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"Royal Navy leads four-nation Arctic mission to block Russian dominance"

Großbritannien, die USA, Dänemark und Norwegen hätten Kriegsschiffe in die Arktis geschickt, um einer russischen Dominanz der Region demonstrativ entgegenzutreten, berichtet Dominic Nicholls für den britischen Telegraph. "The Royal Navy has shown Russia it does not have freedom of the Arctic by leading a multi-national task group of warships and aircraft into the icy corridor of the High North. In the first such operation for 20 years, Type-23 Frigate HMS Sutherland has been joined by American, Danish and Norwegian forces to demonstrate freedom of navigation above the Arctic Circle. (…) The Defence Secretary’s commitment to 're-engage more' in the Barents Sea highlights how the area is of great strategic interest to Nato. The Russian Navy, which is mostly based around Murmansk in north west Russia, seeks to dominate the area as it controls the northern approaches to the Atlantic Ocean."

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"Armed black militia in America issues threat to build 'its own nation'"

In Louisville, Kentucky, habe eine bewaffnete schwarze Miliz mit einer gewaltsamen Eskalation der Proteste gedroht, berichtet David Millward. "An estimated 2,500 members of the Not F*****g Around Coalition (NFAC) took to the streets of Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, joining a protest march over police shooting dead Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black nurse, in March. Wearing black combat fatigues and carrying automatic weapons, the group outnumbered a small clutch of Three Percenters, a far-right militia group that also made an appearance at the demonstration. (…) Entirely separate from the Black Lives Matter movement, the NFAC is willing to use violence as the group's leader 'Grandmaster Jay' – whose real name is John Fitzgerald Johnson – made clear. 'We are all ex-military, we are very disciplined, we are all expert shooters,' he said in one recent interview. 'We don't want to negotiate, we don't want to sing songs, we don't bring signs to a gunfight. We are an eye for an eye organisation.'"

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"Exclusive: Coronavirus began 'as an accident' in Chinese lab, says former MI6 boss"

Der frühere Chef des britischen Auslandsgeheimdienstes MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove, hat im Gespräch mit dem Telegraph auf eine neue Studie hingewiesen, der zufolge die Corona-Pandemie ihren Ursprung möglicherweise doch in einem chinesischen Forschungslabor haben könnte. Bisherige wissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse deuten auf einen natürlichen Ursprung des Virus. "International scientists have reached a near-unanimous consensus (…) that the virus emerged in animals – most likely bats or pangolins – before jumping to the human population. But Sir Richard, 75, pointed to a scientific paper published this week by a Norwegian-British research team who claim to have discovered clues within Covid-19's genetic sequence suggesting key elements were 'inserted' and may not have evolved naturally. From the outset, the Chinese government has endeavoured to 'lock down' any debate about the origins of the virus and Beijing's handling of the crisis, he claimed. 'I do think that this started as an accident,' Sir Richard told The Telegraph's new Planet Normal podcast (…). 'It raises the issue, if China ever were to admit responsibility, does it pay reparations? I think it will make every country in the world rethink how it treats its relationship with China and how the international community behaves towards the Chinese leadership.'"

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"Donald Trump promises a 'very interesting' response to China's proposed crackdown on Hong Kong"

US-Präsident Trump hat gedroht, dass Hongkong im Fall der Umsetzung des von Peking vorangetriebenen Sicherheitsgesetzes seinen Status als globales Finanzzentrum verlieren könnte. "The Chinese legislation would ban secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference after months of massive, often-violent pro-democracy protests last year in the semi-autonomous territory. Hong Kong's chief executive, Carrie Lam, said on Tuesday that essential freedoms would remain. But it is 'hard to see how Hong Kong can remain a financial hub if China takes over', White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told a briefing, saying this warning came directly from Mr Trump. 'He's displeased with China's efforts,' she said. Mr Trump himself was asked later by reporters if he was considering sanctions against China or restrictions on visas for Chinese students. He said that was a 'very important question' and that he would do something 'you'll find very interesting'."

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"British troops back on front line against jihadists as war on terror spreads to Africa"

Bei der neuen UN-Mission in Mali sollen britische Soldaten als 250 Mann starke "Speerspitze" teilnehmen, berichten Adrian Blomfield und Will Brown. Es handle sich um den ersten bedeutsamen Kriegseinsatz des britischen Militärs seit dem Rückzug aus Afghanistan. "The light-cavalry unit will be flown into Gao in the north of Mali by the middle of this year and will mount 30-day land operations deep into jihadist territory. The deployment is Britain’s first significant return to an active war zone since the end of Operation Herrick in Afghanistan more than five years ago, a mission that claimed 454 British lives. The British troops will operate under the UN flag in what experts describe as 'the most dangerous peacekeeping mission in the world'. It has already cost the lives of more than 200 UN personnel. The planned deployment comes amid US warnings that the threat posed by jihadist groups loyal to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in the Sahel, a vast region of arid scrubland south of the Sahara Desert, could start to threaten Europe as well as the wider region. The French currently have 4,500 troops in the area but after seven years of fighting they are losing ground."

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"The coronavirus crisis could be China's Chernobyl"

Der Ausbruch des Coronavirus habe sich als ernsthafte Herausforderung der autoritären Herrschaft in China herausgestellt und könne mit der Tschernobyl-Katastrophe in der damaligen Sowjetunion verglichen werden, meint Con Coughlin. "(…) following the death from the virus of 34-year-old Li Wenliang, the regime is having to deal with a national uproar over the doctor’s treatment, with ordinary citizens comparing Beijing’s handling of the crisis to that of the Chernobyl disaster. Some have even dared to utter calls for free speech, a concept that is robustly resisted by the country’s ruling elite. (...) the outbreak is being seen in some quarters as representing the biggest challenge the country’s autocratic rulers have faced since the Tiananmen Square protests more than 30 years ago. And, just as happened in 1989, all the indications are that the authorities are determined to use brute force to quell any attempt to defy the government’s will. (…) while the rest of the world frets about the possibility of dealing with a deadly pandemic, the overriding priority of China’s rulers is to maintain the CCP in power at all costs. And to this end they are prepared to go to any lengths, from restricting access to entire provinces to detaining civil rights campaigners, in their quest to stay in power."

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"The trusting idiocies of liberal idealism have set hate-filled jihadists free to kill"

Allison Pearson macht in ihrer Kolumne für den konservativen Telegraph dagegen einen "idealistischen Liberalismus" dafür verantwortlich, dass es in Großbritannien mehrfach zu Angriffen durch vorzeitig aus der Haft entlassene Dschihadisten gekommen sei. "If a jihadist is safe enough to be let out of jail, how can he simultaneously be considered dangerous enough to require round-the-clock surveillance? The simple answer is, he isn’t safe. Not remotely. (…) To understand that we have to look back at the long, unaccountable chain of liberal, progressive thinking which decided that we can’t keep terrorists locked up forever (terribly inhumane!) and prisons can’t cope with them. So release them we must. Yes, admit the human rights brigade, there is an awkward possibility that deradicalization doesn’t work and the freed men are still maniacs in search of a machete, but that is a risk worth running because the alternatives are unpalatable, illiberal and quite likely to antagonise the communities from which the terrorists come. Which might create more terrorists and we’ve got thousands of the b------- already! Far better that the occasional nursery school teacher should get stabbed, and possibly killed, than we impose indefinite prison sentences or any of those 'draconian' measures which would undermine our reputation for tolerance, diversity and equality."

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"Wave of jihadi terrorists due to be freed on early release within months"

Der britische Telegraph warnt nach dem jüngsten Messerangriff London, dass in den kommenden Monaten eine ganze Reihe verurteilter Dschihadisten aufgrund geltender Gesetze freigelassen werden könnten. "More than a dozen jihadi terrorists are due to be freed early from jail within months, as ministers scramble to introduce emergency legislation to keep them behind bars. The Government has promised new laws in the wake of the broad daylight attack on a south London high street by Sudesh Amman, a convicted terrorist who has been released half way through his sentence just days before. It was the second terrorist onslaught on London by a freed prisoner in just two months. (…) the attempt to retrospectively force terrorist prisoners to spend longer in jail will be fiercely contested and lawyers said they expected the legal change to be overturned in the courts."

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"The Iran crisis has exposed an awful truth: the West no longer exists"

Die aktuelle Iran-Krise hat nach Ansicht von Allister Heath bestätigt, dass der liberale Interventionismus der Bush-Blair-Ära endgültig der Vergangenheit angehöre. Nach fast hundert Jahren würden westliche Staaten endlich erkennen, dass sie den Nahen Osten nicht kontrollieren können. "After strutting the globe as imperialists, first of the traditional variety, and subsequently of the liberal sort, they are beating a humiliating retreat. Everything they have tried has failed, and they can no longer hide their impotence. The best that can be hoped for now is a loose policy of containment, with the quadruple aim of cutting Iran’s mullahs down to size, limiting Russia’s influence, delivering humanitarian assistance, and preventing a flood of refugees into Europe. But Westerners cannot aspire any longer to reshape the region in their image. The realists have won; the idealists and the imperialists of Left and Right routed. (…) My point is simply that, tragically, not all of the world’s problems can be resolved, and they certainly cannot all be fixed by America, Britain or some UN body. Outsiders can impose sanctions and bomb surgically, but real change must come from within. Believe it or not, but Mr Trump could be on to something with his new strategy. It cannot be any worse than what came before."

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"The threat of all-out war has receded for now, but we're still a long way from peace"

Mark Almond vom Crisis Research Institute in Oxford stellt fest, dass die akute Gefahr eines offenen Kriegs zwischen den USA und dem Iran zumindest vorerst vorüber zu sein scheine. "Iran’s apparently calibrated response puts the ball in Donald Trump’s court. His immediate response has been calm, almost dismissive. Maybe the short-term risk of all-out war has receded after this tit-for-tat attack. But the situation has only gone back to its previous state of high tension. However, the fact remains that over the last week, the Americans have directly targeted a senior Iranian official and the Iranians have fired on US bases. Both these were acts of war. War has not been declared, but nor has peace broken out – even if Tehran does not want to launch more public attacks on America. (…) What the President wants to do is to square the circle of withdrawing US troops from harm’s way without relinquishing territory to Iran’s strategic domination. These two ambitions look incompatible. If America leaves a power vacuum in Iraq, someone else will fill it. Sadly, no Iraqi political group is strong enough to unite Iraq and run its foreign policy for Iraqi purposes alone. In that situation if America withdraws to more welcoming states in the Sunni Middle East, then Iran will achieve Soleimani’s immediate strategic goal of securing a Shiite-dominated arc across the region from Iran to the Lebanese coast."

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"Exclusive: Hamas plots attacks on Israel from Turkey as Erdogan turns blind eye"

Raf Sanchez berichtet, dass die türkische Regierung der palästinensischen Hamas in Istanbul bei der Planung von Angriffen gegen Israel offenbar freie Hand lasse. "Transcripts of Israeli police interrogations with suspects show that senior Hamas operatives are using Turkey’s largest city to direct operations in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank, including an assassination attempt earlier this year on the mayor of Jerusalem. Israel has repeatedly told Turkey that Hamas is using its territory to plan attacks, but last weekend Mr Erdogan met Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Hamas, and Turkish intelligence agents maintain close contact with the group’s operatives in Istanbul. 'We will keep on supporting our brothers in Palestine,' Mr Erdogan said. (…) The Turkish government has offered Hamas safe harbour in Istanbul even as Arab states such as Saudi Arabia have distanced themselves from the group and moved closer to Israel. Hamas is considered a terrorist group by the EU and US. Its armed wing has been designated a terror group by the UK."

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"Boris Johnson's fury over 70 freed terrorists as he blasts failures over London Bridge jihadist"

Nach dem Terroranschlag auf der London Bridge am Freitag debattiert Großbritannien über ein Gesetz, das die vorzeitige Entlassung des wegen terroristischer Aktivitäten zu 16 Jahren Haft verurteilten Täters ermöglicht hat. "The Ministry of Justice launched an urgent inquiry to examine the licence conditions of up to 70 violent terrorists believed to have been freed from jail. Terrorists out on licence are expected to face more frequent meetings with authorities from Sunday, with increased restrictions on the events that they can attend. The move came as the Prime Minister pledged to make terrorists serve 'every day' of their prison sentences, as part of a plan he said would help prevent further attacks. (…) Mr Johnson said he was 'angry' that 28-year-old Usman Khan had been free to embark on a deadly rampage on Friday, having been jailed just seven years ago over a terror plot. He was released automatically in Dec 2018 only half way through his 16-year sentence."

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"Assad troops enter north-east Syria after Russia-backed deal with Kurds"

Vor der nordsyrischen Stadt Manbij sind syrische Regierungstruppen und Ankara-treue Milizen diesem Bericht zufolge in ersten Gefechten aufeinandergetroffen. "Bashar al-Assad’s forces swept into cities across northeast Syria for the first time in seven years on Monday after the West’s former Kurdish allies agreed to a Russian-brokered deal to try to hold off a Turkish attack. The Syrian regime’s black-and-red flag went up across the region as Russia seized on Donald Trump’s abandonment of the Kurds to restore Assad’s rule over swathes of territory he has not controlled since 2012. Assad’s troops clashed with Turkish-backed Syrian rebels outside Manbij, a key city on the Turkey-Syria border where US forces are evacuating on Mr Trump’s orders. Western officials are watching closely to see if the skirmishes escalate into a direct confrontation between Turkey and the Syrian regime, or whether Russia can broker another deal to keep the two countries from clashing."

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"Saudi Arabia knows its defences are not up to war with Iran"

Saudi-Arabien würde einem offenen Krieg der USA gegen den Iran mit einiger Besorgnis entgegen sehen, schreibt Raf Sanchez, Nahost-Korrespondent des britischen Telegraph. In Riad wisse man, dass das eigene Militär nicht in der Lage wäre, iranische Angriffe gegen saudi-arabische Ziele abzuwehren. "'Saudi Arabia will not support a war with Iran that has a Saudi return address on it,' said Joshua Landis, director of the Centre for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma. 'Saudi Arabia would support a war between the US and Iran, if Saudi Arabia could hide behind the US, but not one where the Saudis must step out in front, because the Saudis would lose.' Although the kingdom is the world’s third largest defence spender after the US and China, its military is fairly ineffective and would struggle against Iranian forces hardened by decades of unconventional warfare across the region. (...) That problem has been mercilessly exposed on the battlefields of Yemen, where Saudi forces equipped with state-of-the-art British and American weaponry have been fought to a stalemate by ragtag Houthi rebel fighters backed by Iran. This vulnerability explains why, despite Riyadh’s strong rhetoric towards Iran, the Saudis have often looked to de-escalate in the face of Iranian provocations."

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"Why Trump’s China truce doesn't mean the end of the new commercial cold war"

Der G20-Gipfel in Osaka habe auf der multilateralen Ebene die Ineffektivität dieser Treffen demonstriert, meint Liam Halligan. Der Gipfel habe vor allem als Bühne für eine Reihe von bilateralen Gesprächen unter Ausschluss der Öffentlichkeit gedient. "Over the last decade (...) the G20 has been criticised for having a membership too large and too diverse to generate much in the way of meaningful common understanding. (...) This weekend’s G20 Osaka summit was no exception – with the Japanese hosts naming as 'key priorities' everything from 'strengthening global economic growth' to 'advancing woman’s empowerment' and 'responding to an ageing society'. The Middle East is in crisis – with humanitarian tragedies in Syria and Yemen and escalating tensions between Iran, Israel and the US. There’s uproar in Hong Kong, Venezuela and Ukraine. (...) For a major diplomatic gathering, at a time like this, to focus on long-term perennials such as 'responding to an ageing society' is to invite ridicule. Yet the formal summit in Osaka was conducted as have previous G20 shindigs – as an exercise in trying to generate benign, virtue-signalling headlines, rather than attempting to solve issues of genuine urgency and substance."

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"Julian Assange moved to prison health ward as WikiLeaks reveal  'grave concerns' about well-being"

WikiLeaks hat "ernste Bedenken" zum gesundheitlichen Zustand von Julian Assange geäußert, der in den medizinischen Flügel des Londoner Belmarsh-Gefängnisses verlegt worden ist. "'Mr Assange's heath had already significantly deteriorated after seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy, under conditions that were incompatible with basic human rights,' the group said in a statement. It added: 'During the seven weeks in Belmarsh his health has continued to deteriorate and he has dramatically lost weight. The decision of prison authorities to move him to the health ward speaks for itself.'"

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"Shamima Begum was cruel enforcer in Isil's morality police, say Syrian witnesses"

Die britische IS-Anhängerin Shamima Begum, die gegenwärtig mit rechtlichen Mitteln um ihre Rückkehr nach Großbritannien kämpft, war einer Zeugenaussage zufolge in der "Moralpolizei" des "Islamischen Staates" aktiv. "Shamima Begum, the Bethnal Green schoolgirl, served in the Islamic State’s 'morality police' and also tried to recruit other young women to join the jihadist group, well-placed sources have told The Telegraph. She was allowed to carry a Kalashnikov rifle and earned a reputation as a strict 'enforcer' of Isil’s laws, such as dress codes for women, sources claimed. The claims are at odds with Miss Begum’s own account of her four years with the group, which she joined at the age of just 15. Miss Begum, now aged 19, has insisted she was never involved in Isil’s brutality but spent her time in Syria as a devoted housewife to a jihadist fighter."

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"A law against Islamophobia is a terrible idea"

Charles Moore hält es für gefährlich, nach dem Anschlag eines Rechtsextremisten auf zwei Moscheen in Christchurch über Gesetze zum Verbot von "Islamophobie" nachzudenken. Verbote dieser Art würden z.B. auch liberale Muslime treffen, die konservative Interpretationen ihrer Religion kritisieren. "When you define a 'phobia' against a religion, and punish it by law, you may think you are protecting it and its followers from insult. In fact, you will provoke worse. According to the all-party parliamentary group chaired by Lady Warsi, 'Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness.' This false doctrine can turn almost anything into an offence. Think how it might be applied. A school tries to prevent Muslim girls coming to school with their faces completely covered. It does so, not because it has any view about Islam, but because it wants teachers and fellow pupils to be able to know the girls, and because it shares the modern Western view that boys and girls should be treated equally. It could, under the sort of law proposed, be accused of Islamophobia. (...) If the authorities allow 'Islamophobia' to be outlawed, they will have to define what is Islamic. Since they will be incapable of doing so, they will turn to self-appointed authorities, who, given the current worldwide ferment within Islam, will usually be militant."

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"Isil schoolgirl Shamima Begum 'will not be rescued', as Security minister, warns 'actions have consequences'"

Der Telegraph berichtet über den Fall einer britischen IS-Anhängerin, die sich im Alter von 15 Jahren dem "Islamischen Staat" in Syrien angeschlossen hat und nun auf eine Rückkehr nach Großbritannien hofft. "A teenager who ran away from London aged 15 to join Isil and married a jihadi will not be rescued, the Security Minister has said as he warned that 'actions have consequences'. Shamima Begum, 19, was tracked down by The Times to a refugee camp in northern Syria where she is now the bride of an Islamic State fighter. Ben Wallace, the security minister, said that the Government will not risk the lives of British staff by sending them into a refugee camp in Syria to 'rescue terrorists in a failed state'."

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"'We owe China, what can we do?' Why Muslim countries stay silent over China's mass detention of Uighurs"

Die massenhafte Internierung von Angehörigen der muslimischen Uiguren-Minderheit in China hat in muslimischen Ländern wie Pakistan und der Türkei keine offiziellen Proteste ausgelöst, stellen Ben Farmer, Sophia Yan und Umar Farooq fest. Grund sei der diplomatische Druck Pekings und die wirtschaftliche Abhängigkeit von chinesischen Investitionen. "The Eastern superpower is using its diplomatic and financial clout to shut off criticism, said Sophie Richardson, China director of Human Rights Watch. (...) Pakistan is at the heart of China's plans to build a modern day silk road network of ports, roads and railways across Asia and is particularly keen not to offend the Chinese. (...) Another pillar of China's plans, Turkey, also appears keen not to publicise the subject as large sums of Chinese investment have poured into its struggling economy. (...) China is stepping up its campaign to silence criticism ahead of United Nations' scrutiny of its human rights record scheduled for March. Beijing has told other countries it considers raising the issue to be politically-motivated meddling. For many countries the campaign seems to have been a success."

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"Yemen death toll 'six times higher' than estimated"

Einer neuen Untersuchung des britischen "Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project" (ACLED) zufolge könnte die Zahl der Opfer des Jemen-Kriegs sechsmal höher sein als bisher angenommen. "The figure of 10,000 used by the United Nations is outdated and nowhere near the likely true fatality figure of 60,223, according to UK-based independent research group Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED). Calculating death tolls in Yemen, which is approaching its fourth year, is complicated by the lack of access. The figure offered by ACLED, which looked at open-source data and local news reports, does not include those thought to have died from malnutrition. Save the Children charity says some 85,000 may have died from starvation since 2016. The death toll 'is far higher than official estimates - and still underestimated,' Clionadh Raleigh, ACLED’s executive director, said."

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"Russia poses greater threat to Britain than Isil, says new Army chief"

Nach Ansicht des neuen Generalstabschefs der britischen Streitkräfte, General Mark Carleton-Smith, stellt Russland für Großbritannien heute eine weitaus größere Bedrohung dar als der "Islamische Staat" oder andere islamistische Terrorgruppen. "Speaking in his first interview since his appointment as the Chief of the General Staff, Gen Mark Carleton-Smith, 54, said it was vital that Britain and its allies were not complacent about the threat Russia posed. “Russia today indisputably represents a far greater threat to our national security than Islamic extremist threats such as al-Qaeda and Isil,' he said. 'Russia has demonstrated that it is prepared to use military force to secure and expand its own national interests. The Russians seek to exploit vulnerability and weakness wherever they detect it.'"

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"For all our outrage over Trump, the West simply cannot take any more mass immigration"

Philip Johnston hält die Rhetorik Donald Trumps in der Debatte über die Migrantenkarawane aus Mittelamerika wie viele andere Kommentatoren für "grotesk". Er weist jedoch auch darauf hin, dass sich die Grenzpolitik des US-Präsidenten nicht wesentlich von der seiner Amtsvorgänger oder der anderer westlicher Länder unterscheide. "For all his self-righteousness, Barack Obama’s administration operated the same immigration laws, stopping hundreds of thousands of would-be arrivals at the Mexican border. Mr Trump just takes that to its logical conclusion by proposing to replace an easily breached fence with a hard-to-cross wall. How would we react in this country if 5,000 people were heading across France determined to make it to the UK and demand asylum? Would it be any different? Doubtless, the language would be less harsh. The Prime Minister would acknowledge the hardships and difficulties that provoked the migration, but would politely point out that this was really a matter for France not us. If these people wanted asylum, then they should claim it in the first EU country they had visited, probably Italy. (...) Without borders, says Trump, you do not have a country; and most people in America and Europe will agree with that proposition. Those who reject it in order to parade their humanitarian credentials need to provide solutions beyond self-serving pseudo-compassionate grandstanding."

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"UK sending 800 troops to Arctic in warning shot to Russia"

Der britische Verteidigungsminister Gavin Williamson hat angekündigt, 800 Soldaten im arktischen Norden Norwegens zu stationieren, um der zunehmenden russischen "Aggression" in "unserem Hinterhof" entgegenzutreten. "Gavin Williamson told The Sunday Telegraph that the Government was drawing up a 'defence Arctic strategy' with 800 commandos being deployed to Norway next year and the instalment of a base in the north of the country. Mr Williamson highlighted Russia’s re-opening of Soviet-era bases and an 'increased tempo' of submarine activity as evidence that Britain needed to 'demonstrate we’re there' and 'protect our interests'. Britain’s move is partly in response to concern that, as the Arctic ice retreats, Russia will attempt to intensify its activity there. Melting ice has also sparked a rush to tap into oil reserves under the Arctic ice sheet."

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"The precipitous fall of Aung San Suu Kyi should serve as a warning to Western liberals"

Con Coughlin meint, dass der Wandel der Friedensnobelpreisträgerin Aung San Suu Kyi von einer international gefeierten Menschenrechtsaktivistin zur Regierungschefin und Mitverantwortlichen für den Genozid an den Rohingya-Muslimen in Myanmar westlichen Liberalen als Warnung dienen sollte. "The UN’s investigators have little sympathy. They are highly critical of Ms Suu Kyi for failing to use her 'moral authority' to stop the terror, and claim her civilian government, 'through their acts and omissions' have 'contributed to the commission of atrocity crimes'. There are important lessons for us all in Ms Suu Kyi’s dramatic fall from grace. This is, after all, not the first time the British public has been seduced by the charismatic appeal of a liberation movement. (...) This is not to say that we must never support democracy movements abroad. They are to be welcomed, and encouraged where prudent. But Britons trusted Ms Suu Kyi too quickly and too fully, without knowing much about Burmese politics or the movement she led. What was portrayed in the Western media as a stunning victory could equally, to seasoned observers, be seen as a risky compromise in which the military cut a deal with forces that threatened to end its rule. That this compromise would break down or bear rotten fruit was very much predictable."

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"Salih Khater: Westminster terror suspect was kicked out of UK university just months ago after failing accountancy degree"

Der Telegraph berichtet, dass die britische Polizei einen Einwanderer aus dem Sudan verdächtigt, für die Autoattacke vor dem Londoner Parlament verantwortlich zu sein. "Addresses in the Midlands were being searched on Tuesday night as police investigated Salih Khater, the 29-year-old arrested on suspicion of preparing an act of terror. (...) He was not known to MI5 or Scotland Yard, and had no criminal record or affiliation to terrorist groups. But he is believed to be known to West Midlands police. (...) The suspect had driven from his home in Birmingham before allegedly using his car as a weapon, sparking suggestions that it was an attempted 'copycat' of the attack launched by Khalid Masood a year earlier which had killed six people. Masood had lived just ten minutes from the suspect's home in the Sparkbrook area of Birmingham, before travelling to London to carry out his attack. Security sources are keen to establish if there is a connection between the pair."

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"Navy rescued Manchester bomber Salman Abedi from war-torn Libya three years before deadly terror attack"

Der britische Selbstmordattentäter Salman Abedi, der am 22. Mai 2017 bei einem Terroranschlag in Manchester 22 Menschen tötete, wurde offenbar drei Jahre zuvor von der britischen Marine in Libyen gerettet. "By the time of the bombing, security services were no longer monitoring him. The revelation, reported in the Daily Mail, is likely to infuriate the families who lost loved ones in the attack, and raises further fears over possible intelligence mistakes. (...) The brothers were on holiday there at the time, and the Royal Navy was tasked with picking them up, along with other British nationals, on a list provided to sailors. A review of his deadly attack by David Anderson QC found the bombing could have been averted 'had the cards fallen differently.' It emerged MI5 had planned to discuss the threat posed by him just nine days after he launched his attack, after he was highlighted for discussion."

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"When Trump sees Putin, he doesn't think about the Cold War, he sees a conservative champion of civilisation"

Donald Trumps offensichtliche Sympathie für Wladimir Putin ist nach Ansicht von Tim Stanley auf vermeintlich geteilte konservative Überzeugungen zurückzuführen. "Some conservatives now believe they have more in common with Russia’s traditionalism than with the 'suicidal liberalism' they see in the West. (...) Conservative admiration for Putin is a symptom of its own loss of hope in what were once boilerplate American ideals. Conservatives are becoming sceptical of free trade. They question the integrity of their own security apparatus. They don’t think the US has a mission to remake the world. So, why not talk to Orthodox Russia? The problem is that Trump’s realism only goes part of the way – it projects Western cultural debates onto Russia and doesn’t extend its vision to the reality of Russia as it really is."

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"Amesbury: Russia using UK as 'poison dumping ground', Home Secretary says, as couple fall victim to Novichok"

Der britische Telegraph berichtet über die erneute Vergiftung von zwei Personen in Salisbury. Die Polizei habe bestätigt, dass auch diesmal das Nervengift "Novichok" gefunden worden sei, das bereits bei der Vergiftung des russischen Ex-Spions Sergei Skripal und dessen Tochter entdeckt wurde. Der britische Innenminister Sajid Javid habe erneut Russland verantwortlich gemacht. "The Home Secretary has accused Russia of using Britain as a 'dumping ground' for nerve agents, as he called on Moscow to explain the Wiltshire poisonings. Sajid Javid said it is 'completely unacceptable for our people to be either deliberate or accidental targets' or for 'our towns to be dumping grounds for poison', after a couple were struck down by the same Novichok used in the Salisbury attack."

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"Britain's spies protect the whole of Europe – Michel Barnier would be crazy to alienate us as an ally"

Brexit-Unterhändler Brüssels, Michel Barnier, hat mitgeteilt, dass die bisherige enge Kooperation der Europäer mit dem britischen Geheimdienst GCHQ im Fall eines Scheiterns der Brexit-Verhandlungen auf dem Spiel stehen würde. Nick Timothy hält diese Drohung im Hinblick auf die europäische Sicherheit für fahrlässig, da britische Agenten in der Vergangenheit dazu beigetragen hätten, zahlreiche Anschläge auf dem Festland zu verhindern. "Since 2016 there have been 45 terror attacks in seven European countries: Britain, Germany, France, Belgium, Spain, Sweden and Finland. (...) Britain is a nuclear power, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, and has armed forces with a global reach. And we have the best 'signals intelligence' capability in Europe, which among many things helps our allies to identify terrorists returning from Syria. In contrast, Europe’s defences against mounting threats are pitifully weak. Few member states pull their weight and, after Brexit, 80 per cent of Nato spending will come from outside the EU. So Mr Barnier ought to be careful. Britain’s leaders might be unconditionally committed to the security of Europe, but if the EU tries to hurt us, the next generation of politicians – and the public – might not be so generous. Solidarity works in both directions."

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