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14.01.2020

"From offense to defense: NSA's Microsoft flaw alert shows shift in public strategy"

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/offense-defense-nsa-s-microsoft-flaw-alert-shows-shift-public-n1115
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Die NSA sei nach der Entdeckung einer Sicherheitslücke im Windows-Betriebssystem von ihrer jahrelangen Praxis der Geheimhaltung abgerückt und habe das Unternehmen frühzeitig informiert, berichtet Kevin Collier. Die öffentlichkeitswirksame Maßnahme sei Ausdruck eines Strategiewechsels, der größeres Gewicht auf die Cyber-Verteidigung legen soll. "The NSA announced Tuesday that it had found a flaw in how Microsoft’s system identified trusted users or services. But instead of keeping the flaw a secret and potentially using it in its security efforts, the agency alerted Microsoft, which was able to fix the problem before it was made public. The move reflects the push of the NSA’s new Cybersecurity Directorate, which became operational last year, to be the public face of the agency, focused on cyber defense. (…) The change in tactics highlights the NSA’s role in the defensive work of securing U.S. systems — and its desire for that role to be public — rather than adding to a stockpile of flaws, which it has strongly reduced in recent years, that could be used for hacking operations to gain intelligence."

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14.01.2020

"Trump authorized Soleimani's killing 7 months ago, with conditions"

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/trump-authorized-soleimani-s-killing-7-months-ago-cond
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Informationen von NBC News zufolge hat US-Präsident Trump der gezielten Tötung des iranischen Generals Soleimani unter bestimmten Bedingungen bereits im Juni 2019 zugestimmt. "After Iran shot down a U.S. drone in June, John Bolton, Trump's national security adviser at the time, urged Trump to retaliate by signing off on an operation to kill Soleimani, officials said. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also wanted Trump to authorize the assassination, officials said. But Trump rejected the idea, saying he'd take that step only if Iran crossed his red line: killing an American. The president's message was 'that's only on the table if they hit Americans,' according to a person briefed on the discussion."

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08.01.2020

"What Trump missed when he saw Iran blink"

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/what-trump-missed-when-he-saw-iran-blink-n1112506

Der Iran hat auf die gezielte Tötung von General Soleimani nach Ansicht vieler Experten vorerst verhalten reagiert. Jonathan Allen zufolge sollte nicht übersehen werden, dass Teherans Position im Nahen Osten nach dem Attentat gestärkt sei. "'I think we’re closer to the day of reckoning,' [Sen. Lindsey Graham] said. 'I think with the killing of Soleimani, we’ve hurt their efforts to spread radical Shi’ism throughout the region, we’ve put them on notice that enough is enough when it comes to attacking Americans. The inflection point is coming.' But he acknowledged the obvious stalemate. 'Our goal is for their regime to change their behavior, their goal is for us to leave the region, and therein lies the conflict,' he said. Left unspoken: It makes sense for Iran to wait Trump out — for him to leave office, or pull the U.S. out of Iraq — rather than confronting the U.S. militarily, particularly if he's going to take actions that alienate the Iraqi government and people. The U.S. came close enough to announcing a withdrawal from Iraq this week that the Pentagon issued a letter announcing the move this week only to retract it almost immediately. Esper said it was just a draft that had been released mistakenly."

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03.01.2020

"What is Iran's secretive Quds Force?"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/who-are-iran-s-secretive-quds-forces-n1110156

Nach dem Tod von General Soleimani erläutert Henry Austin die Rolle der Quds-Brigade in der iranischen Politik. "The Quds Force is part of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, according to the Council on Foreign Relations, or CFR. Founded after Iran’s 1979 revolution, the Guard defends the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Quds Force performs 'operations external to Iran to advance the Islamic revolution,' Dr. Jack Watling, a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, a British think tank, told NBC News. Run from Tehran, the Quds Force has developed ties with armed groups in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and the Palestinian territories. (…) Estimates vary, but Watling said it was likely a 'divisional strength military formation' of around 17,000 to 21,000 members, 'which is split into regionally aligned brigades of soldiers.' (…) [Soleimani’s] death 'is unlikely to disrupt Iran's operational capabilities,' Dr. Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi, another research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, said. She added that it was 'likely to continue carrying out its previous strategy in terms of reliance on proxies and nonconventional capabilities.' Iran acted quickly to replace Soleimani but whether his successor, Gen. Esmail Ghaani, can be as effective is open for debate."

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09.12.2019

"U.S.-Taliban talks resume, raising prospect of an end to the war in Afghanistan"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/u-s-taliban-talks-resume-raising-prospect-end-war-afghanistan-n1097981

Die Verhandlungen der USA mit den Taliban sind nach dreimonatiger Unterbrechung mit einem ambitionierten Zeitplan wieder aufgenommen worden, berichtet NBC News. "The U.S.-Taliban talks restarted in the Qatari capital, Doha, on Saturday with the goal of reducing violence and laying the groundwork for peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government, a State Department spokesperson told NBC News. A separate Western official with knowledge of the discussions said that the aim was to essentially 'pick up where they left off.' The official said Washington had “ambitious timelines” for the talks and was pushing to secure a deal by the end of December and then have talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban begin promptly in January."

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24.11.2019

"Democrats' 'bribery' impeachment strategy is an unforced error with sobering consequences"

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/democrats-bribery-impeachment-strategy-unforced-error-sobering-cons
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Noah Rothman weist darauf hin, dass die Zustimmung zum Amtsenthebungsverfahren gegen den US-Präsidenten unter unabhängigen Wählern nach der Zeugenanhörung der vergangenen Woche wieder deutlich gesunken sei. Er erwartet, dass Donald Trump im US-Senat freigesprochen wird und danach gute Chancen auf eine Wiederwahl hat. Die Demokraten hätten in diesem Fall ihr mächtigstes Werkzeug zur Kontrolle des Präsidenten leichtfertig aus der Hand gegeben. "Impeachment is a political process, so Democrats are obliged to secure support from voters for their desired outcome. Toward that end, poll-testing their impeachment messaging isn’t just necessary; it’s essential. The polling isn’t the problem, though Republicans would like to make it appear sordid. The problem is that Democrats have altered the charges against Trump to make the most politically salient case against Trump even at the expense of the facts of the case. If the impeachment of Donald Trump ends in his acquittal in the Senate and re-election next November, the ultimate check on the presidency will be all but neutralized. Absent any credible deterrent, Trump will be free to indulge his most reckless impulses. In that event, posterity will regard impeachment with contempt. Retrospectives on the process will wonder where it all went wrong, and the answer to that question will be obvious."

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19.11.2019

"ISIS rebuilds in Syria after Turkish incursion and U.S. drawdown, Pentagon watchdog says"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/mideast/isis-rebuilds-syria-after-turkish-incursion-u-s-drawdown-says-n10857
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Der "Islamische Staat" in Syrien habe vor dem Hintergrund der türkischen Offensive und des amerikanischen Rückzugs mit dem Neuaufbau begonnen, so die Warnung eines neuen Pentagon-Berichts. "The Islamic State militant group used the drawdown of U.S. troops from Syria and the Turkish incursion to regroup and strengthen its abilities to plan terror attacks abroad — and will likely rebound from the death of leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a new internal report from the Defense Department's watchdog says. The report from the Pentagon's inspector general identified the Oct. 9 Turkish move into Syria — three days after a phone call between President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — as the tipping point. The invasion affected the U.S. mission against ISIS, the U.S. relationship with its chief military ally in the fight against ISIS — the Syrian Democratic Forces — and control of territory in northeastern Syria. The departure of U.S. forces from areas of northeastern Syria, which followed the Turkish incursion, then created a void which Syrian regime forces and Russian forces filled, and gave ISIS more freedom to rebuild, according to the report."

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13.11.2019

"FBI's 'lone wolf' report says domestic terrorists are rarely isolated"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/fbi-s-lone-wolf-report-says-domestic-terrorists-are-rarely-n1081741

Das FBI hat einen neuen Bericht über Terroranschläge in den USA veröffentlicht. Dabei sind Pete Williams zufolge u.a. 52 Anschläge von Einzeltätern analysiert worden. "While predicting lone offender terrorism is not possible, 'it may be preventable with increased bystander education and awareness in recognizing concerning behavior and reporting it to authorities as soon as possible,' the FBI said in releasing a report compiled by the Behavioral Threat Assessment Center of the bureau's Behavioral Analysis Unit — better known as the FBI’s profilers. Most offenders had 'family, peers, or online contacts who were in a position to notice troubling behavior,' the report said. 'More than half of those who observed concerning behaviors made some effort to intervene or voice their concerns.' The report examined 52 lone offender terrorist attacks in the U.S. from 1972 to 2015. Thirty-three of their acts of terrorism killed a total of 258 people and injured 982. But it found nothing to suggest a profile of a typical attacker, other than the fact that all were men."

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04.11.2019

"'Defeated' ISIS has found safe haven in an ungoverned part of Iraq"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/mideast/defeated-isis-has-found-safe-haven-ungoverned-part-iraq-n1076081

Im Norden Iraks habe der "Islamische Staat" ein Gebiet außerhalb der Kontrolle Bagdads übernommen, berichtet Courtney Kube unter Berufung auf Militärkreise. "Just months after the Islamic State militant group lost the last of its territory in Syria, and days after its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed in a U.S.-led raid, the group has found safe haven in a remote, ungoverned space in Iraq, as foreign fighters move across the border from Syria, military officials tell NBC news. 'The fight against ISIS is continuous,' said U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. William Seely, commander of Task Force-Iraq. 'We're seeing ISIS fighters move from Syria across hundreds of miles of desert.' Their goal, Seely says, is to re-establish their physical caliphate in the region. (…) ISIS has moved into a valley in a remote mountainous region in Northern Iraq. The valley is controlled by the Kurdish peshmerga on one side and the Iraqi army on the other. But along the dividing line between the two, there are areas — some as wide as five miles — where neither side patrols, giving the militants space to move. And they do, coming out mainly at night."

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03.11.2019

"Militants kill 54 in attack on Mali army post, ISIS claims responsibility"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/militants-kill-54-attack-mali-army-post-claims-responsibility-n1075721

Bei einem Angriff auf einen Militärstützpunkt in Mali sind Berichten zufolge mindestens 54 Menschen getötet worden. Der "Islamische Staat" hat die Tat für sich beansprucht. "Islamic state claimed responsibility for the attack via its Amaq news agency on Saturday, without providing evidence. The militant group has posted dozens of claims of responsibility for attacks in several countries since U.S. special forces killed its previous leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi last weekend. (…) The attack follows jihadist raids in late September that underscored the increasing reach and sophistication of armed groups operating in the region. From their stronghold in Mali, groups with al Qaeda and Islamic State links have been able to fan out across the Sahel, destabilizing parts of Niger and Burkina Faso."

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31.10.2019

"The Islamic State spy who betrayed al-Baghdadi was an insider motivated by revenge"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/islamic-state-spy-who-betrayed-baghdadi-was-motivated-revenge-n1074206

Der bei einem Einsatz einer US-Spezialeinheit getötete IS-Anführer Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ist von einem enttäuschten Insider verraten worden, so der Oberkommandierende der kurdischen SDF-Miliz, Mazloum Abdi, in einem Interview. "The commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, Gen. Mazloum Abdi, gave NBC News a detailed account of how he spent months running a spy inside ISIS who followed al-Baghdadi as he moved from one safehouse to another, until he was finally trapped in a tunnel beneath one of them. Abdi did not identify the source, but Kurdish intelligence officials described him as an Arab who had many relatives in ISIS. Abdi said the informant’s main motivation was revenge. 'I think he was under a lot of pressure from his family,' the general said. 'His relatives were subjected to harsh treatment by ISIS and he no longer believed in the future of ISIS. He wanted to take revenge on ISIS and al-Baghdadi himself.'"

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25.10.2019

"Lebanon protests rock Hezbollah's grip on power. That's cause for hope — but also danger."

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/lebanon-protests-rock-hezbollah-s-grip-power-s-cause-hope-ncna10722
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Die Massenproteste in Libanon stellen Sulome Anderson zufolge auch eine Bedrohung für die Machtbasis der Hisbollah dar. "Hezbollah has weathered many storms in the 30 or so years it has been officially active, from an Israeli invasion in 2006 to the turmoil of the Syrian war next door, but never has it faced such strong domestic sentiment against it from across different sects. Whether Hezbollah chooses to quell the protests with force or sacrifice some of its political gains to appease demonstrators, one thing is certain: From a domestic standpoint, its leadership is facing the greatest existential crisis it has experienced in a long time. (…) Bilal Saab, an analyst at the Middle East Institute, a Washington-based think tank, says that while the impact of the protests on Hezbollah’s political and military strength should not be overstated, there is no doubt the demonstrations have shaken the group’s confidence."

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21.10.2019

"WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appears confused at extradition hearing"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/wikileaks-founder-julian-assange-appears-confused-extradition-hearing-
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Bei einer Anhörung vor einem Londoner Gericht habe der seit April in Isolationshaft sitzende WikiLeaks-Gründer Julian Assange "verwirrt" gewirkt, berichtet Reuters. "Assange, 48, who spent seven years holed up in Ecuador's embassy before he was dragged out in April, faces 18 counts in the United States including conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage law. He could spend decades in prison if convicted. On Monday he appeared clean-shaven, without the long beard he had worn at his last public appearance in May, when he was sentenced to 50 weeks jail for skipping bail. He appeared in good health, with his white hair combed back and wearing a navy suit over a light blue sweater and white shirt. But he mumbled and stuttered for several seconds as he gave his name and date of birth at the start of a preliminary hearing in the case. When the judge asked him at the end of the hearing if he knew what was happening, he replied 'not exactly,' complained about the conditions in jail, and said he was unable to 'think properly.'"

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07.10.2019

"Republicans slam Trump's Syria pullout: 'Disaster,' 'Betrayal,' 'Mistake'"

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/disaster-betrayal-mistake-republicans-slam-trump-s-syr
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Die Entscheidung Donald Trumps zum Rückzug der US-Truppen aus Nordsyrien wird auch von Verbündeten des Präsidenten in der eigenen Partei scharf kritisiert. "A long list of Republicans — including several top allies of President Donald Trump — lined up in vehement opposition Monday to the president’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from the northern border of Syria and allow a Turkish operation there. (...) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in a statement that 'a precipitous withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria would only benefit Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime.' (...) In a lengthy tweetstorm, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a fierce Trump loyalist, tore into the decision, calling it a 'disaster in the making.' Graham predicted the move 'Ensures ISIS comeback,' 'Forces Kurds to align with Assad and Iran' and 'Destroys Turkey’s relationship with U.S. Congress,' and called it a 'stain on America’s honor for abandoning the Kurds.'"

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27.09.2019

"Saudi Arabia gets ready to open up to foreign tourists"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/saudi-arabia-gets-ready-open-foreign-tourists-n1059426

Saudi-Arabien will sein internationales Ansehen durch die Öffnung des Landes für internationale Touristen verbessern, berichtet Patrick Smith. "Saudi Arabia announced details of a tourist visa scheme Saturday as part of a major drive to attract foreign visitors as it presses on with efforts to transform its economy and the way the world sees the insular Gulf monarchy. The one-year, multiple-entry visa scheme allows for stays of up to 90 days at a time, and marks the first time the country is allowing foreigners to visit solely for the purpose of tourism. Currently only citizens of surrounding states, those on Islamic pilgrimages or business trips can apply for visas to the absolute monarchy."

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26.09.2019

"Ukraine's Zelenskiy avoids backlash at home over Trump call"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/ukraine-s-zelenskiy-avoids-backlash-home-over-trump-call-n1058921

Während Donald Trump mit den politischen Folgen seines Telefongesprächs mit dem ukrainischen Präsidenten zu kämpfen hat, scheint Volodymyr Zelenskiy aus der Affäre relativ unbeschadet hervorzugehen, berichten Taras Shumeyko und Linda Givetash aus Kiew. "The notes outlining the details of their call released Wednesday show the comedian-turned-president referring to Trump as 'a great teacher' and saying he had stayed at the Trump International Hotel and Tower during his last visit to New York City. While many of the Ukrainians whom NBC News spoke to Thursday didn't like their president's deferential tone, they said they understood Zelenskiy's reasons to turn on the charm. 'He definitely wants to curry favor with Trump,' Gleb Zhavoronkov, 35, a journalist and civil activist from Odessa, said via Facebook Messenger. 'I believe advisers consulted Zelenskiy on how to get sympathy from Trump, which is needed to fight Russia aggression with sanctions pressure at least.' Businessman Vitali Oplachko, 81, shared a similar perspective. 'Zelenskiy is an inexperienced politician, but obviously a good psychologist. He figured out Mr. Trump's profile and his absolute egocentrism,' he said."

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20.09.2019

"How one Syrian camp shows the fight against ISIS isn't over"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/how-one-syrian-camp-shows-fight-against-isis-isn-t-n1055826

Richard Engel, Ammar Cheikh Omar und Marc Smith berichten in ihrer Reportage über das syrische Flüchtlingslager Al Hol, dass der Einfluss des "Islamischen Staates" dort trotz der Zerschlagung des IS-Kalifats allgegenwärtig sei. "In July a video from al-Hol appeared on social media platforms, showing a group of women and children cheering beneath an unfurled homemade ISIS flag. Shouts of 'baqiya' ('remaining' in Arabic) could be heard. Another video showed a group of women, fully covered in traditional black clothing and positioned in front of an ISIS flag, as they called for the return of ISIS rule and threatened: 'You think we’re trapped in your rotten camp, we are a ticking time bomb.' 'Many of these people came from Baghouz, the ones who stayed with ISIS until the very end, the most dangerous of all, and now they’re in this camp,' said Klistan Oso, the head of the refugee affairs office for the regional administration in northern Syria, who visits al-Hol regularly. It’s not just this camp. According to a report from the inspector general to Congress, covering April to the end of June, the ISIS story is far from over."

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17.09.2019

"Justice Department sues Edward Snowden over publication of new memoir"

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/justice-department-sues-edward-snowden-over-publicati
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Veröffentlichung seiner Memoiren hat Edward Snowden eine neue Klage des US-Justizministeriums eingebracht. Snowden wird vorgeworfen, als ehemaliger CIA- und NSA-Mitarbeiter gegen Vertraulichkeitsvereinbarungen verstoßen zu haben. "'The lawsuit alleges that Snowden published his book without submitting it to the agencies for pre-publication review, in violation of his express obligations under the agreements he signed,' the Justice Department said in a news release Tuesday. The Justice Department said it is not seeking to stop the release of the book, which is titled 'Permanent Record' and was published by Metropolitan Books, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers. Instead, the department said it would seek to recover any proceeds Snowden earns from the book, which was published Tuesday."

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10.09.2019

"Trump's Taliban peace talks have collapsed. But many Afghans aren't surprised — or sad."

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/trump-s-taliban-peace-talks-have-collapsed-many-afghans-aren-ncna10
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In Afghanistan sei der Kollaps der Verhandlungen der USA mit den Taliban von vielen mit einer Mischung aus Erleichterung und Furcht aufgenommen worden, berichtet Gayle Tzemach Lemmon vom Council on Foreign Relations. "Relief mixed with fear. That is the reaction of many Afghans I spoke with via social media and WhatsApp about the collapse of U.S. talks with the Taliban. 'People are not surprised' that President Donald Trump’s Camp David meeting with the Taliban collapsed, said Wazhma Frogh, an Afghan civil society activist based in Kabul. 'Time to let Afghans decide about the roadmap to peace in their own country.' (...) No one sees an easy way out of this war, but many of the Afghans I spoke with remained skeptical that entering into talks with the Taliban while they continued to murder Afghans seemed likely to yield results, especially while the Taliban refused to acknowledge the legitimacy of the Afghan government. (...) Afghans who have been tracking the Taliban talks closely say that their nation has a peace process and they want their government to be part of it. Until now they have felt like foreigners at their own peace talks. The one hope they have for this disappointing moment is that a process can be created in which they will have a say in their nation’s fate — right from the start."

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08.09.2019

"Hong Kong protesters sing Star Spangled Banner, appeal to Trump to 'liberate' city"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/hong-kong-protesters-sing-star-spangled-banner-appeal-trump-liberate-n
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Tausende Protestierende in Hongkong haben am Sonntag die amerikanische Nationalhymne gesungen und Präsident Trump der Associated Press zufolge gebeten, ihre Stadt "zu befreien". "Protesters on Sunday urged Washington to pass a bill, known as the Hong Kong Democratic and Human Rights Act, to support their cause. The bill proposes sanctions against Hong Kong and Chinese officials found to suppress democracy and human rights in the city, and could also affect Hong Kong’s preferential trade status with the U.S. (...) Some U.S. lawmakers have spoken out strongly in support of the Hong Kong protesters and voiced concern about the potential for a brutal crackdown by China. Trump, however, has indicated the U.S. would stay out of a matter he considers between Hong Kong and China. He has said he believes the U.S. trade war with China is making Beijing tread carefully."

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08.09.2019

"Trump says he's canceling Afghanistan peace talks, secret meeting with Taliban leaders"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/trump-says-he-s-canceling-afghanistan-peace-talks-secret-meeting-n1051
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US-Präsident Trump hat überraschend das Ende der Verhandlungen mit den Taliban verkündet. Zuvor war ein US-Soldat bei einem Selbstmordanschlag in Kabul getötet worden. Trump zufolge waren die Gespräche so weit fortgeschritten, dass sogar ein geheimes Treffen des Präsidenten mit Taliban-Anführern in Camp David auf dem Plan stand. "Trump tweeted that he was scheduled to hold a secret meeting with Taliban leadership and, separately, the president of Afghanistan, Sunday at Camp David. The United States has been working on a deal to pull troops out of the country that harbored 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden and, in the process, end the nation's longest war. The meeting at Camp David would have come just days before the 18th anniversary of 9/11. 'I immediately cancelled the meeting and called off peace negotiations,' Trump tweeted. 'What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position?' The attack in Kabul on Thursday, for which the Taliban took credit, killed 12 and injured 42."

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20.08.2019

"Top Iranian official: We should never have signed Obama-era nuclear deal"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/top-iranian-official-we-should-never-have-signed-obama-era-n1043971

Ali Shamkhani, enger Berater des iranischen Religionsführers Ayatollah Ali Chamenei, hat die Unterschrift unter das internationale Atomabkommen im Jahr 2015 in einem Interview mit NBC News als Fehler bezeichnet. "To the Iranians, said Shamkhani, Trump seems to want the same things as all his predecessors as U.S. president, which is to diminish Iran's influence. But Trump, said Shamkhani, managed to forfeit the 'achievement' of 'neutralizing Iranian nuclear technology' by gutting the JCPOA. Iran, said Shamkhani, is not basing its decisions on U.S. policy on who is president, or on the possibility that Trump will not serve a second term. But he said that he thinks Trump's 'maximum pressure' campaign is failing because the U.S. public and Western allies are 'questioning' his leadership."

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06.08.2019

"Fact check: Trump suggests video games to blame for mass shootings"

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/fact-check-trump-suggests-video-games-blame-mass-shootings-
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Nach den beiden Massenschießereien in El Paso und Dayton haben US-Präsident Trump und andere konservative Politiker u.a. erneut Videospiele mit "glorifizierender Darstellung von Gewalt" für die Taten mitverantwortlich gemacht. Jane C. Timm weist darauf hin, dass es nach wie vor keine wissenschaftlichen Belege für diesen Zusammenhang gibt. "(...) researchers told NBC News there is no evidence that violent video games encourage violence in real life. And they've definitely been looking. Consider this 2019 study out of Oxford University, which found no link, or this one from 2018 that also found no evidence to support the theory. Studies in 2016 and 2015also failed to find evidence that video games spurred violence, and researchers even noticed signs that crime may be reduced by violent games. 'There's absolutely no causal evidence that violent video game play leads to aggression in the real world,' said Andrew Przybylski, a researcher at Oxford University who has been studying the psychological effects of video games for more than a decade and co-authored that 2019 study. Earlier this year, Przybylski published his study in the Royal Society Open Science that monitored video game use, as reported by approximately 1,000 British teenagers, and symptoms of aggression, as reported by their parents. 'We found a whole lot of nothing,' he said."

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03.08.2019

"Trump warns U.S. allies to take back captured ISIS fighters"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/trump-warns-u-s-allies-take-back-captured-isis-fighters-n1038736

US-Präsident Trump hat damit gedroht, inhaftierte IS-Kämpfer in Europa freizulassen, sollten die zuständigen Regierungen sich weiterhin weigern, die Gefangenen in ihre europäischen Heimatländer zurückzuführen. "His comments raise the pressure on European powers who have been reluctant to repatriate nationals accused of fighting for ISIS due to security concerns and the difficulty of obtaining sufficient evidence for prosecution. 'We have thousands of ISIS fighters that we want Europe to take, and let's see if they take them. If they don't take them, we'll probably have to release them to Europe,' Trump told reporters on Thursday. It is unclear how many ISIS fighters of European origin are in detention and how Trump would release them to Europe. Experts estimate U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces hold some 800 European ISIS fighters in makeshift prisons, but the mostly Kurdish militia group is struggling to maintain them more than four months after ISIS lost the last significant part of its so-called caliphate."

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20.07.2019

"The U.S. is eager to end its longest war. In interview, Taliban gives little sign it's ready to change."

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/he-u-s-eager-end-its-longest-war-interview-taliban-n1031836

Nach einem Interview mit einem Sprecher der Taliban bezweifeln Matt Bradley, Mushtaq Yusufzai und Dan De Luce, dass die USA in den laufenden Verhandlungen in Doha wesentliche Zugeständnisse erwarten können. "Shaheen spoke to NBC News in Doha, the capital of the glittering Gulf Arab kingdom of Qatar, where U.S. and Taliban negotiators are deep into the seventh round of talks. On two crucial issues — respect for women’s rights and recognition of Afghanistan’s U.S.-backed government in Kabul — Shaheen either hewed to Taliban policies dating back decades before the U.S. invasion or deferred to further negotiations or future decisions by Islamic courts. In an hourlong interview in one of the city’s finest hotels, Shaheen projected the calm confidence not only of a diplomat but of an experienced commander who would rather not have to blacken your eye but will do so if you need to be taught a lesson. (...) fighting will continue alongside talks, heaping mistrust on a process that has marinated in cynicism since it began. But that doesn’t seem to bother Shaheen, who believes his Taliban are more than capable of fighting the Americans for yet another 18 years. 'If this generation does not succeed, another generation would come to succeed in order to put an end to the occupation,' he said. 'So the sooner we end this, the better for both sides.'"

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15.07.2019

"Iran tensions: Britain says 'small window' to save nuclear deal"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/iran-tensions-britain-says-small-window-save-nuclear-deal-n1029801

Der britische Außenminister Hunt hat die aktuelle Iran-Strategie des engen Verbündeten USA mit recht deutlichen Worten abgelehnt. "'Iran is still a good year away from developing a nuclear bomb. There is still some closing, but small window to keep the deal alive,' Hunt told reporters on arrival for a foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels. (...) Hunt, who is vying to become British Prime Minister, said that while he agreed with the United States on finding a long-term solution to Iran's regional influence, he disagreed on Washington's current approach. 'What the U.S. knows is that we consider them our closest ally, we believe the alliance between the U.K. and the U.S. has been the foundation of global peace and prosperity over the last 75 years, but friends sometimes disagree,' he said. 'This is one of the very rare occasions when we do disagree, but that doesn’t mean we don’t work very closely with them in pursuit of peace.'"

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03.07.2019

"Bolton the hawk struggles to retain his influence with Trump"

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/bolton-hawk-struggles-retain-his-influence-trump-n1025
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Hat der ausgewiesene "Falke" John Bolton im Weißen Haus an Einfluss eingebüßt? NBC News berichtet über neue Unstimmigkeiten zwischen dem US-Präsidenten und seinem Sicherheitsberater. "According to three sources with close ties to the administration, friction between Trump and Bolton worsened in late May over Iran. Outside advisers and supporters told Trump he was being dragged into a confrontation with Iran and alleged his aides were moving ahead without fully consulting him, the sources said. The president came away angry and ready to question Bolton. (...) The dynamic between the two men ebbs and flows, with Bolton at times favored by Trump and at other times a source of irritation, the sources said. Bolton's status is not helped by the fact that he has made few allies inside the administration. Nevertheless, the president did not appear to be ready to sack Bolton, the sources said."

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30.06.2019

"Trump meets Kim Jong Un, becomes first sitting U.S. president to step into North Korea"

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-kim-jong-un-meet-dmz-n1025041

NBC News berichtet über das kurzfristig arrangierte Treffen Donald Trumps mit Kim Jong Un. "President Donald Trump stepped foot into North Korea on Sunday during an extraordinary last-minute meeting with Kim Jong Un, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to enter the secretive, nuclear-armed nation. Although the unprecedented encounter comes despite the lack of any measurable progress on denuclearization between Washington and Pyongyang, Trump declared the meeting a success. (...) a senior Trump administration official told NBC News on Sunday that one possible outcome from Trump's handshake with Kim is that it could jump-start negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea at a lower level being led by Stephen Biegun, the U.S. special representative for North Korea. Those talks could then focus on making more substantive progress on the nuclear issues."

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29.06.2019

"Trump's Iran policy is deepening mistrust in North Korea, experts say"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/trump-s-iran-policy-deepening-mistrust-north-korea-experts-say-n102190
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Die aggressive Iran-Politik der US-Regierung wird Experten zufolge auch in Nordkorea aufmerksam beobachtet. Das Misstrauen gegenüber amerikanischen Zusagen habe dabei deutlich zugenommen. "'From the North Koreans' perspective, the Americans just can't be trusted — full stop,' said Tom Plant, director of the Proliferation and Nuclear Policy at the Royal United Services Institute, a London think tank. 'It is so bizarre to say this, but there's just not the stability of policy in Washington that there is in Pyongyang,' Plant said. 'They will always be worrying about how certain they could be that a deal made with one president would be honored by another.' (...) In Pyongyang, Trump's withdrawal from the deal came as 'a clear signal to North Korea about the U.S.' behavior,' said Kim Jina, a research fellow at the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses, a think tank funded by the South Korean government. Since then, North Korea has been 'totally focused' on the Washington's Iran policy 'as a possible barometer for what may happen to them,' Kim said."

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