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Iraq paramilitary chief plays down allegation against US

The head of an Iran-backed paramilitary force in Iraq has distanced it from a claim by his deputy that the US was responsible for several recent explosions at its arms depots. Faleh al-Fayad said "external players" were behind the blasts, but that further investigation was needed to be able to pinpoint the blame. His deputy said the US had brought four Israeli drones into Iraq to target the Popular Mobilisation's positions. The US dismissed ..

Chemnitz trial: Syrian jailed over stabbing that sparked German far-right riots

A Syrian man has been sentenced in Germany to nine and a half years in prison over the fatal stabbing of a man in Chemnitz last year. Alaa Sheikhi, 24, was found guilty of "joint manslaughter and serious physical injury" over the death of Daniel Hillig, a 35-year-old carpenter. A second suspect, an Iraqi, is thought to have fled Germany after the attack. The case led to violent protests in Chemnitz, where far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) h..

Economic Downturn: Germany May Abandon Its Beloved Black Zero

Chancellor Angela Merkel is still clinging to her policy of a balanced budget, but it is becoming increasingly clear that Germany's economic downturn could soon usher in a return to deficit spending. Government ministries are already signaling a willingness to abandoned years of cautious fiscal policy. For years now, a balanced federal budget, known here in Germany as the "schwarze Null," or black ze..

2 Months on, Hong Kong Remains Defiant

For over 2 months, Hong Kong has been experiencing the largest and most sustained series of protests in its history. Initially the movement was sparked by the proposal to amend the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation in the Legislative Council of Hong Kong on March 29, 2019. If enacted, the bill, among other mechanisms, would have made it possible to extradite fugitives to mainland China, an eventuality ..

Radio Silence: German-U.S. Ties Are Breaking Down

Never since the founding of postwar Germany have relations between Berlin and the United States been as fragile as they are today. There is virtual radio silence between Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Donald Trump and U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell is doing more to agitate the situation than to mediate. Angela Merkel and Donald Trump at NATO headquarters in Brussels ..

Iran tanker row: Greece closes out ship after US warnings

Greece has refused to help the Iranian tanker recently detained in Gibraltar on suspicion of shipping oil to Syria. Deputy foreign minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis told broadcaster ANT1 his country was "not willing to facilitate the course of this ship to Syria". The move comes after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened sanctions on any country that helps the tanker. Adrian Darya-1 left Gibraltar on Sunday and listed the Greek port Kalamat..

Philadelphia police commissioner abruptly resigns

(Reuters) - Philadelphia’s police commissioner resigned on Tuesday over what the city mayor said was his department’s failure to address accusations of sexual harassment and racial discrimination in the ranks. Commissioner Richard Ross, who joined the Philadelphia police force in 1989, tendered his resignation after serving for two years in the department’s top job, Mayor Jim Kenney said in a written statement. Last summer Philadelphia handed d..

Trump cancels Denmark trip because Greenland is not for sale

By Lucia Binding, news reporter Donald Trump has cancelled a planned trip to Denmark because its prime minister dismissed the idea of selling Greenland to the US. The US president recently floated the idea of purchasing the mostly frozen island, which is owned by Denmark, but said on Sunday that such a transaction was not top priority. "It'..

Louisiana university gun scare linked to apparent mistaken identity

(Reuters) - A gun scare that jolted Louisiana State University’s Baton Rouge campus on Tuesday apparently stemmed from an off-duty policeman in plain clothes seen walking around with a pistol on his belt being mistaken for an armed intruder, a school spokesman said. The incident was the latest in a spate of similar false alarms that have rippled across the United States following several recent deadly mass shootings and high-profile arrests of s..

Protesting U.S. athletes receive 12-months probation

(Reuters) - U.S. athletes Race Imboden and Gwen Berry have been placed on probation for 12 months for their political protests at the Pan Am Games, USA Today reported on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: XVIII Pan American Games - Lima 2019 - August 11, 2019 - From left to right: Race Imboden, Nick Itkin, and Gerek Meinhardt, from the USA Team during the Men's Foil Team medal ceremony in Fencing, at the Lima Convention Center during the Pan American Gam..

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