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She was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday. Federal prosecutors had accused the woman, from Lohne in Lower Saxony, of standing by in Iraq as her then-husband chained the young Yazidi girl in a courtyard and left her to die of thirst. W. grew up as a Protestant but converted to Islam in 2013. German media reported that she made her way to Iraq through Turkey and Syria in 2014 to join ISIS. She was taken into custody while trying to renew her identity papers at the German embassy in Ankara in 2016, and deported back to Germany.
Persons: Jennifer W, Joachim Baier, , Baier Organizations: BERLIN, Islamic, Regional Court, Federal, dpa, ISIS, Locations: Islam, Iraq, Munich, Lohne, Lower Saxony, Turkey, Syria, Fallujah, Mosul, Ankara, Germany
Gold prices edged lower on Tuesday, weighed down by an uptick in the dollar as investors eye upcoming key central bank meetings this week. On Monday, the metal rose nearly 1% to a high of $1,809.66, only about $4 shy of an over one-month peak scaled last week. The dollar rose 0.1% on Tuesday, recovering from a near one-month trough hit during the previous session. Market participants eye meetings from the Bank of Japan and the European Central Bank (ECB) on Thursday. Neither of the central bank is likely to announce a change in policy, though the ECB might address how inflationary pressures could affect policy.
Persons: Silvana Tenreyro Organizations: Tordella, Brookes, Inc, Treasury, Bank of Japan, European Central Bank, U.S . Federal Reserve, Bank of England, Bank of Locations: Manfra, New York City, Iraq, Bank of England
One research note, for example, showed that only a few "abuse categories" for reporting hate speech in Afghanistan had been translated into the local language Pashto. "Furthermore, the Pashto translation of Hate Speech does not seem to be accurate," the author wrote, pointing out that most of the sub-categories of hate speech for a user to report were still in English. But AI models need to be trained to detect and remove content such as hate speech using sample words or phrases known as "classifiers." The Facebook spokesperson said the company added hate speech classifiers for Hindi in 2018 and for Bengali in 2020. A key flaw in a troubled regionIndeed, Facebook's language deficit may be most stark in one of the world's most unstable regions: the Middle East.
Persons: Mark Zuckerberg, Frances Haugen's, Haugen, Evelyn Douek, Facebook's, it's, Douek, Miranda Sissons, Nicole Isaac Organizations: CNN, Securities and Exchange Commission, Facebook, Congress, CNN Business, Columbia University's, Wall Street, Human Rights, Germany's Locations: India, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Iraq, Afghanistan, United States, Myanmar, East, Northern Africa, Moroccan, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Casablanca, Germany's Essen
"We've been doing that at Ecosia for a long time by planting trees," Kroll said, adding that the company has planted 136 million trees so far. The Ecosia search engine has 15 million monthly active users and it expects to report annual revenues of 25 million euros ($29 million) this year. In total, the World Fund will be used to back around 40 early stage and "growth" stage companies. One important caveat to note is that every company that World Fund invests in must contribute to a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. "Everything comes back to that figure, regardless of what the technology is," World Fund Partner Craig Douglas told CNBC.
Persons: Chris McGrath, Ecosia, Christian Kroll, We've, Kroll, Bill Gates, Danijel Visevic, Craig Douglas Organizations: Getty, CNBC, Google, Microsoft, World Fund, World Locations: KONYA, TURKEY, Konya, Turkey, Iran, Russia, Iraq, Europe, Ecosia
BERLIN—The first trial related to Islamic State genocide against the Yazidi people ended in a conviction as a German court on Monday sentenced a member of the terror group to 10 years in prison for her role in the enslavement and killing of a 5-year-old girl. The Higher Regional Court of Munich found a German woman who traveled to Fallujah, Iraq, in 2014 to join ISIS guilty of crimes against humanity for her role in enslaving a Yazidi mother and her child and in the abuse that led to the girl’s death.
Organizations: BERLIN, Regional, ISIS Locations: Munich, German, Fallujah, Iraq
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday signed an order imposing new vaccine requirements for most foreign national air travelers and lifting severe travel restrictions on China, India and much of Europe effective Nov. 8, the White House said. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File PhotoThe extraordinary U.S. travel restrictions were first imposed in early 2020 to address the spread of COVID-19. The Biden administration also detailed requirements airlines must follow to confirm foreign travelers have been vaccinated before boarding U.S.-bound flights. The attestation form here notes it is a crime for air travelers lie about vaccination status. International air travelers will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days prior to departure.
Persons: Joe Biden, Kevin Lamarque, ” Biden’s, Ned Price, Biden Organizations: WASHINGTON, Reagan National Airport, REUTERS, White House, , U.S . Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, CDC, World Health Organization, Sputnik, Transportation Security Administration Locations: China, India, Europe, Washington , U.S, U.S, COVID, Britain, Ireland, South Africa, Iran, Brazil, United States, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Armenia, Myanmar, Iraq, Nicaragua, Senegal, Uganda, Libya, Ethiopia, Zambia, Congo, Kenya, Yemen, Haiti, Chad, Madagascar, Mexico, inoculate
BERLIN, Oct 25 (Reuters) - A Munich court on Monday sentenced a German woman, who had allowed a young Yazidi girl to die of thirst, to 10 years in prison after finding her guilty of supporting Islamic State militants in Iraq, aiding and abetting attempted murder, attempted war crimes and crimes against humanity. Prosecutors had accused the 30-year-old woman, identified as Jennifer W. in court documents, of joining the militant group in 2014 and integrating herself into the decision-making and command structure of the group. The woman was accused of letting a 5-year-old enslaved Yazidi girl die of thirst after her husband, an Islamic State fighter, chained the child up in a courtyard without protection from the scorching heat as punishment for wetting her mattress, prosecutors said. The Federal Prosecutor's Office had demanded a life sentence for the suspect. Reporting by Riham Alkousaa; Editing by Bernadette BaumOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Prosecutors, Jennifer W, Riham Alkousaa, Bernadette Baum Organizations: Islamic, Federal Prosecutor's, Thomson Locations: Munich, Iraq, Syria, Germany, Fallujah, Mosul
"We are increasing the number of soldiers helping the Border Guard by 2,5000," Mariusz Blaszczak wrote on Twitter. "Soon, about 10,000 soldiers from the 12th, 16th and 18th divisions will be watching over the security of the border." The Border Guard said that over the weekend groups of about 60 or 70 migrants had twice attempted to force their way through the border and two Polish soldiers had been injured. "As a result of these events, two Polish soldiers were hospitalised, one of them was hit in the face with a stone, the other with a branch," Border Guard spokeswoman Anna Michalska told a news conference. Poland has declared a state of emergency in the region and plans to build a wall on the border.
Persons: Kacper, Mariusz Blaszczak, Anna Michalska, Alicja Ptak, Alan Charlish, Susan Fenton Organizations: REUTERS, Border Guard, Twitter, European, European Union, Thomson Locations: Belarusian, Polish, Bialowieza, Poland, WARSAW, Belarus, Minsk ., Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, Warsaw, Minsk
BERLIN — A criminal court in Munich sentenced a German convert to Islam to 10 years in prison on Monday, finding the woman guilty of supporting the Islamic State in Iraq and a crime against humanity for leaving a 5-year-old Yazidi girl to die of thirst in the scorching heat. The sentencing of the 30-year-old woman, identified only as Jennifer W., in keeping with German privacy law, brought to a close one of the highest-profile cases involving crimes committed by an Islamic State member against the Yazidi people. The child and her mother were among thousands of Yazidi women and girls abducted and sold to ISIS as slaves. They were being held captive by Jennifer W. and her husband and forced to work under dire conditions over several months in 2015, the girl’s mother told the court. The husband would beat them, the mother said, while Jennifer W. did nothing to stop him.
Persons: Jennifer W, Prosecutors Organizations: BERLIN, Islamic, ISIS Locations: Munich, Islam, Islamic State, Iraq, Falluja
Emirati and Israeli flags fly upon the arrival of Israeli and U.S. delegates at Abu Dhabi International Airport, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates August 31, 2020. REUTERS/Christopher Pike/File PhotoJERUSALEM, Oct 25 (Reuters) - The chief of the United Arab Emirates Air Force visited Israel on Monday on what the host country described as a harbinger of cooperation in air power. Major-General Ibrahim Nasser Mohammed Al Alawi, commander of the UAE air force, made the previously unannounced appearance during a multinational drill, Blue Flag, hosted by Israel this week. "This is a truly historic day with tremendous significance for the future of cooperation between our air forces," his Israeli counterpart, Major-General Amikam Norkin, tweeted. read moreBriefing foreign reporters last week, a senior Israeli security official said security cooperation with Arab countries in new partnerships with Israel had "improved and intensified in recent months".
Persons: Christopher Pike, General Ibrahim Nasser Mohammed Al Alawi, Amikam Norkin, Naftali Bennett, Dan Williams, Howard Goller Organizations: U.S, Abu, Abu Dhabi International Airport, United, United Arab Emirates, REUTERS, United Arab Emirates Air Force, Israel, United Nations General Assembly, Thomson Locations: Abu Dhabi, United Arab, U.S, Iran, UAE, Israel, Gulf, Bahrain, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Centcom
US Special Operations Command is shifting its focus toward competition with a near-peer power. Some within Air Force Special Operations Command, which is part of SOCOM, are skeptical of the weapon. US Air Force Special Operations CommandEarly digital renderings of the amphibious aircraft show a pair of skids attached under the fuselage. The Air Force has been working on a number of concepts to make its aircraft harder to target. Stavros Atlamazoglou is a defense journalist specializing in special operations, a Hellenic Army veteran (national service with the 575th Marine Battalion and Army HQ), and a Johns Hopkins University graduate.
Persons: Greg Davis, Griffin, SOCOM, Lee Schading, let's, Maeson, Maj, Kristen Cepak, Stavros Atlamazoglou Organizations: Command, Service, US Special Operations Command, US Air Force, Staff, Tech, Air Force Special Operations Command, Talon, Commando, Air Force Research, US Air Force Special, Operations, Air Force, Agile, Employment, Hellenic Army, 575th Marine Battalion, Army, Johns Hopkins University Locations: Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, China, Russia, Vietnam, Hurlburt, Florida, Okinawa, Pacific
I literally texted back, "I don't think I'm going to be fighting Proud Boys on my commute. Joe Novotny, the House reading clerk: We were preparing to be there for a really, really long day. It's not immediately obvious, because you're just really, really not expecting anything. I knew there was going to be something worth recording, but I didn't know what it was going to be. And that part was really, really hard.
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Adam Gonzales is a private security specialist and CEO of Hyperion Services. His company consists of former military members who work as personal security guards and hostage rescuers. This as-told-to essay is based on a transcribed conversation with Adam Gonzales, a private hostage negotiator and security specialist. My first job as an independent contractor was with a military defense contracting firm that was relatively unknown at the time. In 2017, I launched Silent Professionals, a free job board for military and law enforcement veterans to find work in the private military and security industries.
Persons: Adam Gonzales, Jenny Powers, Paul Bremer, I'd, who'd, whisk, I've Organizations: Hyperion Services, Service, Army, US, Bird, Professionals Locations: Miller Beach , Indiana, Iraq, Afghanistan, Baghdad, America, Chicago, Central America, DC, Quantico
Adam Gonzales is a private security specialist and CEO of Hyperion Services. Former military members with his company work as personal security guards and hostage rescuers. This as-told-to essay is based on a transcribed conversation with Adam Gonzales, a private hostage negotiator and security specialist. My first job as an independent contractor was with a military defense-contracting firm that was relatively unknown at the time. In 2017, I launched Silent Professionals, a free job board for military and law enforcement veterans to find work in the private military and security industries.
Persons: Adam Gonzales, Jenny Powers, Paul Bremer, I'd, who'd, whisk, I've Organizations: Hyperion Services, Service, Army, Bird, Professionals Locations: Miller Beach , Indiana, Iraq, Afghanistan, Baghdad, America, Chicago, Central America, DC, Quantico
The U.S. military says it killed a senior al-Qaida leader in an airstrike Friday in northwest Syria. Army Maj. John Rigsbee, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, said in a statement that Abdul Hamid al-Matar was killed by a drone strike. Rigsbee said the killing of al-Matar will disrupt al-Qaida’s “ability to further plot and carry out global attacks threatening U.S. citizens, our partners, and innocent civilians.” He said al-Qaida “uses Syria as a base for threats reaching into Syria, Iraq and beyond.”The drone strike came two days after a U.S. military outpost in southern Syria was hit by a coordinated attack that included drones and rockets. U.S. officials said no American troops stationed there were injured or killed.
Persons: John Rigsbee, Abdul Hamid al, Matar, Rigsbee, Organizations: U.S, U.S . Central Command Locations: Syria, Army, Iraq
A senior Al Qaeda leader was killed in a US airstrike Friday in northwest Syria. US Central Command said Abdul Hamid al-Matar was killed by a drone strike. The strike comes two days after a US military outpost in southern Syria was hit by an attack. He said Al Qaeda "uses Syria as a base for threats reaching into Syria, Iraq and beyond." The drone strike came two days after a US military outpost in southern Syria was hit by a coordinated attack that included drones and rockets.
Persons: Al, Abdul Hamid al, Matar, John Rigsbee, Rigsbee Organizations: Central Command, Service, US Central Command Locations: Al Qaeda, Syria, Army, Iraq
Opinion | Colin Powell and ‘Guernica’
  + stars: | 2021-10-23 | by ( Maureen Dowd | ) www.nytimes.com   time to read: +1 min
The Shakespearean tragedy of Powell is that he knew it was a rotten decision. And, unlike the draft dodgers in the Bush White House, he knew the real cost of war. And somehow, Powell naïvely thought that he and his pal George Tenet could scrub his speech of all the deceptions shoehorned in by Cheney’s co-conspirators. Diplomats referred to Iraq as “The House of Broken Toys.” But in the end, it was America that was broken. I was stunned when Mary McGrory, the liberal lioness of The Washington Post, wrote that Powell “persuaded me, and I was as tough as France to convince.” She explained that she was “clinging tightly to the toga of Colin Powell” because no one commanded such respect.
Persons: Powell, Joe Biden, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Dick Cheney goad, Cheney, Powell naïvely, George Tenet, neocons, ” —, didn’t, Dick Rumsfeld’s, Mary McGrory, Powell “, , Colin Powell ” Organizations: dodgers, Bush, House, United Nations, Cheney’s, Saddam, Diplomats, Broken, Washington Locations: Afghanistan, Iraq, America, France
Colin Powell memorial service set for Nov. 5
  + stars: | 2021-10-22 | by ( The Associated Press | ) www.nbcnews.com   time to read: +3 min
WASHINGTON — A memorial service for Colin L. Powell, the retired Army general and former secretary of state who died on Monday, will be held Nov. 5 at Washington National Cathedral, a spokeswoman said Thursday. “There will be very limited seating and it will be by invitation only,” Peggy Cifrino said in an emailed statement. Such weapons never materialized, and though the Iraqi leader was removed, the war devolved into years of military and humanitarian losses. A series of promotions led to the Pentagon and assignment as a military assistant to Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger. He later became commander of the Army’s 5th Corps in Germany and was national security assistant to President Ronald Reagan.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Colin L, Powell, Peggy Cifrino, George W, Saddam Hussein, , , John F, Kennedy, Caspar Weinberger, Ronald Reagan Organizations: Army, Washington National Cathedral, Joint Chiefs, Staff, United Nations, Pepsi, City College, Pentagon, Chiefs Locations: Covid, South Bronx, Iraq, New York City, South Vietnam, Germany, United States
Flying With Your Pet? It Just Got a Lot More Difficult.
  + stars: | 2021-10-22 | by ( Debra Kamin | ) www.nytimes.com   time to read: +2 min
“The entire time I was in Syria with him, he never left my side,” Sergeant Weldon said. “I just want to get him home.”Pricey pet fares, the dreaded cargo hold and limits on service animalsEven before U.S. borders were closed to many pet owners during the pandemic, flying with an animal had become significantly more complicated. Last December, the Department of Transportation clamped down on service animals on airplanes. The December ruling — issued after passengers had brought pigs, peacocks and even a kangaroo on board — limits service animals to trained dogs only. Several airlines, including Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and Alaska Air, announced shortly after that they would no longer accept emotional support animals, including dogs, on board.
Persons: Lori Kalef, John Weldon, Sully, Sergeant Weldon, California’s Camp Pendleton, ” Sergeant Weldon, , Organizations: SPCA, Department of Transportation, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Alaska Air Locations: United States, Syria, California’s Camp, Iraq
The Biden administration released the reports as world leaders plan to meet in Glasgow next month for crucial talks aimed at combating climate change. A new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on climate, the first of its kind, warned climate change would fuel global tensions and named 11 countries that are especially at risk from climate change if current trends continue: Afghanistan, Myanmar, India, Pakistan, North Korea, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Colombia and Iraq. U.S. National Intelligence Estimates reflect a consensus of all the country's intelligence agencies. "Climate change related migration could cause greater instability among U.S. allies/partners and thereby cause a relative strengthening in adversary states," said the White House report on the impact of climate change on migration. "In addition, adversaries could incite or aid irregular migration to destabilize U.S. allies/partners," the White House report said.
Persons: Biden, NIE Organizations: White, Defense Department, Intelligence, National Intelligence, . National Intelligence, Pentagon Locations: WASHINGTON, U.S, Glasgow, Afghanistan, Myanmar, India, Pakistan, North Korea, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Colombia, Iraq, Central Africa, United States, Russia, China, Europe, Moscow
A military outpost in southern Syria was hit by a coordinated attack on Wednesday, but U.S. officials said no American troops stationed there were injured or killed. Initial reports said the attack appeared to include two drone strikes and a small number of rockets. The officials said there was no information on whether local Syrian forces were injured or killed in the attack. U.S. and coalition troops are based at al-Tanf to train Syrian forces on patrols to counter Islamic State group militants. It is the only position with a significant U.S. military presence in Syria outside the Kurdish-controlled north.
Organizations: ISIS Locations: Syria, al, State, Kurdish, Iraq, Iranian, Tehran, Lebanon, Israel
Romania's Defence Minister Nicolae Ciuca participates in an arrival ceremony at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S. October 8, 2020. REUTERS/Erin ScottBUCHAREST, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Romania's centrist Liberal Party has asked President Klaus Iohannis to nominate a four-star retired army general, Nicolae Ciuca, for prime minister in a bid to end a political stalemate at a time of rising COVID-19 infections. Cicua, 54, a Liberal currently serving as Romania's caretaker defence minister, has served in U.S.-led military campaigns in Iraq. If nominated by Iohannis later in the day, he would have 10 days to draft a Cabinet lineup and seek a parliamentary vote of confidence. Iohannis's first proposal for premier, Dacian Ciolos, failed to win a parliamentary vote of confidence for his centrist minority Cabinet on Wednesday.
Persons: Nicolae Ciuca, Erin Scott BUCHAREST, Klaus Iohannis, Iohannis, we've, Florin Citu, Iohannis's, Radu, Gareth Jones Organizations: Romania's, Pentagon, REUTERS, Liberal Party, Liberal, Thomson Locations: Arlington , Virginia, U.S, Romania, Iraq
The last two Fridays have seen suicide bombings at mosques - both attacks claimed by Islamic State (ISIS) and both targeting the minority Shi'ite sect. No up-to-date census data exists, but estimates put the size of the overall Shi'ite community at between 10-20 percent of the population, including Persian-speaking Tajiks and Pashtuns as well as Hazaras. In addition, Hazaras have often also been victim of the ethnic and economic rivalries endemic to Afghan politics. GARDEN OF THE MARTYRSWith more than 400 Shi'ite mosques in Kabul alone, total security is impossible and no one knows where the next attack will come. He lost his younger brother when an Islamic State suicide bomber killed dozens of people outside Kabul airport during the chaotic evacuation in August.
Persons: Hussain Rahimi, Rahimi, Mohammad Baqer Sayed, Genghis Khan, Amir, Abdur Rahman, Asif Lali, Sayed, Gibran Peshimam, James Mackenzie, Mike Collett Organizations: Islamic State, Islamic, Kabul University, OF, White, Thomson Locations: KABUL, Kabul, Hazara, Afghanistan, Islamic State, Iraq, Herat, State
Romania's Iohannis picks army general as prime minister
  + stars: | 2021-10-21 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis looks on during the awarding ceremony for the 2020 International Charlemagne Prize (Karlspreis) in Aachen, Germany October 2, 2021. Roberto Pfeil/Pool via REUTERSBUCHAREST, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Romania's President Klaus Iohannis nominated retired four-star army general Nicolae Ciuca as prime minister designate on Thursday, tasking him with forming a centrist government to end a month-long policy stalemate. "The political crisis must end. Now, we all need to end this crisis, which has gone on for so long, given the pandemic crisis, the dramatic situation of hospitals while awaiting the winter," Iohannis said. Ciuca, 54, a Liberal currently serving as Romania's caretaker defence minister, served in U.S.-led military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Persons: Klaus Iohannis, Roberto Pfeil, Nicolae Ciuca, Iohannis, Ciuca, Radu Organizations: REUTERS, Liberal, Thomson Locations: Aachen, Germany, REUTERS BUCHAREST, U.S, Iraq, Afghanistan
"The political crisis must end. read moreCiuca, 54, a Liberal currently serving as Romania's caretaker defence minister, served in U.S.-led military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. If Ciuca fails to win a confidence vote likely to be held next week, Iohannis can dissolve parliament and call a snap election - an unlikely scenario given current economic and health challenges. The president's first proposal for premier, Dacian Ciolos, failed to win a parliamentary vote of confidence in his centrist minority Cabinet on Wednesday. The ruling Liberals, the USR and ethnic Hungarians' UDMR grouping controlled 57% of seats in parliament before the coalition collapsed.
Persons: Nicolae Ciuca, Klaus Iohannis, Ciuca, Florin Citu's, Gareth Jones, Catherine Evans Organizations: Liberal, Social Democrats, Thomson Locations: BUCHAREST, Romania, U.S, Iraq, Afghanistan
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