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As Germans prepare to vote, a mystery grows: where are the Russians?

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BY GRIFF WITTE: In 2015, suspected Russian hackers broke into the computer networks of the German Parliament and made off with a mother lode of data — 16 gigabytes, enough to account for a million or more emails. Ever since, German politicians have been watching nervously for the fruits of that hack to be revealed, and for possible embarrassment and ...

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‘If we can feed 160m, we can also feed 700,000 Rohingya refugees’

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The premier also directed the local government to make sure the sick and wounded Rohingya were well taken care of in the hospitals and they receive immediate medical attention. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said Bangladesh can feed 700,000 Rohingya refugees. “We have the ability to feed 160 million people of Bangladesh and we have enough food security to ...

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Dalai Lama says Buddha would have helped Myanmar’s Muslims

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The Dalai Lama has spoken out for the first time about the Rohingya refugee crisis, saying Buddha would have helped Muslims fleeing violence in Buddhist-majority Myanmar. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh in recent weeks after violence flared in neighbouring Myanmar, where the stateless Muslim minority has endured decades of persecution. The top Buddhist leader is the latest Nobel peace ...

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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi slams ‘misinformation’ over Rohingya crisis

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WORLD: Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday alleged a “huge iceberg of misinformation” was distorting the picture of the Rohingya crisis, which has forced 125,000 of the Muslim minority to flee to Bangladesh. In her first comments since Rohingya militant attacks sparked unrest on August 25, Suu Kyi said fake news was “calculated to create a lot ...

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Merkel uses last parliamentary speech before elections to call for tough EU line on Turkey

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HEIDELBERG: Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, called for a new hardline approach in Europe’s relations with Turkey on Tuesday, describing developments in the country as “worrying”. “The EU must not be divided on this issue. That would greatly weaken Europe,” she told German MPs. Mrs Merkel used her final speech to parliament before elections in three weeks to demand the release of several ...

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BRICS name militant groups as regional security concern

From left, Brazil's President Michel Temer, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South Africa's President Jacob Zuma and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pose for a group photo during the BRICS Summit at the Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Center in Xiamen, southeastern China's Fujian Province, Monday, Sept. 4, 2017.  (Wu Hong/Pool Photo via AP)

XIAMEN: The leaders of the five emerging market BRICS powers have for the first time named militant groups allegedly based in Pakistan as a regional security concern and called for their patrons to be held to account. India welcomed the move — which participated at a summit in the Chinese city of Xiamen — as an important step forward in ...

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Trump says ‘appeasement’ will not work after North Korea nuke test

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US President Donald Trump declared on Sunday that “appeasement with North Korea” will not work, after Pyongyang claimed it had successfully tested a missile-ready hydrogen bomb. “North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test,” Trump said. “Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States.” His comments came hours after the US Geological Survey ...

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At least 13 dead as van rams into crowd in Barcelona ‘terror attack’

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BARCELONA: At least 13 people were killed on Thursday when a driver deliberately slammed a van into crowds on Barcelona’s most popular street in what police said was a “terror attack”. The attack, the latest in a wave of vehicle rammings across Europe in recent years, caused panic on the streets of Spain’s largest city and drew condemnation from world ...

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Chinese tourists detained in Berlin for Hitler salute

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BERLIN: Two Chinese tourists were detained in Berlin for making the straight-armed Hitler salute for photos in front of the Reichstag parliament building, a police spokeswoman said on Sunday. The holidaymakers were spotted by officers on a routine patrol Saturday snapping smartphone pictures of each other posing with the banned gesture outside the historic landmark in the heart of the ...

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Don’t interfere in Turkey’s affairs, Erdogan tells Germany

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Germany has no right to interfere in Turkey’s domestic affairs. “Turkey is a social democratic state based on the law and no one has the right to interfere in its internal affairs,” said Erdogan before leaving on a trip to the Gulf. Several German nationals are among those being held in ...

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