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23.09.2020

"Trump imposes new bans on Cuban rum, cigars, hotels"

https://www.reuters.com/article/usa-cuba/trump-unveils-new-sanctions-against-cuban-rum-and-cigars-idUSKCN
26E2Z3

US-Präsident Trump hat vor dem Hintergrund des laufenden Wahlkampfes in Florida neue Sanktionen gegen Kuba verhängt. "Since Trump took office in January 2017, he has been rolling back a detente with America’s old Cold War foe pursued by his Democratic predecessor, President Barack Obama. Trump’s aides believe his toughened stance has gone down well in the large Cuban-American community in south Florida, an important voting bloc in a state where he and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden are locked in a tight race."

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23.09.2020

"World becoming less tolerant of migrants - Gallup poll"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-migration-poll/world-becoming-less-tolerant-of-migrants-gallup-
poll-idUSKCN26E0WW

Einer neuen Umfrage zufolge ist die Akzeptanz von Migranten weltweit gesunken. "Seven European countries, led by North Macedonia, Hungary, Serbia and Croatia, topped the Gallup index of the world’s least-accepting countries. But the sharpest changes in attitudes were in Peru, Ecuador and Colombia, which have seen an influx of Venezuelans fleeing turmoil at home. Canada was the most welcoming country toward migrants, followed by Iceland and New Zealand, according to the index based on more than 140,000 interviews in 145 countries and regions. The poll asked people their views about having migrants living in their country, becoming their neighbours and marrying into their families."

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15.09.2020

"U.N. war crimes experts urge Turkey to rein in rebels in Syria"

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-syria-security-un-idUKKBN2662PB

UN-Experten haben die Türkei in einem Bericht über Kriegsverbrechen in Syrien aufgefordert, ihre Verbündeten vor Ort zu "zügeln". "Turkey must rein in Syrian rebels it supports in northern Syria who may have carried out kidnappings, torture and looting of civilian property, United Nations war crimes investigators said on Tuesday. In a report covering the first half of 2020, the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria said assassinations and rapes of civilians by all sides, marked by 'sectarian undertones', were on the rise in the conflict that began in 2011."

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13.09.2020

"Once an American foe, now a friend: OPEC turns 60"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-oil-opec-insight/once-an-american-foe-now-a-friend-opec-turns-60-idUSK
BN26406P

Das Öl-Kartell OPEC habe sich sechzig Jahre nach seiner Gründung von einem Widersacher zu einem Partner der USA gewandelt, schreibt Alex Lawler. "Since Saudi Arabia and other Arab OPEC members imposed their famous oil embargo as retribution for U.S. support for Israel during the Yom Kippur War, shifts in global politics and a surge in America’s oil production have tamed the group. OPEC’s most hawkish members, Iran and Venezuela, have been sidelined by U.S. sanctions while its kingpin, Saudi Arabia, has shown it would rather appease Washington than risk losing U.S. support, current and former OPEC officials say."

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03.09.2020

"U.S. court: Mass surveillance program exposed by Snowden was illegal"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-nsa-spying/u-s-court-mass-surveillance-program-exposed-by-snowden-
was-illegal-idUSKBN25T3CK

Sieben Jahre nach den Enthüllungen des NSA-Whistleblowers Edward Snowden hat ein US-Gericht festgestellt, dass das betroffene NSA-Programm zur Massenüberwachung von US-Bürgern illegal gewesen sei. "In a ruling handed down on Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said the warrantless telephone dragnet that secretly collected millions of Americans’ telephone records violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and may well have been unconstitutional. Snowden, who fled to Russia in the aftermath of the 2013 disclosures and still faces U.S. espionage charges, said on Twitter that the ruling was a vindication of his decision to go public with evidence of the National Security Agency’s domestic eavesdropping operation. 'I never imagined that I would live to see our courts condemn the NSA’s activities as unlawful and in the same ruling credit me for exposing them,' Snowden said in a message posted to Twitter."

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11.08.2020

"Who owned the chemicals that blew up Beirut? No one will say"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-security-blast-ship-insight/who-owned-the-chemicals-that-blew-
up-beirut-no-one-will-say-idUSKCN2571CP

Reuters zufolge ist nach wie vor unklar, wem das explosive Ammoniumnitrat im Beiruter Hafen eigentlich gehört hat. "There are many unanswered questions surrounding last week’s huge, deadly blast in the Lebanese capital, but ownership should be among the easiest to resolve. Clear identification of ownership, especially of a cargo as dangerous as that carried by the Moldovan-flagged Rhosus when it sailed into Beirut seven years ago, is fundamental to shipping, the key to insuring it and settling disputes that often arise. But Reuters interviews and trawls for documents across 10 countries in search of the original ownership of this 2,750-tonne consignment instead revealed an intricate tale of missing documentation, secrecy and a web of small, obscure companies that span the globe. (…) Those linked to the shipment and interviewed by Reuters all denied knowledge of the cargo’s original owner or declined to answer the question. Those who said they didn’t know included the ship’s captain, the Georgian fertilizer maker who produced the cargo and the African firm that ordered it but said it never paid for it."

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09.08.2020

"Afghanistan to release 400 'hard-core' Taliban to start peace talks"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/afghanistan-to-release-400-hard-core-taliban-to-st
art-peace-talks-idUSKCN25507I

Die Ratsversammlung Loya Jirga hat die Entlassung von 400 erfahrenen Taliban-Kämpfern empfohlen, um den Weg der Friedensverhandlungen in Afghanistan zu ebnen. "With the release, the Afghan government will fulfil its pledge to release 5,000 Taliban prisoners. Talks between the warring Taliban and government will start in Doha this week, Western diplomats said. Ghani appealed to the hardline Islamist group to pledge to a complete ceasefire ahead of talks. Deliberation over the release of last batch of Taliban prisoners, accused of conducting some of the bloodiest attacks across Afghanistan, had triggered outrage among civilians and rights groups who questioned the morality of the peace process."

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04.08.2020

"North Korea has 'probably' developed nuclear devices to fit ballistic missiles, U.N. report says"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-sanctions-un/north-korea-has-probably-developed-nuclear-dev
ices-to-fit-ballistic-missiles-un-report-says-idUSKCN24Z2PO

Einem neuen UN-Bericht zufolge könnte Nordkorea bereits heute Atomsprengköpfe für ballistische Raketen besitzen. "North Korea is pressing on with its nuclear weapons program and several countries believe it has 'probably developed miniaturized nuclear devices to fit into the warheads of its ballistic missiles,' according to a confidential U.N. report. The report by an independent panel of experts monitoring U.N. sanctions said the countries, which it did not identify, believed North Korea’s past six nuclear tests had likely helped it develop miniaturized nuclear devices. Pyongyang has not conducted a nuclear test since September 2017."

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30.07.2020

"U.S. keen to ensure Russian pipeline does not threaten Europe, Pompeo says"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-senate-pompeo-pipeline/pompeo-u-s-will-do-what-it-can-to-ensure-no
rd-stream-2-pipeline-does-not-threaten-europe-idUSKCN24V2MV?il=0

Die US-Regierung wird US-Außenminister Pompeo zufolge alles tun, um sicherzustellen, dass die russische Ostseepipeline Nord Stream 2 nicht zu einer "Sicherheitsbedrohung für Europa" werde. Die USA agierten dabei im Interesse der Menschen in Europa, auch wenn dies z.B. in Deutschland anders gesehen werde. "'We need further tools. We’re prepared to use those tools should you provide them to us,' Pompeo told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Last month, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced legislation that would expand existing sanctions related to the natural gas pipeline to include penalties on parties providing underwriting services, insurance or reinsurance and pipe-laying activities. (…) Noting that, in his estimation, Germany does not agree with the U.S. assessment of the threat, Pompeo told lawmakers: 'We’re taking action ourselves to try and accomplish that, to preserve security for the European people.'"

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14.07.2020

"China vows retaliation after Trump ends preferential status for Hong Kong"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-hongkong-security-trump/trump-ends-hong-kong-preferential-status-in-re
sponse-to-oppressive-chinese-actions-against-city-idUSKCN24F2KQ

Die US-Regierung hat ihre Drohung wahrgemacht und Hongkong nach dem Erlass des neuen Sicherheitsgesetzes durch Peking den wirtschaftlichen Sonderstatus entzogen. "Citing China’s decision to enact a new national security law for Hong Kong, Trump signed an executive order that he said would end the preferential economic treatment for the city. 'No special privileges, no special economic treatment and no export of sensitive technologies,' he told a news conference. (…) Analysts say that completely ending Hong Kong’s special treatment could prove self-defeating for the United States. Hong Kong was the source of the largest bilateral U.S. goods trade surplus last year, at $26.1 billion, U.S. Census Bureau data shows. According to the State Department, 85,000 U.S. citizens lived in Hong Kong in 2018 and more than 1,300 U.S. companies operate there, including nearly every major U.S. financial firm. The territory is a major destination for U.S. legal and accounting services."

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23.06.2020

"Trump aides begin discussions on Israel's West Bank annexation plan: sources"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-annexation-usa/trump-aides-begin-discussions-on-is
raels-west-bank-annexation-plan-sources-idUSKBN23V035

Im Weißen Haus hat Insider-Informationen zufolge die Debatte über die Frage begonnen, ob die USA Israel "grünes Licht" für die Annexion des Westjordanlandes geben sollten. "Senior aides to U.S. President Donald Trump began discussions on Tuesday on whether to give Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a green light for his plan to annex settlements in the occupied West Bank, according to a U.S. official and a person familiar with the deliberations. With Netanyahu’s July 1 target date approaching, the White House meeting included Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, national security adviser Robert O’Brien, Middle East envoy Avi Berkowitz and the U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman, the U.S. official said. Trump, whose support Netanyahu is counting on for a move that has drawn condemnation from the Palestinians and U.S. Arab allies, did not participate, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. But U.S. sources have said he could join in later as this week’s deliberations continue."

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26.05.2020

"Hungarian PM's power to rule by decree to end on June 20: government"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-hungary-emergency/hungarian-pms-power-to-rule-by-de
cree-to-end-on-june-20-government-idUSKBN2321VF

Das umstrittene Gesetz, das der ungarischen Regierung erlauben sollte, in der Coronakrise unter Umgehung des Parlaments per Dekret zu regieren, soll am 20 Juni auslaufen. "Right-wing nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban obtained the powers without a time limit in a vote by parliament where his party holds a two-thirds majority, drawing European Union criticism about democratic backsliding in Budapest. Orban said earlier that parliament could at any time cancel the special powers to manage the country without parliament’s consent, which he said were necessary to curb the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fall-out. Asked to clarify whether that meant the special powers would also end on June 20 in addition to the standard state of emergency invoked to tackle a crisis, government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said the two 'by definition go hand in hand.'"

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19.05.2020

"Long-lasting global recession likely due to COVID-19, says World Economic Forum report"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-wef-report/long-lasting-global-recession-likely-due
-to-covid-19-says-world-economic-forum-report-idUSKBN22V0GR

Viele Wirtschaftsexperten erwarten einer Umfrage des World Economic Forum zufolge, dass die Coronakrise zu einer anhaltenden globalen Rezession führen wird. "Risk managers expect a prolonged global recession as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, a report by the World Economic Forum showed on Tuesday. Two-thirds of the 347 respondents to the survey - carried out in response to the outbreak - put a lengthy contraction in the global economy top of their list of concerns for the next 18 months. Half of risk managers expected bankruptcies and industry consolidation, the failure of industries to recover and high levels of unemployment, particularly among the young."

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14.05.2020

"Attacks deal Trump's long-shot Afghan peace push a fresh blow"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-peaceplan/attacks-deal-trumps-long-shot-afghan-peace-p
ush-a-fresh-blow-idUSKBN22P3BH

Das Friedensabkommen der US-Regierung mit den Taliban sei durch einen Angriff auf ein Krankenhaus in Kabul und einen Selbstmordanschlag in der Nangarhar-Provinz erneut in Frage gestellt worden, berichtet Reuters. "An affiliate of the Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the bombing, according to the SITE Intelligence Group. There has been no claim for the hospital attack in Kabul. The Taliban denied involvement in both attacks. Four sources - a U.S. official, a U.S. congressional aide, a European diplomat and a former Afghan official, all speaking on condition of anonymity - said the attacks were more likely to undermine the U.S. sponsored peace process than to achieve any government-Taliban reconciliation. (…) Ghani’s decision to revive offensive operations is supported by many opposition figures, who believe Washington’s sole focus is to keep the U.S. troop withdrawal plan intact to help Trump win a second term in the Nov. 3 election, the former Afghan official said. A European diplomat based in Kabul said Ghani’s stance made sense given the Afghan public’s horror at Tuesday’s violence. However, the diplomat said U.S. support for Afghan forces in going after the Taliban could scotch the peace process. 'Now it is for the U.S. to decide whether they help Afghan forces intensify their attacks,' the diplomat said. 'That could  lead to the (deal’s) collapse and we are back in war mode.'"

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06.05.2020

"The lockdown lift"

https://graphics.reuters.com/HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/REOPENING/jbyprjmdepe/index.html

Reuters hat in einer interaktiven Infografik aktuelle Maßnahmen vieler Länder zur schrittweisen Aufhebung des Corona-Lockdowns zusammengestellt. "National and local authorities around the world are beginning to wind down restrictions imposed to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, gradually lifting the lockdowns that have stunted economies, decimated jobs and thrown millions into poverty. The following chart shows the status of social distancing measures in five important areas: schools, shops, bars and restaurants, public transport and international travel. Exceptions to the general rule are noted where significant. The chart focuses on the countries and U.S. states with the highest number of infections, as well other territories whose economies are regionally important. The chart will be updated as more governments announce measures to reopen their economies, or if they go too far and have to pull back."

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06.05.2020

"Detained American claims he plotted Maduro's capture in Venezuela TV statement"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-security-videos/detained-american-in-venezuelan-tv-statement
-says-he-plotted-maduros-capture-idUSKBN22I2PJ

Einer der beiden in Venezuela festgenommenen US-Bürger hat im staatlichen Fernsehen angegeben, dass eine Gruppe von Söldnern Präsident Maduro entführen und außer Landes schaffen wollte. "A former U.S. soldier captured in Venezuela said on Wednesday that he had been contracted by a Florida security firm to seize control of Caracas’ airport and bring in a plane to fly President Nicolas Maduro to the United States. (…) During questioning broadcast on state television, Denman said the firm, Silvercorp USA, had signed a contract with Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to seek Maduro’s removal. A Guaido advisor told CNN on Wednesday that he had signed an exploratory agreement, but it had never been finalized and the opposition did not support the attempted incursion. (…) Denman said he and Berry were contracted by Jordan Goudreau, a U.S. military veteran who leads Silvercorp, to train 50 to 60 Venezuelans in Colombia in January for the operation. Goudreau supplied the group with equipment, Denman said. Goudreau confirmed his role as organizer of the operation in media interviews on Sunday and told Reuters on Monday that Denman and Berry were 'my guys.'"

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04.05.2020

"Trump administration pushing to rip global supply chains from China: officials"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-china/trump-administration-pushing-to-rip-globa
l-supply-chains-from-china-officials-idUSKBN22G0BZ

Die US-Regierung will Reuters zufolge ihre Bemühungen um einen Abzug globaler Produktionsketten aus China deutlich verstärken. "President Donald Trump, who has stepped up recent attacks on China ahead of the Nov. 3 U.S. presidential election, has long pledged to bring manufacturing back from overseas. Now, economic destruction and the U.S. coronavirus death toll are driving a government-wide push to move U.S. production and supply chain dependency away from China, even if it goes to other more friendly nations instead, current and former senior U.S. administration officials said. 'We’ve been working on (reducing the reliance of our supply chains in China) over the last few years but we are now turbo-charging that initiative,' Keith Krach, undersecretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment at the State Department told Reuters. 'I think it is essential to understand where the critical areas are and where critical bottlenecks exist,' Krach said, adding that the matter was key to U.S. security and one the government could announce new action on soon."

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13.04.2020

"To Belgrade and beyond: Beijing exports China model of virus management"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-china-diplomacy-an/to-belgrade-and-beyond-beijing-e
xports-china-model-of-virus-management-idUSKCN21V05B

In Serbien kann Keith Zhai und Aleksandar Vasovic zufolge anschaulich beobachtet werden, auf welche Weise China sein Modell zur Bekämpfung des Coronavirus in andere Länder "exportiert". "In Serbia, one of Beijing’s closest European allies, and a handful of other friendly countries, China is providing on-the-ground guidance to help battle the coronavirus that has swept around the world. The outreach is part of a wider push by Beijing to assert global leadership in battling COVID-19 after facing criticism from Washington and elsewhere that it fumbled its early response to the outbreak, believed to have originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan. These efforts by Beijing come as western governments, already wary of China’s rising influence around the world, including through its Belt and Road infrastructure initiative, are struggling with their own mounting coronavirus death tolls. They are part of a long-running effort by China to strike a benevolent posture abroad to offset worries about its growing economic and military might, while presenting alternatives - such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank it set up in 2016 - to Western dominance of global institutions."

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07.04.2020

"Trump says 'China-centric' WHO 'really blew it' on coronavirus"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-who/trump-says-who-is-china-centric-really-blew
-it-on-coronavirus-idUSKBN21P2E1

US-Präsident Trump hat der Weltgesundheitsorganisation WHO zu große China-Nähe vorgeworfen und eine Aussetzung amerikanischer Beitragszahlungen in Aussicht gestellt. "'The W.H.O. really blew it,' Trump said in a Twitter post. 'For some reason, funded largely by the United States, yet very China centric. We will be giving that a good look. Fortunately I rejected their advice on keeping our borders open to China early on. Why did they give us such a faulty recommendation?' Trump repeated the accusations against the U.N. health organization at a White House news briefing later on Tuesday. 'They called it wrong. They really - they missed the call,' the president said. 'And we’re going to put a hold on money spent to the WHO. We’re going to put a very powerful hold on it and we’re going to see.'"

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17.03.2020

"U.S. sanctions Iran, seeks release of Americans amid coronavirus outbreak"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-healthcare-coronavirus-iran-usa/us-sanctions-iran-seeks-release-of-ame
ricans-amid-coronavirus-outbreak-idUSKBN2143EN

Der Iran gehört zu den Ländern, die vom Coronavirus besonders hart getroffen worden sind. Die US-Regierung will trotzdem nicht auf die Verhängung neuer Sanktionen gegen Teheran verzichten. "The United States imposed fresh sanctions on Iran on Tuesday, keeping up its economic pressure campaign even as it offered to help Tehran cope with the coronavirus pandemic and called on the Islamic Republic to release detained Americans. (…) On Monday, sources familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue said the United States was unlikely to ease sanctions on Iran despite an appeal from China that it do so because of the pandemic."

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12.03.2020

"Bahrain accuses Iran of 'biological aggression', Gulf states try to curb coronavirus"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-saudi-travel/bahrain-accuses-iran-of-biological-agg
ression-gulf-states-try-to-curb-coronavirus-idUSKBN20Z03K

Bahrain hat dem Iran in der Corona-Krise "biologische Aggression" vorgeworfen, da Teheran das Ausmaß der Epidemie zunächst verschleiert und Reisende aus Bahrain nicht ausreichend geschützt habe. "Many of the recorded infections throughout the Gulf region are linked to travel to Iran, which hosts several important shrines and pilgrimage sites for Shi’ite Muslims. 'With this behavior, Iran has allowed the disease to travel abroad, and in my estimation this constitutes a form of biological aggression that is criminalised by international law, as it has put in danger our safety and health and that of others,' Bahraini Interior Minister General Sheikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa said on Twitter. (…) No Gulf Arab state has reported a coronavirus death. But Bahrain on Wednesday reported 77 new infections among citizens evacuated from Iran. A second government-chartered repatriation flight was scheduled for Thursday."

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27.02.2020

"A mob out for blood: India's protests pit Hindus against Muslims."

https://widerimage.reuters.com/story/a-mob-out-for-blood-indias-protests-pit-hindus-against-muslims

Danish Siddiqui berichtet in seiner Bildreportage aus New Delhi über eine gewalttätige Eskalation des seit vielen Jahren schwelenden Konflikts zwischen Hindus und Muslimen. "Near the area of the Indian capital where it occurred, Muslim and Hindu protesters had been fighting pitched battles for hours across a concrete and metal barrier that divided the main thoroughfare, throwing rocks and primitive petrol bombs. But the sight of a mob screaming pro-Hindu slogans suddenly turning on an unarmed individual, apparently because he was a Muslim, was a sign that growing tensions between members of India's two dominant religions may be hard to contain. Unrest across India began in December with the passing of a law that makes non-Muslims from some neighbouring nations eligible for fast-tracked citizenship - a move many Muslims say is discriminatory and marks a break from India's secular traditions."

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25.02.2020

"Mubarak’s downfall taught Egypt’s Sisi key lessons"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-mubarak-breakingviews/breakingviews-mubaraks-downfall-taught-egy
pts-sisi-key-lessons-idUSKBN20J23K

In seinem Nachruf auf den verstorbenen früheren ägyptischen Präsidenten Hosni Mubarak schreibt Ed Cropley, dass Amtsnachfolger Abdel Fattah al-Sisi offenbar aus den Fehlern Mubaraks gelernt habe. "Like the pharaohs who preceded him millennia ago, Hosni Mubarak valued stability and continuity above all else. That obsession ultimately proved the undoing of the Egyptian strongman, who died on Tuesday aged 91. Had he been bolder on currency and economic reforms, the public anger that exploded during the 2011 Arab Spring uprising might have dissipated. Egypt’s current President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi seems to have learned from Mubarak’s mistakes. (…) Sisi has shown a similar reluctance to embrace Egypt’s structural flaws, which include a sclerotic labour market and a budget deficit forecast at more than 6% of GDP this year. Devaluation pushed inflation to a 30-year high of 33% in 2017, and attempts to whittle down fuel and bread subsidies met with street protests. Yet Sisi, who came to power after a coup against the elected leader of the leftist Muslim Brotherhood, has avoided Mubarak’s other vulnerability. As a former intelligence and army chief, he has personal control over Egypt’s feared security apparatus. Mubarak, an air force commander, had to rely on the police, whose grip proved powerless in the face of massive protests. Sisi – and the men in khaki in the shadow of the pyramids - are unlikely to permit the same mistake."

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17.02.2020

"Libya's rival factions dig in for long conflict"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-libya-security-analysis/libyas-rival-factions-dig-in-for-long-conflict
-idUSKBN20B1DR?il=0

Trotz der verstärkten diplomatischen Bemühungen der letzten Zeit deutet Reuters zufolge einiges darauf hin, dass sich die Konfliktparteien in Libyen auf jahrelange Kämpfe vorbereiten. "Libya's combatants are readying for a long conflict, as foreign weapons flood in, eastern factions close oil ports and rival alliances wrangle over revenues from Africa's largest petroleum reserves. (…) The combatants are racing to rearm, receiving shipments both before and after foreign backers agreed to enforce a truce at a summit in Germany in January. The inflow of advanced artillery and fighters and advisers breaches pledges made in Berlin to respect an arms embargo, diplomats say. (…) 'Both sides are preparing for the next battle,' said a Western diplomat. Diplomacy repeatedly founders on mutual suspicions. 'Each time we have any kind of agreement ... we always saw the same pattern,' said Taher el-Sonni, the GNA ambassador to the U.N. 'It's more like gaining time, then (Haftar decides to) just use force.'"

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12.02.2020

"Inside the prisons where the remnants of Islamic State are held in limbo"

https://widerimage.reuters.com/story/inside-the-prisons-where-remnants-of-islamic-state-are-held-in-limbo

Reuters präsentiert eine Fotoreportage über Gefängnisse im Nordosten Syriens, in denen kurdische Milizen IS-Kämpfer festhalten. "The area around Qamishli city is mainly controlled by Kurdish fighters who helped defeat the Islamist militant group. They have since been pushed into a small pocket of northeastern Syria by Turkish-led forces who consider them a security threat. Kurdish forces bear the brunt of looking after those captured as Islamic State collapsed, including hundreds of foreigners who fought alongside local militants to create a self-declared caliphate in the Middle East."

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03.02.2020

"Al Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula claims December shooting at Florida naval base"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-florida-shooting-alqaeda/al-qaeda-in-arabian-peninsula-claims-december
-shooting-at-florida-naval-base-idUSKBN1ZW0PH

Die vor allem in Jemen aktive Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) hat die Verantwortung für den tödlichen Angriff eines saudi-arabischen Soldaten auf einem Militärstützpunkt in Florida im vergangenen Dezember übernommen. "An audio recording purporting to be from the Islamist militant group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed responsibility on Sunday for a fatal shooting in December at a U.S. naval base in Pensacola, Florida, but provided no evidence. 'We congratulate our Muslim nation and embrace the operation of the martyr hero, the daring knight Muhammad bin Saeed Al-Shamrani,' said the audio, released by al Qaeda’s Yemen branch. Three people were killed in the shooting. Reuters was unable to verify the authenticity of the recording. A U.S. government source familiar with official reporting and analysis, said the United States did not believe the claim by AQAP that the Florida Saudi shooter was acting for them or on their behalf."

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16.01.2020

"Record 45 million people across Southern Africa face hunger: U.N. food agency"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-southern-africa-hunger/record-45-million-people-across-southern-africa
-face-hunger-u-n-food-agency-idUSKBN1ZF1HN?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Dem Welternährungsprogramm der Vereinten Nationen zufolge benötigen 45 Millionen Menschen im südlichen Afrika aufgrund von Dürre, Überschwemmungen und Wirtschaftskrisen internationale Ernährungshilfe. "Southern Africa is in the grips of a severe drought, as climate change wreaks havoc in impoverished countries already struggling to cope with extreme natural disasters, such as Cyclone Idai which devastated Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi in 2019. Zimbabwe, once the breadbasket of southern Africa, is experiencing its worst economic crisis in a decade, marked by soaring inflation and shortages of food, fuel, medicines and electricity. 'This hunger crisis is on a scale we’ve not seen before and the evidence shows it’s going to get worse,' the WFP’s Regional Director for Southern Africa, Lola Castro, said in a statement. (…) The agency plans to provide 'lean season' assistance to 8.3 million people grappling with 'crisis' or 'emergency' levels of hunger in eight of the hardest-hit countries, which include Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Madagascar, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini and Malawi. To date, WFP has secured just $205 million of the $489 million required for this assistance and has been forced to resort heavily to internal borrowing to ensure food reaches those in need, it said."

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09.01.2020

"USA rechtfertigen vor UN Soleimani-Tötung als Selbstverteidigung"

https://de.reuters.com/article/usa-iran-un-idDEKBN1Z80IX

Die USA haben sich mit Blick auf die Tötung des iranischen Generals in einem Schreiben an die UN-Botschafterin Kelly Craft auf Artikel 51 der UN-Charta berufen, der die Mitgliedsländer verpflichtet, "den UN-Sicherheitsrat 'unverzüglich über alle Maßnahmen zu informieren', die in Ausübung des Rechts auf Selbstverteidigung ergriffen werden."

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08.01.2020

"Exclusive: U.N. investigators find Yemen's Houthis did not carry out Saudi oil attack"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-aramco-attacks-un-exclusive/exclusive-un-investigators-find-yeme
ns-houthis-did-not-carry-out-saudi-oil-attack-idUSKBN1Z72VX

Reuters hat Einblick in einen UN-Bericht über die Raketenangriffe auf zwei saudi-arabische Ölanlagen im vergangenen September erhalten. Die UN-Ermittler sind demzufolge zu dem Schluss gekommen, dass die Huthi-Rebellen in Jemen die Angriffe nicht durchgeführt haben können. "The U.N. investigators said they doubted that the drones and land attack cruise missiles used in the Sept. 14 attack 'have a sufficient range to have been launched from Yemeni territory under the control of the Houthis.' 'The panel notes that Abqaiq and Khurais were approached respectively from a north/northwestern and north/northeastern direction, rather than from the south, as one would expect in the case of a launch from Yemeni territory,' the report said. The investigators, who monitor sanctions on Yemen, also said they do not believe that 'those comparatively sophisticated weapons were developed and manufactured in Yemen.' They were not tasked with identifying who was responsible for the Saudi attack."

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18.12.2019

"Seoul, Washington fail to agree on cost of U.S. troops; U.S. 'not focused on' $5 billion demand"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-southkorea-usa/seoul-washington-fail-to-agree-on-cost-of-u-s-troops-u-
s-denies-5-billion-demand-idUSKBN1YM0WP?il=0

Südkorea hat die amerikanische Forderung nach einer deutlich höheren Beteiligung an den Kosten der Stationierung von US-Truppen im Land kurz vor Ablauf der offiziellen Verhandlungen kategorisch zurückgewiesen. "South Korea and the United States failed on Wednesday to agree on Seoul’s contribution toward hosting some 28,500 U.S. troops, but the U.S. side hinted after the two days of talks ended that it will no longer stick to its $5 billion demand. No deal by Dec. 31, when the current agreement expires, may result in a repeat of last year when the two countries missed a year-end deadline but reached a retroactive deal in the new year. The two sides next meet in January in the United States. (…) Some U.S. and Korean experts say no deal could throw the future of the U.S. presence in South Korea into doubt. Asked whether there is a deadline for further discussions, DeHart said he didn’t have a single date in mind but added that both sides 'will be working very energetically in the New Year and January to try to get it done.'"

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