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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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03.12.2019

"EU-Staaten und Türkei wollen Vorgehen in Syrien und Libyen abstimmen"

https://de.reuters.com/article/nato-gipfel-merkel-idDEKBN1Y729B?il=0

Deutschland, Großbritannien, Frankreich und die Türkei haben sich beim NATO-Treffen in London auf eine bessere Abstimmung ihres Vorgehens in Syrien und Libyen verständigt. "Man sei sich einig, dass in Nordsyrien die UN eingebunden sein müsse, wenn syrische Flüchtlinge in die von der Türkei und Russland eingerichteten Sicherheitszone angesiedelt werden wollten, sagte Merkel am Dienstag in London nach einem Treffen mit dem britischen Premierminister Boris Johnson und den beiden Präsidenten von Frankreich und der Türkei. Man stimme auch überein, dass in Syrien der Kampf gegen die radikalislamische Miliz IS fortgesetzt werden müsse und dass man den Weg zu einer neuen syrischen Verfassung unterstützen wolle. Im Februar würde die vier Staats- und Regierungschefs erneut zusammenkommen, kündigte Merkel an."

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03.12.2019

"U.S. homeland security proposes face scans for citizens"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-privacy/u-s-homeland-security-proposes-face-scans-for-
citizens-idUSKBN1Y62JO

Das US-Ministerium für Heimatschutz will künftig alle Reisenden an den US-Grenzen per Gesichtsscan erfassen. Von der Regelung, die im nächsten Jahr umgesetzt werden könnte, sollen auch US-Bürger betroffen sein. "The proposed regulation, slated to be issued in July by the Homeland Security Department, would be part of a broader system to track travelers as they enter and exit the United States. The plan has already drawn opposition from some privacy advocates. Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst with the American Civil Liberties Union, blasted the idea in a written statement on Monday. 'Travelers, including U.S. citizens, should not have to submit to invasive biometric scans simply as a condition of exercising their constitutional right to travel,' he said. The Trump administration contends in its regulatory agenda that the face scan requirement will combat the fraudulent use of U.S. travel documents and aid the identification of criminals and suspected terrorists."

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25.11.2019

"Verteidigungsministerin - Erwarte Anfragen zu Bundeswehr-Kampfeinsätzen"

https://de.reuters.com/article/deutschland-milit-r-kramp-karrenbauer-idDEKBN1XZ1HZ

Die Bundeswehr müsse sich darauf einstellen, dass Verbündete und Partner vermehrt nach einer deutschen Beteiligung an Auslandseinsätzen nachfragen werden, so Bundesverteidigungsministerin Kramp-Karrenbauer bei ihrem Besuch bei einer Luftlandebrigade in Saarlouis. "Darüber müsse der Bundestag dann entscheiden - wie auch über die Verlängerung anderer Auslandseinsätze der Bundeswehr. Die Luftlandebrigade sei aber ein Beispiel dafür, dass die Bundeswehr zu solchen Einsätzen in der Lage sei. 'Wir wären auch heute in der Lage, zusätzliche Auslandseinsätze zu übernehmen', sagte Kramp-Karrenbauer. Langfristiges Ziel bleibe, 2031 rund zehn Prozent der in der Nato benötigten Fähigkeiten beisteuern zu wollen."

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20.11.2019

"U.S. diplomat Sondland says he followed president's orders on Ukraine"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-impeachment/u-s-diplomat-sondland-says-he-followed-president
s-orders-on-ukraine-idUSKBN1XU1BO

Der US-Diplomat Sondland hat US-Präsident Trump in seiner Aussage im Amtsenthebungsverfahren belastet. Das Weiße Haus soll demnach die US-Militärhilfe und einen Empfang des ukrainischen Präsidenten im Weißen Haus von ukrainischen Ermittlungen gegen innenpolitische Rivalen Trumps abhängig gemacht haben. "Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, said in prepared remarks to the investigation that Giuliani’s efforts to push Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy for investigations into Trump’s political rivals 'were a quid pro quo for arranging a White House visit' for the Ukrainian leader. Quid pro quo is a Latin term meaning a favor exchanged for a favor. (…) Career U.S. diplomats have portrayed Sondland in their testimony as a central figure in what became a shadow and 'irregular' Ukraine policy operation, undercutting official channels and pressing Kiev to investigate the Bidens. Sondland said he was 'adamantly opposed' to any suspension of aid to Ukraine because Kiev needed it to fight against Russian aggression."

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19.11.2019

"U.S. breaks off defense cost talks, as South Korea balks at $5 billion demand"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-southkorea-usa-talks/us-south-korea-break-off-defense-cost-talks-amid-
backlash-over-trump-demand-idUSKBN1XT0EN

Verhandlungen zwischen den USA und Südkorea über die Regelung der künftigen Stationierung von US-Truppen im Land sind aufgrund der deutlich erhöhten amerikanischen Zahlungsforderungen vorerst zum Stillstand gekommen. "The breakdown in talks was a rare public sign of discord in the 'airtight' alliance that has for 70 years formed a buffer against North Korean aggression, with each side blaming the other for being unprepared to compromise on sharing the costs of keeping 28,500 U.S. military personnel in South Korea. U.S. President Donald Trump has insisted that South Korea pay more - and has also suggested pulling the troops out altogether. 'It is true that there is a substantial difference between the U.S. side’s overall proposal and the principles we pursue,' South Korean negotiator Jeong Eun-bo told a news conference. 'The talks could not proceed as planned as the U.S. side left first.'"

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08.11.2019

"EU needs to learn the 'language of power', incoming chief says"

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-eu-commission-von-der-leyen/eu-needs-to-learn-the-language-of-power-inc
oming-chief-says-idUKKBN1XI2BM

Die neue EU-Kommissionspräsidentin Ursula von der Leyen, die ihr Amt am 1. Dezember antreten soll, hat in einer Grundsatzrede gefordert, dass sich die Europäische Union bei der Durchsetzung ihrer internationalen Interessen nicht nur auf "soft power" verlassen dürfe. "'We must go our own European way with confidence,' she said in Berlin. But she added: 'Soft power alone won’t suffice today if we Europeans want to assert ourselves in the world. Europe must also learn the language of power.' 'That means on the one hand developing our own muscles - where for a long time we could lean on others, for example in security policy. On the other hand, it means engaging our available power with more focus,' she added, pointing to trade ties with China."

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01.11.2019

"Russia says it's already too late to replace new START treaty"

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-russia-usa-missiles/russia-says-its-already-too-late-to-replace-new-sta
rt-treaty-idUKKBN1XB3NQ

Der russischen Regierung zufolge könnte es für eine Verlängerung des im Februar 2021 auslaufenden New-Start-Abkommens zur Reduzierung einsatzbereiter nuklearer Sprengköpfe bereits zu spät sein. "The fate of the accord has been in the spotlight since Washington in August pulled out of another landmark strategic arms accord, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), citing violations by Russia that Moscow denies. 'It’s already obvious that with the time that is left... we will not be able to work out a full-fledged replacement document,' Vladimir Leontyev, a foreign ministry official, was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency. The treaty can be extended by mutual agreement, but the prospect of that happening is unclear as Washington is not moving quickly and Moscow would need at least half a year to implement any extension agreement, Leontyev said."

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31.10.2019

"U.S. warns Russian trolls stoking conflict in Chile"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-chile-protests-russia/u-s-warns-russian-trolls-stoking-conflict-in-chi
le-idUSKBN1XA2QR

Das US-Außenministerium macht "russische Trolle" für die andauernden sozialen Massenproteste in Chile mitverantwortlich. "The U.S. State Department warned on Thursday that it had seen indications of Russian 'influence' on recent unrest in Chile, where two weeks of protests and riots have rocked the administration of President Sebastian Pinera. A senior State Department official said there were 'clear indications' people were taking advantage of the unrest in Chile - prompted by inequality and rising living costs - and 'skewing it through the use and abuse of social media, trolling.' 'We have seen indications of Russian activity supporting this negative course of the debate,' the official said."

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27.10.2019

"Exclusive: Baghdadi's aide was key to his capture - Iraqi intelligence sources"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-capture-exclu/exclusive-baghdadis-aide-was-key
-to-his-capture-iraqi-intelligence-sources-idUSKBN1X60SR

Reuters berichtet unter Berufung auf irakische Quellen über die Hintergründe des Einsatzes der US-Spezialkräfte zur Ergreifung des IS-Anführers Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. "In their long hunt for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Iraqi intelligence teams secured a break in February 2018 after one of the Islamic State leader’s top aides gave them information on how he escaped capture for so many years, said two Iraqi security officials. (…) Turning militants such as Ethawi was critical to the agents trying to track Baghdadi. Ethawi, who holds a PHD in Islamic Sciences, was considered by Iraqi intelligence officials to be one of the leader’s top five aides. (…) Another turning point came earlier this year during a joint operation in which U.S., Turkish and Iraqi intelligence agents captured senior Islamic State leaders, including four Iraqis and one Syrian, the Iraqi security officials said. 'They gave us all the locations where they were meeting with Baghdadi inside Syria and we decided to coordinate with the CIA to deploy more sources inside these areas,' said one of the Iraqi officials, who has close ties to multiple security agencies."

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25.10.2019

"Zwei Tote im Irak - Demonstranten ziehen zum Regierungsviertel"

https://de.reuters.com/article/irak-proteste-idDEKBN1X4178

Im Irak eskalieren die Proteste gegen die Regierung, berichtet Reuters mit Blick auf den Tod zweier Demonstranten in der Haupstadt Bagdad. "Die beiden Opfer wurden jeweils tödlich von einer Tränengasgranate im Gesicht getroffen wurde, wie es im Umfeld von Polizei und Medizinern hieß. Es gebe mehr als 350 Verletzte. Sicherheitskräfte setzten Tränengas und Blendgranaten ein, um die Menge zurückzudrängen. In der südirakischen Stadt Nasirija stürmten mindestens 3000 Menschen ein Gebäude der Provinzregierung und zündeten es an."

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22.10.2019

"Iraq says U.S. forces withdrawing from Syria have no approval to stay"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-iraq/iraq-says-u-s-forces-withdrawing-from-syria-have-n
o-approval-to-stay-idUSKBN1X10RE

Die irakische Regierung besteht darauf, dass die aus Syrien abgezogenen US-Truppen kein Recht auf eine dauerhafte Stationierung in Irak haben. "The Iraqi military statement contradicted the Pentagon’s announcement that all of the nearly 1,000 troops withdrawing from northern Syria are expected to move to western Iraq to continue the campaign against Islamic State militants and to help defend Iraq. 'All U.S. forces that withdrew from Syria received approval to enter the Kurdistan Region so that they may be transported outside Iraq. There is no permission granted for these forces to stay inside Iraq,' the Iraqi military said."

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21.10.2019

"Germany proposes security zone for northern Syria"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-germany/germany-proposes-security-zone-for-north
ern-syria-idUSKBN1X029D

Der Vorschlag von Verteidigungsministerin Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, eine internationale Schutzzone in Nordsyrien einzurichten, ist Reuters zufolge das erste Mal, dass Deutschland einen Militäreinsatz im Nahen Osten angeregt hat. "It is the first time that the German government has proposed a military mission in the Middle East. If supported by Turkey and Russia, Berlin would be expected to send soldiers to Syria as part of the mission. Kramp-Karrenbauer’s proposal could increase tensions within Merkel’s ruling coalition as the co-governing Social Democrats are skeptical of any direct military involvement in Syria. Kramp-Karrenbauer defended her idea, saying she could no longer hear German politicians merely saying they were concerned about the violence in Syria without acting. Germany and its ruling parties must do more and help solve international crises, the minister said."

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14.10.2019

"As options narrow on Syria, Trump prepares to drop sanctions hammer on Turkey"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa-sanctions/as-options-narrow-on-syria-trump-p
repares-to-drop-sanctions-hammer-on-turkey-idUSKBN1WS0SF

US-Präsident Trump will die Türkei für die Offensive in Nordsyrien mit harten Wirtschaftssanktionen bestrafen, berichtet Reuters. "After Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Friday that Trump had authorized 'very powerful' new sanctions targeting Turkey, the administration appeared ready to start making good on Trump’s threat to obliterate Turkey’s economy. (...) A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that sanctions were 'being worked out at all levels of the government for rollout.' Trump is struggling to quell harsh criticism, including from some of his staunchest Republican backers, that he gave Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan a green light to attack the Kurds last Sunday when he decided to pull a small number of U.S. troops out of the border area."

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09.10.2019

"Synagogue attack sparks fear among Jews in Germany"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-shooting-synagogue-berlin/synagogue-attack-sparks-fear-among-j
ews-in-germany-idUSKBN1WO2R5

Joseph Nasr schreibt, dass der rechtsextremistische Anschlag auf eine Synagoge in Halle bei vielen deutschen Juden die Angst vor antisemitischer Gewalt verstärkt habe. "'It’s very scary,' said Samuel Tsarfati, a 27-year-old stage director, as he left a Berlin synagogue with fellow French national Samuel Laufer. The pair, who live and work in the German capital, had spent the holiest day in the Jewish calendar secluded in prayer and switched off their mobile phones for 25 hours of fasting. Other members of Germany’s 200,000-strong Jewish community expressed similar alarm over the attack. After trying to blast into the Halle synogogue, a lone suspect killed a woman outside and a man in a nearby kebab shop. 'It’s not a coincidence it happened in east Germany. The far-right AfD is very strong there,' Tsarfati said. (...) Attacks on Jews rose by 20% last year and were mainly carried out by right-wing extremists. Even before the Halle shooting, a heavy police presence guarded the synagogue in the trendy suburb of Prenzlauer Berg where Tsarfati and Lauferis attended prayers."

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08.10.2019

"Guterres warns U.N. may not have enough money to pay staff next month"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-un-funding/guterres-warns-un-may-not-have-enough-money-to-pay-staff-ne
xt-month-idUSKBN1WN25F

Die aufgrund ausbleibender Beitragszahlungen angespannte Finanzlage der Vereinten Nationen könnte UN-Generalsekretär Guterres zufolge dazu führen, dass Angestellte im nächsten Monat nicht mehr bezahlt werden können. "He told the 193-member U.N. General Assembly’s budget committee that if he had not worked since January to cut spending then 'we would not have had the liquidity to support' the annual gathering of world leaders last month. 'This month, we will reach the deepest deficit of the decade. We risk ... entering November without enough cash to cover payrolls,' said Guterres. 'Our work and our reforms are at risk.' The United States is the largest contributor - responsible for 22 percent of the more than $3.3 billion regular budget for 2019, which pays for work including political, humanitarian, disarmament, economic and social affairs and communications. Washington owes some $381 million for prior regular budgets and $674 million for the 2019 regular budget. The U.S. mission to the United Nations confirmed the figures."

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21.09.2019

"Iran says it will destroy any aggressor"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-aramco-iran/iran-says-it-will-destroy-any-aggressor-idUSKBN1W603
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Die US-Regierung hat nach den Angriffen auf Ölanlagen in Saudi-Arabien die Entsendung zusätzlicher Truppen in den Nahen Osten angekündigt. Iran will eine mögliche "Aggression" nach eigenen Worten mit voller Härte beantworten. "'Be careful, a limited aggression will not remain limited. We will pursue any aggressor,' the head of the Guards, Major General Hossein Salami, said in remarks broadcast on state TV. 'We are after punishment and we will continue until the full destruction of any aggressor.' U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday approved sending American troops to bolster Saudi Arabia’s air and missile defences after the Sept. 14 attacks. (...) Amirali Hajizadeh, who heads the Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace branch, said any attacks on Iran would receive 'a crushing response', the official news agency IRNA reported."

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16.09.2019

"U.S. considers more intel sharing with Saudi Arabia after attack: sources"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-aramco-usa-intelligence/u-s-considers-more-intel-sharing-with-sa
udi-arabia-after-attack-sources-idUSKBN1W11J9

Die US-Regierung erwägt Reuters zufolge, die nachrichtendienstliche Kooperation mit Saudi-Arabien deutlich zu verstärken. Bisher hätten US-Geheimdienste sensible Informationen nur begrenzt weiter gegeben, um die USA nicht noch tiefer in den Krieg in Jemen zu verwickeln. "The U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not say how broad any increase in intelligence sharing might be or discuss other options being weighed by the administration as a response to the attack on the world’s biggest crude oil processing plant. But the United States, long wary of deep involvement in the war in Yemen, has only selectively shared intelligence with Saudi Arabia about the threats from Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi militants, who claimed responsibility for the attack. Such intelligence shared with the Saudis has long lacked the kind of detail that would allow the Saudi-led coalition to pinpoint Houthi leaders or their networks, which the United States has long maintained are supported by Iran. Any expansion in U.S. intelligence sharing could trigger a sharp reaction from Congress, where lawmakers, outraged over civilian casualties in the war, have made several failed attempts to halt U.S. support to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen."

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16.09.2019

"Oil prices surge nearly 20% after attack on Saudi facilities"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-oil/oil-prices-surge-15-after-attack-on-saudi-facilities-hits-g
lobal-supply-idUSKBN1W00UG

Der Angriff auf die saudi-arabischen Ölanlagen hat zwischenzeitlich zu einem deutlichen Anstieg der Ölpreise geführt. "Saudi Arabia is the world’s biggest oil exporter and the attack on state-owned producer Saudi Aramco’s crude-processing facilities at Abqaiq and Khurais has cut output by 5.7 million barrels per day. The company has not given a timeline for the resumption of full output. Two sources briefed on Aramco’s operations said a full return to normal production volumes 'may take months'. 'To take out over 5% of global supply in a single strike - a volume exceeding cumulative non-OPEC supply growth over 2014-2018 - is highly worrying,' UBS analysts said in a note. (...) Major importers of Saudi crude, such as India, China and Indonesia, will be the most vulnerable to the supply disruption. Saudi oil exports will continue as normal this week as the kingdom taps into stocks from its large storage facilities, an industry source briefed on the developments told Reuters."

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04.09.2019

"Iran gives Europe two more months to save nuclear deal"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nuclear-iran/iran-gives-europe-two-more-months-to-save-nuclear-deal-id
USKCN1VP0CJ

Iran will der EU zwei weitere Monate Zeit geben, um die zugesagten Sanktionsentlastungen für Teheran umzusetzen und das internationale Atomabkommen zu retten. "Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani gave European powers another two months to save a 2015 nuclear deal on Wednesday, but warned that Tehran was still preparing for further significant breaches of the agreement if diplomatic efforts failed. (...) Iran would continue with plans to breach the pact further and accelerate its nuclear activity, Rouhani said, without giving a fresh deadline. (...) Iran’s vital crude oil sales have plummeted by more than 80% under the U.S. sanctions. The remaining signatories of the deal have been working to save an agreement that they say will bring Iran back into the international fold and prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear bomb."

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