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Extreme right-wing violence on the rise in Germany

Extreme right wing violence increases in GermanyRight-wing violence in Germany has risen sharply, with 48 extreme acts of violence registered in 2018 — up from 28 the previous year — including six racially motivated murder attempts.

Figures from the annual report on the protection of Germany's democratic constitution, put together by the intelligence services to monitor anti-constitutional activities, suggest there were 24,100 right-wing extremists in the country in 2018, up slightly from 24,000 in 2017.

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Istanbul election rerun won by opposition, in blow to Erdogan

Erdogan loses 2019 electionThe main Turkish opposition party has won the rerun of Istanbul's mayoral election, according to Turkey's Anadolu News Agency, in a blow to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

With more than 99% of the votes counted, Republican People's Party (CHP) candidate Ekrem Imamoglu was in the lead with about 54% of the vote, state news agency Anadolu reported on Sunday.
Imamoglu said "the whole Turkey won the election, not a group or party."
"You stood up for the democracy tradition of more than one hundred years. Thank you Istanbul," he added.

Trump announces new sanctions on Iran

Trump announces new sanctions against Iran
President Donald Trump is also willing to negotiate with Iranian leaders with "no preconditions" to ensure the Islamic Republic never acquires a nuclear weapon.

The president's comments were echoed by Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, who on Sunday referenced a "significant set of new sanctions" to come on Monday as he prepared to visit Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for talks to rally "a global coalitio;....l'.........n to push back against Iran."

Some 80 percent of the Iranian economy is already sanctioned, and the new ones will be a further effort to ensure that Tehran's ability to grow its economy "becomes more and more difficult," Pompeo told reporters. "The world will know that the U.S. campaign to deny Iran resources for its nuclear program and terror will continue."

TVNL Comment: Iran signed a multinational agreement to stop producing nuclear weapons.  Trump tore it up.  Who made Donald Trump the arbiter of who may or may not produce nuclear weapons?

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Kushner’s Economic Plan For Peace In The Middle East Met With ‘Contempt’ In Arab World

Kushner's peace plan met with contemptU.S. President Donald Trump’s economic vision as part of the wider plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was met with contempt, repudiation and exasperation in the Arab world, even as some in the Gulf called for it to be given a chance.

In Israel, Tzachi Hanegbi, a cabinet member close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, called Palestinians’ rejection of the $50 billion “peace to prosperity” plan tragic.

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Iran silent on reports of US cyberattack on weapons systems

Iranian leaders don't comment on possible cyber attackIranian leaders on Sunday warned the United States against "wrong behaviors" but made no mention of reports that Iranian military computers were the target of a U.S. cyberattack after a surveillance drone was shot down by the Iranian military.

“We have not been seeking war, but we will powerfully defend the interests of the honorable nation of Iran against any kind of threat and aggression,” Major General Gholam Ali Rashid said in an address to Islamic Revolution Guard commanders. “In the event of any conflict in the region, its scope and timing could not be managed by any country."

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Strikes on Iran Approved by Trump, Then Abruptly Pulled Back

Iran attack called offPresident Trump approved military strikes against Iran in retaliation for downing an American surveillance drone, but pulled back from launching them on Thursday night after a day of escalating tensions.

As late as 7 p.m., military and diplomatic officials were expecting a strike, after intense discussions and debate at the White House among the president’s top national security officials and congressional leaders, according to multiple senior administration officials involved in or briefed on the deliberations.

Officials said the president had initially approved attacks on a handful of Iranian targets, like radar and missile batteries.

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Iran shoots down American drone in "clear message" to U.S.

US drone shot down by Iran

Both the U.S. and Iran said Thursday that Iranian forces had shot down an American military surveillance drone, but the two sides offered conflicting details on the incident, which is likely to further escalate already soaring tensions in the Middle East.

U.S. officials confirmed to CBS News that a high altitude drone on a surveillance mission over the Strait of Hormuz was hit by an Iranian surface-to-air missile in international airspace.

Iran, however, said its elite Revolutionary Guard shot down an RQ-4 Global Hawk drone as it flew over southern Iran. Iran's Foreign Ministry issued a condemnation of the purported violation of its airspace and warned of a strong reaction to what it called a "provocative" act by the U.S.

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