away their previous insistence that Khashoggi wasn’t killed in the consulate and indeed left the building shortly after he entered nearly two weeks ago. One of those two individuals said he was told by those close to the Saudi leadership that the kingdom will claim that rogue operatives killed Khashoggi during an interrogation or a rendition attempt that went horribly awry. The third individual said the U.S. government still doesn’t know precisely what explanation the Saudis plan to give, but that the Saudis intend to admit 'culpability.'"

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"North Korea's Kim agrees to dismantle main nuke site if U.S. takes steps too"

Nordkoreas Staatschef Kim Jong-un hat beim Gipfeltreffen mit Südkoreas Präsident Moon Jae-in einen Abbau der landesweit größten Atomanlage in Aussicht gestellt. Voraussetzung wären demnach entsprechende und nicht näher genannte Zugeständnisse der USA. "According to a joint statement issued by the two leaders, Kim also accepted international inspectors to monitor the closing of a key missile test site and launch pad and a vowed to work with South Korea to host the Summer Olympics in 2032. Declaring they had made a major step toward peace on the Korean Peninsula, the two leaders were side by side as they announced the to a group of North and South Korean reporters after a closed-door meeting Wednesday morning."

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