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German family, stakeholders in Krispy Kreme, Panera Bread, to donate $11M over Nazi past

Peter Harf

The German family that owns a company controlling Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Panera Bread and Keurig Dr. Pepper will donate $11 million to charity after learning that its ancestors supported Adolf Hitler and used forced laborers under the Nazis.

Albert Reimann Sr. and son Albert Reimann Jr., donated to Hitler's SS and used Russian civilians and French prisoners of war as forced laborers, according to a report in German newspaper the Bild.

Reimann family spokesman Peter Harf, the chairman and managing partner of the family's JAB Holding Co., said the Bild's report was accurate and had been confirmed by additional research commissioned by the Reimann children and grandchildren.

“It is all correct,” he commented to the Bild. “Reimann senior and Reimann junior were guilty."


A 'Mainstreaming Of Bigotry' As White Extremism Reveals Its Global Reach

White Supremecists global reach

Experts who monitor hate groups say the attacks on Friday at the mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, follow a sharp rise in violent white extremism around the globe and especially in the United States.

"They operate in an ideological world of people that reinforce each other's ideas but may never actually meet each other in person," says Kathy Blee of the University of Pittsburgh, who studies white extremism.

It's a common misconception that the average white supremacist is a disaffected white guy with economic anxieties. Blee's research shows that middle-class and even upper-middle-class men from the mainstream are increasingly being drawn into this movement, which is mostly online and worldwide.


Boeing 737 MAX 8 Planes Grounded by 22 Airlines

Boeing 737MAX8 grouded by 22 airlines

Twenty-two airline carriers have grounded the newest version of Boeing’s most popular jet, the 737 MAX 8, after two of the planes crashed in recent months. A total of 346 people died in the two crashes.

Major U.S. carriers American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, which are heavy users of the model, continued to fly the MAX 8 on Monday. Investigators have not determined the cause of the most recent Ethiopian Airlines crash, but the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder have both been recovered. Some circumstances of the crash were similar to another MAX 8 crash in October.


New Images of North Korea Buildup Confront Trump’s Hopes for Disarmament

Kim revs up missile programPresident Trump was forced to publicly acknowledge this past week what American intelligence officials said they had long been telling the White House: Even during eight months of blossoming diplomacy, Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, was steadily adding to his weapons arsenal and nuclear infrastructure.

Three times, Mr. Trump told reporters that he would be “very disappointed” if North Korea was preparing to launch a space rocket that intelligence officials believe could help Mr. Kim perfect the means to heave a nuclear warhead across the ocean. Satellite imagery taken Friday, and analyzed by the Beyond Parallel program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, shows that the North has “continued preparations” on the launching pad at Sohae consistent with readying for “the delivery of a rocket.”

American officials said the reconstruction there began long before Mr. Trump left Washington in late February for a summit meeting with Mr. Kim in Hanoi, Vietnam, where talks abruptly ended.

The rebuilding at Sohae was not the only work underway.


Ethiopian airline crash leaves 8 Americans dead in second disaster with brand-new Boeing aircraft

Ethiopian airlines crashAn Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed shortly after takeoff from Ethiopia’s capital Sunday morning, killing all 157 on board including eight Americans, authorities said, as grieving families rushed to airports in Addis Ababa and the destination, Nairobi.

The passengers were from 35 nations, the airline said.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash of the Boeing 737-8 MAX plane, which was new and had been delivered to the airline in November. The pilot sent out a distress call and was given clearance to return, the airline’s CEO told reporters.


Banking leak exposes Russian network with link to Prince Charles

Prince charles linked to Russian banking scandal

A charity run by Prince Charles received donations from an offshore company that was used to funnel vast amounts of cash from Russia in a scheme that is under investigation by prosecutors, the Guardian can reveal.

Money flowing through the network included cash that can be linked to some of the most notorious frauds committed during Vladimir Putin’s presidency.

In all, it is estimated that $4.6bn (£3.5bn) was sent to Europe and the US from a Russian-operated network of 70 offshore companies with accounts in Lithuania.

The details have emerged from 1.3m banking transactions obtained by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and the Lithuanian website


Hundreds feared dead as Brazil dam collapse releases mud tide

Hundreds feared dead in Brazil mudslides

Hundreds of people are feared dead after a dam operated by the mining company Vale collapsed in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, releasing a wave of red iron ore waste and causing the worst environmental catastrophe in the country’s recent history.

Ten bodies have already been found and more than 300 people remain missing, according to the company. The disaster comes only three years after a similar failure of the Fundão tailings dam near Mariana – co-owned by Vale – which killed 19 people.

Speaking after the latest disaster, the local fire chief Col Edgar Estevão said 100 people had been rescued from the sea of mud released by the dam. However, Vale later released a list of 412 employees and contractors whom it had still been unable to contact, and the state governor, Romeu Zema, said he did not expect many more survivors.


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