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


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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"USA rechtfertigen vor UN Soleimani-Tötung als Selbstverteidigung"


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


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


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


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


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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"Verteidigungsministerin - Erwarte Anfragen zu Bundeswehr-Kampfeinsätzen"


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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"Zwei Tote im Irak - Demonstranten ziehen zum Regierungsviertel"


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


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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"Germany proposes security zone for northern Syria"


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


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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"Synagogue attack sparks fear among Jews in Germany"


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


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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"Iran says it will destroy any aggressor"


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


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


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


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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"Trump: U.S. will maintain presence in Afghanistan even if deal reached with Taliban"


Präsident Trump hat angekündigt, dass das US-Militär im Fall eines Friedensabkommens mit den Taliban mit ca. 8.600 Soldaten in Afghanistan bleiben wird. "'Oh yeah, you have to keep a presence,' Trump said in an interview with Fox News radio. 'We’re going to keep a presence there. We’re reducing that presence very substantially and we’re going to always have a presence. We’re going to have high intelligence.' Trump said the U.S. force level in Afghanistan was being reduced to 8,600 'and then we make a determination from there as to what happens.' Some 14,000 U.S. service members are currently in Afghanistan, among whom about 5,000 are dedicated to counterinsurgency operations. The Taliban said on Wednesday it was close to a 'final agreement' with U.S. officials on a deal that would see U.S. forces withdraw from Afghanistan in exchange for a pledge that the country would not become a haven for other Islamist militant groups."

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"Exclusive: U.S. officials fear ransomware attack against 2020 election"


Angesichts vermehrter Cyber-Attacken durch Lösegeld-Trojaner befürchten US-Behörden Reuters zufolge ähnliche Angriffe auf die US-Wahlen im kommenden Jahr. "The Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency, or CISA, a division of the Homeland Security Department, fears the databases could be targeted by ransomware, a type of virus that has crippled city computer networks across the United States, including recently in Texas, Baltimore and Atlanta. (...) Nationwide, the local governments that store and update voter registration data are typically ill-equipped to defend themselves against elite hackers. State election officials told Reuters they have improved their cyber defenses since 2016, including in some cases preparing backups for voter registration databases in case of an attack. But there is no common standard for how often local governments should create backups, said a senior Homeland Security official."

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"Trump leaves Iran diplomacy door open after Macron's Zarif gambit"


US-Präsident Trump hat während des G7-Gipfels in Biarritz noch einmal bekräftigt, keinen Regimewechsel in Iran anzustreben. "'I’m looking at a really good Iran, really strong, we’re not looking for regime change. You’ve seen how that works over the last 20 years, that hasn’t been too good,' Trump told reporters during a summit of wealthy nation leaders. He said he had not been surprised that France had invited Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for talks on Sunday on the sidelines of the G7 gathering, which were aimed at trying to ease tensions between Washington and Tehran. However, he said he had not wanted to see Zarif himself, adding that it was too soon for such an encounter. (...) 'What we want is very simple. It’s got to be non-nuclear. We’re going to talk about ballistic missiles, we’re going to talk about the timing,' he said, adding: 'But they have to stop terrorism. I think they are going to change, I really do. I think they have a chance.'"

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"Australia to block internet domains hosting extremist content during terror attacks"


Die australische Regierung plant, bestimmte Bereiche des Internets im Fall von Terroranschlägen kurzfristig zu blockieren. "Australia will block access to internet domains hosting terrorist material during crisis events and will consider legislation to force digital platforms to improve the safety of their services, officials said on Sunday. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who is in France to take part in the G7 leaders’ forum, said the government intended to prevent extremists from exploiting digital platforms to post extremely violent content. 'We are doing everything we can to deny terrorists the opportunity to glorify their crimes,' he said in a statement."

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"Danish PM says Trump's idea of selling Greenland to U.S. is absurd"


Das Weiße Haus denkt offenbar ernsthaft darüber nach, Dänemark ein Kaufangebot für die Insel Grönland zu unterbreiten. Dänemarks Premierministerin Frederiksen hält die Idee Reuters zufolge für "absurd". "'Greenland is not for sale. Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland. I strongly hope that this is not meant seriously,' Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen told the newspaper Sermitsiaq during a visit to Greenland. Trump confirmed to reporters on Sunday that he had recently discussed the possibility, though he said such a move was not an immediate priority. 'The concept came up and ...strategically it’s interesting,' Trump told reporters from the tarmac in Morristown, New Jersey, as he prepared to board Air Force One."

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"Russia says no plans to install new missiles unless U.S. deploys them"


Der russische Verteidigungsminister Sergei Shoigu hat bekräftigt, dass Russland nach dem Ende des INF-Vertrags keine neuen Raketen stationieren wird, wenn die USA in Europa und Asien ebenfalls darauf verzichten. "Russia has also pulled out of the deal, but Shoigu said it had no plans to deploy new missiles. 'We still stick to that. Unless there are such systems in Europe (deployed by Washington), we won’t do anything there,' he told the Rossiya-24 TV channel, according to Interfax news agency."

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"German exports to Iran halve in first half as U.S. sanctions bite"


Die US-Sanktionen gegen Teheran haben Reuters zufolge dazu geführt, dass sich die deutschen Exporte in den Iran in den ersten sechs Monaten dieses Jahres nahezu halbiert haben. "Sales to Iran plunged by 48% to 678 million euros ($758.8 million) from January through June year-on-year, data from the Federal Statistics Office reviewed by Reuters showed. Imports from Iran declined by 43% to nearly 110 million euros. 'The fact that trade between Iran and Germany has collapsed that massively is not a big surprise, unfortunately,' the BGA trade association said. It pointed to the extra-territorial character of recent U.S. sanctions which means that companies from third countries are also punished if they do business with Iran. 'German companies are forced to choose between their market activities in Iran and the United States, so it’s clear which market is preferred,' BGA said."

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