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  • This Is the Final Medal Count for Every Country at the 2018 Winter Olympics

    02/25/2018 11:40:59 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 38 replies
    time.com ^ | February 25, 2018 | Jennifer Calfas
    After 19 days of competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, Norway came out on top of the final medal count. Norway’s dominance was apparent from the beginning of the Olympic Games, with 14 gold medal wins in sports like cross-country skiing and more medals from other skiing events from jumping to downhill. Germany came in second with 31 total medals and 14 gold medals, and Canada finished in third with 29 medals, 11 of which were gold. After a number of historic wins for the United States late in the Games, Team USA finished fourth with...
  • Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU conservatives debate a rightward shift

    02/24/2018 10:29:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 02.24.2018 | jcg/jm (Reuters, AFP)
    Senior figures of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) voiced their views on the party’s direction to German media outlets this weekend, ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet selections on Sunday and the party’s vote on the grand coalition agreement, to take place on Monday. While the SPD members vote over whether to join the grand coalition, Merkel’s conservatives are doing some soul searching over whether their party should remain in the center, as it has throughout her leadership, or shift to the right to try and win back lost voters. “Sometimes the conservative element of the conservative bloc could be...
  • Trump: John Kerry May Be The ‘Worst Negotiator I’ve Ever Seen’

    02/24/2018 6:28:11 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 48 replies
    dailycaller ^ | 02/23/2018 | BENNY JOHNSON
    NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — During his CPAC speech, Donald Trump took a moment to savage Barack Obama, John Kerry and the Iran nuclear deal as the “worst negotiated” deal in history. “We declined to certify the terrible, one-sided Iran nuclear deal,” Trump said to cheers from the crowd. “That was a horrible deal.” “Whoever heard — you give $150 billion to a nation that has no respect for you whatsoever?” Trump asked. “They are saying death to America while they are signing the agreement.” Trump took direct aim at Kerry, who was secretary of state and helped negotiate the agreement...
  • Syria war: UN Security Council truce vote delayed

    02/23/2018 6:51:18 PM PST · by Nextrush · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2/23/2018 | BBC
    The UN Security Council is struggling to agree a resolution seeking a ceasefire in Syria and has put back a vote until Saturday. The vote has already been delayed several times since Thursday. Russia wanted changes to the draft that calls for a 30-day calm to allow for aid deliveries and medical evacuations. Western diplomats have accused Russia, Syria's key ally, of stalling for more time. France said failure to act may spell the of the UN itself...... Commenting on Friday evening, US President Donald Trump pointed the finger of blame firmly at Syria and its allies, Russia and Iran,...
  • Turkey Mulls Talks to Avoid War As Russia and U.S. Allies Chant 'One Syria'

    02/22/2018 7:37:19 AM PST · by NorseViking · 16 replies
    Newsweek ^ | Tom O'Connor
    Turkey has raised the possibility of opening a new dialogue with Syria as its supporters threatened to join Kurds in resisting a Turkish invasion in the northwestern district of Afrin. Ankara initially denied Tuesday that a massive convoy of fighters supportive of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad— an ally of both Russia and Iran—entered the Kurd-held enclave and later claimed that Turkish airstrikes turned the incoming forces back. Videos surfaced of pro-Syrian government and Kurdish fighters chanting "one Syria," in celebration of an alliance that Ibrahim Kalin, spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said Wednesday would have "serious consequences" for...
  • CDU spokesman Hardt calls on Turkey to withdraw from Afrin

    02/22/2018 7:48:41 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    ANF News (Berlin) ^ | Wednesday, 21 Feb 2018, 14:25 | ANF BERLIN
    A spokesman for Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Union called Turkey to withdraw its forces from Afrin on Wednesday. < Speaking to Deutschlandfunk radio Jürgen Hardt said he could only "urge" Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan "to end the operation in northern Syria”. Describing Turkey’s actions against YPG in Afrin as “not proportional” Hardt advised Turkey to “focus on securing the Turkish-Syrian border”. The Turkish government is, therefore "well advised to withdraw quickly from this mission now". The federal government had withheld criticism of the Turkish attacks on Afrin for a long time. On Tuesday evening, the Foreign Office called on...
  • Foreign leaders seek fresh ties with US governors, mayors

    02/21/2018 10:09:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2018 12:42 AM EST | Ken Thomas and Zeke Miller
    When Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrives in Washington this week for consultations with President Donald Trump, he won’t be traveling solo. Turnbull is bringing the most senior Australian political and business delegation ever to visit the United States in a trip aimed at building stronger relationships with America’s governors. While he’ll talk trade and security concerns with Trump, Turnbull will spend the weekend courting U.S. governors at their annual gathering. Turnbull, a Goldman Sachs executive-turned prime minister, is the latest world leader to extend outreach to U.S. governors and big-city mayors in the age of Trump’s “America First” policies....
  • The State Submits

    02/21/2018 6:53:17 PM PST · by Twotone · 8 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | February 21, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    I've written many times over the last decade and a half about that rare bird the "moderate Muslim". Surely one reason for his scarceness is that, whenever he pops his head above the parapet, he's hung out to dry by craven infidel politicians and bureaucrats, who on the whole find the admirably straightforward demands of your average firebreathing imam more congenial. Hence the pandering to returning Isis warriors: Mods vs Raqqa's - it's no contest. The latest examples are the headmistress and chairman of the board of governors of St Stephen's Primary School in Newham, East London. St Stephen, you'll...
  • German prisons: 150 dangerous Islamists need deradicalizing, say police [just 150?]

    02/21/2018 6:32:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 02.21.2018 | mm/aw (dpa, KNA)
    About 150 dangerous Islamists are being held in prisons across Germany, according to figures from the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) published by German daily Die Welt on Wednesday. The men are either serving jail sentences or are in custody on terror-related charges, the paper cited the BKA as saying. The newspaper said there were also several “relevant persons” being held, which it said were those regarded as sympathizers or supporters of radical Islam. “In the next few years, we must expect a wave of extremists in our prisons,” the German state of Hesse’s Minister of Justice, Eva Kühne-Hörmann (CDU),...
  • German War Planes Grounded By Eco-Gas

    02/20/2018 12:22:29 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 37 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 2/20/18 | Adam Kredo
    Germany's air fleet was grounded this week after "too much biodiesel" fuel found its ways into the gas tanks, according to German reports saying the Luftwaffe cannot safely fly with such a mixture. Germany's Tornado fleet of war planes was reportedly grounded after an unsafe mixture including too much biodiesel was used to fuel the planes, requiring the fleet to be grounded and their fuel tanks flushed. "The tolerance values are minimally exceeded," Colonel Kristof Conrath of the Tactical Air Force Squadron 51 was quoted as saying in media reports. "It's not that the aircraft would fall from the sky....
  • Merkel taps possible successor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as next CDU secretary general

    02/19/2018 11:43:46 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 15 replies
    dw.com ^ | February 19, 2018 | AFP, dpa, Reuters
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has nominated Saarland State Premier Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to be the CDU's next secretary general. She will take over from Peter Tauber, who is stepping down due to health reasons.
  • Merkel picks ‘mini Merkel’ and heir apparent for top party role

    02/19/2018 5:45:57 PM PST · by RightGeek · 9 replies
    The Local de ^ | 2/19/2018 | Uncredited
    Angela Merkel on Monday tapped the popular female premier of Germany's tiny Saarland state to take over as secretary general of her conservative party, fuelling speculation the veteran chancellor is lining up her successor. At a joint Berlin press conference, Merkel said she was "moved" that close confidante Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, 55, would take the reins from her right-hand man Peter Tauber at "a difficult time" for their Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party. The surprise reshuffle comes after Tauber said at the weekend he was stepping down for health reasons, and with Merkel struggling to form a new government after a...
  • Far-right AfD now the second most popular party in Germany: poll

    02/19/2018 4:12:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 19 February 2018 17:10 CET+01:00
    A poll published on Monday by the newspaper Bild put the Alternative for Germany (AfD) at 16 percent, showing that they are currently more popular than the Social Democrats (SPD). The poll, conducted by INSA, put the AfD at 16 percent, just ahead of the SPD at 15.5 percent. The poll marks the lowest support ever achieved by the SPD, traditionally one of the two major parties of German politics. According to the poll, Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats are the most popular party in the country and would secure 32 percent of the vote were elections to be held tomorrow....
  • Turkey Threatens To Invade Greece

    02/19/2018 10:35:31 AM PST · by blam · 48 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 2-19-2018 | Uzay Bulut
    In an incident that took place less than two weeks after the Greek Defense Ministry announced that Turkey had violated Greek airspace 138 times in a single day, a Turkish coast guard patrol boat on February 13 rammed a Greek coast guard vessel off the shore of Imia, one of many Greek islands over which Turkey claims sovereignty. Most of the areas within modern Greece's current borders were under the occupation of the Ottoman Empire from the mid-15th century until the Greek War of Independence in 1821 and the establishment of the modern Greek state in 1832. The islands, however,...
  • Hungary's Orban calls for global anti-migrant alliance with eye on 2018 elections

    02/18/2018 11:58:26 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 7 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/18/18
    Reuters) - Hungarian leader Viktor Orban called on Sunday for a global alliance against migration as his right-wing populist Fidesz party began campaigning for an April 8 election in which it is expected to win a third consecutive landslide victory. Popular at home but increasingly at odds politically and economically with mainstream European Union peers, Orban has thrived on external controversy, including repeated clashes with Brussels and lately the United Nations. Those conflicts, mostly centered on migration since people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa flooded into Europe in 2015, have intensified as the elections approach...
  • Top U.S. officials tell the world to ignore Trump’s tweets

    02/18/2018 11:50:16 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 86 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 18, 2018 | Michael Birnbaum, Griff Witte
    U.S. lawmakers — both Democrats and Republicans — and top national security officials in the Trump administration offered the same advice publicly and privately, often clashing with Trump’s Twitter stream: the United States remains staunchly committed to its European allies, is furious with the Kremlin about election interference and isn’t contemplating a preemptive strike on North Korea to halt its nuclear program. But Trump himself engaged in a running counterpoint to the message, taking aim on social media at his own national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, because he “forgot” on Saturday to tell the Munich Security Conference that the results...
  • Turkey frees reporter, but sentences 6 other journalists to life for alleged involvement in failed c

    02/16/2018 9:03:54 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 16 at 2:50 PM | Jason Rezaian
    A court in Turkey sentenced six journalists to life in prison Friday for their alleged involvement in a failed 2016 coup attempt. The decision came shortly after another reporter who had been controversially imprisoned was conditionally released from custody.Prominent journalists Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan and Nazli Ilicak and three other media workers were convicted of crimes against the state, a charge that governments around the world are increasingly employing as a tactic to instill fear in and silence journalists who are critical of ruling authorities. [2017 was the most dangerous year ever for journalists. 2018 might be even worse.]
  • Tillerson Says US Mideast Peace Plan ‘Fairly Well Advanced’

    02/16/2018 4:26:00 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 2-16-18
    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Photo: Wikicommons. The US administration’s work on a new Middle East peace plan is “fairly well advanced” and President Donald Trump will decide when to announce it, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday during a visit to Jordan. Tillerson also signed a five-year aid package that extends US support to Jordan, a key regional ally, despite Trump’s threat to withhold support from states opposed to his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Commenting on the peace plan, Tillerson said: “I have seen the plan. … It’s been under development...
  • TKMS Cut 1st Steel of First Israeli Navy Saar 6 Corvette

    02/14/2018 9:02:41 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 13 FEBRUARY 2018
    The steel cutting ceremony for the first Saar 6 (Sa'ar 6) corvette ordered by Israel at the ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) shipyard in Kiel, Germany on February 7, 2018. The low key ceremony (no media representatives were admitted) took place in presence of the chief of the Israeli Navy, Admiral Eli Sharvit, and German Navy inspector Vice-admiral Andreas Krause. infographics on the Saar 6 Speaking during the Israel Air Force ceremony on December 25th 2014, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel ordered four new patrol vessels from Germany: "Today, I am pleased to announce that three days ago,...
  • German journalist: More and more citizens wake up and realize something is totally wrong here

    02/12/2018 9:57:07 PM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 80 replies
    Voice of Europe ^ | Feb. 4, 2018 | Voice of Europe
    Merkel herself did not act on humanitarian grounds when she decided to let these people through to us. She thought it was an opportune way to supplement her image given the current mood in the country, which was very pro-refugee. Many people, including me, thought it was the right decision in this exceptional situation to allow a limited number of people to come here for a short time. Nobody guessed that this “state of emergency” would become permanent, not even the Chancellor and the government itself. Die Welt journalist Robin Alexander revealed in retrospect in his book “The Driven” that...