European Headlines: 11-16-2018

Germany (DW): Cambodian war crimes court says Khmer Rouge committed genocide in historic ruling;A UN-backed war crimes court in Cambodia says the Khmer Rouge was guilty of genocide during its rule from 1975-1979. The court found two former top officials guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity.

(DW) Theresa May defends draft Brexit deal amid conservative outcry; The British prime minister has faced shrill opposition to a draft deal from her own Cabinet and Conservative Party since she presented it on Wednesday. Some of her MPs want to oust her from office.

(DW) UK leadership challenge: How does it work?; A slew of ministerial resignations over the draft UK-EU Brexit deal has put even more pressure on embattled UK Prime Minister Theresa May. Is a leadership challenge on the cards?

(DW) Majority of Germans want Chancellor Angela Merkel to complete term; Merkel has said she would not be seeking a new term as CDU leader, prompting many to doubt her future as chancellor. The voters are not enthused about Merkel’s Interior Minister Horst Seehofer remaining in office.

(DW) Mexico rules military fight against cartels is unlawful; Mexico’s top court has struck down a law that formalized the decade-old domestic deployment of the military. The miliary are widely seen as the only trustful agency capable of fighting against powerful drug cartels.

(DW) US denies it will deport Erdogan foe Fethullah Gulen to reduce heat on Saudis; The State Department has denied a report claiming the Trump administration was mulling how to deport Gulen. The move was reportedly designed to ease pressure on ally Saudi Arabia after a journalist was murdered.

(DW) Khashoggi killing: Saudi prosecutor seeks death penalty for five suspects; Saudi Arabia’s top prosecutor has recommended the death penalty for five of the suspects charged in the murder case of dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi. However, he denied Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s involvement.

(DW) Brawl breaks out in Sri Lanka parliament amid prime minister dispute; Sri Lankan lawmakers threw punches and objects in parliament after a political crisis left the country without a government. Germany’s ambassador to the country called the brawl “a bad day for democracy in Sri Lanka.”

(DW) Protesters call for Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis’ resignation; The billionaire former businessman is accused of pocketing millions of euros in EU funds along with two of his children. One of his sons said he was held involuntarily in Crimea in an effort to impede the criminal probe.

(DW) Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan freed on bail in France rape case; After several unsuccessful attempts, Tariq Ramadan was granted bail by a French court. Ramadan is accused of raping two French women, to whom he sent hundreds of texts that detailed violent sexual fantasies.

(DW) Gerhard Schröder labeled ‘enemy of the state’ in Ukraine; Controversial Ukrainian website Myrotvorets has added former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder to its list of enemies of the state. It’s caused quite a stir — but that seems to be the desired effect.

(DW) Politics motivated Navalny arrests, European court rules; In a blow to the Kremlin, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that several arrests of the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny were politically motivated. Moscow was ordered to pay over €50,000 in damages.

(DW) World Bank, Denmark act against Tanzania over discrimination of girls and gays; Discrimination of gays, young mothers and journalists is on the rise in Tanzania. Suspending the flow of money from abroad is one reaction but will this persuade President Magufuli to change his course?

(DW) Denied access to migrants, UN experts call off Hungary trip; A UN team was denied permission by the Hungarian government to visit transit zones housing migrants and asylum-seekers. The experts had been in the country on Budapest’s invitation.

(DW) German court bans diesel vehicles on key autobahn; For the first time, one of Germany’s famed motorways has been affected by a diesel ban. German cities have instituted or are bracing for bans on older diesel cars after violating European clean air laws for years.

FRANCE (France24) Seven UN peacekeepers killed in eastern DR Congo fighting; Seven United Nations peacekeepers were killed in an operation against a rebel militia in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s restive east, the UN said on Thursday.

(France24) Chinese community taps WeChat to fight Paris muggings; In early October, a video shared on Facebook showing the assault of a Chinese couple in Paris caused an outcry in a community that is increasingly prey to violent muggings. To confront the problem, support groups have emerged on WeChat, a Chinese instant messaging app

(France24) Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan wins conditional release in France rape case; Tariq Ramadan, a leading Islamic scholar held in France since February on charges he raped two women, on Thursday won conditional release after testifying in an appeals court.

(France24) Netanyahu coalition at a crossroads after Israeli defence minister quits; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plotted his next moves Thursday after his defence minister resigned over a controversial Gaza ceasefire, throwing his coalition into crisis and raising the possibility of early elections.

(France24) May vows to ‘see this through’ amid revolt against Brexit deal; British Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to fight for her draft divorce deal with the European Union on Thursday after the resignation of her Brexit secretary and other ministers put her strategy and her job in jeopardy

(France24) Migrant caravan reaches US-Mexico border to cold welcome; The Central American migrant caravan trekking toward the United States converged on the US-Mexican border Thursday after more than a month on the road, undeterred by President Donald Trump’s deployment of thousands of American troops near the border.

(France24) North Korea ‘tests ultramodern tactical weapon’; North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has overseen the testing of a “newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon”, Pyongyang’s state media reported Friday, in a move that will raise the temperature over denuclearisation talks.

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CONTRIBUTOR:Staff

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