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    BERLIN (AP) — The German Green party, which is part of the country’s governing coalition, says its IT system was hit by a cyberattack last month that affected email accounts belonging to Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and Economy Minister Robert Habeck. The party confirmed a report Saturday by German weekly Der Spiegel, but said the two hadn’t actively used their party accounts since January. A total of 14 accounts — including those of party leaders Ricarda Lang and Omid Nouripour — were compromised in such a way that some emails were forwarded to addresses outside the party, the Greens said. Der Spiegel reported that an electronic trail indicated the cyberattack might have originated in Russia, but the party declined to confirm that, citing the ongoing investigation by German authorities. Baerbock has long maintained a hawkish line toward Russia over its human rights record and attacks on Ukraine. Since coming to office in December, Habeck has led Germany’s efforts to wean itself off Russian energy supplies. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast,...
    This is the first time the country has taken such a decision. VW opened a factory in 2013 in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang province, where Chinese authorities have been accused of cracking down on the Muslim minority. Economy Minister Robert Hebeck said on Friday that the German government had for the first time refused to support investment in China due to the human rights situation in the northwestern province of Xinjiang. “A company operating in Uyghur province wants to extend the (public) investment guarantee” and “we have not verified it,” the environment minister explained to the newspaper. Die Weld. “This is the first time that investment guarantees have not been fulfilled for human rights reasons,” he added. German state guarantee Without these guarantees, only one company will bear the full financial risk of a project abroad. Neither Mr. Hebeck nor his ministry have described which company was denied support. Citing unidentified sources, the press Der Spiegel However, it claims to be Volkswagen. The world’s second-largest automaker opened a factory in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang province, in 2013, where...
    Hundreds of anti-aircraft missiles that Germany pledged for Ukraine are useless Cold War relics from East Germany and are packed in boxes so moldy that anyone handling them has to wear protective gear, according to a report. Out of the 2,700 "Strela" anti-aircraft missiles that Germany earmarked for Ukrainian fighters trying to fend off a Russian invasion, at least 700 are inoperable, Der Spiegel reported. The aging weapons are Soviet-made and date from the pre-1990 East German National People's Army. "The Russian invasion of Ukraine marks a turning point," German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said last week when he pledged arms to Ukraine. "It threatens our entire post-war order. In this situation, it is our duty to support Ukraine to the best of our ability in its defense against Vladimir Putin's invading army." NATO REJECTS NO-FLY ZONE OVER UKRAINE Initially, Germany pledged to send 5,000 helmets to Ukraine, a show of support that was seen as tepid and drew widespread mockery. But Scholz's announcement on Saturday was received as a proper show of support. While the European powerhouse is sending anti-tank...
    Germany’s Minister for the Interior, Nancy Faeser, has reportedly backtracked on previous threats she made against the popular messenger app Telegram, which is frequently used to organise lockdown protests in the Federal Republic. Nancy Faeser, Germany’s current Minister for the Interior, has distanced herself from previous threats she made against the popular encrypted messaging service, Telegram. The app has proved popular amongst the so-called “lateral thinker” anti-lockdown movement within the country, and is frequently used to help organise and coordinate anti-lockdown protests in the Federal Republic. According to a report by Der Spiegel, Faeser had previously threatened to block the app from Germany over concerns to do with “hate speech”, as well as “violence and hatred on the internet”. “To say that in the end we’ll switch off the service – that would be a serious evil for every provider,” the minister said in relation to the threat, which was sparked over the app’s alleged refusal to obey German law. The minister had also requested for Apple and Google to throw Telegram off of smartphone app stores over the messaging services...
    The German newspaper Der Spiegel reported on Tuesday that it had found evidence suggesting that someone had tampered with PCR test results showing tennis star Novak Djokovic had tested positive for Chinese coronavirus on December 16. Djokovic, the top-ranked men’s tennis player, is in the middle of a political firestorm in Australia after an attempt to enter the country failed catastrophically, resulting in his detention in a migrant facility for nearly a week. Australia has mandated that all foreigners entering the country present proof of vaccination or proof of a medical exemption to the vaccine requirement, such as a PCR test proving the person in question tested positive for Chinese coronavirus within the past six months. Djokovic has pronounced himself “opposed to vaccinations” in the past and refused to disclose his vaccination status prior to traveling to Australia. Shortly before leaving, Djokovic published a post on social media announcing he had received a medical exemption to the vaccine requirement, but Australian Border Force detained him immediately upon arrival on the grounds that his documentation proving the exemption was invalid. Transcripts of...
    BERLIN (AP) — German media reported Friday that police in the northern city of Hamburg arrested a suspected Islamic extremist in the summer who planned to carry out an attack. Hamburg-based weekly Der Spiegel said a 20-year-old German-Moroccan citizen was taken into custody in August after trying to buy a weapon and a hand grenade online. Police didn’t immediately confirm details of the report, saying only that an arrest had been made in connection with breaches of firearms control laws. Der Spiegel reported that police found chemicals in the man’s possession that could be used to make explosives. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Berlin (CNN)A Russian diplomat found dead on the sidewalk outside the embassy in Berlin last month is believed by German authorities to have been a secret agent for a Russian intelligence agency, Der Spiegel magazine reported Friday. The body of the 35-year-old diplomat was found on the morning of October 19; he apparently fell from an upper floor of the Russian embassy building in the German capital, though it was unclear why he fell or what the cause of death was, Der Spiegel reported. Der Spiegel and investigative site Bellingcat report that the dead diplomat had been accredited as second secretary at the Russian embassy in Berlin since 2019, but German security officials believe he was an undercover officer for Russia's FSB, the internal security and counterintelligence service, and that he was related to a high-ranking FSB officer. The Russian embassy did not agree to an autopsy, and the man's diplomatic immunity meant that Germany's public prosecutor could not carry out an investigation, Der Spiegel reported. Russian and German officials acknowledged the death of the diplomat on Friday following the...
    March 26 (Reuters) – German security officials have detected another cyber attack on the email accounts of members of the federal parliament, Der Spiegel reported on Friday. The news magazine, citing security sources, said the latest cyber attack affected seven members of the Bundestag and 31 members of regional parliaments. Most of the targets belonged to the CDU, CSU and SPD governing parties. It is unclear whether any data has been leaked, Der Spiegel said. The sources say the attack was likely carried out by a group called “Ghostwriter”, and that the Russian military intelligence service GRU could have been behind the attacks. In May last year, Der Spiegel reported that GRU was likely to be responsible for capturing many emails from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s constituency office in a 2015 hack attack on Germany’s parliament. Russia has repeatedly denied that it is involved in cyber attacks on German institutions. (Reporting by Bartosz Dabrowski in Gdansk Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Another legislator from German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc stood down on Thursday evening when a magazine reported he had taken cash to lobby for a North Macedonian political party, several German media outlets said. Der Spiegel reported that Tobias Zech, who represented Bavaria's CSU party in the Bundestag, had taken a "five-digit sum" in 2016 to advise the party of former North Macedonian Premier Nikola Gruevski. He also personally campaigned for Gruevski, Der Spiegel reported. Zech did not immediately respond to an emailed request to comment on the allegation or confirm his resignation. There is no suggestion that any business relationship with Gruevski's party, carried out while Zech was a full-time legislator, would have been illegal. Gruevski was later convicted of corruption in a North Macedonian court and fled to Hungary, where he was granted asylum and lives in exile. The latest allegation comes at the worst possible time, however, for Merkel's bloc, which has already lost three lawmakers over allegations that conservative lawmakers took payments for brokering face-mask procurement deals. The conservatives fell to historic...
    Im literally breaking inside: As COVID-19 leaves millions jobless and struggling, the mental health toll rises Myanmar security forces intensify crackdown on protesters German Stars Jonas Nay, Elyas M’Barek Cast in Satire Inspired by ‘Der Spiegel’ Fake News Scandal Jonas Nay in 'Deutschland 89' Elyas M’Barek, star of Who Am I and hit German comedy franchise Fack ju Göhte, and Deutschland 89 lead Jonas Nay have been cast to star in 1000 Zeilen (1000 Lines), a media satire inspired by the real-life 2018 fake news scandal involving disgraced Der Spiegel journalist Claas Relotius.  Nay will play Lars Bogenius, an award-winning star writer at a major German news magazine who secretly has been faking his interviews and reporting. The only one who suspects him is Romero (M’Barek), a fellow journalist who risks his career, and even his family, to bring the truth to light.  The film is inspired by the book, Tausend Zeilen Lüge (1000 Lines of :ies) from Juan Morenos, the Spiegel reporter who exposed Relotius. Michael Bully Herbig (Balloon), will direct 1000 Zeilen from a script by Hermann Florin,...
    Erin Schaff – Pool/Getty Images As President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris share the title of TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year this week, President Donald Trump has received a different title from Europe’s largest weekly news magazine: Loser of the Year. Der Spiegel magazine bestowed the “honor” on the same day that the incoming president and vice president were awarded TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2020. From The Hill: In an article titled “Der Verlierer des Jahres,” which translates as “The Loser of the Year,” the publication’s Washington bureau chief Roland Nelles and Berlin-based correspondent Ralf Neukirch described Trump as “a man who … was never concerned with the common good, but always with one thing — himself.” “Nothing is normal under Trump,” the article added. “He refuses to admit defeat. Instead, he speaks of massive electoral fraud, although there is no evidence for it. The whole thing is not surprising. Trump’s presidency ends as it began. Without decency and without dignity.” That was before news broke that  the Supreme Court rejected the Trump-supported Texas lawsuit...
    Prominent German news magazine Der Spiegel on Thursday named President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden and Harris named Time's 2020 'Person of the Year' US to sanction Turkey over Russian defense system: report Federal government executes Brandon Bernard despite last-minute appeals MORE its “loser of the year,” the same day Time magazine named President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden and Harris named Time's 2020 'Person of the Year' US to sanction Turkey over Russian defense system: report Federal government executes Brandon Bernard despite last-minute appeals MORE and Vice president-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden and Harris named Time's 2020 'Person of the Year' Harris and husband Emhoff celebrate start of Hanukkah Here's proof that promises for health care are fraudulent MORE its “Person of the Year.”  In an article titled "Der Verlierer des Jahres," which translates as "The Loser of the Year,” the publication’s Washington bureau chief Roland Nelles and Berlin-based correspondent Ralf Neukirch described Trump as "a man who ... was never concerned with the common good, but always with one thing — himself." "Nothing is normal under Trump," the article added. “He refuses to admit defeat....
    By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — A senior member of the Syrian civil defense and medical group that operates in opposition-held areas, known as the White Helmets, has been flown to Germany, a German diplomat said Tuesday. Speaking on condition of anonymity because she wasn't authorized to be quoted by name, the official confirmed a report by German weekly Der Spiegel that Khaled al-Saleh and his family had arrived in Germany. Der Spiegel reported that al-Saleh was flown out of Jordan on a Luftwaffe plane late Monday. He had been living in the kingdom since 2018 after helping organize the evacuation of hundreds of besieged White Helmet members from Syria to Jordan, via Israel. Many of those evacuated were resettled in Europe and Canada, but efforts to bring al-Saleh to Germany were stymied by concerns among security officials in Germany that he might have ties to Islamist extremists, Der Spiegel reported. The White Helmets have enjoyed backing and received funding and training from Western nations and have been nominated previously for the Nobel Peace Prize. The Syrian government...
    BERLIN (AP) — A senior member of the Syrian civil defense and medical group that operates in opposition-held areas, known as the White Helmets, has been flown to Germany, a German diplomat said Tuesday. Speaking on condition of anonymity because she wasn’t authorized to be quoted by name, the official confirmed a report by German weekly Der Spiegel that Khaled al-Saleh and his family had arrived in Germany. Der Spiegel reported that al-Saleh was flown out of Jordan on a Luftwaffe plane late Monday. He had been living in the kingdom since 2018 after helping organize the evacuation of hundreds of besieged White Helmet members from Syria to Jordan, via Israel. Many of those evacuated were resettled in Europe and Canada, but efforts to bring al-Saleh to Germany were stymied by concerns among security officials in Germany that he might have ties to Islamist extremists, Der Spiegel reported. The White Helmets have enjoyed backing and received funding and training from Western nations and have been nominated previously for the Nobel Peace Prize. The Syrian government and Russia accuses them of...
    Edel Rodriguez/Der Spiegel German magazine Der Spiegel celebrated 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s projected election victory with a new entry in its decapitated Statue of Liberty cover series. In 2017, following President Donald Trump’s inauguration, Der Spiegel shocked the world with its cover portraying Trump with a bloody knife in one hand and the severed head of the Statue of Liberty in the other. The cover — by visual artist Edel Rodriguez — was captioned, “America First.” On Saturday, after Biden was projected to be the winner of the 2020 presidential election, Der Spiegel revisited its iconic cover with an update from Rodriguez: Biden — on a stall — reattaching the Statue of Liberty’s head to its body. The caption: “Make America great again.” On Feb 4th, 2017, Der SPIEGEL featured a cover depicting Donald Trump beheading Lady Liberty. Today, on Nov 7th, 2020, we reference said cover by updating our current issue … #46. pic.twitter.com/ilSRhEk3CK — SPIEGEL English (@SPIEGEL_English) November 7, 2020 Make America great again. New SPIEGEL cover by @edelstudio #BidenHarris2020 pic.twitter.com/B410uq6F1P — SPIEGEL English (@SPIEGEL_English) November 7, 2020 ...
    Russian government critic Alexei Navalny said that Russian President Vladimir Putin orchestrated a poisoning attempt on his life, according to outlet Der Spiegel. Navalny was transferred to a Berlin hospital after he became sick on a flight in Russia where the German government said tests found he was poisoned from a Novichok nerve agent, Reuters reported. Navalny publicly appeared in September for the first time hospitalization. “I assert that Putin was behind the crime, and I have no other explanation for what happened. I’m not saying this out of self-flattery, but based on the facts,” Navalny said during an interview with Der Spiegel. (RELATED: ‘Substantial Chance’ Russia Was Behind Navalny Poisoning, Pompeo Says) “The most important fact is Novichok. The order to use or produce it can only come from two men – the head of the FSB or the head of SWR, the foreign intelligence service,” Navalny said, according to Der Spiegel. “If you’re familiar with the Russian reality, then you also know that FSB head Alexander Bortnikov, SVR head Naryshkin or the head of the GRU cannot make...
    Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s condition has improved and he is now able to discuss the poisoning attack that nearly killed him with doctors and investigators German media reported on Thursday. The Russian government continued to refuse calls for a full investigation, specifically refuting a claim by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte that the Kremlin was preparing to establish a commission to probe Navalny’s case. CBS News noted that Navalny’s team was less optimistic about his condition than Germany’s Der Spiegel, which quoted anonymous reports that “Navalny can speak again and can likely remember details about his collapse on board the plane.”  Navalny was aboard a Siberia to Moscow flight on August 20 when he became suddenly and severely ill, lapsing into a coma from which he only recently awakened. Russian doctors claimed his condition was natural, theorizing he suffered from complications due to low blood sugar, but he was airlifted to Berlin and examined by German doctors who concluded he had been poisoned with the signature Russian nerve agent Novichok. According to Der Spiegel’s sources, Navalny has been...
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny has made further progress in his recovery from poisoning with a Novichok nerve agent and is now able to speak again, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Thursday. The Kremlin critic is being treated in Berlin's Charite hospital after being taken seriously ill on a Russian domestic flight last month. Germany has demanded Russia explain the affair, though Russia denies any involvement. The magazine said that Navalny's police protection had been stepped up in the expectation that he would be receiving more visitors as his condition improved. "Der Spiegel and Bellingcat understand that Navalny can speak again and can likely remember details about his collapse," the magazine wrote, crediting its investigative website partner. "His statements could be dangerous for people behind the attack." (Reporting by Thomas Escritt; editing by Thomas Seythal) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    The German newspaper Der Spiegel published a report this weekend claiming that the ship suspected of bringing 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate to the Port of Beirut in 2013 had ties to a bank involved in laundering money for Hezbollah, the Iran-backed terrorist organization and Lebanese political party. Authorities believed the ship in question, MV Rhosus, belonged to a Russian businessman named Igor Grechuskhin who declared bankruptcy not long after coast guard officials in Lebanon impounded the ship for mechanical violations and transferred its dangerous cargo of chemical fertilizer to a warehouse, where it remained until it exploded in early August, killing over 120 people and damaging half the city. Der Spiegel, in cooperation with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), argued the true owner of the Rhosus was not Grechuskhin but a Cypriot businessman named Charalambos Manoli. Manoli appears to have taken some pains to conceal ownership, but he admitted to OCCRP that while Grechuskhin offered to buy the Rhosus from him, the deal never actually went through. In Der Spiegel’s telling, Grechushkin chartered the ship for the ill-fated shipment of...
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Huawei's top manager in Germany has appealed to the government not to shut it out of building 5G mobile networks, Der Spiegel said on Friday, after Britain decided to purge the Chinese firm's equipment from its network on security grounds. Chancellor Angela Merkel's government has put off a decision on tougher certification rules until after the summer break, amid pressure from some lawmakers who sympathise with U.S. calls to ban Huawei outright. "The government's approach of setting the same, tough security criteria for all is the right way to ensure networks are secure," Huawei's representative in Germany, David Wang, told the weekly news magazine. Germany's three mobile operators are all customers of Huawei, which has had a presence in the country for 15 years. None have found any evidence to support U.S. allegations that its equipment is unsafe, Wang added. Britain this month ordered Huawei equipment to be removed from its 5G network by the end of 2027, while France has told operators to rip out Huawei 5G gear by 2028 without announcing a public ban, sources...
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Finance and Foreign Ministers declined an invitation to take part in a Washington gathering of ministers from the G7 group of large industrial companies, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Thursday. According to the magazine, Germany told the US government that they would send state secretaries to the mini-summit, planned for July 29, instead of Olaf Scholz and Heiko Maas. The magazine said other G7 countries had taken a similar decision. Earlier, it was reported that Chancellor Angela Merkel had declined to take part in a national leaders' level meeting in Washington, in what was widely interpreted as a snub to the administration of President Donald Trump. (Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Caroline Copley) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
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