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The top prize at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival was given to “Dahomey,” a documentary by the French filmmaker Mati Diop about 26 looted artworks that were returned to Benin from France in 2021. The unconventional feature, narrated in part by the gravelly, imagined voice of one of the artworks, is a playful exploration of the legacy of colonialism and the interplay between history and identity in present-day Benin. It is Diop’s first feature since “Atlantics,” a drama about Senegalese migrants that won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019. In Diop’s acceptance speech for the prize, known as the Golden Bear, she said that “Dahomey” was part of the “collapsing wall of silence” around the need to return artworks looted by colonial powers to their original owners. “We can either get rid of the past as an imprisoning burden,” she said, “or we can take responsibility for it.”
Persons: , Mati Diop, , Dahomey ” Organizations: Prix, Cannes Film Locations: Dahomey, French, Benin, France
“While some Ukraine-related orders are starting to come through, restocking and the impact of ongoing defense spending increases will be evident further down the line,” he noted. ‘Era of insecurity’Continued US military support for Ukraine on the scale of the past two years is looking increasingly unlikely. But the pressure on Western governments to beef up their military coffers will outlast the Ukraine war, analysts say, and it started to rise even before Moscow sent its troops marching toward Kyiv two years ago. The febrile global environment has helped lift the shares of Renk, a newly-listed German maker of military tank gearboxes, including those donated by Berlin to Ukraine. And this appeal is unlikely to fade soon, given growing defense spending by governments.
Persons: Lockheed Martin, That’s, Jens Stoltenberg, ” Trevor Taylor, Russia wouldn’t, Micael Johansson, Johansson, , Charles Woodburn, , House Republicans —, Donald Trump, Moscow, Oli Scarff, Trump, Joe Biden, Houthi, It’s, Susanne Wiegand, Myles Walton, Sweden’s, Organizations: London CNN, Russia, Kyiv, BAE Systems, Thales, Rheinmetall, Lockheed, Northrop Grumman, Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO, Royal United Services Institute, CNN, Saab, Ukraine, House Republicans, Republican, Kiel Institute, European Union, Getty, International Institute, Strategic, Renk, Reuters, New, Wolfe Research, Sweden’s Saab Locations: Ukraine, Moscow, United States, Canada, Russia, London, Europe, Swedish, Poland, Kyiv, Congress, German, European, Newcastle, Tyne, England, AFP, Beijing, Taiwan, China, Israel, Red, Berlin, Frankfurt, Gaza, New York
Doubt is fussy and forgetful, whereas certainty strides around, all action and achievement. As a film critic, swift, declarative certainty is a quality I’ve learned to aspire to. But this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, which runs through Sunday, has been buffeted outside and in by political turbulence and organizational shake-ups. And so perhaps because the event itself is experiencing such uncertain times, the films made me reconsider — actually, doubt — my dismissive stance on doubt. Doubt is etched on Cillian Murphy’s hollow, striking features in Tim Mielants’s grave and moving “Small Things Like These,” which opened the festival last week.
Persons: , Tim Mielants’s, Claire Keegan —, Magdalene laundries, Mary, Emily Watson, Murphy’s Locations: New Ross, Ireland
If you take a multivitamin every day or a vitamin D supplement every now and then, you have Casimir Funk to thank. Born Kazimierz Funk on Feb. 23 in 1884, the Polish-American biochemist introduced the concept of vitamins, which he called "vital amines," according to Google. "In his later research, Funk studied animal hormones and contributed to the knowledge about hormones of the pituitary and sex glands, emphasizing the importance of balance between hormones and vitamins." Funk's family describes him as someone who was a "driven and curious child," according to Google. But Funk was also a family man who valued time with his loved ones, even after becoming well-known for his discoveries, his family told Google.
Persons: Casimir Funk, Kazimierz Funk, Funk Organizations: Google, American Nutrition Association, Nutrition, of Fame, University of Bern, University of Berlin, Pasteur Institute Locations: Polish, American, Europe, Switzerland, Paris, Albany, N.Y
Putin looms over a third successive US election
  + stars: | 2024-02-22 | by ( Stephen Collinson | ) edition.cnn.com   time to read: +12 min
CNN —“Russia, Russia, Russia.”Ex-President Donald Trump’s scathing catch phrase for a torrent of investigations during his administration also serves as an apt catch-all for the current meltdown over Moscow roiling US politics. But Russia and its leader, whom President Joe Biden described as a “crazy S.O.B.” at a Wednesday fundraiser, won’t go away. All the ways Putin is playing in US politicsPutin is advancing Russian interests against the US on multiple fronts. Putin recently formalized his warming ties with North Korean tyrant Kim Jong Un by presenting him with a new limousine. The Russian leader was particularly incensed by the US-led operation to topple Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.
Persons: CNN —, , Donald Trump’s, Joe Biden, won’t, Vladimir Putin, Putin, Ukraine –, , Alexander Smirnov, , Trump, Smirnov, Biden, it’s, Putin can’t, ” Douglas, Alexey Navalny, Biden lambasts Trump, ” Biden, Volodymyr Zelensky, Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev, he’s, he’d, Mike Turner, Ksenia, Paul Whelan –, Evan Gershkovich, Geopolitically, Kim Jong Un, George W, Bush, Barack Obama, Moammar Gadhafi, Hillary Clinton, Robert Mueller, “ We’ll, Mueller Organizations: CNN, Kremlin, United States, European NATO, , Moscow, House Republicans, GOP, CIA, NATO, Republican Party, Republicans, Republican, Trump, Marine, Wall Street, Putin, Biden, US, Democratic Locations: Russia, Moscow, United States, China, Soviet, East Germany, United, Ukraine, Russian, European, Washington, Asia, Sweden, Finland, Berlin –, Europe, Ukrainian, California, North Korea, Iran, Crimea, Helsinki, Geneva
Police arrest a protester during a gay rights demonstration, which would become known as the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, June 1978. A permanent place to learn and healThere’s never been a more crucial time to record and display the stories and history of my LGBTQI community. LGBTQ+ activists demonstrate in what would evolve into the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, 1978. Many arrested gay men were sent to Cooma — the world’s only known jail for gay men — also in New South Wales. My gay community finally gets to tell their own history in a venue that imprisoned and beat us for simply being ourselves.
Persons: Gary Nunn, Read, Gary Nunn Qtopia, Sydney’s, Anthony Albanese, “ ‘, , Darlo copshop, Steve Warren, Peter Murphy, Murphy, Qtopia, They’ve, videographers, There’s, , David Polson, wasn’t, , Cooma, David hasn’t, He’s Organizations: Sydney CNN, Darlinghurst Police, “ ‘ 78ers, ‘ 78ers, 78ers, Police, Sydney Gay, Mardi Gras, Sydney Morning Herald, Fairfax Media, Getty, Warren, Mardi, South Wales, Gay, NSW police, Goliath Locations: Sydney, Australia, Darlinghurst, San Francisco, London, South, Qtopia, New South Wales, Uganda, Malaysia, Guyana, Dominica, Nigeria, Pakistan
A Film Festival in the Back of a Taxi
  + stars: | 2024-02-21 | by ( Bryn Stole | ) www.nytimes.com   time to read: +1 min
Some of international cinema’s biggest names gathered on Tuesday night at the Berlin International Film Festival as the event honored Martin Scorsese with a lifetime achievement award. Irene Jaxtheimer, who runs a taxi company, passed around homemade popcorn. A generator outside the cab powered a modest television, a DVD player and a small electric heater. The unconventional screening, just outside a centerpiece event for one of Europe’s most prestigious film festivals, was part of the makeshift TaxiFilmFest. Running through Sunday, it is partly a protest over the miserable state of the taxi industry these days and partly a counterfestival to celebrate the taxi cab’s iconic place in the urban cultural landscape.
Persons: Martin Scorsese, Scorsese, Wim Wenders, ” Klaus Meier, Irene Jaxtheimer Organizations: Berlin Locations: Berlin
Robert Habeck, German Minister for Economy and Climate Protection and Vice Chancellor, is pictured during the weekly meeting of the cabinet on February 21, 2024 in Berlin, Germany. Germany's gross domestic product is now expected to grow by just 0.2% this year, as the country wades in "tricky waters," German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said Wednesday. The revised GDP growth forecast is down from a previous estimate of 1.3%. Speaking during a news briefing, the minister attributed the revised forecast to an unstable global economic environment and to the low growth of world trade, alongside higher interest rates. "The economy is in tricky waters," Habeck said in a statement released online, according to a CNBC translation.
Persons: Robert Habeck, Habeck Organizations: Protection, CNBC Locations: Berlin, Germany, Ukraine
Neanderthal glue points to complex thinking
  + stars: | 2024-02-21 | by ( Katie Hunt | ) edition.cnn.com   time to read: +4 min
CNN —Neanderthals likely made a type of glue from two natural compounds to help them better grip stone tools, according to a new analysis of forgotten artifacts recently rediscovered in a Berlin museum. “The fact that Neanderthals made such a substance gives insight into their capabilities and their way of thinking,” he said. The stone tools were unearthed around 1910 at a French archaeological site called Le Moustier that scientists believe Neanderthals used between 120,000 and 40,000 years ago. Their study, published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, found that the makers of the stone tools used the adhesive to mold a handle rather than haft the tool to wood. P. SchmidtMicroscopic wear showed the stone tools appeared polished over the handheld part but not elsewhere, likely revealing abrasion from the movement of the tools within the ocher-bitumen grip.
Persons: Patrick Schmidt, , Moustier, Gunther Möller, Schmidt, It’s, sapiens, Marie, Hélène, ” Schmidt Organizations: CNN, University of Tübingen’s, French National Museum of, Schmidt Locations: Berlin, Paris, Europe, ocher, Italy, France
He formerly was a foreign correspondent and bureau chief for The New York Times in Europe and Asia and for CBS News in Paris. CNN —Madeline Albright famously called America the “indispensable nation.” Is former President Donald Trump making America the irrelevant nation? The first steps toward a new direction for such a Europe — without America — are already being taken. Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu/Getty ImagesVon der Leyen has also said that upping European defense production would be a top priority for her second term — not to mention sorting through vastly divergent budgets of the various countries. Still, as a bloc, Europe at about 85 billion euros ($92 billion) has already passed the United States at 66.2 billion euros ($71.6 billion) in total commitments to Ukraine.
Persons: David A, Madeline Albright, Donald Trump, Alexey Navalny’s, Vladimir Putin, Mike Johnson, Johnson, Joe Biden, ” haven’t, Mette Frederiksen, ” Frederiksen, Ursula von der Leyen, Europe’s, Christine Wormuth, Peter, Paul, Kaja Kallas, Dursun, Leyen, Emmanuel Macron’s, Macron, David Lammy, unflinchingly, who’s, ” Kallas, Alar Karis, ” Karis, we’re, Der Spiegel, Organizations: CNN, French Legion of, The New York Times, CBS News, Trump, Republicans, NATO, Security, Danish, America, Africa Command, Getty, Germany’s Kiel Institute, US, Union, Munich Security Conference, British, Labour Party, Estonian, Politico Europe, Kremlin, Locations: Europe, Asia, Paris, America, Russia, Russian, Ukraine, , United States, Munich, Berlin, Brussels, Poland, Estonian, Anadolu, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey, France, Russia’s, Sweden, Britain, German
Electric vehicle maker Tesla failed to secure a vote among locals in favor of authorizing a major factory expansion for the company's battery and car assembly plant in Brandenburg, Germany. The vote is nonbinding, according to The New York Times, which reported that local officials would try to find another solution. While Tesla has remained a top-selling brand in Europe, it faces competition from more battery electric models than ever in and beyond the region. Sales of new battery electric passenger vehicles in Europe increased 29% year over year in Europe in January, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association. Germany and France currently represent the two biggest markets for fully electric vehicles in Europe.
Persons: Tesla Organizations: Tesla, DW, The New York Times, European Automobile Manufacturers Association . Germany, CNBC PRO Locations: Berlin, Brandenburg, Germany, Grünheide, Red, Europe, France
She grew up between Ukraine, Russia and the United States. CNN —While for most of the world the war in Ukraine has been going on for two years, for my family it’s been 10. It was after that trip that I began writing a novel called “Your Presence Is Mandatory” that spans from World War II to the war in the Donbas. The world where Russia plays the role of the big sister to Ukraine has been shattered. And so, now when people ask me where I’m from, I say I’m from Ukraine and Russia.
Persons: Sasha Vasilyuk, Christopher Michel, Vladimir Putin’s, Putin, Tucker Carlson, It’s, , who’d, Ukraine —, I’m, it’s Organizations: CNN, Russian, Soviet Locations: Russia, Ukraine, United States, Russian, Soviet, Donetsk, Berlin
CNN —When dual US-Russian citizen Ksenia Karelina boarded a flight from Istanbul to Russia in January, the last thing on her mind was that she would find herself behind bars weeks later on treason charges, her boyfriend told CNN’s Brianna Keilar Wednesday. She went on to Russia, while he returned to California - and that’s when he discovered she had been detained. Russian authorities took her cell phone then released her and she was able to see her family and contact him. Despite it all Van Heerden said he was hopeful the US would not give up on her. Ksenia Karelina's boyfriend said she had for years been a "semi-pro" ballerina.
Persons: Ksenia Karelina, CNN’s Brianna Keilar, Karelina “, , Chris Van Heerden, Karelina, Van Heerden, Ksenia, ” Karelina, Ukraine –, , Nick Starichenko, Shutterstock, Andrei Soldatov, Evan Gershkovich’s, Vladimir Putin, Vadim Krasikov, ” Putin, Tucker Carlson Organizations: CNN, Angeles, Federal Security Service, Russia, Russia’s Federal Security Service, Court, Wall Street Locations: Russian, Istanbul, Russia, Yekaterinburg, California, Karelina, Ukrainian, Ukraine, America, Moscow, Germany, Chechen, Berlin, United States
CNN —A US-Russian dual citizen has been arrested in Russia on charges of treason for allegedly collecting funds for Ukrainian organizations and openly supporting Kyiv. It also accused the woman of taking part in “public actions in support of the Kyiv regime” while in the US. The court chose a preventive measure in the form of detention for the accused,” the statement added. Moscow has detained several US citizens in recent years, some of whom have been exchanged for Russian prisoners held in Western countries. The Moscow City Court on Tuesday rejected Gershkovich’s lawyers appeal and has upheld his pretrial detention until March 30.
Persons: Evan Gershkovich, , Gershkovich, Vladimir Putin, Vadim Krasikov, Natalia Kolesnikova, ” Putin, Tucker Carlson, , Brittney, Viktor Bout, Griner, US Marine Paul Whelan Organizations: CNN, Russia’s Federal Security Service, Ukrainian Armed Forces, Embassy, US State Department, Wall Street, Court, Getty, Fox News, basketball, US Marine Locations: Russian, Russia, Los Angeles, Yekaterinburg, Moscow, , Lefortovo, Germany, Chechen, Berlin, AFP, United States
BERLIN (AP) — An American man on Monday admitted to charges of murder and rape after he allegedly pushed two U.S. women down a ravine, fatally injuring one of them near Germany's Neuschwanstein castle last year. The 31-year-old defendant admitted to the charges during the start of his trial, the German news agency dpa reported. Murder charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison in Germany. When the elder woman tried to help her, a scuffle ensued and the suspect allegedly pushed her down a steep slope. Authorities say the women didn’t know the man before they met near Neuschwanstein.
Persons: Philip Mueller, Prosecutors, didn’t Organizations: BERLIN, Prosecutors, Authorities Locations: Germany's, Germany, Neuschwanstein
Berlin-based fintech Monite has raised $6 million in seed funding from Peter Thiel's Valar Ventures. Monite, founded in 2020, works with companies to help streamline payments and reduce manual processing. Still, where this might generally be done across email, spreadsheets, and messaging systems, Monite aggregates a company's bills and invoices and then automates the process on their behalf. The startup has raised a top-up to its seed round, led by Third Prime, in March 2023, taking its total funding to $17.4 million. The funding from Valar Ventures closed in November after Monite opted against looking to raise a Series A, Maryasin said.
Persons: Monite, Peter Thiel's, Ivan Maryasin, Maryasin Organizations: Ventures, Monite, Business, Third Prime Locations: Berlin, Europe
By Gabriela BaczynskaBRUSSELS (Reuters) - The widow of Alexei Navalny, Russian President Vladimir Putin's nemesis who died in an Arctic prison last week, joins EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday, days before the two-year mark of Russia's war on Ukraine. The Latest Photos From Ukraine View All 91 ImagesNavalny, a 47-year-old former lawyer, rose to prominence campaigning against corruption in Putin's Russia. The ministers are due to discuss military support for Ukraine and what would be the European Union's 13th package of sanctions against Moscow since it unleashed a full-scale invasion of its neighbour on Feb.24, 2022. Inside the EU, Germany has blocked replenishing a military fund used to supply Ukraine saying Berlin was contributing too much compared to other members. One senior EU diplomat said they believed it "will be able to make it in time" and agree the new punitive measures for Feb.24.
Persons: Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS, Alexei Navalny, Vladimir Putin's, Yulia Navalnaya, Putin, Josep Borrell, Navalnaya's, Donald Trump, Viktor Orban, Gabriela Baczynska, Angus MacSwan Organizations: Ukraine, Moscow, NATO, Kremlin, EU, Washington Locations: Russian, Brussels, Ukraine, Munich, Israel, Gaza, Russia, Putin's Russia, Siberia, United States, Europe, U.S, EU, Germany, Berlin, Hungary, Budapest, Kyiv, London, Sahel, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mauritania
Tesla’s hulking assembly plant outside Berlin, which opened two years ago in a community known for its forests and lakes, still rubs many residents the wrong way. They worry it threatens the quality of their water and air, and has disrupted the peacefulness that drew them to the area. Mr. Schorcht and many of his neighbors are determined to make sure that doesn’t happen. “We say, ‘enough is enough,’” Mr. Schorcht said. Their resistance campaign includes weekly hikes through the endangered forest and knocking on doors.
Persons: Tesla’s, Steffen Schorcht, Tesla, Schorcht, Locations: Berlin
The prosecutor’s office in Moscow warned that any demonstrations in the capital over the death of Navalny were forbidden. Stringer/ReutersSince Navalny’s death more than 366 people have been detained, according to OVD-Info, an independent Russian human rights group that monitors Russian repression. “Navalny’s death is terrible: hopes have been smashed,” he said. On some of Russia’s state media channels, however, reports of Navalny’s death have been scant. The claims follow condemnation from Russia’s foreign ministry over the West’s response to Navalny’s death.
Persons: Alexey Navalny, Navalny, Vladimir Putin, Putin, “ Putin, Josef Stalin, SOTA, Stringer, Vladimir Putin’s “, , “ Navalny, Alexander, Andrei Bok, Mikhail, Surgut, Alexei Navalny, Peter Nicholls, Maria Zakharova, , , CNN’s Eve Brennan, Uliana Pavlova Organizations: CNN, Reuters, Don, Nizhny, Russian, Russian Embassy, CIA, Russia, Foreign, NATO, Putin, Kremlin Locations: Russia, Berlin, Paris, Hague, , Moscow, Siberian, Novosibirsk, St Petersburg, Murmansk, Rostov, Nizhny Novgorod, OVD, Ukraine, Germany, Soviet, Surgut, Siberia, St . Petersburg, Belgorod –, Chelyabinsk, Russia’s, London
CNN —Alexey Navalny once represented an alternative future for Russia: an optimistic, forward-looking place, free of the one-man rule of Russian President Vladimir Putin. It would be hard to overstate how profoundly Navalny symbolized Putin’s relentless drive to erase the last remnants of political opposition from Russia. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty ImagesWhat followed was a parody of criminal justice, as Russian prosecutors heaped on charges against Navalny, who continued to rail against Putin. Navalny had emerged as the most prominent leader of the Russian opposition following the assassination of outspoken Putin critic Boris Nemtsov in 2015, in plain view of the Kremlin. Putin famously refused to utter Navalny’s name, hinting at the deep unease about the legitimacy Navalny commanded as opposition leader.
Persons: CNN — Alexey Navalny, Vladimir Putin, Navalny, Alexei Navalny, Kirill Kudryavtsev, gaunt, , ” Navalny, , , I’m, Yulia, Vasily Maximov, Putin, Boris Nadezhdin, Boris Nemtsov, Nemtsov, Lyubov Sobol, Mikheil Saakashvili –, Ukraine’s, Saakashvili, ’ ” Organizations: CNN, Getty, Putin, IK, Valentine’s, , Twitter Locations: Russia, Moscow, Berlin, AFP, Kharp, Autonomous Okrug, Ukraine, Russian, Navalny, Kyiv’s
BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris said that U.S. President Joe Biden's administration stood ready to support Ukraine in its war with Russia for "as long as it takes" and would push for Russia to pay damages to Ukraine following the end of the war. "We will continue in our efforts to secure a just and lasting peace. We will work to make sure Russia pays damages to Ukraine," she said at a joint news conference with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy at the annual Munich Security Conference on Saturday. "President Biden and I will continue to work to secure the resources and weapons you need to succeed," she said. The Latest Photos From Ukraine View All 91 ImagesPhotos You Should See View All 33 Images(Reporting by Sarah Marsh; Writing by Maria Sheahan)
Persons: Kamala Harris, Joe Biden's, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Biden, Sarah Marsh, Maria Sheahan Organizations: BERLIN, Security, Washington, Ukraine, U.S . Congress Locations: Ukraine, Russia
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Michael Thurmond thought he was reading familiar history at the burial place of Georgia's colonial founder. The son of a sharecropper and great-grandson of a Georgia slave, Thurmond became an attorney and has served for decades in state and local government. Historians have widely agreed Oglethorpe and his fellow Georgia trustees didn’t ban slavery because it was cruel to Black people. Escaped slaves captured in Oglethorpe’s Georgia were returned to slaveholders. Thurmond's book openly embraces such evidence that Oglethorpe's history with slavery was at times contradictory and unflattering.
Persons: — Michael Thurmond, James Edward Oglethorpe, ” Oglethorpe, Thurmond, Oglethorpe, ” Thurmond, , “ James Oglethorpe, Father, Georgia, Stan Deaton, Britain's, , Gerald Horne, Horne, Thurmond's, James F, Brooks, ” Brooks, — Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, Olaudah Equiano, Granville Sharp, Hannah More, Sharp Organizations: University of Georgia Press, Georgia Historical Society, , Royal African Company, America, University of Houston, University of Georgia, Society, Slave Locations: SAVANNAH, Ga, Georgia, London, Black, British, Oglethorpe, DeKalb County, Atlanta, Parliament, England, America, New York, Boston, South Carolina, Spanish Florida, Virginia, Savannah, Oglethorpe’s Georgia, Africa, U.S
“The Monuments Men were not all men,” said Anna Bottinelli, president of the Monuments Men and Women Foundation. The Army recently revived the concept, with the first new class of monuments officers graduating in 2022. The Monuments Men and Women Gallery includes a recreation of a salt mine where monuments officers found stolen art. Valland, who inspired the role played by Cate Blanchett in the “The Monuments Men” movie, died at 81 in 1980. The Army’s first class of the new monuments officers, called heritage and preservation officers, graduated in the summer of 2022.
Persons: Mary Regan Quessenberry, , Anna Bottinelli, Robert Edsel, Edsel, George Clooney, Matt Damon, ” Bottinelli, Quessenberry, Mason Hammond, , ‘ Mary, ’ ” Edsel, Ken Scott, ” Edsel, ” Scott, Rose, Valland, Cate Blanchett, Edith Standen, Jessica Wagner, she’d, ” Wagner, ___, Kendria LaFleur Organizations: DALLAS, Women Foundation, Fine Arts, Army, National WWII Museum, Women’s Army Corps, Harvard University, Radcliffe College, Harvard, Allies, Ardelia, State Department Locations: U.S, Berlin, Dallas, Paris, New Orleans, Europe, Massachusetts, Valland, Germany
German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz arrives for the weekly federal government cabinet meeting on Oct. 11, 2023 in Berlin, Germany. MUNICH, Germany — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Saturday reaffirmed Berlin's commitment to spend 2% of the national gross domestic product (GDP) on defense, this year and over the longer term. "Germany will invest 2% of its GDP on defense in the 2020s, in the 2030s and beyond," Scholz told the Munich Security Conference. It comes as NATO members across Europe have committed to upping their defense spending. Eighteen of the US-led military alliance's 31 members will meet the 2% spending target this year, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday.
Persons: Olaf Scholz, Scholz, Jens Stoltenberg, Stoltenberg, Donald Trump Organizations: Munich Security, Reuters, NATO Locations: Berlin, Germany, MUNICH, Europe, Russia
Why are shopping carts always broken?
  + stars: | 2024-02-17 | by ( Eva Rothenberg | ) edition.cnn.com   time to read: +5 min
The notoriously combative wheels are actually created by the repeated battering that shopping carts are often subject to, explained Alex Poulos. Rogers, which supplies thousands of shopping carts to companies like Whole Foods, Tractor Supply Company and Meijer. Customers push shopping carts outside a Lidl Stiftung & Co. KG supermarket in Berlin, Germany, on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022. The ethics of returning shopping cartsConsumers bear some of the responsibility for the banged up and broken qualities of their shopping carts. A supermarket employee returns shopping carts in the Market Basket parking lot in Plymouth, Massachusetts, during a fast-moving winter storm that hit the US Northeast February 13, 2024.
Persons: New York CNN —, Alex Poulos, Poulos, Rogers, Krisztian Bocsi, , Alvar Diaz, Christopher Furlong, they’re, Beth Thieme, Ken McGagh, Diaz Organizations: New, New York CNN, R.W, Tractor Supply, Meijer, CNN, Customers, Stiftung, KG, Bloomberg, Getty, Aldi, Tesco, Lidl, Amigo Mobility, Reuters Retailers, Walmart, Target Locations: New York, Berlin, Germany, Europe, Tarleton, United Kingdom, United States, Plymouth , Massachusetts
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