Аргументы и Факты: В Бундестаге призвали оказать на Россию «устрашающее воздействие»

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Депутаты от Свободной демократической партии Германии предложили новую стратегию по урегулированию ситуации в Донбассе

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RSS: Юнармейцы Хабаровска встретились с военнослужащими ВВО в рамках проекта «Диалоги с Героями»

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Молодому поколению посчастливилось побеседовать с ветераном Великой Отечественной войны полковником в отставке Николаем Казаченко.

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Взгляд: Стрельбу в синагоге в США устроил 19-летний антисемит

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Установлена личность стрелка, открывшего огонь в синагоге в Калифорнии; перед нападением он опубликовал в Сети антисемитское письмо.

Стрелка зовут Джон Эрнест, ему 19 лет, передает РИА «Новости» со ссылкой на NBC.

За несколько часов до того, как открыли стрельбу, пользователь JohnTEarnest опубликовал письмо на праворадикальном портале,

JohnTEarnest пишет, что «вдохновляется» нападениями Роберта Боуэрса и Брентона Тарранта. Сам Эрнест начал планировать атаку вскоре после стрельбы в Новой Зеландии.

В письме есть множество антисемитских высказываний.

Он подчеркивает, что не является сторонником главы американского государства Дональда Трампа, так как тот поддерживает Израиль.

Эрнест дал ссылку на публикацию в сообщении на своей странице в Facebook, причем обещал «начать трансляцию» в скором времени. Однако ни самой трансляции, ни ссылки на нее в публикации не было. К настоящему моменту аккаунт стрелка и публикация удалены администрацией соцсети, передает ТАСС.

СМИ сообщают, что на нападавшем был бронежилет и шлем.

В результате стрельбы пострадали дети и раввин синагоги Исорел Голстайн

Напомним, стрельба произошла в синагоге Chabad Way в городе Поуэй. Ранения получили четыре человека, одна из пострадавших скончалась. Подозреваемый задержан.

В октябре на синагогу в Питтсбурге напал 48-летний американец Роберт Боуэрс. Во время стрельбы погибли 11 человек.

15 марта на две мечети в городе Крайстчерч в Новой Зеландии напаливооруженные люди и расстреляли находившихся там. 50 человек погибли, еще 48 человек получили ранения. 28-летний Брендон Таррант – пока единственный подозреваемый в нападении.

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Вести.Ru: Bellator планирует проведение серии боев Емельяненко

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Президент бойцовской организации Bellator Скотт Кокер сообщил о своих планах в отношении российского бойца смешанного стиля Федора Емельяненко. Он рассказал о том, что планирует для россиянина проведение нескольких боев в разных городах мира.

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Sputnik International – Breaking News & Analysis – Radio, Photos, Videos, Infographics: Iran’s FM Zarif Says US Must ‘Prove It’s Serious’ About Prisoner Swap Talks

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The Minister’s remark comes in response to the State Department’s demand for Tehran to release several US citizens before the start of swap negotiations.

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Sputnik International – Breaking News & Analysis – Radio, Photos, Videos, Infographics: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Shows Biggest Global Opening in Film History – Reports

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame” made the biggest global opening in the film history having already made some $644 million at the worldwide box office, local media reported.

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Lenta.ru : Новости: Модель умерла после падения на подиуме

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Модель Талес Соарес, участвовавший в показе на Неделе моды в Сан-Паулу, умер после падения на подиуме.Как сообщили организаторы мероприятия, Соарес упал во время показал бренда Ocksa. Возможно, он упал из-за того, что споткнулся об шнурки.
Сначала зрители приняли падение за часть представления.

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“Russia influence in Eastern Europe” – Google News: Polar powers: Russia’s bid for supremacy in the Arctic Ocean – Financial Times

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Polar powers: Russia’s bid for supremacy in the Arctic Ocean  Financial Times

Just days before a major Arctic conference this month in St Petersburg, where president Vladimir Putin was to host four regional leaders under the banner …

“Russia influence in Eastern Europe” – Google News


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“West Russia Putin” – Google News: Polar powers: Russia’s bid for supremacy in the Arctic Ocean – Financial Times

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Polar powers: Russia’s bid for supremacy in the Arctic Ocean  Financial Times

Just days before a major Arctic conference this month in St Petersburg, where president Vladimir Putin was to host four regional leaders under the banner …

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“US – Russia relations” – Google News: Polar powers: Russia’s bid for supremacy in the Arctic Ocean – Financial Times

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Polar powers: Russia’s bid for supremacy in the Arctic Ocean  Financial Times

Just days before a major Arctic conference this month in St Petersburg, where president Vladimir Putin was to host four regional leaders under the banner …

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golosamerikius’s YouTube Videos: «Нью-Йорк New York». Выпуск 15

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From: golosamerikius
Duration: 24:37

За рулем на автошоу, коллекционные роллс-ройсы и ягуары, еда с колес, Болт – скутер и человек, бруклинская любовь к советской «Волге»
Оригинальное видео: https://www.golos-ameriki.ru/a/newyork-episode-15/4893372.html

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Voice of America: Documents Show Indonesia Released Banned N. Korean Coal

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VOA’s Indonesian service contributed to this report, which originated in VOA’s Korean service.

Indonesia has released seized North Korean coal in apparent violation of U.N. sanctions, posing a challenge to U.S.-led international efforts to crack down on Pyongyang’s sanctions evasion, according U.N.monitors and court documents.

The North Korean vessel Wise Honest, owned by Korea Songi Shipping Co. of Pyongyang, set sail toward Indonesia after loading about $3 million worth of coal from North Korean Nampo Port in March 2018. Indonesia detained the ship the next month when it entered the country’s territorial waters without turning on its identification transponder or obtaining clearance from its port of destination, a U.N. Security Council report said in March.

The vessel was sailing under Sierra Leonean and North Korean flags, with registrations from both countries. The ship captain, Kim Chung Son of North Korea, was charged with using a false flag.

U.N. sanctions monitors “informed Indonesia [and Indonesian brokers who were involved in the transshipment of the coal] that the 26,500 tons of coal [on the Wise Honest] should be seized according to the [U.N.] resolutions and that the brokers may not see the coal,” the U.N. report said.

In 2017, the Security Council passed resolutions banning North Korea from exporting coal, one of its most valuable export commodities, and conducting ship-to-ship transfers of goods.

​Permission to sell coal

According to court documents that VOA Korean service obtained, the Indonesian Balikpapan District Court, the district where the vessel was ordered to remain anchored, last November allowed Indonesian broker Eko Setyamoko to sell the coal as he requested.

The documents showed that the coal was initially confiscated temporarily as evidence until a judge ruled on its status.

When considering the release of the coal to be sold, the court cited the Certification of Origin issued by Russia, which stated the coal as Russian and Setyamoko as its owner.

But according to the U.N., the coal was loaded from a North Korean port.

The court dismissed charges against the ship’s captain and returned to coal to Setyamoko in February 2019. Afterward, coal was transferred to another ship, the Dong Thanh, owned by a Vietnamese company and sailing under a Panamanian flag.

The Dong Thanh left Indonesia in April, but Malaysian authorities later interdicted it, ordering it not to leave Malaysian territorial waters while investigations were underway.

Before the ship reached Malaysian waters, Malaysian authorities said there were “clear instructions from our government regarding matters involving [North Korea]. … As for the vessel, she will be directed to anchor … upon arrival” while investigations proceeded.

‘Active investigation’

Hugh Griffith, coordinator of the U.N. Panel of Experts on North Korea, which monitors sanctions, told VOA’s Korean service last week that “the panel is pursuing an active investigation on the Wise Honest coal shipment and all companies, individuals and other actors involved, whether witting or unwitting, in the illegal activities and any subsequent sanctions evasion.”

Joshua Stanton, a Washington attorney who helped draft the North Korean Sanctions Enforcement Act in 2016, thinks Indonesia should have seized the coal.

“If the ship is involved in smuggling, the coal has to be seized,” said Stanton. “That’s an obligation. They should not release the coal. The coal should have been seized and not returned.”

He added, “And by [returning the coal], they violated the resolutions.”

Matthew Ha, a research associate at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a national security and foreign policy research group in Washington, also pointed out that the U.N. member states are letting North Korea slip away and use deceptive and illicit shipping practices to continue evade sanctions.

North Korea is known to use false flags or “flags of convenience” to disguise the identity of its vessels, and the registration services of governments that provide North Korea with false flags “are doing a poor job of investigating whose ships they are registering,” said Stanton.

Ha said, “The manipulation or disablement of a vessel’s automatic identification system (AIS) is another consistent challenge for cracking down on Pyongyang’s ship-to-ship transfer schemes.”

AIS is an internationally accepted maritime safety and navigation system that uses a ship’s transponder to identify its position, speed and charted course. 

Authority to punish

Stanton said, “The United States has legal authority to punish the ports” that do not fully comply with their obligations to inspect the cargo of a ship that floats from port to port with its transponders switched off.

North Korea also often registers its ships through shell companies and front companies operating in Hong Kong, and “the Hong Kong authorities have been completely lax in any kind of due diligence to verify that the companies they’re registering have legitimate business purposes,” said Stanton.

Ha said these practices show “a clear example of the lack of political will from some nations.”

A U.S. official told VOA’s Korean service that the U.S. is “aware of this case” involving the Wise Honest.

The U.S. issued an advisory on addressing North Korea’s illicit shipping practices in March, stating, “The U.S. government recommends that all parties involved in the shipping industry and related commercial entities … be aware of the practices set out in this advisory in order to implement appropriate controls to identify North Korea’s illicit shipping practices.”

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Voice of America: Lawmakers Back US-N. Korea Talks; Analyst Questions Strategy

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As Kim Jong Un returns from a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, questions linger as to the diplomatic support Kim garnered from Putin, and what will happen next in negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington. Meanwhile, a long-time observer of politics on the Korean Peninsula urges Washington and Seoul to re-examine the assumption underlying their strategy toward North Korea.

In interviews with U.S. lawmakers, one thing is clear: U.S. President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have some bipartisan support in their dealings with Pyongyang.

Ami Bera, a Democrat who represents California’s 7th congressional district and sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, says he supports Trump’s decision to walk away from his second meeting with Kim held in Vietnam, as well as his willingness to engage in direct dialogue with Pyongyang.

​Let America decide who’s on our team

“I don’t think we’ll be telling Chairman Kim who he should send. I think it’s appropriate for President Trump to decide who’s going to negotiate on our side,” Bera said about North Korea’s wish that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not lead future negotiations.

Mike Kelly, a Republican from Pennsylvania who sits on the House Ways and Means Committee, said Pompeo “knows what he’s doing, knows what his mission is, and is 100% supportive” of Trump’s strategy, adding “this is a guy who graduated No. 1 in his class at West Point,” instead of someone who “just walked in” without any background or knowledge about “how things work.”

Bera and Kelly, along with four other members of Congress, recently visited South Korea as co-chairs of the Congressional Study Group on Korea.

​No distance between Washington and Seoul

Both told VOA they believe there is “no distance” between Seoul and Washington in dealing with North Korea, and they were reassured, after speaking with South Korea’s defense minister and U.S. commanders, that troop preparedness was “at the high level they’ve always been at.”

Kelly said he saw overwhelming support of Trump in South Korea, both in how he has dealt with Pyongyang and in his administration’s approach to the Asia Pacific region that is alarmed by China’s rise and long-term ambitions. It is a region the U.S. can’t afford to “walk away and become a secondary player,” he said. 

A North Korea economic miracle?

Kelly and Bera said their trip reminded them of the success the country has achieved in just a few decades through the hard work of the Korean people, with help from the United States.

“Can you replicate that in the North?” Bera asked. While acknowledging North Korea may be starting from “a more difficult point,” he thinks it’s certainly possible.

The Korean Peninsula’s natural resources reside mostly in the north, which affords North Korea potential advantages in trade and commerce. However, in order to capitalize on these resources and harness the opportunity presented, authorities in Pyongyang will have to take a different approach “for it to work,” Kelly said.

As for talks between Washington and Pyongyang, Bera thinks a lot needs to happen “at the staff level.” He said there needs to be a lot of preparation before a third summit between Trump and Kim, including making sure “there is a mutually agreed upon goal of denuclearization” and a framework that supports the goal.

​‘Kim will never give up nuclear weapons’

Such a framework doesn’t exist yet because the North Korean leader harbors no serious intent to give up nuclear weapons, said David Maxwell, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies who specializes on national security.

“If he was serious (about denuclearization), he would have allowed working level negotiations to take place, he would have allowed development of a framework, process, and timeline for denuclearization,” Maxwell told VOA.

Maxwell thinks the basic premise that guides U.S. and South Korea’s current strategy toward Pyongyang is the assumption that “Kim can be co-opted or coerced into denuclearizing” and that the North Korean leader “will prioritize economic development over the retention of nuclear weapons.” Maxwell questions the validity of this assumption.

While acknowledging “none of us can know for sure what Kim Jong Un really intends and what he will do,” based on “historical record and Kim’s demonstrated action (or in this case non-action),” Maxwell thinks Pyongyang’s intent is to split the alliance between Washington and Seoul and get U.S. forces off the peninsula “as he believes the presence of U.S. forces provides (South Korea) access to U.S. nuclear weapons, even if there have not been any nuclear weapons in South Korea since 1991.”

Maxwell believes the U.S. should be “preparing for a Plan B that is based on Kim failing to denuclearize.”

​Team America

“One of the things I really and most enjoy about being on the Foreign Affairs Committee is generally we have a bipartisan relationship,” Congressman Bera said. “Often we have differences on domestic issues and sometimes behind closed doors we’ll have vibrant dialogues on issues, but in general, those differences stop at the water’s edge when we approach the outside world.”

“If we don’t look at ourselves as Team America, as opposed to a Red Team or a Blue Team, it sends the worst message” to potential adversaries, Kelly said.

Kelly added that he and Bera don’t agree on everything.

“I think I’m more over the top for President Trump than Ami is,” he said. “I get that; I’m sure when President Obama was in office, I think he was a bigger fan than I was.”

The fact that lawmakers can “have different opinions and still come together and do the right things for the right reasons,” Kelly said, “is the beauty of it.”

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Газета.Ru – Новости дня: Трамп поделился впечатлениями от встречи с Абэ

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Президент США Дональд Трамп рассказал о впечатлениях от встречи с премьер-министром Японии Синдзо Абэ.

В своем твиттере он заявил, что это был “прекрасный день”.

“Мы сыграли быструю партию в гольф у красивой реки Потомак, …

Газета.Ru – Новости дня


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Взгляд: «Желтые жилеты» во Франции «разогрелись» перед первомайской демонстрацией

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В субботу в акциях «желтых жилетов» участвовали 23,6 тыс. человек, сообщает МВД Франции.

Субботние манифестации стали самыми малочисленными за пять месяцев существования движения, передает ТАСС со ссылкой на BFM.

При этом сами «желтые жилеты» говорят, что на улицы вышло более 60 тыс. человек.

Демонстранты не собираются останавливаться, на ближайшие недели запланированы шесть акций.

При этом «желтых жилетов» вытесняют из исторических районов Парижа и центров других городов.

В Страсбурге в акции участвовали представители родственных движений из Бельгии, Германии, Люксембурга, Швейцарии, Италии. Они пытались приблизиться к штаб-квартирам Европарламента и Европейского суда по правам человека, хотя шествия в международном квартале были запрещены. Правоохранители использовали против демонстрантов слезоточивый газ.

При этом высказывается мнение, что субботние акции стали только «разогревом», а по-настоящему «желтые жилеты» проявят себя в ходе первомайской демонстрации.

Неделю назад в акциях участвовало около 28 тыс. человек.

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Lenta.ru : Новости: Напавший на синагогу в Калифорнии вдохновился терактами в Новой Зеландии

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Письмо антисемитской направленности, подписанное именем Джона Эрнеста, напавшего на синагогу в Калифорнии, было опубликовано в сети за несколько часов до преступления. Он назвал своими «вдохновителями» Роберта Бауэрса, напавшего на синагогу в Питтсбурге, а также Брентона Тарранта, обвиняемого в нападении на мечети.

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“Russia influence in Eastern Europe” – Google News: Ukraine: The end of the show or the beginning of the next chapter? – Modern Diplomacy

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Ukraine: The end of the show or the beginning of the next chapter?  Modern Diplomacy

The outcome of the presidential elections in Ukraine has triggered lively comments by Western experts. Nearly all publications have described the victory of …

“Russia influence in Eastern Europe” – Google News


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