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Un-libya envoy calls for withdrawal of foreign fighters

un-libya envoy calls for withdrawal of foreign fighters

Shortly before the planned libya conference in berlin, the UN special envoy for the war-torn country, ghassan salame, called for a withdrawal of foreign fighters.

"We have presented a security plan that provides for the withdrawal of all foreign fighters, regardless of nationality," salame said in an interview published by the arabic newspaper "al-sharq al-awsat". He wants an end to foreign interference in the conflict. Meanwhile, supporters of renegade general chalifa haftar blockaded key ports for oil production in the country, prompting international criticism.

German chancellor angela merkel (CDU) will receive representatives of states with influence over the libya conflict on sunday afternoon. Among others, turkish president recep tayyip erdogan, russian leader vladimir putin and u.S. Eagle secretary mike pompeo are expected to attend. In libya, prime minister fajis al-saraj and haftar are competing for power – according to aubenminister heiko maas, they will be present in berlin.

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Vietnam veteran chuck hagel confirmed as new pentagon chief

Vietnam veteran chuck hagel confirmed as new pentagon chief

After weeks of debate, republican ex-senator chuck hagel took office as the new u.S. Secretary of defense on wednesday. He said he wants to continue working to ensure the U.S. Is a "force for good" in the world.

He said this in a speech to his staff in washington. He wants to renew old alliances and create new ones, said hagel, who is considered diplomatic. "We can’t tell the world what to do, we have to engage with it."The 66-year-old was named the new head of the pentagon on tuesday evening by a vote of 58 to 41. This is the most concise endorsement of a U.S. Defense secretary since the inauguration of the post in the 1940s.

After the long tug-of-war over the personnel matter, hagel’s predecessors and president barack obama tried to smooth the waves in reactions to the senate vote. Retiring defense secretary leon panetta said he was pleased that obama had chosen "such an outstanding leader" as his successor. Obama said hagel, with his past as a vietnam veteran and his experience in politics, is "the secretary of defense our nation needs and the leader our troops deserve".

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Beautiful words at the symbol stone

Beautiful words at the symbol stone

Interior minister joachim herrmann did not have to give his speech from a dredger. His need for construction machinery was covered for the time being. At the CSU meeting at the dreifrankenstein above heuchelheim, the splinted leg still bore witness to the fact that the minister had recently tipped over with an excavator during the groundbreaking ceremony. It seemed that the survived danger had given him a new lease of life. He sang all the verses of the frankenlied at the top of his lungs. Of course the bavarian and the national anthem were not missing either. They were played by the blaserklasse dreifrankeneck, all schoolchildren from the surrounding communities. The pastors peter schramm and georg schneider spoke words of blessing.

Gathered for the first time on the newly designed land around the three-franc stone, the politicians were full of praise for the leader project jointly tackled by geiselwind, burghaslach and schlusselfeld. Annemarie mauer, CSU chairwoman from geiselwind, as host buried not only the interior minister but also his secretary of state gerhard eck, member of the bundestag thomas silberhorn, ex-minister of economics michael glos, member of the european parliament anja weisgerber, members of the state parliament heinrich rudrof and hans herold, as well as around 300 listeners.

At the symbolic stone of the three french government districts, the politicians traditionally hold up the french flag in their speeches. Some french patriots, who actually waved the flag with the red and white rake, were not sparing with criticism in view of the words. "Pure lip service the regional chairman of the party "die franken" commented robert gattenlohner. "When they are south of the danube, everything is forgotten."

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Riot in front of reichstag – sharp criticism from politicians

Riot in front of reichstag - sharp criticism from politicians

German president frank-walter steinmeier and politicians of all parties have strongly condemned the advance of demonstrators on the stairs of the reichstag building in berlin on saturday evening.

Steinmeier announced on sunday: "reich flags and right-wing extremist polemics in front of the german parliament are an unertrable attack on the heart of our democracy. We will never accept this."He thanked the police officers "who acted with great prudence in a difficult situation". On monday, steinmeier plans to meet with officials involved in the operation at his official residence, bellevue palace.

About 300 to 400 demonstrators had overcome barriers at the reichstag building in berlin on saturday evening, police said in their statement. They stormed up the stairs and set up triumphantly and loudly in front of the glassed-in visitors’ entrance. The black, white and red reich flags used by the so-called reichsburgers were also seen, as well as other flags. Initially, only three police officers stood up to the loud crowd.

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Merz, laschet and rottgen in a dilemma

Merz, laschet and rottgen in a dilemma

It’s supposed to look young, fresh and modern, the way the offspring of the young union (JU) present the first joint showcase of the three candidates for the CDU presidency.

Eleven cameras broadcast questions and answers from the ultra-modern campaign arena directly at the brandenburg gate in berlin via facebook or zoom conference into the living rooms of the julians. But also the so-called "pitch" of the young union ("who wins the vote of the JU?") cannot cover the dilemma the CDU is facing because of the corona pandemic: the party’s internal election campaign is not really taking off.

This was hardly likely to change for friedrich merz, armin laschet and norbert rottgen in the seven weeks leading up to the party congress. If the 1001 delegates, in the face of ever increasing numbers of infected people, can even participate as planned in the 4. December in stuttgart to elect a successor to party leader annegret kramp-karrenbauer. Election campaigning in corona times is difficult. "Rocking the hall with enthusiasm – that won’t work," says union faction leader ralph brinkhaus (CDU) to the "tagesspiegel am sonntag" newspaper. The CDU’s internal competition was also a foretaste of the 2021 parliamentary election campaign.