FEATURED: #Coronavirus Report: A mysterious marketing agency secretly offered to pay social media stars to spread disinformation about #COVID19 vaccines. Their plan failed when the influencers went public about the attempt to recruit them according to BBC News #AceNewsDesk report

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#CoronavirusNewsDesk says that YouTubers who blew the whistle on an anti-vax plot and the The BBC reports they have made multiple attempts to contact AdNow by phone, email and even a letter couriered to their Moscow headquarters, but they have not responded.

By Charlie Haynes and Flora Carmichael
BBC Trending

Graphic composite image using the web page for Fazze - with options for "bloggers" and "advertisers". There are the profiles of superheroes in heroic poses with social media company logos on their their chests. To the left is a needle reaching into a vaccine bottle. The whole picture is coloured in red.
Mirko Drotschmann was offered money to spread disinformation on his social media accounts

“It started with an email” says Mirko Drotschmann, a German YouTuber and journalist.

Mirko normally ignores offers from brands asking him to advertise their products to his more than 1.5 million subscribers. But the sponsorship offer he received in May this year was unlike any other.

An influencer marketing agency called Fazze offered to pay him to promote what it said was leaked information that suggested the death rate among people who had the Pfizer vaccine was almost three times that of the AstraZeneca jab.

The information provided wasn’t true. 

It quickly became apparent to Mirko that he was being asked to spread disinformation to undermine public confidence in vaccines in the middle of a pandemic. 

“I was shocked,” says Mirko “then I was curious, what’s behind all that?”

Mirko DrotschmannMirko Drotschmann was offered money to spread disinformation on his social media accounts

In France, science YouTuber Léo Grasset received a similar offer. The agency offered him 2000 euros if he would take part. Fazze said it was acting for a client who wished to remain anonymous.

“That’s a huge red flag” says Léo. 

Both Léo and Mirko were appalled by the false claims.

They pretended to be interested in order to try to find out more and were provided with detailed instructions about what they should say in their videos.

In stilted English, the brief instructed them to “Act like you have the passion and interest in this topic.”

Léo GrassetLéo Grasset was horrified by the attempt to recruit him

It told them not to mention the video had a sponsor – and instead pretend they were spontaneously giving advice out of concern for their viewers. 

Social media platforms have rules that ban not disclosing that content is sponsored. In France and Germany it’s also illegal.

Fazze’s brief told influencers to share a story in French newspaper Le Monde about a data leak from the European Medicines Agency. 

The story was genuine, but didn’t include anything about vaccine deaths. But in this context it would give the false impression that the death rate statistics had come from the leak.

The data the influencers were asked to share had actually been cobbled together from different sources and taken out of context. 

It presented the numbers of people who had died in several countries some time after receiving different Covid vaccines. But just because someone dies after having a vaccine doesn’t mean they died because they had the vaccine. They could have been killed in a car accident.

In the countries the statistics were from, greater numbers of people had received the Pfizer vaccine at that time, so a higher number of people dying after having a Pfizer jab was to be expected.

“If you don’t have any scientific training, you could just say, ‘oh, there are these numbers, they are really different. So there must be a link.’ But you can make any spurious correlation as you want really,” Léo says.

The influencers were also provided with a list of links to share – dubious articles which all used the same set of figures that supposedly showed the Pfzer vaccine was dangerous. 

When Léo and Mirko exposed the Fazze campaign on Twitter all the articles, except the Le Monde story, disappeared from the web. 

By any measure the disinformation campaign was bungled.

Since Léo and Mirko blew the whistle at least four other influencers in France and Germany have gone public to reveal they also rejected Fazze’s attempts to recruit them.

But German journalist, Daniel Laufer, has identified two influencers who may have taken up the offer. 

Indian YouTuber Ashkar Techy usually makes jokey videos about cars and dating and Brazilian prankster Everson Zoio, has more than three million Instagram followers.

Each of them posted uncharacteristic videos in which they pushed the same message as the Fazze campaign and shared the fake news links from the agency’s brief. Both had also participated in previous Fazze promotions.

After Daniel Laufer contacted them, Everson Zoio and Ashkar Techy removed their videos but didn’t answer his questions. The BBC tried to contact both influencers, but they didn’t respond.

Ashkar TechyAshkar Techy shared the dubious data in his video

We tried emailing the people who approached Mirko and Léo. The emails bounced back, not from Fazze, but from the domain of a company called AdNow.

Fazze is a part of AdNow, which is a digital marketing company, registered in both Russia and the UK.

Eventually we managed to contact Ewan Tolladay, one of two directors of the British arm of AdNow – who lives in Durham.

Mr Tolladay said he had very little to do with Fazze – which he said was a joint venture between his fellow director – a Russian man called Stanislav Fesenko – and another person whose identity he didn’t know.

He said that he hadn’t been a part of the disinformation campaign. He said he hadn’t even known Fazze had taken on the contract before the story broke. He couldn’t enlighten us on who the mystery client was.

He said that in light of the scandal “we are doing the responsible thing and shutting down AdNow here in the UK”. He said Fazze was also being shut down.

We have tried to get Mr Fesenko to talk to us but had no success.

Both the French and German authorities have launched investigations into Fazze’s approaches to influencers.

But the identity of the agency’s mystery client remains unclear.

There has been speculation about the Russian connections to this scandal and the interests of the Russian state in promoting its own vaccine – Sputnik V.

Omid Nouripour, the foreign policy spokesman for the German Green party has suggested looking to Moscow for the motivation behind the Fazze campaign. 

He said: “Bad-mouthing vaccines in the West undermines trust in our democracies and is supposed to increase trust in Russia’s vaccines, and there is only one side that benefits and that is the Kremlin.”

But in a statement the Russian embassy in London said: “We treat Covid-19 as a global threat and, thus, are not interested in undermining global efforts in the fight against it, with vaccinating people with the Pfizer vaccine as one of the ways to cope with the virus.”

While Fazze’s campaign was a flop, Léo Grasset believes it won’t be the last attempt to use the power of social influencers to spread disinformation.

“If you want to manipulate public opinion, especially for young people, you don’t go to TV” says French YouTuber Léo Grasset. 

“Just spend the same money on TikTok creators, YouTube creators. The whole ecosystem is perfectly built for maximum efficiency of disinformation right now.” 

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(BERLIN) BND REPORT: The head of Germany’s foreign intelligence agency has warned that the #IslamicState is just as strong as it ever was — even without its caliphate. Terrorism experts agree that it has morphed into a powerful network #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.20: The head of Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, the BND, has given a rare interview specifically to warn that, despite appearances, terrorism remains a real threat to world order, even 20 years after 9/11….

#AceDailyNews says that ‘Islamist Terrorism; has developed as have the number of terrorist actors and the danger they pose has increased’ across the country according to a German spy chief who warns of #IslamicState ‘s strength,” DW, July 13, 2021:

The head of Germany’s foreign intelligence agency has warned that the Islamic State is just as strong as it ever was — even without its caliphate. Terrorism experts agree that it has morphed into a powerful network.

The head of Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, the BND, has given a rare interview specifically to warn that, despite appearances, terrorism remains a real threat to world order, even 20 years after 9/11.

Speaking to the Süddeutsche Zeitung on Monday, Bruno Kahl said that, though Europe and the US had not seen any more major terrorist attacks like those of two decades ago, “Islamist terrorism has developed further, and cost very many human lives. The number of terrorist actors and the danger they pose has increased.” 

There have of course been major successes in the fight against the Islamic State in the past few years — especially the 2019 killing of the group’s self-proclaimed caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and the destruction of the “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq as a quasi state entity. But since then, said Kahl, IS has turned into a decentralized network, much like al Qaeda, whose suborganizations “are even spreading out.” 

This isn’t exactly news, according to Mirna El Masri, a radicalization and terrorism researcher at the Hamburg-based German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA). “There had been indications in 2019 after the loss of its territories that IS had strengthened considerably,” she told DW. “On the other hand, new circumstances have exacerbated the situation in the past year, which might explain why Kahl has decided to talk about this now.”

For one thing, the spread of the coronavirus in the Middle East region has weakened the Iraqi government and increased the desperation of many people, which has turned refugee camps in northern Syria into particularly good IS recruitment centers. The longer the pandemic continues, El Masri said, the more it will help IS.

The Islamic State has also learned to adapt its strategies, according to El Masri. Commanders have been subdivided into specific operational sectors in the region, taking over decision-making responsibilities. The latest reports also suggest that IS fighters have withdrawn completely from urban areas, but are able to move freely in the open country simply by avoiding state forces, especially near the city around the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor.

IS has also developed new business models, adopting organized crime tactics such as demanding illegal taxes along oil and trade routes and using hotels, real estate and even car dealerships to launder money between Iraq, Syria, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. 

“That has made it more difficult to see and monitor for German and international intelligence agencies,” said Eric Stollenwerk, terrorism and Sahel region researcher for GIGA, who agrees that the group is still very powerful in both Syria and Iraq. “Beyond that, it has strong connections with other regions in the world, such as sub-Saharan Africa and especially the Sahel region,” he added.

Kahl told DZ that there is only one way to stop the development of terrorist organizations such as IS: “The imposition of the monopoly of state power, the erection of state structures, the guarantee of security.” That, he argues, is where European and Western powers can help countries such as Burkina Faso, Niger and Nigeria. “We have to support the states in regaining control or at least to maintain it where it can be maintained,” he said….

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(EUROPE) Flooding Report: Death Toll has risen to 133 – people with 153 in Europe and rising after devastation of rainfall that is said by officials as once in a decade and will cost billions #AceWeatherDesk report

#AceWeatherReport – July.17: The death toll from devastating floods in Germany reached 133 on Saturday, police said, bringing the total number of those killed in Europe to 153: Rescuers resumed the search for survivors with hundreds still missing on Saturday morning as desperate families released pictures of their loved ones.

GERMANY: Death toll after Europe flash floods hits 133 as Rescuers continue hunt for survivors Such is the scale of the human tragedy that economic cost-counting has barely begun, though one official said bluntly that total will certainly be in the ‘billions’ according to MailOnline

It is just the latest episode in the evolving weather crisis in central Europe, with more than 130 people killed across Germany, marking the country’s deadliest floods since at least 1962 when more than 300 people were killed in flooding in Hamburg.

At least another 23 people were killed in neighbouring Belgium where a ‘tsunami-like’ torrent of water inundated parts of Leige and Verviers, causing the Meuse and Vesdre rivers to burst their banks.  

There are fears that toll could rise considerably with hundreds of people still missing, mostly from the hard-hit Ahrweiler region, south of Bonn, where whole villages were destroyed as the Ahr river broke its banks. 

Names, pictures, and details of the last contact with ten people who are unaccounted for were published in German outlet Bild as part of a campaign to help find the missing. 

A family were among the missing on Saturday morning. Pictures of Hans Neufeld, 71, wife Ella, 59, and their son Frank, 22, were submitted by the couple’s first son Harry, 30. 

He said they were last seen at home in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler in the early hours of Thursday, when flood waters started rising significantly. ‘Since then, there has been no trace,’ he said.  

Karl-Heinz Zimmermann, a 93-year-old grandfather from Bad Neuenahr was reported missing by his granddaughter Sandy Zimmermann.  She said she last spoke to him around 10pm on Thursday evening.   

‘He wanted to go to bed normally, and didn’t feel threatened by the water’, she said. ‘But now the whole house is full of mud and nobody can be reached there. I tried to call him all day – over and over again. The fire brigade doesn’t know where he is either.’ 

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Belgium’s Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, and vice Prime Minister Pierre-Yves Dermagne, visited the disaster zone in Belgium on Saturday. 

There are fears the crisis could worsen the a dam at the Steinbach reservoir (insert) on the verge of collapse due to the pressure of water behind it, as 4,500 people living in three villages below (top right) told to evacuate their homes

It comes after a landslide in the flood-damaged town of Blessem, near Cologne, killed ‘several’ people on Friday as Germany’s worst flooding crisis in decades continued to worsen

Search and rescue efforts continued on Saturday morning with hundreds still missing following severe rain and flash floods in Germany
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen visited the disaster zone in Belgium on Saturday with Belgium's Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and vice Prime Minister Pierre-Yves Dermagne
EU President Ursula von der Leyen surveys the damage to the town of Rochefort, Belgium, following heavy flooding, on Saturday
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen taps fists with the former mayor of Rochefort, Belgium, during a visit to the damaged town
EU President Ursula von der Leyen speaks to residents as she tours Pepinster, Belgium, after it was devastated by flash floods
German soldiers helped the rescue efforts on Saturday, recovering cars that had been swept away in flash flooding
Search and rescue workers check submerged cars for hundreds of people still missing following days of heavy rainfall and flooding in Germany
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (second left) and Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia Armin Laschet (second right) visited Erftstadt fire department to get an overview of flooding in the region
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (centre) visited flooded parts of the city of Venlo in the Netherlands on Friday following days of severe rain and flooding
Helicopters helped the search effort on Saturday as hundreds were still missing

A second family – Nicole Berg, Patrick Berg, and their son Dennis – were also among the missing. Their pictures were submitted to Bild by Nicole’s sister Katja who said her sibling was last online on Wednesday 10pm. 

Gerhard Hubner, 60 was also among the missing. His picture was submitted by housewife Christina Drothen, 36, who said he was last seen at his house in Ahrweiler on Wednesday evening.  

Julia Dillenburger, 39, from Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, was another. She was last heard from in the early hours of Thursday after she escaped her basement flat for her neighbours apartment on the first floor.  

Husband and wife Aida Maria, 74, and Klaus Wolfgang Huber, 76, were last heard from on Wednesday evening. Aida, who is Ecuadorian, has lived in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler since 2005. Her niece said there has been no sign of the pair since the flood. 

Diana Janko, 60, was last seen a few days ago on Facebook video call. She recently told loved ones she wanted to go to the hospital, but has failed to pick up her phone for several days. 

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia Armin Laschet visited Erftstadt fire department to get an overview of flooding in the region on Saturday.  

‘A lot of people have lost everything they spent their lives building up — their possessions, their home, the roof over their heads,’ Steinmeier said after meeting rescue workers and others in the town of Erftstadt.

‘It may only be possible to clear up in weeks how much damage needs to be compensated,’ he said.

Steinmeier said that people in the affected areas are counting on continuing support.

‘Many people here in these regions have nothing left but their hope, and we must not disappoint this hope,’ he said.

Dutch caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte visited flooded parts of the city of Venlo on Friday. 

He said the region faced ‘three disasters.’

‘First, there was corona, now these floods, and soon people will have to work on cleanup and recovery,’ he said. ‘It is disaster after disaster after disaster. But we will not abandon Limburg,’ the southern province hit by the floods.

His government has declared the flooding a state of emergency, opening up national funds for those affected. 

It comes after thousands of villagers in western German prayed for a miracle on Friday night amid fears a nearby dam could collapse and inundate their homes with water. 

The villages in the Euskirchen region, near the city of Bonn, were evacuated with 4,500 told to flee their homes after cracks started appearing in the dam holding back the nearby Steinbach reservoir.

Engineers warned the dam was dangerously close to collapse after a huge amount of water was dumped into the reservoir as three months’ worth of rain fell on the region in just one week, causing widespread devastation.

The dam is designed to vent excess water, but its drainage system has been blocked by debris including trees and rubble from destroyed buildings. The strain was clearly visible Friday as huge cracks appeared in the soil reinforcing the front of the dam.

By Saturday, waters were receding across much of the affected regions, laying bare the extent of the damage.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier planned to travel Saturday to Erftstadt, southwest of Cologne, where a harrowing rescue effort unfolded on Friday as people were trapped when the ground gave way. At least three houses and part of a mansion in the town’s Blessem district collapsed.

The German military used armoured vehicles on Saturday to clear away cars and trucks overwhelmed by the floodwaters on a nearby road, some of which were still at least partly submerged. Officials feared that some people did not manage to escape in Erftstadt, but on Saturday morning no casualties had been confirmed. 

In the Ahrweiler area, police warned people of a potential risk from downed power lines and urged curious visitors to stay away. 

Around 700 people were evacuated from part of the German town of Wassenberg, on the Dutch border, after the breach of a dike on the Rur river. Volunteers across Germany have collected clothes and taken them emergency accommodation for flood victims.

Train lines and roads remained blocked in many areas of eastern Belgium. The national railway service said traffic would start returning to normal on Monday.  

Parts of northern France were also underwater by Saturday morning, following days of heavy rainfall.  

Search and rescue services look amid the debris for survivors after days of heavy rainfall and severe flooding in Pepinster, Belgium
Search and rescue services resumed looking for flood survivors in Pepinster, Belgium, on Saturday with hundreds still missing and at least 153 confirmed dead
Residents survey the damage caused by days of heavy rainfall and flooding in Pepinster, Belgium, on Saturday
Residents start a lengthy clean-up in Pepinster, Belgium, after flash floods caused widespread damage in large areas of the country
Search and rescue teams looked through rubble in Pepinster, Belgium, on Saturday, hoping to find flood survivors
Residents start to clear up broken trees and debris strewn across streets in Pepinster, Belgium, after the town was devastated by flash floods
Engineers warned a huge amount of pressure has built up behind the dam after it was inundated with water and its drainage system jammed, with huge cracks visible in the soil wall helping to hold it up (pictured bottom)
The German fire brigade pump water out of the Steinbach dam after engineers warned the dam was dangerously close to collapse after three months' worth of rain fell on the region in just one week
Submerged trucks and vehicles started to re-emerge on Saturday following days of extreme flooding, Germany's worst floods in more than 200 years
Residents fill sandbags as they prepare for further flooding after days of heavy rainfall in Erftstadt Dirmerzheim, Germany
Residents prepare for rising waters in Erftstadt Dirmerzheim, Germany in the latest episode in the evolving weather crisis in central Europe
Rescuers resumed the search for survivors with hundreds still missing on Saturday morning as desperate families filled sandbags as they prepared for further flooding
German Bundeswehr soldiers help search for flood victims in submerged vehicles on the highway in Erftstadt-Blessem
A soldier tries to open the window of a car as members of the German armed forces help the search for flood victims
German soldiers search for flood victims in submerged vehicles as hundreds remain missing after days of severe flooding
Germany's Bundeswehr forces help move vehicles stuck on the road in Erftstadt-Blessem on Saturday, as the rescue effort restarted
Germany's Bundeswehr forces used heavily armoured vehicles to recover vehicles stuck on roads in Erftstadt-Blessem after days of heavy flooding
Members of the Bundeswehr forces were deployed to aid the recovery of vehicles following heavy rainfall and flooding in Erftstadt-Blessem, Germany
A drone photo shows an aerial view of submerged trucks on a flooded road after days of heavy rainfall and flash flooding
Cars start to re-emerge as flood waters subside on the roads in Erftstadt-Blessem, Germany, on July 17
Helicopters aid the search effort as hundreds of people remain missing in Germany following days of heavy rainfall and flass floods
A pile of broke trees and rubbish in a flooded area of Kreuzberg, Germany, following days of flash flooding that has killed at least 153 people
Debris piled up in Kreuzberg, Germany, on July 17, in central Europe's latest flooding disaster that has killed at least 133 in Germany alone
Debris and broken trees lined up alongside a railway in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany, following days of extreme weather
An aerial photo of the Maas river, which burst its banks following days of severe rainfall, near the evacuated town of Arcen
Sandbags are prepared int he evacuated Arcen, in the Netherlands, in preparation for more heavy rainfall next week
Volunteers across Germany have collected clothes and taken them emergency accommodation for flood victims
Residents started clearing rubble on Saturday after days of severe flooding in Valkenburg aan de Geul, the Netherlands
Residents piled up debris and rubble outside their homes in Valkenburg aan de Geul, the Netherlands, following days of severe flooding
Parts of northern France were also underwater by Saturday morning, following days of heavy rainfall
Streets in Louhans, northern France, were underwater on Saturday following heavy rain and flooding which has so far killed at least 153 people
A man wades through knee-high water in Louhans, northern France, on Saturday, after the streets were overrun following days of heavy rain

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she was planning to visit the disaster zone, hours after King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium visited Pepinster, where the water has continued to rise.  

The visit comes just hours after a landslide in the town of Blessem, near Cologne, killed an unknown number of people when waterlogged ground collapsed into a nearby gravel pit – taking homes, cars, and families with it. 

Helicopters circled overhead following the collapse, looking for anyone left to save. It is thought 55 people were evacuated from the town overnight, but an unknown number returned in the morning to check the damage when the landslide struck. 

Such is the scale of the devastation and human tragedy that economic cost-counting has barely even begun, though one German official said bluntly that the cost is certainly in the ‘billions’.   

A residents stands in flood waters as he tries to clear up following heavy rainfall in Rochefort, Belgium, on July 17
A young resident helps remove mud and water from inside her home following heavy rains in Rochefort, Belgium on July 17
Residents start clearing their homes following heavy rains and floods in Rochefort, Belgium, on July 17 after the death toll rose to at least 24
An aerial photo shows the submerged area around the Meuse river near Roosteren in the Netherlands on Friday
An aerial view of a destroyed house in Erftstadt-Blessem, Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she was planning to visit the disaster zone
Destroyed houses in Erftstadt-Blessem, Germany, were the Erft river burst its banks during heavy rainful, causing mass destruction
An aerial image of the damage in Erfstadt-Blessem, Germany. Such is the scale of the devastation and human tragedy that economic cost-counting has barely even begun, though one German official said bluntly that the cost is certainly in the 'billions'
A man leaves his flooded house in Arcen, the Netherlands, after heavy rains and flooding wreaked havoc in the region
A resident evacuated from Arcen prepares for rising waters from the River Maas in the Netherlands on July 17
A devastating torrent of unprecedented rainfall has flooded streets and back gardens in across Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Pictured: Brommelen in the Netherlands
More than 100 people have already died from the flash floods in neighbouring Germany, as fears have now spread for both Belgium and the Netherlands
Flash flooding in the Netherlands
A bird's eye view of Valkenburg, the Netherlands as the shocking floods in Europe continued to sweep through the continent on Friday

A bird’s eye view of Valkenburg, the Netherlands as the shocking floods in Europe continued to sweep through the continent on Friday

Water levels on the Meuse Rriver that runs from Belgium into the Netherlands remains critical, and several dikes were at risk of collapsing, Verlinden said

Authorities in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate said 63 people had died there, including 12 residents of an assisted living facility for disabled people in the town of Sinzig who were surprised by a sudden rush of water from the nearby Ahr River. 

In neighboring North Rhine-Westphalia state officials put the death toll at 43, but warned that the figure could increase. 

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said he was ‘stunned’ by the devastation caused by the flooding and pledged support to the families of those killed and to cities and towns facing significant damage.

‘In the hour of need, our country stands together,’ Steinmeier said in a statement. ‘It’s important that we show solidarity for those from whom the flood has taken everything.’

Rescuers sought to save people trapped in their homes in the German town of Erftstadt, southwest of Cologne. Regional authorities said several people had died after their houses collapsed when the ground beneath them sank suddenly. Aerial photos showed what appeared to be a massive sinkhole.

‘We managed to get 50 people out of their houses last night,’ county administrator Frank Rock said. ‘We know of 15 people who still need to be rescued.’

Houses on the outskirts of Blessem were torn to pieces as the ground beneath them collapsed and fell into a nearby gravel pit in the wake of torrential rains that have caused chaos in western Germany
A section of sewage pipe is visible (left) alongside the partially-destroyed remains of a house in Blessem after a landslide
Chunks of road, pieces of concrete sewage pipe, cars, and wrecked buildings are shown collapsed into a watery hole on the outskirts of Blessem, Germany, following the landslide
Heavy rains caused mudslides and flooding in the town of Blessem, western Germany, killing an unknown number of people
Aerial view shows an area completely destroyed by the floods in the Blessem district of Erftstadt, western Germany
'Several' people have been killed in the landslip, local officials said, though they were unable to say precisely how many
Cars lie crumpled against concrete blocks that once formed part of the sewer system after the ground gave way due to a landslide in Blessem, Germany
Two cars lie at the bottom of a deep hole created when waterlogged ground collapsed into a nearby gravel pit in Germany
A partly-destroyed car that was parked in a garage is left hanging off the edge of a cliff after the ground collapsed in Blessem
The death toll in Germany from the flooding had already topped 80 even before the landslide hit Blessem, sweeping away homes and part of a castle
Officials said the landslide in Blessem had 'certainly' killed people though were unable to immediately say how many amid chaos caused by Germany's deadliest flooding crisis for decades
A rescue helicopter circles over the town as emergency services try to save 15 people that went back to their homes and got trapped when the landslide hit
Water drains away from the town of Blessem, Germany, after a landslide caused part of the ground to collapse (top left and centre), killing 'several' people on Friday
Collapsed ground is seen near the village of Blessem, Germany, after flooding caused a landslide which killed 'several' people
A car washed up by flood waters hangs on a tree while the river Ahr can be seen in the background in Bad Neuenahr, Germany
A crashed fire engine is stuck in a hole in the road in Bad Neuenahr, Germany, following massive rainfall which has caused flooding
A bicycle that was tied up outside a house in Blessem now hangs on the edge of a giant hole after the ground fell away
A man rides his bicycle through the flooded streets of Erfstadt in
Damaged cars lie in the rubble in an area completely destroyed by the floods in the Blessem district of Erftstadt, Germany
An aerial view of the landslide shows how what used to be a street corner collapsed into the ground, taking the road, houses, cars and other debris with it
The collapse happened in Blessem, south of Cologne (main), when flooding from the Erft river caused waterlogged ground to collapse into a nearby gravel pit (inset) - dragging homes and cars down with it
The flooding crisis was triggered by a heavy and slow-moving rainstorm over western Germany that dumped more than a months' worth of rain in a night, and also impacted parts of the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium visit a flooded street in Pepinster after the area was ravaged by heavy flooding
King Philippe comforts a woman after her home was flooded in Pepinster, Belgium, even as water continues to rise in the area
King Philippe of Belgium spoke to residents affected by heavy flooding in Pepinster as he visited the disaster zone on Friday
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde surveyed the damage caused by heavy rainfall and flooding in Pepinster, Beligum
Local residents try to clear up a shop following heavy rainfall and flooding in Pepinster, Belgium, on Friday

Speaking to German broadcaster n-tv, Rock said authorities had no precise number yet for how many had died in the flash floods that turned roads into wild raging torrents, ripping up cobblestones, collapsing homes and flipping parked cars into piles of rubble.

‘One has to assume that under the circumstances some people didn’t manage to escape,’ he said.

Authorities were still trying to account for hundreds of people listed as missing, but cautioned that the high number could be due to duplicated reports and difficulties reaching people because of disrupted roads and phone service.

After Germany, where more than 100 people have died, Belgium was the hardest hit by the floods that caused homes to be ripped away. 

Belgian Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden told the VRT network Friday that the country’s official confirmed death toll had grown to 20, with 20 other people still missing.

Water levels on the Meuse Rriver that runs from Belgium into the Netherlands remains critical, and several dikes were at risk of collapsing, Verlinden said. 

Authorities in the southern Dutch town of Venlo evacuated 200 hospital patients due to the looming threat of flooding from the river.

Flash floods this week followed days of heavy rainfall in Western Europe. Thousands of people remained homeless in Germany after their houses were destroyed or deemed at-risk by authorities. 

An aerial image shows the extent of flood damage in Shuld, a town in the Ahrweiler region of Germany, which was hardest-hit by flooding which swept away homes overnight Wednesday
Rescue crews are now sifting through rubble in the Ahrweiler region (town of Shuld, pictured) where 1,300 people are missing amid warnings the death toll could rise considerably
An aerial picture taken with a drone shows the destroyed village of Schuld in the district of Ahrweiler after heavy flooding of the river Ahr
Dozens have died and more than 1,000 people are missing after Germany was hit by some of the deadliest flooding in the country's modern history
An aerial view taken with a drone shows a damaged car at a cemetery in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany
Damaged cars pile up on a street after flooding in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany
People shovel mud to clear a street in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, western Germany, after heavy rain hit parts of the country
A local surveys the damage caused by flooding in Bad Neuenahr, in Ahrweiler district, where most of the missing hail from
A local resident walks past damaged cars in a street in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, western Germany, after heavy rain hit parts of the country
A view of the pedestrian area of Bad Muenstereifel, which was devastated by flooding after heavy rainfall hit western Germany
People carry their belongings past a broken road in Schuld, Germany
People walk past rubble in a street devastated by the floods in Euskirchen, western Germany
A destroyed car lies on its side in a ditch amid the ruins of the town of Schuld, Germany, following severe flooding
A man tries to cleans his garden of mud and other debris in Schuld, Germany, after devastating floods
An aerial view of the destruction in the pedestrian area of Bad Muenstereifel after heavy rain caused widespread flooding
Destroyed houses are seen after floods caused major damage in Schuld near Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany
Debris hangs on a damaged bridge over the Ahr river in Schuld, Germany, two days after devastating floods hit
Firefighters rest next to debris of houses in Schuld, Germany, after a two-day rescue operation that is far from complete
A fireman walks past the ruins of a car in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany, after it was swept away by floodwaters
A man carrying a shovel on his shoulder walks amid the debris near damaged cars after flooding in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler
A van crushed by the torrents is pressed against a tree after the floods caused major damage in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, western Germany
Men walk past driftwood, rubble, and an overturned car, as they survey the damage caused by severe floods in Schuld near Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler
A man takes pictures of cars and rubble piled up in a street after the floods caused major damage in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler
Two people walk near damaged vehicles after flooding in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany
A man stands amid rubble and debris after floods caused major damage in Schuld near Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler
People climb over rubble piled up in a street after the floods caused major damage in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler
A view of debris and damaged buildings amid flooding in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany
A couple hug as they survey the damage caused by severe flooding in Bad Neuenahr after the Ahr river burst its banks
A local helps to clear away rubble blocking a street in Schuld, Germany, following disastrous flooding
A person stands amid the debris near a damaged car after flooding in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany
A collapsed building is pictured after a flood in Schuld, Germany
A fire truck drives through a flooded street following heavy rainfalls in Erftstadt, Germany
A view of a vehicle of the fire department (Feuerwehr) stuck in a damaged street of a residential area after flooding in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany
Trucks are almost fully submerged on a flooded street following heavy rainfalls in Erftstadt, Germany
Police officers inspect the area as a person rides a quad bike amid the debris after flooding in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler
Cars left covered in mud and debris following flooding in Bad Neuenahr, Germany, after the area was w hit by heavy continuous rain
A wrecked car is seen in a school yard after flooding in Bad Neuenahr, Germany, following heavy rain on Wednesday
Locals in the town of Erftstadt, Germany, help to fill sandbags to block rising floodwaters amid forecasts of more rain
A crayfish walks down the street in Schuld, Germany, after it was washed into town on floodwaters that inundated the river

The governor of North Rhine-Westphalia, who is hoping to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel as the nation’s leader after Germany’s election on September 26, said the disaster had caused immense economic damage to the country’s most densely populated state. 

‘The floods have literally pulled the ground from beneath many people’s feet,’ Gov. Armin Laschet said at a news conference. ‘They lost their houses, farms or businesses.’

Federal and state officials have pledged financial aid to the affect areas, which also includes the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, where at least 60 people died and entire villages were destroyed.

Malu Dreyer, the governor of Rhineland-Palatinate state, said the disaster showed the need to speed up efforts to curb global warming. 

She accused Laschet and Merkel’s center-right Union bloc of hindering efforts to achieve greater greenhouse gas reductions in Germany, Europe’s biggest economy and a major emitter of planet-warming gases.

‘Climate change isn’t abstract anymore. We are experiencing it up close and painfully,’ she told the Funke media group.

Steinmeier, the German president, echoed her calls for greater efforts to combat global warming.

‘Only if we decisively take up the fight against climate change will we be able to limit the extreme weather conditions we are now experiencing,’ he said.

Experts say such disasters could become more common in the future.

‘Some parts of Western Europe … received up to two months of rainfall in the space of two days. What made it worse is that the soils were already saturated by previous rainfall,’ World Meteorological Organization spokesperson Clare Nullis said.

While she said it was too soon to blame the floods and preceding heat wave on rising global temperatures, Nullis added: ‘Climate change is already increasing the frequency of extreme events. And many single events have been shown to be made worse by global warming.’

Defense Ministry spokesman Arne Collatz said the German military had deployed over 850 troops to help with flood effeorts but the number is ‘rising significantly because the need is growing.’ He said the ministry had triggered a ‘military disaster alarm.’

Italy sent a civil protection officials, firefighters and rescue dinghies to Belgium to help in the search for missing people from the devastating floods.

In the southern Dutch province of Limburg, which also has been hit hard by flooding, troops piled sandbags to strengthen a 1.1-kilometer (0.7 mile) stretch of dike along the Maas River and police helped evacuate low-lying neighborhoods.

Caretaker Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the government was officially declaring flood-hit regions a disaster area, meaning businesses and residents are eligible for compensation. Dutch King Willem-Alexander visited the region Thursday night and called the scenes ‘heart-breaking.’

Meanwhile, sustained rainfall in Switzerland has caused several rivers and lakes to burst their banks. Public broadcaster SRF reported that a flash flood swept away cars, flooded basements and destroyed small bridges in the northern villages of Schleitheim und Beggingen late Thursday.

Erik Schulz, the mayor of the hard-hit German city of Hagen, 50 kilometers (31 miles) northeast of Cologne, said there had been a wave of solidarity from other regions and ordinary citizens to help those affected by the floods.

‘We have many, many citizens saying `I can offer a place to stay, where can I go to help, where can I registered, where can I bring my shovel and bucket?’,’ he told n-tv. ‘The city is standing together and you can feel that.’

Residents clean up their home following days of heavy rains and floods in the town of Rochefort, Belgium on July 17
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima are examining the damage caused by the storm in Valkenburg, the Netherlands
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima are examining the damage caused by the storm in Valkenburg
Residents erect flood-barriers as the water level of the Meuse river rises in Roermond, the Netherlands
Residents clean up houses after heavy rains had caused severe flooding in Ensival, Verviers, Belgium
A resident throws damaged items out of a window after flooding in Ensival, Verviers, Belgium
People walk through a damaged street after flooding in Chenee, Province of Liege, Belgium
Residents clean up houses after heavy rains had caused severe flooding in Ensival, Verviers, Belgium
People stand next to a partially flooded street, following heavy rainfalls, in Trooz, Belgium
A partially-destroyed house sits beside the La Vesdre river in Verviers, Belgium, after it broke its banks and swept away part of the building
Clothes are seen hanging from the partially-destroyed wardrobe of a house in Verviers, Belgium
Debris swept along by the La Vestre river is seen dumped on the bank in Verviers, Belgium, after floodwaters receded
Residents clean up after heavy rains had caused severe flooding in Ensival, Verviers, Belgium
Residents clean up after heavy rains caused severe flooding in Ensival, Verviers, Belgium
Residents clean up after heavy rains had caused severe flooding in Ensival
A railway carriage of the Belgium SNCB train service is derailed following heavy rains and floods in Rochefort
A Belgian army vehicle is overturned in a ditch following heavy rains and floods near the town of Rochefort

‘In less that 10 minutes, the water rose by almost a metre,’ said Isabelle Bervoets, surveying the wreckage of her restaurant in Grez-Doiceau, Belgium.

The Train river that passes through the small community is one of those that burst its banks following days of torrential rain.

At least 20 Belgians died and 19 are missing, with scores more fatalities in neighbouring Germany.

But the economic toll in the Brabant region is all too clear, along city riverfronts, blocked train tracks and drowned factories – as well as in Isabelle’s restaurant.

The ground is a sea of mud, there is a stench of sewage, bar stools are scattered everywhere, the fridge in the wine cellar is wrecked, and Isabelle’s frustration with local authorities is overflowing.

‘I’m pretty furious with the commune,’ the 53-year-old said. ‘It was some young folk who brought us sand bags. I called the town hall but they didn’t have any.’

Not far away, Amandine Bosquet is surveying the wreckage of her family home, stacking damp cardboard boxes. ‘Everything on the ground floor, we’ve lost,’ the young woman says.

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Belgium’s King Philippe is due to visit the flooded region later in the day, and Prime Minister Alexander de Croos was to give a news conference.

Meanwhile the vast tide of mud and water is draining down the Train through the Brabant’s green but densely populated valleys, into the Dyle, the Meuse and on to the hard-hit Netherlands.

The region experienced flooding in 2002 and 2005.

‘But since then, we’ve seen nothing like it, and we’d never imagine it hitting us so quickly,’ says Bervoets.

Chaudfontaine, Theux, Verviers, Pepinster, Spa – dozens of cities, towns and villages have been hit.

Liege was threatened with evacuation of the town centre, but after splashing the top of its embankment, the Meuse failed to break its way into the city.

Cars lie in market squares, stacked up like damp firewood.

Scout camps were evacuated. A train derailed. Rescue helicopters and boats plucked up families and terrified pets and took them to safety.

Rescue teams have flown in from France, Italy and Austria to help the Belgian authorities.

Pepinster, a small town outside Verviers, bore the brunt of the disaster within Belgium, with the town centre turning into a river and more than a dozen houses collapsing.

‘It’s a disaster, a tsunami,’ the local mayor, Philippe Godin, told AFP.

A day after the wave rushed through there’s no electricity, no drinking water, unreliable mobile reception and, Godin adds: ‘You have to think of the people who have lost everything, their memories. It’s terrifying.’

A damaged car and rubble caused by the floods in Theux, near Liege, in Belgium
A damaged car lying in a river after the floods caused major damage in Theux, near Liege, Belgium
Workers attach a no entry sign on a closed waterway to protect the city of Roermond, Netherlands, following flooding
Aerial view of the flooded camping site Jachthaven Hatenboer in Roermond, Netherlands
Swans swim in the high water of the Meuse river in Roermond, the Netherlands, after days of heavy rainfall
An aerial view of the river Meuse after it burst its banks in Roermond, the Netherlands, following days of heavy rainfall
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Heavy rainfall has caused extensive damage in Roermond, the Netherlands, but no casualties have been reported

Image taken with a drone showing sustantial flooding near the Limburg hamlet of Aasterberg, Netherlands
A man standing next to a destroyed car takes pictured of the devastated area after the floods caused major damage in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, western Germany
A vehicle and wreckage lie on the river, following heavy rainfalls in Verviers, Belgium, where at least 11 people have died
Damaged vehicles are parked on the street, following heavy rainfalls in Verviers, Belgium
Vehicles and wreckage are seen on the street, following heavy rainfalls in Verviers, Belgium
Wreckage lies on the river, following heavy rainfalls in Verviers, Belgium
Residents clean up after heavy rains had caused severe flooding in Ensival, Verviers
Women remove the mud and debris from the garage following rain storms which flooded the town of Rochefort, Belgium
Residents clean up after heavy rains had caused severe flooding in Ensival, Verviers
Destruction after heavy rains had caused severe flooding in Ensival, Verviers
Military medics move through the town of Erftstadt, Germany, to help the victims of some of the deadliest flooding the country has seen in decades
Lifeguards and police divers with an inflatable boat go into a flooded home in Erftstadt, Germany, as they search for victims

#AceWeatherDesk report ……Published: July.17: 2021:

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(GERMANY) JUST IN: At least 80 people have died and hundreds more are unaccounted for after some of the worst flooding in decades #AceWeatherDesk report

#AceWeatherReport – July.16: Belgium has also reported at least 12 dead after the extreme weather, which political leaders have blamed on climate change.

#AceDailyNews says on Germany Floods: At least 80 dead and hundreds unaccounted for as record rainfall in western Europe caused rivers to burst their banks, devastating the region

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged full support for the victims.

In Germany, the states of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia were worst hit. 

During a visit to a hard-hit area, Armin Laschet, premier of North Rhine-Westphalia, blamed the extreme weather on global warming, saying climate protection measures must be accelerated. 

Scientists have repeatedly warned that human-induced climate change would bring pulses of extreme rainfall such as this one.

The Netherlands is also badly affected, with further flooding in Luxembourg and Switzerland.

In pictures: Floods kill dozens in Germany and Belgium

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Devastating floods have hit parts of western Europe after record rainfall caused swollen rivers to burst their banks.

At least 80 people have died in Germany with 12 reported dead in Belgium.

Some of the most dramatic images came from the German village of Schuld, in the Ahrweiler district of Rhineland-Palatinate, where a state of emergency has been declared.

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Some 200,000 homes were also left without power. 

Thousands of relief workers and soldiers are helping police with search and rescue efforts. 

ReutersRoads have been left completely destroyed by the floods in Schuld

ReutersThe floods have caused devastation, leaving thousands without power in Germany

Heavy rains were also seen in Switzerland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, where dozens of people were evacuated from their homes.

AFPThe Belgian city of Liège has also been hit by heavy flooding with the mayor telling people to leave if they can

EPAThe fire brigade helped to evacuate people in South Limburg, the Netherlands

ReutersA mobile flood barrier has been installed in Lucern, Switzerland

In the western German district of Ahrweiler, up to 1,300 people are unaccounted for, the authorities say. A spokeswoman for the local government said mobile networks had been put out of action, making it impossible to contact many people. 

The village of Schuld (population 700) was almost entirely destroyed. A major dam near the Belgian border, the Rurtalsperre, is at capacity and overflowing slightly, officials say.

More heavy rain is forecast across the region on Friday.

Some 15,000 police, soldiers and emergency service workers are at the scene to aid with search and rescue, while helicopters picked stranded residents from roof tops and tanks cleared roads of fallen trees and debris.

In the town of Erftstadt-Blessem, floodwaters caused a row of houses to collapse wholly or partially. Calls for help could be heard coming from the buildings, whose residents could only be reached by boat. 

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BBC Chronicle of a disaster foretold Scientists have condemned politicians for failing to protect their citizens from extreme weather events such as the floods in northern Europe and the US heat dome.They have been predicting for years that summer rainfall and heatwaves would become more intense due to human-induced climate change.Hannah Cloke, Professor of Hydrology at the University of Reading, said: “The deaths and destruction across Europe as a result of flooding is a tragedy that should have been avoided. “Forecasters issued alerts early in the week, and yet the warnings were not taken seriously enough and preparations were inadequate.”The fact that other parts of the northern hemisphere are currently suffering record-breaking heatwaves and fires should serve as a reminder of just much more dangerous our weather could become in an ever-warmer world.”Scientists say government must both cut the CO2 emissions that are fuelling extreme events, AND prepare for more extreme weather.Yet in the UK – hit by severe flooding on Monday – the government’s advisory climate change committee recently told ministers the nation was even worse prepared for extreme weather than it was five years ago. It said the government was keeping only a fifth of its pledges to cut emissions.And only this week the UK government told people that they don’t need to reduce flying because technology will solve the emissions problem – a notion that most experts consider a gamble.Speaking during a meeting with US President Joe Biden in Washington DC, Mrs Merkel expressed her “deepest condolences” to everyone across the region who had lost loved ones after “a day of worry and despair”.”I fear we will only see the full extent of this tragedy in the coming days,” she said. She also pledged government support with rescue efforts and with reconstruction, saying to the German people that the government “will not leave you alone in this difficult, terrible hour”.In Belgium, dramatic footage of the floods showed cars being swept away along a street in the city of Verviers. A curfew was in place overnight because of the risk of looting. Residents of Liège, Belgium’s third-largest urban area after Brussels and Antwerp, were ordered to evacuate. Local officials said those unable to leave should move to the upper floors of their buildings. The Meuse river, which flows through the city, stabilised on Friday morning, with small overflows in some areas. Officials are also concerned that a dam bridge in the area may collapse and urged people to help each other.”The crisis situation is exceptional and solidarity must prevail,” the local authority said in a statement.Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde visited a crisis centre in Chaudfontaine, southeast of Liège, set up for affected residents.EPABelgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde (left) visited a crisis centre in Chaudfontaine on ThursdayIn the Netherlands, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima inspected damage in Valkenburg, close to the Belgian and German borders, where flooding engulfed the town centre and forced the evacuation of several nursing homes.The country has reported no casualties but thousands of people in towns and villages along the Meuse river have been urged to leave their houses quickly. In the Dutch city of Maastricht, 10,000 people were ordered to evacuate.

#AceWeatherDesk report……Published: July.16: 2021:

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(THAILAND) JUST IN: Immigration police in say they expect to extradite two men to Germany suspected of being part of a European drug trafficking gang #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.08: Maj. Gen. Phanthana Nutchanart identified the two suspects as 42-year-old Alex Kartun, a dual German-Russian national, and 38-year-old Alexander Wolfien, a German citizen.

BANGKOK: Thai police expect to extradite 2 German drug suspects after the men were arrested in Thailand and are expected to be extradited to Germany on suspicion of being part of a European drug trafficking gang, immigration police said Wednesday.

Extradition Independent News

He said the two were arrested Tuesday in southern Thailand at the request of German authorities for allegedly producing and distributing an illicit drug made from chemical and herbal substances. German Embassy officials said the gang distributed the drug in several European countries and some users reportedly died, Phanthana said.

The two suspects were unavailable for comment and it was not known if they had legal representation.

About 20 people suspected of involvement in production and sale of the drug were arrested in Germany, but the two detained Tuesday escaped to Thailand several years ago, Phanthana said. The two men face 14 charges in Germany related to trafficking the drug and two related to producing it, he said.

Kartun, who was accused of being the leader of the gang, was arrested at a luxury villa on Phangan island with a Russian companion, 42-year-old Victor Thubnikov, whom Thai police arrested for alleged possession of marijuana.

Police arrested Wolfien on the resort island of Phuket where he had more than 1 million baht ($31,000 ) in cash, several luxury watches and ownership titles for land in Phuket and Phangan worth more than 10 million baht ($310,000).

Phanthana said police will investigate the source of the two men’s funds. The suspects can challenge their extradition in court, though if they are found to be staying illegally in Thailand they may be subject to deportation without an extradition hearing.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: July.08: 2021:

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(BERLIN) JUST IN: German police on Wednesday raided the living quarters of two possible accomplices of the jihadists who went on a deadly shooting rampage in Vienna last November, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office said #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.07: Police searched the homes of Kosovan national Blinor S. and German Drilon G., who are suspected of failing to report planned offences, prosecutors said.

#AceDailyNews says that on Wednesday german police raided homes of suspected accomplices to Vienna attacker as Austria is still investigating the 21 people as possible accomplices of the terrorist who went on a deadly shooting rampage in Vienna but much remains unknown, including how he got to the area of the attack, officials said on Friday.

: July.07, 20217:51AM: & Previous: 13 November ,2020: 03:51 PM GST: Al Arabiya:

The 20-year-old Vienna native armed with an assault rifle, handgun and machete killed four people in a part of the city center with many bars that also houses Vienna’s main synagogue, which was closed at the time. He was shot dead by police.

“No one else was immediately involved in carrying out this crime on November 2. What we cannot yet say definitively is to what extent accomplices provided support before the act,” the police official leading the investigation, Michael Lohnegger, told a news conference.

Vienna prosecutors’ office spokeswoman Nina Bussek said the number of people remanded in custody over the attack was unchanged at 10, and 21 people in total were under investigation, aged 16-28. As yet unknown additional accomplices are still being looked for.

Austria has admitted to an intelligence failure before the attack since it mishandled information that the attacker tried to buy ammunition in Slovakia in July, and that he met known foreign extremists that month – two from Germany who were under surveillance and two from Switzerland who have been arrested.

It remains unclear how the attacker carrying weapons, ammunition and a dummy explosives belt traveled to the city center more than 10 days ago.

“What we can currently actually rule out here is that the perpetrator arrived at the crime scene by public transport,” Lohnegger said, adding that other forms of transport including taxis were still being worked on.

“Whether it is also possible that he walked to the scene of the crime, I cannot say. That means I also cannot rule it out.”

There’s more below about the case:

Six locations in Vienna targeted in apparent terror attack; 4 dead, 15 wounded

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry condemns ‘Vienna terrorist attack’

ISIS claims responsibility for Vienna attack

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: July.07: 2021:

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: July.07, 20217:51 AM: Reporting by Caroline Copley Editing by Riham Alkousaa

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(DRESDEN, Germany.) An Eritrean man screaming ‘Allahu akbar’ threatens children with a machete on Monday evening and an Iraqi man intervened to prevent worse happening #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.05: Terrible scenes on Monday evening at around 9.15 p.m. in the Gorbitz residential area in Dresden. According to the police, an Eritrean (25) is said to have threatened children with a machete and a knife. An Iraqi (26) intervened and prevented worse.

GERMANY: Machete immigrant threatens children in Dresden,” translated from “Macheten-Mann bedroht Kinder in Dresden,” by Bernhard Schilz, Bild, June 29, 2021 (thanks to Medforth): Danke, Merkel! Celebrate diversity!

Police spokesman Marko Laske (47) said: “The suspect is said to have shouted ‘Allahu akbar’ (‘God is great’, editor’s note). In order to clarify whether a political motive was involved, the state security is investigating.”

The Iraqi watched the children being harassed, bravely threw himself at the machete man, and was injured in the leg in the process. A cut wound later had to be treated on an outpatient basis. Another passer-by alerted the police.

The Eritrean, who is already known to the police for crimes of bodily harm, initially fled the scene.

“Police officers were able to find the suspect on Lise-Meithner-Strasse,” said spokesman Laske. “The man was provisionally arrested. A breath alcohol test on the 25-year-old showed a value of around 1.4 per thousand.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: July.05: 2021:

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(PORTUGAL) #Coronavirus Travel Report: People from the UK travelling to Portugal will have to quarantine for 14 days unless they can present proof they had been fully vaccinated a fortnight before their arrival #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – June.28: The Portuguese government added the UK to the list of countries from which travellers must quarantine “at home or a place indicated by the health authorities”.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – Portugal makes unvaccinated UK people quarantine whatever age being applied as rules came into effect at midnight: Please check details on rules so what are Portugal’s new holiday quarantine rules? & green list holidays booking to check before booking a green list holiday as Germany considers same rules applying together with all other countries …update soon

BA flight leaves Faro

The Times reported German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to designate the UK as a “country of concern” because the Delta variant of the coronavirus is so widespread.

Germany also wants the European Union to restrict UK travellers: The plans will be discussed by senior European and national officials on the EU’s integrated political crisis response committee.

Mrs Merkel previously told Germany’s parliament: “In our country, if you come from Great Britain, you have to go into quarantine – and that’s not the case in every European country, and that’s what I would like to see as she is set to meet Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Chequers next week.

EPA: French President Emmanuel Macron has also talked about his concern at the spread of the variant.

Last week, Mr Macron said: “We should all be vigilant because the Delta variant is coming.

“We see that it affects people who have not yet been vaccinated or who have only had one dose, which means we have to be even faster in this vaccination campaign.”

Currently, fully-vaccinated UK visitors to France can enter without quarantining.

In Portugal, the legislation is in force until 11 July, but the Portuguese authorities stated it could be reviewed “at any time, depending on the evolution of the epidemiological situation”.

The new quarantine measures only apply to those travelling to mainland Portugal and not Madeira.

Brazil, South Africa, India and Nepal were already on Portugal’s quarantine list, but the exception for people who are vaccinated against Covid-19 to avoid isolating only applies to the UK.

For all countries on the list, an exception is also made for participants in specified sporting competitions being held in June and July.

#AceHealthDesk report ……Published: Jun.28: 2021:

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(GERMANY) JUST IN: At least 3-people were killed and five seriously injured in a knife attack on Friday by a 24-year-old Somali immigrant, described by officials as having been placed under compulsory psychiatric treatment in recent days #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.26: Three are dead and five very seriously injured,” regional Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said after arriving on the scene. “With the most seriously injured we are not sure they will survive.”

GERMANY: At least three killed and five seriously injured in knife attack on Friday the police stopped and arrested the attacker in the town of Wuerzburg by firing a bullet through his thigh they said his injuries were not life-threatening

Kinife Attack Report:

The man had lived in Wuerzburg since 2015, the year Germany opened its borders to more than a million migrants and refugees fleeing war and poverty. His life was not in danger and he was being questioned by police in hospital, Herrmann said.

“His condition had been noticed in recent months, including violent tendencies, and a few days ago he was put into compulsory psychiatric treatment,” Herrmann said.

Later, he told public television that, according to one witness, the suspect had called “Allahu akbar”, an Arabic phrase meaning “God is great” and often associated with acts of Islamist terrorism before starting his spree.

“That suggests a possible Islamist motive, and that is also part of the investigation,” he added.

Among the three dead was a young boy and one of his parents, Main Post newspaper said.

As is standard practice in Germany, police did not release the name of the suspect.

Police said there was no indication that there were any other attackers, and that the situation was now under control.

Videos posted on social media showed a seemingly barefoot man holding a long knife being warded off by other men with chairs until police arrived. Another video appeared to show blood on the ground.

The videos matched the reported location of the attacks on and around Wuerzburg’s central Barbarossaplatz, though it was not immediately possible to confirm when they had been made.

Reuters footage from the scene showed dozens of police and emergency vehicles in attendance.

Wuerzburg, an ancient city of 130,000 people some 100 km (62 miles) south-east of Frankfurt, was five years ago the scene of a knife attack on a train by a 17-year-old Pakistani asylum seeker in which five people were injured, two seriously.

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(ITALY) #Coronavirus Travel Report: Country to introduce a five-day #COVID19 quarantine for travellers from the UK from Monday amid growing concerns about the spread of the Delta variant #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – June.20: The new measures follow similar curbs on UK travellers by France and Germany: Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza added a ban on people arriving from India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will remain in place.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – ITALY: To impose quarantine on UK travellers the government and will also be required to have mandatory #COVID19 tests: Italy, however, will also open the door to USA, Canada, Japan and the EU, if visitors show they have been vaccinated or recently tested negative

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UK coronavirus infections have risen slightly in the last week, with an estimated 119,000 people – up from 110,000 – now positive for the virus.The Office for National Statistics figures, up to 12 June, suggest one in every 540 people is infected.Find out how the pandemic has affected your area and how it compares with the national average:A modern browser with JavaScript and a stable internet connection are required to view this interactive.

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(LONDON) NCA REPORT: A man WANTED for his alleged involvement in multi-tonne cocaine importations from South America to Germany has been arrested by agents #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.19: A man wanted for his alleged involvement in multi-tonne cocaine importations from South America to Germany has been arrested by the National Crime Agency:

NCA: ‘Arrested a WANTED: Suspected member of international organised crime group who used #EncroChat arrested’ the 44-year-old man was apprehended this morning (Wed 16 June) after NCA officers tracked him down to an address in Woolwich, South East London, on behalf of the Bundeskriminalamt in Germany.

He is believed to have a significant role in an Albanian and German organised crime group behind cocaine importations over a number of years, who have associates in South America and across Europe to facilitate the movement of drugs.

Deputy Director Andrea Wilson, from the National Crime Agency, said: “This man has gone to great lengths to evade law enforcement both in Germany and the UK, which included using the encrypted comms platform EncroChat to communicate with his associates:

His arrest is the culmination of great collaborative work between the NCA and our colleagues in the BKA, and highlights how we are working together with partners to target and dismantle the organised crime groups responsible for bringing drugs to our streets: We know that Western Balkan crime groups have a presence at all stages of the cocaine supply chain, from South America to the UK. They play a significant role in the wholesale movement of cocaine, and we will not stop in our endeavours to identify those involved and disrupt their activity.”

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(BERLIN) JUST IN: German authorities prevented a group planning to visit the Iraqi city of Irbil to display solidarity with PKK terrorists in order to avert a potential dispute with NATO ally Turkey, a report said #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.15: The report noted that German state interests would significantly be affected in case of anti-Turkey activities or passive support for the PKK terrorists, as Turkey strongly opposes support for the terrorist group:

GERMANY: According to the report by Die Welt, pro-PKK Kurdish associations in Germany launched a “human shield” campaign for the PKK terrorists and were planning to send groups of people to Iraq in June.

by DAILY SABAH

A man passes an empty departure information board at the airport in Duesseldorf, Germany, June 3, 2020. (AP Photo)
DAILY SABAH

The incident took place at the Duesseldorf Airport on Saturday.

Police noted that the co-chairperson of the German Left Party (Die Linke) in Hamburg, Cansu Özdemir, and a group of 18 people were prevented from boarding a plane to Irbil for “the threat of damaging Germany’s reputation.”

Police also told the German news agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) that they were unsure if they “could rule out any danger coming from members of this group that could potentially have long-lasting effects on Germany’s security concerns abroad.”

Last week, Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) stated that the PKK terrorist group has been sending members from Europe to northern Iraq to disrupt the stability and peace in the region.

The statement also said the preservation of the KRG’s stability, especially in Irbil, is a red line and that will not be allowed to deteriorate under any pretext or group.

The ministry’s statement also pointed out that if the aforementioned groups’ intentions were truly peace and tranquility, they should focus on Qandil because the unrest and warmongering stemmed from there.

The Qandil Mountains in northern Iraq are the PKK’s stronghold, and the group is active in many cities and towns. It occupies a large number of villages in the region and launches attacks on Turkey from there.

The PKK terrorist group has recently increased its multifaceted terrorist attacks by targeting legitimate representatives of the Kurdish people in northern Iraq, including Peshmerga forces and police officers, kidnapping civilians, targeting diplomatic missions and inciting peaceful protests to violence in the KRG.

The terrorist group, disturbed by the Baghdad-Irbil agreement of Oct. 9, 2020, that will end the PKK’s presence in the Sinjar region, is trying to spread the instability it has created in other occupied regions to the north of Iraq with terrorist acts and to divert attention from Sinjar.

The PKK also accuses the Irbil administration of collaborating with Turkey in its successful counterterrorism operations in northern Iraq, while also attacking the KRG’s Peshmerga forces.

Northern Iraq is known as the location of many PKK terrorist hideouts and bases from where they carry out attacks in Turkey. The Turkish military regularly conducts cross-border operations in northern Iraq. Turkey has long been stressing that it will not tolerate terrorist threats posed against its national security and has called on Iraqi officials to take the necessary steps to eliminate the terrorist group. Ankara previously noted that if the expected steps were not taken, it would not shy away from targeting terrorist threats.

Turkey has repeatedly urged German authorities to take action against the PKK, which has been outlawed in Germany since 1993.

The PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union – has waged a terror campaign against Turkey for 40 years and has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including women and children.

Despite its status as a designated international terrorist organization, the PKK has enjoyed relative freedom in European cities and has a particularly strong presence in Germany. PKK supporters have been allowed to hold rallies, recruit militants and collect funds in Germany, which is home to some 5 million people of Turkish origin, including Kurds.

The PKK has been banned in Germany since 1993, but it is still active, with nearly 14,000 followers among the country’s Kurdish immigrant population.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Jun.15: 2021:

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(VATICAN) JUST IN: Germany’s top Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, has offered his resignation to the Pope over the Church’s child sexual abuse scandals #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jun.05: It is important to me to share the responsibility for the catastrophe of the sexual abuse by Church officials over the past decades,” he said in a letter to Pope Francis.

ROME: Top German cleric asks to quit over Church sex abuse failures: The statement in German on the Munich archbishop’s website says his letter was dated 21 May. The Pope has asked him to remain in his post pending a decision on his resignation offer.

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Cardinal Marx, 3 Mar 20
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He is the Archbishop of Munich. The Pope is still considering his offer.

Pope Francis has sent two bishops to Cologne to investigate abuse cases.

In 2018, a study commissioned by the Church itself found that more than 3,600 children in Germany had been sexually assaulted by Roman Catholic priests between 1946 and 2014.

Only 38% of the alleged perpetrators were prosecuted, with most facing only minor disciplinary procedures. About one in six cases involved rape. Most of the victims were boys, and more than half were aged 13 or younger.

In his letter, Cardinal Marx said investigations in recent years had revealed “a lot of personal failure and administrative mistakes” but also “institutional or systemic failure” in relation to child sex abuse.

Cardinal Marx said in his letter that the Church had come to “a dead end”. He said that with his resignation the Church could perhaps “make a fresh start, a new departure”. 

“I want to show that it’s not the institution in the foreground, but the mission of the gospel.”

Cardinal Marx has a liberal reputation and has often called for reform of the Church, the BBC’s Damien McGuinness reports from Berlin. 

The German Catholic Church has been rocked by allegations that some Church leaders covered up past child abuse. Conservative Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, Archbishop of Cologne, is particularly under fire, our correspondent says. 

In March, Cardinal Woelki refused to resign, despite an independent report which revealed many breaches of duty by clerics in his Cologne Archdiocese. The report named more than 300 sexual abuse victims,after examination of Church records.

Cardinal Woelki has said he welcomes the Pope’s decision to send two bishops to investigate the handling of abuse allegations, and would support them in their work.

In March the cardinal said his resignation would have been “the easier path”. “By staying in office I’m taking on responsibility for what I have started in Cologne: unsparing full revelation.” 

Around a quarter of the German population is registered in the Catholic Church.Brigitte, a survivor of child sex abuse by a chaplain, explains why she is ready to speak now (From 2019)

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(BERLIN) JUST IN: The German government formally recognized colonial-era atrocities against the Herero and Nama people in modern-day Namibia for the first time, referring to the early 20th century massacres as “genocide” on Friday and pledging to pay a “gesture to recognize the immense suffering inflicted.” #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.01: In light of the historical and moral responsibility of Germany, we will ask Namibia and the descendants of the victims for forgiveness,” said German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in a statement, adding that the German government will fund projects related to “reconstruction and the development” of Namibia amounting to €1.1 billion ($1.3 billion). The sum will be paid out over 30 years and must primarily benefit the descendants of the Herero and Nama, Agence France-Presse reported:

GERMANY: Officially Recognises Colonial-Era Atrocities in Namibia. But For Some, Reconciliation Is a Long Way Off after German government formally recognized colonial-era atrocities against the Herero and Nama people in modern-day Namibia for the first time, referring to the early 20th century massacres as “genocide” on Friday and pledging to pay a “gesture to recognize the immense suffering inflicted.”

Fri, May 28, 2021, 5:50 PM

Paramount Chief Adv. Vekuii Rukoro, high-ranked chiefs and other members of the Herero and Nama communities gather around a monument in honor of the Ovaherero and Nama people that were victims of the genocide by German colonial forces at the Swakopmund Concentration Camp Memorial, in Swakopmund, Namibia, as a part of the Reparation Walk 2019 on March 30, 2019.
Paramount Chief Adv. Vekuii Rukoro, high-ranked chiefs and other members of the Herero and Nama communities gather around a monument in honor of the Ovaherero and Nama people that were victims of the genocide by German colonial forces at the Swakopmund Concentration Camp Memorial, in Swakopmund, Namibia, as a part of the Reparation Walk 2019 on March 30, 2019.

Paramount Chief Adv. Vekuii Rukoro, high-ranked chiefs and other members of the Herero and Nama communities gather around a monument in honor of the Ovaherero and Nama people that were victims of the genocide by German colonial forces at the Swakopmund Concentration Camp Memorial, in Swakopmund, Namibia, as a part of the Reparation Walk 2019 on March 30, 2019. Credit – Christian Ender—Getty Images

Although it’s a significant step for a once colonial power to agree such a deal with a former colony, there’s skepticism among some experts and observers.

“I have an ambivalent reaction to this,” says Olivette Otele, professor of the history of slavery at the University of Bristol, U.K., and author of African Europeans: An Untold History. “It means that the conversation is ongoing, but I’m assuming and I want to believe that this is not the end. It’s not a case of doing one gesture, and then everything’s forgotten, because that wouldn’t work in terms of reconciliation and bringing communities together.”

What happened to the Herero and Nama people?

Between 1904 and 1908, German colonial forces killed, tortured and displaced thousands of Herero and Nama people in what some historians have called the first genocide of the 20th century. After an uprising against brutal German settler colonial rule in what was then known as German Southwest Africa, many Herero were forced into the Omaheke Desert and left to die of starvation and thirst. Thousands of Nama later suffered a similar fate. Those who survived were imprisoned in concentration camps, where they were subjected to sexual violence, forced labor and medical experiments by German officials, with the aim of exterminating the indigenous people. As many as 60,000 Herero—more than 80% of the group’s total population living in German Southwest Africa at that time—and 10,000 Nama—50% of the population—are estimated to have died.

Since the atrocities, the descendants of the Herero and Nama people have struggled to secure a formal apology, reparations or meaningful reconciliation offers from the German government. The 1985 United Nations’ Whitaker Report classified the campaign against the Herero as a genocide, and in 1988, Germany’s then-president, Roman Herzog, met Herero leaders in Namibia but stopped short of a formal apology. In 2001, representatives of the Herero people filed a $4 billion lawsuit against the German government and two German firms in the U.S., but the claim was dismissed. Another lawsuit filed in New York was dismissed in 2019. In 2018, Germany returned the human remains of Herero and Nama people who were killed during the genocide to Namibia. The remains had been stored in hospitals, museums and universities for decades and had originally been sent to Germany for discredited, racist and pseudo-scientific experiments that sought to prove racial hierarchies.

On the 100th anniversary of the genocide in 2004, German politician Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul identified the atrocities committed as genocide, adding that “we Germans accept our historical and moral responsibility and the guilt incurred by Germans at that time.” Talks between the governments of both countries have been ongoing for years, punctuated with debates and disagreements over formal apologies, reconciliation and reparations.

In August last year, the Namibian government rejected a German offer of compensation for the atrocities, reportedly totalling €10 million ($12.1 million). At the time, Namibia’s president Hage Geingob said that the offer “for reparations made by the German government … is not acceptable” and needed to be “revised.” Notably, Friday’s statement from Germany’s foreign ministry avoided the term “reparations,” a term of contention between the two countries.

What constitutes reparations is understood in different ways by different people. “Memory scholars, historians and grassroots organisations think in terms of reparative justice,” says historian Otele. “The legacy of the past cannot be repaired through just money—there’s education, health, environmental considerations, and the preservation of community livelihoods. There are so many things that can be done that won’t be included in that package.”

There’s also the question of inclusion, and who has truly been represented in these negotiations, billed as a landmark agreement. Ahead of the formal announcement of the agreement, local Namibian media outlets reported that some government-recognised traditional leaders, who were consulted during negotiations, refused to endorse the deal.One unnamed chief was quoted as saying that “what is being offered is too little, an insult to our community and totally different to what we, the chiefs, have agreed on.” Herero paramount chief Vekuii Rukoro also told Reuters the reported agreement was a “sellout.”

For writer and academic Zoé Samudzi, who has just completed a PhD on how the effects of the genocide of the Herero and Nama people have endured in the present-day, the agreement represents a hollow victory, “if you can even call it that.” She points out that the financial package has been framed around development and infrastructure, rather than compensation for the atrocities and for survivor communities. Henning Melber, a scholar of Namibian history, tweeted that the 30-year financial package in this new agreement wouldn’t represent a step change in German aid contributions to Namibia, because it’s roughly equivalent to the amount Germany has put on record as development aid for Namibia over the last three decades.

“Herero and Nama traditional leadership are rejecting this, because they have been adamant for many years about no recognition without reparations,” says Samudzi. “We should not even have the words reconciliation in our mouths,” she says. “Any conception of reconciliation in this moment is simply a way for Germany to absolve itself, and to not have to think about the ways that this genocide was incredibly formative for a lot of other German state violence.”

The acknowledgment from Germany comes at a time of reckoning over imperial history across the continent. This has manifested through debates about the repatriation of objects looted in violent colonial expeditions, the inclusion of imperial history in school curriculums, and the presence of statues of colonizers and slave traders in public spaces, as well as formal apologies for past racist violence and slavery.

On Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron publicly acknowledged France’s “overwhelming responsibility” in the 1994 Rwandan genocide in a trip to the country’s capital Kigali. Yet survivors were critical of Macron’s failure to clearly apologize for his country’s role, after an independent report commissioned by his government concludedthat France was “blind” to atrocities in Rwanda.

“We just saw France, not apologizing for what it did in Rwanda, but already asking for forgiveness,” says Samudzi. “And Germany is doing very similarly, through acknowledging and using the ‘G’ word [genocide], but being very quick to reject the possibility of meaningful compensation for the survivor communities.”

Otele says that, while the developments in Germany should put pressure on other governments to examine their pasts, the reality is that some political systems across Europe are stagnant, reluctant or slow to move on these issues. Imperial nostalgia is also still prevalent within some societies: A 2020 poll found a third of people in the U.K. believed Britain’s colonies were better off for being part of an empire, and that Britons were more likely to say they would like their country to still have an empire compared with people living in other former colonial powers.

Otele, a Cameroonian citizen, says the history of German colonization in the country of her birth in the 19th century has been significantly underexplored. “It will be interesting to see how Germany addresses other stories,” she says, adding that the conversations around these issues in broader society, particularly at the institutional level in some museums and universities in the U.K., are a positive sign. “It’s not perfect. There’s so much more to be done. But the conversation is actually happening rather than avoiding it.”

#AceNewsDesk report …….Published: June.01: 2021:

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(BERLIN, Germany.) JUST IN: Large scale police operation ends with a man with a knife threatening people is shot dead #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.31: There was a large-scale police operation with a fatal ending on the corner of Hebebrandstrasse and Sengelmannstrasse: a man repeatedly walked onto the road with a knife, threatening motorists:

GERMANY: Knife-wielding jihadist screaming ‘Allahu akbar’ threatens motorists, attacks cops, motive ‘not determined’ Police shoot knife man,” translated from “Polizei erschießt Messer-Mann,” by Thomas Röthemeier, Bild, May 28, 2021 (thanks to Medforth):

He damaged vehicles with his gun, and shouted “Allahu Akbar” several times! Then he attacked the police officers who had been called to the scene.

The operation began shortly before 4 p.m. First the police tried to stop the knife man with pepper spray. But the attacker continued.

By chance, SEK officers were nearby; they used a taser. But the electric shock didn’t stop the man either. He continued to approach the police officers, threatening them with the knife.

A patrolman shot. The knife man collapsed bleeding on the sidewalk. An emergency doctor and a paramedic took care of him. But despite resuscitation, he died at the site.

The homicide squad and the state security have taken over the investigation. The motive has not yet been determined. Police spokeswoman Sandra Levgrün: “We also have to consider a religious motivation.”

The identity of the attacker is also still unclear.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.31: 2021:

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(BERLIN, Germany.) JUST IN: Antitrust watchdog launched a probe into Google over anti-competitive practices, it said Tuesday, wielding a new law that has already been used to scrutinize other United States’ tech giants #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.26: The investigation has “outstanding cross-market significance” due to the breadth of Google’s digital products, Cartel office head Andreas Mundt said:

German antitrust watchdog launches probe into Google: ‘The Federal Cartel Office will investigate the European units of Google in Germany and Ireland and its parent company, Alphabet, in California, it said in a statement’

by French Press Agency – AFP

A technician passes by the logo of U.S. internet search giant Google during the opening day of a new office in Berlin, Germany, Jan. 22, 2019. (AFP Photo)
Google ANTI-TRUST Report

“Google’s business model is very fundamentally built on the processing of its users’ data,” Mundt said. “Google has a strategic advantage here due to its established access to competitively relevant data.”

A key question in the probe was whether consumers “have sufficient choice over the use of their data by Google if they want to use Google services,” he said.

The investigation follows the application of a new law giving the authorities more power to rein in big tech companies, with similar proceedings launched recently against Amazon and Facebook.

Under the amendment to Germany’s competition law passed in January, the watchdog said it now has more power to “intervene earlier and more effectively” against big tech companies, rather than simply punishing them for abuses of their dominant market position.

The Federal Cartel Office said last week it is examining whether Amazon has “an almost unchallengeable position of economic power,” having already launched two traditional abuse control proceedings.

The watchdog has also employed its new powers to widen the scope of an investigation into Facebook over its integration of virtual reality headsets.

The push to tighten legislation comes as big tech companies are facing increasing scrutiny around the globe, including in the U.S., where Google and Facebook are facing antitrust suits.

Last Update: May 25, 2021 3:26 pm

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(BERLIN, Germany.) Merkel Speech Report: Anti-Semitism is widespread and its also deeply rooted in Islam: these are the results of studies that have been known for years and this is explosive for our society #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.20: It has long been known – including by the German government: anti-Semitism is widespread among the Muslim population in Europe. Almost half of European Muslims believe, according to a 2013 study by the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), that Jews cannot be trusted. For comparison: only less than ten percent of Christians believe this:

Merkel’s Germany: 81% of Jews have been attacked by Muslims: Predominantly anti-Jewish: Germany is sitting on a powder keg, the origin lies in Islam,” translated from “Überwiegend judenfeindlich: Deutschland sitzt auf einem Pulverfass, im Islam liegt der Ursprung,” edited by Matthias Hochstätter, Focus, May 18, 2021 (thanks to Medforth):

According to the study, there are hardly any differences in views between the first and second generation of Muslims in Germany, France or Great Britain. Religious fundamentalism, anti-Semitism and bigotry are widespread and deeply rooted.

No wonder that 52 percent of Germans perceive Islam as a threat, according to a 2019 study by the Bertelsmann Foundation. Muslim Germans were also interviewed.

The Jewish population experiences the hostility of the Muslims firsthand. In a 2017 study by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence in Bielefeld, 81 percent of the Jews surveyed in Germany stated that they had already been attacked by Muslims, 61 percent had experienced verbal insults or harassment.

Anti-Semitism creates identity for Muslims and is characteristic of Islam

According to experts, the causes are rooted in Islam: In the Islamic world, 53 percent of the countries are ruled in an authoritarian manner and only four percent are democratic, writes WZB scientist Ruud Koopmans. In 2018, the Berlin historian and sociologist Günther Jikeli presented one of the few systematic studies on anti-Semitism among Muslims in Europe. He conducted interviews with young Muslim men of different ethnic backgrounds in London, Berlin and Paris.

In these conversations, he found different forms of anti-Semitism: “classic anti-Semitism”, such as stereotypes that Jews are rich, forms of Israel-related anti-Semitism, and anti-Semitism that completely dispenses with justifications. For Jikeli, anti-Semitism lies “in the interpretation of Muslim identity”: enmity against Jews is therefore part of Islam, part of being Muslim. Anti-Semitism is not the exception, but the rule among Muslims, and hatred of Jews is often the norm, so Jikeli’s conclusion.

For the Hamburg political scientist Matthias Küntzel, the humiliation of the Jews, perceived as “weak and despicable”, is a characteristic of Islam: “As Arab youth in Berlin in the summer of 2014 chanted the slogan: ‘Jew, Jew, cowardly pig, come out and fight alone’, this devaluation became evident. When an Arab in Berlin grabbed his belt in April 2018 to whip a kippah wearer, he, too, used an archaic language that expresses more than just violence: similar to spitting at or slapping with the belt, the belt slap serves to belittle the other – the humiliation was more important here than the physical injury.”

Great influence from Arab, Iranian and Turkish media

Scholars see the influence of the Arab, Iranian and Turkish media as one of the reasons for the widespread anti-Semitism in Muslim milieus in Europe. Anti-Semitism is often expressed very openly here, writes the Institute for Democracy and Civil Society (IDZ) from Jena: “In addition, there is the influence of Islamist organizations that are paid from abroad on mosque associations and imams in Germany.”

Physical attacks on Jews and the desecration and destruction of synagogues are therefore mainly carried out by young Muslim perpetrators, mostly of Arab descent, reports the IDZ. Muslim perpetrators are also responsible for numerous anti-Semitic murders in Europe in recent years: For example, the attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse in 2012, in which a teacher and three children were shot, for the attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels in 2014, in which four people were killed, for the attack on a Jewish supermarket near Paris in 2015 with four dead, for the attack on a synagogue in Copenhagen in 2015 with two dead.

Interesting: The Central Council of Muslims in Germany also sits on the IDZ Board of Trustees.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.20: 2021:

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(USA/GERMANY) Statues are ‘ Beheaded & Hands Cut Off’ and appears to be no connection other they are Christian symbols or icons #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.18: There is no telling who is behind these two incidents, which as far as I know have no connection to each other:

Christian statues beheaded and hands cut off in Massachusetts and Germany: ‘The CBS story about the incident in Waltham notes this. The story about the incident in Bühl doesn’t mention it, but it’s clear from the photo of the defaced statue’

Maybe it’s just a coincidence. But large numbers of people who believe these things have entered both the U.S. and Germany in recent years. However, given the political situation and the state of the establishment media in both countries, we will likely never know for sure:

“POL-OG: Bühl – owner wanted,” translated from “POL-OG: Bühl – Eigentümer gesucht,” PressePortal, May 12, 2021 (thanks to Medforth):

Officers of the Bühl police station are looking for the owner of a statue that was found on Monday afternoon in front of a property in Hauptstrasse. According to Christian belief, the damaged sculpture should represent Joseph. How it got there and where it came from is still unclear….

“Statue Of Jesus At Waltham Church Beheaded,” by Mike LaCrosse, CBS, May 5, 2021:

WALTHAM (CBS) – A statue of Jesus outside St. Charles Chapel on the south side of Waltham was beheaded over the weekend.

“It pains me to see any attack on the faith, on the religion of any believers or any church or religion,” Pastor Michael Nolan.

A hand on the statue was also knocked off.

Pastor Michael Nolan is hoping the damage was just an accident.

Either way, he’d like to see someone come forward if they have any information.

“So we’re hoping that if someone did this intentionally, they can come get help and they won’t do it again to another church or any religious institution or place,” said Father Nolan….

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: May.18:2021:

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(BERLIN, Germany.) JUST IN: Police have arrested three men and a fourth is being held in Paraguay for allegedly running one of the world’s biggest online networks for sharing images of child sex abuse #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.04: Officials say Boystown had more than 400,000 registered users: They say some images showed the most serious sexual abuse of young children:

GERMANY: DARKNET: The EU police agency Europol says it will also examine intelligence gained from the operation, and “more arrests and rescues are to be expected globally” on that basis as four held in German-led raid on huge child sexual abuse network: ‘The international operation, involving several police forces, targeted a dark net platform called Boystown, which has now been taken down’

2 hours ago

German police car (file pic), 17 Sep 20
German authorities said the platform had more than 400,000 users

The dark net is an internet area beyond the reach of mainstream search engines. 

The German-led investigation involved law enforcement agencies in the Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, the US and Canada. 

Several related paedophile chat sites on the dark net were also dismantled, Europol says.

German police say three men detained since mid-April are believed to have run the paedophile network: one aged 40 from Paderborn, one aged 49 from the Munich area and a 58-year-old from north Germany who has been living in South America for several years. He was detained in Paraguay’s Concepción region under an international arrest warrant, and German authorities have asked for his extradition. 

The fourth suspect is a 64-year-old from Hamburg who was allegedly one of the most active members, responsible for more than 3,500 posts.

The US police battling against child abusers on the internet (2014)

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#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: May.04: 2021:

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#darknet, #europol, #germany, #online, #paraguay

(BERLIN, Germany.) JUST IN: An intellegence report says Iran, Syria & Pakistan are producing weapons of mass destruction according to the Jerusalem Post #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.02: A German intelligence agency for the state of Bavaria said last week in its new report that the Islamic Republic of Iran has not ceased its drive to obtain weapons of mass destruction during 2020.” Iran has never slowed down, and no deal will stop it:

German intelligence: Iran, Syria, and Pakistan are producing weapons of mass destruction: The Jerusalem Post reviewed the 380-page intelligence document which contains 28 references to the Islamic Republic. The report lists additional threats to Bavaria’s democracy.

“Iran still seeks mass destruction weapons – German intelligence report,” by Benjamin Weinthal, Jerusalem Post, April 28, 2021:

The German intelligence agency for the state of Bavaria said last week in its new report that the Islamic Republic of Iran has not ceased its drive to obtain weapons of mass destruction during 2020.

“Proliferation-relevant states like Iran, North Korea, Syria and Pakistan are making efforts to expand their conventional arsenal of weapons through the production or constant modernization of weapons of mass destruction,” wrote the Bavarian Office for the Protection of the Constitution, the formal name for the domestic intelligence agency.

“In order to obtain the necessary know-how and corresponding components, these states are trying to establish business contacts to companies in high-technology countries like Germany,” said the Bavarian intelligence report in its section on weapons of mass destruction.

The German agency is the rough equivalent of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency).

The intelligence report defines proliferation as “the unauthorized spread of atomic, biological, chemical weapons of mass destruction or the products used for their manufacture as well as the corresponding weapon carrier systems, including the necessary know-how.”

With respect to the section of the report on the Islamic Republic’s espionage activities, the intelligence document stated that “Germany remains in the focus of intelligence activities. This includes information from foreign and security policy as well as business and science. An additional focus [of Iran’s intelligence services] is the observation of, and fight against, opposition groups domestically and abroad.”

Hezbollah, the Iranian regime’s chief strategic ally in the Middle East, has 30 members in Bavaria….

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.02: 2021:

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