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Germany Expects Active Role in Afghan Peace Process: Potzel

Germany Expects Active Role in Afghan Peace Process Potzel

KABUL – Germany’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Markus Potzel, met Wednesday with Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani at the foreign ministry, Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Germany’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Markus Potzel met Wednesday with Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani at the foreign ministry, …

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Pakistan Warns of “Reckless Measures” to Reform UNSC, Suggests Phased Approach

Pakistan

UNITED NATIONS – Pakistan has warned that attempts by aspirants to a permanent seat on the UN Security Council to reach an agreement on the ongoing process to reach agreement on the reform of the body composed of 15 members would hinder efforts to make it more democratic, more representative …

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Russian-Syrian Offensive in Northwest Syria Escalates

Syria

WASHINGTON – Syria and its ally, Russia, continued their offensive in Idlib Province and northern Hama Province on Thursday, in advance of talks on Syria to be held Friday in Geneva. Their assault targets areas of north-western Syria that had been declared a de-escalation zone in an agreement reached last …

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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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