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Volvo halts Iran truck assembly due to U.S. sanctions

Swedish truckmaker AB Volvo has stopped assembling trucks in Iran because U.S. sanctions are preventing it from being paid, a spokesman for the company said on Monday. By – Esha Vaish The sanctions against Iran, reimposed on Aug. 6 by U.S. President Donald Trump after his decision to pull out of a nuclear deal with Tehran, have forced companies across Europe ...

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YouTube removes videos from Alex Jones’s Infowars website

YouTube has removed four videos by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, his website Infowars said on Wednesday, after the radio host used his YouTube channel to denounce Muslim immigrants to Europe and the creators of a transgender cartoon. By – Alex Dobuzinskis  “YouTube has removed four Infowars videos that were critical of liberalism,” Jones said in a statement on social media, in ...

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EU piles pressure on internet giants to remove Freedom of speech content

Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other internet companies must show the European Union within three months that they are removing extremist content more rapidly or face legislation forcing them to do so. By – Julia Fioretti Several governments, like Sweden, have increased pressure on social media companies to do more to remove illegal content — from material related to groups such ...

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Sweden fears of possible Russian election meddling

Russia could try to influence the outcome of national elections in Sweden in September if authorities in Moscow feel their strategic interests are threatened, the Swedish security service said on Thursday. By – Johan Ahlander  The service’s head of counter-intelligence, Daniel Stenling, cited membership of NATO – which Sweden has debated joining – and security around the Baltic Sea as two ...

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“Profile”: Film examines how Islamic State jihadists recruit European brides

In the film “Profile”, British journalist Amy Whittaker goes undercover to investigate the workings of the militant group by creating a fake Facebook profile and pretending to be a Muslim convert called Melody Nelson. By –  Michelle Martin She comes up with a cover story, disguises her tattoo, learns a bit of Arabic and dons a hijab. Over the coming days ...

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U.S. funding of Syrian YPG militia will impact Turkey’s Ottoman slap

A U.S. decision to continue funding the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia will affect Turkey’s future moves, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday ahead of a visit this week by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. By –  Ercan Gurses & Daren Butler U.S. officials have said that Tillerson expects to have difficult conversations when he visits Turkey on Thursday and Friday, given that the ...

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North Korea ‘months away’ from ability to hit U.S. with nuclear weapon

North Korea is only months away from obtaining the capability to hit U.S. territory with a nuclear weapon and must be disarmed, a U.S. envoy said on Tuesday, dismissing Pyonyang’s diplomatic thaw with South Korea as a “charm offensive” that fooled no one. By – Stephanie Nebehay  In a diplomatic showdown at a U.N.-sponsored Conference on Disarmament, North Korea responded by ...

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Finns, worried by Russia, hand cautious president huge election win

Finland’s moderate President Sauli Niinisto cruised to a rare first round election win on Sunday as his delicate balancing of ties with neighbor Russia and the U.S.-led NATO military alliance resonated with voters. By – Jussi Rosendahl & Tuomas Forsell  The 69-year-old Niinisto, known for cultivating good relations with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, won his second six-year term with an overwhelming ...

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Swedish PM does not rule out use of army to end gang violence

Sweden will do whatever it takes, including sending in the army, to end a wave of gang violence that has seen a string of deadly shootings, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said in Wednesday. By – Simon Johnson Sweden’s murder rate is relatively low in international terms, but gang violence has surged in recent years and Swedes are worried that the police ...

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Germans see Trump as bigger problem than North Korea or Russia

Germans see U.S. President Donald Trump as a bigger challenge for German foreign policy than authoritarian leaders in North Korea, Russia or Turkey, according to a survey by the Koerber Foundation. Via: Noah Barkin   Topping the list of foreign policy concerns were refugees, with 26 percent of respondents worried about Germany’s ability to cope with inflows of asylum seekers. Relations with ...

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