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Germany to Invest Over $66 Million in Afghanistan

Germany to Invest Over $66 Million in Afghanistan

KABUL – The Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of Germany committed to invest about AFN 5.1 billion (EUR 59 million), focusing on good governance, sustainable economic development as well as urban development and municipal infrastructure. An additional AFN 8.7 billion (EUR 100 million) shall be allocated to the …

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Germany will Supply Military Hardware to Saudi Arabia and the UAE

Germany

BERLIN – Germany will continue to allow the export of certain military equipment and technology to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, a move that was approved by the country’s National Security Council, NewEurope reported Tuesday. Germany will provide Kamag military vehicles to Saudi Arabia, via a French exporter, …

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Trump Demands More Defense Spending from NATO Allies

NATO

WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump praised NATO nations for increasing their financial contributions to the Western alliance, but forced them to pay more, saying America still bears a disproportionate share of the protection cost of Europe, AP reported Wednesday. The President met on Tuesday with NATO Secretary General Jens …

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Germany Extends Forces Mission in Afghanistan

Germany Extends Forces Mission in Afghanistan

KABUL – Germany has extended its forces mission in Afghanistan by 2020, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) said in a statement on Sunday. Appreciating Germany’s assistance and cooperation over the last eighteen years, the government and people of Afghanistan welcome and support the extension of that country’s forces presence, the statement …

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Germany Plans to Cut Military Budget Despite Calls By US for NATO Goal

Germany

BERLIN – Berlin’s inability to comply with the alliance’s agreement to spend 2% of its GDP on defense is a source of tension between Germany and the United States. Angela Merkel had already pledged to increase military spending by 1.5% of GDP by 2024. But the budget plan, presented in …

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Students Lead A Worldwide Climate Strike

Climate Strike

NEWYORK – Last August, when she began her climate strike outside the Swedish parliament, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg was all alone. “I tried to bring people along to join me”” Thunberg recently told Rolling Stone, “but no one was really interested, and so I had to do it by myself.” But …

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Int’l Donors in Brussels Hope to Gather $9 Bln for Syrian Refugees

Syrian

BRUSSEL, Belgium – International donors are meeting in Brussels on Wednesday to gather $9 billion to help Syrian refugees, who have been uprooted from their country by its bloody war, Asharq Al Awsat reported Thursday. The conference should not only be a fund raising exercise. It must be accompanied by …

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Iran, E3 to Discuss INSTEX in Tehran Today

Iran

TEHRAN – Tehran will be hosting on a fresh round of expert talks between Iranian experts and representatives from France, Germany, UK and EU about the implementation of the EU’s trade mechanism for Iran called INSTEX, Mehr News reported Tuesday. In this meeting, the latest status of the Instrument in …

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Peace is Possible in Afghanistan: German FM

German FM

MAZAR-E-SHARIF – German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, arrived in Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Balkh province on Sunday, confirming Germany’s commitment to conflict resolution and economic development in Afghanistan, the DW said in a report on Monday. Germany is part of the NATO’s Resolute Support mission to train Afghan security forces and …

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EU Ramps Up Navies to Counter Russia, Germany Takes the Lead: Reports

EU

MOSCOW – The European Union (EU) states have started major naval exercises in the Baltic Sea, with Germany taking a leading role; they are preparing themselves for the Russian threat, Sputnik reported Monday. The nations of Europe seem to be bulking up their navies, and Germany is taking the lead …

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